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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Central Alberta Quilt Guild Show

I had a delightful day out yesterday at the Central Alberta Quilt Guild Show in Red Deer.  This is a fantastic show, attracting vendors from all over western Canada!  Frankly, I prefer this show to the (for profit) Creative Stitches show in Calgary.  And if the weather is good, as it was today, it's a very pleasant drive!

April is a pretty iffy month for weather around here.  The show is always held on a Friday and Saturday.  One year, I took the Friday off from work and went up.  Good thing, as we got about 6 inches of snow on the Saturday.  Last year, I had every intention of going, and got up to fog!  Pea soup fog!  Now that may not be all that unusual in some locations, but in bone-dry Alberta, it is rare.  I started to drive anyway, but could barely see in front of me.  The thought of driving 90 minutes in that was not inviting.  I turned around, dejected, and came home.

But yesterday, the sky was blue, and spring was truly here!  Even though the fields were still snow filled, the roads and ditches were pretty bare.  I turned on some of my quilty podcasts, and the trip flew by.

I've created a slideshow with the photos - at least I think I did.  I can't see it in preview mode, but hopefully it will show up when I hit "publish".  I didn't take photos of most of the quilts - just the ones that struck my fancy.

 Edited to add:  It worked!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Scrapitude top is done!

I've been working on the Scrapitude Mystery Quilt on Sandy's Quilting for the Rest of Us blog and podcast.

scrapitude top

The quilt was designed by Sandy's guild friend Charlotte.  She promised we could make it totally scrappy, and I took her at her word.  It seems to have worked!

We did a 2 1/2 inch square exchange at the Calgary Modern Quilt guild last year, and I got about 300 squares from that.  I also had about a million charm squares from a series of swaps I participated in with an online group several years ago.  Add some whites that I had in my yardage, and some more 2 1/2 inch squares from my own scraps, and I was off to the races!

All of those triangles on the outside edge are all half square triangles, so all bias.  I'll be adding a 2 1/2 inch white border, just to tame those bias edges. Then comes the hard part - trying to decide how to quilt it!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Betcha Never Got a Valentine Like This!

My daughter pointed me towards the fund Meags and Me blog, where they have come up with a bunch of quilty valentines!

Isn't this cute?

Go over to Meags and Me to see a bunch more, including printables.

Happy Valentines Day!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Scrapitude Progress Report

So, I've been working away on the Scrapitude Mystery, hosted by Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of us.  And, I've been feeling quite smug, because I have actually been keeping up with the clues!

Sandy posted the first part of Step 4 the other day, and I started right in.  We had to put various parts together to make 25 of these blocks.  I've got 9 done, but they are coming together fairly fast.  I'm right on schedule!

Scrapitude 6.jpg

Then, she posted the second part of Step 4, which talks about using triangle units we made in Step 2.  Wait a minute?  This isn't sounding familiar!!  So, I pulled out the instructions that I had printed out, and - lo and behold - I missed a large part of Step 2!  Who is wiping egg off their face now?

But, not to worry - I plan on getting caught up in time for the final clue in a couple weeks.

I'm linking up with Sandy's Scrapitude Linky Party and you can see other participants' photos on the Flickr group.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I'm Back on Board with the Finish-A-Long

Finish Along 2014

After a dismal, disappointing year last year (for quilt finishes only - the rest of my life went along swimmingly!), I'm going to give the Finish-A-Long another go.

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you'll probably recognize most of the pictures.  (Sorry!!)

I haven't figured out the right strategy for the Finish-A-Long.  Should I list lots of projects, in the hopes that some of them "stick"?  Or should I mention just a couple, so I have a clearly defined goal?

I'm going for Plan A this time.  So, here goes:

Yup, I'm still showing Sand and Sea Glass.  What's it been now - a year or so?  I'm really stalled out on how to finish the quilting.  I've just got to put my head down and get'r done!

 And this one should be familiar too.  This is Maple Sugar.  I folded it up and put it in it's WIP bag after I took this photo - and there it still sits!

Is this getting boring yet?  Aqua Stars has been on my list before too.

This one hasn't been on my FAL list before.  It's the 2013 Craftsy BOM.  I've got to put the blocks together first.  Well, actually, first I have to decide HOW I'm going to put them together, because I've decided not to follow the layout used in the course.

And lastly, a picture that you haven't seen before.  This is Scrapitude, coming together!  I have to make 25 of these blocks - we're in the home stretch piecing this one!

So - five projects.  Keep your fingers crossed that I'll get some of them done!

I'm Going to Drop and Give Her Twenty Again This Year!

Quilting Hottie Haven

"I, Colleen (owner of too many UFOs and/or more fabric than I can hope to use up in my lifetime) am joining Quilting Hottie Haven's third annual DaGMT event, and pledge to quilt for at least 20 minutes, every day of the month of February, 2014. In doing so I hope to (make way for more fabric purchases, ensure my children don't someday have to sort through 89 UFOs and then sell them for $5 each at a yard sale) and I think Beth Helfter is brilliant for coming up with this concept and inspiring me to join."

I did this challenge last year, and although I didn't quilt EVERY day, I did do it most days, and got a lot more accomplished than usual.

PS:  Even if you don't join in, take a look at Beth's blog.  It is a lot of fun - she has a great sense of humour!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's Warm ... and Educational!

My lovely daughter is a teacher.  This is her fourth year, and the first that she has been able to work close to home!  For the first three years, she taught up north - at first, so far north that you could only reach it by plane, and last year, not so far, but still a long way away.

This year, she is teaching Grade VI.  She sent me a picture today.  Her class was learning about angles -- with the quilt that I made for her.

Isn't that fun?  Hmmm - I wonder if lessons in sewing half square triangles will fit into their curriculum?