Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Busy Time at the Quilt Show

The Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale is now a not too distant memory. We closed the doors of the show at the end of the day on Tuesday after six full days of celebrating quilting. Hundreds of folks entered the church to look at the quilts, buy some quilts and smaller crafted items, be inspired, and enjoy Cape Breton oatcakes, biscuits and tea. 

We also had two quilts on frames so visitors were able to put their own stitches in the quilts. I couldn't resist taking a pic of hubby. He had brought me a coffee that day so I asked him to pose with the quilters for a pic. No, he is not a quilter, but he sure supports the quilting industry. Four ladies in the picture taught school with him so he stayed for tea, almost like hanging out with the staff at recess!

It was a very successful show for visitors, the quilters, crafters, and St. David's United Church. The 130-year old church will receive all the donations from the door and a percentage of each sale. 

I took dozens of pictures almost every day and posted them on Facebook. If you'd like to see the quilts, please visit the facebook pages HERE to see more. Our quilt show and sale always takes place somewhere around the 13th of August, the anniversary of the Canso Causeway. Maybe we'll see you next year?

I am still rewinding after the show so haven't done much in my sewing room. In fact, I took a quick trip to see my sewing machine doctor who helped me with the tension on my machine for FMQ. I have a couple of quilt tops waiting to be quilted so  I must get started. The first is my Super Nova Scotia quilt that you can read about HERE. All pinned and ready to go!

Although my sewing time has been limited lately, I did manage to finish another flannel quilt I will call  Hugs 2. I had so many HSTs already from Hugs (you can read about Hugs  HERE) so it was a no-brainer to make another! I have it laying out on the dining room table but I ran out of pins for basting. May have to look around to find more pins before supper so we can eat.

Thanks so much for visiting me today! It's a great day for quilting!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet on the Road

Yesterday was the day of our annual trek to Pictou, Nova Scotia, for the Northumberland Quilt Show. Our quartet includes Linda who blogs at Scrapmaster, Karen who blogs at KaHolly, Sheila who blogs at Sheila's Quilt World and myself. Unfortunately, Sheila wasn't able to join us...we missed her terribly! 

The four of us have decided to do a round robin quilt exchange, which will take about a year to complete. We each made a centre block, 12" finished, so a couple of blocks were exchanged yesterday. Here is the block I made and passed along to Karen for the next round.

You may recognize the embroidery centre of the block as I used the same Gail Pan pattern for the tote bag I made for Sheila and gifted to her last year. The quilt block pattern is called Souvenir which I found HERE. I thought it was such an appropriate name for my block, as the quilt, when finished, will be my souvenir of the Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet!  

Linda's stunning block came to me for the first round. Can't wait to play with this one, Linda!

The Northumberland Quilt show was wonderful. An amazing number of quilts showing a range of style and several vendors which made it very easy to add to my stash! I did take a few pics of some of my favorites so hope you enjoy.

Before we left, Linda and I posed with a couple of our latest quilts in front of the Pictou waterfront. Can you tell it was a little windy? Maybe even windier than you've seen in some of my clothesline pictures?

Today I am in my sewing room struggling with my sewing machine tension. The top stitching is wonderful but the stitches on the back are not the way they should be.  I have a few quilts to finish up before our quilt show on Thursday and my FMQ is just not working for me. Perhaps it has been too long between projects or perhaps it is an issue with my machine?  I vented to my resident FMQ expert, Linda, who gave me a few excellent suggestions so will try them out and hope for success. If not, I can certainly get them done with straight line stitching so will just have to weigh the pros and cons and see what happens. 

I did manage to finish my little hexie table runner!

Maybe I'll see some of you at our show? Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale in St. David's United Church, Port Hastings, Nova Scotia at the entrance to Cape Breton. Hours 10-4 each day. 

It's a great day for quilting!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Meeting Some Deadlines

My sewing room seems to be getting busier day by day! I have put a lot of my ongoing projects on hold so I can prepare for the annual quilt show we have that runs from August 11-16. I managed to finish binding two bed-sized quilts and attach labels so they are off my to-do list.

Earlier today, I finished machine quilting my Scrappy Irish Chain quilt. My inspiration for this quilt was a design by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts which you can read about HERE. I used straight line stitching, like Rita did, in a 2" grid which was a bit monotonous to do, but I like the effect. Here are a few pics I took earlier today.

I love how the black and grey pop from time to time!

I have a black binding prepared and will attach that tomorrow.

Once that is off my list, I have a Kaffe Fasset lap quilt top that is waiting.

It's a great day for quilting! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Getting Ready

The Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale is less than a month away, but with all the things happening between now and  then, I have to get ready sooner than later. The posters arrived from the printers and a PDF was sent my way so here it is. For all my friends who follow my blog, just a reminder that the quilt show/sale is in Port Hastings, Nova Scotia, Canada, so I will understand if you can't make it! 

I have lots of irons in the fire, as they say, to prepare for the show including attaching the binding to this quilt. 

The pattern, Four-Patch Stars, was created by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company. She has an excellent tutorial HERE. I blogged about the quilt HERE.  It has since arrived back from the quilter, Ange Ross at Quilting on the Mira so it is definitely the time to get that binding attached. 

I also have about 100 hexies all ready to put together in a table runner.  Amanda, a fellow member of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, gave us all a package of a hundred 2.5" squares of fabric in the goody bags we received at the retreat held in April. I decided awhile back to turn the squares into hexies. My travelling kit went everywhere with me and now all the squares have been transformed into hexies. 

I am thinking I may make a table runner out of them so I did some auditioning of fabrics for the background using grey as the theme colour. 

My gut feeling is to go with the last one, the fabric that is darker than the first two. I love the bright fabrics in the hexies and they seem to pop more on the darker colour. I will probably make a runner similar to this one that I made last year. I blogged about it HERE.

In addition, I am preparing another Quilt of Valour using combining Northcott's flag fabric and my scrappy flying geese for the centre. Today I am working on putting the centre together and then will build some maple leaf blocks to surround it.

In a perfect world, I would have my latest QOV ready to machine quilt by the start of the show. I plan to set up my machine in the church during the show and when things are quiet, I will do some machine quilting, while the other QOV (blogged about HERE) will be in the hall being quilted by hand. I think it will be interesting for people to see both the traditional and modern method used to finish a quilt. If I'm not ready to quilt it by then, I'll just continue to piece it together at the church.

So as you can see, lots happening in my sewing room. It's a great day for quilting!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Artisans Collective Gift Shop and a Quilt Show and Sale in August

It's been a busy week since I returned from my travels. I've been to the shop to volunteer/work and a few times to meet up with some of my quilty friends so I had the chance to take a few pics on several occasions. Here is what you see from the door of the Artisans Collective Gift Shop:

The shop is essentially one large room that you enter through the Port Hastings Museum. The museum is almost the first thing you see when you enter Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. You cross the Canso Causeway, enter the traffic circle, and the museum/shop is on the right as you go around the rotary towards Route 19.  

One of our key features is having a double bed which displays our quilts, changing every few days when a quilt sells or just because.

Our main attraction for quilt lovers is our wall of quilts. We have a corner set up with racks for the quilts. Again, the display changes when quilts are sold or when quilts are added. Our artisans are a busy group so new items are constantly being added to inventory. 

One of the walls holds the brightest quilts, some more modern than traditional. 

We have another corner near the front door which changes often as well! The wine glass quilt was so popular the first one sold immediately so the quilter brought in another! 

13 local artisans, a daughter and a few husbands contribute to the collective so there is quite a variety of items. 

If you plan to be in the area, please drop by. Send me an email at lcarruthers3atgmaildotcom and I'll try to be there when you come through.

When not at the shop, I did manage to find my sewing room. I was thrilled to be able to add the final maple leaf borders to this quilt.

This quilt was a joint effort by the St. Mark's Wednesday morning quilters. We made a variety of 6" finished maple leaf blocks, reds and earth tones, brought them in, and used a pattern called Autumn Jewels by Renee Peterson to arrange them. The pattern is in McCalls Quilting September/October 2010. 

We auditioned a few fabrics for the sashing and background and played around with the placement of the blocks.

My friend Barb sewed the centre and the first border together and I added the outer maple leaf border. It was so rewarding to hang the finished flimsy on the line!

This is a very special quilt that we made to use for the Quilt of Valour-Canada program. It will be hand-quilted this summer at the Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale that takes place at St. David's Historical United Church in Port Hastings, a few steps away from the Artisans Collective Gift Shop from August 10-16. Hours are 10-4 each day of the show. During the show, this quilt will be put on a quilt frame. Local quilters and visitors to the show will have the opportunity to quilt it and by the end of the week, we anticipate the quilt will be ready for its binding! Please mark the dates on your calendar and plan to come by. The show and sale starts on the 10th with drop off, set-up, and doors opening all that day! 

Its a great day for quilting!