Sunday, March 22, 2009

Baby quilt almost ready

Have been working on a quilt for my nephew and his fiance for their baby - due in about 4 weeks now.

Just the binding to go!

My nephew is colour-blind so most colours are just muddy, but his favorite is orange. His fiance's favorite combo is red/white with a dash of red. Hence, one side for each. The red/white/red work well for new babies, they see the contrasts.
This quilt was constructed using the 'shortcut quilt' method - each square is constructed with the batting and backing part of the square, as you go. The sashes connect the squares and the only finishing left is the binding!





Saturday, March 21, 2009

Florida, Georgia, North Carolina



Have just returned from a fabulous two weeks touring the coast of Florida, the Florida Keys, back up through Georgia and North Carolina.

I was reallly spoiled on this trip - three stops at quilt shops! The first was in Key West - "The Seam Shoppe" (http://www.tropicalfabricsonline.com/home.php). They specialize in tropical fabrics, of course! A charming little shop with gorgeous batiks as well as the tropicals.

Next was "My Quilt Shoppe" in Hendersonville NC (http://www.myquiltshoppe.com/). Turns out we have actually stopped in here on a previous visit - still charming :) They have a nice hubby area with big rockers and auto magazines.

In the parking lot, a fella stopped who recommended we be sure to stop in at Mary Jo's Cloth Store in Gastonia (http://www.maryjos.com/) - a huge shop. I really liked how they display their fabric - the bolts stand up as usual, but they've splayed out a length so you can feel and handle the fabric without disturbing the bolts - worked well! Here, I found a supply of the "Hungry Caterpillar" yardage I've been looking for! It is so cute!

We had wonderful warm weather and sunshine (seemed to be the only warm sunny spot on the east coast!) and hopefully have dragged spring northward :)


Turned over 100,000 km on the '03 Wing - we bought it in 2004 with just over 16,000 km ... it's been to both coasts. Last summer I took over the Wing as Don got his new one. The GPS co-ordinates pinpoint where we were :)


Energized, rejuvenated, ready to get back into work, farming, gardening, landscaping ... and quilting of course!

Project 48 Quilt Finish

Project 48 Quilt We've had so much rain and wind it has been a challenge to find a good time for photos.  This is the finish of my ...