Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sheila's Postcard Swap

I made two Christmas postcards for Sheila's Christmas Postcard Swap.  They have all arrived at their final destination so I can show you what I made and what I received in return.

My swap partners are Mary @ Needled Mom and Selina @ Selinaquilts.  Here's what I sent to them. I forgot to label the photo so I don't remember which one I sent to Mary and which one went to Selina.

 



Here's what I received in return 
from Mary
A very modern scrappy Christmas tree


And from Selina 
A polka dot forest



I also made a postcard for some special quilty friends 

for Sheila 


For Lesley

For Karen


For the ornament swap at my lovely little guild, MMQG, 

I made this (Jeanette picked mine!)


And I picked Kathy's cute modern pieced tree.  1" squares!



I received this in the mail from Sheila.  How cute!  expert stitching! I love it Sheila, thanks so much.



 And thanks to Sheila for organizing the wonderful postcard swaps.  Such fun!

Hope you get some time to do something quilty today.  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 12, 2014

The Final Post - The Library Challenge

It's December, and time to conclude the year-long Library Challenge hosted by Adrienne from Chezzetcook Modern Quilts.  

This quiltalong has been a great success for me.  I chose 5 items from my personal book/magazine stash.  I totally finished 4 of my choices and I am now working  on finishing up the 5th quilt and will have it ready for Christmas.










Still working on my Christmas quilt.  Only 10 more blocks left to quilt.



So, I give Adrienne an A+ for hosting and another A+ for inspiration.  I appreciate all the time and energy that hosting a year-long quiltalong takes.  A job well done Adrienne!
 2014 is officially my best quilting year ever.  I accomplished my quilty goals.  My personal year was missing a few things (you know what that means KB) but I am looking very forward to 2015. Still a ton of quilts to make!

Hope you get time to yourself to do something quilty today.  Such a busy time for everyone.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fun with Vinyl

Have you ever tried working with fusible vinyl?  I bought some to give it a try.  I wanted to make a placemat for my Mum and Dad to use on their kitchen table.  For Dad, I chose a crossword puzzle themed fabric, he does the puzzle in the newspaper every day.
 And for Mum, who loves to do cross-stitch, I found a pretty fabric that looks like it has been stitched.
 First, I cut two 12" x 18" rectangles of  each of the fabrics.  Then adhered a heavy fusible interfacing to the back of each piece.
Then I followed the directions on the package of fusible vinyl and added a piece to the right side of each of the rectangles.  Then simply sew the rectangles , right sides together,  leaving a large opening to turn right side out and topstitch around the perimeter and done.  They love their new placemats.

Because vinyl sticks to mostly everything, it is a bit difficult to sew.  I had recently purchased the Pfaff Roller Foot
because I had read that it was a great alternative to a Teflon Foot for sewing vinyl and leather and also is great for using when sewing on fabric that has been cut on the bias.  I have an addiction to presser feet and my collection is growing,  I tried the Roller Foot and it worked great! Lovely and smooth.  No sticking problem with the vinyl at all.

Hope you had time to get some sewing done today!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

What's Happening

I've been working on a few Christmas gift projects this past week.   I have also been spending way too much time on the computer.  I changed my primary email address and that has caused me a bit of trouble but I think it will all work out soon.  So, if you see anything odd on my blog please make sure to let me know. I am keeping my old email address for a while and all emails will be forwarded to my new one.  Its going to take me a bit of time to let all my contacts know my new address.

  On to some  fun things....

For participating in Sew Sisters Blogathon Canada, they were so kind to send me a fat quarter bundle of the yummiest fabrics  and also included was a six-patch of thread from sponsors, Aurifil.  Thanks! I love it! 



Remember the awesome knitted/felted bag that KnittySister made for her daughter?
 We finished it off.  I made the lining and handsewed it in and added a cute little pocket that I made using a postcard stamp and added a little message.  She is just going to love this!





The photo below shows my daughter holding the tablecloth that my Mother stitched for her.  Mother will be 83 on Sunday and always has a stitching project on the go.  



I was  given this sweet little toy Singer machine by a friend.  Takes batteries and makes a very nice chain stitch.  You can see from the date on the original box that it is from 1976. 




After swirling the heck out of The Weddin' Quilt (Still waiting to get a nice photo) you would think I had enough of that stitch, but noooo,,,I couldn't resist swirling away on this Christmas project.  More on this one soon.




Hope you have time to get some quilting done today! 



Monday, November 24, 2014

Blogathon Canada...What a Week!

I had a great time this week, being host for Nova Scotia during Blogathon Canada. I bet you had fun visiting all the wonderful quilting bloggers on my N.S. list.  We are a talented lot!

 I had lots of lovely comments and was lucky enough to gain a few new followers, which is always nice.  

Our Canadian quilting community is just amazing! 

And a great  big thank you to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop in Toronto for including me and my little quilty blog and also for organizing the Blogathon and sponsoring all the host blogger giveaways.  And also, thanks to  AurifilCamelot FabricsNorthcottRobert Kaufman Fabrics, & Timeless Treasures  for sponsoring giveaways on Sew Sisters blog every day during the Blogathon.  

The winner of my bundle of Kona Solid cottons, provided by Sew Sisters is....
  LIN...who said...
Prospect looks like a beautiful place to grow up it. What a stunning photograph. I love your quilts Linda. xx
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Congratulations, Lin and have fun creating something wonderful with your lovely new fabrics, I know you will!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by during Blogathon Canada and left a comment on my post.  Such wonderful, positive comments.  My head is a little bigger today!  




                                                                                               
                                       

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Weddin' Quilt....DONE!

Just had to share....Took me three weeks to do the machine quilting on The Weddin' Quilt and it is now ready for binding.  Woohoo!  I love how it turned out. The stars pop out just how I envisioned.  It weighs a ton so it will be nice and cuddly warm.  Can't wait to get the binding on and give it a turn in the washer and dryer.  And can't wait to get it gifted to the newlyweds.  I am going to ask my nephew to take some photos that will do it justice.  Here is a sneaky peeky until then.




There is still time to enter my giveaway here
The giveaway is open until Nov 23 and the winner will be announced Nov 24. 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's Atlantic Canada Day on Blogathon Canada!





Blogathon Canada is visiting Atlantic Canada today!  Thanks so much to Sew Sisters for choosing me to be the host blogger for Nova Scotia, along with Linda from Stitch Lines who is your host for New Brunswick, P.E.I and Newfoundland.

Hello from Nova Scotia, Canada's Ocean Playground!  Halifax to be exact.  I could go on and on about my beautiful province but for today I am going to stick to where I grew up and where I live now.
I grew up in a small seaside village called Prospect.  about 25 minute drive south west of Halifax.  My ancestors grew up here too. My parents still live there, in the white house.

I now live in the city of Halifax with my RetiredHub, who spent almost 40 years in the Canadian Navy.


We have been married for 37 years. I have a daughter, 35 and twin sons , 31.  Still waiting for grandkids!

I started quilting over 20 years ago and haven't stopped. I started my blog back in February of 2008.  I have made many pieced bed quilts, all hand quilted and hand appliqued too. I have a ton of UFOs. Scrappy quilting is my main love.
A few years ago I fell in love with the new style of quilting, the modern quilting, improvisational piecing and free motion quilting, and just last year I joined the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild and have been even more inspired to create.

I even had my first pattern published recently, in the Fall issue of the Canadian quilting magazine, "Quilter's Connection"
What an amazing experience it was and who knows, it may not be the last.

The tabs under my header will take you to pages that show some of my quilts from over the past years, but for now I will show you my favourites.


"Roll, roll Cotton Boll" from a Bonnie Hunter design.  machine pieced and free motion quilted by me and  now lives in Qatar with my Quilty Sister

Spring Morning - handquilted by me and adorns the wall in my front entry
My Improv Quilt - an original design by Me , freemotion quilted by me



"Wonky Pegs" and original design by Me, freemotion quilted by Me

Made for my husband on his retirement in 2009.  An original design by Me and handquilted by Me
  Here are  some other Nova Scotia blogs for you to visit. Stop by and say hello.  And I am happy to say that I have met most of these bloggers in real life and have made some lasting friendships.  That's the best part of blogging...making new friends!

                               NOVA SCOTIA BLOGGERS
Chezzetcook Modern Quilts   
Sew Karen-ly Created
Sheila's Quilt World
KaHolly
Anja Quilts
On the Tide
Barb Robson
Maritime Modern Quilt Guild
Mahone Bay Quilt Guild
Stamp.Stitch.Create
Twistfully Yours
A Quarter Inch from the Edge
The Running Thimble
Jada's Quilting Adventures
Candy Coated Quilts
The Cuddle Quilter

Remember to enter the giveaway from Camelot Fabrics on the Sew Sisters Blog 




Sew Sisters has kindly offered up this wonderful fat quarter pack of Kona  Cotton Solids for me to giveaway.  Sweet!
Honeysuckle, Watermelon, Creamsicle, Grellow, Cabbage, Pickle,
Malibu, Geranium, Jamaica, Dahlia
This giveaway is open to everyone, anywhere,
and all you need to do is leave me a comment, any comment.  Make sure, if you are a no-reply or Wordpress blogger, to leave your email address in your comment or there will be no way to get in touch with you should you be the winner. Here's a great post about how to check to see if you are a no-reply blogger, just in case you aren't sure.
The giveaway is open until Nov 23 and the winner will be announced Nov 24. 
The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered

Here's the schedule for the Blogathon with giveaways every day


   
           

The Host Bloggers:

Monday, November 17
BC
Stacey
Monday, November 17
BC
Jessica
Tuesday, November 18
Maritimes
Linda
Scrapmaster     Me!
Tuesday, November 18
Maritimes
Linda
Wednesday, November 19
AB
Kelsey
Wednesday, November 19
AB
Leanne
Thursday, November 20
SK
Heather
Thursday, November 20
MB
Lori
Friday, November 21
QC
Josée
Friday, November 21
Territories
Janet
Saturday, November 22
ON
Lorna 
Saturday, November 22
ON
Sandy








Thanks for stopping by my little blog and have fun visiting Atlantic Canada.

Have a quilty day!
Linda































Monday, November 17, 2014

Tomorrow is my Day on Blogathon Canada!


Don't forget to stop by my blog tomorrow as I host Maritime Day on Blogathon Canada.  Along with Linda from Stitch Lines, we will each tell a bit about ourselves and provide a list of wonderful blogs from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland that you can visit.. There will be a giveaway, so make sure to stop by and enter for a chance to win.

This is the 3rd year that Sew Sisters has organized and sponsored this wonderful bloghop.  You will get to meet lots of wonderful Canadian bloggers and there are giveaways every day!


The Hosts:

Monday, November 17
BC
Stacey
Monday, November 17
BC
Jessica
Tuesday, November 18
Maritimes
Linda
Scrapmaster   Me!
Tuesday, November 18
Maritimes
Linda
Wednesday, November 19
AB
Kelsey
Wednesday, November 19
AB
Leanne
Thursday, November 20
SK
Heather
Thursday, November 20
MB
Lori
Friday, November 21
QC
Josée
Friday, November 21
Territories
Janet
Saturday, November 22
ON
Lorna 
Saturday, November 22
ON
Sandy


Have fun!  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Knitty Sister strikes again!

Just had to share with you what my Knitty Sister is up to these days.  She just fnished up making this amazing felted wool tote bag.  It is just wonderful.  She made it for her daughter, my Sweet Niece, as a gift. The leather harness-like embellishment is so fitting for my niece, because she is a horse owner.  I helped Knitty Sister make the lining for it today. We used a lovely fat quarter of Comma by Zen Chic for the lining.  We are going to use large buttons to attach the lining.  Very cool!

Knitty Sister rocks! 


A scrappy day!


My Kona Solid Scrap Basket is overflowing!  I need to make something!

I need a tablerunner for my outdoor table and these colours just said spring/summer to me.  I have a pattern from a few years and I figured I would give it a go with all these yummy fabric scraps.  Now my tablerunner will be ready to use soon as the outdoor furniture goes back on the deck in the spring.  I have lots of time to get it quilted.
The pattern I used is called "Cherry Pickin'" by Brenda/Barb Designs.  I omitted the appliqued cherries.

The floral fabric that I fussy-cut  for the centre 6 1/2" square is "Zinnia Garden" by Patty Young.  I have been hoarding a metre of this beauty for two years and decided it was time  to cut into it.


Another scrappy project.....Selvedges from African fabrics were given to me, so I sewed them together in colour sets and then cut squares from those sets.  raw-edge appliqued them to the background square, a little straight line quilting and Boom! a throw cushion.



For the back, envelope style with a selvedge strip sewn to the overlap edge.  tuck in a pillow form, Done!

I adore my scraps and selvedges so much.

Hope you have time to make something today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Quilty Feedback

I was very pleased to hear that a few fellow quilty bloggers had sewn up my very first published pattern, "Colour Columns Cushion", which was printed in the Fall issue of Quilter's Connection magazine.  How nice is that!



Marjorie and her friend spent time together and made one each.  Sounds like fun!  
Here is Marjorie's cushion top made from Christmas charms, all quilted up and looking great.
Marjorie's cushion



Here is Karen's rendition.  Love it! Look at her lovely FMQing.  She is making her cushion for her daughter.  
 
Karen's cushion 

Thank you, ladies!  So nice to know that you enjoyed making my little pattern.