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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Hoffman Digital Wildlife

The new Hoffman Digital Wildlife prints will be arriving in stores soon!!!!!  They are amazing.
Lucky for me, i was asked to play with a few of them ahead of release.



The Bear and the Fox are both incredible prints.  The patterns are available here on the Hoffman site. I quilted both with an all over design so that the fabric could speak for itself.


This bag is made by Margaret.  She made the modern meshwork panel at a workshop I had put on for the local Guild earlier in the year.  I love what she did with it.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Shiny Mix

This quilt is my latest finished.  It is "Shiny Mix" featuring Shiny Objects by Flaurie & Finch for RJR Fabrics.


I made if for a birthday gift for a friend, but since she is sooooo impatient, I'll give it to her as soon as she tells me she has seen this post.  How is that for a challenge.


This Northcott block is from Family Fabrics in Arborg Manitoba.  Thanks to Lucy for a care package of block kits from the Prairies.

I am off to retreat this weekend.  Good Friends, Good Quilting, Good Times!!!!!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Purebred

Happy Friday everyone.  Even though winter seams to be hanging on longer than usual, make the most of your day and get a little sewing done!


The kit for this quilt was a gift from a lovely friend.  I finally put myself first and finished it!  It is called Purebred, by Erin Michael.  The quilt now resides on my couch to be used by me!!!!!!  I love it.



Lots of echo type quilting was used to define the horse.  The Fireside on the back really shows off the quilting, and makes the quilt extra cosy to nap under.

Well I'm off to shovel the driveway, then time for a bit of sewing.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

A Blast From The Past


This is my B.C. Sampler resurrected from the unfinished basket of tops.  The top was completed in 2002ish.  It's been so long even Katja who designed it, wasn't sure of the date.  I had quilted several of these quilts for friends so I had put mine away for a later date. Finally, it is done.


Not only done, but on a bed.  The spare room was painted blue so this quilt fit in perfectly.


This is my first Northcott block from Alberta.  A Special thanks to Hayley for picking this one up for me.  It is from My Sewing Room in Calgary.  What is more perfect from Cowtown than a Cowboy hat?  Love it!

Till next time, have a great day!

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Compositions

The latest quilt off the frame is made from "Compositions" by Basic Grey.  I love everything about this line.  Great background fabrics or put them together to make a quilt similar to the one below.


This design is one of my favourites for showing off fabric.


The quilting is fairly simple with a fern type design in the stars and wavy lines in the background.


The fun never stops with patterns from Funky Friends Factory.  This is Hannah the Hedgehog.


She is out playing in the snow because we are all hoping this is the last chance to do this.  The kit for Hanna will be available at Katja's shortly.


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Friday, 10 February 2017

Hillside Houses

In an effort to finish a few of my quilt tops, I pulled this one out and threw some thread at it.


It is the Hillside Houses quilt from a quilt-along hosted by Pretty Little Quilts.  Click here if you would like more information.


This little house block is on it's way to Montreal.  The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is asking for donations of house blocks to make quilts for the Canadians who were victimized in the terror attack on the Mosque in Quebec.  For more information check out their blog here.  A good friend told me about the project so if you are reading this, pass it on to your friends.


This week's Northcott block is designed by Red Barn Quilt Shop in Campbell River.  Thanks Geri for picking it up for me.  It is the Kermode Bear which is a rare sub-species of the Black Bear, living in the Central and North Coast of B.C.


I was having a hard time distinguishing the fish from the bear, so I embroidered a jaw line for the bear.  What block should I do next?  So many choices.

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Oreo

Oreo the Orca is my latest stuffy made from a Funky Friends Factory pattern.


This was a test run before I make the sample for Katja's.  As always the patterns are easy to follow and I love the result.


This weeks quilting included this intricate appliqué. I almost hyperventilated every time I had to go near those tiny little circles with my size 18 needle.  The circles are about 1/4 inch across and so perfect.


This weeks Northcott block is from Cottage Quilting in Kelowna.  I found the pattern a little confusing so I just made up my own method of achieving the result pictured on the pattern.


My Gammill was having an issue with not speeding up immediately upon starting so I ask Doug to check the brushes on the motor.  To say they were a little worn is an understatement.  The one on top is the new brush.  Thanks to Kawatha Quilting System in Ontario for their quick service getting me my parts.  My machine is almost 17 years old and has been so reliable.


This is a proud Grandma picture.  Our youngest Granddaughter was in her first speed skating event.  At four years old she was so very serious.  She was not the fastest skater, but probably the fastest at getting up each time she fell.  Such a cute little girl.  Her older sister also competed and was a great help all day long.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Moda Be My Neighbour Part 2

 This is my second quilt from the Moda Be My Neighbour quilt along.


This quilt had a scrappier background than the first one I made shown here.  The first one was a Christmas gift, this one is mine.  I love them both and can hardly wait to have a nap under this one.


My latest Northcott block is from Pleasant Valley Quilting in Armstrong.  While Lucy was visiting we went on a road trip and this was our first stop.




Klia has a great little store with one of the nicest classrooms I have ever taught in.  There is a cheese store on the way into Armstrong that has the most delightful specialty cheeses.  Doug is always thrilled when I bring him a little home.  Two stops you must make if you are in Armstrong.



Hot off the machine today was Betty's Sunday Ride.  I've been playing with this idea for a border for some time, and today was the day to try it out.  I was pleased with the way it turned out.

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