Thursday, 29 August 2013

Next up . . . what to do, what to do?????

Another of Bonnie's quilt tops - so much applique and wild design - this is going to be FUN  FUN

Look at that ric rac!


applique and a newspaper . . . so cool!

I'll post pics once it's done - lots of fun on this one.  Thanks, Bonnie!

Quilting for Calgary . . . just a taste!

Here are a few pictures of quilts that Little House Creations has quilted for Quilting for Calgary.  Thank you for the generosity of quilters who supplied fabric for tops and backing, pieced beautiful quilts, and backing . . . I quilted them . . . then there have been the hours of binding and labeling for the finished product . . . enjoy the slide show . . . .

and yes, there are four Kansas Troubles Star Quilts - they are pretty much identical except for the backings and the quilting designs used . . . but there really are four!


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

It's never too early for cozy flannels!

Cozy flannels - after all, fall is just around the corner!

Sheena used shades of green and brown flannel in the cozy quilt.  I think it's the Hopscotch pattern from The Quilt Patch - it takes 12 fat quarters and yardage for the inner border - great project!  Come Dance with Me panto; Glide thread

and it's not only fall that's just around the corner - Christmas will be sneaking up on us too!  Lorna has a head start on her Christmas quilts.  These quilts are both from the same pattern, but using slightly different fabrics!  They quilted up so nicely using Snazzy Snowflake panto; Glide thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting. 

Matthew's space quilt isn't all flannel - just the cozy backing!  He's going to love snuggling under the stars in the cool winter nights ahead!  Stars and Loops panto; Glide thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting.
Matthew's Out of this World

Matthew's Out of this World - backing

Two quilts ready to go to two special people . . .

Still plugging away with the Quilts for Calgary - this week will the be last of it.  They are all to be distributed in a couple of weeks - a huge job!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Colourful Creations - and oh no, camera settings!!

Bright and splashy - everywhere there is colour these days!  The flowers are at their peak, the grass is green, sky is blue and the sun is bright!  Even my sweet peas are blooming - finally!  I suppose the next bit of colour will be the leaves changing - that's for another time.

Mardelle's Blue/Gold Star Quilt certainly is colourful, isn't it?  Freehand design in the blues for texture; light custom in stars - Glide thread

Mardelle's Colourful Stars

Mardelle's Colourful Stars close-up

Mardelle's colourful stars - close up

Mardelle's Colourful Star hangin' with Freeda

FORGIVE ME FOR THE PICTURES OF THESE FOLLOWING TWO QUILTS!  I WILL ASK MY CUSTOMER'S IF THEY'LL SEND ME PICTURES - AS THEY'VE BOTH HEADED HOME FOR BINDING!  (guess I better check the camera settings- this is what happens when I don't have my glasses on and I think I've set it to Auto - but have set it to Effects instead! CRAP - and that's really not a strong enough word!))

WOW - Betty's yellow/orange rail fence quilt is a stunner!  It turned out absolutely beautiful with the wool batting adding that definition to the quilting!  Betty loved it - it's a gift for her son and will be heading over to Germany!  Glide thread; Hobbs Wool batting; Waterworld panto

 Debra is a hand-quilter.  She made this quilt for her brother and just couldn't feel the "love" of the hand-quilting once she got started - so, she picked out all she had done, and brought it to me to get it finished so she could give it to him as a gift in a couple of weeks.  I love the way she arranged the fabrics colours to make it a flower meadow effect.  I quilted it with the Starburst panto; Superior So Fine thread.  The one piece back (Moda Kansas Troubles) was perfect - this quilt really could be reversible!

I was so happy with these two quilts - now just kicking myself!

Still doing more quilts for Quilting for Calgary - a massive job - but just a few more hard days and I'll have my contribution finished - it will be 18 quilts - that's as much as I can do and I know there are still more tops that need to be quilted.  The long arm community has really stepped up to the plate for this one . . . thank you to everyone who has been helping out with Quilting for Calgary. 

Here's one of four star quilts that Betty has pieced and donated -

and a soft brushed cotton quilt pieced and donated by Heather -

Beautiful job on both - and a pleasure to quilt!

Until next time  -

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Finally - summer weather is here!

It just happened - two days ago - summer has arrived in Southern Alberta . . . better late than never, I guess.  We live in a semi-arid climate zone, but you wouldn't know it this year - everything is so nice and green thanks to the seemingly endless cloudy and rainy days!  But hurray, the sun is shining and it looks like we might have a bit of a window to get the hay cut, dried and baled over the next week or so.  It was almost this time last year when the hail storm ruined the oat crop - this year we tried barley - keep your fingers crossed!

In the mean time, I've been steadily cranking out the quilts at the studio ....

Anyone remember this Thimbleberries BOM from years ago?  Guidel had this for a while - and now just wanted it quilted - you understand, one less thing on her to do list!  I quilted it using Wisteria panto (Urban Elementz) and Wonderfil Konfetti cotton thread top; Superior bottom line in the bobbin.  I have to say, I had a few problems with "pokies" in the backing - Guidel used a grey/black flannel back and the white batting really came through.  I'm thinking it was the poor weave of the backing fabric - but whatever the cause, she was happy with the end result and this quilt will actually get bound and on a bed before winter!

Guidel's Thimbleberries Bird House Quilt (well, half of it anyway)

Guidel's Bird House Quilt - close up

Hangin' with Freeda

Brenda put together this shop sample for Addie's - it's a great combination of colors, don't you think!  The fabric is the Wilderness Lodge fabric by Studio-E.  It's quilted using Taro panto; Glide thread

Wilderness Lodge - panel and borders

Wilderness Lodge  hangin' with Freeda

Wilderness Lodge - still hangin' with Freeda!  (and yes, that is an autumn wall hanging in the background!)

Maggie is an excellent piecer - as is evident in her Kansas Troubles sampler quilt.  This is going to be a gift for her brother.  Each square is quilted differently, leaves in the sashings, swirls and twists in the borders - I'm really partial to Kansas Troubles fabrics!

Maggie's Kansas Troubles Sampler

Maggie's Kansas Troubles Sampler - close up of appliqued block

You get a star if you can see the "mistake" in this block - my mistake that is!  Hint:  it's in the windows!

Maggie's Kansas Troubles Sampler - watching over Freeda!
The days are getting shorter and the evenings cooler . . . all signs that this short summer is coming to an close!  The hummingbirds are still here - we've put up their last feeder to get them bulked up for their long trip south.  They are usually gone by the 24th of August or so - and they're always back looking for us on by the long weekend in May!  ..... and, I just notices Autumn colours are sure the theme for this post - coincidence!

I've been busy quilting for "Quilts for Calgary" - once they are all done I'll post pictures for you!  There are some beautiful quilt tops that have been donated by such generous quilters.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Land of the midnight sun . . .

Paddle wheeler  SS Klondike on the banks of the Yukon River - Whitehorse, Yukon

We took a few days and flew up to Whitehorse, Yukon last week - a reunion of old friends and a birthday party - actually, any excuse for a get together and we're there!  We lived in Whitehorse many years ago and hadn't been back for over 25 years.  Changes - yes, of course, lots of them, but the spell of the Yukon is still there - as strong as ever!   For more information about Yukon - click here

It seems like I haven't been in my studio - but really, I have . . . here's some proof!

Louise's Golf-themed quilt - Japonica panto; glide thread

The fabric choices are just great - all sorts of golfing "stuff" - even the argyle!

Louise's golf quilt

Louise's Golf Quilt - close up

Louise's Golf Quilt - back - beautiful square piecing on the back (yeah!!)

Louise's golf Quilt - hangin' with Freeda!
.... and then there was Freda's (not to be confused with Freeda) quilt.  This is the first quilt Freda has made - and she went BIG!  It's very busy - so I quilted it with Freehand teardrops just to give it some texture; Superior So Fine thread; wool batting - I love working with wool batting!

Freda's Busy Blue - hangin' with Freeda

Freda's Blue Quilt - hanging with some great company at the studio!
..... and I can't forget Guidel's wild and crazy baby quilt - it's so bright and cheerful - what a great gift for an expected grandbaby!   Glide thread; Fil-tec Harmony in borders; Hobbs 80/20 batting; Fireside backing.

Guidel's Bright Baby Quilt - close up

Guidel's Bright Baby Quilt - Fireside backing (Raspberry) close up

..... hangin' with Freeda - backwards!
But wait - there's more!  Shaleen had these quilts hanging around her house, just waiting to be quilted!  Actually, the first one is a linen type picture that Shaleen has had since first buying her house decades ago!  I am really pleased how it turned out - clouds and rainbows!  Glide thread; freehand quilting; Hobbs 80/20 batting

Shaleen's second quilt is a scrappy triangle type quilt - again, another one she's had for a while as the quilt shop where she took the class to make this has been closed for probably 10 years!  It's quilted now, so Shaleen just has to bind it and it's good to go!  Shaleen did a perfect job of the piecing, by the way - a pleasure to quilt for her!

.....hangin' with Freeda
Just one more for this post . . . Cheryl put together a fabulous batik quilt for a wedding gift!  She used the Fireside backing - look how it quilts up so nicely!  This will be a cozy quilt to curl up under on those cold winter nights - (Gasp!  Did I use the W word!)

hangin' with Freeda - backwards

..... and forwards!

We are also busy at the store with making donations for Quilting for Calgary - a flood-relief effort by the quilting community!  The goal is to give each family whose homes were impacted by the flooding a quilt - that's just 3600 quilts in Calgary alone!  Addie's is hosting Sew Your Heart Out days every Saturday in August and into September.  I will be quilting as many as I can - so my Saturdays will be donated to this cause for the next few weeks!

Oh, I almost forgot - I had to check out the quilt shop in Whitehorse while I was there!  Picked up a few pieces of fabric that I just had to have (!).

hmmmm.....what to do, what to do!  If you find yourself in the Yukon, don't miss Bear's Paw Quilts - where they offer "compassionate care for the quilt addicted"~~ and last, but not least - here's their guard dog - be careful as you come down the stairs!

I promise not to leave this blog unattended for this long again - there are so many amazing quilts coming through my little studio - it's been great . . . and, I'm staying close to home for a while!

Excerpts from Robert Service's "Spell of the Yukon" . . .

There are hardships that nobody reckons;
   There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There’s a landoh, it beckons and beckons,
   And I want to go backand I will.
It’s the great, big, broad land ’way up yonder,
   It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
   It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.
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