Wednesday, May 19, 2010

So you've come back and still nothing posted from my Jelly Rolls...

Well, what can I say? I have had a few interruptions along the way. I was going great guns making log cabin blocks from the lovely Wiscasset fabrics, when a few other important things demanded my attention. The Shop Hop quilt is a bit of a priority over my "play". As usual, I'm working last minute but it's almost done... This one is a little out of character for batiks.... but it is really pretty. We have made a wall hanging size (65"x65") but it would be gorgeous on a bed too, so I'll write directions for a few sizes. We used the fabric collection "Wild Rose" from Maywood Studios. It's much more traditional than you might expect from me but I'm really pleased with the results, having "worked out of my box". I have just one more applique block to do, then it goes together. I hope to hand it over to Jane of Jane's in Stitches on Saturday. I photographed the pile of blocks all folded up to keep you in suspense!

Make sure that you mark your calendar for June 3rd, 4th and 5th and join us for our Spring Shop Hop! There are 3 shops included: Kindred Spirits Quilt Co, The Patchwork Porch and the Quilting Bee. There will be lots of free giveaways and of course food! We have been working on cutting kits and pre-cuts and have some really amazing new fabric lines, just for you!

Our hours are extended for this event!

Thurs 9:30am-8pm

Fri 9:30am-5:30pm

Sat 9:30am-5:30pm
Now, I must get back to work! :-)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What to do, What to do!....

You know life is good, when your biggest dilemma is what to do with this beautiful stack of Wiscasset Jelly Rolls from Moda! I've gotta tell you, it feels so good to sit and sew. I love the shades of the reds, tans, creams and blues in this collection. They are so traditional, with several paisleys (my favorite) some dots (my favourite too), and florals of varying scale. I was just thinking, I've been quilting for a very long time now (my first quilt was at 13 yrs old) and I have to admit that I have never pieced a whole log cabin quilt..... a block or two but that doesn't really count does it? This stack just might make a pretty log cabin quilt for my antique bed. You'll have to check back and see what I decide to do. If you have any suggestions, leave me a comment....
(It looks like I might not get much sewing done tonight, I've had too much fun blogging!)

Many of you have been curious about how Kadie is doing.... I have included some of my most recent photos of her. She's 8 months old now and weighed in at 58.6 lbs at the vet yesterday. We were there for the heart worm and flea thing ($210 later aghhhh). She is a very special puppy, I must say. She sure keeps us entertained.....

One of her favourite things is MUD! This photo is nothing, compared to some days. She permanently has a rim of mud on her nose 'cause its a dig and sniff thing. We have a whole new landscape in the back yard, with mountains and mainly gullies that we never had before! She's creative, what can I say?
She likes to cuddle with Emily too, but usually prefers to play when you want to sleep....just like any kid!

Last night, we had quite the downpour. It was teaming rain, along with thunder and lightening.... Where did she want to be??? Outside! She usually enjoys lying on the back step, taking in the world but last night, it came with a drink, delivered from the skys! She sat there sopping wet, with her mouth wide open, catching as many raindrops as she could! What a dog!.... Who wouldn't love her? I know I sure do.

Monday, May 3, 2010

May Flowers!

I haven't been designing lately but I sure have been sewing! Nancy Halverson's new book "Garden Song" caught my attention, when they arrived at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. 2 weeks ago. I just couldn't resist the new fabric line, by Benartex, that came in to go with it. The colours are so happy and I just love the prints. I've posted a shot of the table runner that I made. It's just waiting for Jane Sandercock to add her wonderful quilting touches! I have also made 3 other projects from the book. They will be perfect gifts for Mother's Day.... or just to celebrate spring!

My Adobe Illustrator course is complete. I really enjoyed learning how to use that program. It will make a huge difference in the presentation of my pattern designs.

Speaking of pattern designs, the next one will be for the Niagara Spring Shop Hop on June 3rd, 4th and 5th. We've been brainstorming ideas! We hope that you will join us for the hop. Don't forget, there is a giveaway at each shop!