February 19, 2018

Northern Lights Space

Two, two more weeks until launch. Know what else you can use a longarm quilting machine for? Yep, you guessed right. A block piece holder. The rollers hold 12 blocks. You are looking at the background and green Fossil Fern fabric pieces for the 12 blocks.

 I have a love hate relationship with Benartex's Fossil Fern. But, am really liking the Northern Lights look of it with the background.

You can still register for Space bi-weekly travel here.

February 12, 2018

Snow Snow and Space

Or should I say Shovel, Shovel and more Shovel. I've reached a point where it's time to be a snowbird and get the flock south. The snow from the driveway is now 4 ft high and 6 ft wide. On the other hand, it's the best time to sit at the sewing machine and give'r.

Been working on the Space quilt program. Launch is March 6, 2018. You can sign up for your seat to outer space here. We've also added a BOM, Block of the Month, where you pay the complete program, 2 blocks per month and the finishing instructions for 6 months. Backing is additional lump sum payment. Below is the background with green options and some of the yellows.

Snow snow slowly melt away, you can snow another day. Ok if not, please warm up. -30 is not my cup.

February 5, 2018

Stolen Space

know, I know we keep saying this but truly, we are closer to having the Space program ready to go. We even came up with a new colouring for the quilt. It looks more like the Aurora Borealis, northern lights, in the night sky background fabric. Go to the website for details. New facebook group Space Quilt Program is set up for those participating in the Space Program. Launch is scheduled for March 6.

Aaa! Two Monday's ago I decided to start using our instagram account that was opened a year ago. Lo and behold the picture of 'you' was not me. It was a Russian man and there was a Russian email address and Russian words in the setup boxes. Panic. Thru the help of a young person and myself messing around in instagram for an hour we were able to delete the account. No one was injured in the delete except the account. Whew!

The moral of this story is, if you do not use it, social media, then you might lose it. Don't set up your social media until you need it. I thought I was getting ahead of the game by grabbing the account name before anyone else did. NOT, it came around and bit me. 

January 29, 2018

Mystery One Block Wonder

This year I joined the Murder Mystery Quilt 2018 club. You get the block pattern and finishing instructions plus the murder mystery story. I love the diamond fabric from Northcott Fabrics and am experimenting with different textures. Over the years I've learned a lot about using different textures in quilts from Bernadette when Traditional Pastimes was around and not to worry about lining up the textures. When cutting the diamonds on the diagonal I got lucky. It worked out so that they were going in one direction.

This one block wonder has been hanging on the design wall for a long time because it was boring. Something's missing.

I didn't want to go all out and add a lot of elaborate cubes. A nice surprise to see how  adding a minimum number of plain cubes changed the look.

The book recommends to press the seams open. When there are so many seams it's hard. Brain wave. Use The Roll, an old notion that's used in garment making. It looks like a sausage and works great because it's so easy to finger open the seams and press.

Next week the Space program details will be available. 
Until then,

January 15, 2018

Alberta Wild Rose

In the throes of deep snow and -30C temperatures here in Alberta, it was fantastic to see a beautiful block designed by Lauren MacDonald, a 150 CW Quilt Along participant. It reminded me that Spring and all the flowers are just around the corner. Some of you in the group may have seen the facebook post last week. Many of us were in awe of the block, a variation on the Wild Rose. Lauren has generously allowed me to write instructions for her block and put it out here for you.
Lauren MacDonald's block
Alberta Wild Rose

The block pattern is on our freebie page on the website. You can make it 6", 9" or 12" finished.

Kat's block 9" finished
A huge thank you to Lauren!

January 8, 2018

Quilter Wasn't In

Well okay, I confess, I've been on the couch. Didn't do a darn thing last week except watch chick flicks and sappy feel good movies and on Monday had a home made 4 hour lunch with wine at a girlfriend's home. Yes, I know that the next quilt program is just around the corner. However, the fabric wasn't going together as I wanted it to so it was decided that a break was required for rejuvenation. 

The other thing that was decided is that the 13 biweekly 2018 program will start March 6 and end in August. Details are still to come. My apologies to those that are eager to purchase fabric and begin the program.

Here's to a more productive week,

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year in Space

Hope every one had a wonderful New Year's Day. 2018 is going to be a fabulous year.
Did every one see 2018's most super Supermoon tonight? If not, you can still see it tomorrow night, January 2. This Supermoon is the biggest and brightest moon in 2018 and a fantastic prelude to our 2018 quilt.

The background colour is between royal and navy blue with gold stars with lemon yellow, orange yellow and lime green in the blocks. The lime green is for the moon being made of green cheese. There are only 12 blocks and the finishing instructions. Stay tuned for details.

Enjoy your week!