Friday, 31 August 2012

Over The Rainbow Batiks Project and Giveaway!

I have been playing with Over The Rainbow Batiks again.  The pattern "Garden Trio" has directions for three different table runners.

This is the first table runner and a close up of the quilting.  I decided to do a little echo quilting around the flowers and then some straight lines as planks on the house.

The second table runner has these five fun flowers.  I quilted with the curvy pattern from Angela Walters' book "Free-Motion Quilting."

This is number three which is a fun colour play project.  I quilted with a simple loopy meander so that the fabrics would be the main focus on this one.

Now I'm sure you are all anxious to see what I'm giving away this Friday.

I had a couple of charm packs left over so I decided I would give away a light and a dark set of Over The Rainbow Batiks to one lucky winner!  To enter leave me a comment letting me know which of the three table runners is your favourite.  I will draw one name next Friday and post the winner at the bottom of next Friday's giveaway.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

A Little Strip Therapy

I decided I needed a little strip therapy so.....

I used the "Strip Therapy 9" book, a Parfait Bali Pop and a couple of metres of background fabric.  The Bali Pop is one of the new assortment from Hoffman that will be in a quilt store near you in October.  I was lucky enough to get an advanced sample.  Yahoo!

This is where I'm at tonight.  Just a little more sewing to go and I'll be ready to quilt.  This is my type of therapy!

Just in case you haven't had enough batiks for one post, here is this weeks Hexagon.

Stay tuned for my giveaway tomorrow, I think it just might be batik.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Farmer's Wife Blocks 103, 104 &105

This week Whirlwind, Wild Geese and Wild Goose Chase are once more on an adventure in Manitoba.

If you are from Manitoba, this next few pictures might help you much identify where they are.

Well, maybe I'll give you a bigger hint.

The blocks are vacationing at Gimli.  A delightful little town with a large marina.  The area has a rich history of fishing and farming.  As well, there is a wonderful little quilt shop just up from the marina. Both Randy and Doug thought they were brilliant taking us on Sunday, thinking they wouldn't have to wait outside any shops.  Turns out both the shops at Winnipeg Beach and Gimli are open on Sundays, so Terry and I had a great time checking them out.

If you haven't yet checked out the blog hop please go to my previous post and click on the link. There are a lot of wonderful prizes to win!

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

My Blog Hop Party Giveaway

Yes, I am giving away a Butterscotch Bali Pop!  It contains 40 - 2 1/2" strips of Hoffman Bali Strips.  If you are stuck for ideas of what to do with it, check out my Tutorials for a couple of ideas.
To enter please leave a comment below.  If you are a follower, leave me an additional comment telling me so, for a second chance.  I will ship internationally.  For my friends who will be commenting as anonymous, please leave your first name and last initial so I can figure out who you are.

I will draw the winner on September 3, and notify you of your prize shortly there after.  Now, the fun doesn't end there.  I have decided to give something away every Friday in September, so come back often to check out what I have dug out of my bins to give away.  You won't be disappointed!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

This giveaway is part of the Blog Hop Party hosted by Quilting Gallery.  Click on the button above or click here to check out all the other wonderful blogs and what they are giving away.  The link should be active on Sunday morning.

Have fun hopping, and good luck!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

My Whimsical Quilt Garden 2

Once again I was lucky enough to be able to quilt a "My Whimsical Quilt Garden."  When I asked Geraldine if I could post pictures of her quilt she humbly asked why I would want to, there are so many of them out there.  Well, not like Geraldines's!

The fabrics are bright and whimsical, so perfect for this quilt.

The border polka dots are just to much fun to quilt around.  As with all Geraldine's quilts, it will be given to some very lucky relative.

And of course, since it is Thursday, here is this weeks hexagon.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Blog Hop Party

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

 I have decided to join in on the Blog Hop Party that starts this Sunday, August 26. In the past I have joined in the hopping, so I though it might be fun to be a host this time around. I have a few goodies that I think will make an interesting gift, so check back on Sunday.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Farmer's Wife Blocks 65 & 66

Peaceful Hours and Periwinkle had a grand holiday!

Sometimes it is hard to find something for a backdrop for the blocks, so........

I used a back.  Doug's back to be exact!  Doug, Randy and Terry are enjoying a wonderful sunny day at......

Clear Lake.  This beautiful beach is located in Riding Mountain National Park.  There is a quaint little town within the park that has a variety of shops to suit every tourist.  My personal favourite was an ice cream shop.  I think I might of visited there more than once.

In the Park Info Centre this quilt was hanging and has been since 1985.  It was made by a group of local quilters to commemorate 100 years of National Parks.

We just could not get enough of beaches so we visited Grand Beach, just north of Winnipeg.  It is know for it's white sand and shallow warm water.

Have you been to a beach yet this summer?

Monday, 13 August 2012

Over the Rainbow Spring Bouquet Completed!

Yes, before I left on holidays, I finished the quilt.  It should of arrived at it's new home by now, so I can post a few pics.

It was a lot of work to complete in a very short time, but I am very happy with the results.

After all the appliqué was done, the quilting was the easiest part.

This picture draped over my machine shows the colours a little better.

Doug and I are still on our holiday, heading home from Winnipeg.  The easiest way to tell if you are in Manitoba or Saskatchewan it by how bumpy the ride is.  I must say that it is rather difficult to work on my Hexagons in Saskatchewan as I have to try and take a stitch between bumps.

Speaking of Hexagons, here is this weeks posted a little early, as I don't know when I will have internet next.

Isn't this little Panda just too cute?

Have a great day!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Farmer's Wife Blocks

Once again, I don't have the numbers of names for these blocks, but hopefully someone,(you know who you are) will fill that in in the comments.

So, does this picture help you figure out where the blocks are.  A hint, it is the largest Tomahawk ever.

No, that hint wouldn't help me either, unless I had just been there.  It is Cut Knife Alberta.  Just one of the many little delightful towns we went through on our way through Alberta.

This is coming into Battleford just on the edge of Saskatchewan.

I was amazed at how wet and swampy Saskatchewan was.  Not anything like I expected it to be.

We stopped at Manitou Lake overnight and enjoyed the sunset over the lake!

Hope you are all having happy trails, we certainly are.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

This Weeks Hexagon

And just incase you are not yet tired of my multiple posts, here is this weeks Hexagon!

I'll try and find wifi a little more regularly for the rest of my road trip!  LOL!

Canadian Death Race

Yes, it was that time of year again.  The Death Race in Grande Cache, Alberta.  Harvey ran the race as part of a relay last year so he felt he should run as a solo this year.

This is Harvey at the start of the race looking so focused!

Transition 1 after about 21km.  He was a little warm, needing a little sunscreen and on the right Gonda is busy refreshing his supplies.  What a great group he had helping him.

This is transition 2 after climbing a the first mountain.  Still focused and starting to hurt a little.  Doug and I offered encouragement while Gonda got him ready to go again.

This is transition 3.  The hurting is starting to set in.  Harvey had sprained his ankle two weeks before, so Doug is icing it down while Gonda is resupplying the pack.  Mountain two down.

After climbing the last big mountain, Hamel, Harvey was pulled by the Medics at the 89km point.  His Kidneys were shutting down and he was dizzy and throwing up.  All very normal for a ultra marathon runner who has reached the limit.  He was trucked to transition 4 and we took it from there.  This was at 2 am after he had been running for 16 hours.  He was disappointed that he didn't finish but satisfied with his effort.  Only 25 percent of the racers ever finish the 125 km race in the allotted 24 hours.  I am very proud of the effort he put in.  Just as a side note for the family, Harvey has completely recovered from the race, but has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his leg.  A few weeks of light duties and he will be back running again.  GO DEATH RACER!

Farmer's Wife Blocks

I would give you the block numbers but unfortunately I'm sitting in Starbucks in Winnipeg, and my book with the block names is back in Kamloops.  LOL.  Anyways, here are last weeks blocks, just a little late.

The red in the background give you the idea that perhaps this is another starting line for a race, but where?

If you were following me last year, this might give it away!

Once again I'm at the "Death Race" in Grande Cache, Alberta.  The weather was beautiful as was the scenery.  Grande Cache is on the eastern edge of the Rockies and is a wonderful place to visit.  Not sure I would live there though.

On the way we saw a lot of wildlife along the edge of the road.  The highlight was a white wolf eating a deer just outside of Grande Cache.  I had never seen a wolf in the wild, so this was a first for me.

More on the race and why I was there, in the next post.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Spring Bouquet, The Rest of the Blocks

Here are the remaining eight blocks for the Spring Bouquet Quilt.  I love them all!

Now for the borders and all those teeny tiny four patches!