Sunday, November 25, 2012

Snowman

We have a light dusting of snow on the ground this morning. Please don't hate me but yeah, I like it "a lot" LOL! Makes it much more seasonal!

In one of my last posts I mentioned the list of things that needs to be finished up in the next 2-3 weeks. And just to put a little more pressure on myself I decided I needed a new snowman wallhanging for the living room. Hubby started renovating the living room last week, so when it's done I hope to have this finished and ready to go on the wall. Haven't decided what the corner blocks will be yet. Probably the morning stars but I might go with something else. I saw a little Kim Diehl freebee this week that I used for inspiration for this one. I made some changes and came up with this one.

So when the living room is finished, I'll show you this little guy on the wall. I took some before pics and will share them with you when it's all done. Can't wait!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Festival of Trees

Th 6th Annual Festival of Trees took place today at a local interpretation centre. This was the first time I was able to attend. There were lots of trees and a few gingerbread houses and several Christmas quilts too. Thought I would share some of my favourites. The trees are voted on and it'll be interesting to see which ones wins!


This was my favourite! It was completely trimmed with old vintage Christmas cards that my Aunt  Mildred and Uncle Harry had received in the early to mid 1900s.


This one was from my paternal grandparents! Love it! Very sentimental!






This was a nice one, all hand made country ornaments!


 Traditional!

Wouldn't be Christmas without the Grinch! Loved this one!



 Log Cabin quilt and teddy bear tree


This one was done by the Highschool. 
Black tree with lots of gold trimmings, the school colours!

This was another favourite for me. It was done by my cousin and his wife. 
He's a plumber! Check out his ornaments!


Valve handles! Love it!


4H Tree



 This one was all done with natural trimmings. Rose hips, pine cones, dried flowers, vines. 
It was really lovely!

A couple more quilts! 



And a couple gingerbread houses!




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The List

I got out my list of projects that need to be finished up over the next few weeks. Christmas is coming and I don't want to be left stitching on Christmas Eve. So, today I started the quilting on this one.

I thought I had bought thread for the quilting last week but after I got everything all pinned and ready to stitch today, I realized that I must have left it at the shop. So, I started with the spool that I had here and went as far as I could. So, tomorrow I'll pick up some more and get this one crossed off my list over the next few days. This is the first large project that I've machine quilted. It's far from perfect, but I think someone will love it. Can't wait to see the reaction when this one gets opened on Christmas morning.

I have a few more things to do, some stitchery work, some little trinkets for the girls at work and I'm working on something very special as well. Can't wait to share that with you. I also wanted to get a little Christmas or winter quilt made to replace the pumpkin one that I made earlier this fall and is hanging in my living room.

Gotta get busy, cya later!!


Monday, November 19, 2012

One year!

Our local guild celebrated one year on Saturday. We actually got started last year in October but we only got around to celebrating this week and we purposely held it off so that we could celebrate Christmas at the same time.

We had a great day. An afternoon filled with fun, a project, a couple of games, a gift exchange and then a lovely meal.

I am so glad that we finally got around to starting a guild here. It's something that I had been interested in doing for years but just hadn't pushed for it. So after a health scare and knowing that yes, life is too short, myself and three friends put up some posters, made some calls, posted all over Facebook and finally got things moving. And as a result we have a lovely group of ladies that meet together twice a month. We teach, we learn, we laugh a lot, we get advice and opinions and we've made new friends ( so thankful to have met and become friends with Kaaren).


So I just wanted to show you the project that we had ready for each lady to do on Saturday. Because of space limitations, we asked each lady to come prepared for hand work but no machines this time. I think everyone enjoyed making this little pin cushion. It was simple and quick and would make a great gift. This single one is mine.


And of course, thought I would show you the gifts. We did the gift exchange poem. Always lots of fun.


That was my first Christmas party for 2012! Several more to come, love it!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kim Diehl

Kim Diehl is my all time favourite designer. I love her work, have all of her books and am totally inspired by her designs. I soooo wish she had a blog but since she doesn't I was thrilled to see that she made a post on the Henry Glass Fabrics blog today, you can check it out here if you're interested.

Dear Jane

I received this in the mail last week!

For years I've been intrigued by the Jane quilt! But just to admire from afar! But I've been seeing it so often lately, on Pinterest and other blogs that I've decided I might like to try it! I know it would be a long process but I'm ok with that.

I've seen this quilt is several colour ways and that will be my first major decision! I love it in red and white, but also love the scrappy look. And the scrappy look could go several ways too, with lighter fabrics and white backgrounds or with the richer country scraps that I love and a creamy background. Any advice or opinions?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 5

Day 5 of 5 off from work! Oh how sad that it's over! But I'm thankful that I have a good job to go back to, so I won't complain! And even though there was no time for sewing today, I did get to shop for fabric. Some for me and some to use for some upcoming gift making. And the Quilter's Connection which is a Canadian Quilters magazine. Looking forward to checking out that this evening!


I spent the day in the valley and got a little Christms shopping done. And I was happy to have lunch with my girl! She works in the valley and we usually see her every weekend, but it's not too often that I get up that way to see her. So a quick little visit over lunch was just perfect. 

So thanks for stopping by over the past few days and sharing in my five days of sewing! I hope you all get a few days soon to spend doing what you love!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 4

I finished the appliqué on this today! It's a Christmas gift, now on to the quilting. I'm gonna machine quilt it. This will be the largest piece that I've machine quilted and I'm a little nervous about it.

Tomorrow is the last of my five days off. Probably not gonna get any sewing in though, but might happen to shop for a bit of fabric. I'm heading to the valley to do a bit of Christmas shopping and have lunch with my girl! Always look forward to that. And with there being a fabric store in the mall, I figure this is a pretty good way to end my little sewing marathon mini vacation! Then hubby and I are going out to supper with two of his sisters in law. And after that, Christmas cantata practice for me. So quite a busy day, the shopping will have to do it! I'll post a picture of my fabric purchases just for good measure!

Day 3

Oh my, I was all cozy in my bed last night when I realized I hadn't made a day 3 post. But I did sew, lots actually. I'm designing a mystery quilt for my guild to start in January and I finished sewing the centre part of that. Soooo, because some of my guild friends will be seeing this post, I won't be sharing pictures until January as I want all of them to be surprised. I'm thinking I may offer the mystery quilt here too!

I've been helping my mom recently with a quilt. She does hand work for all of her quilt blocks and then usually puts them together and adds the border with her machine. She is making quilts for each of the grandchildren for wedding quilts. She has two done and two left to do and she is making them "ahead" just in case she needs them sooner rather than later.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 2

Day number 2 of 5 off from work! Love it! And once again, I was able to spend some of it sewing! We spent the morning at church, then home with the family for lunch and an afternoon of visiting. I was able to do a little cutting and marking and then this evening I was able to do a bit of sewing on something new. And now I'm gonna settle into my lazy girl chair, watch an old movie with hubby and do a bit of redwork stitching. It's been a good day!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Day 1

I shared in an earlier post this week that I had the next five days off and that I hoped to do lots of sewing in that time. So I had a pretty good start to that today. My two friends here, Gail and Debra, were teaching a class today and I decided to go along for a day of uninterrupted sewing.



I worked on finishing this quilt that was a jelly roll race that I participated in earlier this year with our guild. I add the sunflowers today and got most of that appliquéd. This is a Christmas gift for someone on my list! Woohoo, almost finished that one! I also worked on a small lap quilt that is for the quild to donate to our local nursing home for Christmas gifts. 


I took some pictures and wanted to show you the projects that each of the ladies were working on. We sewed and laughed and ate, makes for a great Saturday!

This is Brenda, she was starting a new quilt today, "All Roads Lead To The Sea" which is a challenge for sure but I think she's up to it!

This was Cheryl's first time to sew with us, and her first class in our neck of the woods. She is making this sweet little crib quilt for an upcoming bundle of joy! Such a cute quilt!



This is Linda, she and Cheryl traveled together to be with us, so this was her first time to sew with us too. She was doing the class for this Log Cabin quilt. I love her colour choices, very country. 



This is Rose, with her blocks draped all around her. What she was working on is a bit of a surprise, so I don't want to say too much, but I will say that it's part of a challenge that the guild is working on! More country colours, love it!

Wanda looks a little shy here don't you think? She was also participating in the class and she was working on a Triple Irish Chain. Definitely gonna be a beauty!

 Lyndia was also making the Lob Cabin quilt with the class. Her colours were lovely, blues and yellows!


Nora was working on the One Block Wonder. This is such an interesting quilt. You use just one fabric,  cut it up, and when you sew it back together you end up with a totally different design. This one is a lot of fun, lots of sewing involved but well worth it!

So that was the group of us there today! I always enjoy seeing what everyone is working on. 
We are all so very different in our choices and preferences, but in the end we all go home with a project we love! That's what makes quilting so much fun! 
That was Day 1 of 5, I will hopefully be back tomorrow with more to share for Day 2!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Row 5

I finally finished Row 5 for Lori's Row Along quilt at Bee In My Bonnet. This was an easy one and of course great instructions like always. I was telling a friend yesterday how impressed I was with Lori's instructions. I've never had to wonder at any point what she was talking about. All of the wording is precise and she has pictures to go along with every step.


And what I really liked about this one is that it didn't call for any of the background fabric.  I'm afraid I might be gonna run short of that, so we'll see how that goes. Actually heard last week that the shop in town may have a piece of it but I keep forgetting to go check it out!



I work today, then have five days off! Hoping to get lots of sewing done! I'll definitely be in my happy place!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Just have to share!

Stitchin' Heaven, a well known quilt shop in Texas, contacted me a while ago and asked if they could use my version of the quilt All Roads Lead To The Sea for the advertising in their upcoming BOM. They had seen my picture on my Facebook site. I was so pleased! Of course I gave them permission.



As the ad states, the quilt was designed by Country Creations, but they wanted to use my quilt for their advertising! I've been seeing Stitchin' Heaven ads for years it seems, and she told me that I would be given credit on their website for the quilt. Sure enough, my name is there! LOL It will also be in the February issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine and one other quilt magazine.

If you think you'd like to make the quilt, now is the time. You can see the ad here. It was a fun quilt to make, the connecting corners was a new technique for me but not a difficult one to learn. By doing it as a BOM you get past the challenge of looking for all of the right fabrics which was really the most challenging part of the whole project. If you do decide to make this, please be sure to let me know, as I would love to see your pictures.