Thursday, 21 May 2015

A Finish. True Story.

That's right folks, I have actually sewn something together! It feels good. My sewing mojo has been on hiatus lately, and I'm pretty annoyed that it did not take me with it. But I still have quite a few deadlines. So while I don't really feel like it, I am still hitting the machine on occasion.

But I must say that this little whale of a finish has made my quilty mojo shine just a bit brighter.


This is of course Preppy The Whale from Elizabeth Hartman. The woman is a genius really.

um yeah - I call this SUPER-CRINKLE.
Kona, wave stitch on the new Bernina, a good wash and voila! SUPER-CRINKLE

I must admit that I tried to somehow make fewer whales for a baby version of this quilt. I played with the sashing (making it bigger), but in the end made the number of whales the pattern called for and ended up with a BIG baby quilt. Ah well, I still love it and the wee babe will be able to grow into it.


You see, this quilt is on it's way to Ottawa for the first grandbaby of a colleague. And so, not only because they are whales, but also because its forever home would be inland, I thought this quilt needed to go to the ocean for it's photo shoot.


I happened to be on a trip again to Nova Scotia's South Shore, so to Yarmouth the whales swam. To the Cape Forchu Lighthouse to hang out. Oh I had so many plans for lighthouse/ ocean pics. And I will say that I got a few good ones. But I had BIG plans! And then, well, there were some flip flops, some sunset dampened spring grass, and a slight hill. The rest involved me crawling to my car thinking "why is quilting so dangerous?!"


So even though I have a bit of a limp, which frankly makes cocktail spilling more of a reality, I am really happy still with the photo-finish for these adorable whales. I kind of want to make some for myself now...

Have you tried any of Elizabeth Hartman's animal patterns? Having now done Hazel Hedgehog and these whales, I can say they are great patterns. I mean there are some friggin baby small pieces to deal with in some spots, but it all works!

Anywho, this post / pics have got me all inspired again. Maybe I will go up to my room and touch some fabric. Gotta get ready for Saturday's Sew In with MMQG! I know I will find inspiration there.

I am linking up with TGIFF! this week - because I actually finished something! Woot Woot!
Adrienne

Monday, 18 May 2015

A Winner!

Did you think I forgot you? Well I kind of did:( I have been very busy partying. That seems like a good excuse as any:) I was partying to celebrate a milestone Birthday. It starts with an F and sounds like quarty.

Anywho, without further ado...the winner of the Fat Quarter Bundle from the Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop is...


Lucky #17 from Random generator Guy. (I have yet to figure out how to paste a picture of the number generator in the blog - tutorials welcome!)

17. Heather J6 May 2015 at 15:51
What a story photographing your quilts! I had to he opportunity to test a pattern for a NZ blogger and I chose to do the king size. What I failed to consider was how to photograph this on my own! So I clamped the quilt top to the balcony railing and took a ladder out to the back yard to take the photos to have a front facing view in addition to some with it on my bed.

So here is a funny and yet delightful twist.... this comment was left at the beginning of a wonderful conversation between Heather and I about MMQG. An Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild Member, Heather now lives in PEI and is missing her people. So Heather is not only the newest member of MMQG, but also our PEI Leader! Soon there will be a chapter of MMQG on the Island. Look out Maritimes...we are growing!

So I think Random Generator Guy is telling me something... good things are happening for MMQG!

Congratulations Heather! Fabric winnings coming you way!
Adrienne

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop - It's Not Too Late!

Have you been hopping along? I have and there are some fabulous quilty ladies out there! There is still time to catch up and follow along!

See you there!


Monday, May 4 - Introduction @ Maritime Modern Quilt Guild
Tuesday, May 5 - Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Wednesday, May 6 - Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts - YOU ARE HERE!
Thursday, May 7 - Tracy @ Quilting on the Dark Side
Friday, May 8 - Anja @ Anja Quilts
Saturday, May 9 - Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails
Sunday, May 10 -  Linda @ Scrapmaster
Monday, May 11 - Jeanette @ Stamp Stitch Create
Tuesday, May 12 - Dominique @ The Running Thimble
Wednesday, May 13 - Aimee @ Candy Coated Quilts


And if you would like to know more about MMQG - please visit us at our Blog or on Facebook!

Happy Quilting!
Adrienne

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop & A Giveaway!

Well hello there! Welcome to day two of the Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop!


I am so pleased and proud (super duper proud even) to have an opportunity for you to meet some of the amazing members of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. We are forty strong and I am continually impressed by the skill, passion and just plain niceness of the folks in our amazing little guild.

I started the Guild back in 2013 because I needed to find my people - like minded folks who cut up fabric and put it back together in some sort of modern way. I found them! It is an absolute Joy being the President as we have found our way from a half a dozen ladies who came together on a stormy night to today where we are continually learning and inspiring each other. We truly do have a modern community now in Good Ol' Nova Scotia, one which I know will continue to grow!

So, something about me...I think I will let you get to know me through a little story. This happened yesterday....


I am a Project Manager by day, a quilty addict by night. I travel quite a bit for my day job and lately I have had the good fortune to travel to every nook and cranny of my home Province. Of course while I am driving around I am constantly on the look out for quilt photo opportunities. Do you do this? Fact - no quilt is truly finished until it has had it's photo shoot!


Besides my day job I have also journeyed into the world of teaching this year, teaching beginner quilting classes at our LQS Patch Halifax. These two plus baby quilts are samples that I sewed along with my students, they are also earmarked for two very special babies-on-the-way. Fact - several years ago I was paralyzed with fear at the though of public speaking and teaching was something unattainable. Nowadays - people cannot shut me up! In fact if you take me to Karaoke you will have to tear the microphone out of my hand!

I saw this amazing old wooden building, peeling and a little neglected, and immediately knew it would make a great backdrop for these little quilts. I made a quick U-turn -  Fact - I rarely follow speed limits - and pulled in and started scouting the area.

 
Duct tape in hand, quilts are on the side of the building in a heartbeat...and then a pick up truck pulls up. Apparently the building is not abandoned! AND I am trespassing...the house across the road is friends of the owners and they call and report me! Fact - I love to break the rules! I put on the smile,  and talk my way into finishing my photo-shoot. Truck pulls away.


you are welcome for the squinty face reflection!

Start snapping again - clearly not noticing that every picture has a reflection in the window not of the beautiful country side but of my car with the trunk open and sometimes even me squinting! Fact - I am not an award winning photographer. Pick Up Truck number two pulls up! This is the husband of the woman who stopped the first time. He informs me I am trespassing and I again turn on the charm - Fact - I am charming (oh and modest) - and instead of kicking me off the property we talk quilts and I think I may even have a new custom order coming! Fact - I just bought a shiny new Janome 8900 and have deemed myself a sweatshop until it is paid for.

So now that I have trespassed, taken pictures and broken some driving laws I throw the quilts into the back seat and realize Charlie(my dog) - Fact - I am the mother of three fur babies - has left mud everywhere and now quilts need to be washed - AGAIN.

So, there it is, a day (well an hour anyway) in the life of me. I wonder how many rules I will break today? Cannot wait!

Enough about me, let's do something really fun - giveaway some fabric! I have this wee bundle of Fat Quarters to give away to one lucky reader. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment - anything at all - but it would be fun to hear about your quilt photo-shoot adventures. Draw is open to the whole universe until Friday, May 15th at midnight Atlantic Time.


I hope you will continue to hop along with us! Tomorrow Tracy will be quilting it up on the Dark Side!

Monday, May 4 - Introduction @ Maritime Modern Quilt Guild
Tuesday, May 5 - Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Wednesday, May 6 - Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts - YOU ARE HERE!
Thursday, May 7 - Tracy @ Quilting on the Dark Side
Friday, May 8 - Anja @ Anja Quilts
Saturday, May 9 - Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails
Sunday, May 10 -  Linda @ Scrapmaster
Monday, May 11 - Jeanette @ Stamp Stitch Create
Tuesday, May 12 - Dominique @ The Running Thimble
Wednesday, May 13 - Aimee @ Candy Coated Quilts


And if you would like to know more about MMQG - please visit us at our Blog or on Facebook!

Happy Quilting!
Adrienne

Monday, 4 May 2015

Are you ready?

It's time to really get to know some of the amazing members of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. Hop along why don't ya?


Monday, May 4 - Introduction @ Maritime Modern Quilt Guild
Tuesday, May 5 - Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Wednesday, May 6 - Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Thursday, May 7 - Tracy @ Quilting on the Dark Side
Friday, May 8 - Anja @ Anja Quilts
Saturday, May 9 - Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails
Sunday, May 10 -  Linda @ Scrapmaster
Monday, May 11 - Jeanette @ Stamp Stitch Create
Tuesday, May 12 - Dominique @ The Running Thimble
Wednesday, May 13 - Aimee @ Candy Coated Quilts

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Quilt Atlantic

Last weekend started out like this...


Pawing through Maritime Modern Quilt Guild member quilts to get ready for a talk on Modern Quilts at the second annual Quilt Atlantic retreat. I am not going to lie. Preparing for this event made me a bit nervous. Ok, A LOT nervous. But getting to play with all of these quilts made it worth it. Here the pile is ready to go!


My trusty MMQG VP Jennifer (from A Quarter Inch from the Edge) and I jumped into the car and raced for the South Shore of Nova Scotia where the retreat was being held at the beautiful White Point Beach Resort. I will not bore you with the details, but I got lost on the way, had to drive like a crazy woman and ended up running into the room for my 10 am talk at 10 am! Sweet Jesus people I was losing my cool trying to get there on time...I am NEVER late. Poor Jennifer tried to calm me down by talking out a plan for a MMQG retreat. Bad news, I was barely on time for my talk, good news we have the bones of a retreat formed in our heads!


The talk itself was so much fun! I really don't know why I get nervous of these things. I love to talk and people seemed to want to listen so off I went. There is something to be said for talking about what you love. That passion comes through!


After two hours of fun talking quilts, we took a  jaunt around the resort and visited the beach. This was the first day that it felt like Spring may actually come. It was 14 degrees above zero, it was not snowing, and I didn't have to wear a coat! And the view....


Of course, we were out and about and Jenn had a finished quilt to photo-shoot so we did a bit of that as well... never leave home without a quilt!


We also met some of the local residents, who inspire all things rabbity around the place
 
 
 
What can I say, beside the mad dash, it was a glorious day. I absolutely love spreading the word about Modern Quilting and our wee Guild. And while being a public speaker is not on my "I love to do this every day" list, I can talk about quilts forever!

Adrienne

Sunday, 29 March 2015

I Swear, it wasn't that big yesterday

My to do pile that is. It seems when I started my day yesterday I did not have THAT many projects underway or wanting to be underway, and yet when I came home from the MMQG Sew In last night and really started looking at what I got this morning...I have all of this going on


You see our local LQS Atlantic Fabrics was gracious enough to host our March Sew In AND give us a special shopping discount for the day. So from my shopping list I got this...a super cute ribbon to go with the petite house fabric I have to make a Fairy Tooth pillow for a special little girl


A couple of zippers, because all of a sudden those mermaids need to be a pencil case. Like STAT.


Some navy and red for a custom flag pillow order I just got.


And then, there was this...all the way from Qatar, Five meters of coveted IKEA Nummers. Thanks Scrapmaster for hooking a girl up!


And then, I finally made a decision about what to make with my coveted jelly roll of Botanics, so I got the solids that I need to make a top. Kona Ash and White.


And then I needed to replace one of my favorite rules my 9 1/2 Square. Somehow it must have been heated and it is warped. So sad to see my 13 year old buddy go. But I got this shiny new 71/2 square.


Oh and I might have also got some actual sewing done...perhaps I finished my Riley Blake Challenge Quilt top...


Man I love Sew Ins, and Sew Ins with shopping are extra special :) Thank you Atlantic Fabrics for a great day.

I am linking up with Molly at Sunday Stash since it looks like mine might be just a bit bigger today.
How did your stash do this weekend?
Adrienne