Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bay Quilt Fest 2016

Yesterday, I attended a really nice quilt show and took a few photos to share with you.  It was the first year for the Bay Quilt Fest Show and Sale held at St. Peter's Church in Hackett's Cove, NS.  Over 200 quilts and quilty things were displayed.  I heard there were several quilts sold too!  There was lots of lovely handquilting and some wonderful machine quilted pieces as well. Lots of talent in the area for sure! Kudos to everyone involved for presenting such a beautiful feast for the eyes,

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had time to do something quilty today!

Friday, July 1, 2016

My June goal - COMPLETE!

I have been a busy quilter for the past month. I haven't blogged for a while because I have been quilting like crazy.  I set myself a quilty goal for the month of June and I am proud to say that I stuck to it and completed it.  The goal was to free motion quilt to completion, 5 quilt tops.  I also stipulated to myself, that I was not allowed to start any new projects during that time.  I couldn't help myself when my niece called and asked me to make her a set of cushions for her sofa. It didn't take long.

Then it was back to the 5 quilt tops.  First up, a juvenile quilt for my lovely little guild's yearly charity project.  This year we are making quilts for the IWK Hospital for Children in Halifax.  We chose the square-in-a-square block to use to make our quilts.  Mine measures 48" x 64". I quilted it in free motion on my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16.0  I used Aurifil 50wt #2024 (white) to quilt the fmq wavy lines.

Then on to my Tula Pink Project - the Tula Trio! Numbers 2, 3 and 4.  A while back, I bought a half metre cut of each of the designs in the entire line of "Eden".  My first creation from this purchase was "Breaking Away", an original design by ME, which was completed in November of 2015.

here's the back...

I cut the remainder of the 1/2 metres into 2 1/2" strips and made these....

Then from these colour slabs of the leftover strips,  I made three more quilts......first, from the pink slab....."SPOOLA PINK"  an original design by ME

Measures 52" x 49"  quilted in free motion on my Pfaff QE 4.0 using Aurifil (of course) thread #3660 50wt and a Superior Titantium Topstitch needle size 80/12.   Background fabrics used are Kona Coal, Titanium and Graphite.  On the Back..."Painted Lace" from Fox Field by Tula Pink

From the Purple Slab.... "LOTS OF Ls" an original design by ME

I am very proud of this quilt.  I poured everything I have into it!

Measures 42" x 60"   quilted in free motion on my Pfaff QE 4.0 using Aurifil 50wt #2311 and using a Superior Titanium Topstitch needle size 80/12  Background fabric is Kona Snow and the Backing fabric is Kona Amethyst with a strip of "Crouching Tiger" in amethyst.  The binding is Kona Bone

The last quilt in the trio, from the green slab, is "Go on Green" an original design by ME
52" square.  Quilted in freemotion on my Pfaff QE4.0  using Sulky 30wt thread #4018 with a Superior Titanium  Topstitch 90/14  needle and Aurifil 50wt #1158 using a 80/12 Superior titanium topstitch needle
background fabric is "Manatee" by Free Spirit   Backing fabric is "Vintage Stars"from Fox Field by Tula Pink and two strips of Kona Cypress

The fifth and final quilt from my June goal is "Shredder"  I made this for my husband, Mike, who loves to use his paper shredder. Finds it relaxing. If you love someone, make them a quilt!
 It measures 50" x 60"  It is from a pattern by Kevin Kosbab,  Background fabric is "Goldfish" by Free Spirit with assorted text prints as the paper shreds.  free motion quilted on my Pfaff QE 4.0   using Aurifil colour #1135 50wt thread and a Superior titanium needle size 80/12.The backing fabric is  a Carolyn Friedlander Wide back in grey.  and the binding is Goldfish and a text print.

Today is our 39th anniversary so we took the quilts to York Redoubt to get some shots. Mike loves big guns.  He was a weapons tech in the Canadian Navy for almost 40 years.  

The harbour views are just beyond amazing. A wonderful place to take a lunch and just enjoy the day and there is no admission charge.   It was fun to walk around the site to look for interesting spots to take photos. 

My quilt on the left and Mike's on the right

I know this is a long post,but I had so much to show you so I hope you stayed with me.  I enjoyed making these quilts so much and I also enjoy sharing them with you.  

Hope you got to do something quilty today and Happy Canada Day to all my wonderful Canadian followers. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

TBT Volume 11


It time for Throwback Thursday, Volume 11 with Jennifer over at A Quarter Inch from the Edge.  The quilt I am showing you today is a sampler I made for my Mother, finished in December of 1998.  It was a Block of the Month project from the long ago closed, Quilters Hope Chest in Halifax, NS.  It was machine pieced and hand quilted.  I did a lot of stitch in the ditch back in the day.   It is still on the bed in a spare room at my Mother's house.  It's faded and worn but still very cuddly and warm.  


It's fun to look back and remember projects from years ago.  I'm linking up with Jennifer so why not stop by the Linky Party and check out all the other TBT goodies.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

NSQBQ @ Thistle Quilt Guild Show

It's that time of year again.  Time to meet up with my fellow Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet (NSQBQ) members at the Annual quilt show presented by the Thistle Quilt Guild held in Westville, NS.
There's Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World (She is a member of Thistle Quilt Guild) and
Lesley the Cuddle Quilter and Karen of KaHolly and me.  I brought along my daughter, Nicola, and also my friend and guildmate, Beth (no quilt blog). 
Today was the big reveal of our pillow challenge.  When we met last summer we decided on making a pillow for our exchange this spring.  The theme was curved piecing. 

I received the pillow made by Lesley

Karen received the pillow made by Sheila
Lesley received the pillow made by Karen

Sheila received the pillow made by Me

Sorry to say but other photos I took at the quilt show turned out too blurry and I won't be posting them.  But it was a wonderful show, as usual.  Maybe the others got some better shots and will be posting.  
UPDATE...check out Sheila's post for pics of the quilts.
Hope you had a great day and got time to do something quilty!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wonderful Mini Swap

Just had to show you the two amazing mini-quilts I received from my lovely little guild's swap with the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild in B.C.  Click on the above link to see all the little lovlies.  I made two to swap so I received two in return.

The first one was made by Kate Davies.  It is just so darn cute! Love the little umbrella girl with her fancy puddle boots.  The free motion quilting is so creative, just perfect.  Thanks so much to Kate.

The second one was made by Phyllis Janzen. Such beautiful hand applique and hand stitched binding.  My favourite text print for the background.  Thanks, Phyllis, so glad I received your little creation.  

Here's the two minis that I made for the swap

It's just about to start raining, so I am off to my sewing room to finish the last block in my "Paper Shredder Quilt" Hope to have it all sewn up into a top in the next few days.  

Hope you have a quilty day!  

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Works in Progress...a few anyway!

I started a new project yesterday.  It's called "Paper Shredder Quilt".  I am making it for RetiredHub as a sort of joke.  He loves, loves to shred paper with his fancy shredder so we jokingly call him "Shredder" sometimes.  Aside from that, I was drawn to this pattern for another reason.  It is all about the slice and insert technique which I love.  It starts off with just a few strips in each block (10" finished) and increases to 6 or more strips so it looks like paper strips falling and accumulating on the bottom.  I am using Free Spirit "Goldfish" for the background blocks and I cut up several of my treasured text prints to use as the "paper strips". It will measure 50" x 60" when complete.  Three more rows to go. Here's my progress so far.  

I also have finished sewing the curved blocks for my 
"Urban Candy" quilt.

 All 80 blocks are now ready to sew into a quilt top.  

And, I finished with the final design, the purples, in my
 Scrappy Tula Pink Trilogy.  This one is called "Lots of L's for Linda" . This one is just for me! I used Kona "Snow" for the background.   It measures 46" x 62".   So now all three of my scrap quilts are ready to be basted. (ugh..the worst part)  
I am enjoying the sun today so I had to put up with the shadowing in my photos in my back yard.

I am linking up with Connie @Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday for the very first time.  I have been following Connie's blog for years and figured it was about time to get my act together and join in.  Stop by and check out all the quilty goodness or better yet, join in too!

Hope you get time today to do some quilting!