April 16, 2018

Fabric Organization - Space 4

Like me do you spend a lot of time searching for a fabric that you know you have. I also spend a lot of time searching for a certain length of fabric. Frustration. Then when pulling fabric from the shelf sometimes others come out as well because I didn't use a long ruler to separate the fabric on top and bottom of the wanted piece. So now it's in a pile on the floor. And does it get put back properly? Maybe.

This will be the umpteenth organization. Many years ago the fabric was on cardboards, but, there was no consistency in cardboard width. Some are thick; some are thin. And I the fabric reproduced somehow. 😇Then, it went to being folded and put into bins, but, the bins were not square and there was wasted property between the bins. And on, and on until lastly, it was refolded using a 9 1/2" ruler and laid flat, but, hard to see the fabric and if at the bottom of the pile then too hard to pull out. 😣 The plan is to have the fabric go from this 
This is only one shelf unit
to this

It seems like it will take forever to redo, but, it will definitely be better in the long run. I'm using the Original Mini Bolts for the centers. They are 7 1/2" x 11 3/4" white plastic. Since the fabric has to be laid out before rolling onto the Mini Bolt, I'm measuring the yardage at the same time, then rolling the fabric on the mini bolt and putting a label on the top with the yardage written on it.  

For all you Space junkies, block 4 is up. We are travelling through the Milky Way. 

April 9, 2018


My heart goes out to everyone around the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and the truck driver. A huge thank you to those that came upon the accident to report it, the first responders and all the medical and other people involved.

Monday was a reflecting walk through Sandy Beach Park. All the snow kept everything quiet. The sun shone like it was summer. A great place to reflect and be grateful.

One of Calgary's nicknames is Cowtown. How appropriate it was to see a silver cow in the backyard along the Elbow River. 

Over the last year I've been participating in a Super Secret Quilt Project. Last year was a red and cream year doing the 150 Canadian Women quilt. This year is a yellow year. All the colours from brown to dark gold to sunny yellow to orange yellow. I'm calling the quilt Sunny Side Up. More information coming.

Did anyone make a Rocky Mountain Puzzle? Please send an image so we can ooo and ahh over the quilt on facebook.

April 2, 2018

Rocky Mountain Puzzle and Space 3

The Rocky Mountain Puzzle quilt is one of my favourite quilts. It looks so clean and crisp. It's like skiers in their colourful ski suits traversing down the mountain of fresh white snow.  Click image for instructions.

Rocky Mountain Puzzle quilt

As you can kind of see in the picture background the lake is staring to open up. It looks like puddles in the snow. Mother Nature has been teasing us by snowing overnight then melting it during the day. No shoveling. I don't know about you but I'm ready for green grass and t-shirt weather.

Space 3 block is now posted. We are travelling through the Stars for the next 2 weeks and learning the Diamond in a Square.


March 26, 2018

Quilts Quilts and More Quilts

Spent the last few days going through a stack of quilts from years gone bye. Am moving my mom's late 1950's bedroom suite into the spare bedroom. Now when my vending booth buddy stays over night she doesn't have to sleep on the couch. The couch is so comfortable that when you lay on it, its magic power lulls you to sleep. I've learned to never lay on it when you absolutely want to watch a tv program all the way through.

This bedroom is the catch all for my quilts.


Then I found this beauty. It was made from one of Kate Spain's layer cakes. At the time I figured out how to cut one block from one 10" square of the print then add the background. Stay tuned, next week and there will be instructions for the block.

March 19, 2018

Signing or Labeling Space 2

Signing or labeling your quilt is a very important part of the history of your quilt. Many of us never label a quilt. How many have heard about a lost or stolen quilt, or found or purchased an older quilt and wondered where it came from, who made it, who it was for, when it was made?
I always put the name of the quilt, my name, where it was made, the date finished (some put when they started). If I know who is getting the quilt, their name and relationship is added. If I don't know, then I'll put Made Especially For You.

The labels can be as elaborate as you want. Most of the time I write the information on the back of the quilt using a pigma ink pen. (sharpies have something in them that may bleed leaving an oily stain)

Another way to sign your quilt is by stitching your name on the front of the quilt. You can see how Heather Thomas does it in the video how to sign a quilt.

Ah, Spring happens in a couple days. Well, maybe where you are but, here it happens between late April and late May. You've heard April showers bring May flowers; in Calgary it is May snows bring June flowers. We are told not to plant until after the May long weekend. In two days a foot of snow evaporated only to snow another 4 inches/10 cm the next day. We got to fill in what had melted. Then it snowed every night for the next three nights. However, it all evaporated that day. No shoveling. Hooray! There is a saying in Calgary, if you don't like the present weather just wait an hour.

Our Monday hike took us through Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary. What fun seeing not only the birds but also mama deer and her baby.
Space Quilt Program Block 2 is online now. We are travelling through the Auroras.

March 12, 2018

Women's Day Walking

Happy almost Spring everyone. Even though the 150 Canadian Women quilt program is completed we are still posting about other women that are pioneers on the facebook group 150 CW Quilt Along. Be sure to join if you haven't already done so. This week, we posted about the Australian jockey, Wilhelmina Smith, alias Bill Smith. She rode as a man for two decades and no one new until after her death.
You can find the article on Australia's first female jockey here.
Today Mother Nature in all her glory gave us a taste of Spring. My hiking group winter walk was around one of Calgary's little gems, Bowness Park and the Bow River. You cannot see very well, but the ice is about 2 ft thick in this area. The river barely iced up last year and is sure making up for it this year. The snow on the cookhouse roof is barely hanging on. When the sun finally is high enough in the sky to melt it there will be a major avalanche.

March 6, 2018

Social Bite - Jo Avery of myBearpaw

This is a wonderful project that the husband of quilt designer and teacher, Jo Avery, of myBearpaw in Edinburgh UK, is building and she is making quilts for. If any of you in the UK are able to help check out her blog here.

March 5, 2018

Space Brownies Mystery

My Monday smile said 'Once you realize that you don't need a special occasion to buy a cake, the second part of your life begins.' So Ghirardelli and I made brownies. Yum!

Space program launch is happening now. First view is the Galaxy. Don't worry you can still catch up to us here.

I've been working on a mystery quilt 2018 quilt program. So much fun. We need three backgrounds and three feature fabrics. I'm experimenting with cats, diamonds and dots as features on so far these two blue backgrounds, haven't picked the third background yet. Cross your fingers. Of course I know what I'm doing. Maybe.

February 26, 2018

Novelty Space

We are starting the fabric clearance on facebook with novelty stripes. We used them for borders, accents, bindings. All will be posted in the photo section under albums. Just message us if you want the fabric.

Who's tired of winter? Me. I've noticed that a lot of the quilts posted on facebook, pinterest and instagram are very colourful. They make me think of warm weather and 16 hour days.

Launch T minus 7 days. Besides getting a regular pattern you will see pictures of how I sewed the blocks together and how to square up an HST. Sign up here.

February 19, 2018

Northern Lights Space

Two, two more weeks until launch. Know what else you can use a longarm quilting machine for? Yep, you guessed right. A block piece holder. The rollers hold 12 blocks. You are looking at the background and green Fossil Fern fabric pieces for the 12 blocks.

 I have a love hate relationship with Benartex's Fossil Fern. But, am really liking the Northern Lights look of it with the background.

You can still register for Space bi-weekly travel here.

February 12, 2018

Snow Snow and Space

Or should I say Shovel, Shovel and more Shovel. I've reached a point where it's time to be a snowbird and get the flock south. The snow from the driveway is now 4 ft high and 6 ft wide. On the other hand, it's the best time to sit at the sewing machine and give'r.

Been working on the Space quilt program. Launch is March 6, 2018. You can sign up for your seat to outer space here. We've also added a BOM, Block of the Month, where you pay the complete program, 2 blocks per month and the finishing instructions for 6 months. Backing is additional lump sum payment. Below is the background with green options and some of the yellows.

Snow snow slowly melt away, you can snow another day. Ok if not, please warm up. -30 is not my cup.

February 5, 2018

Stolen Space

know, I know we keep saying this but truly, we are closer to having the Space program ready to go. We even came up with a new colouring for the quilt. It looks more like the Aurora Borealis, northern lights, in the night sky background fabric. Go to the website for details. New facebook group Space Quilt Program is set up for those participating in the Space Program. Launch is scheduled for March 6.

Aaa! Two Monday's ago I decided to start using our instagram account that was opened a year ago. Lo and behold the picture of 'you' was not me. It was a Russian man and there was a Russian email address and Russian words in the setup boxes. Panic. Thru the help of a young person and myself messing around in instagram for an hour we were able to delete the account. No one was injured in the delete except the account. Whew!

The moral of this story is, if you do not use it, social media, then you might lose it. Don't set up your social media until you need it. I thought I was getting ahead of the game by grabbing the account name before anyone else did. NOT, it came around and bit me. 

January 29, 2018

Mystery One Block Wonder

This year I joined the Murder Mystery Quilt 2018 club. You get the block pattern and finishing instructions plus the murder mystery story. I love the diamond fabric from Northcott Fabrics and am experimenting with different textures. Over the years I've learned a lot about using different textures in quilts from Bernadette when Traditional Pastimes was around and not to worry about lining up the textures. When cutting the diamonds on the diagonal I got lucky. It worked out so that they were going in one direction.

This one block wonder has been hanging on the design wall for a long time because it was boring. Something's missing.

I didn't want to go all out and add a lot of elaborate cubes. A nice surprise to see how  adding a minimum number of plain cubes changed the look.

The book recommends to press the seams open. When there are so many seams it's hard. Brain wave. Use The Roll, an old notion that's used in garment making. It looks like a sausage and works great because it's so easy to finger open the seams and press.

Next week the Space program details will be available. 
Until then,