Sunday, 25 March 2012

You can't win if you don't buy a ticket!

My niece, Shelby, plays competitive volleyball. This quilt will be raffled off as a fund-raiser for her volleyball team.  I think it'll look great in any teenage girl's bedroom!

Sparks Raffle Quilt
It's a simple disappearing nine patch pattern made with Moda "Sassy" fabrics (Sandy Gervais).  I chose the Flying Paisleys panto by Jodi Beamish - (that was a no brainer).   Glide thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting

Sparks Raffle Quilt - close up

Sparks Raffle Quilt

Sparks Raffle Quilt - back close up
Hmmm . . . someone else likes the quilt too!

I better quit horsing around and get some work done around the house today . . . it's amazing how the dishes, dust and laundry pile up when I'm quilting.  ....

Wouldn't it be nice if all that could be done with the touch of a wand?

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

..... have a sample . . . .

Today is officially the first day of Spring but I always wait until I see a robin on the lawn - and the gophers on the road - then I'll know it's for real!

Here is Keltie's Sampler Quilt - it is going to look stunning in her beautiful post and beam home!  It looks like a Christmas quilt - but really, it's more of a country style quilt - perfect for Keltie's decor.

Warm & Natural batting; Superior So Fine top; Bottom Line bobbin - free hand in all the blocks and both borders. 

The outer borders are freehand teardrops, the inner border ls and es, and each block has a little something different - samplers are always great as each block is like its own little quilt! (I may have heard that from Deloa Jones) 

Keltie's Sampler

One Block of Keltie's Sampler - close up

One block of Keltie's Sampler - close up

Keltie's Sampler

My thought for the day:

Theodore Roosevelt said - The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

. . . a beautiful gift!

A new customer, Keltie, will be giving this quilt to her mother as a gift - what a lucky mom!!  Keltie is new to quilting, and did a fantastic job of piecing, so it was a pleasure to quilt for her.

Dusty Rose and Greens - front

Dusty Rose and Greens - close up

Dusty Rose and Greens - backing

Fil-tec Glide thread on top; Superior Bottom Line in the bobbin; Warm and Natural Batting; Fluffy Clouds panto by Willow Leaf Studio - all came together as a perfect match!

I'm getting more comfortable with the Panto-cam (aka Bobbin Cam) and it is so much easier to work from the front of the machine when doing pantos - then you can actually SEE what's going on! 

The small camera lens is attached to the back of Lenni.  When the panto roll is laid out along the table, the camera picks up the laser dot and I just follow along the lines.  For more information about bobbin cams, visit Sparrow Studioz - Matt Sparrow is the Canadian distributor.. 

Laser dot on the monitor

I have another of Keltie's quilt tops on Lenni right now, so will be sharing that one when it's done - it may be another day or so, as I'm officially exhausted - I just said good-bye to my three grandsons who were here for the past few days - ages 4,3 and 2 - now I know why people have their little ones in their 20s and 30s - this old gramma is "pooped" - wouldn't have it any other way!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Spring forward . . . !!!

I know spring is just around the corner when we move our clocks ahead one hour  so we are now on Daylight Savings Time.  It really doesn't save any daylight, just makes you think there's more because you get up one hour earlier (ugghh!) and have more sunshine in the evening.  The farther north you live, the less sense Daylight Savings Time seems to make.  The only part of Canada who doesn't switch their clocks is our neighbours to the east in Saskatchewan . . . . maybe they're on to something.!

Now this is a sure sign of spring . . .

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

Cute little Butterfly Garden quilt (Kansas Troubles Quilters pattern) - made with an assortment of batiks and complete with raw edge appliqued flowers and a couple of butterflies!  Don't look at all the snow still lying around in the background (!)  Glide thread (6 colours!!!); Butterfly Garden panto (perfect choice) from Willow Leaf Studio (Jodi Beamish) and Hobbs 80/20 batting. 

The fabric is very "busy", so the quilting doesn't show up in the pictures.  I used the panto design in the outside blue areas, and freehand butterflies, leaves and flowers in the centre with echoing around the appliques.  Sure looks like spring to me!

Butterfly Garden - still needs embellishments on the butterfly

Butterfly Garden - embellishments will be on the flowers

The finished quilt will have embellishments on the flowers and the butterflies . . . but that can't be done before it's quilted.

Last weekend, I went to Las Vegas with my four sisters..... it was a celebration of my youngest sister's 50th birthday (how did that happen?).  So, it was quite fitting that we went to see Menopause - The Musical

 "Never before have hot flashes, mood swings, memory loss and weight gain been so hilarious as they are in Menopause the Musical! Laugh, cry and sweat your night away with four wacky characters as they confess their experiences with getting older to the tunes of popular ‘50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s songs! " 

Enough said . . . .

Ten more days til spring!

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