Friday, 31 October 2014

Friday Finishes and a Hexie-licous Giveaway!

I have been waiting for a Finish it Up Friday to show this quilt AGAIN! But now it is all done and ready to go, three weeks ahead of schedule.........that NEVER happens! 
Carole and I truly hope this quilt raises a boat load of cash for our local Women's Shelter at the Festival of Trees to be held mid-November

Some closeups of Carole's fabulous quilting............

Tomorrow we hang our quilt show at the library Art Gallery space and we all finally get to see the twelve little river quilts all hanging together. Can't wait to share photos with you all. 

Yes, I crazily quilted around all the rocks on the beach, the dern thing is so heavily quilted I think it will stand up by itself!

I did manage to finish one pairs of socks for socktober, even with the yarn emergency. The self striping yarn was the creative solution to a now discontinued yarn. I think they are funkily fun, not to mention warm and cozy. 

Now for the Hexie-liciousness........
Regular readers know I have been working on the project on and off for over two years, sure wish I had discovered Sarah's binder clip tip way back at the beginning!

And now we are THIS close to being done, 5 more seams and some borders to go. 

But she has been shipped off to Kamloops to be on display for this big event!!
The release of Katja's first book, it was so fun to watch her excitement at market via instagram, where the book was officially released last week.

To celebrate she is graciously giving away copy of her book to one of my readers who comments on this post, as well as Linda and Carla's blogs, so visit them too to triple your chance of winning. 
I will announce the winner next Friday November 7th. 

Happily linking up today with: 

Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
Small Blog Meet at Lily Quilts

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

Well, our gorgeous fall weather came to an abrupt end on Monday and this is pretty much how it will look to varying degrees for the next 6 months.
But, that makes for good quilting and knitting weather right?

My next pair of socks are on the needles and almost ready for a heel flap, not so sure the will get done by the end of socktober but that's OK they will still be a cozy and warm wear for the winter.

I started sewing up 114 pairs of squares to make 228 HST triangles

for my Chandelier quilt-along. You can find the link to this here

This pile awaiting attention is two tote bags all cut out and ready to go, and some scraps from a previous project waiting to become my new iPad case. 

I mentioned the Blogger's Quilt Festival in my last post and said that voting started on November 1, however what I missed was that I need to be NOMINATED! before you can vote for me! if you want to nominate me for Viewer's Choice, you can do so here, you will find my quilt in the "large" category. 

I will be back on Friday for a great giveaway!!!

Linking up with 
WIP Wednesday @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Friday, 24 October 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival

The Blogger's Quilt Festival is just a little something for those of us who don't get to go to the big international Quilt Market in Houston that is held this time every year. 

I am posting my Supernova quilt (64"x64") from the Quilt-Along at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts. I missed the quilt-along when it was originally run but started seeing this wonderful quilt all over the blogosphere and just loved it.
I collected fabrics and made my own a couple of years ago and today it is still my favourite quilt, as you can see from it's place of pride on my header! It hangs in my bedroom and I never get tired of seeing it every morning when I wake up. 

I love blocks that make secondary patterns.

I machine quilted this on my own machine in straight diagonal lines, which in itself felt like a big accomplishment!

And I love making scrappy binding from the leftover fabric.

I am entering my quilt in the large quilt category and hope you will come back between November 1st and 7th to vote for me (or your other favourites :) ), don't worry, I'll remind you! 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday (on Friday)

Leanne over at She Can Quilt is hosting a monthly Scraptastic Tuesday (this month's link up party was extra long, thank goodness!)

What quilter doesn't have scraps, lots and lots and lots of scraps! Having been quilting for over 30 years, you can just imagine! 
For a very long time I have wanted to make a pineapple quilt, so during our log cabin challenge at guild a couple of years ago I started this and succeeded in getting 4 four inch blocks completed. There are over 200 in the pictured quilt, it's a long term project.................

I have my larger scraps sorted by colour so it is my intention to make Candy Coated from 
Sunday Morning Quilts, all in blues. I plan to start that one in January once I am done with Christmas projects.

And I have been seeing this one around the blogosphere, so it has been added to my list as well. I think I will cut some squares while I work through my blue bucket on the above quilt, it's a start. 

I am hoping this monthly linky party with be motivation for me to make some progress on my plethora of scraps!
How do you deal with your scraps?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Work in Progress, Thursday

More gratuitous photos of the landscape around my town......
Monday's hike took us up on a ridge above our ski "hill" to continue to enjoy how long the fall colours are hanging around this year.

Here is the display of my items in the Peace River Museum gift shop. Every Christmas the museum supports a shop local initiative and the vendors support the museum with a commission on their sales.


And now to the actual WIPs! 
This is my guild challenge for the last year and is based on a river theme. We all were given the blue water fabric and then were free to do our own thing within the size parameters and the placement of our river. It will hang in our guild show next month, I look forward to seeing all 12 of them hanging together and sharing the photos. 
I have some detail work to do on the kayak and then I can get it finished up, hopefully in the next week or so.

The Buggy Barn Crazy for Hearts and Stars quilt came home from the quilter last weekend, and now awaits it's sleeve, label and binding, which I also hope to finish in the next week or so. 
You can check out all the gorgeous up close quilting shots over at Fresh Off the Frame.

and the ever present socks....
I had a bit of a yarn crisis last weekend......I didn't have enough to finish! So off I went in search of more, only to find it has been discontinued! The only place I could find more was eBay, so I called River City Yarns in Edmonton where I bought the yarn originally. They did not have it either but had some great suggestions and an alternative is on it's way here. Thank you ladies!!!
 They even suggested putting the first sock on the stitch holders so I could carry on with the second. I could be ready to do the toes on both by the time my yarn arrives.
This yarn was in my stash and was not originally intended for these socks, was the reason for the bad planning!

I am too late to link up with WIP Wednesday but I can still link up with 
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

I'll be back soon so I can link up with Scraptastic Tuesdays, I have lots of scraps and lots of ideas!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Busy, busy

I have been happily sequestered in my sewing room making more pouches, six in all now, from 12-12.5" orphan blocks

And this amazing hobo bag, that I am totally in love with, there are two more cut out and waiting to be assembled.

With it's pockets and key fob

A couple of fun journal covers

And a set of three more pouches

That nest so beautifully. 

I am going to take all of these to a local venue in hopes that I can put them in their gift shop for Christmas shoppers in search of a unique handmade gift. 

And some progress on my sock, a sick dog and a wait for an appointment were great opportunities to move this project along. Almost ready for the heel flap.

Linking up with:
Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Blogger is being quite cranky so I hope I can get this posted today!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Finish it Up Friday and some orphans

Orphan block pouches

While I had originally planned to make these blocks (UFO's from I don't know how long ago) into a quilt top, I decided I liked them better this way! I have enough blocks to make three more.

We took some time today to go for a drive along the back highway to Slake Lake, AB, and while it was coooool and damp, we enjoyed the fall scenery. 

Lesser Slave Lake

A husband and pups pit stop off of a dirt road somewhere along the way

Can you find my yellow lab?

Here she comes after many whistles and calls to come! 

And I caved........I just could not not knit socks, first I wanted to join my first knit along. It is Socktober sponsored by Knitters Pride. This is the Air Quotes pattern from the pattern set, Conversation socks on Ravelry. These are knit with a fantastic cashmere/merino sport weight yarn on 3 US needles, so I am hoping they go quickly! 

Second, I really felt I needed something for our road trip today!

I am linking up with Lily's Quilts and her small blog meet. The button is in my sidebar, she has a new one that I will get updated before my next post. Also Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF at Plum Crazy