February 19, 2019

Snow Snow and More Snow

   How much can it snow in 48 hours? Enough that you can barely get the door open to the quilt shop.
Had an exciting time on Valentine's Day with gal pals at the Sherwood Park Quilt Guild talking about the 150 Canadian Women quilt. There are a few prolific quilters in the group. Absolutely beautiful quilts in show and tell. I'd like to thank all for a great time. The banana waffle was excellent.

   Have you heard, Northcott's Stonhenge fabric line is having a 10 year anniversary block and quilt party. I have designed an 18" block especially for the International Block Party. Details to follow.

   Again, a great week to work on the Splendid Sampler II blocks having a cup of love, Gran's Legacy by Nikki Tervo, while watching Potted Paisley's grow, by Amy Johnson.

It was Twice As Much fun, by Shruti Dandekar, making There's Always One, by Jennifer Keltner.
Enjoy!

Kitty here. T'was a cold and miserable week. I make mom open the door so that I can sense what is happening outside and may even poke my nose out or take a few steps outside just to test the elements. But my favourite place is sleeping on the hotspot at the door to the sewing room.


February 11, 2019

More Brr Great Piecing

   Another very cold week coming up. It's said it hasn't been the cold for this long since 1989. 1989! That's when I was driving back and forth between Okotoks and Calgary. How soon we forget. 

However, what great weather to bunk in and sew to your heart's content. And, this is exactly what happened. I managed to get all the Splendid Sampler II blocks completed! But in keeping with the schedule here is my version, Sunny Side Up, of this week's blocks.

   It would have been fabulous making Lots O Hexies, by Yvonne at Olfa, while sitting at the Coastline (eating) Sponge Cake, by Katarina Roccella.

Next is Stitch-N-Paws, by Richy Lainson, with Sunbonnet Me To You, by Jane Davidson.

It was tricky making the paws look like the template. My tip is to trace the paws on the fusible paper, fuse to fabric, carefully cut out the toes and pad, use the cut out template to place the pieces in the holes, use the tip of the iron on the tiny pieces just enough to stick down, very carefully remove the template and do the final iron to fuse to the background.


Enjoy!

February 4, 2019

Brr It's Cold Outside

   And piecing inside. The last few days has been nothing but a deep freeze. Everyone talks global warming but, these cold days are normal since I can remember from the 1960s and forward. We are in the deep freeze then a Chinook, deep freeze, Chinook... If the weather is cold for more than 7-10 days then everyone is grumpy. The Chinook comes and everyone is happy happy happy. That's Calgary weather for you.

   Anyways, we've been piecing up a storm, working on the Splendid Sampler II blocks both at home and at Quiltnasium. Am so looking forward to warmer weather so we can Come Together by Lee Chappell Monroe under the Iowa Star by Jodi Sanders

and Match Point - by  Mary Honaker - Ice Cream - by Jane Davidson - and Snail and Pail - by Wendy Sheppard.

   Plus we were working on the 150 Canadian Women quilt blocks.

Enjoy!

   Meow everyone. An exciting thing happened last week. A fox was hanging around the yard and on the ice. You see there are lots of wild rabbits around here. Mom was quite upset. She said that the fox knew I was around and that I would make a great snack. She followed me everywhere. Annoying as it was, I still appreciated it. The last few days it is too cold for kittys, all animals and people to be outside. I just stick my nose out for a smell then run to my warm spot.