Friday, 16 June 2017

Time for Knitting

Knitting has been part of my life, long before I learned how to quilt.  My Grandma Bailey had taught me how as a little girl, and I have dabbled in it all my life.  I knit numerous sweaters for my kids and nieces and nephews.
With the new yarns that are available, it is such an indulgence to pick up a luxurious yarn at my favourite little shop Knit 2 Yarns.  Last week was knit in public day, and I did stop by Carla's shop and pick up a little something for myself.


This is a Shawl I just gave away, knit from yarn I had picked up at Carla's last year.  Just like quilt fabric, sometimes the yarn has to age a little before it is used.  The pattern is from the book Sock-Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas.
I have been knitting up a storm lately with an upcoming new addition to the family, so I'm sure I'll be posting more projects soon.


The Northcott blocks are coming along.  This is the block from Along Came Quilting in Calgary. The pieces all came in the kit laser cut and ready to fuse in place.  What a bonus.  It took longer to stitch down than to actually fuse.  Thanks to Hailey for picking this one up for me.



Continuing on with the Christmas theme from last week, I am currently quilting a darling little appliqué quilt for Iva.  As always, her hand work if exquisite.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Snowberry

Continuing on with the Christmas theme, here is today's offering.


This is "Snowberry" by 3 Sisters for Moda.  I had found several quilts on line using this idea for trees, but the all had to many seams.  I drafted mine eliminating all unnecessary seams and this is the result.  I liked this one so much that it just might have to live in my house for a while.


These two Northcott blocks are from Atlantic Fabrics in Nova Scotia.  the C is from Dartmouth and the A is from Halifax.  I am trying hard to get more blocks done.  Lucy posted pictures of hers quilted so.....  LOL.  I'm trying!


Last Friday was a fabulous day for a road trip.  The six of us headed to Lillooet as a surprise road trip for Mom and Sonja.  Unfortunately the Kaoham train had been cancelled for the day.  We didn't let that spoil our day though.  We headed to Seton lake for a picnic, stopped for a whine tasting at Fort Berens Winery and then headed to Horstings Farm Market for a little look see.  A Grand Adventure!

Linking up with Finish it up Friday.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Christmas???????


Yes, in the quilting world it is time to think Christmas.  The newest Christmas fabric will be hitting store shelves shortly.  This quilt is made using Sweetwater's Hometown Christmas Edition by Moda Fabrics.
I usually crop the feet out of the quilt pics but I thought the little skiff of snow might make you think Christmas thoughts.  The quilt was made in January when the Sales Reps for Trend-Tex where hitting the roads to sell Christmas to the Stores for 2017.



The little present blocks were simple to put together, and lots of fun to quilt random straight lines on.

Now to more recent adventures.


Last Sunday I was teaching a Modern Meshwork Class.  The participants had some great colour choices.



More fun with the tri-colour weaves.  Thanks ladies for your adventurous weaving!

Linking up with Finish it up Friday.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Grunge Hits The Spot

Moda has done it again.  Come out with another basic Grunge fabric that is too adorable.


The line is called Hits The Spot, and this pattern is High Rise by It's Sew Emma


It's that time of year when so many new fabrics are coming out.  To keep track of them all, I take a picture of the designer tag on the fabric bundle.  This tag really tells the story of Grunge.  This line will be in local stores this summer.


Marilyn brought this baby quilt to Guild last meeting.  It was made during my Kaleido-design class and is Marilyn's personal design.  Marilyn taught the very first quilting class that I took 35 years ago. It is always such an honour when she takes one of my classes.


On a personal note, this is me with my Mom, two Aunts and two cousins.  The Bailey Women!!!  We were attending a fun function at Falkland.  Each year on the first Sunday of May the community comes together to clean the local Cemetery.  We had relatives from Edmonton and Washington State, and all points in between, help out.  Afterwards the local women group provide us with a luncheon.  A great way to get some work done and visit with family, all at the same time.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Perfect Weather For Quilting

Yes, it is a little soggy in my neck of the woods, so no better time than now to spend time in the sewing room.


I am nowhere near making my goal of having my Trans Canada Blocks done by July 1st.  Canada's 150th birthday might just happen without my Canada quilt done.  Oh well!  This block is from Avonport NS.  Thanks to one of my many quilting angels for sending me the pattern.  I substituted the BC Coat of Arms and Name into the block to make it mine.  Great pattern for using the panels for the provinces.


This quilt is a charity quilt made at retreat with the help of a friend.  She had run out of projects to work on so I pulled out a few scraps I had taken along just incase, and with both of us working together, we each ended up with a quilt top.  Mine is finally finished and will go into the pile for Elizabeth Fry.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Maple Leaf Forever

To celebrate Canada's upcoming 150th birthday Northcott has made available a free pattern called Maple Leaf Forever.  Click here for the link.


This is my version of the pattern.  It was a bit of a marathon to complete the 160 half square units for that maple leaf border, but so worth the effort.



I kept the quilting simple so I would actually get it done!!!!


I've been busy trying to catch up with some quilting for friends.  This is a rather large quilt of Bev's that I added a little texture to.  The star where the blocks meet was a happy coincidence.


Betty's quilt from the book "Pre-cut Primer" is done and hanging on the wall at Katja's.  Great job on the piecing Betty.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Hoffman Digitals, Again!!!

Just in case you aren't into the Hoffman animal prints from the last post, here is one of their Christmas Digital prints.


The quilting is simple straight line quilting radiating out from the centre.


I had a lot of fun adding this border to the Halloween Digital print.  The quilting is ziggy lines once again, radiating out from the centre.


And a little more texture for today.  It really is all about the quilting, after all.  This delightful quilt is Bev's.   She wanted straight lines and something in the centre.  This is how I interpreted that.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday!