Friday 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas

I hope that each and every one of you have a very Merry Christmas.  Take some time with family and friends and enjoy the season.

Wednesday I managed to finish up the last of my Christmas sewing.  These little kitties are from Funky Friends Factory.  They are going to some special little girls.  The pattern is one of the more advanced patterns.

This was the pinning process to attach the pads to the bottom of the feet.  The pattern was great and I'm extremely pleased with the results.

The last block for the Moda Be My Neighbor quilt came out on Monday.  I searched for a line I hadn't used yet, and came up with Barcelona by Zen Chic.  I think it is about three years old, but it was perfect for the last block.

The first of two quilts is finished and out the door to it's new home.  It was very windy when I was trying to get a picture so this is the best I could do.

Enjoy the holidays everyone!!!!!

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Friday 16 December 2016


This weeks finish is "Kisses" from the book 12 - Pack Quilts.  Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister have come up with several quilts that are made from 12 fat quarters.  The day I took the picture of my quilt it was -20 C and the wind was blowing.  There was a funky shadow from my tree, and I just didn't care!  Way to cold to be playing around.

The Moda Be My Neighbor blocks are up to date.  The top one is made from True Blue by Zen Chic and Momma Said Sew II by Sweetwater.  The bottom on is Basic Mixologie by Studio M. Only one more block and then it's time to get this one together.

Gail brought her quilt from my Kaleido-Design class to Guild.  This is her own original design. Great work Gail!

Staying with the season, this is Joan's Christmas hanging that she had me quilt up for her.  The needle turn appliqué on this one is fabulous!

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Friday 2 December 2016

Manderley by Franny and Jane

This quilt has been finished for some time and has gone off to it's new owner.  I loved it so much that I have remade it but have not yet found time to quilt it.

I saw a version of this quilt here, and couldn't wait to try it out.  The fabric is Manderley by Franny and Jane for Moda.  It has wonderful motifs on it that are perfect for fussy cutting hexagons.  I have a bit of it left and I'm sure I'll be using it shortly.

A special someone will recognize this quilt.  Yes, it is finally quilted!  This was Lucy's first foray into EPP.  I know she is hooked now and has several other projects in the works.  Great quilt Lucy.

The Moda Be My Neighbor blocks are finally all caught up.  The top one is made with Sundrops by Corey Yodder and the second one is Kate Spain's Early Bird fabric just released at Fall Market.  Now if only I could get caught up on my Splendid Sampler blocks.  I'm sure I'm about 60 behind on them.  Oh well!

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Friday 25 November 2016

More Cotton + Steel

The first quilt I want to show you is made from the Black and White Collaborative with a little bit of Sleep Tight thrown in.

Once again the women of Cotton + Steel have come up with some adorable prints.

This quilt is made from Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton + Steel.  The pattern is inspired by the Bread and Butterflies quilt pattern that will be on their web site when the fabric is released in January.  Going from the picture in their pamphlet I made it my way.

I am almost caught up on my Moda Be My Neighbor blocks.  The top block is made from Sweetwater's Treehouse Club.  The middle block is made from Zen Chic's Flow and the bottom block is Gina Martin's Wing and Leaf.  One more to go and then I'm up to date and waiting for Monday's release of the next block.

I can no longer say I never win anything.  I won this sweet iron in a draw at Quilt Market.  I have had my eye on one for a while, but was a little reluctant to buy it.  The company is a Canadian Company out of Toronto with an interesting history of selling Dry Cleaning equipment.  They shipped the iron to me in time to finish up the last of my samples.  I am delighted with the iron's performance.  If you are in the market for a new iron, I highly recommend this model.  It is available at Cherry Tree Quilts in Summerland or Anderson's in Kamloops.

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Friday 18 November 2016

S.S. Bluebird by Cotton+Steel

S.S. Bluebird is a collaborative collection from Cotton + Steel. It came home from Market with me and was quickly turned into this quilt.

Something for everyone! I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite.  The Racoons, Whales and letters would be in the running.  The whole collection is fabulous.  I have used the Shadow Box pattern before and thought it worked well to show off the fabrics.  The quilting is simple wavy lines as I was on a pretty tight deadline.

I managed to finish twelve quilts in eight days.  They are all salesman samples for Trendtex fabrics.  The Cotton + Steel is released in January.  The Moda will be released in the spring.

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Friday 4 November 2016

Peppie's Giveaway

I would like to introduce you to Peppie first, then we will get to the giveaway contest.

Peppie is my quilt made from Katja's upcoming 2017 quilt-along based on her Perpetual Calendar.  It is called Perpetually Hexie and is available here.  Perpetually Hexie is quite the mouthful, so I named mine "Peppie."  The picture was taken at the Moda booth at Market, with Josh Dunn helping to display the quilt.  All the fabric used was made by Moda.  Each ring is a different fabric line.  The background is assorted low volume fabric, and the back is a Moda Grunge.

Now for the contest.  There are twelve rings in the quilt.  Ten different Moda Designers' Fabrics are used for these rings.  If you zoom in on the picture you can get a better look.  The first part of the contest is to come up with the names of the ten designers.  Each comment that does will be entered to win....

One of these adorable little packages.  Moda's theme was Super Heroes.  The package includes a set of tea towels that can be made into little stuffed Super Heroes, or used as is.  For more info on these cute packages, click here.  If you check out my Instagram feed you will have a huge head start.  (Lindasquiltmania)

Each comment, whether listing the designers or not, will be entered to win fabric.  I am in full blown Sample mode using the newest releases from Market.  I will compile a few leftovers to make a couple of packages up that will be at least a metre of fabric.

The contest will be open until November 10 at midnight.  Good luck!

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Friday 28 October 2016

Glowing Hearts

Just released, the Glowing Hearts Fabric!!!!!!

In a rush for an idea I pieced 5" squares and then fused "Glorious & Free."  Probably my favourite words from our national anthem .  The picture was taken before the binding was finished so it could go on the road earlier this year with my favourite Trend-Tex sales rep.

The fabric was designed by Grace Noel (Canadian Designer) for Trend-Tex Fabrics.  Moda printed the fabric so you know the quality is great.

Trend-Tex is sponsoring a contest to design and make a quilt from the collection.  There will be prizes and the lucky winner will have their quilt displayed at Quilt Festival in Chicago next May. All this in celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017.  Check with your local quilt store for more details.

Number 8 of my Moda Be My Neighbor quilt along is finished.  The fabric is Grand Canal by Kate Spain.

That's it for production this week.  Last weekend was spent in Valemount with a lovely group of local quilters teaching "Kaleido-Design" and "Wonky Houses."  Each time I go to Valemount I feel like I'm coming home.  Pat and Don are the best hosts, and the whole group is so welcoming.  This weekend I'm in Houston for Quilt Market.  Another place that has become very familiar.  More pictures to come of that next week.

Friday 21 October 2016

The Rush Is On........

So much to do, so little time!  Are you feeling the rush as well?

This quick project was pieced at last weekend's retreat.

It didn't need a lot of quilting and I was in a bit of a rush, so it was quilted with a simple ribbon.  It will live at Katja's till Christmas and then will be a gift for someone!!!!

This row for the row by row quilt along was also put together at retreat. Tyjo's Fabrics designed this adorable set of birdhouses.

Block 7 of the Moda Be My Neighbour series is made with "Acreage" by Shannon Tillman Orr.  It turned out a little busy, but I'm pleased with it!  I can't believe I'm staying up to date on this one.

A sneak peek at Carla's quilt with a square meander quilted on it.  It is now in her hot little hands to bind and enjoy.

And just in case you thought I slacked off this week, I did get my binding on the Perpetual Hexie quilt that will be debuting next Friday in Katja's Schoolhouse presentation at Market.  Whew!  I was feeling the pressure on this on.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Friday 14 October 2016


Yes, Autumn is here.  I'm in Sorrento and the fall colours are stunning.  There is a light dusting of snow in the hills and I'm quite content to sit with 22 great women and quilt all weekend.

It's our annual retreat and we all love it here.  Wouldn't you?

I finished up this bag the day before I arrived.

The weave started out a little boring ( in my husband's eye.)  I had a plan and wasn't worried.

The light part of my Hoffman Bali Poppy was the third layer.  It really made it pop.

I basted a Pellon water soluble interfacing on type of the weave and put it on my longarm.  A quick swirl and into the sink for a rinse.  It took a few rinses to get all the residue off but it was a great way to get the weave quilted.

I did get my house block for the week done.  I used Manderley by Frannie and Jane for this one. The  fabric was perfect for the little inset tiles.

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Friday 7 October 2016

Happy World Smile Day!

Yes, the first Friday in October is World Smile Day!  In the words of Charlie Chaplin, "You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile."  I'm hoping you find lots today to make you smile.

Some of the things that make me smile are:

Taking a few minutes to piece.  I don't always make the time I should to piece things I want.  This is block 5 of the Moda Neighbourhood.  The fabric is "Silver Linings in Color" by Laundry Basket Quilts.

A little free form quilting that includes a feather that just feels right.  I've always loved the quilting process and some days my whole body smiles when it is going well.

Reading a good book.  A quilt book with stories, what more could I want.  This book by Sue Spargo has great instructions and African Folklore stories that still make sense in this crazy world we live in.

And of course, you make me smile.  All my friends and family that support me in my quilt life, as well as my daily life.  There would be no smiles without all of you!

"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." - Mother Teresa

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Friday 30 September 2016

Bike, Barge and Blocks!

First up, the Moda House blocks for the last two weeks.

Block 3 is made from "Desert Bloom" by sherri & Chelsi.

Block 4 is made from "Fresh Cut" by Basic Grey.

Now for the Bike and Barge.  It was sooooo much fun.  A group of 120, mostly from Kamloops, headed off on a two week European holiday.

Our own little group of Posties and Doug, had a blast.  The first stop on the holiday was at Prague.   Such a beautiful city.  The hop on hop off bus helped us to get our bearings and then off we went exploring.

A short bus ride and we were delivered to our boat at Passau.  Next we headed down river to Tulln.  Our crew artfully set our bikes out for us so we could bike to Vienna.

After Vienna we cruised  down to Budapest for a couple of days.  As always, the Danube made a beautiful backdrop.

On our bike ride from Vac to Esztergom we had just crossed the river on a little ferry, when our boat passed by on the way to our next rendezvous.

Next up was a ride from Bratislava to Devin.  Beautiful day crossing from Slovakia to Austria and back again.

Our last biking day was in Austria from Krems to Melk, through the Wachau valley wine region. Stunning area to visit.

The boat returned us to Passau and we were on our way to Stuttgart for three days.  The Mercedes Museum and the "Festival" were must see events.

As with all holidays, it was over much to soon.  Back into the quilting swing of things for a month till I head off to Quilt Market in Houston.  Oh my, this being retired is tough!!!!

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