Sponsored by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop, the hop travels the country this week introducing you to bloggers from coast to coast. Sew Sisters are having some great giveaways this week so visit them often!
Every day of the hop begins in a different region of the country and todays hop is all about the Maritimes. Since I live in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, I definitely qualify as a Maritimer! Our special cohosts today are both Lindas. We have Linda from Scrapmaster, and Linda from Stitch Lines who will tell you more about Blogathon Canada, list some links to bloggers from the Maritimes, and will have some terrific giveaways on their blogs. All you have to do is click on their names in this paragraph and you will be transported to their blogs.
As for me, I am thrilled to be with you today to welcome old friends to my blog and to meet new friends too! If you are already a follower, you know that I dabble in quilting in many different ways, from the traditional, country, and civil war styles, to the more modern day quilts with lots of white space. Please visit my previous posts for a look at how I fill my retirement days.
For today, though, I thought I'd share three things with you....a recent finish, what I am working on today in my sewing corner, and what I hope to play with next.
My latest finish is Feathered Christmas, a pattern designed by Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. I purchased the kit directly from Cherry a few years ago and have picked at it ever since, using the fusible precut shapes she supplied and a machine blanket stitch to finish off the edges. I pulled it out of my UFO tote a few weeks ago and decided to finish it with echo quilting. Not perfect by any means, but it works for me!
A few closeups...
What's in my sewing corner today? I love Christmas and I love Santas, so the Christmas fabric in my stash was put to good use for my next project, a table runner.
The runner was inspired by one of the table runners in My Runners, a book by Disa Designs. I chose not to add any applique to it since I think the fabrics are already pretty beautiful and also pretty busy!
I didn't use the "quilt as you go" method suggested by Disa, but rather strip pieced it, added some borders, sandwiched it, and am now machine quilting it with lots of straight lines.
I only have the green strips left to quilt, plus the borders, and then the binding to add. I think I'll bind it in the black Santa print. I so love those Santas!
I had some yardage in my stash that worked really well for the back.
And what's next in line? I just finished embroidering a snowman block from the pattern by Crab-apple Hill, Snowmen A-Zzzzz. I chose the "I" block featuring some cool icicles.
My plan is to play with some of my blues and creams to make a version of the table runner design I found in the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine from March/April 2003. The original design, Posy Chain by Heather Mulder, featured applique. Quilt tester Laura Boehnke added her version without the applique, and I am further adapting the pattern to use my embroidered snowman...a joint effort, wouldn't you say?
So that's what's happening in my quilting world. I am also a member of the Artisans Collective, a group of 12 friends who sell hand crafted items at a shop located in the Port Hastings Museum located at the Canso Causeway, the entrance to Cape Breton. In addition to opening seasonally during the tourist season, we open for two weekends before Christmas. A percentage of proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Museum.
Here is the poster advertising the Christmas hours and dates in case you live within driving distance. If you plan to come by, please email me and I'll try to make sure I'm there to say hello.
Thanks so much for popping by during Blogathon Canada. It's a great day for quilting!