Monday, May 18, 2015

To Quilt Market and Back

The joys of quilt market far outweigh the waiting in airports, the 2 hour drive each way just to get to the airport, the mounds of unpacking and laundry and exhaustion... because seeing amazing friends and gorgeous quilts surpassed all of that!

Quilt market in Minneapolis was a complete blast.  I stayed with the best roomies a girl could ask for. Sample spree was fantastic, the quilts at market were stunning and the people I met for the first time or got reacquainted with made the memories wonderful.

Want to see some of my favourites?


The lion at the Michael Miller booth was incredible.




This quilt had hundreds of crystals all over it and sparkled as you walked by it.


Loving all these circles!




This dress was at Riley Blake's booth and was my favourite..simply gorgeous!




My favourite designer Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish introduced her new line 'La Vie Boheme'. She is on the left with my favourite jeweller Missy on the right.


look at the cute quilt with fabric envelopes to leave notes in.


Another one of Amanda's amazing quilt designs.





This one was all made from wool. 

What a treat, I walked around the corner and there was the legend Eleanor Burns!




 Michael Miller had a wall of flowers. 

363 days till next spring market.....


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Finishing!

It has been crazy around here!  Is it that way for you too?  Spring hits and suddenly everything needs to get done.

I have completed a few projects. Here is one I have been wanting to make for over a year.  It is a pattern from the incredible Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish!  I used fabric from Riley Blake and antlers from a friend.. mine were too big to use=)
Our town has a deer show every year and hunters bring in their deer mounts. I am going to bring this in and put it right beside the biggest mount there!  Should cause some conversation=)


There is a special birthday coming up for a 12 year old, that I adore, but don't know super well. But I do know that he loves the computer game - Minecraft.  I was going to take the easy way and get him the books on how to improve in the game, but his mom said he had them all.  So I went to pinterest and noticed people made pillowcases.  
Pulled out my EQ7, found the measurements of a pillow case and started designing. Here is what I came up with, using  3" blocks.


I pulled out multiple prints of light green fabric and made two sections of green blocks for the sides, then a top and bottom. Finally added the black in. 


Once I had a quilt top, I turned it into a pillow case and even faced the sides!   



I hope he likes it, he gets it Friday night.  

I have been making hexies, but ran out of the cardboard inserts so had to stop.  Unfortunately I can't get them anywhere around here.  But started doing some googling on youtube and found you can make hexies from a simple circle.  I pulled out my Accuquilt GO! and cut a few different sizes of circles. Here is what I came up with.  Now I just have to get my head around that the waste of doing it this way is okay=)


Chat soon, I am off to Quilt Market and so excited!



Friday, April 24, 2015

Setting up a Quilt Booth and Working a Show

How much fun have I been having!
The Canadian Quilters' Association decided to put a booth in the Creativ Festival in Toronto Ontario, Canada to promote our upcoming national conference, and to spread the word about our national quilt organization that brings quilters together across our country. I get to not only work the booth but also do a trunk show as well!


This is our booth after set up.   Those small quilts were made by quilters who have won awards at our National Juried Show and they donated them for sale and proceeds go to the Canada's Children Wish Foundation. We also got cards made from each of the quilts. You can see all the quilts here, it is a lovely bit of eye candy.


I just had to show you the bottom picture, this is what was waiting in my hotel room when I arrived!


I am off to meet the people of Toronto and tell them how great CQA is!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Circles, Deer and Craftsy


I have been having a bit of fun lately over at Craftsy. Check out my page at the top for all the posts I have written. There are some wonderful patterns and ideas in there!

I have also been creating an adorable deer! I just have to put his antlers on!

I got the pattern over at The Quilted Fish, from fabric designer Amanda Herring. The fabric is Riley Blake's.

My circle quilt is moving along, all the blocks finally got sewn onto the background today.


I threw them up on my design wall to get a sense of quilting. I was contemplating slashing them, but I think I am more inclined to really free motion the white areas alot.  This picture is a partial close up picture of some of the blocks.

 


This is the full quilt, the coloured fabric is actually shot cotton. I have a love/hate going on for this fabric at the moment. I love the texture but hate the unravelling of it. 
Did you notice how I go from one piece of pie missing and graduate to four pieces of pie missing in my circles?


I hope to show you my finished deer shortly=)




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Leprechauns and a New Quilt

The leprechauns have extended their stay, which is virtually unheard of in leprechaun land, but they asked the head leprechaun Patrick, and he has granted special permission.

In other news, I have been working and finished my quilt for the Canadian Quilters' Association's biggest fundraiser.
This is where we get five fat quarters and have to turn them into a small wall hanging. The theme for the conference is 'Blowing in the Wind'.
I need to confess though, when I decided to make it, I had completely forgotten about the theme=)

I started with a sketch of a tree. I sewed strips of 2 1/2" fabric together and laid the pattern on it and moved it around till I was pleased with the layout. Then cut it out.


I then threadpainted the tree using colours that matched each section and for the yellow extended the branches out further. The bottom was several collections of browns and greens to create the roots of the tree. 



I then quilted it in matching colours to the background and added the binding.
I still wasn't happy with it, so I added buttons that matched the different colours of the tree.



What do you think?



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Day Two of Leprechauns

I know...this is supposed to be a quilting blog..but I am going to do 2 weeks of leprechaun madness cause it is so fun.

This morning they awoke to letters from their leprechauns, Jeff and Eric. They were very excited and Jeff had managed to get out of the trap that was set!

Tonight they both have written letters and one has a new trap ready to go.
You will see that my youngest is still holding his leprechaun Jeff to his promise to take us to Ireland this summer!


This trap is in the middle of the room in the dark. My son often gets up in the middle of the night... I am wondering if he is going to catch himself or a leprechaun.





Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Leprechauns Are Back!

If you have been following me for a while, you know that we have leprechauns that come to our house. They have been coming for the past four years.

Each year, about 3 weeks before St. Patrick's Day they come every night, and both my boys set traps to try and catch them. Last year was the most elaborate with a whole pulley system, game cameras and boxes. And we didn't catch them.

The past two years it has been the same two leprechauns returning - Jeff and Eric. My kids are anxious to see if it is them again this year.  When they left last year, my kids had made them small beds, quilts, pillows and toys for them to take.


Jeff promised my youngest a trip for four to Ireland this year.   I don't know how he can pull that off. Seriously.

My youngest has his trap ready.

As always he writes him a letter. This is it below... he is not sure if it is Jeff so he had to start the letter with a '?'. How cute is that? I did block out the phone number and his email. As we only want Jeff to use them=)
He said he couldn't write for much longer as it was way past his bedtime when he remembered he had to write a letter! And knew his mother was getting impatient. 



I will let you know tomorrow if indeed the leprechauns are here and  if Jeff came back!
Stay tuned......