Friday, July 24, 2015

International Round Robin #2 – Round Three

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This past year I have been working on a Round Robin with Lori, Desley and Bronwyn and we are calling it the International Round Robin as Desley and Bronwyn live in Australia and Lori and I are in Canada.  We finished the third round of our Round Robin in June and I worked on Desley’s blocks this time.  I made two 12” blocks and two 6” blocks to add to the blocks made already and here they are all together.   I have now sent these to Lori to work on for Round Four.

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Desley worked on Lori’s blocks and made two 12” star blocks and four 6” star blocks.

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Here are all Lori’s blocks and they will be sent to Bronwyn to put the quilt top together.

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Bronwyn worked on my blocks and made these four 12” blocks.

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Here are all my blocks and Desley will be putting the quilt top together for Round Four.

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Lori worked on Bronwyn’s blocks and made four 9” blocks.

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Here are all Bronwyn’s blocks and I will be putting them together for Round Four.

Now the rules for Round Four are:

-use every block received in the top

-can not unpick or cut blocks

-can use all, some or none of the remaining consistent fabric received with the blocks.

-new blocks can be made to add to the top

-sashing, borders, setting triangles, applique can be used to put top together.

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I have no idea what I will be doing with Bronwyn’s blocks yet but we have until October to put the quilt top together.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fabric, Friends and Fairies

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Wow summer is flying by!    I have been on holidays with the family for the last two weeks, I’m sure you guessed that with the blog so quiet, and we drove 4,000km to visit family and friends.  My son got to see two Nascar races in Canada, here it is called the Canadian Tire series and they just happened to be racing in Edmonton and Saskatoon when we were there.  And of coarse to make sure I was happy we stopped at a few quilt shops.    One was Quilting from the Heart in Camrose, AB.  I have known the owner Ardelle for about 6 years online as she is a longarm quilter and it was so nice to finally meet her in person.  It was like meeting an old friend, we talked for two hours straight and I left we a very large bag filled with most of the beautiful batiks you see in the pictures above.  Here we are in front of her shop so if you are ever in Camrose or near Edmonton this is a must stop for you!

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While I was in Edmonton visiting family my SIL got me started on a new little hobby, Fairy Gardens!    I never in a million years thought I would be buying tiny little fairies, frogs, gnomes, chairs and garden tools to put in my rock garden.  I am not a trinket person at all but from some reason liked the idea of adding these pieces to my garden.  Wonder how long they will last until the squirrels start stealing them all?

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I have a spot in my rock garden that I let grow natural and it is filled with small trees, thyme and cranberries.  It seemed to be the perfect spot to play.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Fancy Fox Quilt #2

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This is our guilds Fancy Fox quilt and it will probably be one of our 3 raffle quilts that we have at our guild show next year.  This is a cute pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, which you can find here, and she also has a free download for the cute appliqued glasses that you might have noticed on the green fox.  I added 3 sets of glasses to this quilt using a fusible applique method and straight stitching the edges down before quilting.

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I’ve quilted this one before, see here, and used a free hand wood grain design so wanted to quilt this one differently.  I used the Bora Bora panto to add swirly windy quilting to the foxes.   I’m not sure the name of the fabric collection, the guild had this fat quarter bundle for awhile now and we thought it would work great for this quilt. 

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The smoke has cleared for a day but the forecast is for the wind to change and bring heavy smoke are way again!

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hazy Days

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We are living in a smoke filled hazy these days from all the forest fires in Canada right now.  Nothing close to cause concern but I noticed we are now getting fine ash bits on our deck and patio furniture!  The smoke smell is quite strong today so I’m hoping we will get rain soon.    Since it is not very enjoyable outside I found time to quilt up a simple batik quilt I pieced at one of our guild UFO days a few months ago.  I used a Bali Pop called River Rock and mixed in an neutral Island Batiks jelly roll to give it this colour way. The pattern is called Popsicle Sticks.

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I also tried a new panto called Northwinds and I really like it.  Beige So Fine thread, Quilters Dream Blend batting and Stonehenge wide backing.

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You can really see the smoke in this next photo….cough, cough! 
  
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The sun has been a red glow in the sky all week.

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I found a great online source to track the forest fires, it is called Canadian Wildlands Fire Information System, here is the link.

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You can zoom in on the map in the link and find out the conditions in your area.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Oh Canada!

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I have been rushing to finish my Oh Canada Quilt as tomorrow is Canada Day and happy to report I got the binding finished last night.   I have admired this collection of fabrics for a long time, it is called Oh Canada, which is a Stonehenge collection by Northcott.  I had not seen it made into a quilt that inspired me then I realized our Quarter Sections pattern would work perfectly and I’m very happy with the how it turned out.   I bought 16 fat quarters of the collection, 13 different prints were used in all as I bought two fat quarters each of the red and black fabrics as well as the white Inuksuk print.

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I used the Maple Syrup panto which is so appropriate for this quilt!  A beige So Fine thread, Quilters Dream Blend for batting, and Stonehenge backing.

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The sky is still very hazy here with all the forest fires in Northern Saskatchewan blowing their smoke this way.   We have had a few good rains but it is still dry up here.

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To all my Canadian blog readers Happy Canada Day!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Break!!

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Here it is, the last client quilt for June and I’m excited to have the next two months off to work on my own projects and just enjoy our short summer.   I’ll still be posting over the summer just not as often.   I have a few guild quilts that I took to do and will be sharing what I’m working on.

This is Valerie’s Batik quilt and she couldn’t remember the pattern name but it is a jelly roll quilt.   The batik prints had a lot of botanical designs so I chose Greenery for the panto and used a medium brown thread.

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I also want to share something interesting about my longarm machine.  I have a 2008 Millennium from APQS and I recently discovered when I had it serviced that it has an hour counter hidden in the back under the cover!  I thought this was pretty cool.   My hour count is 1223.2 of stitching time.  So if you have this machine you can check to see if you have this counter too!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quarter Sections in Cloud 9 Organics

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Here is another quilt made by Terry and this time she made our Quarter Sections pattern using Cloud 9 Organics fabric called House and Garden.  Really gives it a modern feel and she purchased this as a kit from Fabriculous in Swan River. They still have kits available in their shop using this fabric collection and she also has kitted up this pattern using Tim Holtz fabrics which would give it a completely different look.

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I used the Bora Bora panto on this one as it adds a soft flowing texture to the squares like wind across the prairies.  Quilters Dream Blend batting and White So Fine thread.

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