The first snows of winter

The first snows of winter
Beauty!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kantha Quilting and a Winner

I am just back from my two day Kantha Quilting class with Anna Hergert and I am tired right out.  Workshops are so intense as you try to absorb as much as you can and spend lots of time creating while having lots of fun! But because I am tired I am not going to tell you much about Kantha Quilting.  The bare bones – it is a style of hand stitching that originates in India and environs.  It was traditionally used to secure several layers of worn saris so that they could be used for other functions. 

Here is my practice piece that I worked on

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And here is my main piece, started this morning.  I started out predicting it would take me three years to finish this but by the end of the day I had revised that time frame to one year.

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My current plan is to put a stitched border around the piece and to fill in the background with Kantha stitches to make channels.  You can see what I mean by channels in my practice piece.  I also plan to use embellishments on this piece.

So now on to the big news…..  The winner of the giveaway from Sew Sisters Blogathon Canada is …

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Marnie  November 21, 2014 at 6:34 AM  Thanks for sharing

(Yup.   I had to make up little pieces of paper and put them in a bag, since people could enter on more than one post…)  I’ve sent Marnie an email requesting her address info.

That’s all I have to tell you today.  Hope your Tuesday morning is bright and sunny. Smile

Janet

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Today is Day 6

Welcome to the last day of Blogathon Canada brought to you by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop in the metropolis of Toronto, Canada.

Did I tell you about Sew Sisters?  They have a brick and mortar shop in Toronto and an on-line store at the link above.  They stock Kona solids, lots of beautiful modern fabics, a Canadiana line called Stonehenge which is awesome, and lots of other lovely fabrics.  The prices are good, the service is better and every once in a while they have a free shipping in Canada event.  And they have been hosting this awesome Canadian blogathon for the last three years.  Check them out!

The host bloggers for today are

Lorna from Ontario at Sew Fresh Quilts

Sandy from Ontario at Upstairs Hobby Room

They will have more giveaways, and lists of Ontario bloggers for you to check out.  And there will be another giveaway on the Sew Sisters blog.

Thank you again to the sponsors!  Robert Kaufman, Timeless Treasures, Camelot Fabrics, Northcott and Aurifil.

I have created a monster for myself, having such an awesome giveaway.  And deciding that I had to respond to the commenters and check out their blogs!  Oh well…  There have been quite a few no reply commenters.  If you check and find out that you are one of them, you can email me your contact info.  Don’t leave another comment – I won’t accept your info update that way. 

A few people asked about the arrow blocks.  I made these for one of our participants in the Canadians Quilt Bee on Flickr.  This might be a closed group – I’m not sure.  Anyway here is the link to the tutorial we used.  It is from Carla at Grace and Favour blog.  And it is pieced, not paper pieced, and is actually quite easy to make.

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This is what our weather has been like.  We are waiting patiently for more snow and colder temperatures!

Janet

Friday, November 21, 2014

It is Day 5–MY Day!!

Hi there everyone.  Welcome to Blogathon Canada brought to you by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop in the metropolis of Toronto, Canada. 

Today is my day to participate in the blogathon along with Josée, from Québec, who blogs at The Charming NeedlePlease be sure to check out her blog and giveaway and the links to other Québec quilt bloggers that she will share with you.

And on Sew Sisters blog today there is an awesome giveaway from Timeless Treasures.

I am a wife, mother and work-a-holic in my early sixties.  (Dang that job!)  My three daughters have all flown the coop and settled into lives of their own.  Two of them live  about an hour away.  The third one (you may have heard me whine about this before) lives at the other end of the country, in Newfoundland.  And Canada is a big country!   I have three grandchildren; one granddaughter and a grandson live nearby, and then there is the granddaughter in Newfoundland. 

I have loved sewing since I was a young girl.  I love textiles and threads and all the trims and how you can make beautiful things with your hands and a needle.  I started quilting about 7 or 8 years ago and I really love how creative a medium it is.  I make traditional quilts and mug rugs and bags and pin cushions and…. My favourite part of quilting is taking bits and pieces of fabric and playing with them to come up with an individual creation.  I only wish I had more time for play.   

I have one piece of sewing that I want to show you today.   In October my daughter and her family came to visit for almost three weeks.  My daughter arrived with a “project” that she wanted me to help her with.  This is what we made…

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For those who don’t recognize this it is Elsa’s dress.  Elsa is the queen in Frozen, the latest popular Disney movie.  And wearing it is my granddaughter J, from Newfoundland.

The thing about making this dress…. see that sparkly fabric in the bodice.  Well it is some kind of stretch fabric with thick sequins on it and MY SEWING MACHINE WOULD NOT SEW IT!  So every seam that touched the bodice had to be sewn by hand.  And believe me, every piece of the dress touches the bodice.  It was an interesting, but long project.

Please check out my earlier posts to see some of my other sewing projects.

I am the representative blogger for Canada’s territories. 

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See the red, yellow and blue areas across the top of the map.  That is the area I represent.  It is an area of about 3,500,000 square kilometres.  That is a lot of space.  The combined population of the three territories is… about 107,000.  That means that each person has 32 or more square kilometres to roam around in.  Now mind you a lot of it is barrenland, ice and bush.  But here is my point.  I have two, just two, other quilting bloggers to share with you from the territories.  And they both live within an hour of me…  So please make sure you visit them.

Quilting Under the Midnight Sun

http://www.quiltingunderthemidnightsun.blogspot.ca/

A Geeky Crafty Life

http://fignie.blogspot.ca/

Enough prattling.  It is time to get on with my giveaway.  Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is providing this lovely fat quarter bundle for my giveaway.  Too bad I can’t win it!!

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The giveaway is open internationally.  It will be open until midnight my time on November 23rd and I will announce the winner on November 24th.  If you are a no reply blogger make sure that you leave your email address.  If I can’t contact you, then you cannot win. 

To enter my giveaway please leave a comment on any of my posts for Blogathon Canada.  The others can be found here, here, here and here.  If you leave a comment on more than one post, you will be entered more than once. Smile 

Don’t forget that all the giveaways for Blogathon Canada will be open through the 23rd so if you have missed any please go back and check them out.  And check out the giveaways on Sew Sisters blog as well.

And please come back and visit me again. SmileSmileSmile

Janet

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Today is Day 4

of Blogathon Canada hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop!

And the blogs for today are:

Heather from Saskatchewan at Peace.Love.Quilt

Lori from Manitoba at Night Owl Quilting

And once again, don’t forget to check out Sew Sisters blog because they will have an awesome giveaway as well. 

This evening I went to a trunk show with Anna Hergert.  She is an art quilter from Saskatchewan, who is here in the Yukon to teach some classes.  The photos on her website don’t do justice to her work.  It is stunning!  I signed up for the second class, which is on Sunday and Monday.  After seeing the trunk show I am regretful that I won’t be at the first class on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  But I am swamped at work and just can’t afford to take the time off.  Dang that job anyway!

Anna gave me permission to take photos and to put them on my blog as long as I acknowledged her.  I can’t say that my photos really portray the intricacy and beauty of her pieces, but I’ll show a couple of them anyway.

Can you guess what this piece portrays? It is called Alberta Night Sky.

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This one is called Memories of Italy ll.

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She uses an amazing array of fabrics, papers, man made materials, paints etc. in her work.  I am awesomely inspired.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is MY day in the Blogathon and I will have my own fantastic giveaway going on.  I hope to see you then.

Janet

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It is Day 3

of Blogathon Canada hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop!

The blogs to visit today are:

Kelsey from Alberta  Everyday Fray

Leanne from Alberta  She Can Quilt

And don’t forget to check out Sew Sisters blog because they will have another awesome giveaway as well. 

My daughter informs me that people in Newfoundland don’t consider it to be a “Maritime province”.  They are okay with Atlantic, but Maritime just won’t do.  I haven’t had time yet to look through all the blogs from yesterday to see if there are any from Newfoundland.  I hope there are.

I have been very behind with my October blocks for the Canadians Quilt swap.  I guess you can tell how behind I am since they are October blocks.  I couldn’t  see a moment in the next week when I could get them done, so I came home from work today and MADE myself work on them.  They were easier than I thought they would be.  So here are two arrow blocks which are on their way to Saskatoon tomorrow…

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I’ll see you tomorrow when I’ll be back to let you know which blogs you should check out for Thursday!

Janet

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It is Day 2

of Blogathon Canada hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop!

The blogs for today are:

Linda from the Maritimes

Linda from the Maritimes

Tee hee.  Yes there are two Lindas and two blogs.  For those of you who don’t live in Canada, the Maritimes refers to Canada’s four “maritime” provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.  They are on the east coast of Canada.  Very far away from where I live.  My middle daughter and her husband and my granddaughter live in Newfoundland.  On the very most eastern point of Canada.  I live almost at the most western point of Canada.  …. Oh yes you are waiting for the blog links…

Linda from Scrapmaster

Linda from Stitch Lines

Remember they will each have links to lots of interesting Canadian (maritime Canada) blogs.  And they will each have an awesome giveaway.  And check out Sew Sisters blog because they will have another awesome giveaway as well. 

Today I finished my November hexie flowers for the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.  They will be winging their way to Simone in Australia. 

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See you tomorrow for an update on the day’s blogs in Blogathon Canada.

Janet

Monday, November 17, 2014

It is Day 1

of the Blogathon hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop!  Sew Sisters is located in North Toronto, Ontario and I actually got to visit the store in person last year! 

The blogs for today are:

Stacey from British Colombia   Stacey in Stitches

Jessica from British Colombia  Momiji Studio

I’m going to check out Stacey and Jessica’s blogs and I hope you do too!  They will tell you about themselves and what they like to create.  And they will both have a giveaway from one of our sponsors.  Smile 

Robert Kaufman

           Timeless Treasures             

                           Camelot Fabrics

                                          Northcott

                                                    Aurifil

There will also be a great giveaway from Timeless Treasures on the Sew Sisters blog so check them out as well.

Edited to add:  I think that there is actually a giveaway on Sew Sisters blog every day of the blogathon.  Sweet!

When I told you about my month of September last week I forgot to mention the quilt retreat that I went to.  Three days of sewing and fun in beautiful Haines Junction.  I didn’t take any pictures….  but I can show you some of what I worked on.

A wee bit of quilting…. I hope to have another finish to show off soon!!

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I finished the third panel on my Three Cat Stories Quilt.  This one was started in …..2010…  It isn’t quite done yet.  I am still going to put a border on it, but I am aiming to give it away at Christmas so I had best get on with it!

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And I put some more of my postage stamps blocks together…. There is a long way to go on this quilt as this is at most a quarter of what I need.  But it does go together quickly once I work on it. 

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That’s all for today.  I’ll be back tomorrow to remind you which blogs to check out for the day.

Janet

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I Have a Finish!!

I feel ecstatic!!  It has been so long since I completed a quilt and this one has been in the works for more than two years.  In fact I completed this quilt TOP more than two years ago!

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The pattern, by Buttonhole Quilt Design is called “Log Chute Quilt” although I have been telling everyone that it is a Sunshine and Shadows version of a log cabin quilt.

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The finished quilt is 80 by 90 inches.

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The big hold up for me was figuring out a way to quilt this gigantic monster.  I finally sent it to a long arm quilter, Dianne Gale, in Whitehorse.  The quilting is an continuous flower design.  The quilting thread is blue both top and bottom.  At first I asked her to use a red thread but then I decided that I had spent so much time piecing the darn thing that I didn’t want to cover up the quilt blocks with thread. 

This quilt is for DD # 3.  I struggled with a name for the quilt.  This is what I came up with.

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Fabrics used: blues: FLEUR-C by Timeless Treasures, an unnamed blue batik, Hi Lily, Hi Lo by South Sea Imports; greens: Festive Foliage for Robert Kaufman, Krystal by Michael Miller and Designer Essential Harmony for Robert Kaufman.  The back is Shadow Play, a flannel by Maywood Studio.

I am giving away this pattern – I won’t ever make it again.  If you would like to have it please leave me a comment saying so.  If there is more than one person that would like it, I will draw a name. 

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Woo Hoo!!

Janet

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

So… what have I been doing?

Saying I have been busy doesn’t really tell you anything about what I’ve been up to, does it?  Okay – I’ll give you some details…

First, I have to say that I have been very busy at work.  I keep thinking that my work life will slow down as I get closer to retirement, but that isn’t the case.  But I am not going to talk about work….

Our weather early in the fall was a continuation of our summer weather.  Rainy, grey, but not too cold.  In September we had a visit from a friend and spent a weekend with her at my sister’s cabin.  Despite the rain we went boating…

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Another weekend we did a big outdoor clean-up for my friend Linda… Lots of truck loads went to the dump….

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I harvested and ate lots of yummy vegies from my garden.  I also did some canning… here we have peach jam and high bush cranberry jelly….and maple syrup.  I got three gallons of it and put it into quart jars.

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The weather improved through the month.  We had some lovely warm and sunny days…. this is mid September…

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Did I do ANY sewing?  I made these hexies for my September swap partner in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.

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Any other sewing moments were spent working on my own hexagon quilt.  Here is proof that I actually do work on it sometimes although this photo is recent.…

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Hmm…. It doesn’t sound that busy ….  I’ll be back to tell you about October.

See you soon,

Janet

Monday, November 3, 2014

Blogathon Canada 2014 from Sew Sisters is coming!

I know I have been missing from blogging for a while now.  Life has been incredibly busy and I haven’t had much time for sewing.  A little bit of time… but not much. I received an e-mail last week asking if I would participate in Sew Sisters blogathon again this year and I quickly agreed, knowing that this could be a way to get me jump-started back into blogging.  So without further ado….

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Once again for the third year Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is hosting the Canadian Quilters Connect blogathon and yours truly is a participant!

Each day there will be two bloggers from across Canada telling you about their blogs and the sewing and quilting that they love to do.  There will be links to other Canadian blogs from that region of Canada.  And there will be giveaways Smile  from our sponsors…

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 Edited to add….

We have two more sponsors!!

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To join the party – if you are a blogger in any of Canada’s territories and you would like to have a link to your blog in my post on November 21st please write to connect@sew-sisters.com and your blog will be added to the list.  (Your blog must be about quilting or crafting to be eligible.)  For more information about the blogathon please check out this post on the Sew Sisters blog.

And make sure you check out all the host bloggers on their special days.  Here is the line up

Monday, November 17

Stacey from British Colombia   Stacey in Stitches

Jessica from British Colombia  Momiji Studio

 

Tuesday, November 18

Linda from the Maritimes  Scrapmaster

Linda from the Maritimes  Stitch Lines   (yes there are two Lindas Smile)

 

Wednesday, November 19

Kelsey from Alberta  Everyday Fray

Leanne from Alberta  She Can Quilt

 

Thursday, November 20

Heather from Saskatchewan  Peace.Love.Quilt

Lori from Manitoba  Night Owl Quilting

 

Friday, November 21

Josée from Québec  The Charming Needle

Janet from the territories  Caribou Crossing Chronicles (that’s me Smile)

 

Saturday, November 22

Lorna from Ontario  Sew Fresh Quilts

Sandy from Ontario  Upstairs Hobby Room


I’m excited!!  I hope that you are able to check out all the host bloggers and lots of other Canadian blogs during the Blogathon!

Janet

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I am still alive!

It has almost been a month since I last posted!  I keep putting it on my to-do list and not getting around to it – it has been incredibly busy around here…

We went camping with friends one weekend.  The dog and I did a little kayaking…

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And some of us went on a long hike to Round Lake (which isn’t round, it’s long and narrow…

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My granddaughter had her 10th birthday!  We played silly games…

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And did tie dying… (that is  the 10 year old on the right in the photo, looking very efficient and grown up…)

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DD # 3 has been to visit a couple of times and we took the dogs for walks…

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I have done only a very small amount of sewing…

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A second round of hexies on one of my flowers, two tessellating cat blocks for my Paper Piecing swap partner, two hexie flowers for my Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap partner and a woven block for my Canadians Quilt partner…

And… it is my month in the Canadians Quilt swap so I had to make a sample block.  I have asked for a Union Jack block, using this free pattern on Craftsy by Tracy Jay Quilts.  I got my inspiration for using colourful fabric from Postcards from Panama blog.

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That is all I have to report.  It is fall here.  There is snow on the mountains – see my new header photo.  I am super busy at work, but we are off on a camping adventure this weekend with a friend who is visiting, I have a quilt retreat coming up in three weeks and then DD # 2 and her hubby and daughter come for a visit in a month from now.  Lots of fun to look forward to! 

Janet

Thursday, August 7, 2014

52 week photo challenge

The word for this (last) week is fan.  This is the fan in my greenhouse that blows the air around and keeps the plants from overheating.  Even though it isn’t that hot here it can get really hot in the greenhouse during the day – like 42 C.

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I can tell it was hot this day as I had the window open.  You can see I have lots of weeds in my greenhouse.  They grow like crazy in the heat.  And I don’t mind them as long as they stay out of my plant beds.  Isn’t it cool how you can see the fan is going around.

Janet

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Friday Night With Friends Report

Well my sewing started on Thursday night so I was keeping company with the Aussie participants. Smile  And then it ended this morning…. – keeping company only with myself…

I put second rounds on two more hexie flowers.  These ones are busy and bright!  I photographed them on the grass to try and give an impression of what they will look like when they have the green hexie pathways in between.  But I don’t think it really gives the idea.

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I have learnt that it is tricky using directional fabric on second round hexies.  I cut and basted the yellow hexies a couple of months ago, then couldn’t quite figure out how to make them look good as a second round.  In the end I think this way works.  The inner flower kind of looks like a big star floating in the galaxy.  Okay… I have a good imagination. Smile

I hope you had a great FNWF.  Check everyone’s progress out here.

Janet