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Sunday, December 30, 2012

FMQ challenge wrap-up

so sad but it is time to say goodbye to the FMQ challenge of 2012...over the year i have learned so much and gained so much in terms of confidence with my FMQ...i learned about threads finding that i love my aurifil thread for piecing and quilting both...love the way it sits down in my quilt and not on top of it...learned i like the dense quilting...i learned to slow down and take my time...it is hard to be accurate when going to fast...the same may be said of driving one's car...i am so glad i just happened upon this challenge while "cruising the net"...i can't say enuf about sewcalgal and all the time she has invested in seeing this year long project to completion...where does that women get her energy and where does she get the time?...when i first found the challenge it was already february and i was one month behind...the first two months i added my photos by flicker and then i reactivated my old blog...learning to FMQ the piece, then take photos, importing them to i photo, editing the photos, then i added watermarks and imported them to my blog...all this was a big learning curve for me but has been so rewarding...now for the big reveal...drum roll please...


tutorials from january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, bonus for october, november and finally to wind it up december
 a more close up view of the little quilts...soon to have borders and then binding



may bonus tutorial by Linda Moran using marbled fabric...enjoyed this nice easy relaxing quilting





tree branches adapted from photos for the august bonus tutorial taught by Susan Brubaker Knapp 


the tutorial for october was taught by Teri Lucas...she had us start with our names and then add quilting around this feature...fun, fun fun...so i completed all 12 monthly challenges and 3 of the 4 bonus challenges...i would really like to try the last challenge but the program is only for PC not mac computers...but i will find one...i even managed to complete two quilt and start the quilting of another
first i used my new skills to finish "sky horses"


then i finished "farm horses"
detail of farm horses
now i am using those skills to finish my "once in a blue lizard quilt"
it has been a year of fun and learning...thanx to all the people who joined in making this such a terrific experience...
thanx to all the quilting experts who taught us so much through out the year...
thanx to all the sponsors of the monthly prizes and grand prizes
thanx to sewcalgal for all her hard work and dedication in putting this challenge together

FMQ challenge bonus tutorial

i love the puffiness trapunto brings to quilts and quilt design...it adds texture...often giving a quilt much more eye appeal...so i was glad to see this bonus tutorial by Diane Loomis...i have used trapunto in quilts but usually just using it in a way that i found worked for me...i have never tried a method by a quilt teacher...first i used the design given to us in the tutorial and then branched out on my own with my own design which is a lizard as i am into lizards...you will see it soon when i finish up my lizard quilt...
block with design by Diane Loomis

branching out on my own with the lizard...a work in progress

Saturday, December 29, 2012

FMQ challenge for december



some how i have managed to get it done...christmas miracle for sure...i have spent the better part of a week flat on the couch fighting bronchitis and then developed an ear infection on top of it...

this was definitely a fun tutorial for sure enjoyed in quite a lot...but now what will i do...guess i will have to set my own challenge for myself...this challenge has definitely forced me to work...oh what oh what will i do...need to figure it out before the clock strikes 12 on next monday and it becomes 2013...any ideas people

Friday, December 28, 2012

winter


winter has officially arrived...for those of us living in northern bc this means the days will be become longer...no longer is it getting dark at 4pm and still dark at 8 am...those who live even farther north most greet this day with even more joy...it also means christmas is just around the corner...i spend the better part of november and december getting ready for Miss O's birthday party on dec 23...suicide mission...yes truly it may have been but we pulled it off...


i can't believe i made all that food with the help of my husband, daughter and son-in-law...i enjoyed every moment of doing it...

 Miss O and her cousins
don't we all love a party young and old alike...look at great grandpa laughing 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

did someone say christmas party?


 did someone say party

christmas party, birthday party, dinner party....we all love parties don't we...any excuse to get together and laugh...really...this year at my house we will be celebrating both a birthday and christmas back to back...thought i would share my work in progress...which isn't quilting but rather a party for my granddaughter who turns one on dec 16...the christmas tree on the maternity ward last year was decorated in a nutcracker theme...this was so fitting as her mother was and still is a huge nutcracker ballet fan...


the table is getting set and awaiting the legions of goodies

elizabeth and i have worked back and forth on plans for decorations and menu...lots of sweets at this party...on the menu just to mention a few morsels are ballet shoe sugar cookies, mouse king sugar cookies, gingerbread snowflake cookies, gingerbread popcorn, candies nuts, white chocolate peppermint bark, dark chocolate macadamia nut bark, mennonite grandmother cookies, cupcakes and the list goes on...the goodie bags for small party guests to take home will have elf donuts, reindeer food, balls and more...the planning has been so much fun and making even more...




some party guests have already arrived...even the cold and snow could not keep them away...


Miss O contemplating her letter to Santa

even grandpa is getting into the swing of party planning...bring on the crystal, silver and guests lets get this party underway....
Happy birthday Olivia!
but for now we are going to join the party at 
party on dudes!!!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

FMQ challenge for november


i haven't been very active on this blog....today i was figuring out that i have been away from my home for 36 out of the last 62 days...i have been to Italy, Spain, Houston for quilt festival, to visit my daughter and now to the neighbouring province...not much time to quilt...it will be time to return to work soon...have managed to spend some time in my studio...





i measured and marked one practice piece with my wave ruler...didn't make much difference to the final design...one practice piece i only marked three parallel lines and then just sewed by eye...i like this piece better..i felt more relaxed doing this work...more just like winging it which seems to suit me better...


the two pieces...you can see the parallel line on the bottom piece on the right... i have been spending some time with my sketchbook due to being away from my sewing machine...i did do a bit of sketching in venice one day while sitting in a campo...one of the items i did a quick sketch of was the lamp posts...
the quick sketches i did while sitting in the campo

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i then did some doodling in my sketchbook using the tile blocks of angela walters and using the little swirls of this months challenge by sarah vedeler done in a similar way as the lamp posts...this is what came out of my weird little brain...going to try this out as a filler design...the little swirls taken to another level...might be a little dense but going to give it a whirl


Friday, October 26, 2012

blogger's quilt festival

it is once again time for the blogger's quilt festival...i love that i get to see all those quilts that we keep hidden away in closets and guest bedrooms...drag them out and shake the dust off them...show them off...
 sky horses
the design for this quilt came into my head years ago...it has taken a long route to actually arriving...as most of my artwork the design arrived almost whole...i have done several different versions on paper...there are two versions in fabric and another one coming...
 one of my favorite blocks
 the muse
 blowing in the breeze
 hanging out in his show halter and the quilt...have been thinking about making him a winter blanket like this...what do you think?
 "hooked my fortune" aka "hook" seems impressed with his quilt...
 
 thx to AmysCreativeSide for sponsoring this show and all the work that goes along with it....

finished size 84 by 96
original design, raw edge applique, paper pieced flying geese, 
quilted on DMS by myself
best categories
1)Favorite Applique Quilt
2) Favorite Bed Quilt  
3) Favorite Home Machine Quilted Quilt  

Monday, October 22, 2012

finished october free motion quilting challenge

haven't had much time to work on this month's challenge...returned from my trip to venice, italy and granada spain...oh how i loved spain...warm, colours, people and air...great food...i have not spent much time at my machine...i did get to spend a day at my friend's stitching in the ditch around my lizards on my quilt...what a gift to be able to try out a long arm...a gift that will be hard to repay...i have managed to spend some time quilting...hard to get over that jet lag...but it does seem behind me... ok so this is my piece...please forgive my photo... i dropped my computer down the stairs...it has gone to the facility to be repaired...oh how i hope...anyway i am unable to do much with the photos until i get my baby back...

Friday, October 12, 2012

the alhambra

grand mosque of cordova, spain

i have been in granada, spain since sunday...flew here from venice...yesterday we took the bus to see the grand mosque of cordova which has  been chanced in to a christian church...what is remaining is so beautiful it brings tears to your eyes...how can anything so simple be so beautiful...rows and rows of red and white horseshoe arches..simple elegant beauty...




so simple but so elegant...repeat...repeat...repeat





the colour and shape just recede into the distance 



one angle after another...repeat the shape...quilting patterns all the way...inspiration here in this house of worship


i could have stood in is place and taken photos for hours as each time you took a step the angle of the arches changed and the view was different 




so many photos...this place was so calm and spiritual...wonderful feelings

Saturday, October 6, 2012

doorways of venice

love the doors and doorknobs, handles...brass for the most part...very different then what we have in canada...everything is created with beauty in mind unlike canada where function seems to be valued more...beauty or function...the crietia for keeping objects or belongings...if it is beautiful but not functional we can keep it or if it is functional but not beautiful we can keep it...if it your belongings do not fit either category then it is time to reassess their value in your life... i want it to be both beautiful and functional...





can't buy these doorknobs at home...beautiful and functional both...maybe i can buy these at home i just need to look...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quilting patterns in venice



so here i am in Venice...so much to see, eat and drink...walking is so great to do each day as it is either walking or water taxi...walking is wonderful...i try to start the day with i short walk and then do my stretches...then hit the streets...





canals and streets



mid afternoon canal view...laundry drying... sun shining...










door knob...a Turk's head...not very politically correct today but very old Venice..

always someone enjoying a gondola ride...