July 13, 2011

Mystery Calgary Stampede

Mystery is no longer available. Stay tuned for another mystery in the spring.

The Calgary Stampede for 2011 is 5 days old. There are free, yes free, Stampede Breakfasts everywhere every morning. If you love flapjacks (pancakes) this is the place to be. Thousands of people are fed every day. One thing about it is that after Stampede is over you will never have to eat another flapjack for a year. The Chinook Centre breakfast is 50 years old

July 5, 2011

Modern - Nature and the Fire Department

You just have to love it when a plan comes together. It's even more rewarding when a friend's stash can come to the rescue when you cannot find the right fabric in your stash.
1st attempt

The revised block turned out great. It is amazing how the scale of the new fabric makes all the difference. The small checked fabric adds even more interest.

Firemen are so compassionate! They do so much to help all creatures great and small!

This family of ducks was ready to hit the pond in the green space behind my friend's house. She walked down 3 houses looking for a route to the pond before the firemen came and escorted them to the back thru a neighbor's yard. You just have to admire the firemen's willing ability to help everyone!

looking for a route to the back
on to the next house
C'mon li'l duckies.
Watch that they follow the path.

Have you ever notice that the smallest things can give you the biggest smiles and the best feeling!

July 3, 2011

Modern Quilts

For a few years now, very large, large and large medium scale fabrics with all kinds of textures have been around. Everyone loved them but no one really knew what to do with them. One would never think of mixing any of these textures in a quilt.

Then the Modern Quilter arrives. They pick the fabrics they love. They mix all textures and colors together. They create their quilts without inhibitions.

Over the last 3 years, I have learned a great amount about combining stripes, plaids and various textured fabrics from the freebie 15 program at Traditional Pastimes in Calgary. It is nothing out of the ordinary to receive a package similar to this each month.

Then, ding ding ding and the light goes on. The Modern fabrics are similar to the Thirty's fabrics. They are bright, true color fabrics and are combined with white or another solid color. Here is my attempt to moderize the block of the month quilt, Elegance, with the fabrics below.

Same blocks - 1st block Traditional - 2nd block Modern.

Unfortunately, the second block from a distance shows that both the black and red colored fabrics are too similar.

The block looks better close up.