Friday, July 31, 2015

on the move


Well, my family is in Lethbridge to meet our stuff*, which just arrived a few minutes ago. I will join them on the weekend, just in time for my dear spouse to return back here to work and such for August. Living in two cities for the foreseeable future is going to be interesting.

I will be unpacking over the long weekend and the month. Hopefully I will have the sewing room operational soon and also have some time to be properly back in this space. 

Please stand by, and I will try to instagram a bit this weekend too, maybe I can share some of the unpacking mess with you there.

*yup, we filled the truck, could it be all the fabric??


Sunday, July 26, 2015

if you were shopping... #42

Welcome to if you're shopping.... On Fridays, and often Saturdays, now Sunday, instead,  I share news from my sponsors, in case you want to do a little shopping, or even window shopping, this weekend.

Oakshott Fabrics has beautiful bundles!

Fabric Spark is has new fabric every week, just is are some beautiful Cotton + Steel selections.

Fluffy Sheep Quilting has lovely fabrics, and this one from Paint by Carrie Bloomston is one of my favourites.

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is getting ready for the holidays.

If you want a little of many fabrics - say for a scrappy quilt or pillow, Becca from Sew Me a Song is making the most fantasic fat 16th bundles. A huge variety of stunning fabrics for a great price.

The Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating the one year birthday of their book Fat Quarter Style on their blog with inspiration and other surprises.

This weekend only, at Green Fairy Quilts has 40% off their thread!

I'm packing and working and moving and I do have more to share here soon.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday winners

I'm popping in briefly this morning to share the winners of the July Scraptastic Tuesday link up prizes, sponsored by these generous folks:

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes:
Thank you all for the inspiring scrappy links and congratulations to all the winners, we will email you over the course of Tuesday to get you connected to your prizes, and if they are not done before, I'll finish those emails tonight.

Inukshuk - Inuvik

That's an inukshuk, a marker often used to point the way home. I'm leaving Inuvik shortly - ending my stay north of  the Arctic Circle. The quilters here are lovely and generous and I'll share more of my visit later this week. I will be back at my own home tonight, after a trip through Norman Wells and Yellowknife.

Please plan to join Nicky at Mrs. Sew and Sow and I for the August Scraptastic Tuesday link up which will be the second Tuesday of the month - August 11, 2015.



Sunday, July 19, 2015

North of the Arctic Circle


I'm in Canada's far north, teaching quilting in Inuvik. It is a beautiful spot and my keen group of quilters are learning to love the quilting part of quilting.

I'll try to share some more photos tonight, but it is also the Great Northern Arts Festival and so it is a happening place this week.



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - July Link Up

Scraptastic Tuesday

It's the second Tuesday of the month, and time for the Scraptastic Tuesday link up hosted by Nicky - Mrs. Sew and Sow and me.

I have been thinking a lot about my scraps this past month, but using them less, but I've just been sewing less too - its too hot, and it's busy at work and then there is that move. As I've been packing my fabrics, mostly by colour, I've been planning my new quilting space. I still need to figure out the best way to keep the scraps close at hand but protected from becoming cat beds and protected from dust.

Magenta and Navy courthouse steps

 In between times, this weekend I did finish the quilting on my magenta and navy courthouse steps quilt. While this quilt started out with a Blogger's Bundle I curated for Fabric Spark, when I decided to make it bigger - its 70" square - I added bits and scraps to finish it off.

Magenta and Navy courthouse steps - detail.

I decided to quilt a lot of lines, changing directions and it is going to be great after the wash. It's fairly stiff right now and you can see there is some tension where the lanterns meet up. A good wash and dry will solve that and make it a soft drapey blanket too. But first is to figure out the binding - maybe purple or maybe scrappy, and mend in all those thread ends.

4 Pickle Dish Blocks

As soon as I move I am going to get my double wedding ring quilts back out to join my friends, Nicky, Mrs. Sew and Sow; Judith, Just Jude; and Trudi, Quilting Prolifically to finish them. You can read more about the double wedding ring group over at Nicky's today and maybe you will join in too. I am so excited to get back to that pickle dish version. It is going to be king size and looks just amazing when it is all laid out.

  Florid Blooms in progress

Both my DWRs are scrappy and I am excited to have a group to get them finished. This one is the Florid Blooms pattern from Victoria's book, Double Wedding Ring Quilts - which I highly recommend by the way. I started this version in Victoria's class at QuiltCon.

Black Liberty fabrics

 But don't be surprised if what you see here next week is more work on my Liberty Medallion - I was adding the next border of black Liberty fabrics on Monday night but it was too hot for final pressing and photos, and also the start of my version of the My Small World quilt. I have packed all fabric but my solids and scraps and so that is going to be the scrap focus for a while until I have unpacked at the other end.

Now, its time for you to link up and share your scrappy projects to inspire us all.

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes:
  • Massdrop - 2 Mixology Fat Quarter Bundles - so two prizes
Please join Nicky from Mrs. Sew and Sow and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
  • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
  • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Nicky's blog - Mrs. Sew and Sow - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect. 
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button if you like (code is on the sidebar) and invite your friends to join us too. 
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday. 
  • If you have trouble linking up, let me or Nicky know and we will get you sorted.
Just a note, Michael Oakshott gave us an extra charm pack for the winner this week as it's his birthday today. Do consider popping over to Oakshott Fabrics or Oakshott's Shotthrough Blog and leaving him a birthday greeting - he is a generous and enthusiastic sponsor and a lovely person!