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Welcome to my world where I try to figure out what I'm going to do next! These days, it is mostly quilting, but you never know what it might be... come find out with me!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Welcome Blogathon Canada visitors!

and Hello to all my regular readers!  I hope you all enjoy the great selection of Canadian bloggers brought to you this week by Blogathon Canada, sponsored by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop, who can be found over at Stacey's blog, Stacey in Stitches, or at Jessica's, Momiji Studio.  You just might find a giveaway or two!

Sew Sisters Blog 
 Don't forget to also pop over to the Sew Sisters and the Blogathon Canada website blog for a chance to win some Aurifil.

This morning I only have a few pictures of a piece I've been working on for a reveal next weekend, over at the Tangled Textiles.  You can read more about my thought process and progress on it here and here.
But for now, here are some pictures of my progress:
centre, showing my guidelines

working on the feathers
cross hatching and points

Hope you enjoy the blog hop!

Happy quilting! Janet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

what a weekend!

all my bags are packed...
lots of sewing, chatting, laughter and eating - oh my!  The food we had! The wine and cheese!  It was a great retreat weekend at Loon Lake.
a beautiful spot
I managed to get a few things finished - some small items,  but then bounced around from project to project before settling into to doing some quilting.
a little warm up quilting
 As part of this lovely weekend hosted by the talented Krista of Poppyprint fame, we had an opportunity to do a workshop with Krista Withers on Compositional Quilting. This was a preview of a class Krista is teaching at QuiltCon next February.  I don't think I will ever look at a quilt top the same way!  A good part of my weekend was spent quilting a top I had put together just for this workshop.
Fun fun fun!
getting started

always have to have feathers, don't you?
what I got done by the end of the weekend
the back

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network this week,

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Happy quilting!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

where to begin?

Last post, I was just heading off to one of my guilds' quilt show.   It was a great show - around 200 quilts and so much wonderful talent and inspiration!  I was thrilled to find this
pinned to this quilt  Citrus Sisters

This one

and then this!
on   Leaf

Wow!  So cool!  (Sorry folks, I don't take a camera with me to quilt shows, so no in situ pictures)

I made some great progress last weekend on my Tangled Textiles piece - just a peek at my colour selection,

Then this week, I received an email telling me that my CQA - "It's time for colour"  - quilt has sold!
I'm so pleased!

Now, to top it all off I'm headed off this weekend for a 4 day quilting retreat with some fab friends! I'm sure there will be a few IG posts floating around at #LoonLakeQuilters.  Maybe, just maybe, between wine and chatting, I just might get this top pieced together - it has been a wip since April, and I'd like to get it finished and donated.

There are a few other projects packed and ready to go, (okay, so maybe 9 or 10) as you know you never want to run out of things to do!

Hope you have plans for a fabulous weekend, but whatever your plans, make sure you take a minute at 11:00 am on November 11 to remember those that have fought for us all.
Happy quilting! Janet

Friday, October 24, 2014

If you are in the neighbouhood

the traditional guild I belong to is having a quilt show this weekend - with close to 200 quilts on display there is going to be lots of eye candy!

We're at a new location - Maple Creek Middle School in Port Coquitlam, 3700 Hastings St.  (I was going to link to a map for you, but Blogger's giving me grief this morning!)

Hope to see you there!
Happy quilting!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On the road!

The piece I created for the CQA It's Time for Colour! travelling show is now being exhibited at Satin Moon Quilt Shop in Victoria, along with all the other quilts that have been received.

It will be there for the next two weeks before continuing on its journey. If you can't make it to Victoria to see the exhibit,  all the quilts in the travelling show can be seen in a gallery page that is now up on the CQA website - you can check them out here, and see whether the quilt you are interested in is still available for purchase :)  Remember - its for a good purpose - The Children's Wish Foundation.

I said in my last post that I had a finish to show - instead of working on UFOs that have been hanging around - in some cases for years - I was captivated by 6 little improv pieced squares that were sitting around - I showed you them here and here.  Now, it is a finished quilt.  I like it when I can say that!



Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network this week.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The process

Our latest Tangled Textiles challenge involves describing our process as we develop our idea and create our quilt - we didn't have an inspiration theme this time round, and as I'm very much a results oriented designer in that I need to know what I'm working towards, I set myself some parameters - my piece would be wholecloth, involve a mandala and have colour.  Since we are still working to our 16" square format, I think this is plenty for me to incorporate!  My first post was here, and today I've described my design process over on the Tangled Textiles blog.  That is an interesting concept, as I tend to work intuitively, but at least this time I've documented what I did today!

I also have a finish that I'll show off in the next day or so.  I hope you had a wonderful, productive weekend, too!

Happy quilting,

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


After building some momentum on the weekend, I'm trying to keep it going this week, aiming for my twenty minutes a day.

Tonight, I worked on the quilting on this quilt, pieced on the weekend.  As you can see, I'm aiming for some very dense straight line quilting over parts of the quilt, corresponding with the various coloured squares.

So far, I'm really liking it.  I think this is really going to suit this scrappy improv. quilt.  (I do all my straight stitching free motion as I like the flexibility it gives me of stitching in any direction without having to turn the quilt. )

Plus, I started looking through my scraps, at least the ones currently sorted by colour, as opposed to the two big bins of random chunks of fabric that are really scary to look at, with the thought of joining Leanne at She Can Quilt in making a Blended Scraps quilt - see Leanne's tutorial here.  I've wanted to make one of these since I first saw Reflection.  Now, what colours will I use???

Linking up this week to The Needle and Thread Network

and to the first Scraptatstic Tuesday

Happy quilting! Janet