I’m in SHOCK!!!

At our recent quilt show, there was a baby quilt challenge: Welcome to the Zoo.  I just didn’t have any ideas at all. Or at least none that were practical and manageable.  So, I grabbed a panel from my stash of panels and quilted it up.  Just a panel people, a panel!!

Can you imagine my surprise when it was announced that I was the 3rd place winner?  I still can’t believe it.  It’s a panel.  A few people told me that the quilting was amazing.  I don’t know about that – but I did quilt it to death!  And, it’s still nice & soft.  It will be a donation quilt.  I will take it back to the guild next month and hand it in.fullsizeoutput_b3c

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May 20 – Monday’s Update

image  The last block for the Daisy Chain Mystery is up.  The clues had me guessing until the very last minute!!!  It’s a great mystery!  Thank you, Little Bunny Quilts!!!

So, I pieced the last blocks together and I was so excited to see this quilt put together, I didn’t take any pictures of the block until the quilt was sandwiched! fullsizeoutput_b2d T

 

These “cross” blocks pieced together very quickly!  All the units were previously put together, so it was very easy to do!

Once I had the blocks done, I was eager to see how my quilt would look.  SEW … I put it all together.  The instructions tell you to pay attention to the orientation of the “star” blocks and the “cross” blocks. Amazingly, I did pay attention and I didn’t have to reach for my seam ripper!!!!  Perhaps, I’m learning to follow directions? Continue reading

Make it Modern with Hobbs

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When we were in Hawaii in January, we went to Pearl Harbour.  I was captivated by the history of the bombing and intrigued by the “Tree of Life” relief.   According to “A Day at Pearl Harbor – USS Arizona Memorial”  the design “has come to be known as a symbol of peace and harmony”.

 

I had already recieved an outline from Island Batik of our upcoming projects.  “Make it Modern” was the title for the month of May.   As I looked at the structure and took the photo, I pondered, “Could I? Should I? Can I?”

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Christmas RAPPING

What’s this?  Christmas in May?  Well, yes and no.  The blog hop from Christmas RAPPING is in progress … and just because the book is titled “Christmas,” it doesn’t mean that you have to make the projects in Christmas colours.  I was tired of winter and wanted to do a quilt in spring/ summer colours! Island Batik generously sent me the fabric I requested.  I also used Hobbs 80/20 batting and Aurifil thread #5008 (blue) for the quilting.

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Boundary Bay Quilt Show … May 2019

Our guild’s quilt show was this weekend.  I know I’m biased, but I think it was an excellent show!

I know that I missed taking pictures of some of the quilts!  And, even on the last day, I saw quilts I had not seen before!

The video below shows many of the quilts in the show.  When I downloaded the video to Youtube, it was blocked because I used copywrited songs by the Beatles.  One of the challenges was “Quilts inspired by a Beatles’ Song” … live and learn …You can’t use copywrited songs!  dang!  But, I found some other music …

The beginning of the video contains all sorts of a variety of quilts.  Then, they are sorted into various categories:

  • Baby Quilts for Donation
  • Baby Quilt Challenge: Welcome to the Zoo
  • Challenge: Quilts inspired by a Beatles Song
  • Comfort Quilts (donated to a local hospital for patients with cancer)
  • Quilts of Valour (for x-military)
  • Round Robin Quilts: Each person in the group made a centre block. This block was given to the next person who then added a border and then another person added a border, and on and on …
  • Featured Quilter: Doreen Douglas: Oh my what a wonderful variety of quilts … when you see the heron that is thread painted, it is reversible … amazing!

Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and enjoy the show!

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PHD in 2019 – April Update

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

I have 5 UFO finishes for 2019!

The first picture shows, Ivan’s Diamonds, Carpenter’s Wheel and a Star Table runner

My 2 April finishes are Good Fortune and a Retreat Bag.

I have an Inlinks party for PHD in 2019 participants to link up to.  However, you you want to link up, feel free!  Just be sure to mention this blog in your blog post, Instagram or Pinterest picture!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

I did Promise you

Close up pictures of a couple of quilts:  This first one was the Island Batik Accuquilt Challenge.  Free Motion quilting did not call to me and it’s totally stitched in the ditch. (And yes, I used my ruler foot and a ruler for most of the quilting.)  I used Aurifil Thread and Hobbs batting.  The fabrics are Island Batik and mostly came from the Stash Builder Rolls or my yardage.

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This is a Close up of Good Fortune and the quilting.  I just did an all-over pattern that was inspired by Roseanne of Home Sewn by US, but then it morphed into my own design.

Christmas RAPPing BLOG HOP

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This awesome blog hop is continuing.  If you haven’t checked out the great projects – be sure to do so.  And, there is a chance for YOU to win!  Check it out!

April 29  Joan @  MooseStash Quilting

April 30 Linda @ One Quilting Circle

May 1 Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts

May 2 Bea @ Beaquilter

May 3 Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

May 4 Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter

May 5 Barbara Gaddy @ Bejeweledquilts by Barb

May 6 Nancy Myers @ Patchwork Breeze

May 7 Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

May 8 Gail @ Quilting Gail  THIS IS ME come back and see what I made!

May 9  Michelle @ Creative Blonde

May 10 Maryellen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

May 11 Denise @ For the Love of Geese

May 12 Maria @

CHANCE TO WIN

Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link to have a chance to WIN 9 Island Batik FQ’s and 3 Aurifil spools of thread to 2 lucky winners!  

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Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Boundary Bay Quilt Guild 2019

I belong to Boundary Bay Quilt Guild and we’re having a show this coming weekend on Saturday and Sunday!  Click on the link below and it will take you to a web page that has hours and maps and a picture of one of the raffle quilts.  If you live in the area, it’s a show to NOT miss!

Boundary Bay Quilter’s Guild Biennial Quilt Show 

This show is not juried – but some of our members are super talented!  I have put in 4 quilts that you have already seen – if you follow my blog.  Can you guess which ones they are?  I will show you after the show.   There are also a couple of challenge quilts that I will show you later as well.

Here is a slide show of only a few of the quilts that were in the 2017 show.  It was Canada’s 150th Celebration in 2017, so we had a booth highlighting 150 Years of Quilting in Canada.  Enjoy!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Christmas RAPPers Blog Hop

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There is a book … a wonderful, delightful book called Christmas RAPPing. And it’s definitely a book you want to consider buying!

Christmas RAPPing … isn’t that title just so very very cute?  It’s “Christmas Quilts featuring Reverse Applique & Paper Piecing.”  Two extremely talented  ladies joined forces to put together the wonderful quilts, wall hangings and table runners in this book.  Oh – and there is also Christmas ornaments!  I was totally amazed at the variety of designs … indeed there is something for everyone in this book!

The 2 talented ladies are Nan and Margaret.  By talented, I mean TALENTED! You can check out their social media sites as listed at the end of this blog post.

SEW, I know that you want to take a look at all the projects that have been made from this book!  Here is a list of links of each of the participants.  Click on the name of the blog and it will take you to their site.  The Blog Hop starts tomorrow!

And those of you that know me … you know how much I love CR-applique!  Are you ever in for a surprise!

April 29  Joan @  MooseStash Quilting

April 30 Linda @ One Quilting Circle

May 1 Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts

May 2 Bea @ Beaquilter

May 3 Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

May 4 Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter

May 5 Barbara Gaddy @ Bejeweledquilts by Barb

May 6 Nancy Myers @ Patchwork Breeze

May 7 Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

May 8 Gail @ Quilting Gail  THIS IS ME come back and see what I made!

May 9  Michelle @ Creative Blonde

May 10 Maryellen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

May 11 Denise @ For the Love of Geese

May 12 Maria @

CHANCE TO WIN

Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link to have a chance to WIN 9 Island Batik FQ’s and 3 Aurifil spools of thread to 2 lucky winners!  

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Social Media Sites for the Authors of Christmas RAPPing

NaN:
 Instagram- @purrfectspots,
Pinterest- Purrfectspots
Facebook- purrfectspotsdesigns
Twitter- purrfectspots
Margaret:
Instagram- @eobquiltdesigns
Pinterest- Eye of the Beholder Quilt designs
Facebook- Eye of the Beholder Quilt design
Twitter- eobquilt

The Quilt Police

Image result for Quilt police cartoonOh – they exist!  They really really do!!!  And there’s even a blog to prove it!

If you go to THIS POST, you can read her introduction.  And although she is a police woman, and was teased about being the Quilt Police (hense her blog name), she asserts that she is NOT the Quilt Police. unknown-jpg

She is a scrappy quilter (a woman after my own heart!) and has currently been posting a series of different blocks.  It is worth going to take a look at her blog!

Conclusion:

There is a Quilt Police blog, but Quilt Police really do not exist.

SEW … what have I been working on?

I’ve been working on my secret project, started an 2nd secret project and have been working on this paper piecing quilt as a leader and ender. This is a UFO from 2016.  fullsizeoutput_a6d

OK … SEW, now you’re asking how I can paper piece as a leader & ender?  Doesn’t that involve switching stitch lengths and every thing?  Well, for those that know me, I paper piece without sewing on the paper.  Yes, it can be done!  This is the 4th quilt I’ve made from this Judy Neimeyer pattern (Fractured Paint Box)  and I have lots of papers left to make more quilts from this pattern.

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Fun Times

It’s a lot of fun when we have company come.  Especially a family with 4 kids that we LOVE!!!  The youngest son was asking me about my quilts and we scrolled through the pictures on my computer and he said, “that’s my quilt!”  As soon as they got home his younger sister and he had their pictures taken with their quilts … I made these several years ago – before I started blogging.  I LOVE that they are still LOVED~

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PHD in 2019 – March Report

Island Batik

If you want to see the newest fabric and patterns from Island Batik … go to the Spring and Summer 2019 Catalog.  Be prepared for an online magazine full of the most beautiful  fabric and tons of patterns for wonderful quilts and tuffets, clothing and other projects.

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I received these Aurifil threads in the mail today!  The dark purple is 40 wt, blue is 12 wt and the pink is 28 wt.  Very pretty!!!  I need to use all 3 weights in an upcoming Island Batik Challenge.

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Beginning of April!

WHAT?

I know I often see other’s writing on their blogs and saying “Where did the month go to?”   And, I’ve often thought, “really? It went by one day at a time!”  YUP – one day at a time and each day FLEW by this month.  So fast!  So very fast, I’m wondering, “Where did the month go to?”

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Piecing

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This is Week 4: Unit C of the Daisy Chain Mystery. The blocks on the lower left are all trimmed, I still need to trim about half of them.  This step is a little time consuming, but not too bad!  And easy to do.  The directions are very clear and easy to follow.  It’s still not too late to join in the mystery. Continue reading

A first quilt!

IMG_3339Quilting Tangent wrote to me and told me that she had used the same block as my “Stars on Ice Quilt” (see more HERE. )

An amazing Quilter!

When I was astounded that was a block she used for her FIRST quilt – she sent me pictures and this is what she said, “Yes, my first quilt was hand pieced, queen size and reversible.  I got a machine, figured out how to use it and did the quilting with a vine stitch the machine had.  Took forever!  Now I’m trying to learn to piece on the machine, a lot different then hand sewing..” Continue reading