Thursday, June 24, 2021

Bramble HST Quilt


Peggy made this modern HST quilt using oversized blocks and a dominant red accent.  She was inspired by a blog post by Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.  The fabric line she used was a Layer Cake called Bramble by Gingiber for Moda. It has images of cute squirrels, deer, raccoons and hedgehogs. 




I quilted it with the Fascination pantograph, used light beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.



I'm still being entertained by the hummingbirds at our feeders.  


Hope to get better shots of them at my Fuchsias and Salvia this summer but happy to catch these one so far.



Tuesday, June 22, 2021

City Slicker in Pinkerville


Vicki made this fabulous quilt using our Highway 10 Designs City Slicker pattern.  She chose a Tula Pink jelly roll called Pinkerville and added grey Grunge for the background. 


I quilted it with the Flourish pantograph, grey So Fine thread and used Quilters Dream Blend batting.




On the weekend we went for a drive in the rain to look for wild pink Lady Slippers that grow in our area.  The blossoms don't last long and are so pretty. My friend Suzette gave me heads up on what road they were abundant along this year so we went to check it out.  So happy to report we found them!






We also came across some wild irises as well.  One of my favorite flowers.



Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Snowflake Quilt


Robin made this lovely blue Snowflake quilt using a pattern by Modern Handcraft. She adapted the pattern to make the full snowflake and added borders to make it a bed sized quilt.


I quilted it with the Bora Bora pantograph to give the feel of wind blowing all the snowflakes in the prints. Used white So Fine thread and white Quilters Dream 80/20 batting.




Robin brought a beautiful blue Grunge backing.



So I have been playing with my new macro lens which has a good learning curve when it comes to taking pictures in manual mode. Here are a few images I have captured so far in my yard.

Ctenucha Moth



Damselfly


Bees in the Snapdragons. 



Bees in the Lupins



The unwelcomed forest tent Caterpillar but when you get up close the markings are beautiful.


Delphinium


Geranium



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Keep on Turning Quilt


Vicki made this fun Keep on Turning quilt, a design by Jeni Baker of In Color Order. The pattern is in the Fall 2020 issue of Quilts & More magazine which you can find here.   Vicki used a variety of bright prints from her stash and a black background that really make the colours pop.


I used the Ginger Snap pantograph, black So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.


The backing is a blue, purple and teal batik!



On Sunday we went to the Heron nesting ground, that is near our house, to see all the young that have hatched this spring.  There are about 8-10 nests with an average of 2-3 young in each.  We were able to watch a few moms return to their nests.  The young would bit at the moms beak and then she would feed them. The nests are about 50 high and 450 feet from where we were observing from the highway with a patch of dead trees between us making it tricky to photograph. I used my 600mm zoom lens.






You can see how close the nest are to each other, here is the second mom coming in.


You can see the young biting at her beak.  And in the nest above the young are biting each others beak.


I always enjoy watching them this time of year as soon the nests will be empty for another year.