Friday, August 28, 2015

It's Never Too Early for Santa

When I was at the Maine Quilt Show in Augusta this summer, I found a Santa panel at one of the vendors, the Pickering Farm Quilt Shop, that was just so cute that I had to buy it. 

The panel is made by Clothworks . I used 4 of the Santas, combined with the One Big Star pattern by Pieced Tree Patterns, plus some new and stash fabrics, and in very little time created the 20" x 20" table toppers.

The Santa is the centre for the large star which came together pretty quickly.

Of course I used my loop de loop free motion quilting is just so easy and gives such great texture.

Not much of a labor of love, 'cause you know how much I love Santas!

It's a great day for quilting!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Inspired by Everything Quilty

We recently wrapped up the Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway 10th annual quilt show and sale in Port Hastings, Nova Scotia just a few days ago. I was in quilty heaven for almost two weeks, surrounded by over 100 quilts on display and dozens of smaller quilted items in the church hall. I started a Facebook page for the show and updated it every day with pictures and stories. If you love "quilty immersion", you can get your quilty fix by visiting the page HERE. If the link doesn't work, just enter the words "Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway" in the Facebook search window and you should be able to find it.

The church balcony was the home for Grandmother's Choice during the show and it was wonderful to see it in the late afternoon with the sun shining on it.

I was very fortunate to be able to arrange for a new home for Grandmother's Choice and I know she will be well cared for, and I was again thrilled when my Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt went to a fan of the show and a fan of my quilt. 

We had hundreds of visitors over the duration of the show, many of them quilters just like you and me, and a few fellow bloggers to boot! Speaking of boots, meet Valerie of Purple Boots and Pigtales, and a fellow member of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. Valerie is like a breath of fresh air and her enthusiasm is contagious. She had lots of fun posing with my attempt at a modern Charming Stars quilt! 

Although I was busy during the day, I managed to make a few things at night. I fell in love with Edyta Sitar's mini-charm pattern, Little Love, and made a couple of the mini-quilts. The finished quilt is about the size of a piece of paper. I appliqued the hearts by machine and added straight line quilting to finish them off. 

The first one I made using her Heart's Content fabric line. Can you see the thimble on the quilt? This gives you the idea of its size. 

Then I decided to make a larger version of the quilt using her pattern, Sweetheart. This version finishes at about 45" x 54". I used Autumn Festival fabric by Henry Glass. I combined it with my neutrals and another blue from my stash and finished binding it one morning as I worked at the quilt show. 

I chose to use straight line quilting because I had seen Carol's at Just Let me Quilt and I loved it! The quilt is so soft, perfect to cuddle, to throw on a couch, or to hang on a wall.

I made a few extra hearts and used one as my label.

Of course I had leftover fabrics, so another mini-charm quilt was added to the mix, and another tote bag!

Now that the show is over, I am focusing on finishing up a few projects and starting a few new ones. The sewing machine is busy and it's a great day for quilting!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

10th Anniversary Quilt Show and Sale

The Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale is reaching the halfway point today. It is our 10th anniversary of the annual show so we are open for 10 days this year. Every day the hours are 10-4.

Day 5 of the show is today and I am as excited to head over to the church this morning as I was on Day 1. I volunteer in the church hall at the "pay me" table, so make sure you come over to say hello. 

Everyday we welcome visitors from home and away, family and friends, quilters, and non-quilters, and all are impressed with the variety of quilts on hand and the skills of our resident quilters.

I started a Facebook page for the quilt show a couple of weeks ago and people  are finding us. The Page is called "Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway" and even if you are not a facebook member, you can see the page and all the pictures by clicking HERE. If you are a Facebook member, please like us and say hello!

I have met several friends at the show that have travelled from various places in Nova Scotia.  My blog friend, Sheila brought a smile and a boatload of compliments when she visited the other day!  She blogged all about it and shows some fabulous pictures at Sheila's Quilt World HERE. 

Then along came four quilters who had been following and commenting on the Facebook page. So nice to meet Monica, Sheila, Debby, and Lorraine in real life.  

Ruth from Pictou arrived yesterday and we had a great visit too!

In the church hall, we have a striking red and white Double Irish Chain quilt set up on a traditional frame. Everyone who visits is invited to sit with us and quilt. Everyday, we have quilters from our area that have been joined at the frame by both novice and experienced quilters. What a wonderful tradition to pass along! In the background you can see some of the smaller items for sale. Lots of tea cosies, crib quilts, and Christmas hangings. 

I'll leave you with a few more pictures to tempt you to pack the car and drive to Port Hastings!

It's a great day for quilting!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show

It's a busy time for quilters and crafters in the Strait area. We're all getting ready for the 10th annual Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale. On Friday, August 7, we'll open the doors to the sale in the 129-year old St. David's Church located in Port Hastings, Nova Scotia. The church is located at the entrance to Cape Breton, after you cross the Canso Causeway and drive around the rotary.

We expect to have over 100 quilts for sale, with the church hall filled to the rafters with smaller hand crafted items. Because it is our 10th anniversary, we will be open for 10 days, from 10-4 each and every day.You'll also be able to enjoy refreshments with us, see some of us quilt on a traditional quilt frame, and perhaps enjoy a tune or two of local entertainment if you drop in on Sunday, August 9th at 2:00 pm. 

I have a few quilty items for sale this year and just this past week put the finish on a few more.  If you recall, the Maine Quilt Show inspired me to make a project I saw on display, the Modern Hexie Table runner.  I used a tutorial to help me on my way, but when I went to the page earlier, it was no longer there. I think if you look at my pictures, you may be able to figure out how I made it.  I loved using my Pedal Pushers mini-charm pack. The fabric line is a "nod to the 1950's and this gal is a baby of the 50's so the fabric called my name! 

I also managed to finish a little quilt, Charming Stars, a Moda Bake Shop pattern. I was looking for a pattern to use up some charm sqaures that were taking space in my cupboards so combined Simply Color and Road 15 with a bright white for a "structured" scrappy quilt. The quilt finishes at about 48" x 64", perfect to use as a lap quilt or for the bottom of a bed. It started off as a sandwich...

but it didn't take long to quilt it. I chose to keep it soft and simple, echo quilting around the stars and stitching 1/4 " away from the sashing lines. 

I decided to use the rest of the charms to add a little interest to the back.

Today I am madly trying to finish a few Christmas table toppers.

I bought the "Santa's on his Way" panel and fabrics at the Maine Quilt cute...and am making the One Big Star pattern with each of the four Santa's I have.  I did my FMQ yesterday and will work on the bindings today.

The final preparations start tomorrow when all the quilters head to the church to register their items. Friday morning is show time! Are you coming for a visit? I plan to stay pretty close to the church for the full 10 days, but if you are planning to visit the show, email me and I'll make sure I'm there to see hello. We have a Facebook page for the church show so please visit it HERE and share with any friends who might be interested. 

Before I go, a huge hug and thank you to my fellow Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet. We had a fabulous time last weekend at the quilt show in Pictou. We shared hugs, stories, were inspired, received some awesome gifts from each other, and I, for one, inhaled the fabulous cookies that Karen made. Visit each of their blogs to see pics from the show and have the chance to get to know them a little better...they are awesome gals...Linda at Scrapmaster, Sheila at Sheila's Quilt World, and Karen at KaHolly. We hope to connect again at the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival

It's a great day for quilting!