Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Pink Strings

WOW! it has been years since my last post. All this delay has to do with the need to confirm the European Cookies plea. The last post was about a minor update on my pink strings.

Since then I have completed that quilt and it won a First Place ribbon at our Festival of Quilts in Edmonton June 2019 in the Group category. I did all the piecing from my stash and then gifted the flimsy to my friend Kim Caskey. She quilted it and entered into the show. She kept the quilt, I kept the ribbon (seems fair) and split the prize money.

The theme of the show was "Sky's the Limit" and the ribbons were beautifully hand beaded to reflect that theme by master beader Wanda Cracknell.

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I am thrilled that Kim entered this quilt for both of us and this quilt resides in such a loving home.

I must make a promise to myself to keep up with my blog and the massive quilts  that I have created since!

Love and hugs

Saturday, May 12, 2018

More pink strings

While working on my guild's 40th Anniversary challenge quilt (can't show, must keep a secret from the judges), I have making up pink strings. It seems I have a LOT of pink strings that need sewing up. And I love the analogous run of yellow to orange to pink together.

And I have completed the Squared Away blocks in pink, Baton Rouge. They are so fun and I love the movement in these blocks.

To see other pink scrappy happiness, head on over to SoScrappy or Quilting is More Fun than Housework

love and hugs to you all, and happy Mother's Day.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

One Pink String

It is a beautiful Sunday morning as I write this. I love morning light. And this morning it was especially ethereal and was enough to make up for any other dreary day...EVER!

I have been steadily working away at purging and disposing of 'stuff', and yesterday was a big shred day. I only opened one file cabinet drawer and pulled out files that were last opened in 1999. Time to go! Not the least of which was the health file for Miss Kitty, who crossed the rainbow bridge 10 years ago.

I have put the binding on my Good Samaritan quilt. Lady, pattern by Villa Rosa Design, shown here in flimsy to finished. I love the backing fabric and was able to salvage enough and piece it together for the binding, with just a scrap strip leftover that has gone into the yellow scrap strings bin.

I have got my RSC2018 pink and rose scrap strings reduction started and made this one happy scrappy string block.

If you wish to catch up on other pink scrappy happiness, please check out SoScrappy and Quilting is more fun than Housework.

love and hugs

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Playing with colour...

I may be thinking ahead to the month of May and the colour pink (colour of the month over at SoScrappy), while I sew and count up the final numbers of yellow string blocks. I think the final numbers for April are 35. (plus a few more that aren't pictured) This makes a fabulous addition to the string inventory, and when the mood strikes to make a string quilt, then I am ready, no matter the time of day or night.

It was a privilege to attend Wanda Cracknell's colour class II this past Friday at Spools:The Workshop, in Leduc. It was also so much fun to shop after class with my friend Heather. She wants to do a true colour wheel quilt based on the principles we learned in class. Here are the pieces that she acquired at Quincy's (also in Leduc).

 luscious luscious! Everyone in the store just wanted to pet these fabrics. She will use a black on black for her background, as a lesson learned from examples shown earlier in our class.

This week is off to a rocking good start.
Love and hugs

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Dust off the Homeplate

There has been so much going on this month. But isn't spring just like that? Winter is in the rear view mirror and people are out and about. There are wrap up events and others just starting...ball diamonds are dusting off the home plates. Though I am not participating in any ball games myself, I know  and hear that is the satisfying sound of a leather ball on hickory. Play ball...but in the meantime...

I have completed my Humboldt Strong quilt, LAQ by Kim Caskey. This Take-5 block is set on point with white/yellow sashings and star cornerstones. My wish for this quilt is that it will help to bring some comfort for lives lost and families that are forever changed by the tragedy near Nipiwan Saskatchewan on April 6, 2018.

Kim has beautifully quilted this with a Maple Leaf pattern. This quilt has been prayed over and been provided with blessings for whomever receives this quilt.

Between rounds of these Take-5 blocks and events involving grandchildren I have been using up the yellow strings. (27 to date)

I have had overnight chick guests with my youngest granddaughter.

I had volunteered to facilitate at my grandson's 4-H multi club judging day.

I have now celebrated my 67th birthday with a lovely round of family events.

To check out other yellow scrappy happiness, please check out SoScrappy.
love and hugs

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Yellow Week II

Scrap sewing this week has been all about yellows and golds. Such a favourite to brighten my day. I have completed my three Squared Away blocks for the RSC2018 quilt.

It has also been a week of great sorrow. Sixteen people, players, coaches and support staff, were killed in northeast Saskatchewan, when their Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus collided with a semi-trailer truck. It has brought out nation to our knees in solidarity and support. The call went out for comfort quilts, using the Take 5 pattern, and their team colours...green and gold. Following the #homboldtstrong tag, there has been ever iteration of that pattern submitted. Mine is not exception.
The completed quilt top will be graciously long arm quilted by Kim Caskey Custom Quilting. I will post pictures, perhaps when it is done next week.

On Friday I attended a very exciting class, Colour Class 1, taught by the brilliant colourist Wanda Cracknell. So many mind stretching exercises using our 3 in 1 Color Tool and Joen Wolfrom's Color Play.

This week I put the call out to my "Friends in White Satin" for scraps for a special project. My youngest daughter is getting married in August and has asked for a jeweled bridal bouquet. (there are 100s of images on the web if you want to check what others might look like) Because it has to built on a styrofoam ball, I want to cover it completely with white satin, yo-yos in particular. To this I will be adding costume jewelry: rhinestones and faux pearls to achieve a lustrous arrangement. I will post pictures as we move to completion.

To catch up with all of the other yellow scrappy happiness, please check out SoScrappy.

with love and hugs

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Hello Yellow

Though it is snowing (again) outside, the new colour the SoScrappy has selected to celebrate and work with for the month of April is yellows and golds. The happy coincidence is that in the month of March I finished off the following three yellow and gold quilts.

"Poppyright" which was inspired by a commercial painting found in a local restaurant.

"You are my sunshine" (Cross Roads Quilt) which was inspired by a fun and dainty pink and yellow cotton fabric.

This Golden Lady is for our guild's charity project, the Good Samaritan's Seniors Home. The kit of fabrics was put together by our 2nd VP, Community Support. This is my vision of Lady, by Villa Rosa Designs.

I am playing catch up with the yellow greens and working away on the XPlus blocks and I am loving how graphic this big quilt is looking (110" x 110")

And did I tell you about meeting Tula Pink!!! One of her 3 Canadian stops was in Edmonton, lucky lucky me and the others attending this full house presentation. Shown here is our mutual friend and "natural born quilter" aka Brett.
For fast and ready yellow and gold users, you will find that fun over at SoScrappy.
love and hugs to all