Sunday, August 22, 2010

My First Entry

     Well this is it, I finally have branched out and started by blog. I love to craft but currently my biggest hobby is quilting. Starting this blog, my hope was to connect with other quilters and crafters. I also enjoy scrapbooking and cardmaking, I don't have a lot of time for it though.

     Four years ago I started a quilting pattern company with my dear friend Michelle, m&n pattern designs. Michelle sadly passed away about 1.5 years ago but our friendship grew over our love of quilting. When Michelle was on maternity leave with her daughter Rachel, we would get together every Monday and quilt, most Mondays though it would just be a gab fest. Although I miss her daily, the work and projects we worked on are a great memory. We had some very good days sewing, having lunch and going shopping. Shopping really was a good distraction when we supposed to be preparing for our quilt club!

       Yesterday we had a Quilt Show at The Cloth Castle, store where I work, Log Cabin Quilt Challenge reveal. Customers came by and voted for their favourite quilts. Viewers Choice Winner was! I was pretty excited. The quilt I won for was my Bali Friendship Log Cabin, approx. 90" X 90", it was  a bit if work finishing. The friendship log cabin  was a fun day of sewing. Collect 12 of your closest quilting friends everyone brings 24 of their own center squares. When everyone is ready and settled everyone get 2 of each persons squares. Then each person sews on a strip of their fabric. Press and trim and then pass the stack to their neighbor. So as you continue around, each person adds a strip of their fabric. Then you go home and put it all together in any pattern you like and if you are me you go home and "fix" up colours. I ended up making 12 more blocks so I could make a larger quilt and then expanded it's size with borders. I love how it turned out.

      Well I better sign off and get some work done. I'm heading off to Vancouver for more sewing machine training tomorrow. 



  1. Congratulations on the new blog and winning the quilt show!! Gorgeous quilt!!! I'm looking forward to following your blog!!
    Take care!

  2. Welcome, Welcome, Natasha! Hello from the Washington DC area! I just found your blog through Paulette over at Sweet P Quilting and Creations. Sorry..I don't have a blog (yet), as I'm one of the faceless readers! Although it's heartbreaking to read about Michelle's passing, what a wonderful legacy she has left you as you start your blog with talent, enthusiasm, and maybe a smidgen of courage to join the virtual "gabfest". We are thrilled you did!

  3. Natasha,
    It is a stunning log cabin quilt- there are just so many terrific ways to lay out this beautiful traditional design. You have created a wonderful version of this pattern.

    Welcome to blogland- I hope you enjoy your journey- there are so many terrific quilters out here sharing their ideas.
    You can find my blog here:
    Regards from Alberta,

  4. Natasha I loved my first quilt club and how lucky was I to win an autographed book by Sharon Pederson?! Sylvia told me I would enjoy your club and I did. Thank you and Mirium for sharing stories of your buying trip to Houston and for demonstrating crafts and products. My wish list is growing and my enthusiasm for quilting is high. I re-connected with an old friend and made a new one. Great day!!!