Saturday, 27 October 2012

Friday Night Sew In

Good Evening All
Sorry I've been missing in action.  I finished the competition quilt, took pictures and sent off them off with the entry form.  About 4 hours after I put the package in the mail, I remembered I didn't complete the form  uggghhh.  I'm so disappointed.  I sent an email to the organizers.  I haven't heard anything yet.  This is the first time that I've entering a contest and was talking myself out of entering.  All those crazy negative thoughts.  My friends were very supportive and one said to do it for the experience.  I really liked that comment and it helped me finish the quilt.  I will do a post about it around the middle to end of November.  I can't wait to show it to you all.

Handmade by Heidi

I linked up with Friday Night Sew-In yesterday and this is what I was working on:

This is a quilt that I'm making for the Quilt University - Starting From Scratch class.  I'm working on the borders.  There is a checkerboard boarder and then another red outer boarder.  This quilt is taking me a very, very long time to finish.  I really need to start on a commission quilt and would like to make the Halloween Wall Hanging I showed the fabric earlier.  But I don't want to have to drag this quilt out again later.  Its not a hard quilt and I like the colors/fabric.  I'm not sure what's holding me back to finish it?  Do you have projects like this on your plate?  What helps to motivate the finish?

Have a great weekend!
Vicky K

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Guild Night

Good Evening All

I had a very unproductive creative day today.  I had my guild meeting this evening, which I usually take some hand work to do at the meeting.  I was able to cut out 2 more Hexie - Block of the Week.  During the meeting, I was only able to piece together 1/3 of one block.  That's ok, its a work in progress and no rush.

The guest speaker was Joanne Middleton from Patchwork Shoolhouse.  Her quilts were beautiful.  I really liked the "Me & D'arcy Mcgee" pattern.  I was also hemming and hawing about the whole video collection.  Two of my friends ended up buying a few videos themselves, which made me lean more towards purchasing all the videos.

I call myself an experienced beginner.  I still feel like a beginner quilter but know how to fudge my way out of issues.  The "Precision Piecing" video was really calling my name.  I ended up buying the whole video collection as everyone was leaving.  Sorry Joanne.  She had over 4 hours to get home. 

It came in a metal case, 7 videos, a pattern, and a pin.  I was also to pick the Mcgee pattern :)

I was so excited about the videos, I watched the first one already.  Basic Training.  The video is good and the showcased pattern is nice.  I think the video was a quick overview of quilting, hoping the precision piecing goes more into detail.  So far so good on my investment.

Have you heard of Patchwork Schoolhouse?  You should check it out.  The patterns are very reasonable and are beautiful.

Hope you've a great day!
Vicky K

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Applique Class

Good Evening All

I did very little crafting today.  I was able to cut out the applique fusible pieces for the Shauna Case Applique class that is being held for our guild members.  She is doing a trunk show on Friday and then all guild members are able to take a class on Saturday.  I`m pretty excited!  Have you heard about her patterns?

Here is a picture of my pieces.

Hope you've had  great day!
Vicky K

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Shopping Trip

Good Evening All

Not sure if I mentioned before, our sewer has been backing up for the last week.  The city has come for the second time today and it still wasn`t fixed.  My morning was busy with dealing with the guys.
And then I took my kids to 2 quilting stores today.  I wanted to get the backing and the binding for the competition quilt.  They did pretty good, but I don`t prefer fabric shopping with the kiddos.

I had full intention of basting the quilt and figuring out how to quilt it.  But then I remembered we had to go shopping for winter boots for the kids.  Now its almost midnight and no further along than yesterday.   :(

Here is a picture of the backing and binding that I got today.

Hope you`ve had a crafty day!
Vicky K

Monday, 8 October 2012

4th Quarter Finish Along

Good Evening All

I was able to get a lot of sewing done yesterday.  So excited.  I finished the top for the competition quilt.  I will put up pictures after I know the results of the competition.  This is the first quilt that I will enter, so not really expecting much.

I also finished putting the blocks together for the Learn to Quilt I enrolled in on Quilt University.   I need to now add 3 borders, 1 which is pieced.

I'm linking up to Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap 4th Quarter Link Up Party.  If you have any unfinished projects, you should link up too.

Project 1:  QU Learn To Quilt
Project 2:  Still need to put a hanging sleeve on this wall hanging

Project 3:  This is the pieces to my competition quilt.  Guess I like Black, White and Red LOL

Project 4:  Christmas Table Runner - Need to applique berries and leaves on, then quilt it.

Project 5:  Quilt Little Guys Quilt

Project 6:  Wilderness Quilt - Basted, Needs Quilting

Project 7:  Wedding Quilt - Needs Applique, then Quilting

Project 8:  Tops `N` Tails Quilt - some strips sewn together

Project 9:  Circle Dance Quilt - this one`s been started 2 years ago.

Project 10:  Mystery Quilt - Pieces cut

Wow, I can`t believe that I have that many UFO`s listed. And I haven`t even made a dent in the piles around my room.  :)

Hope you`ve had a great Monday!

Vicky K

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Round Robin Anyone?

Good Morning All

I had a great time last night.  Very relaxing.

I just signed up for the The Quilt U Be Mine Mini Mystery Round Robin.  From the Quilts From My Crayon Box blog.  Michele is looking for lots of people to sign up.  You will end up with a quilt top for Valentine's.  Crazy to think of Valentine's before Halloween.  Kudos to the people who plan ;).


 Have a Creative Day
Vicky K

Saturday, 6 October 2012

"The Missing U" Quilt

Good Morning All

I'm hoping to get some quilting done today before we head to my brother and sister-in-laws for Thanksgiving Dinner.  We are going out of the box today.  The menu is chilli and buns and then we are all going to hunker down on the couch and watch a movie.  It will be nice and cozy as there will be at least 8 of us, possibly 10 :).  That's my kind of night.  Curled up together on the couch.  What is your favorite way to spend Thanksgiving?

I've mentioned in my giveaway that I would be interested in doing a QAL of the Sunday Morning Quilts book and I would like to do "The Missing U" quilt.  Here is a picture of the quilt from the book.

I delayed in talking more about it as I was checking with Cheryl if it was ok.  She gave the go ahead.  I would love to have others join me in a QAL.  You could choose any pattern in the book that interested you.

I'll work on the details this weekend and post early next week.  I hope you will join me.  I know there are a lot of things I would like to make from the book.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend to my fellow Canadians.  Have a wonderful weekend to everyone else.

Vicky K

Friday, 5 October 2012

Halloween Wall Hanging

Good Evening All

I'm taking a break from choosing fabrics to show my fabric purchase while on retreat.  We Quilters are really lucky at this retreat.  There is an amazing quilting store in the middle of nowhere about 15 minutes away from the retreat.  Its in a little town - Winfield, AB.  She has one of the most fabric selections I have seen so far in Alberta.

I kept my purchases small this time.  I bought all the fabric needed for a wall hanging that is in the new Fons and Porter's Quilting Celebrations.  My little guy loves Halloween, so I thought he would really like if we hung this up.  I'm hoping to get some tracing done tomorrow.  Its getting kind of late tonight to start.

I just love the bright purple

 The top fabric you can see on the left is the backing

I think it will sew up quickly 
reminder to self:  sew on sleeve :)

That's it for me tonight.

Hope you've had a creative day!


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Did I buy it?

Good Evening All

I wanted to post this earlier but it took me a few hours to find my camera.  My house is in disarray and its driving me crazy.  I dumped out all my kids toys on the floor downstairs today.  Now I get to clean it up, mostly by tossing.  I left it on the floor so my hubby could see the massive amount of toys we have.  When I pick something to give to away, hubby usually has an excuse to keep it.  He told me we need to get rid of a lot.  Yay!

I debated if I should show a picture of the mountain - here it is:

 Wish me luck.

On my way to the retreat, I stopped by the service store closing out.  I test drove the Featherweight with triangle pieces I brought from home.  After figuring out the machine, it worked great.  So I bought it!  Here is my new baby:

The lady said the machine was made in 1946.  And all the pieces are original.  I hope to have this one for a long time.

I didn't get to do anything quilty today.  Our sewer is backing up again and the main stack is in my sewing room.  The room is a mess.  Hubby's been working 12 hour days, so he's only been able to work a little at a time.  He thinks he's finally gotten it clear tonight.  But he won't get rid of his tools till tomorrow.

Hope you are getting some quilty time.
Vicky K

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Left early

Good evening all
Hope you've had a creative day, even if only in your mind.

I'm trying something new with my blog - adding categories.  What do you think?

What's Happening Now

I'm laid up on the couch right now.  I had a doctor's appointment today that left me crampy and lightheaded.  Should be as good as new tomorrow. (hoping)

What I did Today

I got to play around today in my quilt room on some blocks I'm trying to come up with for a competition that's due later this month.  Need quite a few more hours for play and will try to do some more tomorrow. As I'm typing this, I also got a new idea for the quilt.

Story of the Day

I wasn't able to stay at the retreat for the full 4 days.  I ended up leaving around 3:00 on Saturday afternoon.  I looked like this on Saturday during the day:

 And this is what I looked like in the evening:

We were invited to Hollywood Glam 1930's Wedding.  It was held in a historic house in Edmonton.  The wedding was great fun.  Small and intimate.  There was a scavenger hunt, The Newlywed Game, and Blackjack.  My SIL's brother was the one getting married.

They got engaged in July and the wedding as last week, a very short engagement.  And of course, I thought - I should make them a quilt!  LOL  I had a quilt in pieces from a challenge at my guild that I didn't finish in time and another quilt ready to be quilted which I didn't have a plans for.  When my SIL was over, I asked her which one she thought would suit the couple.  She picked the one in pieces.  I also considered ordering 1930 reproduction fabrics but SIL talked me out of it.

This quilt was very hard to stick with.  I felt like I was ripping more than sewing.  If it wasn't for it being a wedding gift, I don't think I would have ever finished it.  The quilt pattern calls for appliqued flowers in the centre of the blocks.  About 3 weeks before the wedding, I got the idea of signature blocks from the guests for the centre.  Both sisters' of the couple thought it was a great idea.  Which also meant - I didn't have to have the quilt finished - just the top ;) LOL

Here is the finished top (picture was taken at 2:30 AM Saturday)

I have signature circles from every guest or couple that was at the wedding.  The wedding couple loved the quilt and the idea.  I also informed them that the quilt would be finished for Christmas.  Now to start thinking of how I'm going to quilt it hmmmmm????

Have a great day!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Winner of Giveaway

Good Evening All

Thanks for all the comments for the GiveAway and for all of  you who joined my site.  I now have a 100 followers.  What an exciting milestone!

And the Winner is:

Number 14:

Hi Vicky, nice to meet you. This is a great book I saw my local Jo-Ann store, it is beautiful.
Thanks for the giveaway. 

Congratulations Martha, I've just sent you an email for your address.  Can't wait to hear from you.

I'll have information about the Quilt Along and pictures from the weekend in the next few days.

Have a crafty day