Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Introducing Thoroughly Modern Linda

On Friday, I stopped in to the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst on the way home from my overnight trip to New Brunswick. What a treat! My very talented friend Linda, who blogs at Scrapmaster, met me at the door of the Amherst Town Hall where she was "working the booth" of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild's first ever display. 

Her welcoming smile and her obvious love of all quilts modern was so contagious. For a small but quickly growing group of quilters who have been together a little less than a year, the MMQG had put together an absolutely awesome display. The quilts of all sizes were colourful, creative, thought provoking, stunning, and so thoroughly modern. Here is a quick peek at some of the quilty items...

Thanks, Linda, for your helpful tour of the MMQG display. Visit the MMQG blog by clicking HERE where you can find out more about the group and get information on membership. You can access their Facebook page HERE. Linda herself is the Social Media Coordinator for the guild and does a great job of keeping its members and the quilting public very much informed. Although my quilting tends to stay on the traditional side, I have managed to stray from time to time into the modern quilting movement. On an aside, I am thrilled to be attending a one-day FMQ workshop being put on by Linda on October 27 at It's Sew Time in Elmsdale. Hope she can teach an old dog some new tricks!

While at the Festival, I also enjoyed visiting the Cumberland Quilt Guid's show at the church. It was fairly dark in the church so I was only able to get a few pics.

Afterwards, I strolled along the street in anticipation of seeing some more beauties!  They were the stunning quilted creations of Karen Neary, Amherst native and award-winning quilter and pattern designer. Her phenomenal quilts were on display at Mrs. Pugsley's Quilt Emporium, a quilt shop filled to the rafters with glorious fabrics and every notion ever made! 

One word about Karen Neary's quilts...unbelievable! I didn't get any pictures, but if you visit Karen's website HERE and her blog at Sew-Karenly HERE, you'll see some of her amazing work.
Her recent post, Quilting Connections HERE, has some wonderful pictures of the beautiful quilt that she made for use as a fundraiser for the festival. Just makes you want to smile! 

Karen is in the midst of releasing her latest book, "Quilting Beauties". Signed copies of her book will soon be available from her web site so please check it out. 

I've been pretty busy in my sewing corner but pictures will have to wait for another day as this post is getting a little too lengthy!

It's a great day for quilting!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Quilt for my Son

My DS is an avid fan of the New York Islanders hockey team. This is what you need to know when I show you the picture of the quilt I gave to him on Saturday. He arrived home for our Thanksgiving weekend and within five minutes of his arrival, I gave him the quilt.

If you're a hockey fan, you will recognise the colours of the New York Islanders...orange, blue, and white. When I asked DS a few months ago what colours he wanted me to use for the quilt I was making him, he quickly responded with "New York Islander colours". My first reaction was that those colours would be better in a smaller lap sized quilt, but then I reminded myself that I had asked him for his choice. I found Jenny Doan's pattern for a chevron quilt on You Tube HERE and thought it would be a perfect pattern to use. I ordered Kona solid fabrics in the colours I thought would work and thus begins the story of his NYI quilt.

Jenny's quilt finishes at 72" x 72", but when I hung the top on the line, it just looked too small.

I added a narrow blue border and then finished it off with a wider white border, with the quilt top now a perfect size of 93" x 103". I sent it off to Ange at Quilting on the Mira and picked it up last week, very pleased with the quilting design Ange had used. I had used a swirly blue fabric for the back and she chose to use a swirly pattern for the quilting...perfect!

The quilt is so huge, I had to set it up on the dining room table to square it up and add the binding. This picture shows the quilting a little better...such great texture! 

I really wanted the binding to add some pizazz so I decided to make a striped bias binding to use on the quilt. Sew, sew, sew, cut, cut, cut, and sew some more.

I attached the binding by machine. I do very little hand stitching any more due to my recurring arm and wrist issues and it also allows me to finish the binding much quicker!

I love the striped binding...

For the label, I printed off the NYI logo using Sew-On Printed Treasures printable fabric, framed it with the orange and blue strips, and attached it to the back.

Then it was off to the clothesline...

and of course, the wind blew and blew...

I also decided DS should have a new pillow for his fan cave, so I used another printed logo and some strips and came up with this pillow as part of his package.

DS is a great sport, so he humored me and posed for a few pics...

He tells me he became a NYI fan in 2001and has cheered on that team ever since. However, I couldn't resist sharing this picture. Here he is wearing his first ever NHL jersey with his proud dad by his side.

It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, October 6, 2014

White Gloves, a Quilt Show, and a "Mom, Me, and Sisters Three" Celebration

I recently headed to the Highland Quilt Guild show in Antigonish, meeting up with friend and fellow Nova Scotian blogger Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World and a couple of her friends. Sheila also posted pictures from this show and another show she attended in Mahone Bay, so I hope you will visit her blog too for some quilty inspiration.

The church where the show was held was filled with quilts! I donned the white gloves at the door and raced from one glorious quilt to another, taking pictures in quick succession. Unfortunately, because I was wearing gloves, the camera did not respond too well to my touch so the pictures are not as well focused as they should be. My apologies, but  I'm hoping that you'll still enjoy the show...

Do these homespun houses look familiar? I made the same quilt and it is now at the LAQ. Hope to pick it up in a few days.

Thank you to the Highland Quilt Guild for a wonderful show! 

I received a call later in the week saying that I had won the draw prize! I received some gorgeous Christmas fabrics, some fat quarters and thread, a pattern, and a kit for a Christmas wall hanging. I am a lucky girl!

After lunch with Sheila and the girls, I  headed to New Brunswick for an extended week of activities for a "Mom, Me and Sisters Three" Birthday Celebration. My mom turned 90 on October 1 so we had an Open House for family and friends and then spent the rest of the week celebrating, sharing memories, and even managed a game of golf, Mom included. She's awesome with her new driver! We laughed, we cried, and we hugged all week long-Mom and her four daughters. I am so fortunate...

We stayed at my sister's cottage in Murray Corner and enjoyed lots of magnificent sun rises, sun sets, and the glorious sounds of waves lapping on the beach.

Or was it the sound of waves crashing on the beach?

Who could resist the charm of my BIL's buoy tree?

And of course, because Baby Sister has a clothesline, we had to fill it with the quilts I made for her over the years. They may be a little faded, but they are very much loved.

I did take my FW with me and managed just a few hours of sewing but wasn't able to keep up with blog reading or commenting. Not enough hours in the day. 

Nice to be back and sharing my stories with you. It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, September 22, 2014

An Old Old-Fashioned Charm

In 2006, I made a quilt that was purchased as a kit from our (then) LQS. Designed by the owner, Kim Braun, the "Old-Fashioned Charm" quilt pattern features an easy-to-make quilt using five different arrangements of  9 1/2" unfinished blocks- a square, 2-patch units, 3-patch units, 4-patch units, and 9-patch units. The blocks are arranged randomly with two borders, a narrow solid one and a scrappy one. This particular quilt finishes at 60" x 78" and is one of the quilts I have layered on our queen bed for the summer.

As you can see, the fabrics are in a range of pastel blues, greens, and creams. The sun washed out the quilt a little, but this picture is actually very close to showing the gentle colours that are in the quilt.

The fabrics are a variety of tone on tones, striped, checks, and even some textured fabrics. 

As you can see, the quilting was done in an edge to edge daisy pattern.

Why am I showing you my old quilt? Because I have been collecting some lovely warm wool flannels for the last couple of years, waiting for a pattern to grab me, and now I see that the pattern was right in front of my eyes in this quilt! 

My plan was to make a quick and easy lap quilt out of flannels for the upcoming chilly weather, so I started my hunt for the pattern. Yes, I found it, but it took a lot of looking in my cupboards. I had been collecting FQs, charm packs, and even some yardage from the original Wool Needle Flannels by Moda so I knew I had enough.

The cotton flannels give the illusion of wool, but they are so soft and cosy...

I put together my stacks of blocks...

and then laid them out on a bed. Just the effect I was looking for...an old-fashioned flannel quilt!

I sewed the blocks together and have actually sent it away to the LAQ but forgot to take a picture of the finished flimsy. I'll show a picture of the quilt to you when it comes back.

Unfortunately, the LQS shop, Harbour Quilt Company, closed its doors a few years ago and I miss it terribly. The owner supplied us with the most marvelous fabrics, kits and designs over the years. When the shop was closing, Kim offered many of her kits for sale. I have several still unopened in my sewing corner, but last week, I opened this one...

Kim always carried a lot of Kansas Troubles fabrics so you may recognise some of these. I pinned all the rows together to make things easier when I sewed at the shop and then pressed the centre when I got home.

I added the wide border and have all the applique shapes and vines ready. I decided to work on one corner at a time. Sorry for the poor pictures...it is a very nasty day out there today and my kitchen is a pretty dark place to take pictures.

Busy times in my sewing corner but loving it all! It's a great day for quilting!