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Sunday, December 15, 2013

swoon coming to life


believe! in yourself
believe! in santa
so many things to believe in

finally got started on quilting my swoon...of course it was pieced using aurifil thread...and i am quilting it with aurifil mako cotton 50wt... my absolute favorite thread...love it for piecing...seams are strong, tight and lie flat...love it for quilting as it does not build up on the fabric but sits low on it...i went through my extensive collection of aurifil thread and came out with about a dozen colours
i went through my extensive collection of aurifil thread and came out with about a dozen colours and then i set about quilting...oh i am loving my new APQS George...it makes moving that quilt about so much easier...
 stitched in the ditch around the swoons and the set about quilting designs in each piece...loving my aurifil threads...strong and lint free...makes cleaning the machine easier
 lots of work to quilt a large quilt but what is get is so worth it

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

christmas stocking ready to go...bring on the toys santa

bring it on Santa...i have finished Olivia's Christmas stocking...last year i bought a Wooly Lady Christmas stocking kit at my LQS...i had intended to get it done but it did not happen...so this year i bought a Aurifil Lana Wool Folk Art collection also at my LQS...so several weeks ago i started to work on the stocking...i used mostly aurifil wool thread to blanket stitch this stocking and i love the way it turned out...
 i have a wool quilt in kits sitting in my closet ready to be sewn and my plan is to get to work on it in january... but i need more aurifil lana wool thread...why why why doesn't aurifil thread have a black friday or cyber monday sale...i could really use a sale as i need lots of colours... 
maybe Santa will fill my stocking with some wool thread...cuz Santa i have tried my best to be good all year long...

Thursday, November 28, 2013

"once in a blue lizard" also known as "the quilt that hates me"

well i have finally finished my quilt...took me 14 months...some tears...some not so nice words...as per my usual way of working i just launched off into sewing...i did have a idea in my head...not such i bright one now that i think of it...ok so i wanted to lizards to be crawling in different directions...so i sewed them onto rectangles and then cut and pieced those rectangles together...sound good right...wrong i ended up with a 84 inch bias seam from corner to corner...i could not get it to lay flat...enter the not so nice words... 
insert bad words now
trying to get it to lay flat...you can see that it never will

finally taped it to the floor and pined the borders on top...at least they were square...i then sewed them on top edge with a overcast stitch and trimmed the backside...ok so this is one not so square mess...
taped to the floor to get it as straight as possible

so i took it to my friend and we put it on her long arm got it as square and even as possible...stitched around each lizard and then i quilted it...now the borders are all wavy no really very wavy...so i quilted them at a angle to ease in the fullness...ah good feeling...that wasn't that bad...trimmed it square and what the heck all the threads popped back as the wool batting puffed up...ok boxed that thing up and hid it in a closet...finally decided to give it another go...sewed the edges down...took all the border quilting out and then requilted it...ah good feeling again...bought the binding fabric...folded it the wrong way and instead of having 40 inch long bias strips i had 20 inch long strips joined at a right angle...i then said bad words and threw everything in the corner...2 days and i got back at it...sewed the binding with many more joins then it should have had...sewed the binding on...ah good feeling...nope i was 12 inches short of binding...now down to very small 5 inch strips to make more...finished it up and hand sewed the binding along the back... finished finally except for the name change from
"once in a blue lizard" to "the quilt that hates me" what a challenge but i rose to meet it...


introducing "the quilt that hates me" 
 i really like the quilt now it is finished 

ok one to the next quilt...half way thru my next lizard quilt...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

we have a winner!!!

i used a random number generator to pick the winner of the quilting gallery give thanks blog hop... the luck winner is
Vicki H who said "Lovely Christmas fabrics. I was born and raised in Minnesota. Got married and moved to Wichita, Kansas where we have lived for 36 years."...

merry christmas and enjoy the fabrics Vicki H...they will be in the mail as soon as i here from you

Thursday, November 21, 2013

quilting gallery blog hop party...oh i love a party

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this party is being hosted by the quilting gallery blog-hop-party


ok i won't require you to jump thru difficult hoops to be eligible for the draw...i would like you to tell me where you live...simple...i will pick someone randomly after midnight PST on november 26th...the lucky person will receive this bundle of 5 canadian fat quarters...they are larger then american fat quarters as they are a quarter of a meter not a yard...

i do like these christmas fat quarters...i can see myself making a table runner or some stockings for this year or next

good luck everyone and happy blog hopping...so hop on over the other blogs at quilting gallery blog-hop-party ...rock on, hop on, party on people...thx quilting gallery

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

swoon swoon woon

i have been working on my swoon quilt for several months...other projects needed to be finished also so it hit the back burner for awhile...i managed to cut one block wrong and had to buy additional fabric...had to wait for 3 weeks for it to arrive and then i was able to finish the final block...


i love the large sized blocks

blowing in the breeze...
the border fabric is in the washer along with binding and backing fabrics...so soon i will have it finished...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

getting ready for christmas

several months ago i started a christmas table cloth...i used a layer cake as i wanted it to be simple...no fancy piecing just simple design...big square blocks...i simply sewed to together a layer cake...i used Aspen Frost by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics layer cake...totally out of character for me i used more pastel fabrics...yep that is unusual...sewed it together several months ago and finally yesterday and today i sat down and quilted it
 quilting in progress
 i kept the quilting simple...not the best i have done but i still getting use to quilting on my APQS George
hanging outside...just the binding to finish it off and on the table it goes...i managed to get some photos between the freezing rain drops this morning...cold and damp...but that is early winter here...soon there will be more snow then the little bit we have at the moment


Monday, October 28, 2013

amy's creative side blogger's quilter festival time again


once again it is time for the blogger's quilt festival...great to see all the quilts...for those of us who live in remote areas it is so valuable to be able to see and attend a quilt show...on line...i am entering my "Farm Horses" quilt...a work that rattled around in my head for several years before it poured out on to paper where it then transformed into a quilt...

the original sketch for my quilt
the finished quilt...i love the colour and those thin little legsi



 some of the detail from the quilt...

 hanging in the wind and enjoying the sunshine...

i am entering this quilt in both the appliqué and the machine quilted on home
 machine categories


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

finally finished that quilt

now i have my new George i got right at it and finished that baby quilt which has been waiting for me to get it quilted...and here it is hanging out with the chain saw carvings at the beach...




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Sunday, October 13, 2013

my crown prince george

not wanting to be out done by Prince William and his wife Kate...i decided i would buy my very own Prince George and here he is sitting in my sewing room...


this is the first of many quilts i hope to finish...

detail of this bright baby quilt




Friday, October 11, 2013

and the winner is.......





the envelope please...and the winner is: ( drum roll please


who said
I need to make some fabric storage buckets for my sewing room. The colors of those fat quarters is perfect!



thanx to all who entered my giveaway and who have followed
 my blog over the last 18 months...i enjoy all the comments you make and more then that i enjoy seeing your work...
happy thanksgiving weekend to all those in canada



Thursday, September 26, 2013

giveaway did someone say giveaway

did someone say giveaway...to celebrate my 100th post i am hosting a giveaway...it includes two of my favorite things...a bundle of 5 fat quarters and wonder clips...
yummy yummy colours

to win all you have do is tell me what you would make with these fat quarters... my blog followers will get another entry...please make sure you are not a no-reply blogger and if you are please leave me you email address...the giveaway will be open until next thursday october 3 at midnight PST...thx for the support over the last 18 months...and finally Good Luck everyone

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

what do you call a group of lizards?..herd...?

so what do you call when there is more then 3 lizards together...i have no idea but this is what they look like hanging out together..
slowly but surely the quilt is coming together...i am liking it quite a bit...but when i look at it i now think i am going to have to add grey borders with circles around the out side...what do you think

 lizards hanging out on the horse corral rails...just where you would expect to find a herd of lizards...

when i was working on this quilt at the retreat this weekend someone told me the lizard in the bottom right hand corner looked like he had stuck is foot in a electrical socket...kind of does...





some of the sashings hanging over a small aluminium ladder...this ladder was one of out favourite toys as children growing up.
..i found it in the shed cleaned it up and moved it inside to my studio...when i look at it i remember all the fun times my siblings and i had using it to climb up trees, get on the roof (where we were not allowed), used it to get in the numerous tree forts we build over the years...many fond memories





the circles getting ready to be starched..going to take about twice as many as i have to go all 
around the perimeter of my quilt

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"once in a blue lizard x 2"

so several months ago i started a new lizard quilt...the design came easy but finding the fabrics has been more difficult...during a recent trip i stopped at several quilt stores...one store yielded 5 fabrics which all i am in the process of turning into lizards for the quilt...14 blocks in this quilt...that is no less then 14 lizards and some blocks may have more then 1 lizards...i have been tossing around the idea of groups of 2 or 3...
 first 2 of 14 blocks and the sashing with circles...going to be lots of colour...lots of work all those circles...but i think it will be well worth the effort
ah how i love a quilt hanging outside blowing in the breeze...warms my heart...i have 2 more blocks started and ready to stitch down to their background fabrics

don't forget this is post number 98 ( i messed that up last time) and post number 100 will be a giveaway...just in time for the kids to head back to school and we head back to our quilting spaces

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Monday, September 2, 2013

oh those lucky stars..

lucky stars! each month a new block arrives...i look forward to waking up and seeing what is in store for the month...anticipation...a little like christmas...waiting and then the reward...
 the september block on the left...most of the blocks on the right

the celebrate post number 100...i plan to have a giveaway...this will be post number 98...so stay tuned we are only 2 more posts away




Tuesday, August 20, 2013

sewing at a snail's pace

ok this is how my quilting feels right now....a snail's pace
i have started working on my "swoon blocks" got the first one done...i must remember i am not any accurate piecer and this drives me crazy...i much prefer paper piecing and applique


 i like the colours but wish i had used them in the exact opposite places...oh well it is the way it is...


my august "lucky star" block
i wish things were moving faster with my quilting but i will be happy with what i have...coveting is what gets us into trouble...so be happy with what i have


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