Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Two Quilts

Here's a couple of small quilts that my sister made. I mentioned that I had to get something for the Cabot Quilt Guild Auction this fall so she left these two. She said I could give one or both. I decided to donate the first one, 'Biking Through The Birches'.

The second quilt is called 'Mmmmm Chocolate' as it reminded her of the Aero Chocolate Bars. It's also an excellent use of just two fabrics! I rather like it! I just may be compelled to make one using some batiks! It all depends on time. At the moment, I'll use it for inspiration.

Thanks, Joan!


Love the bicycle fabric on the back!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Blog Hopping

Yesterday was the beginning of Watermelon Summer New Block Blog Hop featuring Prairie Cloth Solids (check the free patterns on the top of the page). Over 60 bloggers are participating. Each blogger will be featuring a block they've created using a six fabric bundle of solids.

One of the things I like about blog hops is visiting other bloggers and seeing the different things they are doing. So hop on over to Inspired by Fabric to check them out.





 You will find the complete list of participants at the end of the tutorial HERE.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Flower Tree

During July, I was in Wolfville, NS, with family. My four year old granddaughter saw this tree with all the blossoms and immediately called it the Flower Tree. If anyone can tell me its name, I'd appreciate it. I just love the colours!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Pendants

During the summer, I did work on some new pendants. As you can see, I was into flowers. In all, I finished about 30 (not all flowers). They are now ready for the local market and Christmas Craft Fair. My pendants are light weight, will fit in an envelope, and are inexpensive to mail. They make wonderful gifts and each is one-of-a-kind!
Have a look:




Saturday, August 29, 2015

Apples

 
On one of my summer time walks, I passed by several apple trees. These should be ready for picking in September.

Here's a few links to apple related projects:
Enjoy!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fiber Lilly - Fabrics

Fiber Lilly had their first year anniversary this summer. I dropped by a couple of days ago to check things out as I've been gone since mid June. Nine new shelves of quilting fabric have been added! Apparently lots more fabric is on the way.

I'm not affiliated in any way with this store. However, I do like to promote and shop locally. If you are in town, please check them out. They do have lots of other supplies including yarns, notions and sewing machines.

Enjoy!

Christmas and winter

Christmas

Reds!

Summer colours. Stunning!

Lots of fat quarters!

Christmas organza to the left!

So soft for a cuddle quilt.


The Advent Calendar is now finished. When I was there it wasn't quite done.
This is a very easy one to do and looks wonderful. I saw it on face book.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Show & Tell - Eye Candy!!

Quilt Guilds will soon be starting to meet again after taking the summer off. In fact, The Eastern Edge Quilters' here in St. John's, have their first meeting next Tuesday evening. It will be interesting to see everyone's finished projects, especially after July was such a miserable month weather wise. I wasn't home for that!

I found some interesting show and tell quilted projects from a few guilds on the internet. Have a look!

Enjoy!

Here's an interesting site: Generations Quilt Patterns


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Textile Art

I was reading through some emails and came across one from The Quilt Show. Of course, the heading, ' The $45 Million Tapestry ' caught my eye! This price broke the record for the most money ever paid for a piece of Chinese Art. The tapestry, made in the 15th Century, has significant historical value in Chinese history. Please go to the blog page to see it.

Another piece of textile art, this time, a quilt, titled ' Maya's Quilt of Life ', will be going on auction in September. It is estimated that it will go for at least $150,000. See more about this quilt HERE.

If you are interested in reading more about the emergence of textile art, check out an interesting article by the Wall Street Journal.

Here's a couple of articles on Textile Art:
Enjoy!

These photos are from a Textile Trip I took to England in 2008.


Embroidery by Constance Howard

Royal School of Embroidery





Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Linky Tuesday

Today I joined up with Linky Tuesday on Freemotion By The River! So far, 39 quilters have posted about what they are doing in quilting. Quite a variety of projects. Hop over to have a look.

I'm working on some pieced birds. It's very liberating as there's no measuring, just rotary cutting and sewing. Yes, quite a departure for me from my regular work. I'll post photos soon. You might also see a wonky row house or two.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Misty Monday

It's a foggy but warm day. A good one to spend at the sewing machine! I hope someone out there managed to get a bit of stitching done. Yesterday was my day for doing that (more on that later)!

Today I'm going to post a few blogs to view. I haven't done that in awhile. Enjoy. . .
From Art Threads

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Birthdays

My sister always surprises me on my birthday! This year, she presented me with this fantastic tree skirt. She saw a quilt with trees on it that she liked and decided to design her own quilted tree skirt. Joan had reds and greens left over from the quilt she gave me last Christmas and decided to make the skirt to match it. You can see the quilt HERE

The tree skirt that I use was made years ago from a pre-printed panel from Fabricville. All I had to do was stitch two half circles together, add batting and a back, then quilt it. No imagination for that at all.

Here's my new tree skirt made with batiks. Thanks, Joan!


Quilt and tree skirt


New skirt!!!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Interesting Blogs!

Have you checked out the quilting blog, Crazy Mom Quilts? It has lots of interesting 'stuff' (my favorite word)! Each Friday, Amanda Jean posts a project that she finished and then invites others to post their finished project for the week. It's amazing the number of people who post weekly. This week there are 116 posts with lots to check out.

Two more places to visit are Jay Bird Quilts and Red Pepper Quilts.

Enjoy!

My sister and I went to Wool Trends today. As I was leaving, I saw this leaf on the ground. The colour intrigued me so I brought it home. It looks good on my leather look placemat. This is an excellent colour combination (at least, I think so).



Friday, August 21, 2015

Home

Well, we are finally back home after over two months away. I must say, we had great weather. This is the first time we got back home during August in several years. As a result, I managed to see some of my garden in bloom. My brother did send me photos during the summer but it is not the same as been there. This is just part of the side gardens. Have a look!







Thursday, August 20, 2015

World Quilt Show in Manchester, NH

It's time for a quilt show! Have you viewed the winners at the World Quilt Show in Manchester, NH? Well it's time you did as it's a wonderful display of creativity and workmanship. View the quilts HERE.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Needle and Thread Network

 
Today I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network where you will find out what various Canadian bloggers are doing this week. Please drop by to have a look.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Unexpected!


I visited a local farm a few days ago but certainly didn't expect to see these two animals! The goats I would expect to see there.



 





Monday, August 17, 2015

Wolfville Farmers' Market

Last Saturday, I visited the Wolfville Farmer's' Market. This market is held each Saturday year round and Wednesdays from May to December.  Most of the vendors are inside the DeWolfe Building on Elm Street but there is space outside for any overflow. The market hosts over 60 vendors. You can purchase fresh produce, local wines, fresh bread and sweets as well as jewellery, pottery, and chocolate (to name a few). In fact, one can sit and eat a meal from locally made dishes. On Saturday, there was also live music in the outside area.

I did stop and chat with Pamela Kinsman of Signature Glass. Some of her lovely work is below.

Did I mention purchasing some local blueberries and fresh bread? Mmmmmm!



Signature Glass

Signature Glass

Signature Glass