Sew Karen-ly Created...

If you have arrived here via a link (such as to a tutorial) click on "Sew Karen-ly Created" to return to the latest blog post. I invite you to my website to see a gallery of quilts and patterns available for purchase. The picture above shows "In The Summertime" made with gorgeous Hoffman watercolours. The pattern can be downloaded here, or ordered from my website. Comments are always appreciated, simply click the word "comments" at the end of each post to leave your message. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Moving Forward

While most folks slow down for the summer, around here things get ramped up in the planning department. New ideas are set in place, both for designs and business goals.  The fall is like starting a new semester in quilting and like every student, I've been buying school supplies. I've added a wide format scanner, with an 11 x 17 bed, something I have wanted for a long time.  It makes it so easy when larger pattern pieces don't need to be cut apart.  It joins service with my wide format printer (both taking up a lot of room, so they need to work hard to justify their presence!)
I've placed a couple of projects for publication (Quilter's Connection, and The American Quilter) and will share details on those soon. Fall workshops are set-up, new partnerships have been forged, and I've even decided to vend at a show or two.  Sales of both books - Quilting Beauties and Canadian Heritage Quilting - have been very steady and I thank you for that. More news in the next post!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Unconventional But Effective

If you have trouble top-stitching on the very, very edge of your fabric, try using your zipper foot next time! With the needle moved all the way to the right, you can line up the edge of the foot with the edge of your work, while the needle nestles in that little bite.  A bonus is that the foot remains totally on the fabric, holding it in place. Straight stitching every time!

Try it, and see what you think!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Christmas In July

Five months from today is The Big Day and many quilters are starting their holiday projects now.  If you are one of those organized souls, here are a selection of designs which may inspire you. Above, is The Beauty Of Christmas which can be used on the wall, the table, or under the tree.  You can find that pattern here.
Placemats are a popular gift;  the free instructions for making these are here on my blog.
 Woodland Tree Skirt makes a pretty addition to your Christmas decor.
The pattern may be downloaded by following this link.
A Christmas quilt is so pretty and this one is great to use up leftover bits and bobs of fabrics. It is aptly named "Gift Scrapped". 
The pattern includes directions for a runner...
and placemats. You can download the pattern for "Gift Scrapped" here.
  This Simply Santa© Tablerunner is the epitome of quick and  easy.
 You can download the pattern here:
 Don't forget the matching Santa Sacks to hold your special gifts.
 Santa Baby ornaments were a huge hit last year!  Find the free directions on my blog here.
Of course you need special boxes to wrap everything in as well.  The free instructions are here.
More gift bags:
These are reusable and last for many years. The patterns are on my website.
Hopefully this will give you lots of motivation to get started.  Only 5 months to go!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Quilt Knit Stitch!

The Ruby Jubilee Red & White exhibit will be travelling to Portland, Oregon in August.  If you are headed that way, have a look for my Log Canada quilt!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Here and There

We've been enjoying a bit of summer vacation.  A trip up the Acadien Peninsula in New Brunswick was in order, as the lighthouse at Miscou Island has long been on the bucket list.  We packed up the Stuffle to go...
...and then had to unpack one large item: Polly.  She wasn't happy being left behind.
It's a lovely drive up the shore, and we enjoyed it a great deal - quiet roads and beautifully kept properties.  Everyone was so friendly, and we enjoyed delicious fare including lots of seafood.
The lighthouse at Miscou Island is MASSIVE.

We strolled along the sandy beach and dipped our toes in the waters of the Bay of Chaleur. That morning, we were the only visitors and had the place to ourselves.
The lighthouse is a National Historic Site and open to the public, so we climbed to the top.
We had to duck down and squeeze through this half door to get out onto the railed deck. 

 The view was peaceful.
We visited the other two islands in the area, including Île Lamèque where the Ste-Cécile Church is located.
Although the church is plain on the outside, every inch of it is decorated on the inside. The story is that when the church was built, the interior wood was treated with linseed oil. Over time, the oil turned the wood a very ugly black. Something needed to be done, so the priest and a helper set about painting the interior of the church.
Instead of just using one colour, they used a vibrant palette and made this church truly a unique work of art.



The doors of the church are left open for visitors and there were many there. It's really something to see.

 Here are the two artists:

We saw many huge churches in each small community, including this one in Pacquetville, singer Edith Butler's town.
 We visited a new distillery, Fils Du Roy...
 ...and were given a tour of the premises.
 Their copper vats were made to order by hand in Portugal.

Then we enjoyed delicious rappie pie to finish up the trip!

Now it's back to work!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Jeanne Kay's Quilt Of Learning

Some time back, Jeanne Kaye Speight of Fredericton shared a picture of her recently completed Quilt Of Learning top. It's now back from the long-armer and ready to gift to a soon-to-arrive first grandson. Doesn't it look cuddly?
Jeanne Kaye backed her quilt in minkee so it will be extra soft.  She chose a quilting design of crayons, stitched in a soft turquoise thread.  Perfect! I can only imagine how excited Jeanne Kaye is to wrap that baby in her quilt.

The pattern for Quilt of Learning may be downloaded here or purchased from my website. Congratulations, Jeanne Kaye - both on the quilt, and the grand baby!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Expo-Couvertes 2015

The huge quilt show you don't want to miss!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Not Our Bees

We have been enjoying some much needed vacation time, but we did answer a rather frantic call to remove a bee swarm in Fenwick one afternoon - the home owners were terrified.  I thought you might enjoy seeing what we saw:
The swarm was huge, and in a great location for capture (no ladders needed!). The problem was that it had been there several hours by the time we were called, and the scout bees were in the process of calling the others to follow when we got there.
Regardless, Hubby set out a nuc box and gave the branches a shake in hopes that the queen might be enticed to stay.
  It didn't work, and the bees flew off en masse to the new spot the scouts had found.
As much as we would have liked, they were not to be our bees.