Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Post Christmas Post

Hello Quilters!

Clever title huh???

Christmas was wonderful here in the Stewart household.  It was such a nice, slow paced and warm time for all of us.  We live such busy lives and our son lives so far away that we don't get to spend time all together except at Christmas.  I overfed them and loved spending time just talking or laughing at old pictures etc.
Hubby and I went for a bike ride on Christmas day.  The temperatures were mild for this time of year and there was no snow.  I got Hubby a new bike for Christmas so it was doubly fun to go out for a test ride.  

They all have gone back to their busy lives and the Christmas decorations have been put away this morning.  Now we look forward to 2016 and see what new adventures it will bring.

DD requested a new tote bag for work while she was here.  I finished it yesterday morning so I can take it this week when I see her for my hair appointment.

This is the pattern I used for this bag.  I've made a few of these bags before.  Great pattern!

The outside of the bag.  I'm trying to used only stash fabrics lately.

I added pockets that aren't in the pattern.  Her business card is sewn beneath a layer of clear vinyl.
This works just fine until you iron it................!

We will be putting on our party clothes for the annual New Years' Eve party here in our neighbourhood.  I hope you have enjoyed your Christmas as much as we have.  

"Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep."
Scott Adams

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Hello Quilters!
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and healthy and Happy New Year!
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For those of you who don't celebrate Christmas, please take my wishes in the spirit in which they are given.  We all need to just see the good there is around us.

Thank you for reading my blog this year even though the blog posts were few and far between.
With luck, I'll have more to post next year.  Retirement will bring more quilts finished, I hope.

Believe it or not, I went for a bike ride today and didn't even require gloves.  Truly some crazy weather here in Southwestern Ontario but I'm not complaining.

Both kids will be home for Christmas this year so hubby and I are very busy getting everything ready.  We are so lucky to have everyone home for Christmas so we want to make the celebration a good one.

Have any of you been participating in the annual challenge quilt by Bonnie Hunter?  I have been madly cutting and sewing to keep up!  Part 5 will be out tomorrow so I'll have to wait a few days before I can get the next mystery section done.  Bonnie does a wonderful job of not only designing the quilt for everyone but making her instructions very clear and easy to follow.  Check it out at

Enjoy the season and family time!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Pantone Colours of the Year 2016

Hello Quilters!

Pantone, the world's authority on colour has just announce the colours of 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.PANTONE PLUS Series Formula Guide - Shop Now
I don't remember them every having two colours but I might be wrong about that.
We will start to see clothing, housewares etc. come in these colours as well as fabric lines.  I have to admit, these are not colours that get me excited and I certainly can't wear them.  Oh well, there's always next year....

So the big news is I HAVE RETIRED FROM TEACHING AND LECTURING.  I'm looking forward to more time in the studio creating show work and just playing.  I love being in the classroom but the travelling and all that goes with it was getting to be a bit much.  Throw in a few health issues and the time was right.

If I find that I really miss teaching, I might teach out of my studio or anywhere that I can sleep in my own bed.  That decision can be made after a good, long break.

A big thank you to all of my students over my 33 years of teaching.  You taught me a great deal about being a teacher and quilt artist.  An even bigger thank you to those groups in Ontario and Nova Scotia that nominated me for Canadian Teacher of the Year 2009.  It was such an honour to accept that award.

I have had a little play time since my last workshop on November 25th.
Over the last couple of years I have been saving up some Cotton and Steel fabrics and finally used them to make this "Octo" quilt.  The paper piecing pattern is by Zen Chic. This quilt is just for me!

A variety of pinks, corals and oranges that were living in my stash went into this sweet little baby quilt.  The backing is the fuzzy minke fabric in a pale grey.

I'm in the process of clearing out quilt samples, workshop supplies etc.  You would be amazed at the amount of stuff that I have accumulated for teaching over the years!! Wish me luck.....