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. 

    

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What's Happening!

I have started the free-motion quilting on my niece's Wedding Quilt.
My version of "Snowflake" by Trudie Hughes

Here's the back with all the signature blocks from the wedding guests
I had my quilting plan all decided on after spending a lot of time looking on-line for ideas.  The last time I made this quilt, many years ago, I handquilted intricate snowflakes in the alternate squares.  But this time, I thought I would try the method of Dot-to-Dot quilting by Angela Walters, that I learned by watching a video class I bought from Craftsy.  I premarked my registration marks on the entire quilt and practiced the design and was all ready to go, the quilt was under the needle, and I totally switched gears and decided it would look better if I did an all-over design in the alternate squares., and then that would make the stars and the chain stand out and be the focus.  So far, I am super glad that I changed my mind.  I am loving how it looks.  Freemotion swirls on the swirly print fabric gives it such a lovely texture.  Not sure yet what I will do beyond the centre part of the quilt yet.  Something will come to me!
Here you can see the difference in the background between the quilted area and the unquilted area.
For thread, I am using, for the first time, Lava by Superior Threads.  It is a 35/3 ply polyester variegated thread. Even though this thread is a heavier weight, it is lovely and thin.   I am using a 90/14 topstitch needle as suggested by the manufacturer.  It was also suggested to loosen the top tension a bit but I found there was no need. The quilting is going very nicely.  I have not had any thread breakage at all and everything is going along just great.  I am working in short spurts of half an hour or so at a time.
I hope to be finished the quilting by this time next week.


My Knitty Sister made me some awesome slipper-socks.  Super warm!

Another gift...from my quilty friend Lesley, @  The Cuddle Quilter, who knew I would just love this yellow duckie tape measure.  How sweet of her!  Thanks so much Lesley.  I do  love him and he sits on my machine until I need to use him.  You will notice I have also adorned my machine with a sticker from The Cuddle Quilter too! 



My guild, The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild is exchanging zippered pouches with the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild and this is the pouch I made.  I am not a fan of installing zippers so I figured why not try three zippers!  It was a bit of a challenge but turned out great.  



I hope you got time today to work on something quilty.  I am linking up with the Needle and Thread Network.  Stop by and check out what everyone is doing this week. 



Monday, November 3, 2014

Blogathon Canada 2014




 Sew Sister Quilt Shop of Toronto, Ontario, has announced that they will host, for the third year, Blogathon Canada from November 17 - 22. 

And I am very pleased to announce that I will be a host blogger, along with Linda from Stitch Lines, for the Canadian Atlantic Provinces, (N.S, N.B., P.E.I. and Newfoundland/Labrador) on Tuesday, Nov. 18.  Please stop by my blog on that day and say hello.  Sew Sisters has offered up a wonderful prize for me to give away .  I will also include links so that you can visit other quilty bloggers in my part of the country.

Here's how it works:
Each day host bloggers will introduce themselves and their work on their blogs. They will include links to more blogs from their province so you can visit those blogs as well. The host bloggers will also host a giveaway of some of their favorite goodies from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop, so you have a chance to win every day of the week!

Also, there will be sponsored giveaways on Sew Sisters blog during the week.  The sponsors are:

 Aurifil, Northcott and Robert Kaufman    

Timeless Treasures  and Camelot Fabrics
                                                                                          

 

                                                                                            

 

 

Join the party:

If you blog from the Atlantic Provinces of Canada

and you would like to link your blog in my post on the 18th, please write to:  connect@sew-sisters.com and your blog will be added to the list.  Please note that your blog should have posts about quilting or crafting to be eligible.

  

Here is the schedule for the week.



Monday, November 17
BC
Stacey
Stacey in Stitches

Monday, November 17
BC
Jessica
Momiji Studio

Tuesday, November 18 
Maritimes
Linda           (That's Me!)
Scrapmaster 

Tuesday, November 18
Maritimes
Linda
Stitch Lines

Wednesday, November 19
AB
Kelsey
Everyday Fray

Wednesday, November 19
AB
Leanne
She Can Quilt

Thursday, November 20
SK
Heather
Peace.Love.Quilt

Thursday, November 20
MB
Lori
Night Owl Quilting

Friday, November 21
QC
Josée
The Charming Needle

Friday, November 21
Territories
Janet
Caribou Crossing Chronicles

Saturday, November 22
ON
Lorna 
Sew Fresh Quilts

Saturday, November 22
ON
Sandy
Upstairs Hobby Room



 So, mark your calendar, the fun begins on Nov. 17. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

A fabulous day!

Today was a fabulous day for me.  I taught my first free-motion quilting class.  It was held at It's Sew Time quilt shop in Elmsdale.  Seven quilters attended and they all had a great time too.  They learned meandering and loop-de-loops and spirals and circles and falling leaves and hearts and even feathers.  They all did really well, I was really impressed with how well they did and they all went home promising to practice, practice, practice. 





 
Hope you had a quilty day today, I sure did!






 


Monday, October 20, 2014

My Awesome Quilty Experience

I had the most amazing experience this past weekend representing my lovely little guild, The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, at our very first quilt show at the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst, N. S. 
Here is the link to the blogpost that I wrote for the Guild's blog page.  I hope you will stop by and check it out. 
 I also enjoyed the time I got to spend working along with Jeanette and Adrienne and Cathy and of course, my daughter, Nicola who tagged along with me and was a big help with keeping me organized.




Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Tweet gift!

Just had to show what my sweet Niece gave me as a thank-you gift for helping her with her wedding decorations.
It was totally my pleasure and we have some wonderful memories.  







A Don Miller birdhouse!  I love it and I have admired his birdhouses for a while.  He uses reclaimed items to create his one-of-a-kind birdhouses.   The base of this one looks like it may have come from an old china cabinet..  What a wonderful gift.
 

                                             
See my fairy door?  My sweet sister-in-law Allisen sent that to me all the way from Vancouver. I have had it for a few years and I think RetiredHub needs to give it a paint job and a bit of a sprucing up.  Now, with my new birdhouse,  not only the fairies have a place to go in my yard! 
love the wooden banners!  

 And also, she chose some great fat quarters and two mini-charm packs from Mrs. P's Emporium in Amherst.  How nice is that!

I am so happy to receive such a lovely, thoughtful gift and so very proud of my sweet Niece. love ya!

Monday, October 13, 2014

COME VISIT ME AND MMQG AT NSFAF

It's been a busy weekend. Our Thanksgiving meal is over.  My company has returned home.  Now I can concentrate fully on my next adventure.  Something new for me.  I am involved with setting up the very first quilt show of my lovely little guild...The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.  Our Show is part of the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival and it will take place at Amherst Town Hall on Friday Oct. 17 and Saturday Oct 18 from 9 am til 4:30 each day. I will be there both days to be the face of MMQG and to answer questions.  You will see some amazing quilts.
It will be the first time that we will be showing off our amazing guild banner.  Adrienne, our President, took charge of designing the banner as well as coordinating the members contribution of blocks and then sewing them into a top and then  I did the freemotion quilting.  A signature block from each member who contributed was incorporated into the design of the backing.  Another member did the binding.  It was a wonderful group effort in such a timely manner and I am very proud to be part of it.  So, I hope you will stop by and visit our display and make sure to say hello to me.  
You can go here and see some nice shots of our banner. 

The Wedding Quilt Progress.   

I have the backing all ready to go.  I added two blank signature blocks just in case the late comers follow through and decide they want to be included.  If not, I can just write something on the blank ones.  Now to get it basted and ready for quilting.  It will be a challenge..but I am up for it.  Anything for my wonderful niece.
Hard to get a decent shot in my backyard....too many trees causing shadowing
I hope to see you in Amherst.  The Festival is an amazing 5 day event that all Nova Scotians should be very proud of.  This will be my 5th time attending but my very first time being involved and I am so excited!

And, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you managed to get some quilting done the past few days.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FOR ALE!

That's a strange post title on a quilting blog, I know!  But there is a story and it does end up to be quilting related so, hang in there!  Who doesn't love a quilt with a story!

I am very proud of where I grew up, where my ancestors, on both sides of my family, settled and have lived for many generations.   I am going to tell about just one of many aspects of this place, this Prospect, Nova Scotia, CANADA

We call it "THE STAGE" aka, Grandad's Stage, Jack's Stage etc....  It has been photographed so many times over the years, painted by artists.  A.Y. Jackson spent time painting in Prospect, Stanley Royle too.  W.R. MacAskill took photos in the Village as well.

Photo with permission by Ashley Coombs Photography  
The Stage was part of my childhood and dates back to the early 1800's.  It passed through many hands, most of them my relatives. The last owner in my family was my uncle, my Dad's brother.  It was during this time that the "S" went missing.  Only a select few know the story of how it disappeared.  I can't divulge the secret today, but maybe sometime in the future I will spill the beans!

The "For Ale" sign is completely gone now.  The new owners removed it. Too bad.  Looks like they are trying to fix it up though.

So, getting to the quilty connection, As I was visiting a quilt show in Pictou, NS this past spring, I walked past a vendor's table full of fabulous quilt patterns.  The vendor was well-known Nova Scotia quilt artist Karen Henry.  I was introduced to Karen by a friend.  We spoke for a bit and as I turned to walk away, out of the corner of my eye, I saw "For Ale".  Whoa, back up...there was a pattern of "The Stage"!

  So of course, I mentioned my connection to Karen right away and she was happy to hear that I knew all about it.  She told me her father had taken the photo that she made her pattern from but he wasn't sure where he had taken the photo.  Mystery solved.
Of course I bought the pattern complete with the fabrics to recreate Karen's design.  How cool is that!
Can't wait to get working on it. 

 I found The Stage in a lovely hooked rug here 

Taken while used by lobster fishermen
This photo is taken from the yard of the house I grew up in.  As kids, we would all swim across to "The Stage" and back again. 
If interested in the History of Prospect, which dates back to the 1750's, here is the link to the Prospect Genealogical Website 

Thanks for stopping by!