Saturday, January 28, 2012

Orange Peel Day

We just finished our last Indian Orange Peel class today.  Students are still plugging away at their units.  This class has so much to offer quilters in terms of learning about colour and value selection, colour dominance, light sources etc. not to mention paper piecing and working with curves.  It's unfortunate that the patterns are almost impossible to get.  Electric Quilt published a disc with all of Karen K. Stone's patterns on them but the finished size is different than the original pattern and the original pattern comes with all of the foundation papers that you need.  I prefer that to printing my own.........just lazy I guess.
Here are a couple of photos from today's workshop to see how the quilts are coming along.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Brother 1500S Sewing Machine for Sale - $600.00

I am now selling my Brother 1500S semi-industrial machine for $600.00.  It has been serviced regularly and is in perfect working condition.  This machine is great for machine quilting with it's large keyhole area and knee lift.  I copied the information from the web for details.

This machine is now sold.  Thanks!


 $ 1599.99 *
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The PQ-1500s is a dream machine ideal for tackling problem fabrics, as well as large scale sewing jobs. A high-speed straight stitching machine, sewing up to 1,500 stitches per minute, the Brother PQ-1500s has a host of special features to make it ideal for any serious sewer.


· High-speed straight stitch machine with a maximum 1,500 stitches per minute
· Knee lifter and bed extension table for quilting and fabric management of bulky projects.
· Full range foot pressure adjustment and 4 feed dog settings for maximum fabric control.
· Automatic thread cutter/F.A.S.T. needle Threader provides time saving convenience.
· Thread tension adjustment dial for greater thread tension control
· Pin feed mechanism for fabric management...even velvets.
· Heavy-duty construction for increased stability.
· Automatic thread cutter saves time.

Bernina 1230 FOR SALE $300.00

I have decided to sell my old Bernina 1230 if anyone is interested.  The machine has been well maintained and still works just fine.  It comes with all the feet and attachments as well as the walking foot, free motion foot and 1/4" foot and extra bobbins.
The machine has a retractable cord both on the sewing machine and the foot control.  There is a knee lift bar and a hard case that fits all of the accessories and of course, covers the machine.
Asking price is $300.00.

The machine has sold.  Thanks!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Penguins and Treasures

Along with being a member of the Oxford Quilters Guild in Ingersoll, Ontario I am also a member of the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild in Nova Scotia.  I've explained this before too that I'm a member of a bee in Nova Scotia too.  Through emails and my friend Barb Robson I am able to keep up with what's happening with this group of wonderful quilters and friends so far away.
Last week I received an email from the group with a pattern link to Purl Soho for the Purl Bee Penguin Pattern.  For some reason I just decided that it was a fundraiser or something so Sunday I started making penguins and here they are.......
After making the three black and white ones according to the pattern, I lost control.  Someone was messing with the penguin genetics and a Kaffe Fassett penguin arrived on the ice!  As it turns out,  Barb had found the pattern and shared the link with the bee ladies just for fun and NOT for a fundraiser project.  So, these penguins are now sitting on the table in the front hall until I find a home for them.  I didn't have enough yellow felt for the feet of the black and white penguins so I used regular quilting fabric stabilized with some iron-on interfacing.  They don't stand up as well as the KF one with the felt feet so if you do decide to make some, go and get some felt for the feet.
While I was digging out some buttons today, I came across these snaps in a jar of buttons that I bought about 18 years ago at a garage sale.  I knew the buttons must be old because they came in a huge peanut butter jar with the price of 49 cents on the lid.

I don't know if this was the first or second World War era yet but I'm going to take some time and search the internet to see if there is any information on them.  Anyone out there know anything about these?
When I first bought this jar there was the most beautiful engraved silver thimble in it.  That thimble sits in my collection on the wall of the studio.
After a little internet turns out that these are from WWII.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Colour for Quilters with the Hamilton Quilters Guild

I spent yesterday with the wonderful quilters of the Hamilton Quilters Guild presenting my workshop called "Colour for Quilters".  We had a great day and they did a wonderful job of completing their exercises with fabric swatches.
We went through all of the colour recipes on the colour wheel, identified the warm and cool colours, worked in values from 1-10, identified  the two most common bases and working with photo palettes.  It was a busy day with 20 students but great fun.
We all left exhausted but having had a good day of sharing and learning.
I'm returning next Saturday to do a second Colour for Quilters class for the guild.  Another 20 brave souls will learn ways of dealing with colour in their quilts.
Thanks to Shirley for keeping the tea coming and holding up quilts for me and Barbara for having everything so very well organized and making me a delicious lunch.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Challenge Done!

I've been chipping away in the studio making kits, doing handouts etc. etc. for the upcoming teaching season.  Colour for Quilters remains one of my most requested workshops again this year.  I'll be working with the Hamilton Quilters Guild for the next two Saturdays on colour as well as giving my "Tips and Tricks" lecture tonight for them.  They're a great bunch of quilters so I'm looking forward to seeing them again.
I did manage to finish my challenge for my bee in Nova Scotia.  Although I live in Ontario, I belong to the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild in Nova Scotia.  The Nova Scotia guilds have groups within their guilds called bees that meet outside of guild to work together on a project or just get together and work on their own projects.  This is a wonderful system that I wish my home guild would adopt.  When the guild needs a job done, rather than ask for an individual they can ask a bee to do a job. bee has issued a challenge to make a 12" square quilt depicting the theme "Birds".  My home guild has a challenge to make a quilt based on a saying like "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." or "Many hands make light work".
Luckily I found a way to make my challenge work for both groups.  If you belong to the Oxford Quilters Guild I'm letting you see my challenge early.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Orca Bay Quilt DONE!

Let the cheering begin............the quilt top is finished!
As you can see from the photo below I did end up putting in the turquoise inner border instead of the white.  That increased the blue to orange ratio in the quilt that it really needed.  I probably should have pieced that inner border but enough is enough.
There was quite a bit of easing to get the inner border and the outer border to fit but I managed without too much trouble and with the help of Best Press.  Magical stuff that Best Press. it is.........TA DA!
The binding is made of black scrappy strips leftover from the quilt top.
Know anyone who desperately needs a turquoise and orange quilt?  I'm teaching colour many, many times this year so maybe I'll use it as a sample there until I find a home for it.
Thanks again for all your comments!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Orca Bay Quilt Top......So Far

I've been sewing for days to get the quilt top done on the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt.
This is my progress so far.  I still have the outer borders to put on the quilt.  Bonnie's sample had the white 2" inner border but I'm going to audition some of the blue/turquoise fabrics instead.
This has been great fun and I'm so very grateful to Bonnie Hunter for putting on the mystery quilts.  There is a tremendous amount of work involved and it sounds like she gets thousands of questions.  All that for free!  Thanks again Bonnie!!
Since it looks like a sunset, I might have to call this quilt "Sunset Over Orca Bay".
Hope you're all making progress with your quilts.  There are some lovely colour combinations out there.