The winner of the giveaway of Robert Kaufman batiks supplied by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is Leah, who blogs at Quilted Delights. Leah has been contacted and is patiently awaiting her winnings. I used Mr. Random generator to do the draw. Congrats, Leah!
Now that Darlene's Mystery quilt is a wrap, I've been having loads of fun in my sewing corner with some UFOs. Remember the free Blogger Girls BOM that I participated in? It was hosted by Monique at Open Gate Quilts. Each month she would present a block in two versions, with several of her designer friends joining her in showing their two blocks. By the end of June, I had 12 blocks done, using a variety of reds, blacks, whites, and creams.
This week I decided to get back to making the sashings. There is a lot of piecing. I counted about 35 pieces in each sashing unit. There are thirty-one 12-inch sashing units. I may be making these units forever! I used strip piecing as much as I could..
and after a busy day in my sewing corner, I did finish sixty-two 3.5" units that are part of the 12"sashing units.
Some gals have already finished their quilts and they are absolutely stunning. Check them out at the Flickr page HERE.
Last week,I headed out on an overnight roadtrip with three fellow Nova Scotian quilt bloggers. I met all these gals in the past year or so since I started blogging and they are all so sweet! There is Sheila, who blogs at Sheila's Quilt World, Linda, who blogs at Scrapmaster, and Karen, who blogs at KaHolly. I was the driver for the trip and thoroughly enjoyed our time on the road. What a time we had!
We left Wednesday morning and returned Thursday afternoon. Our plan was to travel to the discount fabric shop in Avonport (about four hours from here) and spend a night at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville, stopping along the way to visit other shops, have a meal or two, and enjoy the scenic drive through rural Nova Scotia. Karen and I left from here, we met Sheila in New Glasgow, and picked up Linda in Elmsdale. Believe it or not, not one of us took a picture the whole time, so I have no proof that I was away, except for the bags that I emptied from the trunk when I got home!
From my house to Wolfville and back, we managed to find 4 fabric shops, visiting two of them twice, so I guess that is like shopping at 6 fabric shops! Just in case we got our bags mixed up, I had printed name labels to put on the bags. When it came time to empty the trunk at the end of the trip, it was pretty easy to find our own bags!
Much of my purchases have been put away for now, except for some of the fabrics I'll be using to make the "Not So Spooky" table runner designed by Kimberbell Designs.
Gotta love this spider!
and the cute pumpkins...
Back to the Roadtrip...Karen provided some gorgeous cookies for each of us for the trip and I inhaled my batch. Each one was a little work of art! They were so yummy, though, that no cookies came home with me.
Linda presented each of us with a tape measure wrapped up in a little house...how cute is this?
Plus, she gifted me with the most gorgeous set of hand crafted golf towels as a thank you for coordinating the roadtrip. Aren't they adorable?
I actually golfed today and tried one out...it works! It was so pretty I didn't want to use it, but Woodworker Hubby reminded me that towels can be washed, so I very delicately used one corner of the towel to dry my golf ball! Thanks, Linda!
Back to the Roadtrip again...On Wednesday night, when we were back at the hotel after supper, we had a fabric exchange.We had brought along surplus fabrics, patterns, and notions from our own stashes and exchanged them for others. What fun...everything was laid out and we took turns
Sheila had recently participated in the Pin It Blog Hop hosted by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt. She made a variety of beautiful pin cushions that you can see HERE and had brought along extra wool for us to take home to make our own sunflower pin cushion. Linda posted hers on her blog HERE and here is a picture of the one I made...
We all enjoyed the roadtrip so much, I'm sure there will be another in our future. We had wanted to connect with Darlene who blogs at Quilts by Darlene, and Kaaren, who blogs at The Painted Quilt, but it wasn't possible this time. Maybe next year? Darlene has plans to open a quilt shop in Digby by the first of November, so perhaps next time we'll go further.
Thanks for coming by. It's a great day for quilting!