Sunday, March 25, 2007
This Sewing & Craft Show kicks off the quilt show season.
April 20 to 22, 2007 - Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild
Quilts from the Heart - Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church - Parish Community Centre17475 - 59th Avenue, Surrey (Cloverdale Area), BC
The FVQG's raffle quilt was at the Sewing & Craft Show. This is a picture of it:
April 27 to 29, 2007 - Orchard Valley Quilters' Guild
Silver Threads - Celebrating 25 Years of Quilting - Kelowna, BC.
May 2 - 5, 2007 - The Canadian Quilters' Association
Quilt BC 2007 Alternate Year Event - Forester's Convention Centre at Kamloops, BC
Our guild is planning a bus trip to this show for the Saturday.
After getting home from the Sewing & Craft Show yesterday, I started a new quilt. This afternoon, I finished it to the flimsy stage.
The quilt is from Debbie Mumm's website and is called, Building Blocks. Debbie's pattern was crib size and I wanted something larger so I added blocks and a row of sashing across the top of the quilt and down the side. My quilt measures 52 1/2 " x 77" before quilting. If you would like to have a look at the pattern, follow the link here: http://www.debbiemumm.com/Projects/Quilting/2007/03/
Judy's list of accomplishments is long, but noteworthy is the Grand Prize awarded to her at Grand National Show in Kitchener-Waterloo 2005. This prize was awarded to her for her marvelous entry "Snowy Owl Meets West Coast Totems".
The owl is raw edge appliqued. The totems are part of the background and are constructed from various black fabrics including velvet. Because of the black colour, photographing the totems is difficult.
My mom loved these frogs.
Finally, this is a picture that my mom took of Judy Farrow (on the left) and I. Judy is wearing her traditional parka that she wore while living in the north.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Dad gave her flowers.....
While we were at Mom and Dad's house for cake and coffee, Mom showed me how prepared she is for spring / Easter. These are just some of the decorations.........
My parents now have enough quilts that the "extras" needed storage space.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Sometimes it is difficult to find a quilt pattern that can be accomplished successfully by a group of quilters because each individual's piecing skills and measurements can be their own. A group of blocks made by different individuals can be challenging to put together into a nice flat quilt top.
The secret to the success of this quilt block is the "floating" star. The white pieces around the star are deliberately pieced larger than required. After the star block is finished it is squared to 9 1/2". This squaring after piecing ensures that all blocks are exactly the same size. The sashing rectangles that surround the stars finish at 2 3/4" wide and are either 7 1/4" long for the top of the block or 9" long for the sides of the block. Because these blocks are all pieced from scraps in each quilter's existing stash, the only cost outlay for the group is the batting, backing and long arm quilting.
UPDATE: This pattern is an Atkinson Designs quilt called "Lucky Stars".
I am not usually too impacted by the time change but today it seems to have hit me harder than usual. The graphic above definitely does not reflect how I am feeling about the loss of an hour of sleep!
Even Joey seems to have been caught a little off guard!
Friday, March 9, 2007
Kathy commented that she should be writing down the ideas. No need to make notes, these pictures are posted for you, Kathy.
This first quilt is a rail fence miniature. As long as the curves or arcs are gentle, they can be accomplished quite nicely with a walking foot and there is no need to drop the feed dogs and wrestle with controlling the stitch length and moving the quilt at a steady speed while stitching in free motion.
This quilt was marked with a blue marking pen using the edge of a glass to make the arcs across two strips.
This picture shows the closeup of the stitching on the blocks.
This is the back of the same quilt. The scallop design on the border was accomplished with a stencil. Again the curve is gentle and easily accomplished with the walking foot.The secondary design was not intentional and has the appearance of the apple core block.
The alternate squares in this miniature nine patch were stitched to look like the nine patch blocks--simple straight lines.
I love it when a secondary design that wasn't part of the original quilt plan emerges in my quilts. When I finished this log cabin quilt and showed it to my husband he declared that he could find the surprise in my quilt--the birds. This quilt was a simple two colour log cabin and there was no intention on my part to arrange the blocks to form four birds in the four corners of the quilt. Further to that, without realizing it, my quilting accentuated the bird image.
Simple parallel lines at an consistent angle finish off the border.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Sunday, March 4, 2007
I was chatting with Linda J. this morning and we were talking about baking. The discussion ended up with us agreeing that a recipe that included chocolate would be a great idea today. I had bananas to use and I added chocolate chips to the banana loaves I made to be sure and make this a "chocolate Sunday"! I believe Linda J. was making chocolate cake. We wanted to meet for coffee but the distance between us only allows for chats over the Internet and each of us in our own houses with our own cup of coffee. Maybe one day the virtual coffee break will become a reality!
Banana bread has been a favorite in my household for many years. My kids deliberately stop eating bananas when there gets to be only three left in the bowl. They know if they leave them so that they over ripen mom will turn them into banana bread!
I also finished the hand sewing on my Wicked Easy quilt. This project was started in February and finished in March--I don't think it even made it to the UFO stage because I didn't leave it to "season" on the shelf!