Good afternoon , it is a sunny beautiful day here on the East Coast , we sure can't complain about the weather , it has been fabulous .
On the 13/14th of October I had the opportunity to share my love of quilting at the Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst along with my partners in crime , Linda Smith of Scrapmaster , Lesley Carruthers of the Cuddle Quilter and Karen Roy of KaHolly fame . I can't think of three other ladies I would have more fun with .
A photo of the three of us , Karen, Lesley, Linda and myself standing in front of one of our displays at the Town Hall in Amherst. We had a change in venues so our space was limited however we made the best of it and I think we had a very nice display. We talked to lots of people from all over , including a lady from Alaska, one from Australia and another from BC so that made it extra special . We already have plans to return next year . It really was a fun weekend .
Before I headed off to Amherst I got busy finishing up my RR we had done as a group over the winter months . I had been procrastinating as to quilting this wonderful quilt made by my friends . I was unsure how to even tackle such a job and there wasn't time to handquilt it so I did what any smart girl would do , I asked for help. I emailed Fiona of BubzRugz and asked her if she could give me suggestions on how I could quilt this quilt . I sent her a photo of the quilt and being the sweet person she is she sent me a few drawings as to how she might tackle this . Well I have to admit when I first looked at her drawings I said to myself, oh yeah sure I can't do feathers but you know what I can , they may not be perfect and certainly not as nice as what Fiona would do but they are done and they are mine lol
Now I will admit I didn't do all that Fiona had in her drawings as my skill level is pretty minimal and I wanted to use the walking foot where I could so my orange peel is all done with a walking foot , oh I know i could do it FM but no time to frog stitch so I went with the safe method . Want to see what I did , don't look too close , it is far from perfect.
I also did something else I had never done before , I had gotten my snowball quilt back from Lynda Campbell and she did a great job of the quilting and my time was short so I knew I didn't have time to sit for several evenings and hand sew down a binding which is my normal method so......I did it by machine , something that normally takes me days took me less than one hour , how great is that.I don't have a full picture of it but here is a corner so you can see the quilting and the binding
Talking about old dogs , unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our old dog Luke , a most faithful, loyal , wonderful dog we had the privilege to have in our lives for almost 12 years. We miss him terribly, just not the same without him around .
I am doing some secret sewing at the moment and I can't even share a peak as the person who owns these fabrics just might be lurking . You see our guild is doing a brown bag challenge , how does that work , well we put 3/4 fqs or fabrics of our choice in a brown paper bag and then we must staple it so not even a thread is poking out and there is to be no identification what so ever on the bag or inside the bag . We could type up a note with suggestions as to how we want our enclosed fabrics used but not hand written as that might be a clue . It's a fun little challenge and it was a tad challenging coming up with a way to use the fabrics I am working with and now I have to hope the person who owns them will like what I have done . I promise to share once it is it is given back along with the project I receive . We are also doing a postcard exchange and tomorrow I will help those who haven't made one before , that should be fun .
Well folks that's it for me for now , sorry I am so slack at blogging but life has a way of keeping me busy .
Thanks for taking the time to stop by .