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Doodling Away Series: Pens

Doodling Away Series: Pens

This challenge has been good for me because I tend to like one thing and don’t experiment, ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’. The problem with that logic is that there are better options out there. Also, any excuse to go to Dollarama gets me excited. So there are a few things I learned about pens I can share.

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Stitched Quilting Community

Stitched Quilting Community

One of the strongest draws to quilting for me is the impact that charity quilts can bring to someones life. I have really enjoyed quilting for great causes like the most recent fires in Fort Mac here in Alberta, for Ronald McDonald House, for the Womens Shelter and many other wonderful and deserving charities.

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8 Inch Challenge Continued

8 Inch Challenge Continued

In September I toke a colour values class from Cheryl Arkison This class challenged me to not be so ‘match-matchy’ all the time. I pulled fabric from my stash that I would never have put together. But using the concept of colour value I was able to come up with a scrappy quilt that looked pretty good but did not use my ‘normal’ piecing method.

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Halloween Approaching

Halloween Approaching

I do love a nice festive touch to the home and quilts are a great way to achieve this. Here are two quilts that I have made for Halloween. Unfortunately, they aren’t mine. Jackie owner of www.nutsforboltsetc.com commissioned me to make them. I am able to admire them when I go to work.

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8 Inch Square Challenge Continued

8 Inch Square Challenge Continued

Quilting is an art form for me, a creative outlet. But with all art there are rules that need to be followed for best results. These rules are so liberating to me, because I know if I follow them than all the creative parts will come together so nicely.

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8 Inch Half Square Challenge Continued

8 Inch Half Square Challenge Continued

I got all 180 half square triangles trimmed up, thanks pod casts to keep me company. Today is sunny and bright so i decided to move the kitchen table over since it was in sun and play with lay outs. The light kept changing for the taking of the pics!

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Doodle Away Series: Using the Best Tools

Doodle Away Series: Using the Best Tools

Our family is getting ready to be transferred and because of that I have been painting and cleaning and organizing rather than quilting. I find at the end of the day I just need a little but of quilting time, but can't get to the long arm, so I have been doodling at...

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Doodle Series: Just Do It

Doodle Series: Just Do It

When you have deadlines which prevent precious quilting time one of the best things to do is doodle potential free motion quilting designs.

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PLAY

PLAY

At first I thought this rather odd. Over the 2 week break I spent a lot of time playing with my kids. We did a lot of swimming, skating, hanging out drawing/watching movies/learning how to cook, we spent time reviewing old goals and setting new ones. I really enjoyed putting off my own projects and focusing on them, however at the end of the two weeks I was ready to get back into my routine with my quilts, my blog and social media.

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The Importance of a Quilt- The Sentiments

The Importance of a Quilt- The Sentiments

I remember going to a silent auction and standing beside a donated quilt. I was admiring all the elements such as colour, pattern, layout and quilting when a lady beside me broke my admiration by stating in a rather brusk and annoyed manor, “I’ll never understand it, they take perfectly good fabric, cut it up and sew it all back together!” and off she went in a huff.

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Doodle Challenge lines

Doodle Challenge lines

I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in 13 years on Friday. She reminded me of something I had said about myself and my friend. I said, ‘I think so out of the box that I don’t see the box and my husband is so in the box that the walls are the only thing that he sees’.

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Granny Flower Garden

Granny Flower Garden

When my grandma passed away we found a hand pieced granny flower garden quilt that was made by her mom, great grandma Sara. My oldest sister claimed it and i was a ‘little’ jealous of it. I wasn’t married then and she gave it to her little girl, my niece. Since there was no changing her mind. When I had a little girl of my own I decided that I would make one for her.

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Man Quilt

Man Quilt

My husband is my greatest supporter. Being a quilter brings a lot of warmth into peoples lives but also a lot of mess, crazy and late nights.

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