Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I've migrated!!

this blog, that is!

You can now find historical posts and new posts on my website:

See you there!

Monday, May 7, 2018

City of Gardens Quilt Show recap

This past weekend my guild, the Victoria Quilters' Guild held their bi-annual quilt show at the Pearkes Arena here in Victoria.  I worked Friday and was chomping at the bit to get there after work on Friday for the last hour of the show.  I had heard from one of my friends via text earlier in the day that I had won a second place ribbon.  When I picked myself up off the floor, I knew I had to get there pronto to see for myself! 

It turned out to be a second place in the group category for a quilt started by my friend Linda Moran who pieced most of it.  She didn't want to finish it and gave it to me to finish. I felt it should be entered in the show.

Some of you will recognize this pattern immediately as being Bonnie Hunter's "Grand Illusion".  Linda chose these gorgeous batiks so all the hard work was done.  She did an amazing job of piecing the blocks.  I finished assembling the rows and did the border then my daughter and I quilted it with  my APQS Millenium. And this is the result:

Here are my other three entries:

Spanish Rose (Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville pattern)

Two Fabric Bargello

En Provence (Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville pattern)

This quilt, made by Jay Boulet, won 1st prize in its category, PLUS viewers' choice first place, PLUS the CQA Ribbon. Way to go Jay!!!

And my friend Mae won third place in the Viewers' Choice category for her Under the Sea:

Mae is in black, standing with Gail from Bib n Tucker who provided the prize for the third place winner.  Mae went home with a gorgeous assortment of batiks. Congratulations Mae!

So much inspiration in one location!  I have some new ideas floating around and will soon have a retreat to roll up my sleeves and get sewing on.  I can't wait!

Until next time!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Binding and Boasting

When the production line of long arm quilting is moving at a fast pace, it doesn't take long for the binding pile to look larger than life.  So, the last couple of weeks I've been focusing on finishing the binding on some of these.  Some were large, some small, some keepers, some charity quilts.

Here are a few which are now in the 'done' pile.  Happy dance !!

This is Spanish Rose and was our quilting cruise pattern from Bonnie Hunter.  I think she did a fabulous job with her friend Irene of pulling this together when she was made aware that sewing machines would no longer be available on our cruise.  This meant a whole new pattern development for her.  

This is called "Creamsicle" and is a donation baby quilt to the Victoria Guild.  They supply the NICU at Victoria General Hospital.

This is another baby quilt which is being donated by me to the Victoria guild for the NICU.

Binding in process.
 My daughter created this quilt for a friend batting cancer.  I bound it for her while she was out of town.

 This is "Grand Illusion", an orphan quilt started by my friend Linda.  She couldn't finish it and thought because of my love for Bonnie Hunter's patterns that I would like to.  So I finished the quilt top and quilted and bound it.  I'm entering it into the Victoria Quilters' Guild quilt show at the beginning of May.  I just need to add a hanging sleeve and it will be ready.

This was a quilt kit from the Victoria Quilters Guild that I took home to quilt and bind.  This photo doesn't show the bound quilt but this was in the pile I referred to and I'm happy to say it's ready to be returned to the guild next time I can make a meeting.

This is "Grand Illusion" another Bonnie Hunter Quiltville mystery quilt.  I finally finished it, quilted it and bound it.  I only had the hanging sleeve and it's now done!  One by one they are all getting done!

It's been a busy few weeks but it's so encouraging to actually finish things.  I'm anxious to finish piecing my On Ringo Lake so I can get it on to the binding pile.  That's the update!   Thanks for reading.

Until next time!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Third Winter...

...or so it feels.  It has been a tough winter in some ways but in other ways very mild.  I don't recall any transit buses sliding down our hill this winter as they did last year, but it sure seemed to last forever and it's still cold despite the fact that Easter weekend is upon us.

Why am I telling you this? I don't really know other than to say I'm so excited that Spring is here.

I haven't been as productive as I normally would be during a long cold (albeit not white) winter.  I put it down to get acquainted with my APQS Millenium longarm.  It has been such a fun journey and continues to be.  That and also lots of cuddles with my adorable grandson who arrived July 30th. There is NOTHING like being a grandma.

Anyway...I'm happy to report that I have now finished the Grand Illusion quilt that I referred to in my last post.  I've been doing some binding in the evenings in an attempt to tame the pile.

I'm entering this quilt in our upcoming quilt show in May and it will be for sale.  I was unsure what to do with this finished orphan but I feel that it should be offered to someone else.  It will be a nice influx of cash that I intend to share with the friend who gave it to me to finish.

I also finished a baby quilt last night.  This one will be donated to my guild who supplies the NICU at our hospital with baby quilts.  It is a very OLD UFO and I'm happy that it's both out of the UFO pile, and off the binding pile.  It feels so good to finish something!

This was the first quilt I quilted on "Millie".  This is before we learned Quiltpath, the digitized quilting software so this was just free motion to get a feel for the machine.  And we are in love!  What a beautiful longarm.

So, along with celebrating the arrival of Spring, I'm also celebrating a couple finishes.

Until next time...let's go find some plum blossoms!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The orphan found a home - "Grand Illusion" Quiltville's 2014 mystery quilt

Some people open their doors to stray dogs and cats.  Me?  Well, yes I probably couldn't turn a stray animal away, but neither can I turn away a quilt that needs finishing.

This beautiful "Grand Illusion" was passed on to me by a friend who realized that all the little pieces that make up a Bonnie Hunter quilt just aren't her thing.  She's much happier doing paper piecing.  But me?  I love all the small pieces.  My friend had the majority of the quilt put together.  I just had to assemble the rows, finish the pieced borders and sew it together.

I could hardly wait to add the quilting stitches to it.  I chose a pantograph called "Cashmere".
I usually like my thread to disappear but because of the mostly dark colours in this quilt decided to go a bit wild and quilt it with a darker teal thread (Glide brand).

Laying down the first row

Millie with Quiltpath in motion!

I'm very happy with the results on this quilt. I love the movement and the feathers.  I haven't bound it yet because I will need to find a suitable batik for binding.  Or I could just use a black that I have in my stash.  No rules right?  Who says it has to be a batik binding?  Who am I kidding?  I'm kind of a purist so I know I won't be fully satisfied unless it's a batik binding. That will have to wait until Saturday when I can get to the quilt shop.

I haven't decided what to do with this finished quilt yet but have a couple of ideas.

The binding pile is growing!  That's one thing about having a longarm - I'm finishing quilts so quickly that I'm getting behind in my binding.  Oh...and I haven't done any hand quilting or worked on my eternal hexi project (La Passion Hexagon quilt by Grit Kovacs) since Millie arrived in the house.  You could say we are having a bit of fun over here.

And on to the next one!


Quilt Stats:  Batik front; Backing from Connecting Threads; Glide Thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting
Completed:  February 2018.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New member of the family! Meet Millie

I took the leap!!  I have been mulling purchase over for a long five years!  I've talked myself out of it plenty of times. 

Then I turned 60 (epiphany birthday in some ways) and realized that long arm quilting would be a great retirement job.  If I start now, by the time I'm ready to retire hopefully my business will be established and it will be a great transition away from law to working from home.  It was my family that convinced me that it was such a good idea that they would give up the dining room to make this dream happen.

So I re-established my contact with the APQS dealer and the deal was done. My hubby and son got it set up and then the setup of the Quiltpath computerized quilting software and the training was scheduled.  This was great timing as my daughter and I had produced four quilts (see last post) that needed quilting in time for Christmas.

Like a kid at Christmas, I couldn't wait to play with my new machine so we set about quilting right away.

Here are some pictures of those first quilts:

Waltz Around the World - we had our training on this quilt
Daughter doing free motion before training.  We just couldn't wait!

Charity quilt finally getting finished!

Quilt path software is amazing.  There is a learning curve however.

Now to start quilting the Christmas quilts!  Bossa Nova pantograph

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So there's a sampling of our first quilts off Millie.  Stay tuned for further long arm adventures.

Friday, November 3, 2017

She's caught the bug!

In my last post, I showed you some fabrics in pink, teal and purple that were pulled to make three quilts for three little girls for Christmas.

I had an unexpected blessing...a huge blessing in fact.  My daughter, who was a self-professed knitter only and "no way I want to quilt" person decided she wanted to help me with these three quilts.  And just like magic...the quilting bug hit her.  And it hit her hard.  She enjoyed it!  And she's still enjoying it!  She's telling her friends that her mom is 'beside herself' because she's been 'encouraging' her to quilt for years, blah blah blah.  I'm actually still quite amazed and pretty giddy over the fact that she is picking up my beloved craft.

Here's what we've been up to with these gorgeous colours:

Teal and Purple

I didn't mention it but she has a 3 month old who is safely in the 'pouch'

He's cozy and mama is happy :)

Teal seams pressed open

Pink!  And my GO cutter which cut all the triangles.  Love that thing!
All the strips are now ready to be sewn together.  Now comes the next to pin and match intersections.  The triangles cut by the GO cutter make the seams foolproof.  We are having a blast together.

Oh...and get this!  She's going to jump in with me on Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt "On Ringo Lake".  Guess who already has her fabric?!

These are my colours (all from stash):

We are ready to party!!

Until next time!