Tuesday 29 March 2011
Monday 28 March 2011
Saturday 26 March 2011
Thursday 24 March 2011
Tuesday 15 March 2011
Aren't they festive? I find string blocks so appealing. Because of all the scraps, there are never two alike and as Rosa notes, varying the width of the strips too can give a totally new look. They are a wonderful way to use up little leftover bits that don't fit anywhere else. Check out Linda's new string quilt here.
Rosa writes that once these are quilted, she is making two more sets as her neighbour saw them and wants a set too. (isn't that how it goes?! :) Rosa, I wish I were as efficient as you in getting Christmas things sewn in March. Great job! I hope you will send pictures of your next ones to share also.
Sunday 13 March 2011
The fields en route to the apiary are flooded. Not sure how the farmer will reach this hay barn as the road is completely underwater.
The only bad news was I had to climb back over that fence on the way back...
Friday 11 March 2011
Houston, Paducah, Quilt Canada... I feel like I'm running the Triple Crown :)
Wednesday 9 March 2011
This quilt was designed to celebrate our Canadian heritage inspired by a line from our national anthem, O Canada: "With Glowing Hearts, We See Thee Rise". Pieced hearts are linked in the fashion of Olympic rings with the colours chosen to represent blue for our water, sky and French heritage; black for Cape Breton coal and Alberta oil; red for the maple leaf on our flag; green for our lush forests; golden tan for wheat, maple syrup and Yukon gold. The background fabric, designed by Robyn Pandolph, and features printed words to O Canada. Maples leaves and fleur-de-lis motifs are quilted in, along with the words "With Glowing Hearts We See Thee Rise" stitched in the bottom border.
"With Glowing Hearts" also appears in a fun online promotion by The Canadian Quilter's Association. You can see several quilts with patriotic themes posted here. If you feel inclined to vote, my "With Glowing Hearts" is #22, you can scroll to the bottom to click "yes" and keep scrolling to click "submit". Voting continues to March 20 and is just for fun.
Tuesday 8 March 2011
One of the projects featured is my Fandango quilt, which I have shown snippets of here while it was in progress. Now I am pleased to be able to show the whole thing. It is pictured here spread out on my great-grandmother Christina Patterson's treadle machine.
The butterfly bodies which are added by appliqué are simple to make, using freezer paper and starch to turn under the edges.
Sunday 6 March 2011
Looking back, it appeared Big Foot was close on our heels!