Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Anniversary Giveaway!

Last week was my 5 year blogging anniversary. It's been 5 great years getting to share my passion for quilting with all of you. It's been 5 wonderful years of hearing your feedback and encouragement. Thank you for keeping me inspired and motivated!

What better way to celebrate than to have a giveaway!

We have some black and white fat quarters, a fat quarter of my latest favourite Art Gallery Steps Above Prism print, some black and white thread and this adorable tin.

To win this giveaway, just leave a comment telling me what your favourite colour combo is these days. Followers get a bonus entry -- just leave a comment telling me how you follow (via Bloglovin', Instagram, Feedly, etc.). For another bonus entry, follow me on InstagramFacebook or Twitter and leave me a comment saying so. 

No reply bloggers, please leave your email address in your comment, otherwise I'll need to pick someone else.

This giveaway is open until Sunday, May 29th at 8 p.m. EST. The winner will be chosen via Ms. Random Number Generator and announced on May 30th. Good luck!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

TGIFF! - Badges, Badges Everywhere...

Welcome to TGIFF! You know the phrase about the cobbler’s children having no shoes? Well, my kids’ feel that way when it comes to sewing Beaver/Cub/Scout badges on their uniforms or camp blankets. I am also a Beaver leader so you would think that I’d be all over sewing them on in a timely manner. Alas, they usually have to bug me to sew them on. Now, I think it’s about time my oldest starts sewing his own badges on, so we’ll be working on that.

In the meantime, all three kids have collected a surprising number of badges and crests from their Scouting and sport activities. I have a camp wrap that I sewed my crests and badges on 5 years ago. I’ve had camp blankets purchased for the boys for a few years, but have the badges made it on to the blankets? No. Quilter/leader’s children. Sigh.

Except this week, there was progress! This is Daniel’s new camp blanket.

The other day, he laid out his badges with a few guiding tips from me and I sewed them on. 

I used a zipper foot and moved my needle all the way to the right so that I could sew just along the edge of the badges. The key to not going crazy on matching thread to the different badges? Monofilament thread on the top and a matching thread to the blanket underneath. :)

He’s pretty happy with it and there’s lots of room left for more badges and crests. I’m freaking thrilled that his blanket is off my to-do list! Now just two camp blankets to go and to add on the new badges to my own wrap.

P.S. This week is my 5 year anniversary for the blog! Woo hoo! Stay tuned for a giveaway announcement this weekend...

Monday, 16 May 2016

Modern Block Monday - Layers

March's theme for Bee Sewcial was layers. Hillary (@entropyalwayswins on Instagram) wanted blocks that conveyed layers in turquoises, blues, oranges, greys and whites.

I knew what I wanted to do with one of the blocks early on. I did layers of the Fibonacci sequence on the first block, both horizontally and vertically.

The second block took a while to figure out though. In the end, I used some of the leftovers from the first block and then added more improv layers in the colour order going from warm to cool and back to warm again.

To see the blocks my beemates did, check out #BeeSewcial on Instagram. If you'd like to follow along with this bee, tag your blocks to #inspiredbybeesewcial.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Quilt Show Weekend!

It's quilt show weekend here in Ottawa. This year it's the Common Thread Quilt Show with a special room for the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. Woo hoo! I have four quilts in the show and hoping to get there this afternoon to look around. I'm volunteering tomorrow from 11-1 p.m. If you are in the area, stop in. You won't be disappointed!

Also, Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is having a Free shipping event this weekend for Mother's Day! Enjoy!

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