Saturday, 26 July 2014

Well Met

We're home! For a variety of reasons, we bumped up our annual trip to Nova Scotia and I'm so glad we did! My friend Dominique from The Running Thimble invited me to the July meeting of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. A guild meeting on vacation? Sign me up! No summer break for this Maritime crew. They are hard core, y'all! 

Such a warm and welcoming group, they were too! I was thrilled to finally meet some long-time bloggy friends in person and meet some new ones! Thanks Adrienne for the photos!

Me and Linda from Scrapmaster
Dominique, me, Anja, Linda, Karen and Ann

Linda, me, Anja, Adrienne, Karen and Ann

Check out the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild post about the meeting so see some of the great quilts they shared during the meeting, including a fabulous Bill Cosby quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller challenge.

Thank you all for making me feel so welcome. I wish I was closer so I could go to your meetings too!

Don't forget to enter the Woodsy Winter giveaway sponsored by Sew Sisters. You have until tomorrow night to enter!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to pull together a birthday party for tomorrow afternoon. Any superhero game ideas for 5 year olds?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

It's Like Christmas in July Giveaway!

We're currently midway home from where we were, but I just had to pop in to let you know that Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is opening their Christmas Room tomorrow, July 25. To get you in the holiday making spirit, Sew Sisters will have free shipping on all orders within Canada between July 25 – 31! I know it may seem early, but they have a ton of jolly good fabric for the holidays that are so worth checking out!

Christmas Room Free Shipping500

To celebrate this Merry development, Sew Sisters is sponsoring a giveaway of 5 fat quarters from the Woodsy Winter collection from Hoffman Fabrics! Woo hoo! Wouldn't this fabric make fabulous gift bags? Or placemats? Or stockings? I love the colour combo.

  Woodsy Winter Giveaway MR01

While the free shipping offer is only for those in Canada, this giveaway is open to everyone! Yay! To enter, just leave me a comment telling me something that might be on your Merry making list this year. Followers of my blog get a bonus entry -- just leave me a comment letting me know how you follow (Bloglovin', Feedly, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Followers of the Sew Sisters blog also get a bonus entry -- just leave a comment letting me know you follow them.

The giveaway is open until Sunday, July 27th at 9 p.m. EDT, at which point I'll pick a winner via Ms. Random Number Generator. No reply bloggers, please leave your email address with your comment. Not sure if you are a no reply blogger? Check this post to see if you are and what you can do to fix it.

Good luck and Merry, Merry everyone! I'll be back in a couple of days with tons to share.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Thing 1 and Thing 2...and Thing 3 and Thing 4 and Thing 5...

"Think and wonder, wonder and think." ~ Dr. Seuss

Ah, the beginning of a new month/quarter -- a clean slate! What goals to set this quarter for the 2014 Finish Along? Let's go big!

Banner Day: Speaking of new beginnings, I will be finishing Banner Day for my new niece or nephew. The top is now further along than this -- the edges of the bunting flags are all pressed under, the bunting cord is made, it's all laid out, glued and ready to be stitched down.

Baby Quilt: A friend is also expecting this month! Yay for more long as I get to hold them lots and then hand them back! :) Colour scheme is grey, tomato red, and celery. This colour scheme is definitely going to be a challenge for me!

Modern Totems II: This one is sandwiched and ready to be quilted.

And my holdovers from Q2:

Fibonacci Is Not Random - Part One

The triptych was here at the beginning of Q2:

Parts Two and Three are last quarter. This quarter is Part One's turn!


Blue Improv: 

Patterns: Modern Totems is being tested and proofread right now so this quarter I will finish it. And then Falling for Stripes. Pinky swear!

I'm linking up to the wonderful Katy @ The Littlest Thistle who is hosting the 2014 Finish Along.

Finish Along 2014

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sew Canadian Studio Tour

Summer's a great time for road trips, eh? How about quilty virtual ones? The next best thing! This summer, Mad About Patchwork has organized a sewing studio tour of some Canadian quilt bloggers, including yours truly.

Each Sunday, starting today, two Canadian quilt bloggers will share where they make the magic happen!

July 6th – Patti @ Retired to Quilt and Krista @ Poppyprint
July 13th – Dominique @ The Running Thimble and Cinzia @ Deux Petites Souris
July 20th – Anita @ Daydreams of Quilts and Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
July 27th – Shena @ Apple Pie Patchwork and Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good
August 3rd – Felicity @ Felicity Quilts and Josée @ The Charming Needle
August 10th – Janet @ What Comes Next and M-R @ Quilt Matters
August 17th – Erica @ Happy Fabric and Jacqui @ Treadle Quilts
August 24th – Leanne @ She Can Quilt and Jaclyn @ Jaclyn Quilts
August 31st – Pam @ Mad About Patchwork and Laura @ Waffle Kisses

You need to get in on the action too! Starting today, you can add a photo of your own space to the linky party. At the end of August, they’ll be drawing one lucky series participant and one lucky linky party participant to win an Ombre Sewing Studio Kit by Sew Fresh Quilts. So get inspired and get sharing!

Here's a sneak peek of my quilt haven:

You'll have to excuse me now -- I'll be checking out Patti and Krista's studios today and then I've got some cleaning to do... ;)
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