May 28, 2018

Space 7 Last minute quilting

Nothing like leaving the making of a quilt until the last minute! As most of you know I am a White Hatter at YYC. If you have flown through Calgary you may have seen us there. 

Last fall I met a very wonderful young man, who is a Curbside Ambassador at YYC. Well we got to chatting about going to school here and then becoming a Canadian. He studied engineering and then was laid off during the downturn in Alberta and had applied to become a policeman. Before going away on business I learned they are having a baby in August. So, I figure there is plenty of time to make a baby quilt for them, right? Not. Last Friday he tells me he was accepted to police school and his last day is June 2. What! 

What kind of quilt design does one make in a hurry? A disappearing 9-patch of course. I managed to get the top done yesterday and drop off the quilt this morning, Monday, with Deb from Loopy D's. Deb graciously accepted to quilt the quilt. I have such awesome quilters in my area.

This is the quilt top. The binding will be a stripe of primary colours.

The background was going to be white with tiny primary coloured squares but I thought this gray with hearts would be an unexpected interesting background. It turned out wonderfully.

For those of you travelling around in space, block 7, Meteor, is now available.

Enjoy and happy quilting! 

May 21, 2018

Portland Quilt Market Mystery

Whew, made it home. Hectic, fun and wonderful it was at Quilt Market. Instead of flying, I drove, visiting quilt shops along the way. 
Bonners Ferry ID - A Little Comfort Quilting
Coeur d'Alene ID - Bear Paw Quilting & Bernina
Richland WA - Quiltmania
Pasco WA - Janean's Bernina
Kennewick WA - Amelia's Quilt Shop

Quilt market was terrific. Check out some of the quilts in the newest fabrics.
Clair Turpin Design's ladybugs
Hoffman Fabrics
Northern Critters - Elizabeth Hartman
When out for some excellent ribs at Podnah's BBQ. Our waitress was excellent and so fun. After dinner we drove around the neighbourhood to view the rhododendron trees, not shrubs, actual 8 foot trees or higher, in all colours. Purple, red, pink and white. 

Isn't this star block just the cutest? Yes, it is only 6" square. It's for the 2018 Murder Mystery Quilt program. Ah new quilt idea.

"There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor." - Charles Dickens 

May 17, 2018

Asteroids space 6 may 15

Spent a few days in paradise, sewing room, working on some secret blocks for the sunny side up (yellow) quilt.

Elaine, from the Crazy Quilter on a Bike, found this article on convenience by Tim Wu, Columbia law professor. For me when it comes to convenience sometimes I think of it as being 'I want it done now'. Many times I've said 'if only I could twitch my nose and have it done, not now but right now'. Tim writes that we need to embrace inconvenience, such as hobbies. Hobbies define us and give us character. They give us time back, expose us to frustration and failure and teach us about us. "We must never forget the joy of doing something slow and something difficult, the satisfaction of not doing what is easiest." On that point I say go piece that one block that you've been dreading and looks extremely hard. You may find it easier that you think. (When in doubt have a glass of wine.)

Space block 6 is up. Did you know that what I thought was a meteor might actually be a comet or asteroid? Who da thought!

May 7, 2018

Claresholm Ninja Senior

It was so exciting to reconnect with the Claresholm and Calgary quilters at the Fibre Arts and Quilting show last Saturday. I was so glad to see many of you that participated in the 150 Canadian Women program stop by the booth to visit.

Here are a few of some of the wonderful quilts on display.

And now for the Ninja Senior. And I was heavy breathing hiking this morning.

As Arthur says, "You're never to old to be a Ninja!"