Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Taking a Break

I'm taking a break from Blogland for vacation time, family time, and lots of sewing and quilting time...

See you in September!

It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bowls with Borders Starts Today

Yahoo!  Starting today and for the next 16 days, you are going to be bowled over by bowls, bowls, and more bowls from across the globe! All made of fabric, all paper pieced, and all as fun as a bowlful of jelly! 

Blog hop creator Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and host Clever Carol at Just Let Me Quilt  have the welcome wagon ready...so hop to it...I imagine there will be lots of giveaways! 

Plus, every day the top 2 picks and the honorable mention blocks will be featured on Madame Samm's Pinterest page right here.

Here is the schedule for today.  For the complete schedule, visit Carol right here at Just Let Me Quilt.

All you have to do is click on the name below to be taken away to a paper-pieced bowl-er-ama extravaganza!  And please tell your friends...it's going to be bowl-a-licious!

August 13th

It's a great day for quilting!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Christmas Quiltalong 3rd and Final Post of the Day

Thanks for some great ideas on what to do in the white blocks of Festive Mystery.  You can see by this close-up that there is a lot of white space.  

You've given me lots of choices...I can do applique, embroidery, or send it to a longarmer for some customized quilting. Will think on this one!

My Kringle Mug Rug is ready to go to my machine for blanket stitching.  I've sandwiched it and hope that the stitching will hide some of the frayed stitches...I got totally carried away and tried to move a few pieces around after I had adhered them to the background. Duh...

I also added some more holly to his hat and hope that the addition of lots of  red berries will cover a multitude of sins. ( Please don't look too closely...) Once he has his eyes and a nose, he will be a real Santa!

Since the finish of the Think Christmas blog hop, I have been Buying Christmas so that I can Sew Christmas!   This is what arrived in my mail box over the past few days plus a few more treasures that I purchased from my local quilt shops.  

A Blitzen bundle...yes, there are snowmen here!

A Sentiments Layer Cake full of luxurious, scrumptious Christmas fabrics (actually, still in the mail but arriving soon!)
A complimentary mini-quilt kit from Sew Lux Fabric and Gifts because I bought these Christmas fabrics during their Christmas sale.  So cute...thanks Chrissy!

A Christmas panel from my local quilt shop, Harbour Quilt Company in Antigonish, whose owner has just announced she will be closing her shop.  Very sad face...

And five glorious fat quarters from Lucy's Fabrics and Gifts in New Glasgow who were also at the quilt show I attended last week.

So you can see that I have lots of Christmas fabrics to use for next month's Christmas Quiltalong. 

Before you go, can you help me with a Christmas request?  I am looking for a source for patterns, free or reasonably priced, to make some paper-pieced Santas to add to a little quilt top I was recently gifted.  See here  This little flimsy from Madame Samm  is just begging for some Santas to be added to make it into a wall hanging. ( Mdm Samm's idea, which I love!) Any ideas would be appreciated! 

I had a great day, did you? 

It's a great day for quilting,

Christmas Quiltalong Post 2

What a perfect morning!  I managed to make a quick visit to the Quilt Show this morning and then I finished my Festive Mystery quilt top by adding the last of the pieced borders.

I hear that Quilt Sue will be hosting a Beauty Parade of the Festive Mystery quilts when she host the Quiltalong in December, so I better make some decisions...hand or machine quilting?  Will keep you posted.

I still have lots of time left in the day to "sew Christmas" so I pulled out the kit for a Kringle Mug Rug that I ordered from Quilt Doodle Designs after I saw her creations in the Think Christmas blog hop.  I couldn't resist purchasing this little guy!

Hope everyone is enjoying their day.  If you visit Cathi at Shakerwood Quilts you'll be able to link up and visit everyone who is sewing Christmas today.

It's a great day for quilting!

Christmas Quiltalong Day Post 1

It's the second Saturday of the month and I'm linking up with Cathi at Sherwood Quilts for a day of Christmas projects.  

Today I am planning to finish sewing the borders onto my Festive Mystery quilt. Remember this one?

The quilt was designed by Christmas Quiltalong creator Quilt Sue at Quilt Times and divided into 6 parts. Last month the final part was published so many of the other Quiltalong elves may have already finished.  If so, they will be showing you some other Christmas related projects they will be working on. We'd love to have you join us! All the instructions for Festive Mystery are at the top of my blog.

So come on over and link up with Cathi right here.

It's a great day for quilting!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Quilt Show at the Causeway and Christmas Quiltalong

Just a little bit of eye candy for those of you who can't drop by and visit the 7th Annual Quilt Show at the Causeway.  We are set up in the community of Port Hastings at St. David's United Church, a 127-year old church located at the entrance to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The show is hosted by two groups that I belong to...the Tea Thyme Quilters and the Ocean Waves Quilt Society.  Donations at the door and commissions from sold items go directly to the church.
On to the show...

This is the view from the front of the church.  If you look over to the right and click to enlarge the photo, you'll see the Canso Causeway which was finished in 1955.  Before that, there was a ferry connecting Cape Breton Island to mainland Nova Scotia.

So welcome to a little part of my world, or as some say in Gaelic, "Ciad Mile Failte!" - 100 thousand welcomes!  The quilt show and sale runs until Thursday of next week. Hours are 10-4. Maybe we'll see you there?

Tomorrow is the second Saturday of the month...time for the monthly Christmas Quiltalong created by Quilt Sue at Quilt Times. 

Host Cathi at Shakerwood Quilts is all set to welcome us in the morning.  We'll work to complete the Festive Mystery quilt designed by Quilt Sue or work on any other Christmas-related project. You can find all 6 parts of the Festive Mystery quilt at the top of the page.  The instructions are complete and many have already finished the quilt top. All I have left to do is to sew on my borders. Why don't you join us tomorrow and link up?   See you for breakfast?

It's a great day for quilting.

Blog Hopping Updates

Madame Samm's Leafs Me Happy blog hop has just been announced.  Don't delay...get the details at Sew We Quilt and register today with cheerful host Cherry at Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. I'm in, are you? 

Are you ready to be bowled over?  The Bowls with Borders blog hop starts on Monday with almost 200 participants! Host clever Carol at Just Let Me Quilt continues to tease us with some very intriguing sneak peeks. I'm just an onlooker for this one, but I'm ready to take notes! Click on the button on my sidebar for the schedule.

Dots on Dots host Corrie at Quilt Taffy tells us she has a few openings left for the dotty hop that starts on September 10. If you're dotty, this is for you...and who can resist polka dots? Send her an email and get dotty!

It's a great day for quilting!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Winner and What have I been doing?

Congratulations to the winner of my giveaway from the Think Christmas blog hop. The winner will receive my Santa Lesley table topper. Number 34 was chosen by Mr. Random Generator...drum roll...and the number belongs to Connie.  Congratulations, Connie, I have just sent you an email to get your address. Santa Lesley is packing the sleigh but needs to know where to go!  A big thank you to all who visited and left comments.

The blog hop has been finished for just a few days so I've had some time to work on some new projects and finish some old. Here are some picture of my "just finished this morning" quilt from the Fat Quarters Stars Quiltalong that was hosted by Konda at Moose on the Porch. I used fabrics from my stash with just a few extra pieces for the borders.  The quilt measures 60 x 76 and was machine quilted by Lynda Campbell of Fiddlestitches.

I finished up two little bags made with Mary Englebreit fabric using a free tutorial by Ayumi from the Pink Penguin.  She has some fantastic ideas and excellent tutorials.  I figure this little bag could be used for just about anything...maybe to hide fabric from curious hubbies? 

I also finished making my twelve hexies and have them all ready to hand applique to my background block.  I decided to just stay with reds and cream.  The borders will be chosen later...maybe a small black print? 

I needed a project for my quilting chair and this fits the bill. This will eventually become a quilt for Kathleen Tracy's Small Quilt of the Month program.I haven't been up to date, but when she suggested we should start making the little hexies in advance, I was hooked.  I picked up the idea of piecing different cream-colored fabrics for the background piece from one of the many talented quilters whose blogs I follow.  But my memory fails me. If this was your idea,  please let me know so I can give you credit and invite my readers to visit you.  

Thank you Nancy E!  She helped me remember that I saw this idea at Carols Crafty Creations on Carol's post of June 26 right here. Carol is amazing...for the entire month of July, she made a Christmas project each and every day.  Please visit her...your "to-do" list will get longer, but the projects are all easily done in a day...or so Carol tells us! 

I also finished the embroidery on a few more blocks of the Garden Steps Stitch and Quiltalong hosted by Clover and Violet.  We are getting close to the end with only one more stitchery and then it's time to complete the 12-block quilt. 

A few of you noticed in my Think Christmas post here that my table toppers were hanging from a wooden frame.  My wire frame is at the quilt shop, so I asked Woodworker Hubby if he could make one so I could take pictures of my Christmas blocks.  He did...I used it...I love it...here is the naked frame...don't you think it needs a new quilt? I better get busy...

I would imagine a lot of quilters out there are busy in their sewing rooms this week making bowls, bowls, and more bowls for Madame Samm's Bowls with Borders blog hop.  It starts on Monday, less than a week away!  I love the way that host Carol at  Just Let Me Quilt is sharing sneak peeks of some of the bowls made by some participants.  We are going to be bowled over...wink! 

This morning I'm heading out to help the ladies set up for the annual Quilt Show and Sale at the Causeway. We set up in a church that's 127 years old and aim to cover all the pews.  If you're anywhere near here, the show starts tomorrow.  Maybe I'll see you there...

It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, August 6, 2012

I Love Santas...Thank You!

If you read Madame Samm's post at Sew We Quilt on Sunday, the final day of the Think Christmas blog hop, you will now know that in addition to Madame Samm making some gorgeous and very creative paper-pieced blocks for the hop, that she also made one more...for me.  I have been gifted with a fabulous and beautiful hand-crafted treasure by Madame Samm herself.  She knows that I love Santas and just look what she made me...

She designed and created this just for little ole me!  I was overwhelmed when I read her post, and yes, there were tears. Of course I had awoken at 2 am that morning just to see the final day's posts, and of course, I had to read hers first! It was a great start to the final day which was yet another day filled with beautiful Christmas-themed blocks and quilts created by quilters from across the world.  

I am so fortunate to have met Madame Samm and been able to work with her and become a cheer leader for these amazing blog hops. How wonderful it is to promote the passion and love of quilting? Heartfelt thanks to Madame Samm...you are awesome!  

To all of you who visit me, have followed Think Christmas so loyally from start to finish, to the cheerleaders ( you know who you are), and to all my readers who have opened up your hearts and your time to read about a little quilter's escapades in Cape Breton, thank you... 

And what a week we had with the Think Christmas blog hop! So many quilters...so many ideas...so many pictures!  Madame Samm's Pinterest page now has 222 Christmas items on it...wow! You can't help but be inspired. 

You can still see the complete list of blog hop participants by clicking on the Think Christmas button on my sidebar.  If you visit them all, you will qualify for the draw to win a fabulous giveaway of fabric from the Christmas collections of  sponsors Michael Miller and Westminister Fibers. The deadline is Wednesday...visit Madame Samm's Sew We Quilt blog here for all the details and to enter. 

Don't forget about my own giveaway. You could be the owner of my Santa Lesley block!  Read about it and leave a comment on my post from August 4 by clicking here . The deadline to enter is August 7 by midnight AST. Good luck!

See you next year for the 2013 Think Christmas Blog Hop!

It's a great day for quilting!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Think Christmas Final Day is Here

Day 7.  Final day of Madame Samm's Think Christmas blog hop.  A day that is sure to be packed full of inspiration, motivation, and education, and maybe a few Santas?

I have to tell a quick story before I show you today's schedule. Yesterday morning I left my sewing corner and my computer for almost the whole day. I attended a quilt show in Pictou, Nova Scotia put on by the Northumberland Quilt Guild.  Of course, after this week, all I could think about was Christmas! Thank goodness there was a Christmas corner at the show and of course that was my first stop.

But what did I find to my dismay? Very few Santas! Christmas seems to have been taken over by snowmen...I searched high, and I searched low, but only a few Santas were actually at the show.  (that rhymed...how cute!)  Here is one little guy that could not escape my camera...but is he waving goodbye?

And another little guy tried to fly away...

Hear me shout...I am pledging to work sew at bringing Santa back to Christmas, one little quilt at a time. And speaking of Santas, just a quick but so very sincere "thank you" to all of you who visited my blog yesterday and left such wonderful comments about my Santas. You make me smile and blush all at one time. ( And please, snowmen lovers, please know that I do I like snowmen, I really do, but I love Santas!  As I said to a quilt friend, "This has been a wonderful week...I wasn't Thinking Christmas, I was Sewing Christmas".

Now for today's schedule...a list that is full of promise and excitement. How do I know?  Just look at this list and start hopping.  All you have to do is click on each name. 

August 5
Briarside Lane
Pigtales and Quilts
Quilts From My Crayonbox
Quilt n Queen
Pattie at That Other Blog

Quilting, Losing and Tea
Madame Samm

Mmm, whose name is at the bottom of the list?  Could it be our creative cheerleader Madame Samm?

I think it is!  Yay, we finally get to see Madame Samm's blocks today...she is such a creative soul, the anticipation is building!

Did you read Madame Samm's blog yesterday when she announced the most generous of giveaways?  Check it out here at Sew We Quilt...it is amazing...you'll read about awesome prizes for participants, winners and honourable mentions, and for commentors.  Sponsors are Michael Miller and Westminster Fibers (Esprit).  Thank you, thank you, thank you...hands clapping...

Want to see the top two blocks of the day?  Then check out 
Sew We Quilt to see the winners and the honourable mentions.  All the blocks from the entire blog hop are featured on Madame Samm's Pinterest page right here.  

Before I leave, thank you again for participating, following, commenting, watching, reading, and Thinking Christmas.  It has been one wonderful week and I think we can all say that we are many steps closer to being ready for Christmas.  Now lets all get started Sewing Christmas! 

Thank you, Madame Samm, you are awesome...sending you many, many hugs!  And to the cheerleaders, may you wear your pom poms with pride! 

It's a great day for quilting!