Thursday, July 29, 2010

Here are a few pics of the first quilts I ever made. The Twilight Star was my first quilt. I made it for my son. The Dazzling Diamonds was my next effort - wow, batiks. I love them, I wish I could afford to play with them more often. It went to my first great niece. The Baskets on Trellis went to my second niece. The Autumn Trellis, I made for my neighbour's wife. Her husband is our neighbourhood "Bob the Builder" and he cleans my driveway in the wintertime which is GREATLY appreciated, especially when it's like -25 degrees and he just plows it out in 35 seconds so I can get out and do groceries, or go see my parents, or go to church, or just get out of the house. Everyone should be so blessed to have a "Bob" for a neighbour. :)

Inspired by Inspira

This is a good day.. No, not because I have to replace the entire contents of my freezer, thanks to a power outage, but because my quilting frame arrived today.
My second hand Inspira quilting frame. It is in pristine condition. It even arrived in the original box, in the original packing material, with all the instructions and the video, and best of all - a real, live, person! She helped me put it together and between the two of us menopausal mommas, we had it together in two and a half hours. with no re-dos! Yeah for girl power!
My darling son asked if he could try it out. I had to explain that I didn't have a sewing machine on it yet, and even if I did, it would take me at least an hour to load a quilt on it for the first time. Oh, and by the way kid, it's an hour past your bedtime, go brush your teeth!
I wish I could try it out tonight too.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hello out there in Blogland.

Hello my Blog. Welcome to my life. Today I hope is the start of a beautiful friendship. You see, you are my secret life. I am usually a shy individual, so stepping out like this is a big leap. A leap of faith. And faith I have. Faith in my God, that He is everything I need. Faith that He will provide and protect. So, it is with that courage that I step forth and show my God given talents to the world. I will be sharing with you my sewing and quilting creations. Some I do for me, some I do for others, some I do for hire. Regardless, I'll share the photos. The good, the bad and the ugly. After all, not everything turns out quite like I plan. So here starts the experiment. Right now, I am patiently awaiting the arrival of my first quilting frame. A second hand Inspira quilting frame for my basement. To that I will be adding a second sewing machine to my stable. A brand spanking new Pfaff Hobby GrandQuilter 1200, which is on layaway, so she'll take a little longer to move in. In the meantime, I'll be keeping my Janome QC 6260 humming. She's a good little workhorse. I just wish it had a bigger workspace or "harpspace." The 6 1/2" bed between the needle and the upright of the machine is a little cramped when working on a full sized quilt. Right now, the project in progress, is a Remembrance Quilt for the Canadian Quilt of Valour program. It will be donated on the behalf of its commissioner to a family of the armed forces who has lost their soldier in the line of duty. I'll get photos to you soon.