Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Irish Chain Quilt

Bev made this beautiful Irish Chain quilt using a lovely Lilac print fabric with purple and green to accent fabrics.  I quilted it with the Mimosa pantograph, used purple So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Four Patch Charm Quilt in Batiks

Brigitt made my Four Patch Charm quilt for a teenage girl and used beautiful blue, green and purple batiks!   You can find this pattern free on my sidebar.  Brigitt didn't use Charm packs but cut her squares out of yardage so made them bigger!  Her blocks ended up measuring 7 1/2" and the final quilt was 76" x 81".  So if you have been wanting to make this pattern but a bit larger that is one way to do it!

I quilted it with the Tickle pantograph, used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream white 80/20.

Brigitt brought this gorgeous blue Bliss backing by Northcott! 

On Friday it was 25'c and sunny so we headed out to Sable Islands Provincial Nature Preserve on Lake of the Woods.  Its only an hour drive from our house. We had heard about this area a few years ago but had no idea how to get there by kayak. It turns out they is only one public launch spot close to it and it is very well hidden, probably a local secret! :)  It is a beautiful long sandy esker island in very shallow water so perfect to kayak too. We are trying to make the best of our short summers before weather turns cool!

We kayaking about 8km along its shoreline and only saw one other family.  

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Mineral Matrix #4

This is Gay's beautiful Mineral Matrix quilt which was a BOM from Up North Quilt Shop 3 years ago.  The pattern is by A Wing and a Prayer.  Gay brought a Hobbs 80/20 batting and I used a medium beige So Fine thread.  Pantograph design is called Taro which works wonderful on the botanical themed batiks.

My feathered fleece throw is a great accent as it is often thrown on my Mineral Matrix quilt.  If your curious how I make my fleece throws you can check out this old blog post

I was pretty surprised when I laid Gay's quilt on top of mine and realized how much mine has faded in 3 years from the sunlight!  But it happens so gradual and I still love mine! :)

So here is my latest Critter pictures from our kayaking adventure on Rainy Lake last weekend.  We spotted about 4 otters during this paddle and I was able to get a few shots of the baby otter running and hiding in the crevasses in the outcrops. He is hard to see as his fur blends so well into his surroundings.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Winter Solstice Quilt #2

Well September is here and I have my first client quilt to share since my summer break.  Stacey brought me this lovely Winter Solstice quilt which is a pattern by Holly Holderman. You can find the pattern to purchase at this link

Stacey requested Wool batting so I ordered a King size Quilters Dream Wool for her as her quilt top is 101" x116".   The thread is a light grey So Fine and the pantograph design is Fascination.

I had a fun encounter with a porcupine a few days ago and got some great pictures!  My husband saw it walking in the field beside our house when he got home from work so I grabbed my camera and followed it.  What a cutie!

He climbed a tree when he saw me approach, I had my zoom lens so didn't have to get too close.  When I shared these photos on Instagram I was surprised at how many people didn't realize that porcupines climb trees!  They are excellent climbers as tree bark is their main food source in the winter.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Summer Images

Thought I would check in as I haven't been doing any quilting or sewing this month.  Just enjoying the last few weeks of summer before I start back to longarming in September.  I have been taking a lot of hummingbird photos as well as other birds in the area.  I find it to be a great challenge to capture those images and a great thrill when I get a few really good ones. These first photos were taking this morning on my deck. This female hummingbird was not scared of the clicking of my camera as she we enjoying the nectar of the Blue Salvia flowers. 

A few days ago I was able to capture the fighting between the males at the feeder as they are so territorial.  It happens in a blink of an eye, you can hear them chirps at each other and their wings clashing together making a very distinct hum sound like a card in the spokes of a bicycle.

The gold finches are still good amusement.

Have been seeing a pair of eagles around the neighbourhood.

While out kayaking I have been getting brave and bringing my Canon camera with zoom lens!  Love seeing the loons again and hearing their call.

And we found a local attraction on Rainy Lake while kayaking last weekend.  This mermaid was created in 1930 and is an icon of the area.  She is 'human sized' and by the amount of lichen growing on her you can tell how high the water can get on the lake.

I have been pointing my camera to the night sky as well.  This shot of the Milky Way was taken from my back yard.  We have been making the best with all the covid restrictions this year and just enjoying  and appreciating what is around us.  

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Quarter Sections Quilt in Cider Fabrics

 My second finish of the summer is my Quarter Sections quilt made with the Cider collection from Moda. I just fell in love with this fabric line when I saw it so had to buy a fat quarter bundle. It came with coordinating Grunge fabrics so I bought extra teal for the border and binding. 

I couldn't find my original photo of this fabric bundle so copied my Instagram pic which shows I bought it from Fabric Snob in Manitoba.  

I quilted it with the Wildflowers pantograph as that matched well with the tiny flower prints in this collection.   I used a light teal So Fine thread and Quilters Dream 80/20. 

I have been spending a lot of time with my camera this month, enjoy the challenges of taking hummingbird pictures.  Here are a few of my favorites so far.

He has his tongue out in the next one.  Think he was mad at the other hummers for chasing him away from the feeder.

Love how his red throat feather sparkle in this next one.

Been working on capturing their wing feathers in flight.

The hummingbird do not like to share at the feeders so they fight and chase each other away.  I'm trying to capture these moments too but they happen in a blink of an eye!

I also love taking pictures of frogs, toads, snakes and all insects.  

This toad was the size of the palm of my hand so I got down to his level to snap this picture. Love his expression and those eyes! LOL!