February 22, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

Thank you for all creatures great and small.

Thank you for the birds that visit the feeder and the bunny that cleans up after the birds.

See the brown ears. Woohoo, Spring is just around the corner!

February 21, 2011

Two of the Same Mystery

It is tremendous to be able to sew again without the mess! No more moving other projects or stuff just so that I can sew! Yeah! Now the 6 containers of wip's, that were originally not going to be finished, can be tackled with renewed piecing interest.

Back in 1997, one of the Calgary quilt stores had a Mystery Quilt summer. All you had to do was pick up a step each week. I still remember cutting these quilts at the Yakima race track in Washington. My DH drag raced in the super comp category. Drag racing being a hurry up and wait sport there was lots of relax time for my new enthusiastic hobby. After working on these quilts during the quilt guild scrap weekend over the last 5 years, the quilts finally reached a stage where the enthusiasm to finish them was overwhelming. And now they are ready for the quilter. Two done a million to go!

This mystery used 4 fabrics, but, you could use a different colour fabric in a certain area thereby using 5 fabrics. So, of course I had to make the 2 similar yet different quilts. If you are looking for the difference, ...

... in the yellow quilt, the star points and star center are blue. In the pink quilt the star points are deep pink and the star center is dark purple.

It is interesting that when the colours were picked for these quilts I just picked the colours. Now, I sometimes agonize over the colours more than I should. It seems that the more I've learned over the years the more particular I've become in choosing colours. Have even had to get out this egg timer from a Mary Ellen Hopkins seminar.

How many of you find yourself agonizing over the fabric picking?

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Almost got the valentine's quilt completed by Valentines Day! All pinned and steady ready for quilting.

Who said valentines have to be red? How about red Cupid's arrows instead.

February 10, 2011


I just had to post this... please check out the link ...
I am speechless of the custom quilting by Crazy Creek Creations on one of my favorite block of the month designs, 'Elegance'. I have three excellent and outstanding long arm quilters that specialize in different areas.
to be continued...

February 4, 2011

Las Vegas

Don't you just love Las Vegas in all its splendor. Everywhere bells, whistles and flashing lights.
This time my friend, Joanne, came down. Her and I $pent time er money in the Bellagio. Bellagio's best part is hidden behind the casino. Cafe Gelato, specializing in Italian ice cream, truffles, chocolate, special cakes. Truly delectable.

And the Botanical Garden celebrating The Year of the Rabbit, dressed in the Chinese colours of red lanterns and zigzag bridges, gold coins, terra cotta soldiers and cart, bamboo and green rabbits surrounding one giant 10 foot hairy rabbit. Awesome. Amazing.

You know your in heaven when you can eat gelato and become mesmerized by koi swimming in the garden pool!
The next two days we went shop hopping. The shops are conveniently located in a circle around Vegas just off the freeway. 
First stop: The Fabric Boutique - wonderful, brightly lit shop that has a colour of the month.
2nd stop:  The Christmas Goose - cozy country feel.
3rd stop:  Quiltique - also brightly lit and full front windows.
4th stop:   Fiddlesticks - quaint shop in Boulder City that has a colour of the month.
Besides batiks and balis this pretty Luna Notte fabric says please take me home.
Adding grey, blue grey, sage and even red on the coral side will make this fabric sing. Already have a design swirling around in my head. TG am going home tomorrow.