Sunday, December 9, 2012

The newest quilt in my teaching future will be A French Braid.  The focus fabric was purchased last summer in Alaska.  Totems are featured on the dark background so I decided to call the quilt Watchers in the Forest.  Can't wait to quilt it! As you can see photographing indoors certainly changes the color. It actually lies somewhere between the two.
I found it!  Lalaland!  Discovered this fall in Ontario with my beautiful daughter,  there it was all along waiting to be enjoyed.  Inside was an amazing glass studio.

This is a little late but Halloween witches are missing a few fingers!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Goodbye summer and hello Autumn

  In June the days spread out before us with hope of a glorious summer.  Every year I'm amazed how it quickly passes and we're looking at coloured leaves and turkey.  This year was a summer of highs and lows. Our extended family has grown by two beautiful and healthy grand-nephews.  What joys for my sisters and their families.  Friends visiting, finally seeing one of the places on my bucket list; Fortress Louisburg, working and gardening....before you know it Fall is upon us!

I haven't abandoned quilting this summer but sometimes weeding took priority, although to look at my garden today you wouldn't think so.  I would like to share a few of the summer projects starting with my Halloween Wallhanging:  "You Never Know What Might Happen in a Pumpkin Patch" I will be teaching this at Covered Bridge Quiltery in Riverview this October.
I've also made several Slash a Stash Quilts but managed to quilt only one.  The picture isn't great- windy day and poor lighting but a quick quilt to use up some of that stash we all stock in case of a world shortage on cotton.

Finally I pieced but haven't quilted a quilt from the Prairie Mercantile line of patterns called "Delectable".     A clever combination of two pattern favorites, Delectable Mountains and Log Cabin.  What's up next:  I'm currently working on a pinwheel/friendship star quilt using neutrals and of course the next phase of my The Quilt Show BOM Star quilt.  I'll show pictures of it next time.

Fundy Mermaid has been on the show circuit for the last time at the KV Show in Quispamsis.  She picked up a 1st place ribbon for Modern Wallhangings. I think she has earned a rest on my wall!

Monday, April 23, 2012

I'd like to share my pineapple quilt with you.  This January I lost my father.  I was blessed to have him be my dad for many of his 91 years.  It's still hard to believe that one day we could be playing cards and 2 days later he'd be gone.  Dad and Mom raised 5 daughters and 1 son.  All his girls sew and Dad took delight in seeing what we were working on.  I often would come to visit and he'd pull out a picture he had come across which he thought I might want for my art files.  The last quilt blocks I took to show him were these pineapple blocks.  He loved the vibrant colours.  So Dad this one's for you...Dad's Pineapple.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Quilt Show 2012 Block of The Month

This is the first 3 months of the Quilt Show's 2012 block of the month.  It is definitely a challenge and I was beginning to second guess my colours until my daughter came home and immediately claimed dibs.  Perhaps I'll be happier when the rest of the compasses surround the star.

I'm teaching myself to watercolour.  This still needs a bit of work, but it's getting there.  I'll post an update when I get more painted.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fundy Mermaid comes home

My Fundy Mermaid swam home today via UPS.  She looks no worse for wear and  now has a label which reads  she was exhibited at the American Quilter's Society Lancaster show as a semi-finalist.  She didn't bring home a ribbon but was thrilled to be allowed to play in their sandbox.