Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Busy, Busy

The last few weeks have just been a flurry of busy-ness, but this week's days off have given me a bit of time for catch up.


This is today's Christmas prep, my third and final round of baking shortbread. Some to keep, some to give away.


In the evening, instead of finishing those last 5 hexies, I have been knitting boot cuffs. The pattern portion fits inside the top of your boot, and the cuff folds over. Cute look without all the bulk!


Baby quilt #2, shower is tomorrow! This one was not on my FAL list as it wasn't cut out yet. Did not turn our very babyish just working from my stash, but I am hoping Mom and babe can snuggle under it together. Mom is due in January, the coldest month here in the north. 



Finally, after at least two months, I have found some time to play in my art room. This is the start of this year's Christmas cards, something totally new.........watercolour. Wish me luck!

Off to get the binding on that final baby quilt! So happy to have those off my to do list before Christmas prep totally ramps up!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Great weekend!

We started the weekend with a trip to Grande Prairie on Saturday, the day after their first major storm of the season. The roads in town were less than admirable to say the least. That and a dead alternator made for an interesting trip. I did however get most of my Christmas shopping done and don't have to go back til spring.


On Thursday night at the Festival of Trees wine and cheese, my quilt won the ribbon for the best fabric entry. Pictured with me is my friend Chris, who did the amazing quilting.
Friday night was the Gala opening night, and our quilt was live auctioned and went for $1500! So, so pleased!



Sunday was a one of those cold but gloriously sunny winter days, amazing how much better we feel about winter when the sun is shining and we just picked up our new snowshoes! Looking forward to warmer than -22C to try them out.

I also got to hold two gorgeous baby girls, one of whom belongs to this quilt. 


I am determined with each quilt I complete, I am going to try a new quilting pattern, both of these are from Leah Day at the Free Motion Quilting Project

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Flurry


Super pleased with how well "Flurry" turned out. It is now hanging at our ski chalet, awaiting bids at the Festival of Trees live auction on Friday night.
Proceeds to our local woman's shelter.
It is also my first finish for Q4 of the FAL, original post is here


Chris did an amazing job custom quilting it!

  



That yellow with the pink polka dots has become quite obnoxious, what was I thinking???





All 11 blocks so far.


More later this weekend after we see what how Flurry has done in the auction!

P.S. Nice little blog post by the library about our quilt show and quilting as an art form.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Still Hanging by a Thread


Our guild is having what has become our annual quilt show this month in the art gallery space in the public library. 

This is a just a sampling of the loveliness!







Our official opening is tonight 6:30-8, if you are a local, come on down for some refreshments, chat with the quilters and enjoy the eye candy!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Retreat weekend


Last weekend we were back out to Sawmill Creek Cottages for our annual guild retreat. This is her seventh year in business, and my fifth visit.


As you can see we have the great, long room all to ourselves, she feeds us great food and we have adorable little cabins to sleep in.




 Unfortunately I was under the weather for part of the weekend and did not take as many pictures as I had hoped, but here is just a small portion of the projects worked on by the quilters.
My two are the second and third from the right, two baby quilt tops. I had number three well under way before I succumbed and went to bed
Baby #1 was born on Saturday morning so I will spend this afternoon working on getting her quilt sandwiched and quilted.


Thanks Alice for posing with your great little guild challenge!

I'll be back in a day or two with pictures of our guild show, which is hanging in the library for the month of November.