Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I'm hooked

on knitting these days. Thanks to the yarn manufacturers, who offer free patterns, I can pick and choose what I want to knit. I had never made a knitted hat before but after the first one for little Luc, I can't seem to stop.

This is the one I am working on at the moment. It's a Bernat Baby Jacquards yarn called "I'm a Big Boy" and I really like how the different colours become stripes. Variegated yarn has become a favourite.

And on another note, I seem to have had an uninvited visitor yesterday. I opened the front door to leave and this little guy (or girl) appeared to have made my verandah his/her home and was lounging around.

I took this shot from my front window since I didn't know if he/she would stick around by the time I got my camera and positioned myself at the front door. As it was, he/she had skedaddled by the time I got there.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Every Inchie Monday #39

Wisdom: scholarly knowledge or learning; the quality or state of being wise.

 A bit of tongue-in-cheek humour today with Wisdom. I wonder how else one is to drink from the bottle if one does not 'Remove [the] Cap?' It was found on my recent trip to BC.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Another quilt show - Part two

And so, here is the final installment of the Yorkshire Rose Quilt show.

I do like the American southwest and the art that comes from that area. This was another favourite of mine from the show.

I think this was started in a workshop. Black, white, a bit of yellow and my favourite blue.

Weaver Fever is what this pattern is called.

It is amazing what one can do with scraps. I really like this layout.

Bright colours with black to set them off.

This lady really liked making these little quilts.

They were really cute and would make a nice addition to a child's room.

This quilt came about from a crayon challenge. Each participant picked a crayon from a paper bag and was to create a quilted item using the name of the colour of the crayon as inspiration. Tropical Rain Forest was the colour of the crayon.

A bright New York Beauty.

This hand quilted, whole cloth quilt is by my friend Penny who made it as a wedding gift for a young lady to whom she was a nanny.
The backing is a tone on tone yellow.

A close-up of the quilting.

This was a little different.

As you can see, this one won a prize. It was part of a challenge.

An explanation of the quilt.

This was part of the same challenge. I'm sorry I didn't take a photo of the fabric that was to be used. I was in a bit of a time crunch.

Just a couple of fabrics makes a nice quilt.

Here's a close-up of the machine quilting. I wonder what's so antique about the star?

I love everything about this little quilt.

I should have taken a closer look at this one to see if those are in fact little tiny pieced triangles in the sashing.

A star within a star. The border print might have made a good selection for a One Block Wonder quilt.

I saw this quilt from afar and it wasn't until I got up close and really looked at it that I realized what it was.

I love the explanation for the title.

Another little quilt that caught my eye.

For you Jacobean quilt design fans. It is, of course, hand quilted.

I agree with her on the vibrant colours.

For those of you in love with hexagons. I almost forgot to photograph this one my first time viewing it but I spied it again on my way out.

I like the way she positioned the striped ones. That's a lot of machine quilting.

And now, if you were oooohing and ahhhhing the hand appliqued Jacobean quilt and/or the hand piecing of the hexagon quilt, feast your eyes on this one.

It is a log cabin quilt in the barn raising setting BUT...

it's all yo-yos.

That's it, that's all.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another quilt show

This time it's the Yorkshire Rose Quilt Show. My husband did ask, as we were on our way to the show, why I was going if we had so much to do around the house. I said that I hadn't been to a quilt show in a while and that this one was in the city - not an hour or two away. I usually only spend about an hour at a show so that wasn't too bad. I even got to chat with a couple of white glove ladies - one was a friend I hadn't seen in a while so it was nice to catch up and there was also a fellow blogger touring the show. My husband and I still had plenty of time to do stuff around the house because I like to attend quilt shows first thing in the morning when they open and it's not so crowded. Anyway, on with the show. Grab a beverage, sit back and enjoy.

These are in no particular order. I think I took a photo of this one because of all the colour. The black around each block sets them off nicely.

I noticed that there were several quilts with African themes.

This was cute - that's why I took a photo of it.

Wonderful colours.

Click on any of these photos to get a better view and hopefully, you can read the little blurb. This was made in memory of a dad using his linen hankies, ties and trousers.

Please excuse the lighting on some of these photos. While the venue was adequately lit, there were huge windows with lots of daylight pouring through - hence the shadows.

 Beautiful applique with lots and lots of hand applique. Click on the photo to see it up close.

My friend Penny made this and she is a hand quilter - no machines for her. Sorry for the blurriness. I was in a bit of a hurry because there were people in the way.

I don't know why I liked this quilt.

It was hand appliqued and hand quilted. I think it was these little birds that I liked. They were different from other appliqued birds I had seen in quilts.

Another colourful, scrappy quilt. Prints with solids.

This was an unusual quilt. At first one would think that the middle is a pieced block but if you look carefully, it is a printed fabric that looks pieced.

This one was made with snippets of fabric held together under netting.

Bamboo always seems peaceful. Great colours.

Stunning One Block Wonder quilt. It would have been nice to see the original fabric.

 Another One Block Wonder. Sorry for the blurry photo.

Another African-themed quilt.

Lots of lighthouses. This was machine quilted. I liked the way she added the rocks and trees into the sashing in the central part which made it seem as if they were all together in one place.

This was a fun quilt. I thought of making one of these but so far, it's only a thought. The thong parts are 3D.

Something different for a nine-patch - with elephant fabric.

A 3D pinwheel quilt.
A teen tiny Christmas quilt. 
I took this photo for my daughter. She likes Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill (or Fisherman Fred or whatever.)
Another applique quilt but this one is machine quilted.
And I leave you today with one of my favourites. It's little but I like it.
Part 2 tomorrow.