Friday, 15 September 2017

Kansas Troubles

No, not the state, the fabric!  Lol!  Whenever I want fabric that works for a man, I turn to Kansas Troubles Fabric.  The latest line is called Harvest Mill.


I love this simple pattern, mainly because it is so quick to stitch up.  The country feel of the fabric is perfect for that man in your life.  I'm sure he won't mind the odd little flower here and there.


From country to modern, here we go.  This line is Farmer's Daughter by Lella Boutique.  The pattern is one of my favourites from the book Beyond Neutral by John Q Adams.  Another quick and easy pattern.

I am currently on a Quilting Cruise to Alaska.  This trip is hosted by Cherry Tree Quilt Store in Summerland.  Pictures to follow when I make it home to my computer.  Have a great day!



Friday, 8 September 2017

September.......Where did summer go?

It is hard to believe that we are into September already!  Even though this summer was one of the hottest on record, it wasn't the most enjoyable.  Fires, smoke and all the evacuation orders dominated most of our thoughts for the last two months.  Not that we are done with all that yet.  I hate to say it but please let it rain soon.


First up today is a quilt that I made just after Spring Market.  The fabric is Fig Tree's Hazel & Plum.  It will be released in stores this fall.  Most Fig Tree quilts are made with a cream background.  I wanted something a little different so I went with a grey Grunge.  I like it so much that even though I made this quilt for Trend-Tex, I'm about to make another one just like it for myself.


Have you seen the "Dream Big" panels by Hoffman.  They really have perfected the digital panels.  Every time I'm asked to make something from their panels, I get very excited.  I'm just finishing up their latest Call of the Wild panels but you will have to wait a bit to see them.

If you are in the Kamloops area this month you must check out the FAN (Fibre Art Network) display at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre at 7 Seymour St. W.  It is open Tuesday through Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday from 10am - 4pm.  The display is on now until September 30 with an artist reception on the 30th, 2 - 4pm.  Admission is by donation.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Hoffman Call of the Wild


The latest in Hoffman's Call of the wild series has landed in local quilt stores.  This is my version of the Elk panel.  Click here if you would like to see all the digital panels they have developed so far.  The blue tones in this panel were so exciting to work with.


It took a little while to figure out what I wanted to do with the Racoon panel.  Finally I zoned in on the geese flying in the sky and decided that flying geese blocks on the side would work.


The quilting on both quilts was fairly simple all over curves.  They were samples for Trendtex and needed to be finished in a hurry, so simple it was.

Hope you are having a great day!!!  Take care.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Sweetwater


Today's quilt is made from "Sunday Supper" by Sweetwater for Moda  I fell in love with this line when it first came out this spring.  However, life has been a little busy, so I just finished the quilt this week.


The pattern I used is "Meadow" by Corey Yoder.  It is in the book Scraps made simple.  There are several patterns in this book that I want to make, when I get a minute.  LOL!

I hope that you all are having a wonderful summer.  There is a chance that the smoke here in BC will ease up a little.  With ratings between 8 (high) and 49 (extreme) on the air quality index here in Kamloops, it has been difficult for anyone to spend time outside enjoying our summer. Fingers crossed wishing for rain!  

Friday, 28 July 2017

A Little Cotton + Steel

The latest Cotton + Steel fabrics are hitting the shelves.


I was in a rush for my pictures, so this is what you get!  This is Managerie by Rifle Paper Co. The pattern is Gridwork by Running Doe Quilts for Villa Rosa Designs.  A great pattern that works up really quick.


Magic Forest by Sarah Watts is the next line.  Once again it is a Villa Rosa pattern called River Queen.  A little more attention was needed in the cutting to make sure all the horses are upright.


This line is Lagoon by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  The pattern was featured in the artwork from Spring Market, and will eventually by on the web page.  I didn't have access to the pattern, so I drafted it up on EQ and made it up.  Since then I have figured out a much easier way to make it, but more about that this fall.

Have a great day everyone and stay safe.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Here We Go Again

Once again the wildfires in BC are dominating all our thoughts.  The weather seams to be cooperating a little today so lets all hope that the evacuees can safely return to their homes soon!


The Quilt Store in Newmarket Ontario produced this great Northcott block.  A friend was attending Quilt Canada and snapped up the kit for me.  Every Canadian Quilt needs a hockey player!


The binding went on this little nine patch quilt today.  The main fabric is a Hoffman digital print.  Batiks make up the rest of the quilt.


I did manage to get a little quilting done for friends this week.  Fran left me lots of room to play on her Blue and Yellow floral quilt.



Katja is kitting this quilt up and asked me to quilt it for her.  I played with a new to me type of texture.  A dark Grey thread was the only colour that I had that worked on this one.

Have a great day and stay safe out there!

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Friday, 7 July 2017

POOF! A biscuit quilt

The new name for biscuit quilts is a "Poof" quilt.


Leslie asked if she could come over and make one for a friend.  Of course I agreed and provided a little Me and My Sister fabric to complete the project.  After a couple of great afternoons together, the quilt was finished and on it's way to it's new owner.


 Leo will use this as a floor rug for a bit.  What a little cutie!

Summer has finally arrived in Kamloops with 40 degree weather.  I won't complain since we have been waiting so long for it to happen.


Last night Doug and I took in a ball game under the lights.  The local KIBT tournament  is on. The seats are warm and the beer is cold.


I am working on a little project of my own.  I try to remember to take a picture of the upper corner, so that I can refer to it when I reach the bottom of the quilt and hopefully have the four corners match.  It's fun to take a little time to make a quilt just because.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Happy Canada Day!!!!!

150 years young July 1, 2017.  What a party it will be.  It just seams like yesterday that we were celebrating our 100th birthday.


I am still plugging away on my Northcott blocks.  I missed my goal of having the top together by July 1st.  I do have a new goal to have it all done by the end of the year.  Hmmm.  Hopefully I make that one.  This block is from Wee Folks Sewing & Quilt Shoppe in Selkirk Ont.  It is so Canadian!!!!


Yesterday was my oldest Grandson's graduation from elementary school.  The school put a wonderful ceremony together for all the kids.  Way to go Tyrese.

Till next time, wishing all my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day and all my American friends a happy July 4th.  It's great that both our birthdays are so close together.  One big party.


Friday, 16 June 2017

Time for Knitting

Knitting has been part of my life, long before I learned how to quilt.  My Grandma Bailey had taught me how as a little girl, and I have dabbled in it all my life.  I knit numerous sweaters for my kids and nieces and nephews.
With the new yarns that are available, it is such an indulgence to pick up a luxurious yarn at my favourite little shop Knit 2 Yarns.  Last week was knit in public day, and I did stop by Carla's shop and pick up a little something for myself.


This is a Shawl I just gave away, knit from yarn I had picked up at Carla's last year.  Just like quilt fabric, sometimes the yarn has to age a little before it is used.  The pattern is from the book Sock-Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas.
I have been knitting up a storm lately with an upcoming new addition to the family, so I'm sure I'll be posting more projects soon.


The Northcott blocks are coming along.  This is the block from Along Came Quilting in Calgary. The pieces all came in the kit laser cut and ready to fuse in place.  What a bonus.  It took longer to stitch down than to actually fuse.  Thanks to Hailey for picking this one up for me.



Continuing on with the Christmas theme from last week, I am currently quilting a darling little appliqué quilt for Iva.  As always, her hand work if exquisite.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Snowberry

Continuing on with the Christmas theme, here is today's offering.


This is "Snowberry" by 3 Sisters for Moda.  I had found several quilts on line using this idea for trees, but the all had to many seams.  I drafted mine eliminating all unnecessary seams and this is the result.  I liked this one so much that it just might have to live in my house for a while.


These two Northcott blocks are from Atlantic Fabrics in Nova Scotia.  the C is from Dartmouth and the A is from Halifax.  I am trying hard to get more blocks done.  Lucy posted pictures of hers quilted so.....  LOL.  I'm trying!


Last Friday was a fabulous day for a road trip.  The six of us headed to Lillooet as a surprise road trip for Mom and Sonja.  Unfortunately the Kaoham train had been cancelled for the day.  We didn't let that spoil our day though.  We headed to Seton lake for a picnic, stopped for a whine tasting at Fort Berens Winery and then headed to Horstings Farm Market for a little look see.  A Grand Adventure!

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Christmas???????


Yes, in the quilting world it is time to think Christmas.  The newest Christmas fabric will be hitting store shelves shortly.  This quilt is made using Sweetwater's Hometown Christmas Edition by Moda Fabrics.
I usually crop the feet out of the quilt pics but I thought the little skiff of snow might make you think Christmas thoughts.  The quilt was made in January when the Sales Reps for Trend-Tex where hitting the roads to sell Christmas to the Stores for 2017.



The little present blocks were simple to put together, and lots of fun to quilt random straight lines on.

Now to more recent adventures.


Last Sunday I was teaching a Modern Meshwork Class.  The participants had some great colour choices.



More fun with the tri-colour weaves.  Thanks ladies for your adventurous weaving!

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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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