Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012!

I hope that 2012 brings you peace and health and new friendships.

Happy New Year words

This is my first anniversary of my blog.  It really is hard to believe that I've been doing this for only one year as it has become such a part of my life.  When I began last year I thought maybe a few friends might look in from time to time but now I have people from all over the world reading the blog.  Imagine that!!
The statistics are that I have been read from countries like Australia, Estonia, Spain, Latvia (Anita's influence probably!), South Africa, India and many more.  Amazing.
There have been 115 posts over the year.  Right now there have been just under 15,000 hits.
I'd like to thank all of my students who allowed me to post photos of the workshops and lectures on my blog.  They are a friendly bunch of quilters here in Canada!

And so........... on to year number two!

I love to get your comments so keep them coming!

Part 7 Orca Bay compete - The Marathon continues.....

Orca Bay part 7 is complete after a full day and a bit of sewing.  Tomorrow Bonnie will be releasing the final chapter of this mystery quilt.  I'll be ready for a full day of New Year's Day sewing!
This has been great fun and has used up quite a bit of my white/black fabric stash.  I'll be piecing the back to use up the rest of the pile.

It looks like my hope that more blue will be added in to the quilt won't be happening.  I might after add my own special touches to the final pattern to incorporate a little more blue into mine to soften the Halloween effect.
We're having a quiet New Year's Eve tonight.  I'm just fine with that after the busy Christmas we had.
Hope you enjoy the evening with friends and family.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Orca Bay - Part 6 is finally completed!

It took awhile to get part 6 finished with Christmas and visiting etc.  We've had a lovely Christmas here although it was a green one.  We have been getting snow all night so we should be a little more snowy by tomorrow morning.
Here are my completed Ohio Star blocks.

I still think I might be on my way to a Halloween quilt but we'll just have to wait and see.
Part 7 will be here before we know it and I do have a few teaching samples, kits and handouts to get ready in the mean time.  2012 promises to be a very busy teaching/lecturing year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.
I sincerely want to thank each and every one of you for reading my blog.
Best wishes to you and your families.  Enjoy your time together.

Christmas Card Photos

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Orca Bay - Part 5 done!

Orca Bay mystery part 5 is now complete.  Sewing those 700 triangles onto the half squares took quite awhile but they look good.  I can't wait to see how they will be incorporated into the final quilt.  This mystery has been great fun to work on.  After such a busy Fall teaching schedule it's nice to do something not work related with someone else in charge!
Here are the part 5 units......all 350 of them completed....
I've made a good start on Part 6.  I love the Ohio Star blocks BUT I may just be on my way to making a Halloween quilt.  Hopefully we'll put more blues into the quilt and soften the Halloween effect!

Enough sewing for today however.  I must get into the kitchen to do a few things for our Christmas Eve dinner tonight and make pies for tomorrow.  Yes, our family has pie for Christmas dessert instead of plum pudding or carrot pudding.  This year I'm making Cranberry Apple pies.
Our Christmas Eve dinner we try to have something as opposite to turkey dinner as we can so this year we're going with Beef Curry with basmati rice, roasted asparagus and ice cream and berries for dessert.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Orca Bay - Part 4

Part 4 of the Orca Bay Mystery from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville is complete.
The fabrics are oranges and fuchsias both batiks and commercial fabrics combined.  I love the combination and I think it will look good with the turquoise colours I chose for the opposite colours.
Here are the 130 (I made extra) string pieced units.
Now I'm going to cut the 700 triangles to make the units for part 5.  The pressure is on with the next step coming on the 23rd!
Hope you're keeping up!  Thanks all of you that are sending me comments.  It's great to hear from quilters from all over the world.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Back from the Sunny South!

Hubby and I have just returned from a wonderful and relaxing week long cruise through the Caribbean aboard the cruise ship Celebrity Summit.  The ship left from San Juan and went to Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maartens, Antigua, and St. Thomas.
The staff, food and entertainment were all first rate.  We especially enjoyed a dinner in the Normandy Restaurant where much of the decor was from the original Normandy cruise ship from the 1930's.  The meal was one of the best I've ever had.
We took several tours in the ports to see the islands.  Of all the places we visited I think that St. Maartens was the one we'd go back to first.
The Summit in St Lucia.  This gives you a good idea of the size of the ship!
Being away on holiday has put me way behind on the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt.  Yesterday afternoon I did do some of the string piecing blocks so I'll have to get busy and get caught up!

I forgot to mention earlier that Pantone has selected the new colour of the year 2012 ......

Great colour!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

One More Baby Quilt

I found another cute and fast baby quilt pattern on the Oh Fransson blog by Elizabeth Hartman.
This one used up more stash and will be a great donation quilt for a cuddle quilt program in the new year.
This is not a great picture but you get the idea.
The backing is some white flannel that was in the cupboard and I quilted it with white thread.
I had a squares and strips left over guessed it..........I have another on cut out.
It's a sickness.  No known cure.
Hope your holiday preparations are taking shape.  December 25th will be here before long!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Making Baby Quilts

Every now and again it comes time to replenish my stash of baby quilts.  I like to make baby quilts in between more complex projects.  Like most quilters, I like to have a few on hand for gifts and I also sometimes give them to guilds that host me who have charity quilts as part of their guild.
The first one is from a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman from the Oh Fransson blog.  You can get the free pattern here.  The pattern is very well written and illustrated.
It was fun to make.  Several months ago I had ordered a sampler set of 4 1/2" strips of some fabrics and never found a use for them so many went into this quilt.  I think they're Kate Spain fabrics but I can't remember now and have thrown out the label.  Anyway......I cut them down to the required 3" widths for this quilt and the remainder went into my 1 1/2" strip bin.
I made the backing as Elizabeth's pattern instructs.  Somehow I still had 10 nine-patch blocks left over but that could be  because I used full strips cut in half rather than fat quarters.  I'd like to make a "girl" version of this quilt so if I again have that many blocks left over I will get a third quilt from the remaining 9-patches.  This is why my projects never end...............

This is the "girl" baby quilt I also made over the weekend.  The pinwheel design I just designed using EQ7.  Luckily I have 3" finished HST Thangles on hand for the pinwheels.  The fabric had been purchased in Michigan when I was at the retreat there last Spring so it was time it was used up!  I used a pale green and white gingham on the backing.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Orca Bay Mystery -Part 3 Done!

Ta Da!!!!  Part three of the Orca Bay Mystery is complete.
I didn't have to work today after all so I spent quite a bit of the day making the 350 half-square triangles required for the next instalment of the mystery quilt put on by Bonnie Hunter.  This one's not for sissies!
Lots of sewing but not terribly difficult.
Luckily I had Triangle Paper for a finished 1 1/2" HST.  This probably saved a day's worth of sewing right there.  Using these papers, you know that your HST's will be perfect and so trimming is unnecessary.  Thank goodness!  Trimming up 350  of the 1 1/2" finishing HSTs would have been too much for me.

The Triangle Paper is so easy to use.  First of all I ironed a black fabric and a white fabric right sides together.  Next I sprayed on the the Triangle Papers on the back with 505 Basting Spray then stuck it on the top of the fabrics.
Next I sewed with black thread along the dotted lines.
Then I trimmed the outside edges using the rotary cutter then cut on the solid black lines.
Next job was to trim off all of the "dog ears" before removing the paper or pressing.
Finally the paper was removed and they were pressed open.
That's 350 plus a few for insurance.  I always make a few more in case disaster strikes.  I've been known to slice things in half or lose pieces here and there.
Now I must get busy on my other projects while I wait for Friday's instalment of Part 4.

Are you keeping up?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Quilt "Missing" from Houston Show

This is a post from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog.  Please let others know about this "missing" quilt.
Thanks, Heather
I’m hoping you can post this information and picture on the on-line quilt group you’re with. I just found out that my “Really ‘Wild’ Flowers! Second Season” quilt went missing the day after the Houston show and I’m devastated and heart-broken beyond words. I’m offering a cash reward for its safe return, no questions asked. I would just like to have my quilt back home. The size is 62” x 64.5”.

Please urge each of the gals to send the information out to their own personal contacts as well if you would.

Thank you so much,
~ Sharon
If you have seen this quilt, please contact Sharon Schlotzhauer.