Friday, December 24, 2010

Me at the Nov. retreat. Merry Christmas to everyone. All the best in the coming New Year.
Hard to believe it is the day before Christmas already. I am off work for 5 days and hope to enjoy them and hopefully get some sewing done. I do have alot of reorganization to do as well but I need to get a few gifts made. A late wedding and baby quilt for 2 things.

Monday, December 6, 2010

These are 2 blocks that I learned how to make at retreat. I may do a whole quilt of them. You start with a 12 inch block and cut into 4 triangles. There is a template the draw on the main fabric and then you foundation sew on strips of any width.
I use these pieces as my tags to start and stop sewing on other items that I am quilting/sewing. I quite like the look of them. I just have to decide on the foundation fabric to make a whole quilt.
Wow, it's already the 6th of Dec. Where has the time gone.
I'm blog hopping at the moment with Henry Glass Designs. It has been fun and I've alot more patterns now. Interesting reading all of the blogs involved as well.
Merry Christmas to everyone. Happy quilting

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I don't think that I've posted this yet. Hopefully not. Birthday block I made for Patti B. Another that I completed at the retreat. I quite enjoyed making this one.
I've not sewn much since. Got to get back to that. I did the hand sewing for my secret guild pal for our Christmas party. Will have to take a picture and post it soon.
Happy quilting.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

This is "basket weave" The block is done for Bobbi G as her birthday block in our swap. This one did up really quickly. I will definately be doing this one again.

This is the birthday block for Jean T. ....Nov. 24.....called Castle in the Air. This one was ok to do. I like the look of it when finished.
It is very cold this morning. Minus 41 with the wind chill. That is cold. Not sure if the buses will run for school. Temp before wind chill is minus 31. My smart car was out of the garage yesterday/overnight and it started this morning. Dave drove it to work yesterday to try it in the snow and it wasn't too bad. So he is off to Edmonton for a few days and has decided to take it. He left at 6:20 this morning.
I'm staying home again today. I don't need groceries that badly. I have to go to work tomorrow so that is soon enough. I will shop before work. There is one grocery store open till 11pm and if I need to, I will go there after work at 9:30pm
Have a good day everyone.

Monday, November 22, 2010

This block is the birthday block, very late one, that I made for Ruth E. on my quilt imagination group. I like the look of it but it took over 3 hours to make. Don't think that I will be making it again any time soon.

Happy quilting. more pictures soon.

This was outside the back door of the lodge we stayed at for our quilt retreat on Friday morning. It was very cold and we received alot of snow last week.
I arrived at the retreat about 9:30am and got to sew all day Friday, Sat. and Sun till 2pm Boy was it fun. Got alot done and learned alot too.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's been awhile since I've posted. I seem to get busy and forget. Well , finally here is a picture of the quilt I made for my Dad.
This is the front. I put flannel on the back. I did a rag quilt. Should be warm. He is going through chemo for cancer of the esphagus.
I'm headed for a quilting retreat weekend tomorrow morning. Spent the day sorting and organizing what to take. So much to do so little time. It will be fun though.
Happy quilting, Carol

Saturday, October 30, 2010

This pattern is made by Lorraine Stagness. She lives south of Strathmore and has a shop in her home and online.
Our guild has taken part in her quilt show and will be again this summer.

The above quilt was on display this past summer.
I just spent 3 nights in Edmonton at my nurses union agm. It was get. The 5 speakers that they had were all interesting.
I went as an observer and quite enjoyed everything. Cold in the mornings. minus 10 one morning. Alot of fog on another morning. Great banquet on Wed. evening as well.

Happy Quilting

Saturday, October 16, 2010

This picture is of the Ricky Timms convergence pattern. I took a class a few months ago and really enjoyed it. This is just the top and I still haven't gotten it any further at the moment. I'm not sure if I want to make it any bigger or not.
I was a little behind in my birthday block swap so I just finished 2 of the 3 that I needed to do. They are now ready to mail. The last one will be late too if I don't get it done this week early. So that is my next goal.
I finally finished my rag quilt for my dad but haven't washed it yet to rag it.
Happy quilting to everyone

Monday, October 4, 2010

This picture is of a birthday block done for a swap that I'm in. It has already been sent and now I see a problem. Too late.
Don't know why I didn't see it before.
I just finished the quilt I was making for my dad. He has been undergoing treatment for cancer of the esphagus. Now I just have to figure out the best way to sent it. He lives near Ottawa and I am near Calgary. I haven't taken a picture yet. If it is nice out tomorrow maybe I'll hang it on the clothes line and get a picture.
Happy quilting everyone.

Friday, October 1, 2010

quilt show pic

Here is another picture from a quilt show I attended this past summer. Hope you enjoy seeing it.
I'm in the middle of trying to get a rag quilt finished and I have discovered Inklingo and want to do some
english paper piecing using her method and with papers I am quite excited about it. But no time yet.

give away Oct. 1

Hi everyone. Well, there were not very many in this giveaway. Maybe that's because I didn't say what I was giving away.
I'll have to do better next time. There were only 3 comments and I was an answer that I put in so there are only 2 possible winners.
I decided I will send a small gift to each of the commenters. Thank you for your comments and interest.
Carolyn in NC and Just me are the 2 luck winners. I will comment on your blogs to ask for your mailing addresses so I can send my gift. Awaiting your reply.
Happy quilting,

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Here is another giveaway. The deadline is Sept. 22. Give it a try.\:)Carol

giveaway info
This is a giveaway on the above site. The deadline is Sept. 30. So hurry and check it out.:)Carol

This is a picture of a birthday block I made for a member of a swap.

I just tried some english paper piecing and really like doing it. I'll have to get some pictures done.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

200th post

This quilt was at a quilt show I attended this summer. Just thought that I'd post some as I don't have anything of my own to post at the moment.

Wow, it's taken a long time but here it is I'm at 200 for posting. I should do something about that shouldn't I.
Ok , I will have a giveaway. I'll have to think about the prize but there will be one. I'll look later this weekend.
We are moving my son into residence today so when I have time later I'll come up with a prize. In the mean time
please leave a comment and your name will go in the draw. The draw date will be Oct. 1, 2010

So hope you are all having a quilting good time. See you again soon.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

This is a picture from my guild show and tell. Thought I'd share some with you.
I was working evenings on Wed. but got a 6:15am phone call to see if I'd work days today. I did and now I'm home. It was surprisingly a good day even if I was short shifted. Now I'm off for the weekend. Next day of work is Wed. So I'm happy.
We move my son into residence this Sunday. Daughter started grade 12 on Tues. Another year has begun. Hoping to get some more quilting done this weekend. I am really interested in doing some english paper piecing soon. I've been researching it. Guess that's all for now.
Happy quilting.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hi, boy the time is passing. Jenn starts grade 12 on Tues. Aug. 31. Another year and her last in high school.
The picture here is a runner I made for a coworker that got married this weekend. The shower was some time ago, while it July, it seems a long time ago. I used the left over hst's from another project and made my own design with them. I kind of liked it and wasn't sure if I wanted to give it away but I didn't have time to make anything else for her so she got it.
I'm starting to pack up stuff for my son to move into residence next Sunday. That will be an experience for him. It will be different only have one kid home most of the time. I got 4 more blocks quilted for the quilt that I am making for my dad.
That's for row 2 and now I only have 3 more rows to go. The blocks are about 16 inches so 4 across covers our queensized bed.
I'm making a rag quilt with picture flannel on the back and birds in flight and trees on the front.
Hope it turns out okay. I need to have it done soon. He is undergoing radiation and chemo for cancer of the esphagous.
Should already be done but it's taking me longer then I figured.
Happy quilting everyone.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I've been wasting time this morning. Had to go pick up my daughter from a friends and then I sorted through some nursing education stuff and rest of time I have been online. I really need to get some more work and or sewing done.
Picture is from a quilt show I went to this summer at Lorraine Stagness's. I really liked these butterflies.
Happy quilting.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

This block is from the birthday block exchange that I am in. Can't remember who it was for but it is done and mailed away.
Just picked up my daughter from a summer away with the junior forest rangers. She had a great time. The work in our national parks and live with 6 other crew members plus a supervisor. They had competions at the last day. It was great to see some of the things they learned to do.
Hard to believe that summer is almost over. Hope everyone out there is having a good summer.
I am working on a flannel backed rag quilt for my dad. He is undergoing chemo and radiation for esphagus cancer. He is about half way done. Not a lot of fun. The flannel I choice has wild life animals on it in blocks. I am shadowing each block and making it bigger and then I will put the 12in square together. It's getting there. I have the first 4 blocks quilted and together and another 10 ready to sandwich as blocks. Hope he likes it when it is done.
Happy quilting to all

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So this is the quilt I made for my hubby's nephew. He got married in May in Hawaii and had the after party last week.
I bought the fabric when we went to Hawaii a few years ago. It was a really simple way to do the quilt but I like it. I have enough fabric left I think to make on for us. So I'm happy with that. Won't be able to start it for awhile. I'm thinking it might be a good gift for our 25th anniversary and that's a few years from now so I have time.

Happy quilting everyone.

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 1, 2010

Wow, it's hard to believe that we are now into august. where does the time go.
I'll trying to get a quilt machine quilted before this weekend. Hopefully \i get it done
\picture above is of my hubby Dave and myself in Cuba on my birthday this year.

\jenn was home this weekend from her junior forest ranger job. she has 3 weeks left.\
happy quilting everyone.\\;\0Carol

Monday, July 12, 2010

Got a little bit of cleaning up in basement over the weekend. I headed into town with Chris about 1130 this morning. He wanted to go to Best Buy and I to Costco so we just did the 2 stores. Of course had hot dog and pop for lunch for $2. Chris got a poutine as will. I ate a bit of that too. sure felled me up. Brought some left over home. Didn't buy alot at Costco but needed a few things. Tasted a few samples as well.

This is a "chain and cross" block from a birthday swap that I am in. It has sailed away in the mail to it's new owner.
Had a little trouble with the directions but finally figured it out.
At present I am hand quilting a top I made a number of years ago. Pattern is Magic tiles. Did it in some of my favourite colours.
I don't have a picture of it. Should do that sometime.

Happy quilting.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

This picture is from a birthday block swap I did with the CanadianQuiltSwappers online group. My personal block is missing. I still haven't got it done. Will have to do that soon. I know what I am doing just haven't picked the fabric.
Went to a quilt show yesterday....Lorraine Stangness annual. She was selling off some of her samples. She did really well. I decided to restrain myself. I was very tempted though. I did buy some books, thread and a wee bit of fabric.
She did some demos as well so that was neat to see.
I keep forgetting to get on here. We have been very busy at work and life at home as well. Just had to replace the water pressure tank. I found a leak near my sewing room. This work meant moving alot of my stuff around. Now that the new tank is in I have to resort and get rid of some stuff. My least favourite job but I guess it has to be done. It will take awhile. that is for sure.
Time to get ready for my new license for work again. Alot of paperwork in prep. I do have over a month but that time will go quickly it always does.
Hopefully I will get some quilting done. I have alot of ufo's that's for sure. I refrained from signing up for any more classes at the quilt show because I have too many things started from my classes for last year. Really need to finish those first. I am handquilting a quilt as you go and have most of that done. Time to get those blocks together. Have to cut the sashing between the finished blocks.
Also want to do a rag quilt for my Dad. He has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and will be having radiation and chem starting this month sometime. Got fabric for that but need space to start cutting that out. Hopefully it will go quickly.
Planning on doing a little weeding today so I guess I should get dressed and get outside. We had rain yesterday but it is cool and sunny today.
Happy quilting,

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

birthday block swap #2

Wow, May 2 was my last post. I really have to think about posting and reading more often. I used to post daily. I need to slow down I guess. Have done a little sewing lately but haven't finished anything recently.
The picture I am trying to upload is of a birthday block swap that I did on Susan Wood's Ning group site. I have to decide what to do with them. Should I sash, should I quilt as I go. Not sure. It's laid out on a flannel backed tablecloth and I keep taking it out and try and decide what to do.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Haven't had much time to sew this last week. We bought a new car...It's in my name...of course so is the loan but that's okay.
First time I've owned a new car. It's only a 2 seater but it is really nice to drive. I just have to learn not to buy too much when I shop and that could be a good thing. I buy way too much anyway.
Dave and I drove the new car around a very big circle this past Friday and Saturday. Started from home...Calgary...ended toward Banff and onto Radium, B.C. Stayed the night near there in a little cabin with a hot tub for 2. It was great. The place is called Addison's bungalows. Very nice. Then we drove home the long way. Through Invermere, Kimberley and Cranbrook, Fernie and Blairmore and then up highway 2 through Nanton. I got into 2 quilt store. Lucky me. One in Kimberley and the other in Coleman.
Even bought a few pieces of fabric.
It was a really nice trip and the new car was great. Our 21st anniversary was on Thursday so that was the reason for the trip.
We both enjoyed it. I missed Quilts Canada but had a great time with my hubby so that was more important. And then I still got into 2 quilt shops so all is good.
Happy quilting everyone.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Can't believe my last post was FEb. 22. Boy am I behind. Must be very busy. Unfortunately I just haven't
been reading many of the post either. Should find some time to do that.
This picture is a bom I am working on the Susan Wood's online group. I've done 2 blocks. I will now load block 1

Went out today looking for compression stockings for me (got 2 pair) and a tractor for my husband.
Didn't get the tractor but decided to look at cars. We have put down money on a metallic blue and black Smart car. I am
excited. This will be a replacement for my tracker. I've never had a new car always used. Can't wait.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Not quilting related but this is a picture of our last sunset evening in Cuba on Feb. 6, 2010. We had a wonderful holiday.
It is hard to believe that it is already Feb. 22. I have done a little sewing since I returned but not alot. Took a great class from a guild member before I left on holiday and did the second part of it on my return. She was teaching us to do some Ricky Timm's
convergence. I really like mine so far. The 2 pieces I did are still ufo's but a little farther on then they were in the class.
I haven't uploaded the pics yet though.
Happy quilting to all.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wow, it's hard to believe that it is already Feb. 12. Where has the time gone. For me Jan. flew by. Hubby and I went to Cuba for 2 weeks. An all inclusive. It was great. except maybe for the sand fleas. We'd both go back there. But due to travel plans I didn't get alot of sewing done. I did take one class. Our guild member taught a Ricky Timm's class on Convergence. She did a great job. I left for Cuba on the day of the second class for it so I am going to her house tomorrow to take part 2. Can' t wait.
I haven't uploaded the pics yet. My computer is getting full. We took over 1000 pics on the trip and I haven't uploaded them yet either.
I'm trying to upload a pic. Looks like it did. The picture is from retreat in Nov. I made the 2 in the lower left corner. One was for a birthday swap I am doing and the other was for my secret pal for Christmas. I made a wall hanging/table topper with this block.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

So if this works, then you will see a picture of the resulting bag that I got back from an ulgy fabric challenge that I took part in.
I still think that the fabric is awful but it's a nice bag. I use it to take my library books back and get new ones.

Can't believe that I haven't written since Dec. 9. Wow. I must just be not paying attention. I think I'm playing too many games
on facebook. It takes away too much time. I haven't even been sewing much in Dec. How to get back at it soon.
We are going to Cuba for 2 weeks end of Jan. We've never done a 2 week all inclusive before. Should be interesting.

I just finished working 5 days and now have 2 off. Had a great Christmas. Asked for and received a laptop. It sure is nice.
Hope everyone had a nice Christmas season and will have a wonderful new year.