August 3, 2020

Long Weekends

   There is nothing like a long weekend. Many decades ago, a group of us used to load everything up and head to a semi private lake in B.C. It even got to the point where DH and I would leave on Thursday to get some down time before the rowdies arrived. Ah! Ha! Then everyone else started coming Thursday, so we would leave Wednesday. Even just one day alone was heaven. Sun and boating and liquid (water what else were you thinking) in no particular order depending on the day.

Today was just as great. First hike this summer. A hike through the west end of Fish Creek park in Calgary. Not hot yet; thank you clouds. Just the right amount of breeze. 

The hike loop view.

Beaver made candles.

Too the west, thunderclouds coming this way. Can you see the animal?

 Purple flowers. 

Canada thistle.

    Paper Sky block 2 is almost ready. Remember, when block 2 goes up, block 1 goes to the store purchase. So go to Quiltnasium and download block 1.
   Quilt alongs for 150 Canadian Women and Gypsy Wife details in the Fall.

   Oh mom, go away, I'm hunting! Bug, bug bug. Can't she see I'm concentrating. Every 15 minutes out she comes to see where I am. Oh meowzer, she's got the camera. Honestly, you'd thought she never saw a cat hunting. Okay, I'll let her see my eyes, but not too much. Happy? Meeew!

July 22, 2020

Paper Sky Block 1

  Block 1 is uploaded and ready for you. Editor said that the paper piecing demo will be available Thursday. In the meantime, I'm demonstrating paperless paper piecing on the Quiltnasium Quilt Along by Kat facebook page.


July 20, 2020

Another Monday

   Another Monday and what are we doing? Playing solitaire! Yep, that's it. Was to go hiking for the first time this summer. Nope, that didn't happen. Electricians came to replace the ceiling fan, that hasn't worked for 2 years and changed out 12 lights to LED lights. It'll be much brighter and cooler for the quilting classes that are still on hold.

   I want to make Jen Kingwell's Gypsy Wife quilt soooo bad. How many of you would like to quilt along with me? We have the pattern instock.

   Also, how many would like to start or get back to the 150 Canadian Women blocks? How about quilting along as well? This time I'm going to have a dark background and different colours of blocks and may or may not make 2 quilts instead of one large one. Must have the pattern that you either downloaded 2-3 years ago or purchase the CD.
   One more week until Paper Sky kick off. See you on facebook Quiltnasium Quilt Along by Kat group page.

  Oh Meow! Not good. I heard mom talking to a pest control sales man yesterday. He wanted to eliminate the voles and mice in the yard. He said he's going to work on the neighbour's vole problem. I've managed to eliminate all but one in my yard but the fence is in the way to the neighbour's yard. I know, I know, there's never just one. But, that gives me a reason to get up and at it in the morning. Geesh, what's going to happen. There will be no watching, listening, staring down or daring those varmints to come on over to my side of the fence. 
Here mousy mousy. Come to mama.

July 13, 2020

Colouring Page, Hail, Breakfast

   Who is ready? We have posted a colouring page for the Paper Sky program here. There is a video on Next Step Quiltnasium's facebook page and a link on Quiltnasium's home page explaining fabric values and showing the fabrics I am working with. Remember to sign up for Quiltnasium's Quilt Along by Kat facebook page as well.

  Tis the season. In Calgary, as we say in regards to weather, we get winter and Calgary Stampede. Winter was like yesteryear, so, why wouldn't Stampede be any different. Very nasty. I don't think Mother Nature got the memo about the Stampede being partially cancelled because she let it rip.
No this isn't snow. Hail.
I'm touching wood while I write this, we are situated in Calgary's banana belt where we get 100 times less the extreme weather. During this storm we only had rain. Whew! 

   The Breakfast Caravan did happen 4 mornings. Instead of people lining up, cars were lining up. We wore face masks and gloves and handed out pancake, sausage and orange juice take out. I was a traffic controller. Now I know how the police feel when controlling traffic. Sometimes you wonder how they got their driver's license. Here are some of Livewire Calgary's pics of the fun we had. Enjoy!

July 7, 2020

Stampede Paper Piecing

   This week is so uneventful. No Calgary Stampede. I should be down at the grounds walking through the barns, eating mini donuts and wandering through the Arts section. Covid really has put a damper on activities. Summer is here and I just want to get out and do summer things other than sit on my deck and watch Mother Nature.

   Only a couple more weeks away. Are you ready to start Paper Sky? Here are some notion things you may need for the project.
(from top left clockwise) Flower head or flat pins, ***glue stick if doing paperless paper piecing with a velum type paper, seam roller if no hera marker, seam ripper, hera marker if no seam roller, rotary cutter, add-a-quarter ruler, plastic with a straight or you can use a post card thickness narrow cardboard. Lastly, 1/4" graph paper if you want to create your own layout.  ***Glue sticks will not work if using any other paper type paper.

(from left) Any of these papers will do. Butcher paper paperless paper piecing, velum type paper for either regular paper piecing or paperless paper piecing, or opaque paper piecing paper for regular paper piecing.

June 29, 2020

Paper Sky Quilt Along

   Come join me on the Paper Sky quilt along brought to you by Quiltnasium. It is a 70"x79" paper pieced quilt. You can make it in two colours or multi colours. You can choose to create your own layout or make mine. Blocks are free for two weeks only and then $2.00. Intro and fabric requirements here. First block will be available July 22, 2020.

   All 44" fabric is still on sale for $13/m until one minute after midnight on July 2. Remember, if you purchase 2+ meters of same fabric you get it for $12. Notions are still 20% off.

June 15, 2020

Stash vs Collection vs Patience

   I had a chuckle reading Elaine's Crazy Quilter on a Bike the other day. She found fabric and project purchases in a green bag that had a 2015 receipt that had never been opened. Oh been there, luckily no receipt. 

While reorganizing, I read that there are two, yes only two, main fabric stashes, a Stash and a Collection. Most of us have both. I figure there are also sub stashes/collections which are purchasing/collecting for certain projects. 

It seems I'm more of a collector. In other words, a just in caser. Even though intentions are good, making that pattern or cutting up that fabric probably won't happen. And that is OK. Relax. Take a deep breath or two. We are in the 95 percentile. 

Now that I'm able to see everything easily, the Collection is slowly moving into a Stash. Even into other groups' stash, masks and bags and charity. It just feels sooo great. The weight has been lifted. I'm hoping to inspire you to at least get it set up so that you can see it clearly when you open the cupboard or pop the lid instead of searching pile after pile and still not finding it. LOL, remember not to put it in a safe place.

Yes, I still have that Special fabric that called out to me to take it home. Some of the Special fabric is turning into a back because I cannot cut it but, it will look fabulous on the back of the newest favourite quilt top.

Don't get me wrong, the collection will still go on. Maybe a little more thoughtfully. (I thought I heard it calling me.) After all the stash is going down. I'm not one to pet fabric but I will review and admire the stash/collection. It's art. Even when going through a magazine and seeing a quilt made in the fabric that I have, I think, I could make that quilt but I choose not to.

Everyone of my quilting friends say that their kids don't want it. Give the kids the names of other quilting friends and quilting groups. The fabric is always needed by someone. Myself, with no kids, there is a listing in my will of places to pass the fabric to. But, then again, the fabric may gone. Ha Ha Ha. Not.

Anyways, enjoy what you have. Definitely, you are worth every meter/yard.

   Patience is what is needed for mousing and especially with mom. Mom tells me that she saw a mouse head into the garden and then she turns around and interferes in the pursuit of mouse. This morning she was such a nuisance. First in the mugo pine,

then in the wood pile, then over by the rain catcher. 

Even had to look in the window to make sure she was busy so I could carry on. 

Maybe another day.

June 8, 2020

Weekend Pairs Paper Piecing

   Did you get your Layer Cake and free Robin Pickens pattern? There are still some in stock. Prices adjusted at our end. Thursday there will be a new set of pairs.

  Last week, almost final cleanup, donating fabric to mask makers and my friend's fabric orphanage. Already orphans have been distributed and put into both masks and quilts.

   Seven more quilts ready for the quilter. I'm still so excited to go to the personal stash wall and pull fabric just like that. And the unused fabric has been promptly going back to the wall.

   July new quilt along. Paper piecing. My blocks your design layout. Watch in FB. 

June 1, 2020

Cake and Recipe

   We are going facebook live again. Promo: Cake and Recipe Thursday 10am Mountain. Tune in.

Poof and the book title posting was gone from the brain. We will get the listing up this week. Apologies.

   Oh how I miss the Monday hikes in the mountains. No hiking, no getting away. 

May Day blossoms
Today, I complained to a friend about the exhausting 3 months of recycle, reuse, and refuse and still not done. It's like renovating. Don't ever start because it goes on forever.  Imagine, she had the gall to ask my hoarding gene what was I replacing the space with.😉 Air, air and more air. Okay, so the Christmas Cactus was moved from the floor to the mantel. 
Then a minimalist friend says isn't it fun! Not! (p.s. I think I need new friends. Although, the so called Tupperware drawers are now one.)😜

Duh, this is why the universe wanted the studio quilt shop out of the house. It was so that all this would be done when moving back, seeing as how it wasn't going to happen before.

   Look diamonds! It's been pouring rain the last few nights. 

  Mom says the grass isn't greener on the other side. I hear otherwise.

May 26, 2020

Books Books and More

   Books rare and new, from the shop, two shelves, all at 50% off. Copy Paste and Blow up the image. Email us which one you want. From beginner to art to dyeing to quilting to traditional to modern to pre-cuts.

   Ah, I can see the design wall again. There's been an itch to get piecing and finishing again. Almost all the boxes are unloaded the rest have been put in a safe place, store and forget.

   Speaking of seeing again, I don't know if I'll be able to see my toes again. We've been cleaning out cupboards, making comfort meals and desserts. Two crustless pumpkin pies. Two yummy Magic Pumpkin Cakes by I Wash You Dry. Just as in quilting, didn't follow the recipe exactly. It calls for a yellow cake. How boring. Oh, you mean lemon cake mix. And how about cherry cake mix.
I much prefer mine upside down with real whip cream. It's even tasty with left over cream.

May 18, 2020

Two More Shelves

   Two more shelves. Bolted fabric is set up and inventory complete. Two more shelves. Now for the 10" squares, 2.5" rolls, fat quarters and eights.

Thank you to all of you making masks from the fabric purchased for here. We are very proud of you.

Now that the weather is spring/summer the itch is there to go hiking in the mountains. I hope it will happen this year.