Tuesday, 28 June 2011

It's been a busy month . . .

WOW - the 28th of June!  Where did this month go???  Let's see . . .  I got the quilts delivered for Slave Lake, took a few Long Arm classes in Edmonton, spent a week in Kimberley with the grandkids, and have three more quilts to show you.

But first, a little story to share regarding the quilts for Slave Lake.  A facebook friend of mine, who also happens to be a childhood friend that I haven't seen for probably 35 years, saw the Quilts for Slave Lake posting on Facebook.   A family member was one of the unfortunate people who lost their home in the fires, but more to the point, she lost a pink and white quilt that her grandmother made for her over 25 years ago.  They contacted me and asked if they could possibly receive one of my quilts, and I couldn't see why not.  So, now the beautiful pink and white quilt that Susan donated, is hers.  I think that's a great story . . . . don't you?

Now  belongs to Slave Lake resident Christina - I'm sure it will be treasured!

OK, on to more quilts from Little House . . . .

Here's pictures of Judy's Crazy Quilt.  It's pieced in nice warm flannels, and I quilted it using "Surf's Up" panto by David Hudson.  Glide thread top and bobbin.

Close up of Crazy Quilt - Surf's Up panto

Judy's Crazy Quilt

Judy's Crazy Quilt - waiting for some Cuddle Time

 Judy made another quilt out of the same flannel fabric.  This pattern is calledTurning Twenty - meaning it's made of twenty fat quarters.  I quilted it with Glide thread and "Starburst" panto by Patricia Ritter.  I don't know which one is my favorite - they'd  both be so inviting on a cool evening with a good book or perhaps a glass of red wine  ;) !

Judy's Turning Twenty

Another of Judy's Flannel Turning Twenty


.... and one more quilt to show you . . . This one is a lap quilt using the "Disappearing Nine Patch" pattern.  I quilted it with Glide thread and Ebb and Flow panto from Willow Leaf Studios.

Disappearing Nine Patch - Ebb and Flow panto

Ebb and Flow panto - Close up

All of these quilts are warm looking, aren't they?  Next time I will have some wilder colors  for you to see - I promise.   Here's a sneak peek . . .
The weather has finally turned for the better, so I may have to spend more time outside than in, but I still have lots of work to do!  The quilts are piling up at Little House - and that's great!!  Until next time, enjoy your Canada Day celebrations and I look forward to posting some great July quilts from the Little House.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Quilts for Slave Lake

As promised, here are pictures of the quilts I'll be taking up to Edmonton for delivery to Slave Lake.  I didn't piece any of these quilts, and only quilted 7 of them.  The others were donated completely finished.  I was happy to do this - and, if I say so myself, they are fabulous!!!  I love every single one of them!  And I know, a lot of heart and soul went into making each one.  Thanks so much to the quilters who donated them. 

I was getting a bit carried away with my "photo shoot" , but . . . . Enjoy the pics . . .
A brilliant quilt pieced by Susan's friend, and quilted by LHC using the panto Double Plume by Karyn Emmerson.

Close up

another view - don't you just love the colors!!!

another close up

This one is done in flannels - soooo cozy!  Pieced and donated by Susan Lock, quilted by LHC - Starburst panto by Patricia Ritter

Close up of quilting - doesn't the design fit nicely with the flowers in the fabric?

Another close up . . .

Bright and Cheery quilt pieced by Susan Lock and quilted by LHC - panto design was "Peacock Meandering"

Close up

Pieced backing - close up

another close up

Pinwheel quilt pieced by Susan Lock - quilted by LHC in freehand design

Close up

Front and backing

Very nice . . . . . thankyou Susan for such a great job!

Scrappy Stars - pieced by Susan Lock - quilted by LHC - panto design Japonica by Keryn Emmerson

Close up 

Front and backing

another great job, Susan!

Disappearing nine-patch pieced by Susan Lock, quilted by LHC - panto design Roses and Ribbons 

Close up

Front and backing

now all we need is a good book to curl up with!

Stunning pinks - pieced by Susan Lock, quilted by LHC using Different Strokes panto

got to have a second look it's SO beautiful!

Close up 

Front and backing . . . .

Wait a minute - LOOK at the backing!  How clever is Susan????

Backing as beautiful as the front . . .

Pretty in Pink, I'd call it!

Cozy flannel quilt pieced and quilted by Nancy of Crazy Creek Creations

Another of Nancy's works of art . . .

- and yet another all done by Nancy at Crazy Creek Creations

Thanks so much Nancy - these are going to be appreciated so much!

King Sized quilt donated by Doris - THANK YOU Doris!!!

Here's the stack of them - ready to be snuggled with!

So, that's about it from the Little House for now . . . tomorrow I am heading up to Edmonton to take a couple of classes at Sparrow Studioz and I think I'll also take in the Edmonton District Quilt Guild quilt show while I'm there . . . couldn't hurt!  I'm also going to try and watch the Canucks get back on the right side of the scoreboard with my little sista - Sharon.  It should be a good weekend, all in all!    Until next time -   Happy Quilting or what ever it is that keeps you in balance!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

June . . . does that mean summer is here???

It was a bit of a rough couple of weeks at Little House . . . the weather has not been cooperating, AND last week the torrential rains caused the basement to flood.  Guess what's in the basement - right - the Lenni Lounge!  So, we sopped up all the water, moved the furniture, and dried out the basement. 

Today the sun is shining (for now) and the basement is dry . . . that means, Lenni should be back up and running tomorrow . . . AND, the hummingbirds are back, the orioles are visiting and the mama goose has left the hay stack (you had to be there!).

So ......

In May, wildfires destroyed about 1/3 of the town of Slave Lake, Alberta,  - homes, businesses and livelihoods.  In response to the tragedy and devastation, a fabric shop in Edmonton is organizing the collection of quilts for those residents of Slave Lake who lost their homes.  Now a quilt cannot replace what is lost, but we all know, quilts CAN comfort - and that's what this is all about.  I will be donating some quilts from my "stash", and I have been amazed by the support of others - some that I don't even know!  I have collected half a dozen quilts from generous quilters, and will also be taking in some tops that quilters have completed, and will be quilting them on my long arm, Lenni.  When I head to Edmonton on June 9th to my quilting classes at Sparrow Studioz, I'll take what I have been able to collect, and deliver them to Edmonton for the Slave Lake cause.

It's the least I can do . . . I just had to suck gallons of water out of my basement - but at least I HAVE a basement - I can't imagine what it would be like to lose your home and neighborhood like those in Slave Lake.

Once I have all my donations in order, I'll post a picture of them for you to see.

After those are all complete, I have 5 of my own tops waiting patiently for their turn on Lenni . . . here's a couple of them.

This is a Mystery Quilt that I did last fall - "High Desert Mystery Quilt"  It's a full queen size.

I completed this Block of the Month last year as well - it's HUGE!  I need lots of time and imaginative juices flowing before I tackle this one.  I love the colors, don't you??

The Festival of Quilts was held at Heritage Park last weekend - what a stunning display of quilts - over 500 of them.  I really think next year Little House Creations will have a few hanging for all to see.  This isn't a judged show - just a wonderful variety of quilting from beginner to friggin' amazingly advanced!  As luck would have it, I forgot my camera at home, so my friend, Carol, took these photos with her cell phone - what would we do without cell phones???  Thanks, Carol  :)

Here's just a sampling  . . .. (I hope I'm not infringing on any copyright laws - as I don't know who made these, I just know that the event is spectacular - and it didn't hurt that the sun was shining!)

Check out the June Special I am offering under the "Brochure" link on the right hand side!  Now that's a bargain!!!

Until next time we meet in the Little House . . . . "Go Canucks Go" 
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