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Friday, September 23, 2016

Bag It 2016 and a Give Away


I've been working with a quilty friend
one day a week during the summer months,
teaching her little tricks of the trade!

When she asked to learn how to make a zippered bag,
I jumped at the chance to refresh my memory
and make a giftie!





I was trying to make the Open Wide Zippered Pouch
from a tutorial by Noodlehead
but I confess,
I messed up.
Worked out okay, because it showed her two
different ways to finish the end of the zipper.

I'm also teaching her how to finish her own quilts,
so I took the opportunity to quilt the front and back
differently so she could see she has
options besides sewing a simple grid.















I apologize for the poor pictures. I only snapped them real fast
to show her from the back, because after the pouch was sewn up,
it was difficult to see.

I'm proud to say,
her first zippered pouch was gift worthy!
Success.

I'm linking up to
Elm Street Quilts.


Elm Street Quilts


Speaking of Elm Street Quilts,
I continue to have fun with Patty's Chunky Alphabet.




This 14" x 24" pillow cover
was posted in the mail yesterday to my step-cousin.
An intellectually disabled adult,
she recognizes her name in lower case letters,
so this was a fun project
that she will just adore!

I stitch my letters in the evenings, after I clean up the supper dishes.
It's like having a delicious dessert,
without the calories!

I did say there would be a give away!

Patty is graciously supplying a PDF copy of her 
Chunky Alphabet Paper Pieced
as a give away today!

As an extra bonus, Patty just happens to be having
a birthday sale in her Payhip shop through the end of the month!
Just use the coupon code BIRTHDAY
for a 20% discount!
What a deal!
So take a minute and go check it out!

Thanks, Patty!

Just leave a comment to enter the give away.
The Random Number Generator
will choose a winner
one week from today!

Thanks for popping in!


Monday, September 19, 2016

WIPs Be Gone



Look at the beautiful postcard
that I received in the mail from Sheila!



It's almost just like looking out my front window!
I can take it to Texas with me
so I don't forget!
Thanks, Sheila!

A few finishes, finally.
Sometimes, I work on so many things at once,
it takes me awhile to finish any of them.




This Pineapple Blossom quilt has been a WIP
for a very long time.
Each center square carries a signature.
I will be gifting this to a long time friend who's husband is very sick.
She needs a perpetual warm embrace!




This baby/toddler quilt is a top I made in Texas
and brought back to finish on the Janome.
It still lacks a label.

And that's about all!

Today, I'm linking up to

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

In My Humble Opinion



There was more than a wee bit of secret sewing happening at my house during the month of August, but today I can show you one finished project, as it has now been gifted.


(please click on picture to enlarge)

In anticipation of a weekend visit to Linda, The Scrapmaster aka The Fabric Pig, I whipped up this cute little banner for Linda's sewing room.

 The paper pieced alphabet that I used is available in the Elm Street Quilts' Craftsy store. Just click right HERE to purchase yours! 

The pig face is a free tutorial from Sew Fresh Quilts, which is generously offered HERE!  I have future plans for both patterns, and can't wait to get started!

Visiting Linda is such a delight.  Her family is always so welcoming and supportive, and Linda has so much to share and teach, which she does quite naturally.  I drive away with a lot more knowledge about fabric selection, thread, needles, FMQ than I ever arrive with.

Here is where Linda sits when she does her handwork.  Lots of natural light over her left shoulder.
The perfect spot!




I took the picture because I really like the pillow.  
She has the most awesome pillows and quilts all through the house.
They are soft and wonderful and every one is an invitation
to sit and snuggle up.
Here is one on display by Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter,



gifted to Linda when we had our challenge swap
during the late spring, when the NSQBQ met up
 at the Westville Quilt Show.
(This year's challenge is a round robin,
thus the 'other' secret sewing.
We aren't going to show each other until the big reveal next spring.)

I was quite taken with this beautiful wallhanging at that show,
as a matter of fact, it stopped me dead in my tracks.
No way does the picture do it justice.




Imagine my delight when I discovered it was made by our very own Sheila!
Check out the beautiful detail!



They each have lots to teach me!

~~~

Now for my humble opinion:


Creating controversy is what some people do best, however...

.......just because someone makes a statement that you may not agree with, you must remember, it's just one person's opinion. It's not the law.  It's not a rule.  It's not everyone.  It's just one person.  

Bottom line:  If you want to stipple, then stipple.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sweet Summer Days


Another glorious summer day has dawned
here on Cape Breton Island.
We certainly are being rewarded for waiting so long
for it's appearance!

This past Saturday, the NSQBQ (minus one)


(Karen, Lesley, Linda)

was on the road again;
this time, their yearly trek to Pictou, NS for the


(Click picture to enlarge)

annual quilt show.

Sadly, Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World
was unable to join us this year
and we really missed her.

I love this guild's wall hanging.
The lighthouse is shining right down onto Pictou
on the applique of Nova Scotia mainland.
See Cape Breton Island at the upper right?
And that small land mass in the center is Prince Edward Island.
The red plaid applique on the left is New Brunswick.

This quilt shows the maritimes
appliqued in the different tartans that represent each province.
Extremely clever!
I like clever.

Seemsas though we liked, and photographed, the same quilts,
so I defer you to The Scrapmaster, aka Linda,
and Lesley, The Cuddle Quilter
to see all the quilter's eye candy
on display at the show.


Lesley and Linda brought two beautiful quilted creations to
photograph against the harbor scene at Pictou,




but the wind had other ideas!
See how 'straight out' those flags to the left are flying?
I'm surprised the girls weren't launched skyward!
That's sure a funny image in my mind's eye!

Making memories!
We certainly had fun.

~~~

In my last post,
I showed you a picture of Ruddy Turnstones
and gave you a little information 
about them.

Yesterday, I was paddling in a more sheltered location,
and came across more!
I thought you might like to see one closer up.


Click on picture to enlarge.

Check out those bright orange legs!
From a distance, it's head blended right into the rocks.
I kept waiting for him to turn around,
but he was actually staying really, really still
hoping I couldn't see him at all!


Click on picture to enlarge.

The Ruddy Turnstone is so named 
because it is best know for its habit of inserting its bill
under stones, shells, etc., and flipping them over to find food underneath.

The other migrating shorebirds we saw
weren't as obliging as this little guy.

Ahhh, sweet summer!
Hope you are enjoying yours!

XO,
Karen



Friday, August 5, 2016

Full Force


Summer is in full force
and finding time to sew can be difficult!
But I did manage a few finishes.
As I've already mentioned,
I participated in the Repeat - the QAL



with Patty over at Elm Street Quilts.
I sat each evening after the supper dishes were cleared away
and foundation pieced my letters,
a few at a time.
I called it my dessert!

I quilted it with an all over design
of Angela Walters.
I found the design fun to stitch,
but had trouble making it look random
yet all fit together.

I purchased the whole alphabet here
and have already started a new wall hanging.
As it's a gift, it will have to remain 
a secret sewing project until fall.

Color Play
by the late Carol Turznik
aka MamaCJT



is a finish
with some simple straight line quilting.

I had emailed Carol during the late winter months
to inquire about her health.
During the course of our correspondence,
I asked about the availability of this pattern.
She very kindly dug around and found one lingering in her cache
and sent it to me right away.




Sadly, Carol passed away on May 7th.
Her family has left her blog intact
and I often revisit it for inspiration and rememberence.
Carol was incredibly talented,
loving color and whimsy.
I know she touched the lives of many quilters
around the world,
and that she is greatly missed.

~~~

Our first paddle of the season took us out into open ocean
and what a fun ride it was!
While the sea was relatively calm,
the water was rolling in a big way
as it made its approach toward the huge rocks
that so beautifully adorn our coastline.
No breakers, just rolling.

It made it a little difficult to get pictures,
but managed this almost nice one
before I almost crashed into the rocks,
making the Ranger just a little nervous!



(Click picture to enlarge.)


Ruddy Turnstones
(Arenaria interpres)
8" - 10"
"A squat, robust, orange-legged shorebird with a harlequin pattern."

Arenaria is latin for 'sand-loving'.

These shorebirds breed during the summer months in the arctic tundra
and are now on their way south for the winter!



~~~

Have a wonderful, funderful weekend!
I am joining the NSQBQ
for a quilt show in Pictou, NS on Saturday!
What are your plans?


Friday, July 29, 2016

Finally Finished


I am very pleased to be able to declare
finally a finish!  
And about time, eh?
(That's Canada Speak.  I practice when I can!)




I eventually finish everything.
Sometimes it's a year,
sometimes it's six years!




You can't really tell in the first picture, 
but I wrapped the upper right hand corner 
binding of the same fabric as the bird 
(and framed the label with that blue, as well).

Speaking of birds......

Seems that in my little world, I mark the passing of time
with the comings and goings of my fine feathered friends.
And oh my, time is passing at warp speed.

I had the pleasure of hosting a breeding pair of Cedar Waxwings 
and was treated to several feeding times throughout the day.
Unable to catch a shot through the leaves of the willow
to show mom tending to baby's needs,
I did get a pretty nice pic of baby with a full tummy.




They are gone, now.
Sigh.  

I'm linking up to What a Hoot!  TGIFF


I have also linked to Angie's

Have a great weekend!
It's a long weekend here in Canada.
A civic holiday, I believe, tucked into the calendar 
just to give everyone a day off!

XO


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Repeat - the QAL


Wow!

Thank you ALL
for your sweet words.
I almost turned off the comments for that last post.
But, now, I'm so glad I didn't!
Your loving kindnesses have been so healing!
I am truly blessed.


I have been participating
in Elm Street Quilts'
Repeat - the QAL.




I chose a scrappy approach
and had lots of fun.
I saved paper piecing the letters
until after I cleaned up from supper...
....it was a calorie free dessert!

It is now in the queue
to be machine quilted and I'm so excited!
I've already freed up some space above my sewing area
to hang it in all it's glory.

I'd like to send out a big thank you to Patty  for hosting this fun QAL.
I know it was a lot of work putting it together and keeping it going.

By the way, the entire paper pieced alphabet
is available for purchase in Patty's Craftsy shop!
I know I'll be incorporating them in future projects.

I am linking up to
Elm Street Quilts Let's Party!
Stop by and see all the different Repeat - QALs
that are being posted!

Enjoy your day!
And thanks, again, for all your support.

~karen