Saturday, February 22, 2014

This 'n That

This week I finished off putting on the borders on my Tessellating Crosses quit.

Not sure I'm enamored with it.  

I had a tough time finding a red that I liked for my first border 
so bought a chocolate brown, then the off white 
and finally the coral red for the large border.

It works well, just not what I had envisioned.

Having said that I totally enjoyed doing this pattern and would do it again!

Looks nice with my red kitchen wall.

My daughter was putting in an order with Amazon and asked if I wanted anything.
I had taken this book out of the library and said that at some point I would like to purchase it.

It came yesterday and I am looking forward to exploring and playing.

I was off work on Wednesday because I had an appointment 
with the dentist to take out one a wisdom tooth 
that she deemed 'should come out.'
In and out in half hour with just freezing.  

So glad that's over!!

The next morning I got up to get ready for work and was greeted with this lovely sunrise.

What spectacular colours that were on display.

Stay warm this weekend!!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

I Fell Off the Wagon . . .

. . . big time!

Where to begin . . . it's been a crazy and unusual couple of weeks.

I had a chance to leave this snowy, cold weather for a week 
and go with a friend to her condo in Phoenix.  
What a good choice as it was very cold here last week.

We basked in the sun at her condo and also did some buzzing around.

We were on the shuttle bus to pick up the rental car 
and my friend realized that she forgot her driver's license.  

Thankfully I had mine!!  

We joked about it that she would then have to go where I wanted to go.  
It was then that she reminded me that I was staying in her condo.  

Guess, we'd have to compromise!

So in doing research, I realized that AQS Quilt Week was on 
in Phoenix at the convention center.

mmmm . . . . . how could we not go?

So we figured out how to take the LRT (light rail transit) 
to the downtown core and spend a few hours drooling 
over the many fantastic quilts on display.  

There was not a bad one in the lot.

The display also included quilts done by the Tentmakers of Cairo.


I think most of them are done by hand applique and they are exquisite.

Lots of neat vendors at the show and many were ones that I had read about on the web or blogs.
It was so much fun to see what's out there.  

I visited the booth of Me and My Sister and purchased 4 bundles of fat quarters.
Love the colours!

Another Jelly Roll that I picked up for a fantastic price.  
Pays to go on the last day . . . as some of the vendors didn't want to take 
their wares back home with them and reduced their prices.

 We also went to the swap meet and found some fabric there too.

I picked up these 4 fat quarters and backing so that I could make 4 Christmassy placemats

We found a lovely little quilt shop in Mesa called, A Quilter's Oasis.
 The selection was good but I have to say that I realized 
that our prices in Canada are not that far off 
especially if your factor in the exchange rate. 

I was, however, very tickled to find this pattern.
 I find myself looking at Camille's blog often and have liked this pattern for a while now.

Just a couple of little things that I picked up.

Well, from now on, no more fabric purchases.
I'll restart my diet again.

I'll finish off with just a couple of photos from Phoenix.
If you have never been, it's worth a trip.

Enjoy your weekend and in our case, the long weekend because of Family Day.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Feather Your Nest

I can't believe how fast the weeks are pealing by . . .
 . . . and we are already in February.

I have an upcoming trip to someplace warm and it will be most welcome this year.
We have had so much snow, ice and cold weather it will be nice to escape for a bit.

I have had this panel for a very long time 
but never got around to doing anything with it. 
Most likely because I didn't know what I wanted to do with it.

Well, I needed to make a quick gift for a friend and remembered that I had this 
(because I cleaned up a couple of weeks ago!!)

I bought it in a discount bin so didn't pay very much for it 
but thought it had a few cute pictures in it.
Talks mostly about spring and nature.

I decided to cut one of the pictures out in a hexagon shape.

Then I centered it on batting and pinned it to some backing and did a quilt as you go.

I think it turned out marvelous.
I wished I had a left a little bit more space on the sides. 
Next time.

Now when I say quick - I mean quick.

Probably whipped this up in less than two hours - binding and all.

Sorry pictures are not that great at night.

I am loving these colours.
The batiks are beautiful - I won those at one the January retreats.

Hope you are all having a good weekend.
Enjoy the rest of it!