Friday, 1 August 2014

That Special Spark

You know the one. You feel it when you find that perfect fabric. It sparks your imagination and you dream of the possibilities of what that fabric can become. Daryl at Fabric Spark clearly knows that spark well and she's been honing it cleverly while stocking her Toronto-based online shop. Yes, another wonderful Canadian online quilt shop! Lucky us! And I feel very lucky that Fabric Spark has become a sponsor of Quilt Matters. Thank you, Fabric Spark!

If you haven't come across Fabric Spark yet, let me introduce you. They carry beautiful designer fabric from Alexander Henry, Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Riley Blake, Birch, Art Gallery and more. And yes, even Cotton + Steel! They also carry a great selection of solids, pre-cuts, kits, and independent patterns. And they are always adding new fabrics.

I love that they give ideas or a "Spark" for each fabric to get your imagination going. I've included the Spark for each of my favourite finds below so you can see what I mean.

Overland Journey Lime - Art Gallery

"Spark - This collection really looks fantastic together and would make a great patchwork on anything. This fabric would also make a beautiful duvet cover on its own."

Classical Elements - Geometric Light Grey

"Spark - A very subtle approach to put them all together in a patchwork project or great neutral decor fabric for table top or bedding."

Stof Twist - Large Dots

"Spark - I want to put the dots together in a beach bag - perfect for carrying your water bottle, towel, summer reading, and sunscreen. The dots just beg to be somewhere bright, cheerful, and casual."

Elementary Equations by Sweetwater:

"Spark - Pair with Calendar or use on its own for a school bag, lunch bag, fun garment, or kid's room decor. Hey, some people like Math!"

Pepe in Paris by Riley Blake

"Spark - Where to start? I love this fabric and the whole collection for any kid project. I see clothing, a quilt, bedding, a backpack, a sun hat, you name it. But it would be fun for adult clothes too. Make that joie de vivre into a tank top pour une promenade dans le parc?"

This is just a small taste of what you'll find over at Fabric Spark. You can head on over now and find that spark! Enjoy!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Textures, Colours and Patterns

I take a crazy number of photos on vacation. Who am I kidding? I take a crazy number of photos all the time. I thought I'd share with you some of the inspiring textures, colours and patterns I found in and on the way to Nova Scotia.

One of my favourite signs on the trip. I always practice saying it aloud in funny voices. My kids love that. ;)

The tin men. There's a quilt here someday...

A wharf in Halifax.

The side of a building -- cool textures and colours.

Ship ropes.

The remains of a fire.

Inukshuks at Point Pleasant Park. I tried making one, but didn't have enough time. It's an exercise in patience!

Some creative soul painted the end of a wood piling that washed up on shore.

Rust. :)

Log weathered by the ocean.

Rocks and stonework. Quilt motif?


Complementary colours.

Hope you enjoyed the view from my camera lens!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Posting A Winner

We have a winner for the Woodsy Winter fat quarter bundle courtesy of Sew Sisters!

I also follow Sew Sisters! Thanks

Congrats, Patti! I've sent you an email. Thank you so much to Sew Sisters for sponsoring this giveaway!

If you didn't win this time, keep in mind that you still have until July 31st to take advantage of the free shipping from Sew Sisters! 'Cause you know, Christmas is only 5 months away! ;)

Speaking of shipping (how's that for a segue? ;) ), I took a bit of time, just before leaving on vacation (when I should have been doing many other things), to make a couple of hostess gifts. Have you heard of the The Postcard Quilt Along with Debbie at A Quilter's Table? I wanted to participate, but didn't have time for a full quilt with the kids home and a number of other projects (ahem), but I thought the postcards would make great coasters. Especially for two friends who have been doing a lot of travelling lately.

I pulled out some travel-related prints and paired them with some text prints, using Debbie's great tutorial. Instead of piecing them to make a quilt top though, I sandwiched them with some batting and made coasters.

Bundle 1:

Bundle 2:

Now I have to make some for me! 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Well Met

We're home! For a variety of reasons, we bumped up our annual trip to Nova Scotia and I'm so glad we did! My friend Dominique from The Running Thimble invited me to the July meeting of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. A guild meeting on vacation? Sign me up! No summer break for this Maritime crew. They are hard core, y'all! 

Such a warm and welcoming group, they were too! I was thrilled to finally meet some long-time bloggy friends in person and meet some new ones! Thanks Adrienne for the photos!

Me and Linda from Scrapmaster
Dominique, me, Anja, Linda, Karen and Ann

Linda, me, Anja, Adrienne, Karen and Ann

Check out the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild post about the meeting so see some of the great quilts they shared during the meeting, including a fabulous Bill Cosby quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller challenge.

Thank you all for making me feel so welcome. I wish I was closer so I could go to your meetings too!

Don't forget to enter the Woodsy Winter giveaway sponsored by Sew Sisters. You have until tomorrow night to enter!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to pull together a birthday party for tomorrow afternoon. Any superhero game ideas for 5 year olds?
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