Friday, 19 May 2017

Grunge Hits The Spot

Moda has done it again.  Come out with another basic Grunge fabric that is too adorable.


The line is called Hits The Spot, and this pattern is High Rise by It's Sew Emma


It's that time of year when so many new fabrics are coming out.  To keep track of them all, I take a picture of the designer tag on the fabric bundle.  This tag really tells the story of Grunge.  This line will be in local stores this summer.


Marilyn brought this baby quilt to Guild last meeting.  It was made during my Kaleido-design class and is Marilyn's personal design.  Marilyn taught the very first quilting class that I took 35 years ago. It is always such an honour when she takes one of my classes.


On a personal note, this is me with my Mom, two Aunts and two cousins.  The Bailey Women!!!  We were attending a fun function at Falkland.  Each year on the first Sunday of May the community comes together to clean the local Cemetery.  We had relatives from Edmonton and Washington State, and all points in between, help out.  Afterwards the local women group provide us with a luncheon.  A great way to get some work done and visit with family, all at the same time.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Perfect Weather For Quilting

Yes, it is a little soggy in my neck of the woods, so no better time than now to spend time in the sewing room.


I am nowhere near making my goal of having my Trans Canada Blocks done by July 1st.  Canada's 150th birthday might just happen without my Canada quilt done.  Oh well!  This block is from Avonport NS.  Thanks to one of my many quilting angels for sending me the pattern.  I substituted the BC Coat of Arms and Name into the block to make it mine.  Great pattern for using the panels for the provinces.


This quilt is a charity quilt made at retreat with the help of a friend.  She had run out of projects to work on so I pulled out a few scraps I had taken along just incase, and with both of us working together, we each ended up with a quilt top.  Mine is finally finished and will go into the pile for Elizabeth Fry.

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Maple Leaf Forever

To celebrate Canada's upcoming 150th birthday Northcott has made available a free pattern called Maple Leaf Forever.  Click here for the link.


This is my version of the pattern.  It was a bit of a marathon to complete the 160 half square units for that maple leaf border, but so worth the effort.



I kept the quilting simple so I would actually get it done!!!!


I've been busy trying to catch up with some quilting for friends.  This is a rather large quilt of Bev's that I added a little texture to.  The star where the blocks meet was a happy coincidence.


Betty's quilt from the book "Pre-cut Primer" is done and hanging on the wall at Katja's.  Great job on the piecing Betty.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Hoffman Digitals, Again!!!

Just in case you aren't into the Hoffman animal prints from the last post, here is one of their Christmas Digital prints.


The quilting is simple straight line quilting radiating out from the centre.


I had a lot of fun adding this border to the Halloween Digital print.  The quilting is ziggy lines once again, radiating out from the centre.


And a little more texture for today.  It really is all about the quilting, after all.  This delightful quilt is Bev's.   She wanted straight lines and something in the centre.  This is how I interpreted that.

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Hoffman Digital Wildlife

The new Hoffman Digital Wildlife prints will be arriving in stores soon!!!!!  They are amazing.
Lucky for me, i was asked to play with a few of them ahead of release.



The Bear and the Fox are both incredible prints.  The patterns are available here on the Hoffman site. I quilted both with an all over design so that the fabric could speak for itself.


This bag is made by Margaret.  She made the modern meshwork panel at a workshop I had put on for the local Guild earlier in the year.  I love what she did with it.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Shiny Mix

This quilt is my latest finished.  It is "Shiny Mix" featuring Shiny Objects by Flaurie & Finch for RJR Fabrics.


I made if for a birthday gift for a friend, but since she is sooooo impatient, I'll give it to her as soon as she tells me she has seen this post.  How is that for a challenge.


This Northcott block is from Family Fabrics in Arborg Manitoba.  Thanks to Lucy for a care package of block kits from the Prairies.

I am off to retreat this weekend.  Good Friends, Good Quilting, Good Times!!!!!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Purebred

Happy Friday everyone.  Even though winter seams to be hanging on longer than usual, make the most of your day and get a little sewing done!


The kit for this quilt was a gift from a lovely friend.  I finally put myself first and finished it!  It is called Purebred, by Erin Michael.  The quilt now resides on my couch to be used by me!!!!!!  I love it.



Lots of echo type quilting was used to define the horse.  The Fireside on the back really shows off the quilting, and makes the quilt extra cosy to nap under.

Well I'm off to shovel the driveway, then time for a bit of sewing.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

A Blast From The Past


This is my B.C. Sampler resurrected from the unfinished basket of tops.  The top was completed in 2002ish.  It's been so long even Katja who designed it, wasn't sure of the date.  I had quilted several of these quilts for friends so I had put mine away for a later date. Finally, it is done.


Not only done, but on a bed.  The spare room was painted blue so this quilt fit in perfectly.


This is my first Northcott block from Alberta.  A Special thanks to Hayley for picking this one up for me.  It is from My Sewing Room in Calgary.  What is more perfect from Cowtown than a Cowboy hat?  Love it!

Till next time, have a great day!

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Compositions

The latest quilt off the frame is made from "Compositions" by Basic Grey.  I love everything about this line.  Great background fabrics or put them together to make a quilt similar to the one below.


This design is one of my favourites for showing off fabric.


The quilting is fairly simple with a fern type design in the stars and wavy lines in the background.


The fun never stops with patterns from Funky Friends Factory.  This is Hannah the Hedgehog.


She is out playing in the snow because we are all hoping this is the last chance to do this.  The kit for Hanna will be available at Katja's shortly.


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Friday, 10 February 2017

Hillside Houses

In an effort to finish a few of my quilt tops, I pulled this one out and threw some thread at it.


It is the Hillside Houses quilt from a quilt-along hosted by Pretty Little Quilts.  Click here if you would like more information.


This little house block is on it's way to Montreal.  The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is asking for donations of house blocks to make quilts for the Canadians who were victimized in the terror attack on the Mosque in Quebec.  For more information check out their blog here.  A good friend told me about the project so if you are reading this, pass it on to your friends.


This week's Northcott block is designed by Red Barn Quilt Shop in Campbell River.  Thanks Geri for picking it up for me.  It is the Kermode Bear which is a rare sub-species of the Black Bear, living in the Central and North Coast of B.C.


I was having a hard time distinguishing the fish from the bear, so I embroidered a jaw line for the bear.  What block should I do next?  So many choices.

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Oreo

Oreo the Orca is my latest stuffy made from a Funky Friends Factory pattern.


This was a test run before I make the sample for Katja's.  As always the patterns are easy to follow and I love the result.


This weeks quilting included this intricate appliqué. I almost hyperventilated every time I had to go near those tiny little circles with my size 18 needle.  The circles are about 1/4 inch across and so perfect.


This weeks Northcott block is from Cottage Quilting in Kelowna.  I found the pattern a little confusing so I just made up my own method of achieving the result pictured on the pattern.


My Gammill was having an issue with not speeding up immediately upon starting so I ask Doug to check the brushes on the motor.  To say they were a little worn is an understatement.  The one on top is the new brush.  Thanks to Kawatha Quilting System in Ontario for their quick service getting me my parts.  My machine is almost 17 years old and has been so reliable.


This is a proud Grandma picture.  Our youngest Granddaughter was in her first speed skating event.  At four years old she was so very serious.  She was not the fastest skater, but probably the fastest at getting up each time she fell.  Such a cute little girl.  Her older sister also competed and was a great help all day long.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Moda Be My Neighbour Part 2

 This is my second quilt from the Moda Be My Neighbour quilt along.


This quilt had a scrappier background than the first one I made shown here.  The first one was a Christmas gift, this one is mine.  I love them both and can hardly wait to have a nap under this one.


My latest Northcott block is from Pleasant Valley Quilting in Armstrong.  While Lucy was visiting we went on a road trip and this was our first stop.




Klia has a great little store with one of the nicest classrooms I have ever taught in.  There is a cheese store on the way into Armstrong that has the most delightful specialty cheeses.  Doug is always thrilled when I bring him a little home.  Two stops you must make if you are in Armstrong.



Hot off the machine today was Betty's Sunday Ride.  I've been playing with this idea for a border for some time, and today was the day to try it out.  I was pleased with the way it turned out.

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Friday, 20 January 2017

eh!

You heard me, "eh!"  Lol.  I'm loving the latest Northcott block from Heather's.


What is more Canadian than a Toque with "eh!" on it?


The entire staff at Heather's was involved in bringing this block together.  Way to go team!

No finishes of  my own this week, but I did get a couple of quilts finished for friends.


A black and white with red log cabin quilt for Geri.  Geri and her sister completed the top together as a wedding quilt.  I was delighted to quilt it for them.


This scrappy quilt was pieced by Evelyn.  Her piecing was so exact.  I'm a little envious.

That's it for this week, hope you all have a great day.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Canada's Sesquicentennial Celebration by Northcott

On July 1, 2017 we will be Canada's 150th birthday!  Wooohoooo!  One of the ways for quilters to celebrate is to participate in Northcott's Trans-Canada Block Party.  Each participating quilt shop will have a block design you can collect either as a kit or a free pattern.  You must have someone appear in person at the store to collect.  Click here for the map of participating stores.

My first stoop for the block party was at Katja's right here in Kamloops.


Katja had shown me the design late last year.  As soon as she opened in the New Year, I was at her door to get mine.  I did hand button hole stitch around the leaf, as I'm trying to improve my embroidery skills.

I would like to make a quilt from several blocks, including one from each participating province. If you live in Ontario, Quebec or the Maritimes, and would like to trade for one of my local shop's patterns or kits, please send me a message.  I'll be begging friends who live in various parts of B.C. and Alberta to pick up kits for me as well.

I hope you will be joining in the Block Party.  My goal is to have a quilt top done by July 1 to celebrate Canada day.  We'll see how that goes.

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