Sunday, September 14, 2014

September Quilt Club

After many hugs and giggles galore the new season for Quilt Club at The Cloth Castle came to order, as much order as a room full of excited quilters could manage.  It's like the new school year starting only better, no schedule or exams just the feeling of a continuous recess.  Enjoy the photos:

This is the picture of the quilt that Marilyn designed and hand-quilted that was accepted into the Houston Quilt Show, were all very excited for her.

 This is what's left of a very much loved quilt owned by Natasha, yes and I mean "well Loved".

Monday, September 1, 2014

He's a Keeper

This is what my hubby was busy doing yesterday, this from a man who restores vintage cars.  Yes, I watched how it was done because I want to learn how to look after my own treasures as much as possible.

Now that they have both been at the Singer Spa day I'm excited to push some fabric through, a humming we'll go.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Wool Project

It's getting closer to being finished and will readjust the position of the leaves on the end, promise.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stripping Along

I decided to peruse my stash and scraps to build up my strips using my Accuquilt GO one afternoon and this is what I came up with.

I know it doesn't look like much but really there is a strip or two in there though I think I'm going to have to do a bit more digging to add to the Neutral bundle.

I love to watch Bonnie Hunter's Quilt Cam on my IPad while pushing my fabric through the GO and catch up on any episodes I might have missed, so thanks for keeping me company Bonnie.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stash Enhancement

Some goodies that I picked up while on a roadie with three great ladies and the side trips were Joann's, Quality Sewing  & Vacuum and Hamel's which is back on the Canadian side just before we headed back home to Victoria, BC.  Memories were made and my face still aches from all the laughing but isn't that what it's all about.
Now it's time to "find room for it all" as my husband always says after one of my fun adventures.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fidget Quilt

A guilty group I meet with suggested we all make a Fidget Quilt for our local Alzheimer's Society, the idea is this gives the individual something to do with their hands as they become fidgety and this is soothing for them. It's all about texture and one must keep in mind that these articles must be able to withstand hot water as they'll be washed frequently.  Precise piecing and stitching isn't necessary so it makes it a relaxed project also for the sewer.

I researched on the internet what should and shouldn't be on them so there is a ton of information out there and I hope that this will be used lots.  I wished there wasn't even a need for this but that's not true so let's help where we can.

Monday, August 4, 2014


I would like to Hand-stitch this down so should I use an embroidery thread or something like 50W Aurifil with a long running stitch.  Any suggestions on thread color too, please?  I pieced it on my 301A Vintage Singer and it measures 12" by 20" and I want to use it on my end table.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Getting ready

Only eleven more sleeps until my Grand daughters will be here, we'll have them for 2 whole weeks.  It'll be their first time away from Mom and Dad for that length of time and I've been sewing and gathering crafts like a mad women. Can you have too many blingy items, scrapbooking paper, glue sticks, well you get the idea.  I've shopped Micheal's looking for bargains until I'm sure they think I'm doing something illegal.  You can never have too much is my motto and it's overflowing here but by gosh it's been so much fun, 'cause you know I personally love all that stuff myself and those two girls never had a chance, they were born with those genes too!  I've sewn Pillowcases, Placemats and even a Fabric Checkerboard which was an idea I got
from an entry at our local Quilt Guild show.  Bring it on, this Gramm is so excited she's bursting with glitter and thread.

Today hubby and I are off to enjoy a dinner out at a place called Carey Mews( )at Government House.  After an enjoyable meal we'll have the  opportunity to tour the first floor of Government House ( BC's Lieutenant Governor, Judith Guichon's official residence).  After which there'll be a concert on the lawn so with nice weather and a couple of lawn chairs our evening is planned.  I hope you get to enjoy your Summer in many memorable ways also.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

EH !

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers, I'm excited to enjoy the Gorge Canada Day picnic which is within walking distance from my condo.  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sew Many Quilts, Bend Oregon

Awhile back I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on Anna's blog Woolie Mammoth.  A local quilt shop in Bend, Oregon Sew Many Quilts was very  generous in allowing her to pick out any book she wanted to giveaway on her blog, Now we all know how tight the economy is and every penny counts so it's very much appreciated.  This is the sweet book I received and I look forward to getting a start on some Christmas projects, thanks Anna and Sew Many Quilts.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Binding needed

Just needs a binding and I will then gift it to a dear cousin who is just like a sister to me.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bonnie Hunter Trunk Show and Lecture

Well, I just got back from a quick trip to attend Bonnie Hunter's Trunk show and Lecture in Portland, Oregon and it was a great time.  Bonnie has three days of classes at the Northwest Quilt Guild with today being her last but what we went for was her lecture and Trunk show on Monday night.  We did stay in the same hotel as Bonnie so Monday morning as we came down for breakfast Bonnie was there also trying to grab a quick breakfast before her ride to the class showed up.  Hubby Dale said Hi to Bonnie and she stopped and looked at him and laughed, then we knew she recognized us.  We had given Bonnie, Dave, her Hubby along with Myron and Pamela (Dave's brother and sister-in-law) a tour of Victoria last year when her Alaskan Cruise ship docked for the day in Victoria.  After a quick hug she finished her brekkie and headed off to teach some lucky gals the Bonnie Hunter way of quilting.

Here are some pictures of what was an informative and entertaining evening that night.
Looking sew pretty all ready  for the Lecture and Trunk show.
This is the quilt Bonnie use for demonstrating her Leaders and Enders concept.
 Bonnie made the front cover for the first time on the present issue of Quiltmaker's magazine so I had her sign my copy  of course.
 Yes my Hubby Dale got in on the action as he gave Bonnie two pictures of his recently restored 1926 Cadillac Limo.  He knew her hubster Dave would enjoy seeing them
 Bonnie being introduced at the Northwest Quilter's Guild meeting.  Now follows pictures of some of the quilts Bonnie has made.
  The fun begins with her informative lecture which was sprinkled with lots of laughter.

 The backside of the quilt and I think many of us use those leftover blocks in some fashion.

 A lady was perusing some of Bonnie's quilts so took a few pictures while she flipped the tops back.  I tend not to touch anyone else's quilts, even though Bonnie used them as part of her presentation but I don't have a problem of taking pictures when the chance arises.

 That is how tiny these strips are, just look at my fingers...yikes.


 It was a fun and informative evening and many thanks to the Northwest Quilter's Guild for allowing people like myself the opportunity to learn and grow in my quilting life, well done everyone.