Here is what Lori made me for my birthday....Batik Flip Flops....aren't they COOL!!! I got BFF's from my BFF! ( I couldn't resist that one). She also made me a wrap skirt to go with the flip flops. These will be perfect for my cruise this fall. I'm going on my first cruise with my BFF's from High School to celebrate all of us turning 40, I am so excited about this trip. We are meeting in Vancouver, hopping on the Golden Princess and taking a 3 day cruise to LA. Then we are spending a few days in LA then driving to Vegas for a few days! I have never been to Vegas so I'm really looking forward to just hanging out with my friends and seeing a few shows.
..Phyl Broughton. Congratulations Phyl!! The blue totebag now has your name on it! I had my son make the draw.
Time to go enjoy my new "BBQ" ( my Batik Beach Quilt...too funny Kay) and go for a swim. I had a nice Birthday lunch with Lori today and she made me a fanastic gift...I'll take pictures of it for my next post. It is super cool! Thanks Lori.
Finally finished my beach quilt and I just love it!!! I used my dark blue hand dyed fabric that I originally planned to use for the backing for the binding and it looks fantastic. I learnt that hand stitching my dyed binding fabric onto a quilt with my dyed fabric on the back is very hard to do. Took three days to stitch and I had to use a thimble which I never use for binding. But it was all worth it in the end. I used my Dragonfly Pond Pantograph with a light beige thread. This is the first time I have used my new Quilter's Dream Deluxe cotton batting, it is wonderful to quilt with and has a great loft to it.
I loved this quilt so much I even painted my toes to match!!! ( And I rarely paint my toes!)
Our guild makes "Hug Me" quilts that are specifically made for our members who are dealing with medical issues and up here that usually involves going to a larger city for treatment for a few months. We like to give them a quilt to take so they know we are thinking of them while they are away from home.
This is the first of two I volunteered to quilt this summer and I wanted the quilting design to be cheery. My Daisies Galore panto seemed to suit the floral fabric and I also used a light varigated Rainbow thread. I took these pictures in the morning sun so the quilting really stands out but under indoor lighting it is less intense looking!
Don't forget to enter my Totebag Giveaway. I'm making the draw on Friday.
Next week is my 40th Birthday so I thought this would be the perfect time to have a Giveaway for my readers. Now this isn't like most giveaways....you don't have to worry about having to become a follower to my blog, or have to blog about it on your blog. All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and let me know which color of tote bag you would like to win, Blue or Yellow. Easy. If you want to add how you found my blog that would be fun for me to read too.
These totebags are 16" square and made with batik fabrics...my favorite!
I'll make the draw on July 30th (my birthday) at noon (central time). Good luck!
We are now back from our two week stay in Winnipeg and during that time I discovered a quilt shop that I will definately be visiting again. In Morden, Manitoba there is a shop called The Quilter's Jewel and it is a real jewel. The layout and fabrics were beautiful and the staff so friendly. Here I found my fabric for my guilds next Mystery Quilt project, the batiks pictured above. That is a batik black, not a Kona black. I wanted the fabric to be the same so I splurged. I had no idea what color palette to use for this quilt so I was open to anything and since I rarely work with black this will be working out of my comfort zone which is a good thing.
I also had a few things I wanted to pick up for the guild for some projects we are working on. I missed our guild meeting this month because of this trip and the only orders I left to my VP was to not touch the Ice Cream Cone blocks....I was on a mission to find fabric to go with those blocks.
This is what I found and there is enough for 4 quilts plus backing...yes I found a great sale! :)
I also picked up this cute collections for another guild project and it will be for making baby quilts using the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern. Yes, another great sale!
Hope the guild members like the fabrics I found! If not I'll have no problem keeping it :)
My husbands parents Ed and Mary-Ann just celebrated a wonderful milestone in their marriage, 50 years.
My sister-in-law Lee-Anne organized a beautiful party for this special occasion and my other sister-in-law Lynley gave a beautiful speech...that's how we found out they were still 'frisky''!
My husband was MC and bouncer.
Here is the whole family. Tim, Lee-Anne, Mary-Ann, Ed, Lynley and Todd. It is rare to have the whole family together as two of the four siblings live out of town. I must add here that I am very lucky to be part of this warm, kind, and loving family. I think it is rare for four siblings to get along as well as they do and there is always laughter in the air when we all get together.
I have been quilting for 20 years and have turned my passion for quilting into a home business. Tamarack Shack Longarm Quilting opened it's doors January 2009.
This blog is where I share photos of my quilts as well as my clients quilts. I have recently become addicted to dyeing fabric especially snow dyeing as we have snow 6 months of the year. I also throw in few personal stories about living on the shores of Schist Lake, in Northern Manitoba, as life isn't all about quilting.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org