Sunday, August 11, 2019

Minnesota Shop Hop Bus Trip

I'm back from the Shop Hop Bus Tour and we had a great time. I traveled down to Blackduck, MN with these 5 lovely ladies, we were the only Canadians on the bus. It was an early start, 7am so we drove down the day before and did a bit of shopping and spent the night in Blackduck.  Once on the bus we drove 90 minutes to International Falls to shop at Up North Quilt Shop! If you are ever traveling through Northern Minnesota and wonder if it is worth the trip to the top of the state to check out the quilt shops I can honestly say 'Yes, it is worth the trip!"  I'm kicking myself for not getting photos of the entrance to each shop.

Missy has been a great support of our Highway 10 Designs patterns and likes to display my samples in her shop. Here is my Simply Dashing double and baby size on her shop wall!  Missy also has the Shop Hop Quilt sample I shared in my last blog post in her shop, but didn't get a was pretty crowded in that area of the shop so I didn't want to get in anyone's way.

Once our time was up we headed back to Blackduck and shopped at Anderson Fabric's Quilt Shop.  I was so happy to see they had made a sample of our Shop Hop quilt too!  

 I also discovered a wonderful sample of our Not Your Mother's Rail Fence pattern  hanging in the shop.  

After they fed us lunch we hopped back into the bus and headed off to Oklee Quilting Supply in Oklee, MN.  There I found a lovely sample of our Detour table runner pattern.

The shop was bigger than I expected and the huge cutting table made for a fast moving line to get fabric cut.  All the shops were great at setting up extra cutting areas.

This was the Barn quilt that hangs on the outside of the Oklee shop.

Then back on the bus and off to Sadie Rae's Quilt Shop in Bemidji, MN.  I found a fun sample of our Quarter Sections pattern on the wall with kits made up as well.

So we were all back on the bus and in Blackduck by 7:30pm.  They were able to keep everything running on time and we didn't lose anyone along the way!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Minnesota Shop Hop Quilt

Earlier this year Lori and I were asked if we would like to design a quilt for the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop Northwest Region.  We thought that would be a great way for Highway 10 Designs to connect with the four shops in this regions so said yes!

We designed a pattern that was lap size and could use the  Kansas Troubles fabric line that the Shop Hop participants will receive as a gift ( 4 half yard cuts) after visiting all four shops in the region.  We wrote the pattern in four sections so each shop can hand out one part of the pattern so once participants had visited all our shops they had the complete pattern.

The Shop Hop started August 2nd and runs to August 18th.  I'll be on the Shop Hop bus that is touring the Northwest region on Saturday, August 10 and I heard there are a few spots left!  Should be a lot of fun!

We designed this pattern you can chose either a dark background or a light background.  The fabrics you receive as your gift will depend on which shop you complete your four stops at so will not be exactly like our sample quilt but they will be Kansas Troubles fabric. Here are two diagrams we created to show how the pattern looks in the two colour ways.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Stellar Quilt Top

Thought I would share one of my finished quilt top on the blog as I am still trying to figure out how to quilt it. This is one of our  Highway 10 Design patterns called Stellar and the great thing about it is there is no curved piecing, the circles are created using straight line sewing.  It is made using the Tri Rec ruler, that is the trick to getting the right angle to create the curves. 
I had to put rocks on my quilt top to keep it from blowing away!

I used batik fabrics in shades of off white, blue, brown and orange.  It is similar to our cover quilt but I added more blue. Lori made and quilted our cover quilt so thought I should go through the whole process of making it too!  

I started piecing it back in February 2018 at a quilt retreat and I worked on it off and on over the next year.I t has been sitting and waiting to be quilting for about 6 months now.  I want to custom quilt it but still not sure how yet. I have the whole month to work on it so this might be my only opportunity for awhile!  Here was the picture I shared of it as a WIP back in Feb 2018, it was a great retreat project and easy to keep organized!

So I hope the quilt starts to whisper to me soon as to how it wants to be quilted! :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

My Second Presidents Quilt

This is a very special quilt to me as the blocks were made by my friends at the North Star Quilt Guild and gifted to me for my short term at President of the guild as I moved before finishing my term was done.   They asked what block I would like and I said Sister Choice and then I surprised them by saying "no batiks'!  My first Presidents quilt was all batiks so thought it should be different. This quilt will soon be on the bed in my guest room/office so I can see it every day. 

I did light custom quilting and used Quilters Dream Blend batting.  I did molar feathers in the outer border, a curl in the blue sashing and CC and feather motif in the blocks.  I used an ecru So Fine thread for most of the top and just changed to a fuchsia So Fine for in the outer border.  

So I have a bit of a story to share with this quilt.   In the 10 years I have been longarming I have never injured myself...until this quilt!  I was using a ruler to do the SID and all of a sudden ruler goes flying and my thumb is in terrible pain!  I had no idea what I did a that moment but was expecting to see a needle through my finger when I looked down...hummm no needle in my finger but my nail was cracked in two direction and bleeding. Don't worried, I didn't get any blood on the quilt!  So after putting ice on my thumb for a while I finally figured out what I did.  My thumb was resting on the edge of my ruler ( see photo below) and just slide a bit into the top of the hopping foot, not enough to have the needle hit it but enough for the screw that holds the needle to come down and pinch my thumb between the top of the foot and the screw!  The screw head was what broke my nail so mystery solved. So know I had to get back to the machine and finish this quilt so I made sure to keep my thumb far back on the ruler to not to repeat my mistake. I have a lot more respect for my machine again and hope sharing this experience might prevent another longarmer from repeating my mistake!

Now here is one more photo of my quilt, I figured out how to hang it on my railing with just two clamps, no helpers! :)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Summer Storms and Sunny Days!

With our summers so short that also means we only get a few month of thunderstorms and I love a good thunderstorm!  Now that I have this amazing west view off my front deck I have the perfect viewing platform to take photos of the approaching storms.  We had a fantastic storm roll through last evening, about 7pm so not too dark. Lots of lightening, heavy rain but thankfully no hail or tornado even though I kept getting tornado warnings alerts on my cell phone for our area! Power was out for a few hours so that always adds to the excitement.

Here are a few of the lightening bolt photos I was able to capture on my phone!

Love this next shot as it was of the ominous storm front approaching!  I used my DSLR camera for this one with my wide angle lens.

Now it hasn't all be storms here, we have had a bit of a heat wave for the last couple of weeks along with sunny skies.  Last Saturday Tim and I loaded up the kayaks and headed to Caliper Lake, just 40 minutes north of our place.  The lake was like glass when we arrived and it was already 30'c when we hit the water at 10am.

This is my happy place, on the water with a paddle in hand. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

City Slicker in Zuma

Here is my first finish of the summer and it has a very summery feel!   I pieced this City Slicker quilt top back in February at a local quilt retreat and the fabric is Tula Pink's Zuma collection.  I used a jelly roll and a white on white print background that looks like tiny shells to go with the Zuma's ocean theme.

I used the Ripples Pantograph for the quilting design to keep with the aquatic theme.

I used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

My new flower garden around our deck is slowly starting to show its colours.  Its been an experiment with this being the first year of planting.  There are a few annuals I won't plant again and some shrubs that will need to be moved to a shadier location.  I have been enjoying watching the humming birds at our feeder, had three visit at one time!