Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cape Breton Lobster, Mint Bars and Whales Find a Home

You know, people will drive a lot of miles for a fresh Cape Breton lobster. I've heard tell of a couple who even drove 2494 miles for one! Meet Ray and Jeanne of Illinois. 

Jeanne blogs at Loving Retirement and I've been following her blog for a few years now. Back in January, we started corresponding about a trip they were planning to Nova Scotia. Of course I suggested they add Cape Breton to their Nova Scotian destination and drop by for lobster. And so they did! 

Lobsters can be a little messy to eat, so I gifted them with some tea towel aprons I made with instructions on how to eat a lobster. They followed the instructions very well. Of course, Woodworker Hubby was there as well to show them the ins and outs of cooking the lobster and cracking all those shells.

Nothing better than two blog friends and their hubbies meeting and having a wonderful afternoon of good company and lobster! Jeanne wrote a wonderful summary of the day with many more pictures. Please visit her HERE and if you do, please say hello for me!

Jeanne presented me with a fabulous quilted tote and matching bag. Her quilting and workmanship is superb. The batik fabrics with those beautiful suns just sing to me and there are pockets galore, inside and out!  

It was so special to then open the zippered pouch and find even more treats, including Wonderclips, a mini-Seam-Fix, flower head pins, collapsible mini-scissors, and "That Purple Thang."  This gal knows how to treat a quilter!

The four of us talked like old friends from start to finish, with hardly a pause in the lively conversation. We miss them already. Safe travels and hugs to our new friends!

The sun finally shone today after about a week of rain and the prediction of more to come tomorrow. So out to the clothesline I went to hang "Mint Bars", a quilt designed by Tammy Silvers. She calls it "Quilt Bars" but how could I not change the name? 

Even the wind cooperated today, so I hung the quilt on a tree we called "The Climbing Tree" as the children were growing up.

I did some straight line stitching for the 50" x 60" cuddle quilt using my free motion foot.  Many thanks to Linda at Scrapmaster for giving me some quilting ideas at the MMQG retreat.  I pieced three greys for the backing. 

I added the label and now it is a finish.

Before I go, I wanted to share with you that my little whale quilt has a new owner. Meet Rebecca, a mom-to-be who is the daughter of a dear friend of mine.

Rebecca and her husband were evacuated from the fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta last month and she is staying back home in Nova Scotia to have the baby before she returns. I had been following the Face Book page, Quilts for Fort McMurray, and wanted to participate in some way. When I heard that Rebecca was back home, I knew what I wanted to do. I invited Rebecca and her mom over to choose from one of the baby quilts that I had finished recently.  I was thrilled when she chose the whale quilt. She said it will remind her of Nova Scotia! (Maybe my next baby quilt should have lobsters on it?)

So, as you can see, it has been a very special week and today is a perfect day for quilting!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Whales and Stars

I'm still working on my to-do list for the shop decided to take a break from my bigger projects and focus on a few baby quilts. I think my favorite is a little quilt I finished this week.

It is a tiny little quilt, about 32" x 37", so was fast and easy and a delight to sew! I saw the pattern in the book, Fat Quarter Baby of It's Sew Emma patterns. The name of the pattern is "Andrew" and I purchased it from Mrs. Pugsley's Quilt Emporium from Amherst, the vendor that was at the Thistle Guild Quilt Show a few weeks ago. 

It's Sew Emma has a sweet little You Tube video HERE so you can see some of the wonderful patterns in the Fat Quarter Baby book. Each whale and set of bubbles can be made with a fat quarter, so I picked up some cute "bubble" fabrics by Hoffman when I was at The Fabric Cupboard in Moncton recently. 

I found a stitch on my Pfaff Expression 3.5 (stitch 108) that resembled a wave so I played around with the width and length and did some "wave" quilting about 1.5" apart.

My DD tells me she thinks all baby quilts should have flannel on the back, so I followed her suggestion and used a blue pin dot flannel on the back. 

I have to say I think this is one of the cutest baby quilts I have ever made! Thank you It's Sew Emma for such a great design!

I also finished a Star Bright quilt this week, using pinks and greys this time to make it suitable for a girl baby. This is a free pattern by SwimBikeQuilt that works up so quickly. I know, because this is the third time I've made this pattern!

My quilting lines were done with a serpentine stitch, keeping the 40" x 45" quilt nice and cuddly! 

And again, following DD's advice, I used a pink pin dot flannel for the back!

Once these quilts were done, I pulled out my Bar Quilt that I blogged about HERE

I made the sandwich, pinned everything, and am now in the midst of quilting it.

It's a great day for quilting!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet (NSQBQ) on the Road

What a time we had last week when we met in Westville, Nova Scotia for the Thistle Guild Quilt Show! The four of us, dubbed the Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet (NSQBQ) made a day trip from our homes and met up in Westville for lunch, followed by a few hours inhaling the beauty of the quilts and quilty items at the show. 

 Our troupe included Linda from Scrapmaster, Sheila from Sheila's Quilt World, and Karen from KaHolly. We were also joined by Linda's daughter Niki, and quilty friend Beth. Each of the quartet members has published a blog post about the day so please visit them to see more quilty goodness! I borrowed this picture from Karen's blog to share. Left to right, Karen, Linda, Me, and Sheila.

I took a few pictures that day. So much inspiration!

You may recognize the pattern of the last quilt. This was designed by Kaaren of The Painted Quilt...a free pattern that you can find on her blog.

A few more quilty delights!

There were lots of displays of quilted items made from challenges or as a result of the guild's workshops they have throughout the year. These miniatures were breathtaking!

Lots of bags and pillows: 

The next quilt was reversible, an unbelievable creation that won The Viewer's Choice Award that day. The first picture is actually the back of the quilt. Amazing!

Sheila had several entries in the show. Her work is superb! Here are just a few of her items I captured on camera...

We were all enamored by Sheila's small hanging. Look at that stitching!

When we had exhausted the aisles, we went for tea and exchanged our challenge pillows. My gorgeous pillow was made by Karen. I wear a lot of black, grey, and white so it sure matches what I was wearing that day. Karen's workmanship is perfection! Thank you so much, Karen, I love it! To see all the other pillows, visit Linda's blog HERE. 

Next year we are going to do round robin quilts. We'll each make a 12" block and then add borders to each others blocks. Can't wait!

We always have so much fun when we get together. Thanks for sharing the day with us! It's a great day for quilting!