After a long spell of no new additions to the craft room, this week shows a huge spike in new stuff!
This is a sampling of the flannel kits my friend picked up for me. During the last week of September, there is a shop hop in the Muskoka Ontario area. This year 6 quilt shops participated, each offering 3 blocks to make a flannel quilt. The applique blocks are Muskoka/Canada themed and you can see the colours are a rustic cabin feel.
I was unable to go shopping, but my cash went and came back with 2 bags full of quilty goodness. I love everything about this quilt, so I've already cut out the pieces for the pieced blocks and the appliques are fused to the background blocks. I hope to get this done for a Christmas gift, so I can't say any more on this ;)
While shop hopping the Row by Row Experience this summer, I really wanted to get the row at Little Current (on Manitoulin Island, Ontario) but the day I was in town, the shop was closed. My husband's grandparents had property on The Island and there are many memories of waiting for the bridge to swing to close and road traffic to flow again.
Fortunately, my sister-in-law was able to get to the store and I received this kit for my birthday! So last Saturday night I came home and started cutting the pieces! All I need is a half hour of sewing and I'll have the background together and ready to fuse the appliques!
For even more birthday happiness, my mother-in-law gave me three kits she picked up from Saskatchewan. I'm very happy that the seahorse/clamshell/octopus appliques come pre-fused!
While browsing the vendor's market at the Sudbury Quilting Guild's Quilts on the Rocks show, I saw this amazing panel.
This panel is perfect for my Row by Row quilt because I personally traveled through and collected patterns from 4 provinces, and my family has gifted me kits and/or patterns from 2 more provinces. I plan to add the red and sand colours to rows to several make sure this panel fits in. My quilt is likely to be double-sided with row patterns from this year and maybe a couple from 2014 as well. Hopefully it will be a generous queen size for the camper.
It's a well documented condition that quilters are unable to walk past a clearance basket of fat quarters without at least looking. These are the ones that magically ended up in my hands at the quilt show on Saturday....welcome to my stash!
And for the icing on my awesome acquisition week, a box of free thread! A friend of my mother-in-law was cleaning out her sewing supplies, and offered me a shoebox full of threads. Most of it is polyester or poly-cotton blend, but I use them for sewing shopping bags and mug cozies. I'm not a fabric or thread snob - if I've got it, I'll use it! Thanks Diana!
I've already sorted out the cotton spools and now I'm wondering if some of these will find their way into my Canada themed quilts...
Linking up with Molli Sparkles - won't you join us?
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!
Memory quilts aren't always cute and cuddly, this t-shirt quilt is all about hard rock and good times!
A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!
A very sentimental Mom asked me to make a bed-sized quilt from her children's baby clothes, and this is going to be one beautiful memory quilt!