FIRST FINISHES OF 2015!

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i have FINALLY completed the three table runners my friend, Karen, asked me to make for christmas gifts. yes, i am aware that it is several weeks past christmas, but THIS time it wasn’t my fault. my lovely lucey broke down just before we were set to leave on our cross country trek, and i wasn’t able to diagnose the problem or do anything to fix it until we got home in january. thankfully, it turned out to be a minor repair, and she is now humming along once more.

i was given creative license, and a general idea of colours and size, so i had some fun with these. karen requested batik fabrics, one in plums, one with a seascape feel, and one that looked like the pasture in summer.

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for the seascape runner, i chose blues and aquas, and settled on an off white/yellow/pale blue/grey batik for the stars. i wanted the stars to be a little rustic, so when i did the sawtooth star, i made sure the centres of the star points were chopped off by the body of the star. i don’t know if that particular star has a name or not. anyone know? i used magnifico in horizon and the halcyon panto from lorien quilting

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for the pasture runner, i again used my sizzix, this time with the 2.5″ strip die.i did simple rail fence blocks, not worrying about value. i tried really hard to keep the same fabrics from touching, but as usual, the harder i try, the more it happens. i did a wide border on the two short sides and bound the runner in the same fabric. i used superior magnifico in songbird, and the ground cover panto by barbara becker.
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today was the perfect day to get outside and take some pictures. it was only -7c with lots of sun and a slight breeze. i love the prairies in winter! especially on days like today.

Friday already?

It’s been an interesting week around here, to say the least. Our cat has been trying for days to bring dead birds and mice into the house for her 6 week old kittens. Wednesday, she succeeded. I ran out of the house (well, i WAS going to take a lunch to my hard working sweetie) and stayed away for two hours. The little guy was still in his pajamas, and i was in dire need of a ball cap to hide my stylish ‘do. it was great fun. (ha!) That night was the middle dude’s first hockey practice, and of course, the van had a flat tire, and the SUV had a dead battery. Got the SUV going, but of course, we were a little late. Never before has dude  dressed in his hockey gear that fast! Needless to say, I haven’t had much time to sit at the machine. I did get one of my own quilts loaded on the frame, and did a little stitching on a Cars quilt for a friend’s little guy. I really need to get my butt in gear, as the Lion’s craft show is sneaking up on me!

I did want to share this lovely with you all.

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This fantastic quilt was made by Carolynn, one of the sweetest people i know! She made this for her Dad, and didn’t want anything too flowery on it. I quilted it with the Wrought Iron pantograph and used a caramel coloured thread on top, and beige Glide in the bobbin.

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It always amazes me how even a simple quilting pattern changes the way a quilt looks. I’m sure her Dad will love wrapping up in this lovely quilt this winter!!

What a Beaut!

I am a procrastinator.

There.

I said it.

Is it ever going to change? Probably not.

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I got this beautiful quilt top from the lovely Diane S. at the beginning of summer. i JUST delivered it today. I am a terrible person. Being the sweet lady she is, she didn’t give me any grief about the length of time i had the quilt. It’s all done now, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Diane made this quilt for her teenaged grandson, so I used the Gossamer pantograph from Lorien Quilting to keep it a little more masculine. I used Connecting Threads Essential Pro thread in Black on the top, and Magna-Glide Classic in Black in the bobbin. As per usual, my APQS Lucey stitched beautifully!

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Overall, I think it turned out pretty good, and I hope Diane’s grandson enjoys it!

Its a lot harder than I thought it would be

  I have a confession. I am a fabric hoarder. I have had an obsession with fabric since I was a little kid, going to Fanny’s Fabrics, or Silk-O-Lina with my mom. I loved going fabric shopping with her!! I would fondle all the beautiful fabrics, immersing myself in the beautiful colours, patterns, and textures. I would always stop at the thread displays to make certain that all of the spools were in their proper places, rearranging as needed. Of course, a trip to the button racks were always a must! Who could resist spinning the racks and racks of gorgeous buttons? Not me!!!
  I have been quilting for 19 years now, so I’m sure you can imagine the fabric stash I’ve accumulated. Sometimes I am reluctant to cut into my fabric, especially if it’s one I really love. For the most part, I use more than I buy. Of course, I can’t throw my scraps out, so I started sorting and cutting using Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap Users System. For those if you who aren’t familiar with Bonnie, you’ll find her website here. She has LOTS of free patterns and she describes her Scrap Users System. There are many different methods for taming your scraps. I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all solution. I would do some research on various blogs and forums to get some ideas, and find what works best for you.
  Do any of you use a particular method for organizing your scraps? Please share it with me!

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Try try again

So, it’s been ages since i’ve blogged., and i feel like a big dud. i started off with a bang, and then quickly lost my gumption. i’ve been thinking about starting up again for quite some time, but could never commit myself to it. i did decide to focus on quilting, as that is truly my passion. I find myself overwhelmed with ideas and inspirations, and often have a difficult time buckling down and actually completing a project. I do hope that by sharing my quilting journey with you, I am able to focus and also be accountable to myself. I would be honoured if you decided to join me!

 

Evergreen

Not that I want to age myself here, but I’ve been quilting for about 18 years. The last few years I have gotten pretty serious about it and I now have close to 60 quilt tops completed. A friend of mine is the coordinator of evergreen artists’ market, a fair with local artisans held in prince Albert in November. She asked me if I’d like to have a table in the fair and for some reason I said yes! Its becoming painfully clear that if I don’t get my act together, I’m going to have only 3 quilts to sell. My problem is that I have never been particularly confident in my abilities. I realised several years ago that in fact, I’m a perfectionist. I’m not the control freak type who won’t let anyone else do the laundry cause they won’t do it right. I’m the type who won’t finish what I start because it isn’t turning out the way I anticipated. It’s funny, because USUALLY, if I persevere, I am very happy with the results. My problem here is that I’m asking other people to pay me for my efforts. What if it isn’t good enough? What if people think I’m charging too much? What if someone tells me its crap? What if I don’t sell anything? What if I don’t have enough variety? I could go on and on. I have to give my head a shake and get to work. If others think it’s good enough to sell, then I should too! Wish me luck! Here I goooooooooo!

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