Friday, 29 August 2014

TGIFF! - Lunch Bag

Happy Friday, all! I did get in some sewing this week and managed to finish this lunch bag. It uses Ayumi @ Pink Penguin's fabulous lunch bag tutorial. The fabric is Rashida Coleman-Hale's Washi line.

I've made this bag many times before -- here, here, hereherehere and here -- and I love trying to find a good fabric combination. This is the first time though I made this bag for me! On Tuesday, I will be starting a new professional adventure and returning to the federal public service. Yes, big changes are coming for the Quilt Matters household. I'm very excited and very nervous! Very, very nervous. Deep breaths. :)

We're heading into the Labour Day weekend here, hoping to see some hot air balloons and spend some time with family. I hope you have some great plans of your own!

It's TGIFF! is over at Ms. Midge this week. She has a beautiful quilt made using the Quick Curve Ruler -- gotta find me one of those!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

All In The Family

I received the Fall issue of The Canadian Quilter on Monday and look what I found! Daniel was pretty chuffed to see himself and his quilt in the magazine. I think features like this are a great way of encouraging kids to take up the art of quilting so thank you Jo and The Canadian Quilter for doing a profile on Daniel. If you have any youth quilting story ideas, please send them to

My quilting mama's heart was already pretty stoked about Daniel's feature, when I got an email from Brandy Lynn Maslowsky saying that my story about Patrick was last week's Quilter's Corner winner on her Canadian Quilt Talk podcast. Eeek! I caught up on all of Brandy Lynn's podcasts this summer during our road trips and have become a huge fan. She has a great energy and features wonderful quilting talent and content on her show. I had been saving Thursday's podcast for the kids' first day of school, when I could listen to it in peace (with tea and bonbons). ;) 

A while ago, I had submitted a story about my oldest son's reaction to my Snow Crab Nebula being 'featured' in the Canadian Museum of History. It was such a thrill to hear Brandy Lynn share it in the podcast and what a delightful bonus to hear that I'd won a fat quarter bundle of Elaine Quehl's new fabric line with Northcott. Yummy! Patrick was pretty psyched too and I suspect he may try to claim the winnings. Ha, he'll have to arm wrestle me for it! Elaine is the featured artist on the show. I've taken three workshops with Elaine and adore her work. It's a great episode so check it out if you get a chance. All of the podcasts are available online so you can go back and listen to past ones too. Thank you very much Brandy Lynn, Elaine and Northcott! 

Now to get son number 3 involved...muwahaha! 

I'm determined to get a little quilting in today and will be playing with this palette for a friend's new baby. Almost feels Fall-ish, eh? I don't think the final quilt will feel Fall-ish, but we'll see. What are you working on?

Have a great one!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

And the Number Is...

Happy Tuesday, y'all! My kids started school today and I spent my first day of 'freedom' running around doing errands and cooking all day. Hmm, this was not how it was supposed to go. Where was my chance to eat bonbons and rewatch the first episode of Outlander?! Maybe tomorrow. Ha, right!

But let's get to the important stuff, shall we? I loved reading all your favourite summer memories -- summers at cottages, spent with family, adventures with friends -- so wonderful and joyful! Thank you for sharing them with us! The winner of my By the Numbers Giveaway is...

getting sunburned with my cousin when we were 16

Congratulations, Barbara! I'll be sending you an email shortly.

Now for a little inspiration. Here is a video of my friend Mary Pal's solo show. Congrats, Mary! Some serious inspiration! Enjoy!

Friday, 22 August 2014

By the Numbers Giveaway

It's been a great summer in the Quilt Matters household. Although not a lot of quilting has happened, a whole bunch of other good things have -- one new nephew, two getaways, three happy and dirty kids, four sleeps 'til school starts, five puppet shows, six soccer festivals...well, you get the idea.

To celebrate a numbers-filled summer, I'm going to give away 2.5 metres of the IKEA Bitten Numbers 60" wide fabric. Yes, this is the fabric that is being discontinued and is being hunted down by quilters at IKEAs the world over. Okay, I can't really speak for what's happening in other cities, but we've cleaned out the Ottawa IKEA.

So, to win this fabric, leave me a comment with your favourite summer memory. You also get a bonus entry if you follow the blog, just leave a comment telling me how you follow. Another bonus entry if you follow via Facebook -- again leave a comment letting me know. That's 1, 2, 3 chances to win! Ah, ah, ah! No one else heard the Count from Sesame Street there, did they? Okay, moving on...

No reply bloggers, please leave your email address in your comment or I will need to pick another winner. Hint: If you've commented on my blog, except during a giveaway, and not received a response, you are a no reply blogger! Find out more about it and how to fix it here so you can win stuff and we can chat via email!

This giveaway is open until Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. EDT. Winner will be chosen via Ms. Random Number Generator (RNG).

Good luck and may the RNG number be in your favour!
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