Monday, August 29, 2011

Quilt of Valour

The quilt that I was working on with the residents of my Mom's nursing home is finally complete.  It took almost a year but I couldn't get in and work with them on a regular basis with my crazy teaching schedule.
I'm very proud of the work that they did.  One of the blocks in the quilt was sewn by a woman who is legally blind.
This quilt will be sent to Quilts of Valour Canada for distribution to a wounded Canadian soldier.
The quilt is a string quilt where different width strips were sewn directly onto phone book pages that were cut a little larger than the finished blocks.  The quilters attached strips starting in the centre of the block until the paper was covered.  We then trimmed the block to size and ripped off the paper.  Ripping off the paper was a great job for some of the residents that weren't able to use the sewing machines.  I then took the blocks home to sew the top together.  Karen Cole of QuiltingLeah did the machine quilting.
Here are some photos of the completed quilt and label.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Still Here!

You are all probably thinking that I've dropped off the ends of the earth.
No.......just busy getting the last bits of summer in.  We've had lots of company.
Unfortunately I had an accident and damaged my right hand so that's slowing down production in the studio.
The blocks are finished on my Japanese Broken Dishes so with some luck (and more ice packs) I'll be able to show you a photo of the top done.
Until later........

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back from Vacation

   I hope you have been enjoying your summer.  The heat wave has hit southern Ontario with a vengeance so Hubby and I were fortunate to take an Alaskan Cruise and land tour this past few weeks.  Yes, we had to wear hats and warm coats but I prefer that to sweltering heat any day!
We spent a few days in the Vancouver area before boarding the cruise ship.  It was wonderful to spend a couple of days with my good friend Gail Hunt.  Gail is not only a terrific person but also an amazing quilt artist and teacher.  She and her husband are building a home near Gibsons, BC where they used to shoot the TV show Beachcombers.
Hubby and I boarded Holland America's Zandaam ship in Vancouver and travelled up the coast stopping at Ketchican, Juneau and Seward then travelled on to Anchorage to begin our land tour.
Here are some photos of the trip.  The landscape is spectacular and we were able to see many species of wildlife including Grizzly Bears, Black Bear, Moose, Reindeer, Wolf, Otter, Puffins, Whales, etc. etc.
View from the ship between Vancouver and Ketchican.

Humpback Whales Bubble Net Feeding 
Humpbacks near Juneau

Scenic Rail Tour from Denali Nat'l Park to Fairbanks.
It was a wonderful trip.  Very wet and cold but well worth doing if you ever get the chance. catch up and get ready for Fall teaching!