October 30, 2017

Borders - Market

Quilt Market in Houston was very exciting this year. We got to to see upcoming patterns and fabrics,
a World Series baseball game ( ok actually only from the tv but the game was only 3 blocks from the convention center),
the annual little kids hallowe'en party in the park across the street and 
the next day, new this year, an eastern Indian event complete with camel rides.

We are at the end of the program. This is sad but oh so exciting because all your patience and hard work is coming to fruition. We finally get to see all the awesome quilts that you have completed.
Two of my extra blocks, well actually all of my extra blocks are extremely simple, one maple leaf fabric in four and the other two are reminders as to why I created this quilt. Canada is 150 and my favourite parts of the national anthem.

My quilt has the multi horizontal borders. 
On the back is the Alberta panel from Northcott, a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman (love that fact that he's saluting) and the Canadian flag, and lastly a huge area to write, with a pigma pen, my label.

Today the link is for the remaining one to three borders. For the first red border you have a choice to make it with one red fabric or make a piano key/perpendicular border or a multi horizontal border (shown above). The last two borders are one fabric, background and red.

One Fabric
Perpendicular/Piano Key
Multi Horizontal

This has been an exciting journey for me and I hope for you as well. Remember to post your quilt on the 150 CW Quilt Along group page or send us a finished quilt top or quilt pic and we will post in the gallery on the website.

We hope that you continue to follow us to our new adventure coming soon to our website.


October 23, 2017

The Blocks Are Done 148-150 Foxy

The blocks are done! The blocks are done! Congrats to those that have kept up. If I hadn't had to keep up I don't know if I would have. Many thanks to those that have inspired me along the way.

Now this is not the end. Next week we will post the finishing instructions. There are instructions for completing the sashing if you are not doing cornerstones plus the first border above the available blocks. This should keep you busy sewing all the blocks together and making the first border. Whew!

That said, I spent the week at Back to Nature, a retreat by Water Valley, Alberta. 

Being the early bird every morning, all was peaceful at 0530. Everyone else still snoring. That's my spot where the light is. Took the computer instead of the sewing machine. Much easier and less stuff that I probably would not have accomplished but ambitiously thought I could accomplish.

This little guy was peaking at us through the window one morning. I had to run upstairs, quick like a fox, to get his picture. Look at the bushy tail and beautiful coat. He's well fed and ready for winter.

These ladies are last in the program but are not the last women to have accomplished or pioneered or will accomplish or pioneer something big or small. I hope that you will continue to research other amazing Canadian born women. They will be found in any field from professional to domestic, from under the water to high in the sky, from a to z. What I have learned is that no matter how far Canadian women have come some things have not really changed. Good, bad or ugly we still have a ways to go and accomplish. You go gals!

B l o c k s  1 4 8,  1 4 9,  1 5 0

148 Ada Jane McCallum
149 Beverley Busson
150 Mom


October 16, 2017

Week 49 Second Last Week of Blocks

Has the time flown for you? Oh Yeah! Only this week and one more week of blocks and then the finishing instructions. Yowsers!

Because of Calgary's location to the Rocky Mountains we have awesome cloud formations. Sunday night the dusk sky was incredible. The first image is looking north and the second image is looking south. The swirls are awesome.

This week we present Ladies 145, 146 and 147.
Cairine swam in a sea of politics, Winnie swam in a sea of water and Riel jet skied through the clouds.

B l o c k s  1 4 5,  1 4 6,  1 4 7

145 Cairine Reay Mackay Wilson
146 Winnifred (Winnie) Frances Roach-Leuszler
147 Riel Erickson


October 9, 2017

Week 48 Blocks 142-144 Snow? EQ8 Upgrade

This is last Monday October 2. A small clearing on the highway otherwise it was total whiteout and you absolutely could not see one foot in front of you and hope like h that no one was stopped on the highway. You had to wear polarized glasses to see the all the snow movements and ruts. Ask us how we know.
Image by Dames on the Range facebook pictures

And now for one week later. Today it's 54 F and you would never know we had a blizzard.

Well folks that is Calgary. 

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B l o c k s  1 4 2,  1 4 3,  1 4 4

Do you yearn to be Chief of Surgery, or create a new medical system, or ask a lot of questions, or be a lawyer. We have these three women to thank for leading the way.

142 Dr Minerva (Minnie) Ellen Reid
143 Phyllis Jean McAlpine
144 Margaret Paton Hyndman


October 2, 2017

Week 47 Blocks 139-141 What a Difference a day makes.

Yesterday the weather was beautiful. The wind was warm. The neighbourhood rabbit, George, was enjoying the day. BUT

today is another story. It's warm and blizzarding. More blowing snow that snowing. Driving in the city was so easy BUT once you got to the outskirts, forget it. Did I turn around. Nope. The mind said turn around turn around go home; you can go tomorrow. The foot said you can do it. All I kept thinking was what a trucker said to me, 'Don't stop. Keep moving. It's more dangerous to stop than to drive slow.' This picture is my back yard in the city early this morning. Next week there will be images of the blowing snow. 

Finally got the two scrap quilts completed. They are off to the quilter. Pattern coming soon.

To really Canadianize our 150 quilt we put this Canada panel, approx 13"x20", on the back and are using the stripe for binding. All fabrics are available here

A picture is worth a thousand words when taken by the right photographer. Can a person, let alone a woman, estimate the upcoming crops. Yes she can and with accuracy. She may not be able to swim but, she sure saved a lot of people. 

B l o c k s  1 3 9,  1 4 0,  1 4 1

139 Sergeant Karen Margaret Hermeston
140 Ella Cora Hind
141 Abigail Becker