Friday, 31 January 2014

Last day of January.

Sunshine greets the day after a stretch of rain. Yeah!

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Still being creative and some early signs of Spring

More corners being sewn on.

Lots of pieces.

A mail deliver, starry nights on the left, a gorgeous midnight blue with silver and angel dust on the right, a creamy colour with gold sparkling.

A walk to stretch my back and look the crocuses are blooming as they break through the soil.

This one is ahead of the gang.

Raindrops from earlier in the day.

Crow checking out the neighbourhood.

Busy river yesterday first one double barge was seen.

Right behind a second one.

Minutes later another one heading upriver with a different load.

Voila! Hearts on black and white backgrounds.

The lower half I added some snowflakes because Valentine's Day is in the winter and we've had some snowy ones in the past.

Thirty of them altogether, 20 for a swap the rest to be added as fillers. I need to square them up to the suggested size and then they head off to their new homes. I love how the colours pop against the black and white backgrounds.

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Monday, 27 January 2014

Being creative

I'm taking part in another online swap. Black with white prints along with reds and pinks. Polka dots and maybe a splash of colour. These were my initial choices.

I decided to omit the second black and white print from the top and the third pink from the top and add a few other pink/reds instead.

I sewed the pinks and reds into several different stratas.

Cross cut into sections.

Started to make some hoochy corners.

More corners to come off to start sewing for the day.

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Friday, 24 January 2014

Thanks to Vicki at 2 Bags Full for hosting this Grow Your Blog Hop.
2 Bags Full
I'm Sandi and live along the Fraser River Quay in New Westminster B.C. Canada.  This is the lovely view I enjoy each evening in all sorts of weather. 
 Walking upriver to the River Market you can see the Golden Ears Mountains and several bridges crossing over the Fraser.
 I love to travel and this past year I decided to retire early and set off in late April to head to California, Pacific Grove was my target.  Along the way I enjoyed the view of Mount Shasta.
 Found a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt to take home with me.
 It has an interesting backing that was pieced.
 At Back Porch Fabrics I went to the Mary Lou Weidman, Mel McFarland Cow Parade.
 At Mary Lou's retreat in Idaho in June I shared my Road Trip story quilt top.  That is my mom riding shotgun as we head through the mountains, deserts, and coastlines on many an adventure.
 Some of the fairy gifts I received while on retreat and a flamingo mascot.
 Fabrics for a basket swap.
 Heading back home towards the Cascade Mountains.
 In June I headed back through eastern Washington again.
 Quilt shops are a favourite driving break stop.
 Crazy Horse Monument under construction.
 Mt. Rushmore.
 The Corn Palace in Mitchell.
 ChiCOWgo for another cow parade.
 A visit to St. Charles and the Fox River this one is made of recycled bicycle parts.
 Guardians of the river.
 Back across the mid-west heading home...
 Interesting sights to see.
 On our way to Yellowstone National Park.
 Mineral pools and blue skies.
 Old Faithful.
 Wildlife, wolves..
 July 1st Canada Day.
 Blogging friend Anna in Sister Oregon.
 Sisters Quilt Show.
 Wool leaves prepped for Sue Spargo class...the first day.
 Silk velvet, bead work and drizzle stitch.
 Sue giving her lecture and show and tell.
 Flower and watering can swaps.
 Another quilt show...MOO-ston...err Houston.   Have you figured out which one is mine?
 The view from above.
 Some of my Friday Quilting group decked out for Christmas dinner.
 The rest of the group.
 Fabricana is a local fabric store that has not only home decorating and clothing supplies it has a lovely selection of quilt fabrics including the Cantik Batik line of batik fabrics from Canada.
 As you can see this is a large two storied shop with lovely lighting.
 They have an extensive supply of all kinds of notions, there are another mirrored display of thread to the back of the ones you see here.  Zippers, trim, ribbon, many choices.
 The closest Quilt shop to my home is just up the hill at The Needle and I Quilt Shop
 I love how Debbie has some of her Cantik Batiks displayed in an old crib.
 I caught Debbie chatting with a customer and another clerk sharing a smile.
 She also offers long arm quilting along with selling domestic sewing machines.
 Some great quilt tops on display.
 Today my Friday group met at Darlene's for some hand stitching.
 Mary has a bright top that she is going to hand quilt also.
 Betty brought a lovely Kokopelli wall hanging she designed.  The background was pieced during a workshop with Judy Farrow.
 Betty didn't want her picture but this one was done in a class with Pippa Moore.
 Darlene made this top of Asian scraps.
 She also cut up a panel that she sashed to make a larger top.
 Here is on of her beautiful paper pieced Judy Niemeyer quilts.
 Three more of Darlene's draped over the chair.
 My next project fabric choices for another on line Mary Lou Weidman swap...stay tuned.
Many Thanks once again Vicki at 2 Bags Full.
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