Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Country Charmer QAL Update

Has it really been a month since the last Country Charmer QAL update? Sometimes these days just fly too fast! Last month I told you that I decided to change my sashings from this...

to this...

and I swore I would get my blocks sewn together. So I did. I sewed, and I sewed and I sewed and I finished on a sunny day. I hung the flimsy on the line...

and I hung it over the deck...

and then I took a closeup...

and I decided that I am so totally happy with the change.Yay me! Now what to do for the borders? I am looking in my stash at various blues and some shades of red. I may do a lot of auditioning of fabrics between now and the next update in August, but my self-imposed goal would be to have the borders added by then, or maybe one border by then? Stay tuned...

We want to see your progress or picture of your completed CC quilt, so please link up below. Don't have a blog? Send me the picture by email or post on Flickr HEREThe parade of finished quilts or flimsies will be posted here at the end of November, so don't lose that jpg of your quilt 'cause I'll be looking for your pictures!

Still in the dark about the Country Charmer QAL?  Find out more by clicking on the CCQAL page under my banner or by visiting the lovely Lynn, quilt designer and my CC mentor, who blogs at Sew'n Wild Oaks HERE. Her work is amazing and I haven't found anything quilt-related that she can't do! I love how she shares her designs on her blog. Right now she is working on a project with the prettiest little scarecrow you will see. Check it out HERE.

Another exciting event taking place in Blogland on July 1 is the parade of Vintage Schnibbles for the month of June hosted by Sinta at Pink Pincushion and Sherri at A Quilting Life. I blogged about my Schnibble HERE. Make sure you drop is so much fun to see how the pattern is made and interpreted by quilters all over the world.

I'm keeping this post short because we celebrate Canada Day on July 1 and there is always lots to do in our town! 

It's a great day for quilting!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Schnibbles Deadline Met

The first of the month is only days away and I've met my deadline for making the June Schnibbles quilt. Yay me! Sinta at Pink Pincushion and Sherri at A Quilting Life will open their blogs on July 1 to a parade of Vintage Schnibbles, designed by Carrie of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. If I remember to send Sinta my jpg, I'll be in the parade.

The June quilt is called Dulcinea ( you can order the pdf pattern HERE) and you'll see that the quilt is made using the double pinwheel block.This is my version, done in a variety of aquas, teals, and purples mixed with a vibrant white. 

Of course I changed it up just a tad. I find I am getting braver with my projects, choosing a pattern and adding my little slant to it.  To someone who is a rule follower (who, me?), this is a huge step! 

My quilt top is 36" x 44", includes three narrow borders, some cornerstones, and a final pieced border of 2.5" squares.  The binding will either be white or striped. Suggestions welcome!

This was one of those quilts that I didn't want to chain piece for speed. Instead I made it block by block because I couldn't wait to see each block finished! The fabrics were all in my stash. I had been collecting these yummy fabrics for some time now and knew this was the quilt that needed them!

Since I'm kind of in the green and purple theme here, just want to show you the lovely mug rug I received recently from Sheila who blogs at Sheila's Quilt World. Is this not adorable? Thank you, is too pretty to put a mug on, so it is hanging in my kitchen!

Hope to see some of you back here on July 1 for the monthly update and link up of the Country Charmer QAL. You just might see my twenty blocks put together, just saying. If you are making a CC quilt, please link up that day to show us your progress, email me your pictures, or post on our Flickr page HERE. For those of you who have already finished your quilt please link up again.  I for one never tire of seeing CC quilts! Country Charmer quilt designer and sweet mentor Lynn of Sew'n Wild Oaks, how many have you made so far? Giggle, giggle...

I may do the CC post a little before or after July 1, since July 1 we celebrate our Canada Day and I might be busy with festivities. 

It's a great day for quilting!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Virtual Hugs

While the sun shines outside my window and the birds sing their songs, supper is being prepared in the kitchen by Woodworker Hubby. I am so fortunate...I have everything I could, friends, fabric, fabric, and some more fabric.  But while I enjoy a summer day, my blog friend Sue who blogs at Chickadee's Country Cottage Crafts is not in her home. Her home is surrounded by water and she, her hubby, and residents of her community are under a mandatory evacuation order. 

Do you know Sue? She is the lovely lady who sent me this Santa Quartet pattern because she knew I loved Santas. FYI, I have been stitching it since January and finished it just last week. I have to add the checkerboard border, sandwich it, and do a little quilting before the table runner is complete. It should be ready for Christmas if all goes well. Thank you, Sue, I enjoyed every stitch!

I met Sue in person when I visited Alberta in April to see my DD. Sue is as sweet as I thought she'd be and we had a great chat about quilting and all things quilt related. Sue lives in the community of High River, Alberta, Canada, one of the many cities and communities in Southern Alberta that was devastated a few days ago by enormous, unprecedented flooding.  

Since Thursday, Sue, her hubby, and over 16,000 residents of High River, a community 40 minutes away from the city of Calgary, have been under this evacuation order. At the time of this post, there is no power or water, unsafe roads, and from what we see on TV, the community continues to be surrounded by flood water. Sue has been able to give us a couple of small updates on her blog. Today she posted a link to a news story, a story that has me sending many more virtual hugs to Sue. Please check out her blog HERE to see the story of High River and send her a little note full of prayers and positive thoughts.

In addition, there are some concrete ways you can help. Visit the Canadian Red Cross to make a donation HERE to assist those affected by the floods. 

Paulette of Sweet P Quilting and Creations did a great job of sharing another way to help. She blogged about a group of quilters in Calgary that have started a Facebook page to make quilts for those impacted by the floods in Calgary and area. They have about nine longarm quilters that have offered to quilt donated quilt tops and some members of the group have already had a sew day! Great job, gals. For more info, see the Facebook page HERE.  

Sue, if you get a chance to read this, know that we are thinking of you and so many others affected by the floods. Our hugs, prayers, and positive thoughts are with you. Take care...

Monday, June 24, 2013

Claiming My Blog

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Just a quick post to claim my blog for Bloglovin. Just click on the Bloglovin' button on my sidebar and you'll be able to follow me through Bloglovin. 

It's a great day for quilting!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Blogger Girls BOM and Artisans Collective

My sewing corner beckoned me the other day and told me to catch up on another of my Block of the Month projects. So off I went to Monique Dillard's Open Gate Blog, found the instructions for the final two blocks of the 6-month Blogger Girls BOM HERE and got busy. In no time at all, I had made the final four blocks for my 12-block quilt. Once a month since January, Monique would publish a free block design made in two versions. 

Here is my version 1 of block 5...

and version 2 of Block 5...

version 1 of block 6...

and version 2 of block 6, with a very slight variation to the design...

I used a variety of reds, blacks, creams, and whites. All together now...

These blocks were so much fun to make and it was so interesting to see the block change before my eyes because of the fabric choices. The next step is making the sashings. I have to make 31 pieced sashings, each one having 29 pieces, so definitely not something I can whip up. I have finished cutting the lights and now have to cut the darks. Then I'll just start making the strips a few at a time, while still working on my other projects.

We are ready for summer at the Artisans Collective craft shop. If you happen to be travelling to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia this summer, you drive right by the shop if you drive around the rotary after crossing the Canso Causeway. We are located at the entrance to Cape Breton, an island on the east coast of Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, I know most of you will not be heading in this direction, so hope you don't mind seeing a few pictures of what you will be missing.

What is the Artisans Collective? We are a group of 13 women, and a couple of husbands, who live within half an hour of the shop and sell our hand-crafted items during the summer season. We managed to have a picture of 12 of us taken the other day when we set up shop and hung the new sign. I am the lady in lime green at the far right holding a quilt...yes, I was trying to hide behind the quilt!  

So without further ado, welcome to the Artisans Collective shop...

Hope you enjoyed the show! We are open for the season through to mid-October. If you're in the area, our hours are Monday-Friday from 9-5, and starting in July, we'll be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4.  Maybe I'll see you at the shop!

It's a great day for quilting!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nova Scotian Blogger Quartet

Here we are...four Nova Scotian bloggers who met online sharing our love and passion for anything quilt related. Three of us travelled down the highways from different directions last Saturday to meet up with Sheila who was participating in her annual guild's Thistle Quilt Guild Show and Tea. We all snapped many pictures and with our white gloves, heartily examined a vast array of amazing quilts and quilted items. If you click on the ladies links, you will be taken to their blog posts they've written about the show and you'll be able to see lots and lots of quilty inspiration!  

Left to right, me (Lesley aka The Cuddle Quilter), Karen who blogs at KaHolly, Linda from Scrapmaster, and our gracious and charming host Sheila, who blogs at Sheila's Quilt World. We had such a wonderful day getting to know each other better and sharing tips of the trade as we sipped our tea and Pepsi (who, me?) in the tea room. There are some tentative plans for another trip down the road in the future...

I only took a few pictures because I assumed the other ladies would take lots and post them on their blogs and they did! Thank you, gals!  Here are my pics of just a few items that caught my eye that day, starting off with Sheila's cottages which she made from a free BOM last year hosted by Shabby Fabrics

"Ode to Joy" was an amazing quilt that also caught my eye....beautifully done!

I thought the following challenge was the niftiest idea.  Guild members were to purchase a gift bag and replicate it with fabric...these were so darn sweet!  Sheila's entry is the tote bag on the left with green and pink fabrics. I think her "real" tote is so much more gorgeous than the gift bag she purchased! 

This 3D Christmas tree was taught in a workshop that some of the guild members took...a ladder was filled with these wonderful trees that were embellished with buttons and bows and trim and whatever else you could imagine! 

Was Santa there? You bet, set up on a hand cranked sewing machine that Miss Sheila was salivating over. Sheila has a collection of machines in her sewing room and I know she would have loved to take this home with her, but alas, it was not for sale...

And did I see any other Santas?  Of course I the vendor's station. I purchased this adorable pattern from Linda of Fiddlestitches Quilt Shop located in Mabou, NS. 

I may start to work on this during the monthly Christmas Quiltalong which is being co-hosted on the second weekend of every month from June -November by Joanna at Needle, Thread, Happiness and Hazel at Hazel's Quilts. For more info, click on the button on my sidebar. 

Back to the show...taking pictures of the gals with quilts as a backdrop is a win-win! Linda and Karen are in quilty heaven!

And Sheila and Linda couldn't keep their hands off these little treasures, wearing white gloves of course...

I was really impressed with Linda's bag that she had just finished making last week...totally awesome and big enough to fill with the treasures she bought and the doorprize she won...lucky her! 

Around the corner I spied a rack of tote bags that would be perfect for the summer beach days. The quilter used nylon screen in her totes...such a cool idea!

And what a giggle when we read this...

I guess I already did my exercise in my quilting chair this morning! The shadows on the following quilt caught my eye...what a great quilt to use with those yummy fabrics that you want to highlight!

And who could not love this little doll quilt Sheila made that is nestled in Sheila's little cradle! The quilt was a free pattern in a QAL hosted by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts. I made this quilt too and it is being used as a table topper at my Mom's. 

Does it look like we had a great day?

Yesterday we set up the Artisans Collective shop at the Port Hastings Museum. Later this week I'll treat you to a show and tell. The shop is filled to the rafters with so many treasures and I had a field day with my camera. But for now, I'm off to my sewing corner with my Country Charmer blocks. 

It's a great day for quilting!