Friday, 28 September 2012

Messy at Retreat

Good Day All
Hope you are having a great and crafty Friday.
I'm at retreat and am having a great time.  My morning started off not to good with issues at home.  Dealt with them, Then I went Shopping.  There is this great quilting store in the middle of nowhere about 15 minutes from the retreat.  It is a small store that has a great selection.  Its called Country Stitches in Winfield, Alberta.  I love the store, the staff and the owner.  Its all good and a big reason why I look forward to this retreat.

Here is a picture of my messy table and this is clean to what I normally end up working in.  :)

Do you attend retreats?  What do you look most forward to?  Are you a neat or messy worker?  Would love to hear from you!

And remember:  Give-away is can be found in this post

Later or tomorrow I will post pictures of my latest purchases.

 Here's to a Crafty Day
Vicky K

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Let's Get Acquainted!

Good Morning All
Hope you are having a great day.  Its supposed to be a beautiful day here in Alberta.  And I'm really excited today for 4 reasons!

First - Its my turn on the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop Summer and Fall 2012 that Beth from Plum and June is hosting and doing a great job.

Plum and June

If you're new to my blog - Welcome!  I'm glad you could make it.

Here's a little about me:

I learned how to quilt in 2006 with a few work friends.  We would meet at my house once a month.  One lady taught 3 of us to quilt.  It was great fun.  We stopped meeting when I was put on bed rest for my pregnancy in 2008.  I really missed the camaraderie.  I decided to join a Block of the Month Mystery Quilt at my LQS.  There I met 2 ladies who talked about the quilt guilds they were a part of.  It took me almost a year to join 2 of the guilds in my area.  The meetings help to motivated my quilting and give so much inspiration.  I also started blogging last year to help with motivation and to keep a journal of my quilting and crafting.

The first theme for the Blog Hop is Novelty and a second theme is added - Colour.  I will be focusing on Colour.


I was lucky enough to meet Cheryl Arkison co-author of Sunday Morning Quilts at my quilting guild in September.  Her trunk show was great.  I've seen the book on other blogs and the web but didn't have a chance to check it out.  I still can't believe I got to see so many of the quilts from the book IRL.  I bought an extra book special for this Blog Hop as a give-away.  And its signed!
 Sunday Morning Quilts

There will be 2 chances to enter my give-away :

        - Follow my blog - just leave a comment stating that you are a follower
        - Tell me about your thoughts on the book - First time seeing, Bought the Book, Have a favourite project, Have made a project, etc.

Giveaway will be open until Monday 5:00 pm MST.  Good Luck Everyone!

Third - I'm going to a retreat today.  I can't wait to get everything packed up and head out.   I will have to cut my weekend short as I have a wedding Saturday night.  But I still get Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon to get some quilty time.

Fourth - I may be purchasing a Featherweight today.  I've been hemming and hawing about this Featherweight for a while.  Well I found out last week that sewing machine service store is closing and moving across Canada.  The sewing machine is in great shape, has lots of feet and the manual.  On Sunday, while watching Bonnie's QuiltCam, I asked her opinion about the machine.  She gave me some great advice.  On my way to the retreat, I'm gonna stop by the store and test out the machine.  If it hums and doesn't eat my fabric, it will be coming home with me.  My only other worry, it might be sold already.  Wish my luck.

I'm also thinking of starting a QAL based on the Sunday Morning Quilts Book that will be starting in October.  I will be making "The Missing U."  I love the story behind the quilt and I'm a proud Canadian.  Would you be interested in joining me? (bonus entry for giveaway)

Please visit these great Blogs that are participating with me this week: 

Sep 25
        Amanda from Material Girl Quilts
        Amanda from Fabric Engineer
Sep 27
        Vicky from Vicky K Creating
         Francine from Mocha Wild Child

That's my long post for today.  I will try to keep up with the comments while on retreat but please forgive me if I don't :).

Have a great week and weekend!

Vicky K

Monday, 3 September 2012

LDSI on Twitter

Good Evening
If it was a long weekend for you - hope it was great. Ours was ok with it ending great. We headed to the lake on Saturday afternoon. We had enough time to pull out the quads to get to the lawn mower and it downpoured on us. So we spent the next 19 hours coupes up in a tiny trailer. Little girl was bored senseless. We headed home. I got some laundry finished and then was able to work on some blocks that were driving me nuts. More on that in a future post. I was listening to a podcast while quilting and she mentioned there was a sew-in on Twitter. I was able to join in. We headed back to the lake again today as my brother and his family are going to be staying out there for a while and wanted to help get them set up. It was a beautiful day. After we got them set up, hubby and I took both kids for a quad ride. They loved it! And after the kids were put to bed, I got to come down and play in my sewing room again. I finished the 4 of these blocks. I have another 12 to go. The next will be a lot easier.

Have a great evening!
First day of school tomorrow! Maybe I will get more quilting and blogging done ;).