Sunday, January 19, 2014

Second Hand Clothes

I followed Nicole's lead over at Sister's Choice and I dug out my Second Hand Clothes pattern by Red Crinoline Quilts as well as my Metropolitan Fair fat quarter bundle and started cutting.
I loved the bundle and I loved this pattern.  It was fast and easy and fun, with some great looking results.

I added one more row making this quilt 93" square.  I had an inch and a half left of the ivory fabric, so I guess it was meant to be!  Mattresses are too thick these days for a 85" wide quilt.

and finally

It isn't yet sewn together in rows, but its ready. 
Our guild also met this past week.  Most of us worked an expanding duffle bag.

Christa's Canadian Wow bag
 And we also had a few show and tells
Jane's wall hanging

Colleen's baby quilt
Colleen's baby quilt  #2

Christa and Terry's collaboration

Christa's Hoffman Challenge

Thanks for stopping by.  Next guild is scheduled for January 30, 2014.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Let's see if I remember how to do this...

Now where do I start from?  Harvest?  The start of another year of Guild?  Christmas?  New Years?

Harvest.  We finished on November 28th!  Corn is way to hard on this girl's nerves!

Guild.  I think I've been there three times, maybe four, but didn't bring my camera, so not much to share on that front.  Although I did make it to our Christmas Dinner and made this very cute Pearl Louise Snowman wall hanging for fellow guild member, Maryann.
I could have made twenty of these for Christmas presents!  Next year.

I also made Clover.  I keep up with the Year of Schnibbles parades as showcased on A Quilting Life and Pink Pincushion Blogs each and every month and I couldn't turn November down when I saw Clover.
Terry's beautiful quilting
I added one more row as well as the outer two borders.  I sent Clover out east to Ottawa for a baby who should be here in about three months from now.

Christmas.  Our family was away for the first time in 19 years.  My four kids have never been away.  We headed 1200 miles south east to Bellevue, Iowa.  It is right on the Mississippi River.
The Mighty Mississippi and Illinois hills in the background
Bellevue is one of the oldest towns in Iowa (I think) and so full of history and gorgeous buildings that we simply don't have here in Saskatchewan.
North's 1848 12, 000 sq foot mansion
I got to tour this almost fully renovated three story Bellevue landmark.  Simply Stunning!!  Abraham Lincoln would stay in this house before he was president.  The view from that third story widow's walk was breath taking.
Side of house

Solarium/ Breakfast area with a 20 ft. Christmas tree
Penny, the owner had a Christmas tree in EVERY window in the house so the house absolutely shone at night.  So pretty!  I'm guessing that she had over 50 trees in their house.

And on main street in downtown Bellevue is a cute little quilt store that stocks many fossil ferns and many unique fabrics that I haven't seen before.

Hand painted mural flanking the front door
Jo, the owner, just had double knee replacement

Jo used to house her fabric in beautiful antique glass door cabinets.

Jo's hand quilting

I bought a pattern and some bright, unique fabric to make a bag.  I think Christa would have found something in here as Jo's favorite color is purple.

Our boys had a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch an NHL Blackhawks game from their Alumni sky box.  Too cool!
8 stories above the ice
Lastly, here's me and my family on Christmas Eve before Church.
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I have a grade 12er this year!  Where does the time go?

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

First Guild of the New Year

Though not many made it out with this bitter cold,
 
here are some of the works showcased at Guild...
 
Narrie's Leaves in Pastels...
 
 
Narrie hand quilted it!!
 


Colleen's Nativity Runner

 
Cute little buttons...
 
 
If anyone sees these on sale anywhere... Call Colleen!!
She would like to make a few more sets but not at 42$/set of buttons!!

 
Colleen also finished this quilt for a grand niece who was just born...

 
Sorry... it's such a small picture..
 
it won't allow me to make it bigger without you thinking you have cataracts!!

 
Colleen kept with the chevron theme with the quilting.....

 
Narrie was working on another tree skirt like this one she made before Christmas...

 
Vernell was putting all the blocks together on this beauty....

 

 
I have seen this quilt in many colors but the autumn colors are amazing!!
 
I finally got my Nickle quilt finished from 6 years ago!!
 
I didn't have any love for this one and forced myself to get it done.

 
It was a productive day of laughs and friendship!!
 
See you January 16th, 2014
 
 
Christa
(for the guild)