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Challenge 2017 - #15 Bug's Sunshine

When your daughter says "mum can you finish a quilt for me?" You say "of course!". My daughter sewed this lovely Sunshine and Shadows quilt 4 years ago just after my grand daughter was born. Liz would come over and join a group of us who were sewing together. We didn't do much sewing. We just passed my grand daughter around between us for cuddles! Liz put her head down and sewed and sewed! She had this quilt almost complete. It just needed a few quilting lines stitched and the binding on. My grand daughter has graduated to a big girl bed and this quilt will be perfect for her. Unfortunately, she had quilted the quilt with diagonal lines in rayon thread. Rayon thread is beautiful for free mo

I'm teaching in Edmonton!

I'm teaching quilting classes at Central Sewing in Edmonton at the beginning of June! I'm excited because last time I was so well received and the class participants were great. It turned out that we had the same students for all 4 longarm quilting classes that we got to know each other and I think the students learned a lot. So, I get to go it again! The first 3 classes are for longarm students. The last class is open to everyone. I recently did a presentation at my guild regarding borders and this class will cover that information and a lot more including how to sew bindings to a quilt with a perfectly mitered corner and no visible join! Here are the links to the individual classes. Co

Challenge 2017 - #14 Fiesta Fruit Cocktail

What a fun name for a fun quilt! I belong to the Calgary Longarm Quilt Group. We meet on a monthly basis. Each year we submit quilts to the Festival of Quilt at Heritage Park. For the 2017 festival we decided to submit Hunter Star quilts. We had a class and learned how to sew the block and each of us has quilted the quilt to display our work. I had a bundle of really bright batiks and thought this would be a good way to use them. I had the quilt top all ready to be quilted....so I thought! When I pulled it out of the box, there was a pile of fabric and no borders on the quilt! I auditioned a yellow and 2 pinky reds to see which I liked best. The red on the right was a better choice, b

Challenge 2017 - #13 Evie's Quilt

This is a simple little quilt made for a lovely little girl in Vancouver. My daughter asked me to make a quilt for a friend's new baby girl. I pulled out my "girly" hand dyes and batiks strips. Strips were cut 2" wide (my new favourite strip size) and I sewed them together end on end. I did a very quick calculation and determined that I needed approximately 850" of length on this strip. My strips were anywhere from 2" to 40" in length. I sewed the strips together randomly "jelly roll race" style. I found that the final seam joined 3 lengths of light fabric at the center of the quilt and I didn't like the look. I undid the centre seam and rotated one side. I like the finish much bette

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