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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