Monday, May 30, 2016

Thistle quilt guild show

Good morning and a happy Monday to you all . We are being rained upon at the moment which is not all bad , we need the moisture and it makes for a great day to stay inside and sew .
 The Thistle Quilt Guild show was held on this past Saturday and was a huge success . To those who made the trip up to see our show I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks especially to the Blogger Quartet for meeting up with me for lunch then for the show,  Lesley,  Linda and Karen plus we had some special guests join us , Linda's daughter Niki and her friend Beth a friend and fellow quilter , it was wonderful to have you all there.  You know meeting these gals has been one of the best things about blogging,  they are truly the best.

 Now on with the show , I didn't take that many pictures,  sorry about that , it isn't always easy to get a decent picture and some that I did take are blurry.   First off I will share a picture of the quartet .

 Not the best picture of us but all I have . We are standing in front of my Frozen quilt I made for Sophia.  From left to right , Karen,  Linda , Lesley and me . 

 I hope I have this correct , I believe this was made by Mary W. And she designed it from a decorative  pillow she had bought . Isn't it fantastic.  
A nice scrappy quilt , sorry I am not sure who made this one . 
Another scrappy quilt and a heart quilt next to that . 

My Frozen quilt 
A collection of miniatures by Gloria T. , she does amazing PP in miniatures.  
This miniature I believe was done by Norma,  her first attempt at anything this small 

More of Gloria's miniatures!  

Joan's mystery quilt designed by Kaaren . I am still working on mine . Great job Joan and she hand quilted it herself too 😊
I loved this nautical themed quilt .
You can see the beautiful pinwheel quilt , very colourful and happy.  This was the result of an exchange we did with the girls we quilt with on Tuesdays plus a couple of others and I think this one is Becky's . 

Kate did this beautiful embroidery and hand quilted it . She is an amazing hand quilter . 
Because we do a variety of projects this table has a few tea cozies . Isn't this one made by Jane gorgeous . 
A pretty pastel quilt made by Wilma . 
We did a charm square exchange in spring prints and these projects are some of the results of that exchange . My project is in the far left top corner .
This stunning braid quilt was made by Claudet and she also made one in a different color  range for our guild quilt which we sold tickets on . 
 Gloria is not the only one who dabbles in minatures , I think this one was made by Anne M.
Pretty isnt it .

This little landscape is mine . The Blogger Quartet's decided last year this time that we would exchange a pillow using improv curved piecing . The landscape above was my first attempt . I just loved curved piecing ! My hubby didn't think I should make this into a pillow so I proceeded to make another one which I will share another day , this post is getting picture heavy but before I go I want to share the quilt that everyone was in awe of .  Actually to see all the great pillows we exchanged head on over to visit with Linda , she shared our pillows in her most recent post .Head on over here , she will be so happy to see you .
This quilt was made by Norma MacCara for her brother for Christmas . I am trying to figure out a way to be adopted in the family as she makes a quilt each year for a sibling .
Believe it or not this is the back of the quilt , isn't it incredible . I thought I had a photo of the front but don't seem to have it in these files . If I find it on my camera later I will share it .
 I found the photo so I want you to see that both sides are worthy of winning an award.

 Needless to say Norma won the viewers choice award and it was well deserved.  
So I hope you have enjoyed this small sampling of the many beautiful quilts and other projects our guild produced this past year , we have so many talented quilters and I am proud to be a member of this great guild . 
 Thanks for stopping by. 
 Hugs sheila 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Let's Book It and a few finishes

Oh I know it has been a dreadful long time since I have been around here but there have been various reasons for my absence  First off a lovely visit with my son and his family , here is a photo of my beautiful granddaughters with Bill and I .

Thanks to Rob and Diane for being such wonderful hosts and to Alyssa and Caitlin for spending so much time with us , we loved every minute of our stay .

I have managed a couple of finishes lately as our quilt show is this Saturday . First off is this rather old UFO called Garden Vine .
In this photo is had missed a couple of quilting lines but did complete them once I seen my mistake . I also finished my Buttermilk Basin BOM for 2015 .

I have also been busy keeping up with the Splendid sampler blocks and here is a photo of some of the  blocks in have completed , I have done a couple more since this photo . 
And now for the reason for the title of my post , the Let's  Book It .  I didn't get a lot done this month.  I finished up the block I had started last month , adding the embroidery and then the applique . 

The heart blocks I had done last month but forgot to share them so will share them now . Thanks Sharon for this fun event . 
Thanks so much for stopping by and I apologize for my  absence from the blog as well as visiting my favorite blogs , life has just been super busy . 
 Hugs Sheila 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I'd like you to meet Ruby ,plus it is Lets Book it Time

Good afternoon from sunny Nova Scotia , what a glorious spring day today .  Are you wondering who Ruby is , well let me introduce you , I think you may just like her . My dear hubby came home yesterday carrying this precious sewing machine under his arm , and yes her name is Ruby .
Can you see her faded name on the top of the machine , that is the only decals that are worn  and this baby is most likely late 1800's from what I have found through research . She should be in a treadle cabinet which my assumption is how her name got worn from pulling her in and out of the cabinet so bless her heart she did get lots of use years ago . I won't be using her but she will bring me joy just having her around and knowing that she was appreciated many years ago as well . Bill brought something else home for me but I didn't take a photo so will share that at a later date .
 Now for Lets Book it , hosted by Sharon . I am still plugging away on my Christmas Quilt and managed to get one block completed and another made but the embroidery needs doing .
This month has just flown by and I have been super busy trying to keep ahead of all the projects I have taken on .
I did complete this months section of the Craftsy BOM which I do love .
I also finished piecing the Buttermilk Basin Bom for 2015 but still need to quilt it .
This was a fun project done with wool and cotton , thanks to Stacy for providing these fun blocks each month .

I must run , I have a busy day ahead of me but thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day .
 hugs Sheila

Friday, April 8, 2016

What I am working on today :-)

Good morning from a very wet coast of Nova Scotia , it is blowing up a gale outside and the rain is coming down in torrents so a perfect day to stay inside and sew :-)
 As I mentioned previously I am doing the Craftsy BOM for 2016 designed by Lynette Jensen . This month involves some applique which I do enjoy doing so I started yesterday getting things ready , all the pieces have been cut and ready to iron on and the stems have been cut and ironed .
 Here is a section under the needle right now , I have one sewn already and will need to prepare the other two once I finish with this one .
My granddaughter Elise helped me choose fabric for the stems on Saturday , I think she did a great job , it worked perfectly with the leaf fabric . The pattern uses two different fabrics in the borders which I really didn't care for so I am using just this white fabric and I think it will work out just fine .

I also prepared my 15 blocks for FM stitching but unfortunately didn't get a chance to actually try any stitching , just too busy and I want to be able to concentrate .
They are very colorful as you can see and each section gets a different style of FM stitch .
Well I am on the run again so I will leave you with my little furry friend who visits our feeders along with the birds much to the dismay of our dog who dislikes him very much ,
This was last week when we had a freak snowfall , anything we get now I will call a freak lol . Anyway I just thought he was so cute , his head was covered with snow from digging in hunt for the seeds and looks like he found at least one :-)
 Enjoy your day and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by .
 hugs Sheila

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Let's Book It and other things

Good morning from the east coast , a sunny but chilly day here today but it seems to be warming up some now .
I can't believe we are at the end of March already , it has to have been the best March I can remember for weather , over all the winter was pretty mild compared to last year .  Our snow is gone again which is nice so things are looking up .
Today I am sharing my project for the Lets Book it with Sharon of Vrooman Quilts , I am working on a Christmas quilt simply called Merry Christmas and I managed to get a few small blocks completed this month .
                Some appliqued birds which I did by hand this time along with the embroidery .
                        Three small star blocks and the strip which will be a filler between blocks
                  And this block which I changed  for a block that is similar but not quite ;-)  I am pleased with my progress and I am loving this quilt so far .

I have been keeping up with the Splendid Sampler blocks ,I will share the latest blocks so of which are bonus blocks . I am enjoying doing these as well , tiny but fun to make .

Also each Monday I am taking part in a SAL with Darlene of a Needle Pulling Thread Quilt shop , these cute blocks are also 6" and I love them .
I had won a FQ bundle from Connecting Threads a year or so ago and I decided they would be perfect for these little stars . The fabric is called Line Dried , kind of remind me of my grandmothers aprons years ago .

I won't keep you today as I have so many things on the go and I must try to catch up so I don't become overwhelmed . I will leave you with this picture I took during our last little snow system .
Isn't he just gorgeous , another Purple Finch , puffed up nicely in the snow , makes my heart smile .
Thanks for stopping by today it is always a pleasure to see you .
 hugs Sheila