Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I Finished

My Beginner Crazy Quilt Class, given by Kathy Shaw at, has come to an end. I finished the piece yesterday and was able to cross it off my list.

The block as a whole.
The silk ribbon embroidered rose vine and the feather stitch seam with French knots and various beads.
 Yellow sequin flowers.
Woven roses (everyone's favourite because they were so easy to make.) More flower beads.
More silk ribbon roses.

My very favourite parts - the irises and all those French knot flowers.

I urge you all to take a class with Kathy. She sets a manageable pace and is so very giving in her knowledge and praise. Both this class and the intermediate class were free. I will be taking the intermediate class in the future. There is so much to learn and silk ribbon embroidery is not hard at all (just in case you thought it would be.)

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and with Esther's WIP.
Go take a look at what other people are working on this week.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Something New

I'm still knitting - little things.

 First time ever making little booties. I knitted them late last night and sewed them up this morning (my absolute least favourite job.) This little ribbed hat is a pattern I have not tried before. I have done other ribbed hats but I like to try different patterns to see if there is any difference. This one turned out a bit short I think.

Here's the pattern for the booties. I obviously didn't do them in Angora - wish I had some.

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network.
I hope you all get something creative done today.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quilts at the Creek - Part two

Well, let's continue on. As I mentioned, feel free to click on the photo and it will enlarge for you so you can view the quilts a bit closer.
Once again, this post is photo heavy.

I just kept walking and looking at both sides of the street.

It really was a gorgeous day.

A very modern hexagon quilt in blue (my favourite colour.)

I love this building and am so glad they hung quilts so high. Notice the log cabin quilts?

It was nice to see families enjoying the space.

The great thing about entering your quilt into this show is that it doesn't have to be a new quilt.

And here you see two of my favourites. 

Art Deco fans. I have always loved Art Deco and fans so it makes sense that I would love this. It's definitely going on my to-do list.

North Wind is the name of the block. It is already on my to-do list. It reminds me of a pebble being dropped into a still pool of water and watching the ripples. There was a quilt in this pattern either last year or the year before, along with a 16-patch that inspired me to make one. I have the 16-patch top done and one day I will be making the Art Deco fan and this.

I love well done appliqued quilts.

Here's a close-up of the beautiful hand quilting.

Here's the pattern if you want to make one yourself.

Little boys playing in the garden.
 Bargello. Lovely.

I'm not finished. There are more...
 Love the French braid quilt.

Here's the back of the two quilts above.

Here's the vendor's area.

There were quilt talks in this building.

By this time, some of the volunteers were starting to take down the quilts. I had to hurry.

This was fun...

because after looking at these quilts and taking photos,

 and walking towards my destination...

I turned around and realized that there were more quilts on the back.

Another back of a quilt.

Very graphic. 

Since I was in such a hurry, I didn't find my second quilt so I started my walk over again. Well, here it is, on the fence with dark quilts beside it. I guess that's why I didn't see it. This was the fence just before the ladies in period costume.

A log cabin quilt - Courthouse Steps in Red and Gold.

And here's Peter with a load of quilts already taken down and headed to the check-out station.

One last photo.
I hope you all liked the show. It will be at the end of July next year.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Quilts at the Creek - Part one

This is now the third year that Pioneer Village has hosted an outdoor quilt show. I have participated each year. This year I picked up my own quilts and so, I did a quick walk through to take some photos - just to post on my blog for you. Enjoy! There's a lot of inspiration and feel free to click on any of the photos to make them bigger.
Warning: this post is photo heavy.

These first two photos are of quilts that were inside where you pay your admission and where the gift shop is located.

Stunning quilts. I didn't have the time to view them up close because I wanted to head out to take photos.

The first quilt you see once you step outside. Bright and sure to attract the attention of the young visitors.

I just love this "alley" or walkway because it's surrounded on both sides with quilts hanging up.

See what I mean? Loads of wonderful eye candy.

This year the organizers wanted to feature log cabin quilts so keep your eyes open. There were lots of log cabins and the hangers of the quilts decided to just integrate them into the whole instead of keeping them all together.

Just a tad windy.

Nine patch. A favourite because it is so simple but so versatile.

I loved the barn quilt. The other one is a bright, humourous dog quilt.

The quilts were hung all over.

I have no idea how many quilts there were.

The quilts didn't need to have sleeves since they were all hung on clotheslines with plastic clothes pegs.

Sorry for the poor shot but I was in a hurry to get as many photos of the quilts as I could before they started taking them all down.

The one on the right is mine (Five Star.) It is 26 inches square and the minimum that they wanted was 25" square.

I think this is my most favourite setting for the quilts. Probably because of the dappled sunshine.

Colours, patterns, various sizes - it was all wonderful.

I loved the fact that there were so many modern patterns included.

I quickly asked the ladies if I could take their photo. They are volunteers of Pioneer Village and were dressed in period costumes.

That's it for today. I'll show more tomorrow.