Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blogathon Canada - Day 3: Alberta


Welcome to my stop for Blogathon Canada - Edmonton, Alberta. My internet friend Kelsey from Everyday Fray is hosting from Calgary, Alberta and you will want to check her post out too. 

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First I get to tell you a bit about me. I have been sewing, knitting, embroidering and crocheting since I was about 5 years old, taught by my super talented Grandmother. I put off quilting for years as it is not very portable but one very rainy March break holiday in 2010 I gave in and made my first quilt with the design help of my kids. A year later I began this blog and the rest is history.

All the Colours

I enjoy learning about all kinds of quilting techniques but over the years it has become clear to me that I most love modern quilting. I mostly design my own quilt patterns now, but not always For example, the pattern of the quilt pictured above is by my friend Krista, who blogs at Poppyprint and lives in Vancouver.

I did not actually meet Krista in person in Canada, instead we had to both head over to London, England to actually meet up. We attended the Fat Quarterly Retreat - I've been twice - where I have had the pleasure of meeting many quilters from the UK who I had previously met online.

The Sixties Pillows

I especially love the quilting part of quilting, so much so that I purchased a beautiful Millennium APQS Long Arm Quilting Machine in February 2013. I have been having the best time learning to quilt with it.

Sunset

I am a member of the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild and I attended the Modern Quilt Guild's first QuiltCon and I'll be at QuiltCon again in February next year. Besides QuiltCon and the Fat Quarterly Retreat, I have been able to meet quilters at Sewdown Nashville, Pittsburg Quilt Market and the Grand Rapids AQS Show. I have also entered some of my quilts in Quilt Shows and have even won some ribbons. 

Peace

Feel free to check out my blog - starting with the My Quilts tab at the top is an easy way to get to know me a bit better. Even more important, Blogathon Canada is a chance for you to get to know more Canadian blogs. The Alberta bloggers that I get to introduce you to are:

My giveaway for Blogathon Canada is this fantastic bundle of fat quarters from Doe, by Carolyn Friedlander. I adore these fabrics and you will too. Everyone, anywhere in the world can enter, here's how:

Edited: the giveaway is now closed, thank you.
  • Leave me one comment per person. Let me know where you live and if you have ever been to Alberta or other places in Canada. And if you blog, feel free to share the link to your blog in your comment so others can visit you too.
  • Make sure I can find you, so if you have any doubt, put your email in your comment. If I cannot find you I will draw again.
  • The giveaway is open until 10 pm MST November 23 and I'll make a random draw from the comments and announce the winner the next morning. 
Besides this fantastic draw, there are more prizes to be won, and everyone in the whole world, is able to enter:

  • Each day throughout Blogathon Canada week, Sew Sisters will be  giving away prizes too. Today, the giveaway at Sew Sisters is sponsored by Northcott Fabrics - so go here and enter too, today and every day this week.
  • Each of the provincial hosts are also giving away beautiful things sponsored by Sew Sisters this week and you can enter those draws too. The provincial hosts are:


Monday, Nov. 17

British Columbia

  

  Stacey


Stacey in Stitches
Monday, Nov. 17British Columbia 

  JessicaMomiji Studio
Tuesday, Nov. 18Maritimes   LindaScrapmaster

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Maritimes
  
  Linda

Stitch Lines

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Alberta

  Kelsey

Everyday Fray

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Alberta

  Leanne

She Can Quilt
Thursday, Nov. 20
Saskatchewan      
  HeatherPeace.Love.Quilt
Thursday, Nov. 20Manitoba  LoriNight Owl Quilting

Friday, Nov. 21

Quebec
  
  Josée

The Charming Needle

Friday, Nov. 21

Northwest
Territories
  

  Janet

Caribou Crossing Chronicles

Saturday, Nov. 22

Ontario
  
  Lorna 

Sew Fresh Quilts

Saturday, Nov. 22

Ontario
  
  Sandy

Upstairs Hobby Room


I hope you enjoy meeting all the Canadian quilt bloggers during Blogathon Canada.

Best,

Leanne

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Renae Koehn said...

I live in Alabama. I've been to Calgary before and I have a sister in law that lives in Manitoba so we get to travel north sometimes!

Sarah said...

I am living in Pennsylvania right now, but grew up in Minnesota. I have been to Canada once; we drove across the border one year when I was 10. sarah@forrussia.org

Allison C said...

I live in Boston and have visited many places in Canada except the west. I would love to visit Vancouver.

Colleen said...

Hi Leanne. I live in Calgary, but grew up in Edmonton.

Anne D said...

I live in Australia. When we lived in the US for 3 years we went to Vancouver after an Alaska cruise and also drove from Missouri to Niagara Falls and then onto Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Loved every minute of it.
The fabrics are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

HI! Your quilts are gorgeous!!!! I've been to Vancouver and Victoria, and my grandfather grew up in Vancouver. I quilt too but nothing close to yours!

Wishes and Wings said...

Hello from Toronto! I have been to AB many years ago on business. On my bucket list is to visit Lake Louise and Banff one day! Thanks for the giveaway. Wishesandwings@gmail.com

Vicki Price said...

We have visited Canada many times (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Niagara Falls) and LOVE LOVE LOVE your country. I would move there in a heartbeat if I weren't such a weather wimp. A number of my friends and co-workers are Canadian (not to mention some of my favorite musicians), and I've got to say they are wonderful, good-natured, kind and funny folks! Oh Canada!

Erin McSweeney said...

Hey I live in Mississauga, Ontario...I have been through to the east...I still need to travel West

erin2470@hotmail.com

Peggy said...

I live in FL and have never been to Canada, but would love to visit one day.
Thanks,
Peggy
Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Jake said...

Your quilting is gorgeous! I love the color weave on the circles quilt. I grew up in Caswell, Maine and we used to do all our grocery shopping in Canada...going thru the guards at the border. I live in South Carolina now...waaaaay away from all that snow, somewhere. Get to garden ALL YEAR LONG!

vanessa said...

I live in arizona. Only ever been to Toronto...

PK Sews said...

Your quilts are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them! I live in Wisconsin, and I have been to Calgary. The mountains are gorgeous!

Poppyprint said...

You know me and where I'm from!!! Love this post, and that we are friends through blogging and our mutual love of travel! I am seriously coveting Doe!

diane said...

I've been to several provinces in Canada including Alberta. The country is so beautiful. I need to spend more time discovering each province.

Andrea C said...

I am in North Vancouver, BC. I have friends and family all over Alberta and have been all over your lovely province. I've been following you on IG for quite some time and I love your quilts.

Susan Strong (strongstitches.wordpress.com) said...

Hi Leanne. I live in Wetaskiwin, AB. I actually met you in Austin at QUILTCON in 2013. Love your quilts!

quiltmom said...

I am from Edmonton Alberta and do have a blog http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.ca/
I love our fair province and have visited a number of quilt stores across the province to check out their fabrics- my spouse is very supportive of my quilting so we have spent more than a few hours playing in the shops.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop- Your winner will love your fabric bundle..
Regards from Edmonton,
quiltmom Anna

Fran said...

Hi from Merritt, BC, I haven't been to Alberta for many years, so it is great to "meet" some Alberta bloggers. What a wonderful giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Your quilts are gorgeous! Incredible quilting!! I'm from Vancouver, BC. I've visited Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta and did a cross-country trip once going as far east as Montreal.

Catrin Lewis said...

I live in Wales in the UK. I've never been to Canada and was very put out when the school I went to started letting girls join the annual rugby tour the year after I left!!! :0( Canada is at the top of the list of places that my husband and I plan to visit as soon as the kids are old enough to be left home alone (along with New Zealand)

Béa said...

Spectacular quilting ! I live in France and never travelled :(

tusen said...

Hi Leanne, you know I'm from Poland (where the first light coating of snow of last night is just melting and the morning trains are late ;) ). I've never been to Canada, but it's one of the places I'd love to visit.

Dawn said...

I live in Seattle. I've been to Vancouver several times. My mom is from Saskatchewan so I love Canadians!

Tannis said...

I live in manitoba. I've been to Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. I love the colors of this fabric.

tanniswiebe at gmail dot com

Pauline Perry said...

I live near Victoria on Vancouver Island, and have also lived in Kanata Ontario - LOVE Ottawa! I have also taken the train from Toronto to Vancouver and it is still my favourite holiday - love love love the scenery. Canada ROCKS. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway. Pauline perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Quilter in the Gap said...

I used to live rather close to the Canadian border. But now I'm way south in TN. I have never been yonder way though. 😁

Ginette said...

I live in a suburb of Ottawa, the nation's capital! My blog will be linked to on Saturday. I have never been out west but plan on going with my family soon. Thanks for the opportunity! I love Doe!

Sherry VF said...

Love your modern style! I've been to Canada twice...first, on our honeymoon (Toronto and Montreal). We enjoyed that trip so much we took our kids on virtually the same trip when they were in high school. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

You have some beautiful quilts! I live in New Mexico, USA. When I lived in WA state, I ferried over to Victoria, BC once. That's the closet I came to visiting Canada.

MrsV said...

I'm visiting from Waterloo, ON. I lived in Calgary for part of my childhood and miss the scenery.

Gene Black said...

I live in Alabama and have never been to Canada. But I have internet friends all across the Canadian countryside. I have even met a couple of them when they were in the USA. And I would love to visit Canada...but only in warm weather ha ha.

Carolyn A said...

So glad to discover all these Canadian quilt and sewing bloggers so close to home! I live in Alberta, in Calgary. I hope to travel to more places in our wonderful province - starting with skiing destinations this winter.

Alexis Borsboom said...

I live in BC but have only crossed Alberta by train.

t_ktl@yahoo.com

Cathy said...

I'm way down in San Antonio, TX. Unfortunately, I've never made it up to Canada. The closest was visiting my ex's family in Minnesota. I'd love to have you come visit my blog! I'm at http://aquiltingchick.blogspot.com

Theresa Gilhuly said...

I live in Ontario and have visited every province. Maybe one day I will make it to the territories. Thanks for the give away!

QuiltSue said...

I live in the UK. I did have a flight stopover in Canada last year when I was flying to California, but that's the only time I have visited your country.

Nita said...

Good morning! I am a Yukoner living in BC. I've been to Calgary a few times :)

Lynne said...

I live in Wyoming and have traveled to Canada twice. One of my favorite memories is of the Icefields in Jasper National Park.

kimberj said...

I live in Akron, OH and have only been to Toronto, Montreal, and Niagara Falls. most vivid memory is going to the Montreal Expo in the 60's when I was a kid. I loved it! I also remember the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in Niagara from the same trip.

Sarah said...

I've never been to Canada, but I'd love to visit! I live in California.

ann perry said...

Really enjoyed seeing your work. Yes, I have been to Alberta to visit friends and family - it is always a treat!

Anonymous said...

Another fun blog. I've been to Alberta to visit my brother and his girls live there. My mother was born and raised in Morinville, so Alberta is definitely not a foreign place for me. I do have a blog and if you click on my name you will be sure to see it! Thanks for hosting and doing a giveaway!

Kaja said...

I had seen some of your work before, through the Bloggers Quilt Festival, but like your work a lot. I'm in the UK, have only been to Canada once, when I lived in the US and visited Toronto for a conference. Would really like to do better than that some day soon.

Carla G said...

I'm from Prince George, BC and go through Edmonton most years on the way to visit hubby's family's farm in Saskatchewan. :)

susan henderson said...

Huntsville, On....suehenderson@sympatico.ca

Natalie F said...

I'm in Wisconsin. I love these fabrics. Beautiful quilts.

Betsy said...

I live in VA. Haven't been to Canada yet.

Margaret said...

HI, I have been to Quebec only. Someday I will head west! Love, love this fabric.

Jan said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway. I have never been to canada, but would love to go. I live in Louisiana, USA.

Jo said...

You have presented some beautiful quilts today! I am visiting from North Vancouver, BC. We moved here from England 3 years ago and are still exploring BC, but hopefully we'll get to see more of Canada soon! I met Krista a little while back and her work is great, love your All the Colours quilt! :)

Diana Z said...

I live in southern Manitoba and I have been to Alberta. Beautiful province. Thanks for the chance at this beautiful bundle.

jmniffer said...

I live in Minnesota and have been to Banff camping and to the Boundary Waters, also camping. Not sure if that counts or not, but its close! Thanks for hosting.

Audrey said...

I live in northern Manitoba. I was born and raised in southern Manitoba but my home for the last forty years has been in the north. My travels have taken me to all the western provinces several times and the Yukon territory for three months. As for Alberta I have been for extended holiday time and just passing through. I love the foothills and the Rockies. I am sure I will be returning but my husband and I are going to start exploring eastern Canada starting with Newfoundland next summer. Isn't the Doe collection wonderful? Thanks for participating in the Sew Sisters Blogathon.

Shirley in Canada said...

from Ontario and haven't travelled Canada ... yet!
Thank you for a great giveaway and for a lovely blog!!

Mom C said...

I'm on your email list. I live in Utah and have visited Banff, and that area several times. I remember the first time I saw Lake Louise, probably 50 years ago. So gorgeous! And then returning in the last 10 years to find it so touristy. Sigh. We get a lot of Albertians here in winter. Actually they are 50 miles further south where it doesn't snow. Thanks.

Monica said...

Darn, I missed the question again! I'm from Toronto, and I'm afraid I've only been in the air above Alberta! Typical, I know, but the view was great!

kay said...

I live in Vermont (USA), but only 5 miles from the Canadian border, so Montreal is a frequent destination. (Aren't Carolyn Friedlander's fabric designs the greatest?!!!)

Queenanne said...

Live on Vancouver Island and have never been to Alberta, but I have some friends from Alberta, does that count?! Love those wintery colours in the giveaway! I quilt on a Millie as well, an absolute dream machine.
queenanne@shaw.ca

KarieAnn said...

Gorgeous quilts! Im from Toronto, and we've been to Alberta a few times. We have friends in Grand Prairie, but in my opinion Lake Louise is the most beautiful spot on this planet!

Patricia Dandridge said...

Hi, I'm from Whitby, Ontario. I have visited Alberta on many occasions, as I have family there...love it! I've always considered myself more of a traditional quilter (although I do love bight, vibrant colors), however...I really like your quilt "Consider". This could make me a convert...I really like the colors and the quilting on it (not to mention the pattern). Will just have to follow your blog for the pattern. ^_^. Thanks for the chance to win.

Cecilia said...

I have never been to Canada, but I would love to visit one day. One of my favorite books when I was young were the books about Anne of a Green Gables and I have always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island. Thanks got for the great giveaway and for sharing your quilts.

MoeWest said...

I live in Calgary and I've been to every province in Canada.

maryanne said...

We live in BC and have traveled to most of the provinces (and most of the states for that matter).

sonjim said...

I live in Toronto and have been to Calgary Alberta. It was beautiful and a long time ago before I started quilting. It's time for another visit.

lauraluvsloons said...

Hi. I have followed your blog for a while now so it's fun to meet some of your fellow bloggers from Canada. What beautiful quilts they are sharing this week. My husband and I have been to Alberta driving across Canada from NH to CA in 1970! when we were newly married. It's been too long and hope to travel to Seattle from our log cabin in NH in 2015.

Terry said...

Hi! You have a nice blog. It looks very informative and I will have to look at it more closely. I am from Calgary and like quilting but really enjoy to free motion quilt with my 18x8 Husqvarna. tanjih148@yahoo.ca

dortha said...

Love finding new blogs to add to my growing list of reads.

Mary Ellen said...

Hi i am from Cape Ray Newfoundland.I was in Alberta once When my son lived in Grande Prairie.

Ada Shave said...

I live in Stephenville, Newfoundland. and have been to Alberta, I have a brother in Fort McMurray.

Anonymous said...

Hello from England! I have never been to Canada unfortunately, but my mum has! thanks for the chance, nnonaihr@hotmail.co.uk

nicolesender said...

I'm visiting from WA state! I love to travel to Canada; have been to Manitoba and BC.

Thera Difference said...

I live in Ontario, originally from NF. Yes I have been to Edmonton, Alberta. But sad to say it was because of a death in the family, so didn't get to explore much of Edmonton at all.

Maureen Anonymous said...

I live in Ontario & have had the pleasure of visiting Manitoba & I have plans to visit Halifax, Nova Scotia next June. I love Canada! Thanks for a chance at the give-away.
Maureen
mgw070 at rogers dot com

Karen Pryce said...

I live in Manitoba but have also lived in Alberta and Ontario in past years. Your quilts are lovely.

Lauralyn Connor said...

I am in White Rock BC and had the pleasure of taking a course with Krista! It was very enjoyable. Thanks for hosting.

Barb and Sharon said...

I live in Oshawa Ontario and have only travelled to Quebec Ontario. My plan is to see more of Canada when I retire.
Barb@Witsend

sew.darn.quilt said...

I live in Saskatchewan now and have also had the pleasure of having homes in Brandon, MB and Red Deer, AB! Thank you for the chance, this fabric is gorgeous.

toniaconner said...

I absolutely love Krista's quilt. There is some beautiful quilting being done here. I'm impressed with your FMQ. I'm just trying to learn the process. Hope to be as good as you when I grow up. (I'm 67) Think I'll make it? You can find me at AllThingzSewn.blogspot.com. I'm from Louisville Kentucky.

Donna quilts said...

I'm from Montreal but currently living north of you in Fort Mac. It's been a great experience to discover western Canada and I am in awe every time we go to the Rockies. I have followed your blog for some time now and I like your modern designs. Thanks for the chance to win a bundle of beautiful fabric.

Donna Widerquist said...

I am from Wisconsin - and I have never been to Albert or any other place in Canada. But, would love to visit there. Thanks

Quilter Kathy said...

What a fun blog hop! Nice to meet you!
I live in Southern Ontario and have been to BC, but not Alberta yet!

Colleen said...

I live in ?Ńova Scotia but have travelled to every Canadian province for either work or pleasure. Your quilts are stunning - and after just a few years of quilting!

Sandy Lowery said...

Love the pillows. I am from Vancouver Island and have been to Alberta many times. We spent some time in Calgary during our honeymoon 41 years ago.

Nancy said...

My mom lives in BC and I live in Ontario, Canada. My flights usually change over in Calgary. Invariably they are delayed by snow or one time in the summer (I thought, good, no snowstorm!) got delayed by lightning! So I have spent many hours in the Calgary airport but unfortunately no where else. nridder@hurontel.on.ca

Farm Quilter said...

Beautiful quilts - love the quilting!!! I live in Washington and I have been to Alberta and British Columbia. I blog over at http://farmquilter.blogspot.com/

SimoneV said...

I absolutely LOVE your work!
I accidentally stumbled on your website months ago and was blown away. Gorgeous.
I have lived in 3/4 of the Atlantic provinces (NB, NS, and Labrador), and I have visited PEI, Quebec and Ontario. Just need to make it over towards the west coast now (and head to Newfoundland of course)!!!

Lisa J. said...

I'm from Guelph, Ontario and I'm sad to say I have yet to go to Calgary or anywhere else in Alberta, although my husband spent a summer building silo's there before I knew him. I have visited your blog many times tho.

deb vez said...

great quilts and great quilting. I now live in Chatham, ON, but grew up in the west, BC, AB and SK...miss it so much...except in the bad snow storms!!
debbievpn@yahoo.ca

Carmen N said...

Sadly I've never left the US although I'm not too far from Canada (in WI) and would love to come for a long vacation. I love the waves in your Peace quilt!

ikkinlala said...

I live in Saskatoon right now. I've never lived in Alberta, but I've been to and through it many times.

Wendy Booth-Boyd said...

Hi, I live in Cheddar, UK... Never been to Canada I am afraid..the only one in my family jot to have ventured there...would love to!! Beautiful simple shapes and colours. Thanks for sharing. Wendy

Denise Finucane said...

I live in Ontario, have visited Alberta twice - once a 6-week camping vacation, the other a 10 day run through. several family members have made the move west the past 8 years or so....I'm listed on Saturday's roll, so stop by at www.craftraditions.com

KaliaContiki said...

I'm from Nova Scotia and have been to a lot of places in Canada, but not Alberta. But now that my friend is moving to red deer, I expect to make the trip soon. Thanks for the chance to win!

Dresden Quilter said...

Your quilts are beautiful. I am from Ontario, and did part of my university degree in Calgary. I have also been to Edmonton to visit my childhood friend. Thanks for the giveaway.

Mara said...

Well I live in Greece, I think you already know that ;) I have been to Victoria Canada, many many years ago, grecomara at gmail dot com

Anne said...

I live in Canada and have travelled around it quite a bit. Have been to most provinces except Newfoundland and so I must get there one day!

Margaret said...

I have been to Canada many many times, as I live in Michigan and we frequently drive into Ontario for a little vacation. Just last summer, my family and I were in Alberta and loved it, and the previous summer we vacationed in British Columbia and loved it. There are still many places in Canada that I hope to visit.

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