Monday, August 18, 2014

Pillows Done!

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The Crafty Beaver and Midnight Wolf are now quilted and made into pillows!  I used 18” pillow forms instead of the 16” they recommend.   I think they turned out very cute and will make great xmas gifts.  Can’t believe I just said xmas gifts, I’m never that organized this early!  :)

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Good Tidings Quilt

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Finally some quilting to share with you!  I haven’t touched my longarm in over a month so it felt weird to load up a quilt and try to be creative again!  I struggled with what to do in the center of the wreaths so did all the other quilting first.  I started with the SID, then the swirls in the background and the loops in the green and red wreaths.  Once that was all done I sat and stared at the four blank centers of the wreaths…this quilt wasn’t talking or whispering to me at all!  I think my problem was I originally said to myself  ‘don’t do feathers on this quilt’ but I didn’t like any of the drawing I came up with until I drew this. I liked the varying sizes of the feathers instead of an even feather wreath.
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The quilt pattern is called Good Tidings by It’s Sew Emma.   The fabric collection is called Solstice by Kate Spain and Kona Snow for the background.   This is actually a guild quilt but I suggested that this be our next Christmas Raffle quilt and everyone agreed!  So I got to shop and the guild paid the bill, good deal!   We pieced this top at our July meeting and we cut enough to make a second one.   This is a great fundraiser for our group as we have a one day raffle at a local craft sale in November and raise about $500.   The ‘drawn today’ aspect of this idea is what sells a lot of tickets.
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I took a lot of pictures of this quilt as I have missed blogging about quilting!   This would have been a great one to take pictures of in the snow but it has been 28’c this past week so no chance of that!  :)
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Crafty Beaver

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Finished the second Minkie appliqué pillow top, this one is called The Crafty Beaver by Robinson Pattern Company.  I only bought the two kits so regret not buying the third one!

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This morning Tim and I went out see if the wild blueberries were ripe and we were happy to see they were ready for picking.   Mine is the bigger bucket,  I had years of ‘mandatory training’ when it comes to picking blueberries when I was child!  :)   Hope to get out to pick a few more times this week so I can fill my freezer.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Midnight Wolf

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I picked up a couple of cute pillow kits when I was in Winkler, MB at a great quilt shop called Road 17 N.  This pattern is called Midnight Wolf by the Robinson Pattern Company.  They have a website here and you can see the Beaver and Fox pillow patterns as well.   I had time to appliqué the Wolf one this morning and it is made with Minkie.  I have never appliquéd with Minkie before but it went well and I just used a small zig zag stitch and used a batik for the background.  I do plan on quilting it and making a pillow but I do not have any pillow forms on hand.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Inspirational Architecture

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While on our trip we came across a beautiful building in Menomonie, Wisconsin called the Mabel Tainter Theatre, built in 1889.  The ornate designs on the outside of the building were amazing and I had to stop to take pictures.  I found the designs very inspirational and think they could be adapted to quilting designs.  I’m sure many of you find inspiration in architecture designs so I thought I would share these pictures.

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We were told the inside of the building is even more spectacular but it was not open when were driving though the town.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Vacation

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Over the last two weeks we drove 5400 km, covered nine States and one Province!   Our destination was Indianapolis, Indiana for 3 days of car racing!    It took us five days of driving to get there with Winnipeg being our first night. We reached Sioux Falls, SD our second night and drove around town to find the falls, not disappointing at all!
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We headed to Omaha, Nebraska the next day and I found a fantastic quilt shop called The Country Sampler, a must stop for any quilter!  After the quilt shop we stopped at Lauritzen Gardens to see the trains on display and pick up a geocache.  My GPS died just as we got to the site so we had to use our geo-senses and memory of the description to find that micro cache and we found it!  We stopped in Des Moines, Iowa for our third night.
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The next day I found a great quilt shop called The Woolen Needle in Williamsburg, Iowa.   I don’t usually buy wool appliqué kits but I was so inspired by this shop I bought a few!  They also had an outlet mall so we stopped there for an hour too!  We made it to Macomb, Illinois that night and got my picture taken by the corn.  We saw lots of corn!  :)
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The next day we made it to Indianapolis and found our hotel which our was home for the next five days.   There were activities and races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the next four days.  My boys and husband really enjoy racing and I don’t mind going to the races, I know more about NASCAR than I care to admit!  
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On the Friday my son meet up with one of his online friends at the track and they chose to watch the Tudor Series and Continental Tire Series from the infield viewing mounds.  Since it was hot and sunny the rest of us chose to sit up in the stands in the shade.  During the second race I get a text from my son saying “ I just had my picture taken with Jeff Gordon”.    OMG!    Jeff is my sons favourite driver and as we were planning this trip I keep thinking in the back of my mind wouldn’t it be amazing if he actually got the opportunity to meet his idol.    Here’s the picture.
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Andrew said they were just watching the race when Jeff walked over with a friend and they stayed and watched the race for an hour on the same viewing mound that Andrew and his friend were standing on.   When a few kids approached Jeff for autographs he signed them and that is when Andrew and his friend asked if they could have their photos taken with him.  He was a very friendly and happy to talk to them, a real class act!   Everyone in this viewing area basically left Jeff alone to enjoy the race.  If this was a NASCAR race day I’m sure he would have not been able to do that.   This was a dream come true for my son!
The next two days were the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series.  My favourite part of both days was viewing the area between the garages and track and watching all the drivers walk though the only place you can get up close and personal with the drivers…not that they always want that!  We got to see most of the drivers this way and it was fun to see who would stop to sign autographs and who wouldn’t.  Can you find Danica Patrick in the picture below?  :)
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Some drivers were lucky like Carl Edwards who crossed the walkway when it was almost empty.
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Here are some happy guys after watching Jeff Gordon win the Brickyard 400!
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That was the icing on the cake for this trip, watching my sons favourite driver win after meeting him!
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It is great to be back home and my sister is visiting for the week so I only have plans to swim, kayak and relax as it is going to be warm and sunny!  I need to enjoy this warm weather as it won’t last long.  I hope to start a few quilting projects soon to share with you!   Hope your all having a wonderful summer.
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For those that follow NASCAR we didn’t ‘Kiss the Bricks” but we did stand on them!  :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summertime

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I’m taking a little break from quilting so the blog will be quiet for a bit.    Summer is finally here and I am going to soak it up as much as I can as it is such a short season.  I’ve been out in the kayak or  just sitting down on the dock with my feet in the water.    We have some fun plans with the boys next week and then my sister is coming to visit!  

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Hope your having a wonderful summer ( or winter) where you are!   I heard in the news that Australia had snow in some areas…from what I saw it wasn’t even enough to make a snow ball.   So this pictures is for my readers Down Under…yes that is a real Australian Barmah hat on my snowman!  :)

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Pedal to the Metal Quilt

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Back in April at our guilds Quilt Show Lori was here visiting and as we were shopping the vendor surrounded by beautiful batiks we realized we needed to buy fabric for a quilt.  So we decided to make a sample of our Pedal to the Metal Quilt C as we didn’t have that one on hand as the original one was made by a friend who tested the pattern for us.  This also lead to the decision  to redo our pattern cover as it  didn’t have a proper focus or show the woven effect of Quilt A .   We were really rushed the day we did the original cover so I wanted to give it another try.  I was hoping to get another outdoor shot but trying to get three quilts in one shot was proving to be very difficult.  Also the weather has been pretty miserable this spring, lots of rain and wind so I thought I would give indoor photography a try.   Not my strong suit but I’m happy with the final result!  I cleared out the living-room furniture and hung Quilt A on the wall and then used my quilt ladder to hang Quilt B + C.    I think this layout give the pattern cover more of a focus.

Here is the old cover

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And the new cover!

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I used a new pantograph called Allium which might become my new favourite panto for light density quilting!

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Love how this quilt looks on the limestone rocks!  The navy diamonds really pop.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Beginner Class

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Back in June I taught a two day Beginner Quilting Class at our guild.    At our Quilt Show in April we advertised that we would be offering a Beginner class to all new members that join our guild and we had 12 people sign up and attend.  It was a great way to bring in new members to our group.   We chose the Mahjongg Quilt Pattern and this is the sample I made for my demonstration for the class.  Our guild has a blog as well that I now write and we post pictures of our Show and Tell so please feel free to follow that blog as well!  Here is the link - North Star Quilt Guild Blog.

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This will be a Comfort quilt that our guild will donate to a local charity and I’m sure a little boy will love this quilt!  I used the Popcorn panto and the guild gave me Hobbs 80/20 batting.  I usually don’t like Hobbs batting but this one was better than the last roll the guild purchased.  The loft is more even than on the last roll we had so that was nice to see! 

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The weather has been cool, windy and rainy here  all week so I hope we are done with all that and I can start enjoying summer again!

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