Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Patching It Up

Well here I am! I feel like I have been very absent from the blog lately. I'll be honest I just haven't been feeling it. Whatever "it" is. I have been sewing and have a lot of exciting stuff going on and yet... maybe I am just too busy, maybe I am spending more time on Instagram? I don't know. Whatever, here I am, because I still like being here, and it is probably ok to come when I can, and when I feel like it :)

So what's up you ask? Some friggin exciting stuff! I have to tell you all about Patch Halifax. This is Halifax's newest LQS and there is just so much good stuff happening.

First, Chris (Patch's proprietress) has partnered with the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild to be the host for our monthly meetings. The creative energy of our members, mixed with the amazing atmosphere at Patch has been awesome.

Chris (Left) and Margaret, one of our Newest MMQG members

Wow, just realized how serious we all look in this photo. We are so all so intent learning how to make fabric baskets!
Besides hosting the meetings, Chris goes above and beyond to help promote the Guild. This past weekend Patch had their official Grand Opening. I was invited to do a demonstration on quilting so that folks can get not only a sense of the types of workshops that go on at Patch but also to talk up the Guild.

I chose to demonstrate how to Quilt As You Go, making a pillow cover. I was trying to think of a manageable project and I really needed to (finally) recover my couch cushions, so I made up this sample and then got working on the second one as the demo.

I cannot tell you how much fun this was. I got to sit in a beautiful patch of September sunlight, try out a brand new Bernina, quilt and talk! My favorite things! I met so many wonderful people. Including a teenager who took up sewing this summer and is now making all of her own clothes! And a lovely woman who came in and new me from my Blog! That was so cool. To actually meet a reader and hear that they like it! Definitely spurred me on to get back here.

My workstation. patch has five brand new Bernina's for use during the workshops and to rent hourly. There is also a serger. I kept looking over at that and it scares me a little.

The other thing that has been keeping me busy is getting ready to teach my very first Quilting Class! You see Patch is not just a fabric store, it is also a workshop where people can rent sewing machines by the hour to sew their own projects or take workshops and classes.

See that cute baby quilt on the back wall? Well this is the sample I made for the Beginners Quilting Class. I start teaching this Sunday and Chris has sold out two sessions already! Apparently Halifax is keen to quilt. And the QAYG Pillow? That could end up as a workshop too. So. Much. Fun.

So that's what's been going on in my neck of the quilting woods. Between the Guild, sewing and getting ready for teaching, I am having a ball!

I am going to leave you with a few more photos from Patch's Grand Opening. Too glorious not to share.

How is your fall going? Busy, relaxed. and if it is relaxed please send on the Cocktail recipes you must be using.

Ps. of course we cannot forget that Patch has Fabric! So of course I came away Saturday with this...yum!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

WiP Wednesday: the one with Volume

Here is a true story. Four days ago I had given up on getting this quilt top done. If you are even a bit of a regular here, you will know that I have been struggling with this project since March! March People!

But on Saturday at the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Sew In, after seven hours of sewing on another project, I went home, had some dinner, unpacked my Sewing Circle Tote and hit the machine again, until Midnight. I was officially on a mission.

More sewing on Sunday, Monday night and last night and this top is done! And I am completely smitten. When you have something you really like on your design wall do you sneak into the room for peeks? I do. A lot. I will probably peek in again tonight before I go to bed. Just to make sure it is still there. And still fabulous.

So of course, this baby is still not done, but after all of these seams, quilting and binding seem like icing on the cake.        

The good news is, is that this was my A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal for August. I cannot believe that I did it! Of course my goal for September will be to finish it all!

Going off to link up with A Lovely Year of  Finishes and WiP Wednesday, because it's Wednesday!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

TLP August Winner!

Holy Hannah I forgot to draw for this month's TLP Winner! I have all kinds of excuses like in-law visits and summer colds, but crap sorry folks! Let's get right to it shall we?

The winner of a $25 Gift Card from

is... Jeanette from Stamp Stitch Create!

Thanks for continuing to play along folks! And to those of you with summer colds. I feel you. I feel you.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Sew Canadian

Mad About Patchwork has been hosting a fabulous series this summer showcasing sewing spaces of Canadian Quilters / Bloggers.

This week I am on the roster. So welcome to my sewing space!

Pam asked us some specific questions about our sewing space - which you can head on over to read, but I am all about pictures here.

I have been in this space for a year now and I am smitten with it. Two big windows means lots of natural light and I have the whole room to myself which is even better!

Cutting, sewing and apparently computing all happen on this sturdy table. I usually pull the ironing board right over so I just swivel in my chair as I am working. Height of laziness. I am not ashamed

My stash lives here - Ikea bookcase and containers! I sort by color. And I asked myself why have I not ever made a rainbow quilt before, it is all laid out for me already! Oh and that is my Oliso Iron. My newish baby. LOVE LOVE LOVE

Larger cuts, batting and fabric scraps live in this great dresser I rescued from a yard sale, the old singer on top was also a yard sale find which my generous quilting friend (and all over perfect friend really) let me have even though she saw it first!

I have a wee closet that is great storage for WiPs, movies, batting etc etc. Movies you ask? I never sew without a movie on. Or maybe some TV series binge watching.

Another Ikea gem is this "kitchen" cart. This is one of my favorite things. It hold all of my notions right where I need them and can follow me around on wheels. Basting supplies live on the bottom, middle holds EPP and odds and sods and on top everything else that I use all the time.  LOVE

And of course no tour is complete without the design wall. I had never had one before I moved into this space and it was the first thing that I did. I duct taped panels of foam insulation together, covered them with batting and nailed them to the wall. Awesome. I have some batting droop at the bottom that is mainly because my cat Penny attacked it one day. Sigh.

So that's it. A quick tour of my sewing space. I love this room. It truly is my happy place. Whether I am actually quilting or just fussing around organizing fabric, I am in heaven.

What is your sewing space like? Are you in love, do you long for more? I would love to hear about it. And don't forget to drop in at Mad About Patchwork to check out some more amazing creative spaces!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Library Project QAL: August Report

I swear I feel fall coming. These last few night the temperatures have that little bite. And I have to tell you, I am ok with it. I love the fall! Meanwhile, while seasons motor on, The Library Project does to! I have made a personal goal to finish the Volume Quilt top this month. As the teens arrive I fear I might have bitten off more than I can chew. But I am still hopeful!

I did throw what I have done so far up on the design wall, and it has renewed my resolve for this project. It is going to be awesome!

So how are you doing this month? Still hitting the books and keeping up with your Library Projects. Tell me all about it and you could win! A...
$25 Gift Card from

Woo Hoo Shopping! So link up below and tell me all about your progress. The Link will be open until next Friday and I will let Mr. Random Number Generator Guy pick a winner.

Happy Last days of summer. Make them count!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

All Right Already. I'm Doing It!

Man, I don't know why you have to keep nagging me! Adrienne just quit your whining and make the Volume Quilt your August Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes! You and I know that this is the only way it will get done.

When you're right, you're right.

I have no idea why I have hjad such a mental block about working on this project. I still love it, I want it, I have a decent start on it. And yet, I do anything but! Does this ever happen to you?

Either way, I think I need a push of a solid goal to get this baby done.

Now mind you I don't have time to quilt and bind etc. But I know I could finish the top.

So finishing the Volume top is my Goal for August.
Rock On People
Rock On

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Throwback Thursday

Are you one of those folks positing high school pics on Facebook for Throwback Thursday? I'm not, who needs to see that! However, last week when I was at camp I found myself folding up my very first quilt and thought, now this is a throwback!

I really don't know when the quilting bug bit me, it was just something always there. My mom and sisters are all sewers, but no quilters (that I know of) are in my family. I just wanted to make one. So I took myself to a class and the rest as they say is history. This quilt is the result of that class and perhaps is why I still have a love for HSTs!

The label on the back (I think actually made for me by Jenn from A Quarter Inch from the Edge) tells me that I was a tender 21 year old when I stitched this baby, and we have been using it ever since. It has been on every camping trip I can remember and has been a staple at our family camp forever!

It has some lovely wear happening now. I think it just adds to it's charm...

Yup - that is polyester batting in there...yikes! But you know what, that thing is light, warm and fluffy all at the same time, so I should not be ashamed:) The other funny fact about this quilt, the teacher never mentioned a thing called a rotary cutter. Every pieces was either "ripped' or cut with scissors. Not that this is a bad thing, but man am I glad I found Olfa!

This was Charlie's very first trip to camp and somehow he ended up on this quilt after an exhausting trip to the beach. This quilt seems to welcome everyone!

It's fun to look back at what we have made. For me, my choices and tastes have evolved over time. While I know that the colors in this quilt are likely never something I would chose again, I think I would still make the stars, but perhaps no sashing. Would that make this quilt Modern? Who knows. All I know is that I liked it then, that's why I made it, and I continue to create that way  now. If I like it, I make it!

Do you ever look back at your first quilt? Think about how you got there and where you are now? I would love to hear about it!

I am going to head over and link up at Needle & Thread Thursday. I love to see what folks are working on.

Happy Throwback Thursday!