Yearly Archives: 2018

Introducing my newest quilt pattern — Montenegro

This quilt was inspired by a Mediterranean cruise.  Our first port of call was Kotor, Montenegro.  I have always been a fan of Bougainvillea in its glorious magenta.  Its contrast against the stone buildings was beautiful and caught my eye.  The beautiful Mediterranean sea with its rich teal was the next colour to inspire me. 

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Hexie Journey

A few years ago in anticipation of hip surgery I decided to attempt my first hexie quilt project. I’m not sure how lucid my thinking was in choosing a project with over 17,000 half inch hexagons but I’m committed to it now (or maybe should be committed 😜). This is a drawing of half of my quilt.

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Summer Wind-down and celebration

August flew by and it was a hot one here!   My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary on August 20, 2018 by taking our first cruise together to Alaska.  We left from Vancouver and returned to Vancouver through the beautiful inside passage. We spent our anniversary in beautiful Juneau.

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Busy Hands and Grateful Heart

There has been lots happening on the home front since we returned from Quilt Market, not the least of which has been the arrival of some gorgeous wide backs for sale to longarm customers and our Glide thread order. I was taking inventory last night and when I opened box number 3 it contained all my favourite colours from pinks to teals to gorgeous shades of purple.

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Quilt Market 218

I’m home from my first Quilt Market.  What an experience!  I really didn’t know what to expect or how it would impact my business.  I was exposed to all the fabric designers and distributors, a lot of sew-lebrities, so many beautiful quilts, some notions and came home with a whole lot of inspiration.

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City of Gardens Quilt Show recap

This past weekend my guild, the Victoria Quilters’ Guild held their bi-annual quilt show at the Pearkes Arena here in Victoria.  I worked Friday and was chomping at the bit to get there after work on Friday for the last hour of the show.  I had heard from one of my friends via text earlier in the day that I had won a second place ribbon. 

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Binding and Boasting

When the production line of long arm quilting is moving at a fast pace, it doesn’t take long for the binding pile to look larger than life.  So, the last couple of weeks I’ve been focusing on finishing the binding on some of these.  Some were large, some small, some keepers,

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Third Winter…

…or so it feels.  It has been a tough winter in some ways but in other ways very mild.  I don’t recall any transit buses sliding down our hill this winter as they did last year, but it sure seemed to last forever and it’s still cold despite the fact that Easter weekend is upon us.

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The orphan found a home – “Grand Illusion” Quiltville’s 2014 mystery quilt

Some people open their doors to stray dogs and cats.  Me?  Well, yes I probably couldn’t turn a stray animal away, but neither can I turn away a quilt that needs finishing.

This beautiful “Grand Illusion” was passed on to me by a friend who realized that all the little pieces that make up a Bonnie Hunter quilt just aren’t her thing. 

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New member of the family! Meet Millie

I took the leap!!  I have been mulling purchase over for a long time…like five years!  I’ve talked myself out of it plenty of times. 

Then I turned 60 (epiphany birthday in some ways) and realized that long arm quilting would be a great retirement job.  If I start now,

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