Monday, September 22, 2014

Swan River Retreat Weekend


I spent this past weekend in Swan River, Manitoba at a quilt retreat that Lori and I organized and was hosted by Wendy and George at their quilt shop called Fabriculous!    Lori and I had an idea to have a retreat with members of her Dauphin guild and my Flin Flon guild with the focus being on having fun and making new quilting friends, you can never have too many quilting friends!  The whole weekend was catered so no cooking or doing dishing, just eating, sewing, socializing and maybe a bit of wine tasting!  Wendy’s shop is set up wonderfully for a retreat as she bought a church to set up her shop and the basement has a large hall area with a kitchen.   We set up the tables in groups of four and had two Dauphin quilters and two Flin Flon quilters in each group.  We asked Wendy to make the seating arrangements and to mix it up a bit so members were not sitting with there best friends…even Lori and I were not sitting together.  That worked out very well as I got to know some of the other guilds members better and that was the whole point.  Lori and I actually didn’t get a lot of time to sew, we were socializing more and helping others shop upstairs, but that is what we love to do.  We enjoying helping others spend their money on fabric!


The food was fabulous and the atmosphere of eating your meals in a quilt shop to candle light with great company was so enjoyable!


The ladies got a lot accomplished and there were many projects finished.


Yes there was a bit of ripping to do but there was always someone there to lend a hand.


Here are some of the tops that were finished.


Here is Lori with her original yet to be named quilt top and who knows maybe it will turn into a pattern for Highway 10 Designs in the future for those that like more intricate piecing!


We also found a few Highway 10 Designs quilts in the shop so have to share pictures of those too! 

Here is Quarter Sections.


Here is Not  Your Mother’s Rail Fence.


Lori and I had a surprise project for the ladies and just told them to bring an old T-shirt, or buy a cheap one, made out of interlock (rib knit doesn’t work).  If you search “ T-shirt scarf tutorials’ on Google you’ll find a lot of links on how to make them.  We cut ours into 1” strips and then followed the instructions.  It makes a quick no-sew project!   I got the ladies to model theirs for a group picture and glad they were patient with me with wanting to get the best picture as I shuffled people around!   I’m use to doing that with quilts not people!


Wendy took the camera so I could jump into the picture to prove I was there!


A big thanks to Wendy and George at Fabriculous for their wonderful hospitality and mischievous nature!     To all the guild members that trusted us to organized this event and make the road trip to Swan River I hope you all had a wonderful time and made new friends!   Everyone agreed we have to do this again so booked our next one for April!   I’m already looking forward to it, hope you can all make it back next year.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Snack Time


This is another one of Eileen’s baby quilts, this time she used Snack TIme by Jaybird Designs for the pattern.   I didn’t know the name of the pattern when we were discussing panto designs so when we decided on Popcorn for the panto and then asked the name of the quilt pattern, I thought how perfect!    I used Quilters Dream Puff batting and White So Fine thread.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Strips and Salsa Quilt


This is Eileen’s Strips and Salsa quilt, a pattern by G.E. Designs.  She used soft colours and made a beautiful baby quilt with the patterns.   I used Deja Vu for the panto design, Quilters Dream Puff batting and a white So Fine thread.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mahjongg #3


This is Moira’s Mahjongg quilt that she made in our beginner class.  I believe this is the first quilt she has made and did a wonderful job!   She picked all batik fabrics and I really like the focus fabric she chose in greens, reds and golds.


She made the smallest size as one of the fabric she purchased was cut too short so she just added extra borders to make it lap size, great fix!  I used Quilters Dream Blend, light beige So Fine thread and the Mimosa pantograph.


Well it has been cloudy here the last couple of nights so have not been able to see any more Northern Lights.     Hope some of you were luckier!

Friday, September 12, 2014



I heard there were solar flares yesterday so kept my eye to the sky last night and was not disappointed.  Between 10pm and 11pm I stood outside with my camera at the ready on it’s tripod and I was rewarded with a few good shots.   The moon was just rising so I didn’t have a dark sky but it created a beautiful effect with the aurora.   While I was out in the dark I kept hearing noises in the bush so that was creeping me out until I heard a splash….it was just a beaver.   Then more noise in a tree so I shone my flashlight on it and suddenly saw something jump out of it into the next tree!  It was a flying squirrel!  I knew they were in our area but had never seen on before.   So it was a good night to be outside watching the aurora….especially with no bugs and not in the negative temperatures yet!



Here they are over my Shack.


Then over the house.  They got very active for a few minutes then just died out.


Look to the sky tonight where you are and see if you can see them!   I’m hoping they will be good again tonight.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Round Robins Revealed


Last September I started a Round Robin with Lori, Desley and Bronwyn.  It was a year long project and I can now share the results with you as all the tops are done.     I worked on Lori’s for the last round and added a colourful piano key border using our hand dyed fabrics.    I really wanted the piecing and applique in her quilt to pop and by not adding white to the outer border I think that worked.   I arranged the colors so they spread from the corners.


Now here are the other Round Robin tops.

This is Bronwyn’s Round Robin that Desley worked on for the last round.   Desley added the four patch diamonds, red print fabric border and then repeated the four patch design again.

Bronwyns RR

This is Desley’s Round Robin top that Bronwyn worked on for the last round.

Bronwyn repeated the three strip border design, added the pieced ‘Delectable Mountains’ style design and then repeated the three strip border again.

Desleys RR

This is my Round Robin top that Lori worked on this round.

Lori added the dark blue outer border with the blue triangular designs.    I really like how it turned out and now have to start thinking about how to quilt it!

Kathy's RR

And here is Lori’s Round Robin block again.  It always amazes me how they all turn out so different and if you ever have the opportunity to join in a Round Robin I would highly recommend it.   Our guild is starting one this month so I hope our  members have their blocks ready for next weeks meeting.

Lori's RR

Now lets see who gets theirs quilted first! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mahjongg Quilt #2


This is Donna’s Mahjongg quilt that she made at our guilds beginner class and she used fabric from her stash to make this quilt.   She had hockey and snow boarding themed fabrics and wanted to make hers larger as it was a gift for a 12 year old boy and she wanted it for his bed.   She added extra borders to make it queen size.  I used the Fascination Panto, Quilters Dream Blend batting and a blue So Fine thread.