Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blogathon Canada

Welcome to the third annual Blogathon Canada event, a week long celebration of Canadian quilting blogs. 



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!







35 comments:

  1. Love your fun Christmas projects, Lesley. The tree is beautiful--think it's my favorite! : )

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  2. Beautiful Christmas projects Lesley as usual!! I always enjoy seeing what you create!

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  3. Love the christmas tree quilt and what a difference to see it in red.

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  4. Of course there has to be Santas. Love the tree mini - I have one of those kits somewhere.

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  5. Your tree is fabulous, love your quilting, and the table runner is great too! Can't wait to see your snowman table runner.

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  6. Deeee-lightful post!! I have been eyeing that Christmas Tree for a long time. You did an absolutely beautiful job on it!! All of your projects are sweet! Good job!

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  7. I really like your tree. Wonderful.

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  8. I have had the Feathered Christmas tree on my bucket list and seeing yours nakes me put it on the top of the list. Love your other projects too.

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  9. I've only just met you, Lesley, and I'm already an admirer of your work. Your tree and table runner are beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing your Snowman finish. Old Tyme Christmas sounds wonderful! ^^

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  10. Oh your Christmas tree looks amazing , wonderful echo quilting and your runner will be wonderful , I like the straight line quilting . Perfect idea for your embroidery , can't wait to see that completed ! Have fun in your sewing corner :-)

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  11. I awoke to a snowy day and the kids have the day off school. But here it is really beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Love the cute runner. The backing was perfect for those cute strips. Your little wall hanging turned out lovely. What a lot of stitching for all those little pieces! Have fun with your snowman and his icicles!

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  12. Oh my, I love your tree quilt! I wonder if there are any kits left in the world. I'll be searching when I leave here. I've been to Cape Breton, and I've been to your cute little shop! I hope to get back some day, and maybe you'll be in town next time. Oh, and all you talk about embroidery reminded me of a pattern that I purchased recently. I need to get started!

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  13. I love that you love Christmas! And the Lisa Bongean snowman quilt is fantastic - I drooled for hours the first time I saw it! The tree quilt turned out just gorgeous, in fact, I was thinking how wonderful it would look at my house this Christmas (LOL). Very nice to meet another NS quilter - thanks to Sew Sisters and Linda (for hosting NS).

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  14. Your blog has always been a pleasure to visit. I love everything that you create, I especially like the Christmas tree in reds. It's gorgeous.

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  15. Hi Lesley, Popping by on the blogathon. I've visited here many times but don't know that I've ever left a comment. Enjoyed seeing what you're working on. I too have some of Disa's runners in my future, but not sure I'll use her QAYG method either.... Love your Christmas fabrics!! I'll be back to see you again!
    Linda

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  16. So nice to visit and see your projects. I love the tree, very striking. Nice table runner, and yes, those Santas are sweeties.

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  17. Oooohhhh, I love that Feathered Christmas, and your quilting is super! It was great to meet you at this year's Fibre Arts Festival ( I am still catching up from that week!). Looks like you are getting lots of visitors for the blog hop!

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  18. Awesome Xmas projects.The tree is an eye candy!!

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  19. Great post! Love that runner! Are these projects going to be for sale at the Olde Tyme
    Christmas?

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  20. Love your Feathered Christmas quilt! So beautiful! I grew up in Cape Breton! I still visit when I can since my family is there. I'll let them know about museum :)

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  21. Lesley I love your Feather Christmas Tree - I've looked at it several times but just haven't gotten to making it yet. That table runner is wonderful! I looks like it has tucks...does it? I have the snowman pattern but hadn't thought about doing a few for a table runner - that's a great idea! blessings, marlene

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  22. Greetings from North Dakota! I'm hopping around on the blog hop and stopped in to say hi. I just retired too so I'd have more time to sew and do other fun things. So far I've spent a lot of time cleaning up my sewing space and organizing it and working on some really old UFOs. Just can't quite bring myself to actually cut, yes cut, into some fabulous new fabric I just bought and keep buying.

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  23. Happy Blogathon- it is always fun to renew old acquaintances and meet new bloggers from across the country. I have not been blogging as much recently- sometimes life gets in the way but I am still quilting and do occasionally get a piece written. This event reminds me the things that I do love about blogging. Happy quilting.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna

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  24. It is always lovely to see what you are up to in your quilting corner.
    The Christmas Tree hanging is gorgeous in red and white and I think your quilting suits it perfectly. Lovely work.
    I agree about the fabrics in the table runner. They are gorgeous as they are and do not need anything extra.
    The embroidery is delightful. I can imagine you playing with all your fabrics to make a table runner.
    Good luck for the openings before Christmas!!

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  25. Love what's in your quilting corner. Your tree is so pretty.

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  26. Ohhh… I love the red tree!! it's so pretty… I saw this pattern long time ago and I fell in love with it… You have made it perfect!

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  27. Lovely Christmas projects! Are you ready for Santa???

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  28. Lesley, I have admired that design from Cherry since I first saw it. You did a beautiful job with it and I think the echo quilting suits it perfectly. Well done!

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  29. I love the tree by Cherry Blossoms and I MUST make it one day! Great Christmas projects coming along!

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  30. Thanks for the close-ups...you keep me from squinting! Love the simplicity of the red and white!!

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  31. Hi, Lesley! Oh, isn't that Feathered Christmas beautiful! Wonderful echo quilting. I wish I were within driving distance to come to your sale. Be sure to show us some pictures!

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  32. I have enjoyed reading the blogathon-Canada posts but haven't had a chance to comment on them all. It's been interesting to visit your country - and one day I hope to do it in real life! I Love your Cherrry Blossom - a pattern I have but haven't started yet (the story of my life!) I think the echoing looks great. Your other projects also are very inspiring - I like the sound of your Icicle runner!

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Thank you so much for visiting me. I enjoy writing about my quilting projects and am so glad that you enjoy reading about them. I will certainly reply if you leave a comment. Thanks again!