Saturday, 30 October 2010

Off to Quilt Market

We're off to Quilt Market! And we'll catch the first days of the Quilt Festival too!! I've read that the weather will be warm and sunny. Can't wait! We'll have lots to blog about when we get back and I'm sure it won't just be the weather. Have a great week!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Honeysuckle Vine

I decided to use yesterday's momentum to get me going on a UFO that's been ripening...for a few years! This quilt was inspired by a quilt on display at a show put on by one of our local groups, called the Pea Room Quilters. One of the gals had made teddy bear quilt for one of her grand children. The top was pieced out of flannel and it was backed with a good quality fleece. It was the softest quilt I ever felt! I've been using fleece ever since. But this is the first time I've paired it with flannel.
I've used a honeysuckle vine design for the quilting pattern using King Tut #989 Malachite on top and a green pre-wound in the bobbin. Anything with a loop makes it easy to maneuver around the available space. I thought that the leaf pattern would go well with the autumnal colours. I'm waiting for the morning light to take a good photo of the quilting, but meanwhile, here's the line design.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Catching the Bug

My friend Angie caught the quilting bug. Well, actually the piecing bug and the fabric bug too!It's such a good infection! I made a quilt for her daughters and now Angie has pieced a quilt for her sister's new baby boy. She's been collecting fabrics that a little boy might like and completed piecing her first top. I offered to quilt it for her. After feeling guilty for several weeks for not getting round to it, I finally got the kids to set up the frame after Church today, and it was done in an hour and a half! Oh the joy of a finished project!!

I've used this fun variegated King Tut #921 Cleopatra on top. I love this thread, especially with the bright colourful fabrics that Angie has used here. I've just quilted hearts and loops, a good pattern for favourite things. Angie's mum is fond of hearts too. I think that baby quilts are really about blessing mums and grans.This little quilt has bright red non pil fleece for a backing. I've used red pre-wounds in the bobbin. This creates a lovely texture on the back and it's soft and cuddly too. The pre-wounds hold so much thread - I only had to change the bobbin once. Now I feel great, I've done the quilt and blogged about it all in the same afternoon.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

The Post Office

One of the best parts of my day, is finding out where I'm going to post the next DVD to. La Mer is going to so many exciting places; all over America, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and Iceland, not to mention England, Scotland and Wales. So far this week, my favourite places are Hawaii and Maryland. Hawaii because I've wanted to go there ever since our 5th grade class project and Maryland because that's my home state.

As much as I am interested in where the DVD's are going to, I thought that perhaps it might be fun for you all to see where the DVD's are posted from. So here it is, our village post office, which is just a tiny add on to the tiny village shop which is an add on to our village pub. No matter where they end up, here's where they get posted from; the Martin Village Post Office.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Heading to Houston!

I haven't been doing much blogging lately, but life has been full and busy! We've had a nasty computer virus that caused quite a bit of trouble for a couple of weeks. We've been busy getting the show orders filled and shipped. And we've gotten kids packed and transported to university. Now, we're getting ready to go to Houston, for the Biggest Quilt Show Ever! Yes, we are excited.