Saturday, January 24, 2015

Celebrating with Blue

While it seems that I have done nothing but work with blue at a frantic pace over this past week, there was also much to celebrate.

1. First I must say that I am very fortunate to have the time to quilt and a good job that supports my life style

2. that I have a fabulous family that I get to hang out with. Like on Saturday when Odessa was in town for a swim meet. Little swimmer is only six and looks so tiny in the McEwan U pool. What a little athlete she is...wow

3. that I did finish my slab quilt (well to flimsy stage) this week with the help of my very good friends Kim Caskey who drafted out a pattern on the whiteboard at work and Trish Krynowski who climbed up on the chairs to pin in the first row so we could get the blocks up on the wall. This is the room at the hospital that my Wednesday lunch time quilt group meets in...every Wednesday.



4. that I got the binding on "My Sisters the Caribou" wall hanging. Designed by my sister Connie, distant hills and foreground appliqued by my sister Marg MacKinnon and then quilted by moi...the baby sister. This quilt is one for me to treasure. I have an idea to add a few crystals on the far shore line.

5. that I finished another selvedge rug. This one will be for Tanea. This is her little dog Mr. JR trying it out for her.

6. while still in the vein of working with blue in hopes of getting trough the stack, I made a couple more blocks for my ''Farm Girl at Heart" quilt. Northern Lights was simple enough, but that Four Winds, it was a little complicated so I HAD to follow the fabric map.



Four Winds

Northern Lights

7. that on Wednesday night was the first guild meeting of 2015 and that I get to see so many of my good quilting friends after the Christmas break. I really don't know what I would do if it were not for the guild and all of the very good and positive relationships I have formed there. Today was the CPR (Community Projects Retreat) where 50 quilters got together and all day we worked on making quilts for our charity this year, the Be Brave Ranch for children that have been the victims of sexual abuse. There were pictures taken at the end of the day and I did not get pictures of the group, I do have one of the one I was sewing the binding on (and somehow they are no longer on my camera, but are on my facebook page)

All that and so much more to be thankful for and to celebrate this life with, and I still have a LOT of blue scraps. To see what others are doing to celebrate with the colour blue, head over to socrappy.

love and warm hugs
Kathy



12 comments:

  1. Wow! You have a quilt group at work! That is very special.
    That sister's quilt is lovely. Won't you have warm thoughts of your two sisters when you finally get it on the wall and can gaze on it every so often.

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    1. Thank you Dasha, and yes we have a quilt group at work. There are 18 on the email distribution list and at any given time there are at least 8 of us there. We brown bag it, talk about quilts, look at magazines/books, discuss ideas if anyone has a problem with their quilt. We have all skill levels and is a very lively and healthy lunch hour. I would wish the same for everyone!! I work for the University of Alberta and a lot of the members are either from the U, or the U of A hospital, or the Cross Cancer hospital, all an easy 3 - 7 minute walk.

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  2. Love how nicely you slab block turned out! Beautiful applique piece.

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    1. Thank you Sheila. The slab blocks use up a lot of fun fabrics in a relatively quick time. And each one is a total surprise.. I lOVE the Caribou's too. Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments.

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  3. What a wonderful post and so much quilting that has gotten done.

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    1. I really do have so much to be thankful for...and especially thankful for getting the quilting done! Thank you for your kind comments.

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  4. So many wonderful things to celebrate. Loving your slab quilt. Definitely adding it to my "someday" list.

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    1. Careful Angela, once you start making those Slabs...I will warn you right now they are addictive. Next up...string blocks. thanks for taking the lead on yet another brilliant challenge of using up these scraps.

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  5. Yay for so many fun projects and things/people in your life! Blues are looking good too!

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    1. Thanks Andee, it very much a very blessed life, even on cloudy days. And thanks for liking the blues. This will be a round up week and still I look at that pile and shake my head about where did it come from and why is there still so much left!

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  6. The Slab quilt turned out beautifully. Very vibrant.

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  7. Wow! Beautiful - do you ever sleep?

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