June 17, 2019

There Comes A Time

   Here we are at the Lethbridge Festival of Quilts.

If you did not make it to Lethbridge Festival of Quilts, you missed a fabulous show. The quilts were awesome. This one especially caught my eye. Do you recognize it? It's in multi colour. And what is even better, this 150 Canadian Women quilt by Terri Forbis won viewers choice. Congratulations Terri.
 
The ribbons are cool because the guild members make the blocks and the ribbon company makes them into a spectacular ribbon.

   There comes a time in every website's life when it has to send out emails. The time for Quiltnasium is now. Go here to sign up at the top of the page to receive notices on special offers. These emails are planned to go out on Thursdays. We figure these emails are the best way to let y'all know what specials are happening. Thank you in advance for signing up.

   Hiking was excellent today. We saw deer, mountain goats, mountain sheep and a momma grizzly with three one year old cubs on the drive to the trail head. Pics to follow from a guy that had a long range camera on the grizzly. 

June 10, 2019

Off To Lethbridge

   We are off to Lethbridge Quilt Show this week. This show happens every two years and is a fabulous show. The guild members are very creative and artistic. When you are there be sure to stop at our booth. The shop will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. See you in Lethbridge.
   Last Monday I attended a quilt show put on by the Okotoks quilt guild. Peggy had her 150 Canadian Women's quilt reverently displayed in the church. I was in awe to see the quilt in the church while remembering all the women that we learned about.

   This quilt is designed and created by my sister. It has crocheted doilies by her, mom and mom's mom. Each doily is painstakingly hand sewn to the quilt top. The flying geese around the center added a wonderful other dimension to the doilies. A fantastic keepsake.

Remember to visit us in Lethbridge on Friday or Saturday.

June 3, 2019

Sew You Want To Quilt

   The preemptive lecture to Boot Camp 101, Sew You Want To Quilt, is on Quiltnasium's class list. Three different days, same lecture. We are talking about all the supplies you require or not, from fabric to sewing machines. Even if you've been sewing for a long time you may still pick up a tidbit.
   We've also added Sew Pieceful days in June. Bring a friend and lunch and sew to your hearts content.

   I just love it when all the trees are in flower. Looks like the crabapple tree will be loaded this year.

  
   My apologies for those that were at the shop early Sunday. Good ole Kitty brought in a live mouse. I'd been thinking she's been gone a long time when a couple minutes later she comes running in with a mouse. When I picked her up she dropped the mouse. Oh No, it's alive! Crap! When I grabbed it it bit me. Great off to urgent care to get a tetanus and now combined diphtheria shot. One thing about it, after dragging the reclining chair outside, that it was under and jumped up into, it made me finally rearrange and downsize some of the stuff that was hanging around that corner and on the chair that I've procrastinated about for years.

  He He He. You should have seen mom. I bring her a present and she's like get out of the house. Now, that's a fine howdy doody. Then she tries picking me up to put me and the mouse outside and I dropped it. Then the fun began. Everything's away from the chair and stuff was taken off the chair that I could never lay on because there was no room. Then she flips the recliner over and goes to grab the mouse. Gone. Gone into the chair she hopes. She's trying to get me to help find the mouse now, and I'm like it's more interesting watching her move everything and close all the doors and stick towels under them so the mouse cannot get into that room. Oh so exciting! And now mom's dragging the recliner outside onto the deck. 'Hooray' she says, the mouse is in the chair outside and not in the house. So now all the furniture is rearranged and all is well on my part. Whew, what a fun morning!

May 27, 2019

Quilt Festival Hiking

   We want to thank everyone that stopped by our booth at Heritage Park Festival of Quilts. The first day was rainy but everyone came to shop. The second day was glorious and everyone came to shop. It was like old home weekend seeing everyone. We had a blast talking to everyone.

  The hike today was also wonderful. My dad's favourite flower, Shooting Star, were out in full bloom all along the trail.
I remember he tried to transplant one of them but they didn't take. However, you can have your own shooting star, Showering Stars kit. Plus there is enough of the jelly roll left to make a table runner or pillow.
 

   The hike today was not without a feature attraction. In fact there were two features. The first being the beautiful trails for hiking

with peek-a-boo spots of the glorious mountains that are only minutes away.

The second was this gorgeous Black Bear. He scared two white tail deer away plus us. We just observed what he was interested in; it wasn't us. So we made ourselves large and noisy and he ran back into the woods. What male wants to take on 11 loud women with pointy hiking poles and bear spray?


May 13, 2019

Showering Stars & Buffalo Beans

   The Showering Stars top is done. What an easy quilt to make! One jelly roll, a bit of white and the background. Instructions and diagrams are excellent. Plus we have kits available at Quiltnasium and online.

   Ah, another Spring first, Buffalo Beans. Why they are called that? The First Nations Peoples' used its flowering time to indicate that buffalo bulls were ready for the spring hunt. CAUTION: even though this plant is called a bean, DO NOT eat it because it has poisonous alkaloids that may cause you to be extremely ill. It is a.k.a. prairie bean, golden banner, prairie pea, golden bean.

      We are off to Quilt Market this week so check Quiltnasium for the unusual store hours in May.

May 6, 2019

Firsts

   Ouch! Last week spent all 5 days data input on Quiltnasium.com entering fabric and notions and patterns. First time my thumb was sore for 24 hours from mouse work. That's house work with an M, mouse work. Make sure you have a look online.
   Hallelujah, the background fabric for the Stonehenge Solstice Circle has arrived. Cut, cut, cut, fold, fold, fold, stuff stuff, stuff, mailed, mailed, mailed. Thank you to everyone for being patient.

   The next firsts, first hike of the summer schedule. Will certainly feel it tomorrow. Saw first yellow flower, I'll call it buttercup even though it isn't, first crocus, and most famous, first dandelion of the season.

Our next first is, we will be at Heritage Park Festival of Quilts, May 25-26, 10a to 5p. We are just inside the side door.

April 29, 2019

Is It Spring or Winter?

   Ah, spring in April. This is Friday, somewhat green grass.

This is Saturday, not just snow but a wet snow blizzard.

This is Sunday, sunny and bright and white.

   I gave up working on the Sunnyside Up quilt layout. Brain frozen this week. Instead have the first part of row one of Fall Breeze started. Love the ombre confetti fabric. Pattern and fabric available next week.




April 22, 2019

Earth Day 100 Blocks

   Ah, last two blocks. Sad, finished this Splendid Sampler II. I'm in Love with all 100 blocks and have been Figure 8ing how they are going into a quilt. So many ways to put them together.

  It's Earth Day today and after so many 'What on Earth!"s this is the final layout. New pattern "A Maze" in the works.
A Maze
I'd like to thank you for quilting along with me and my version Sunnyside Up.



   Last July was when I arrived at my new home Unfortunately, I was so scared I spent my time hiding in the closet, under the bed, behind boards in the basement and never went out. Now, I've been bugging mom until she lets me out because since I brought her a mouse the screen door is closed. There is so much that needs my regular inspection: mice in the garden, geese on the water, fishermen floating past, plants to smell as to who's been trespassing, birds to watch. The weather is so fabulous; the sun is so warm. It's too grand to stay inside.


April 15, 2019

Looking to Summer

    With April bringing more Spring weather that Winter weather, we have shed the winter coat and boots and mitts and hats. In Calgary, that can be a dangerous thing to do. 

   It's been fun creating the Shared Squares before Summer Reading begins,

or going on Happy Trails, or even Double Dutch skipping.

   We have added more fabric and precuts and notions to Quiltnasium.com so have a look. Because of the renovation we are also able to add more people to the classes.


   Yeah, Spring is definitely here and I've been on mouse surveillance this week. When mom comes to see what is happening I huff to myself and walk away like oh hum what a pleasant day. Mice, so tiny and so cute. Good thing there is a fence between us.



April 8, 2019

Spring On Safari

   Safari Oh Goodie, oh goodie it's here. It makes me feel like spring. This hard to get fabric is in house Wednesday. Would be a really cool One Block Wonder or Stack 'n Whack or kid's quilt.  
24" xwof continuous repeat yardage.

stripes run parallel to selvedge
   Oh my three more weeks. I had planned on having the blocks all put together by now. Another wishful thinking. This week it's wonderful to have a Cuppa and watch the Winter Flower

turn into a Scatter of Split Hexie Flowers. (Hmm not a bad ditty if I say so myself.)

   Also this week we've been entering fabric, notions and precuts like crazy on Quiltnasium's website. Our faces are very tired at the end of the day.


April 1, 2019

April Fooled?

     You will never be In The Hoop under the Star Above 

when you are in the majestic Canadianized version (maple leaf template) of the American Spool in the Canadian Rocky Majestic Mountains.

   Okay, so that was stretching the ditty a bit. Fortunately, the Canadian Rocky Mountains are extremely majestic. You will be in awe. - Here comes the shameless plug. - And, should you happen to come to Calgary, stop in at our brick and mortar shop Quiltnasium for a visit.

   It was suppose to rain/snow today, but I think mother nature was fooling us. It was a wonderful walk along the Bow River this morning. This is the new kayak/canoe/boat bypass of the weir. There maybe a place for wading, there is for sitting and watching the river flow by.
   
   The renovations are complete and we are working on getting fabric on the shelves and online. This sign made my heart sing today. Homemade anything is fabulous.