Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A win and some hand quilting

I really think I should start buying lotto tickets as I am fairly lucky . I recently won these gorgeous solid coloured strips of Free Spirit fabrics from Karen of KaHolly . I am looking forward to using these pretty colours as I tend to stick mostly with darker colours and a change is always a good thing .

 Thanks so much Karen,  I was thrilled to win them and  more thrilled you delivered them to me , it was so nice to see you .
 Our guild is doing a BOM this year and for the most part we are following along with Barbara Brackman of civil war quilts , with her permission.  Since our quilt will be a little larger I will add more blocks that i feel will fit the theme . One of our members showed us how to quilt as you go which I thought would be brilliant as I just might finish it a little quicker.  I can also handle a 12"block far easier than a large quilt . So......I started hand quilting a block a couple of nights ago and have two almost done . I don't use a hoop , so I basted it and hoping this is enough to keep it flat without wrinkles underneath. Here is one block that just needs a little more work . The basting looks a little wrinkly here .

This is called Sweet Gum Leaf and I substituted a block from Quilters cache rather than the original block from Barbara as that block used Y seams and we have a lot of new quilters doing this quilt and I didn't want to discourage them .
I have lots on the go at the moment and trying to keep up but some days my joints say not today.  I have managed to keep on track with the SS which reminds me i didn't take a picture of the last one I made but here is one of the two I did before that.

 I have no idea what I plan on doing with this quilt when it is finished but so far am enjoying the process .
 Well that's it for me today just thought it was past time to share my win with you . Thanks  for stopping by today and do something creative , it is good for your soul . 
 Hugs Sheila 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A trunkshow and a little finish

This has been a very busy week , on Tuesday evening our guild hosted a dessert party and trunkshow with Kathy Tidswell as our special guest . Kathy is from New Brunswick and is a very talented fibre artist creating some amazing work . There were lots of Wows from those in attendance.  I am sure you would like to see a few things she shared with us . I will warn you my photos are not the best as they were taken with my phone and I have to admit I find this thing challenging.

 So this is just a small taste of what we saw , as you can see Kathy is talented and has a wide range of talents, even making her own garments adorned with thread painting.
 Our workshop on Wednesday with Kathy was so interesting,  she gave us instructions on making grasses and weeds, flowers and trees . Sorry I don't have anything to share at this time from the workshop , I will need a lot more practice before I can share any ๐Ÿ˜‰
 However I do have one little art piece to share . On saturday of last week our guild took a trip to Amherst to a Fibre Arts Festival which was just fantastic.  We viewed three quilt shows and various displays as well as a Zonta fair.  I will share those photos at a later date now that I have figured out how to get them off my phone.
So here's my story , there was a lady at the Zonta fair selling her hand dyed fabrics and in a basket on her table was bags of her scraps.  Be still my heart , I quickly dug through the pile and found three bags to call my own at only  $5 per bag.  Seemed like a real bargain to me since I had purchased from her before so knew what to expect , well sort of as you never quite know what is in those bags.  I was willing to chance it and I wasn't disappointed,  they were filled with lovely shades of fabrics perfect for landscape art . Now I had bought a bag or maybe two from her a couple of years ago and I decided to combine my treasure but before doing so felt I should at least take the time to iron them all . That's when inspiration struck . In my original bag I had some very narrow strips that i am sure most people would have tossed in the garbage but I just had to find a way to use them so here is what I came up with.

Notice the raw edges , these scraps were so narrow some as little as 1/2" and they were frayed like this which was perfect for what I had in mind . I proceeded to lay out the pieces and started stitching them down . I am really loving this and it was such fun to do plus I saved some scraps from the landfill ๐Ÿ˜‰
 I will let you go for now but I thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you soon. 
 Hugs Sheila 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Let's Book It

Good morning from a rather wet East Coast but we really needed this rain so we won't complain and those with wells will be very thankful.
 It's time to share my progress on my Let's book it project and I am happy to report I have a flimsy . This quilt is simply called Merry Christmas designed by Jenelle Kent and was in a special edition of the Quiltmania magazine in the fall /winter 2014 . So here it is waiting to be quilted .
I am really pleased, I love the brown and red together,  a new combination for me . Now my hope is to have this quilted by Christmas so I can hang it on the wall . Thanks to Sharon for the Let's Book it event each month.  I also want to thank Sharon for choosing my name in her monthly draw . This adorable little pin arrived in my mailbox a while ago , I adore it.
                                                 Road Trip, we all love those ๐Ÿ˜†
My computer decided to give me hissy fits last week and it is now in the repair shop so I am thankful for this tablet which allows me to post , a little more challenging but doable all the same .
 Our middle son Roger is home for a visit from the west and we are thrilled to have him , it was much higher too long since we had seen him.  He looks fantastic!
On that note I  must go spend some quality time with him , thanks for taking the time to stop by .
 Hugs Sheila

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Some photos of our lovely province

 Today rather than sharing some quilting photos I am going to share some photos of our travels around the province this summer . Nova Scotia is not a big province but it has a very diverse landscape and there are many areas I have yet to explore . First off I will take you to the South shore .
                                        A portion of White Point Beach , just spectacular .
                                       A different view of the long stretches of white sand .
 This is White Point Beach Lodge , I would highly recommend it , beautiful accommodations and food .
                        A very kind Aussie Chap offered to take our pictures on the beach .
                                       The fog was rolling in here but I just love the affect .
                     This is in Chester , a delightful town and lovely place to explore .
 This little yarn shop is in   Lockeport and I went in to see what they had to offer and was surprised to see around 8 or so ladies sitting around in a circle each working on knitting a project and chatting away .
                    It was foggy here as well and the locals told us it is foggy a lot of the time .
 Wouldn't you love to have a tour of this gorgeous Captains home in Chester I believe it was , I know I would love a peak inside .

 This cute little church has been remodeled to become a home , I think they did an amazing job and love their colour choice . I see they have prepared for winter , nicely stacked wood pile .
 This photo was taken as we traveled up the shore roads but I have no idea where exactly this is , I just loved the look of the bright yellow sea weed so had to snap a picture , yeah I am strange like that .
 Now we will head on over to the Eastern shore ...
Not the best picture but can you see the little piper trying to get some food before his long journey south for the winter .
 This Tor-Bay  beach not a single soul around and it was a simply beautiful day with wispy clouds and a gentle breeze .

                           Gorgeous sandy beach here and the sound of the waves crashing in was very therapeutic .
This side reminds me of Newfoundland , very rugged and barren .
                                                      Because I love rocks ;-)
 Can you hear the crash , oh that was so neat to watch and hear , could have spent all day there .
 This is the broadwalk to get to the beach , lovely wooded area with lots of birds chirping and some really interesting vegetation .
                 Couldn't resist this shot , isn't that just the nicest mural for a fishing shack !
 Can you see the berries amongst the greenery ? Those are wild cranberries , wow , I had never seen such large wild cranberries before and unfortunately for me they were not ripe enough to pick . I am sure they would be yummy for Thanksgiving dinner :-)
 So folks that is it for me today , I do hope you have enjoyed this mini visit to my little province and I think the more I explore these little villages and towns the more I appreciate how fortunate I am to live here .
 Thanks for stopping by today , hope your day is extra special .
 Hugs Sheila

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A flimsy to share and what I am working on today ๐Ÿ˜Š

I am very pleased to share my latest finish of a flimsy , my mystery quilt from last year which was designed by Kaaren Johnston of the Painted Quilt . I thoroughly enjoyed this project for more than one reason , it is a great design for one but also I am so proud to say I completed this top entirely on this vintage Singer 15/91 . What a champ she is , always stitching a perfect stitch.  

This was the quilt in progress and where it was left off late last fall . Recently I decided the time had come to get back to finishing this quilt so my first job was to do lots and lots of braids , I had some done for a while but still lots to do . I didn't mind doing the braids , this was a first for me but trimming them down , well that is another story , not so much fun . However we got through it and then I added two more  borders , a narrow border and the final outside border which I made 8" . I had made a change to the pattern already adding the churn dash blocks instead of the suggested Dresdan blocks so when this final border came up i decided to continue on that theme and did some at 8" to fit as cornerstones.  Here is the final outcome , I laid it on the floor so you could see more of it and I don't really have a large enough floor space to spread it out properly but you will get an idea of how it looks .
The other really great thing about this quilt is it was made from my stash , a lot of it had been around for many years for example the second last border , a deep gold , the selvege said 2006 and I know that blue I used for the outer border would be around the same age . Thanks Kaaren for this mystery quilt , it was a lot of fun and a learning experience.  
I am on a mission to finish up a few things that have been on the go for a while . This next project is my Let's Book it project and I really would like to have this completed for Christmas this year . I fell in love with this pattern the moment I seen it in the magazine , Quiltmania a special Winter 2014 edition . I do remember that my hubby bought this magazine for me after the new year so early 2015 , he is my enabler , very supportive of my hobby and he figured I would like the quilt on the cover,  a red House quilt . Well he was right but, there was this quilt called  Merry Christmas designed by Jenelle Kent and made by Cathie Stone that really spoke to me and I knew I would just have to make it . For this quilt I had a small fq bundle of French General fabrics and the rest I found fabrics in my stash that i felt would work well enough even though I would have loved to have more of the FG. 
 Here is what it looks like now , I will hopefully have another  report for the end of the month for Let's Book it . 
You know what is neat about this quilt , there is not one Christmas fabric in it , yep , not one . 

Here is a little preview of what it will look like . I am loving the red and brown , also a first for me . 
 I must share a little win I had recently from Buttermilk Basin for their Friday freebie . Wow , what an awesome giveaway . I love wool so this kit will be a real pleasure to work on .

Oh shoot it is sideways , sorry , it is a candle mat with the neat old truck which reminds me of the truck my Uncle Henry had when we were kids and my sisters and I would love to go bouncing around as we drove along . Uncle Henry was my favorite uncle , so full of fun and his wife , our Aunt Margaret was the best Aunt in the world , they were more like grandparents to us and if anything was bothering us that is who we went to for a hug and reassurance.  I will think  of them as I stitch this up . 
Well that is it from me today , I hope you are enjoying a lovely creative day and thanks as always for taking the time to stop by .
 Hugs Sheila