Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

May Santa fill your stockings with fabric and notions!

 I hope the season see you spending time with friends and family while taking a break from usual routines.
This is our first Christmas in our new home.  We are so happy to share it with our two children who are staying for a few days before heading back to their hectic lives.  It's not often that we are all together at once so for me, that's the greatest Christmas gift of all.

I had a wonderful visit with the Bluewater Quilters Guild at the end of November.  Unfortunately, I didn't take one photograph.  At their meeting I presented my Tips and Tricks for Quilters lecture.  The following day we had the Angles and Squares workshop.  What a great group of ladies.  We had some very beginner quilters in the group who gamely signed up for this one.  I can't wait to see the final results.

I have been working away in the studio since then.  Here is the Buggy Barn quilt that is finally finished and beautifully quilted by Shirley.

I love the colours!  The pattern calls for the inside stars to be brown but mine are in the blue green instead.  Intentional?  I'll never tell!!
This is the quilt that I accidentally cut the large star blocks to 8 inches instead of 8 1/2".  I was able to steam them larger and then Shirley quilted them down.   It looks perfect!
Everything except the backing was out of my stash.  Why does that feel like the quilt is free, I wonder???

I'm working on some new workshops for the coming year(s).  Actually I'm dipping my toes into the "modern quilt" direction.  Of course, I can't give up my colour and design theory to do that so I will have my own special spin on "modern".  Stay tuned!  Anyone want to be in the testing group?  Let me know if you do.

Shirley is away for awhile so I have a few quilts just waiting for her to quilt them.  With luck they will be local workshops.  I'll show you them once they are quilted.
Two workshop samples from patterns by Jaybird Quilts.

One of the new modern quilts is made of solid fabrics in two colour families plus a neutral and an accent.  I can't wait to teach this one!!!  Again, it will have to be quilted first before I can show you the photo.

Another workshop has a random pieced background.  It used up most of my lime green stash.  That's enough of an excuse for me to buy more fabric!
Still working on the lime green quilt.

The Marsh Store in Coldstream is having their annual Christmas sale from December 27 to 31 with 30% off everything in the store.  I'm sure I'll see many familiar faces there.