Tuesday 21 December 2010
When I opened the card, a little tissue wrapped packet slipped out. I wonder what's inside?
Sunday 19 December 2010
Tuesday 14 December 2010
For the second Sew and Tell, you'll have to skip over to Gail's blog to see her latest Yuletide Jewel.
Edit: 10 am This picture just in from a friend's iPhone, taken at the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry in Stellarton, N.S. It is very cool to see Canadian Heritage Quilting sharing shelf space with two other Maritime quilt classics. How wonderful!
Sunday 12 December 2010
It took awhile to work our way down the line...
Saturday 4 December 2010
Lynn was working a picot edge on the cuff of her mittens and I decided that would be a nice frilly addition to my wings.
A purple, air soluble marker was used to trace the scallops on the fabric.
Similarly, a cardstock template was made to mark the scrolls on a curvy line up the centre of the plain border.
The picots were repeated along the outer pieced border of the quilt, but other than that the wool batting was given space to plump and pouf and look invitingly soft. Hopefully, the amount of quilting on this piece has reached the perfect balance to rest one's body as well as one's eyes.
Now complete with binding and hanging sleeve, the quilt will wing it's way (pun intended) to Quilter's Connection for the spring issue. Once the editor gives the go ahead, pictures of the full quilt will be posted here.
Monday 29 November 2010
Saturday 27 November 2010
Thursday 25 November 2010
The throat plate that comes with the Bernina (and on most multi-stitch machines) is a versatile one which will accommodate a zigzag or decorative stitch as well as a straight stitch.
Wednesday 24 November 2010
Tuesday 23 November 2010
It would be nice to think that I'm way ahead of myself but alas the opposite is true...!
Saturday 20 November 2010
The festivities began with a light up in Victoria Square in the centre of town. There was a huge turnout gathered around the bandstand as town crier Gerry Randall issued the official declaration to open the season. The mayor said a few words and then flicked a switch turning on all the lights. It was magical.
Friday 19 November 2010
I look forward to seeing what Linda makes next.
If you'd like to make your own Farrago, ask for the pattern at your local quilt shop, or find it online here, #409.
Thursday 18 November 2010
The quilt I am working on with Benartex fabrics is progressing slowly but surely. The blocks are all pieced and joined, and now I've decided a little bit of appliqué is required to add detail to the patchwork. This "little bit of appliqué" involves making 192 circles. I am using Eleanor Burns' method of facing the fabric with interfacing, and cutting a slit in the back to turn. Using the needle-down position on the Bernina in combination with the knee-lift is making the stitching of these circles extra quick. Only 92 more to go...
Tuesday 16 November 2010
Sunday 14 November 2010
Inside the box was this gorgeous new Forever Spring collection by Nancy Halvorson. You can see the whole line on the Benartex website. These soft rose, blue/green and gold fabrics are being worked into a new design for Quilter's Connection Magazine. The issue will be on the stands next spring, at the same time these fabrics reach the stores. The sewing is going well, and today I hope to join the blocks and start adding the borders.