Friday, November 17, 2017

Rolling Stars

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This is another one of Gail’s quilts and its called Rolling Stars by Whistlepig Creek Productions.  Gail’s fabric choices gives it a modern feel so I used Bayside for the pantograph.

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I used a light teal So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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The snow here is melting so it was an indoor photo shoot.  I’m probably the only one here wishing the snow would stay and for colder temperatures! 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kensington Kaleidoscope Quilt

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This is Gail’s Kensington Kaleidoscope by Quilt Moments and is a type of Stack and Whack technique using four layers and cut into squares. The four squares are then used in the center of each block.  The fabric Gail used for the Stack and Whack cutting is the same fabric as her border fabric, its just perfect for this project.

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I chose Dragonfly Pond for the pantograph, Quilters Dream Blend batting and gold coloured So Fine thread as all the fabrics have a metallic print.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Viking Quilt Addition

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Back in August I shared pictures of the Viking quilt I was working on for my sisters birthday.  If you might recall it had a blank block in the center for a special design and that is now complete!  Had to add a badass Viking Queen in the mix.    This pattern is called ‘Islendingadagurinn’  by George and Wendy Van der Walt from Fabriculous and they had mentioned to me after they released the pattern that they might design a female block.  So I pestered them all summer to design the lady Viking and after a few tries we ended up with this.  She had to look like she had meat on her bones and messy hair like the guys!  Love it!  Now to figure out how to quilt it.

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This week we were busy adding cabinets to my quilting room.  I had posted this picture on IG last month asking which countertop do people like with the grey cabinets.  Most said the lighter ones but as you’ll see I don’t listen well!

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I liked all of them but my gut said go with the dark and I’m happy I did as I love the contrast against the grey walls.  Tim also installed a florescent light over the cabinets as it will be my cutting station.

Lights off.

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Lights on!  Nice an bright for working.

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Finally found the right spot for my snow dyed piece and the counter top goes great with my smaller ironing pad. I just love the Lewis & Irene fabric I used for that, the collection is called ‘Threaded with Love”. 

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mahjongg Quilt

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This is Yvonne’s Mahjongg quilt and she used beautiful gold and silver fabrics with a large floral print for a focus.   I picked Always Ivy for the pantograph, Quilters Dream Blend for the batting and Lava thread that has a variegation from grey to gold.

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It looks lovely on my new couch too!

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So I am slowly getting back to work and have started on the quilts on my waiting list. Thank you to all my client that have been to patent during my move and are willing to mail your quilt tops to me.

We had beautiful sun-dogs in the sky later yesterday afternoon and I took this picture from my deck.  The sun is down by 5pm so it is really starting to feel like winter around here.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Blue and White Star Fling

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This is Cynthia’s Star Fling quilt and she used shades of blue for the stars against a white background.  Looks so crisp and wintery on the snow!  We had about 15cm of snow fall this weekend and I was told this was early for this amount of snowfall here.  

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I used the Wave on Wave pantograph with white So Fine thread.  Batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

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Nice to see the sun as this fall has been very rainy and cloudy.

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Thought I would share a few pictures of the quilt  hanger Tim made me this week for my sewing room! 

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He used a 1x4 and oak baseboard  and we purchased Cam Clamps from Lee Valley to make it an easy release system.  That way I can change the quilts out by myself and it can be done quite quickly. I just pull back on each cam clamp and that releases the pressure and out comes the quilt top.  The boards just hang from the wall on hook and eyes so I can easily take it down from the wall.

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During our snowfall this weekend I noticed some deer in the field beside our house.  Turned out to be 6 deer and a buck.  I was able to get a few pictures even though the sun had gone down already. Thank goodness for street lights!

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Here is the video I was able to get of them all bounding away!   https://youtu.be/EfymzkIF204

Friday, November 3, 2017

Pedal to the Metal Graduation Quilt

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I finally finished my son Daniels Graduation quilt, better late than never they say!   He didn’t seem to mind the delay because of the move and also ended up getting a new bed, headboard and foot board for his new room.  His only request for the quilt was that it be blue!  I added a dark brown batik and a light grey blue batik to compliment with the blue.    So I used our Highway 10 Design pattern, Pedal to the Metal and got to work making his quilt at our retreat a few weeks ago. 

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I used a grey wide Grunge for the backing, Mimosa for the panto and Quilters Dream Blend batting.  I used light blue So Fine on the top and grey Bottom Line on the back.

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Well it looks like the snow is here to stay and you know I don’t mind snow…except for the fact I don’t have my winter tires on my car yet!  We are really missing our garage!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

New Ironing Table

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This week my husband made an ironing table on casters for my quilting room and I love how it turned out!  I came up with the design and Tim did the wood work.  While I was at our retreat at Fabriculous last week I purchased the fabric and paint for the project.  The fabric is Dashwood Studio’s Norrland fabric and the paint is Cobalt Blue Plaster Paint.  I’m so happy I went bold with this project as I love this fabric, its so unique and the blue give it a wow factor.

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When I’m not using it I can just tuck it against the wall.  Now to find some fun baskets for the shelves and I can use it for more storage. Feels good to see my studio coming together.

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I thought I would also share a few pictures of my neighbours horses as they made a daytime appearance.  They were quite curious with what I was doing but didn’t mind me taking their picture!  We had our first snowfall on Friday which made for a beautiful backdrop.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fourth Annual Highway 10 Designs Retreat

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This past weekend was our 4th Annual Highway 10 Designs Retreat at Fabriculous in Swan River, MB.  This time the retreat was extra special as it meant I was able to visit with my friends from northern Manitoba which made the 10 hour drive worth it!   Our hosts, Wendy and George, always provide us with a fun extra project for those that want to participate and this time it was making small barn quilts!   I chose to make a very low volume start block in teal and white, and Genny was kind enough to show me how to age it with a dry brush technique that really gave my block life.    All the blocks turned out amazing! 

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I spent some extra time with Lori before and after the retreat so we could get more visiting time in and that was so nice!   Before the retreat we were busy making fabric baskets that we filled with kettle corn for all the participants.  And after we were working on new patterns.  It was a very productive week!

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It is great to see all the different projects the ladies working on and there are usually a few working our patterns.  Phyl made a City Slicker and just finished quilting it on the longarm as Fabriculous is an APQS Rental location.  Quite a few of the ladies were able to quilt their projects.

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Sheri was busy making a baby Quarter Sections quilt with really cute fabrics.  I’m not usually a fan of Cotton and Steel but the bear print was sweet!

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I spent the weekend sewing a Pedal to the Metal with blue, brown and grey batiks from my stash.  This is my son’s graduation quilt that I had delayed making because of the move. I just loaded it on the longarm today so hope to have it finished for him soon!

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I also made a few purchases and I’m very excited about this one.  I’ll be sharing what I’m making with is soon!

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The weekend was a lot of fun and we even managed to get Wendy in our group picture.  Love these next two pictures, they really capture the fun we have together.

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