Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hello neglected blog .....!

Do you remember me?  How time flies when you're having fun being so busy!  Sigh!  But, it's all good! :)

Have you heard the latest?  The Row by Row Experience shop hop is taking place from July 1 to September 2, 2014!


What a fun way to visit various quilt shops across the United States and Ontario!  Would you believe we have over 1,250 quilt shops participating?  Wow!

Not only that, but many states have had their first winner!  That's some serious shop hopper/quilters!  Way to go!

To see participating shops, check out this link.  You can also print a check list for each states and Ontario!

Most shops have a collectible fabric plate too.  Wanna see mine?


So, plan your travel route according the the shops you want to visit!  Make sure you let them know that Carole from Fibre sent you! ;o)

Have fun hopping!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Back from spring market ....!

Pittsburgh was wonderful.  I am still assimilating all the knowledge and ideas I acquired.

When I attend these types of convention, I'm on a mission .... one of acquiring as much knowledge as possible within a limited time.  In other words, I push myself to the maximum.  It's actually the first time I come back exhausted.  I'm blaming it on the 11 hour drive back!

I want to share a meaningful picture I took from the convention balcony.


That little tree reminds me of the Little Engine that could!  I stood outside admiring it for at least a half hour!  There it is, growing on a cement pillar, being rattled every now and again by passing trains.  It just spoke to me about life and one's determination.   A powerful image, full of personal meaning!  Wish I had a stronger telephoto lens.

Onward to Spring Market....

Schoolhouse was informative, as always.  Quite the buzz about these new modern fabric designers for RJR Fabrics called Cotton + Steel.  


The session was very well presented.  You can learn all about them at this link.  Love my new bag!


One thing about market, you are bagged to no end!!!  Some are worth keeping, like this one! ;o)

For you modern folks, the movement is still quite strong.   Some eye candy ....


and a bit more ...


All very lovely to look at!  The machine quilting on the modern quilts I saw was phenomanal!  So much negative space to work with!

More to come later!  Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hello from Pittsburgh ...!

Made it safely to Pittsburgh after an 11 hour drive!

Having a grand time!  Lots to share with you.

I met up with Thimbleanna at Sample Spree!  It was great to put a face to a blog!  So sorry, no picture.  We were too busy talking! ;o)

I had a wonderful opportunity to be cruised while being wined and dined by Moda!


Our boat!


Here we are cruising Pittsburgh!


My rowdy table.  Of course I was on my best behavior! ;o)


On your right, the pretty lady in purple, is Desiree from Norway!

Here I am all smiles!


Oh, look up, way up, looks like I captured a UFO!  ;o)

Market is such a great opportunity to meet lots of wonderful people.  I don't know why I waited so long to attend!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon!

Monday, May 12, 2014

This little girl is going to ...

Spring Market ....

Oh yea! Pittsburgh PA here I come!  So looking forward to it!  Lots on the agenda!  Will tell you all about it!  I'm psyched!

In the mean time, aside from arranging everything so that nothing falls apart when I'm gone ;), I've been busy learning a new hobby.  Well, not so new since it "was" a serious hobby in my 20s! That would be about 10 years ago! ;)

  
Instead of knitting sweaters, I'm learning to knit socks!  I seem to be on the 10 year plan for one sock! lol  I think I've taken it apart four times!!!!!

One sock has once again reached the toe, but alas, I noticed a mistake on the side of the heel!  To bad, I'm not taking it apart ... again!  I'm sure no one will scrutinize my heel! lol

On the quilting front, I would like to share with you a quilt I completed a while back and neglected to share!


The pattern is called Golf from the book Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts by Monique Dillard.  Love how it turned out!  The border print is from the Tavern Green collection by Paula Barnes.  The photograph really does not do justice to that gorgeous green print.  Oh well!

Oh I almost forgot!  Did a drawn and Pinylea Creations won!  Please e-mail me you address so that I may send you your prize!

Thanks for stopping!  I'll catch you when I get back or perhaps sooner!  Cheers!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Better late .....!

Finally machine quilted Ruby Garden, a quilt I started hand embroidering the blocks back 2010.  Pieced the top in 2013 and machine quilting in April 2014 .... Sigh!


But .... it's a done deal!  Love that pattern.  Had to re-work the finishing instructions!  That didn't help in the amount of time it took to complete this quilt.

I'm continuing to work on the Words to Live by quilt.  Here is block one - Joy!


Taking the time to prep all of my blocks (when applicable) just makes it easier for me to get the project completed in a timely matter.  It becomes a mass production quilting project! lol

Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy Anniversary Fibre!

Wow!  It's hard to believe that Fibre Junction has been opened for 5 years!  How time flies when you're having fun!

Let's celebrate by having a give away!  I'll put a little package together!  Leave a comment by May 3, 2014 and you're in the draw!

An invitation!


In appreciation for your patronage, from April 29 to May 3, 2014 we're having our "pick your own discount" sale!  Save anywhere from 15% to 40% off your entire purchase.*

For online orders please enter the word "5Years" in coupon section and we'll pick your discount for you!  Shipping charges will be calculated on total amount prior to discount.  Sale ends May 3 at 12:00 a.m Eastern time.

Thank you so much to all that have made this celebration possible.

*Discount applied at time of transaction and on in stock items only.  One discount chance per transaction.  Not applicable on prior purchases, gift certificates, BOM,  magazines, classes/clubs and already discounted items.  All sales are final!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Neglected ..... once again....!

I started 2014 with good intentions - blogging at least once a week.  As you have probably noticed, that fell to the wayside!  The lack of post is certainly not because I have nothing to blog about! The  quilting front continues to be productive.  I've started and finishing a few projects. Okay, starting more than I've finished, but nonetheless, my quietness is not for lack of materiel to write about.

If you want to know the truth, I'm in a quiet mood.  When I'm in that "mood phase," I shut down!  It's that overwhelming feeling I get every now and again about life in general.  There is so much I want to do .... and so little time to accomplish it all.  Perhaps I need to be more realistic about my life's "to do" list.  ;o)

A couple of weeks ago, dd and I went shopping for a prom dress on St Hubert street in Montreal.  That street is laden with history, it was the "street" to shop for the latest clothes and accessories during the 1950s - the fashion street.  Today, it is more of a "formal wear street" (prom & wedding) than for anything else.  Although I did see a shop that made custom bras and hats, something my mother would have bought as a working woman.  I was surprised we didn't find anything.  Many of the dresses were simple, nothing fancy about them ... all with an outrageous price tag!  Oh well, perhaps I have not kept up with the times.

This one was reasonably prices and I think looked wonderful .... but she found it to "puffy!"


Afterwards we took a ride in the neighborhood of my youth!  It was nostalgic!  A wonderful mother and daughter bounding time!

On the quilting front, I have started a new wool and cotton project - Words to Live By designed by Primitive Gatherings.


Don't let the half square triangles intimidate you!  It's a sinch using my "mass production" method.

I have prepped all of my blocks and managed to finish stitching the center block.


This way, I can alternate between sewing and stitching!

I decided not to write the words on the quilt!  I like it wordless!  It certainly fits my present mood! lol

Thank you for stopping by my little world in cyberspace!  Cheers!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Can it be ....?

Mud season!

A sure sign that spring is here!  I don't know about you but for me, the sun shining sure has an affect on my mood!  I feel so happy!  Sunday was gorgeous, so I spent the day outside, enjoying some rays!  What a great day!  I felt so energized!

I would like to share with you a recently completed project that is related to my last post on Sticky Fabri Solvy.


Witches Hooray by Bird Brain Designs.  I do love this quilt, being witches and all.  However, let me talk a bit about the history of this project.

This is the design that sort of sat around for a while, transitioning from spring to fall.  In the summer, my needle would gum up a bit, just enough to be a nuisance.  However, this was rectified by staying indoor and enjoying the a/c.  As the product sat around exposed, it harden and became difficult to needle.  On some places there are these small spaces between stitches.  It was difficult for me to needle through the same hole.

I haven't tested the other products similar to Sticky Fabri Solvy, but I can only imagine that these issues would be similar.  On a positive note, I have quite the developed muscles on my right middle finger! :op lol

Hey, thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are enjoying the change in seasons!  Cheers!

Monday, March 17, 2014

I'm on a roll here ....!

Brrrr.... goodness it's cold outside!  This is definitely the winters of my youth!  A great time to sit inside, fire nice and toasty and stitch the evening away!

A while back (March 2012), I wrote an entry on Sulky - Sticky Fabri-Solvy for use in transferring hand embroidery designs.


I'm still a big fan of this product and would like to share with you what I have learned from my experience in using Sticky Fabri-Solvy for the past couple of years.

If you expect it to needle as easily as a design traced on fabric, you will be disappointed.  Having said that, it is not that difficult to work with and it's benefit, especially when working with a complex embroidery design, outweighs the bit more pressure you need to push the needle.

I would like to offer the following advice:

1) This is a water soluble stabilizer and is sensitive to humidity levels.  I would suggest that you place your unused sheets in a resealable plastic bag.

2) If you have numerous blocks to hand stitch, do not prep your blocks all at once.  Stick you design once you are ready to hand stitch.  I found that the product, once the paper backing has been removed, tends to dry easily.  If it is humid (summer months) it actually makes the needle sticky.  Now that could also be from my hands being moist from the heat.  When I worked in an a/c room, I did not have that problem.

3) Once in place, it is best to complete the block as soon as possible.  I had a stitchery that sat around for a while (around 8 months) and the stabilizer became difficult to needle.  As I've mentioned in number 1, being water soluble, it is sensitive to humidity levels and actually became dry.

I would suggest you place your photocopied sheets and work in a Ziploc bag.  It creates a somewhat stable environment.

Hope this helps.  Please feel free to share you tips using this product.  Thanks for stopping by!
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