Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quilt Guild Challenge

My husband and I travelled up to Cumberland a couple of weeks ago to view the Schoolhouse Quilt Guild's quilt show.  Imagine my surprise when I read the blurb on a very pretty little green quilt that had caught my eye and I realized it was a Challenge Quilt I had made up the instructions for last fall for a Challenge in my guild, Parksville Quilthouse Quilters.  Here's a picture of the quilt and the instructions.  Don't you think this lady did an awesome job!  I know that I was very impressed.

One Day Left

I have one day left before starting my new job - hopefully they remember I'm coming and I won't be locked out again, like I was the morning I went for my interview.  I am really looking forward to working again, although I will miss the laziness of not working......I do seem to need structure in my life in order to get things done.

I am about to embark on a Crazy Quilt Round Robin with 5 other wonderful friends and my mind is just churning away with the possibilities and what to design and how to make it work and, and, and.....  And to give me a jump start yesterday my buddy Janet and a made a trip to Victoria for beads, buttons, interesting wools and cottons - all in preparation for the round robin.  A button shop, 2 bead shops, a quilt shop, a kitchen store (we also cook ;>D) and a tasty lunch at the Noodle Box Cafe made for a fantastic day and a lot of fun.  We are still trying to decide if every time we receive a round robin parcel means another trip to those shops or not.....oh twist my rubber arm - OF COURSE IT DOES!!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What a journey to get back here!

I have been blocked from getting back on my blog for days now - ever since Google was spammed a couple of weeks ago.  HARRUMPH!!!!!

Meanwhile I have finished my 1930's Dresden Plate Irish Chain Quilt - and I think it looks awesome, cute, fresh and calming (some of the feedback I've received from those that have seen it).

I have also sewn up 4 reversable vest bibs for babies here and upcoming.  They have got to be the swankiest little bibs ever!  If you look close at the first one on the left you'll see it's a herd of little pigs - how appropriate don't you think!

Oh, yes, and another significant event has finally occurred - I now have a good job after months of sending out resumes and applications.  I think job hunting has to be one of the most depressing occupations you can do, especially right now where there are so few jobs and so many applicants.  I start on Wednesday next week and am really looking forward to it.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Toby - handsome as ever ;>D

BOM 2012 - Lynda's Block

My little quilting group "Sassies" are doing another block of the month (Grandma's House in Oceanside) for our guild next year, and it is presently in the planning stage.  Once again it is a conglomeration of various techniques.  My block includes needle turn applique, machine piecing and 3-D kite tails.  Here is a picture of the block that I'm contributing.  It is 16 inches square and depicts our beach during the kite festival that happens every year here (there are more kite tails to be added).  What do you think?
I've finished off my 1930's Dresden Plates and Irish Chain quilt.  I think it turned out quite nicely....a possibility to become a "Grandma Quilt" as there are so many dogs, bunnies, other animals and little people doing activities that it should contain a lot of little stories.

Crazy Quilt in Progress

This is my first true crazy quilting attempt.  So far I have purple asters, pink cherry blossoms, blue dephiniums with a dragonfly and the part I'm so pleased with is the wisteria and birdbath.  Eventually this is supposed to become a tea cozy.