Tuesday, December 30, 2014

More postcards

In a previous post I mentioned that I had joined the Snowflake Postcard exchange hosted by Brandy Lynn of Canadian Quilt Talk Radio.  Well this is what I found in the mailbox after trudging through the snow.
This one is from Gemma in New Jersey,

and this one came all the way from Australia from Judy.

Aren't they wonderful?  But that's not all.  I got a surprise I was not expecting.  A Christmas postcard from my Tangled Textile friend, Judy.  Isn't it a beauty?

I wish I could get a closer picture.  The "rays" are delicate gold threads that have been couched in place, and the star itself is crazy patched.  Lovely!  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Silent Night! Holy Night!

May this season bring you warmth, joy, the companionship of friends and family, and a peace of spirit.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Snowflakes galore

I recently participated in a Snowflake Postcard exchange through Brandy Lynn at Canadian Quilt Talk Radio.  I posted about the ones I made here.  I have received some of the five I exchanged in return.  Look...

This one is from Missy in Alberta

and this one is from Anne, also in Alberta.

This one came from Brandy Lynn

I suspect the other two, one from New Jersey, the other from Australia, will be along shortly.

Last minute gifts

I just finished up some last minute gifts and because the recipients don't browse the internet, I can show them to you here.

These two potholders are going to a family friend.  Aren't they just "chicky"?

Not my design though.  They were a little pattern gifted at a recent retreat.  The pattern came from a shop in Pritchard, British Columbia.  The shop (Diversity Quilting) doesn't have a web presence, but it's the neatest little shop in the woods, off the beaten path, and the owner Dianne is always welcoming.

These place mats are going to that same family friend this afternoon.  I have another set (still need the binding) for my neighbour who is always ready to help with anything related to keeping my gardening hardware and vehicles in good running order, and who is always available for a trip to the local fish and chip restaurant.

Hope your last minute gifts are at the finished stage and ready for wrapping!

Monday, December 22, 2014

A concert and signature

Back in January of this year, I revealed my Tangled Textiles challenge piece for the MUSIC theme.  I posted about it here and here.

Well last week Mr. Mills had a concert here in my home town.  I had tickets and you guessed it, I took my little quilt with me to see if he would sign it.

The concert was fantastic!  It was just as advertised..."An Intimate Evening with Frank Mills."  He spent the evening playing the piano and talking about the various periods of his career.  As with most concerts, there was an opportunity to purchase some of his CDs.  Those were doing a brisk business even before the concert began.

At the end of the concert there was an opportunity to have Mr. Mills sign CDs so I took a chance.  I managed to remember to bring along a fabric pen and stood ready.

This picture was taken just before he signed my quilt
This one was while he signed it.  I was so nervous (don't know why) that the picture turned out blurry but you can just make out the quilt in the lower portion of the picture.  (apologies for the very poor quality.)

and here is the final result.  Definitely a keeper!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Decorating done

Well the tree is up

the Nutcrackers are at attention

a miniature village has sprouted 

everything is just about ready.  Just a few more items to finish off and just in time too.  How are your holiday preparations coming along?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My wonderful mailbox!

Quiltmaker recently held a Blog Tour announcing the next volume of Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 10.  The tour included introduction to some of the designers of the blocks along with giveaways.   Look what came in the mail today!  This box...
 which I opened to find this on the top of the box.  I won!!!
After removing the paper, OH ME OH MY look at the yummy goodies.  This fabric bundle and key chain purse from P&B Textiles;
this bright fresh fabric bundle from Moda Fabrics;
and this book from Annie's Quilting to use with the Accuquilt Go and pattern from Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting.
But wait...that's not all.  There was also this bundle of Quiltmaker's 100 blocks all tied up neatly with a bow.  Look....from Vol 1 through to Vol 10!  That's 1000 blocks!!
Oh...it's time to grab a cup of tea and sit down to fondle the fabric and browse the magazines.  Till the next time...

Monday, December 1, 2014

Postcards for an Exchange

Brandi-Lynne Maslowski of Canadian Quilt Talk radio is hosting a postcard exchange. Theme of the exchange is SNOWFLAKES.   Sign up is now closed unfortunately, but today we are sending in photos of our completed postcards.  Here are mine.

I chose what I think is an "icy" colour scheme; rather appropriate given the theme, don't you think?
Here's a closer look.

Even the background fabric fits the theme!  LOL!  I'll get the addresses of the folks that are going to receive these lovely beauties in a couple of days.

I had so much fun making these, I think I'll put a few more together.