Showing posts from August, 2011

Works in Progress Wednesday #12

The evenings are getting cooler. One munchkin started school on Monday, another starts today, the kids' activities are starting to ramp up...yes, Fall is definitely in the air. It's good to be back...and reunited with my sewing machine!

New Projects: Holding fast on no new projects. Well, no cutting yet. I do have a design worked out for the Castle Peeps fabric I bought while on vacation. Am I getting by on a technicality? ;) 

Completed Projects: Nada

Current Projects: Bottled Rainbows (2) - We are done the mosaics! Woo hoo! Each boy picked the backings for their squares. Unfortunately, I mixed two them up and free motion quilted them before we realized they were wrong. Grrrr! The boys didn't seem to mind though and, in fact, they even informed me that it didn't really matter because they were planning to share the quilts. That should be interesting. Anyways, I've free motion quilted 12 of the 32 squares. I'm trying to do a different qulting pattern for each square…

Giveaway Winner!

This is it! Before I get to the winner though, I want to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your comments and finding out what where you like to travel. I came away with many ideas for upcoming virtual trips, so thank you! I also loved the variety of ideas people had for using the fabric. What a creative bunch! Thank you all for entering. I wish I could send you all some and see what you make with it. Alas ( ;) ), I'm not Oprah. So...without further ado, the winner is:

Quilt Rat said... 43
Those fabrics would be great for making postcards.........then they too could travel

How fun is that? Congratulations, Quilt Rat! I'll be sending you an email today to get your mailling address.

My oldest child starts school today so I'd better get a move on. Happy Monday, all!

Sisters: A Quilting Runner and a Running Quilter

I've been having a great time reading all of the great entries into my first giveaway.  Thank you for entering! If you haven't entered yet, you still have until 8:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 28th. Good luck! ... Just before we left on vacation, my sister and niece came up for a visit. They live about five hours away by car, but we manage a visit one way or another about five or six times a year. I miss them a lot, but it was so great to spend time with them again. My niece, who will be turning three soon, is such a card and makes me laugh, just like her mother!
This visit had an ulterior purpose -- to help my sister finish her second quilt. Like her first quilt, my sister hand pieced these blocks. They are made with Japanese indigos from Kallisti Quilts, but I don't know the pattern, I'm afraid. Since each of the blocks were already sandwiched and quilted, we decided to use a three-stitch zig zag stitch to get the blocks to form rows and then zig zag stitch the rows to…

Guest Blogging Today at the Quilting Gallery Blog and a Giveaway!

I'm guest blogging over at the Quilting Gallery today so if you get a chance, pop over. But then come back because I'm doing a giveaway! If you are here for the first time, Welcome! I'm so glad you are here -- you've arrived just in time. :)

Since some of my posts are about my quilt blog travelling adventures, I thought a travel-themed fabric giveaway would be rather à propos. And while I was in Nova Scotia, I spied a few fabrics that I thought would be perfect.

So for my first giveaway (cue Vanna White), we have a fat quarter of this lovely travel word material, which is Paper Dolls Around the World by Sibling Arts Studios for Blue Hill Fabrics. For a splash of Canadian colour, I added some red inukshuk fabric from the Winter Sports line by Laurie Godin for Northcott Fabrics (it's the Vancouver Olympics line). And to round out our trifecta of travelling goodies, we have Tall Ships by David Carter Brown for South Sea Imports.

So how do you enter? You have several op…

Stained Glass Lilies

As I had mentioned last month, I was prepping my Stained Glass Lilies to take with me on vacation. This quilt is actually made from a stained glass pattern from Ed Sibbett, Jr.'s Art Nouveau Stained Glass Colouring Book. I love his designs and wanted to try one of them as a quilt. To make it work for a quilt though, I had the pattern blown up from 8.5" by 11" to roughly 24" by 34". I then made a pattern of it by tracing it onto freezer paper. I was kind of making it up as I go and since I'm still not sure the way I did it is is going to work well, I won't go into a lot of details of the process yet.

Prior to vacation, I was trying to turn this...

into stained glass leading for this background, which I had put together last summer...

Before I left on this year's vacation, I got most of the big leading strips glued back with Roxanne's Glue Baste-It (neither my fabric glue stick or even Lapel Stick were doing what I needed it to do) so it looked lik…

To Nova Scotia and Back - In Person!

We've just returned from a wonderful vacation in Nova Scotia. For those who aren't familiar with it, Nova Scotia is one of our provinces on the East Coast of Canada (red on the map). My grandmother was from Cape Breton (northern island of the province) and my husband's family is from the South Shore. It's a two-day drive for us, which can be kind of crazy with three kids under 6, but it is so worth it.

I took this photo this year in Hubbards Cove, where we stay. It epitomizes Nova Scotia for me.

 While we were there, we celebrated some birthdays. This is Micah excited about one of his birthday gifts:

And this is me, excited about mine (fabric from Avonport Discount Centre - more on this later in this post):

Hmm, I'm not sure who is more excited!

For my first post back though, I think I'll share the quilt-related stuff of our visit (fabric!), as well as some finds from my virtual visit of the blogs for Nova Scotia. I started visiting the blogs before …