Saturday, December 29, 2012

After Christmas quilting

Hi Everyone

     I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas I certainly did. I had a large surprise when my sister gave me her red and white quilt she entered and won for in the summer quilt challenge. I was so shocked, all the months she worked on it she was apparently already planning to give it to me. I have made and given away a lot of quilts but you know I can't recall ever getting a quilt that was made for me. What a special gift.

   I also finally took some time to work on my class samples. I have been having fun and really stepping out of the box with my fabric selections. At first I was thinking oh boy these colours are too much, but when it was all said and done I really love the end results. I used the Simply Color charm pack for my version of 9 patch scramble. I have to say I am really happy with the results.

Doesn't it look almost 3D! Very pleased with this project.
Next I saw this great tutorial online for an interlocking block and thought ok, you haven't given yourself a challenge in awhile so lets see what happens. Pretty cool! I have included the link below if you want to give it a try or join me for a class at The Cloth Castle for my own hints and tips on this block.

     Have you seen the really quick and easy plus sign quilts? What a great scrap buster. This was so quick and easy to make.
    I finally finished the scarf I was knitting too. It has actually been done for awhile, all it needed was to be blocked. Just like binding it is those finishing steps I just don't like doing. Also this was a sock yarn, it took forever to finally get it done. A fast knitter I'm not. I forced myself to block it as it is so soft and I would like to wear it this winter. The picture I had to take by myself so not the greatest but it is scarf you are supposed to looking at it not me! Haha.
  Here are a few more shots of our Christmas. This is the first year that my brother isn't home so it was a little different. With skype it was like we were all together. We sure are lucky to have all these wonderful ways to keep in touch!
You can just see Brad and his girlfriend Jodie on the screen.
 My sister is opening a gift from them.
 My sister Miriam  (aka the rogue quilter) on Christmas Eve.
We don't have any little kids around but my mom has cat that loves paper!
Happy New Year everyone.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Some of my Favorite things

As we get closer to Christmas, I justed to touch base and share some of my favorite things. I'm currently enjoying some time off from work and enjoying time spent with family and friends. I hope that this holiday season you also egt to spend time with your family.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Stitch'n for Christmas

Sewing with the quilting girls. Making Christmas tree napkins. These are great gifts and so easy to make. There are tons of free tutorials on line. A great group project too.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Do you Pin?

Are you on Pinterest? If you aren't you are missing out on the fun! Pinterest is a great place to see projects, get inspired and connect with great blogs. Here a few pins of projects that i like......let me tell you I have spent way too much time gathering projects I like!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Summer Fun

I had a friend teach us this great nite light. All made from seaglass. We had a great day and I love the end result.
Some of the photos are Doreen's, you can see she is one talented lady.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sisters Part 2

Hi Everyone,

     I hope you enjoyed part one of our Sisters Oregon trip here are some more pictures to tease you with. This group of quilts were all made by a book club. This past year they read the original Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie. They then decided to make stunning quilts inspired by scenes from the book. I can't even begin to tell you how totally incredible these quilts were. The quilt below had to be at least 50" x 60" all machine appliqued, thread painted and quilted. You could have stood there all day and not scene all the details.

Don't you love when Peter gives Wendy a "kiss" aka thimble. Look at the quilting in the background....incredible!

This is the Mermaid scene from the book, again absolutely stunning. The hours of work that went into these projects, I can't even begin to imagine.

Close up of the quilting on the Mermaids.

Do you feel like you have been to Neverland..."second star to the right and straight on till morning."

Looks like we need a part 3 to our Sisters Show and Tell.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sister's Oregon ...The Worlds Largest Outdoor Quilt Show

Hi Everyone,

    We had such a great trip to Sister's Oregon. If you have never been you really need to add it to your bucket list. It is always so incredible. Each year there are so many quilts to be inspired by. I won't go on to much about it, I will let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!
Leaving the Inner Harbor of Victoria

mom and me

The Stitchin' Post

Isn't this yard something else!

I love poppies

Great modern quilt

The light background blocks are all from Salvage edges of your fabric. Look at the close up below.

The side building of The Stitchin' Post

Stay tuned for more pictures tomorrow!