Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Another hint and two new treasures


Here is another hint for you.


Saturday a friend and I went to an antique sale and this pink beauty came home with me. I'm not sure what year it was made in but the colour just spoke to me.


She came with the above accessories in the box along with the instruction manual


This is the second beauty that come home and this one is heavy, made from cast iron.


She hails from Great Britain, again I'm not sure how old she is but plan on doing some research on both and then sharing a few more pictures.


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Monday, 1 September 2014

Just a hint

These are some of the fabrics I'm thinking of using for my next project. Wonder what it will be?


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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Meet "The Stuffers"

I belong to the Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild and for many years a group of ladies would gather together on the last Tuesday of the month to fold our newsletter, label envelopes and stuff the newsletter into the envelopes in preparation for mailing.  At one time we had over 400 members between our night and evening chapters.  After many years they passed the responsibility onto another group of ladies but continued to meet every month from August through May for a pot luck lunch, show and share and support to many life changes within the group.  Whenever I was on vacation I would come and join these ladies whose place in our guild has been very significant.

Now we no longer have a paper newsletter sent out but an electronic one via e-mail.  This past Tuesday we got together for the first get together for lunch and some show and share.  This first lovely quilt is by Cher, she is going to donate it to the Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley next month.  Check out our guild page to see some of the events we are involved in.
 Here is the back of Cher's quilt, I love how she worked with a second guitar print to make a back large enough.  She does all her own machine quilting.
This next quilt is by my friend Rita, she found the bear panel and decided to add some bear paws to the bottom along with some borders to make this for her daughter and son-in-law's new home.
 Rita is also going to teach this log cabin Christmas wreath to a group this year.
 Sorry I don't recall who made this snowball and nine patch quilt.
 Donnamae was gifted by this kit by two friends who went on a cruise to Alaska with her.
 This is one of two embroidered snowman quilts that Loraine stitched, the other one is larger and I didn't get a picture of it.
 Part of a larger quilt that was made into smaller units.
 A Jinny Beyer's inspired top with circular quilting by Nancy I think.
 A flannel rag quilt that was made in our hottest, driest July ever by Anna Marie.
More to come but not until after the guild meeting as it is a secret along with a gift to be delivered in October to a very lucky little boy.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest 2014

Yesterday Columbia Street in New Westminster was the second annual Food Truck Fest. Last year there were 15 trucks and they expected 10,000 people and 20,000 showed up.

This year 50 trucks were invited. They closed Columbia Street from 6th Street to McBride. This first picture is from top of Columbia looking down towards 6th Street.



My friend Rita and I arrived shortly after the event started at 4 p.m. On this warm sunny Saturday.


Down the centre of Columbia street tables and chairs were set up for dining. There were also three beer gardens to enjoy.


Rita and I decided on trying out one of the several BBQ trucks she had beef brisket and I had a pulled pork sandwich. We headed over to one of the beer gardens and joined a couple at their table. Later another friend of Rita's and her husband joined us.


Some of the graphics on the trucks were amazing. Lots of families and dining of all styles were available to choose from.


Vij's Curry Art in Motion was a very busy place. Maybe next time, one of the couples had a dish for there that looked great.


Turkey Sandwich aka Strutter is finished!


A closer look at the long feather buttonhole stitch I did.


Another pincushion stitched, I may make it into a little quilt.


A redesigned Buggy Barn pincushion, I may make it into a needle case.


They were very generous with their fabrics, I still have an equal size piece of fabric for a backing.


Another Buggy Barn pincushion this one is on velvet and will also be redesigned. I may make a small pincushion with the left over fabric.


Again very generous with the velvet and a backing also supplied.


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Friday, 1 August 2014

The birds arrived north of the border today.

Meet the flock, remember the Murder of Crows I sent off?  Well look who flew home to roost.
 This first one was made by Mary Lou Weidman our creative inspiration.  She already has her flock sewn together here.  I'm sure she will probably add some fun borders to finish it off.  Love the blue word fabrics at the top of her piece.
 Camille Vlasak made this one with the colourful tail.
Edie Faile made this colourful bird, lovely all those wavy lines.
Beth Stanton made this one with the colour tail feathers and skinny legs.

 Deb Green created this red one and sent a button along for it's eye.
 Rebecka Schaffer made this one.  She has posted a picture of how she put our watering can and flower swaps together here.  I think her plan is to add the birds and stars to the top.  More words on fabric, a hook for me right now.
 Carol Haueter made this one, love the eyes, the head feathers, the feet.
Katie Fields had fun with polka dots.  It is hard to see but the white fabric has blue tie dye effect on it.
 Claire McFarlane made this guy his beak and wing are 3-D. Love those fussy cute red and green legs.
 Mary Graves made this one that looks like it is flapping it's wings like mad.
Maybe because it thinks this guy by Linn Jencopale is going to nip it's bottom.
 Leanne Clare made this teal beauty with the lovely striped tail.
And watching over them all is one of the crows that I made.  Hey Linn used a darker colourway of my background in her bluebird's body!
Welcome to the flock and thanks to everyone who participated this was a great exchange.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday Stitching

My Friday stitching group didn't get together today but I had the need to stitch.  This is the Buggy Barn 2012 pincushion.  I decided to make it into a needle case.  I folded the wool in half and shortened the width of the pot.  Then I moved the birds around to fit the rectangle orientation.  It came with a lovely Japanese fabric to use on the back.  I may use it to line the case but then I may do something else and save the Japanese fabric for another project.
I'm pleased how it turned out, I may add a bit more decorative stitching to the bird's tails but will decide later.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show 2014.

Anna invited a group of us over to her home for scones, muffins, fresh fruit and coffee to start the day.  Of course a trip up to her sewing room was a necessary event.
 Up on her design wall were some of the wonky log cabins from her Quilter's Affaire class along with some other works in progress.
 I've got this Autumn/Halloween block pattern, looking cute Anna.
 She decided to order Primitive Gatherings Block of the Week and got the first 5 weeks sent all at once!
 Here is her first block beginning to be laid out.
 Another Block of the Month in progress a combination of piecing, embroidery and applique.  This one is by Kathy Schmitz.
 Cute woolie project bag.
 Love the paint job on this chair.
 Here is Anna with her 2011 Primitive Gatherings BOW project.  The other three blocks she is going to make into a table runner.  Mine are still a work in progress.
 A view of the three sister mountains from her living room, what a lovely place to sit and enjoy.
 Love the houses with the berry and star vine.
 Another Kathy Schmitz design I think.
 Lovely bouquet greets you at the door.
 One of her neighbours in the quilt show mood.
 I arrived as the firemen were hanging the last of the employee's challenge quilts on the wall.
 Good thing they have a ladder truck.
 Just a few blank spaces yet to be filled.
 I went walking looking for the cow quilts and was surprised to find them at the same place as the smaller display was last year.
 Linda Cook did the Dutch Chocowlate quilt on the left and my The Cow Jumped Over the Moon was beside it.  How fun to see it hanging by the front door.
 Cowmen Miranda by Sue Cresse was hanging beside Mooterhorn by Mel McFarland.
 Moodern by Mary Lou Weidman was along side of Organic by Lorraine Tennyson.
 Around the corner was Triple Sow Cow by Barbara Lambrecht.  Cowlifornia Girl was made by Dianne Morrison.
 PoCowdot was made by Blair Halbrooks, Connie Donaldson made Art DeCow.
 Eat Moore Chik'in by Peggy Baldwin-Clayton.
 Miss Candy Cane by Wendy Price along side of Udder Joy by Pamela Dransfeldt.
 Bovine Intervention by Mari Linfesty, Eat More Veggies was made by Kathy Collins.
 Love the backing of Organic.
 While eating lunch I noticed my quilt from the back, hard to see but it shows off Lauren Tolhurst's lovely job of machine quilting on it if you click on the picture you may be able to see it.
 Across the street was this great feather quilt.
 Cut array of baskets and other blocks.
 Some inspiration to put my basket swap blocks together.
 Beautiful Tree silhouette.
 A closer view.
 Love the neutral tone on tone frame for this one.
 Great colours.
 I hand appliqued this quilt but omitted the nutcracker block and substituted a crescent moon instead.  In my to be quilted pile.  The pattern is Yuletide Joy by Sue Garman.
 I loved the effect of this quilt from a distance.
 If you look closely you can see the corners have quarter circles set in and then accented with different colours of rick rack!  Love it!

 The main street was closed off to pedestrians only, in past years there would be bumper to bumper traffic with crossing guards stopping traffic to let pedestrians pass.  Now traffic is diverted to another route.
 A stop to enjoy some nature.
 Bees were loving this plant.
 All the quilts hanging on the Stitchin' Post and lots of quilters admiring them all.
 The Stitchin' Post's row by row experience row.  They sold out the day before, but I found a lovely batik for less than a quarter of their kit to make mine.
 Lots of hungry quilters looking for just the right thing to bring home.
 Breathe and enjoy the nature around.
 A favourite flower echinacea or Cone Flower.
 The Sister's Raffle quilt, just lovely.
 Fun quilt made by friends showing what they like to do in their favourite season.




 A lovey quilt depicting Sister's with the tall pines, sunflowers three sister's mountains and rivers.
 Beautiful fabric choices.
 Dancing fish.
 More great colours.
 Looking one way down main street.
 Looking the other.
 Smiling facing enjoying the cows.
 A couple of closer looks.
 Great Sunflower.
 Those eyes and cap along with the tulip in her mouth make this cow.
 Is she not the essence of Art Decow?
 That peacock tail is lovely.
 Love the Chrysler building.
 Those eyes hypnotize you.
 Cute udder.
 Love the stars quilted on my words.
 I think I need to add some eyelashes to her.
 Sunday morning I drove home in just over ten hours!  I stopped briefly to pick up Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop in Arlington.  Is this not the cutest?  Carole has such a great imagination and sense of design.
 Cute dog looking at a flowering dogwood tree.
 Vanilla Jamaica, great sunny colours.