Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Let's Bee Social # 139

It seems like it was a long time ago when I finished this one....




But my Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt sold on Sunday! So she's now on her way to Teresa in Ohio. Someone will be having a cozy Christmas!



How timely! I also received this email from Angie on Sunday....

Hi Lorna,
Finally the binding is done! I can't figure out how to post on your QAL page, maybe because I don't have a blog. So here is my final product. 





When I asked if I could have permission to share this beautiful finish on the blog, Angie said....

You can absolutely share the photos, no problem.
Details? Like binding takes the longest to finish, different fabric as I ran out of the other red, added Santa as he needs to be part of any Christmas project and might add some more buttons. Like a bear and a drum for the stocking, some lights on the tree, snowflakes but haven't decided yet.






Oh and the backing is the same fabric as yours. If some of the shoulders seem smaller, well I thought I'd remember the cutting instructions after having done some of the blocks but obviously I didn't , but I think it gives it more character!


Angie


If you would like to make your own, click here to find the FREE Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt along, where you will find the instructions for all of the sweater blocks.









AND DON'T FORGET......

The MOD Bear Paw QAL will be starting in September!






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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

IPM Quilt Show - Success!



Yes! The IPM Quilt Show this past weekend turned out to be a rousing success!

No, I did not sell ALL my patterns... Although I did sell quite a few.
Those Black Birds were the biggest draw!

But what really made me feel this event was such a successful one?

The PEOPLE!!!

The BEST part was meeting up with people that I knew from being online here and from trunk shows that I had previously given at various guilds. And a lot of quilters that I had never met before!



First let me introduce you to my fun and friendly neighbours....

Brenda of Creative Sisters in Kitchener, Ontario was on one side. Brenda and her sister, Linda are the creative sisters running this "Start to Finish Quilt Shop". Did you know that Creative Sisters has the largest selection of wideback fabrics? Or that they sell batting by the roll?

Lois and Wendy of Threads That Bind in Maxwell, Ontario, were on the other side. This ladies not only sell fabric and quilting notions, but are also a Janome dealership that goes above and beyond, offering classes and complete service.

Each of these ladies have a lot of experience at shows like this and they made me feel right at home. Brenda kindly offered to allow me to hang a couple of my quilts on the back of her display rack. I was so appreciative of that opportunity! She also suggested designing a Siamese Cat quilt, so there may be one of those coming in the near future. Lois and Wendy shared lots of laughs with me. And the breeze from their fan. It was a very hot and humid weekend!

My daughter shops in Kitchener frequently, dragging me from one mall to the other. Next time I am on a shopping trip with Erin, I will be making a detour and heading over to Creative Sisters. Even if you are not in the Kitchener area, I would be grateful if you would pop over to the Creative Sisters Facebook page now and leave a message. Like their page and say HELLO and tell them Lorna sent you!

Now... I have been to a lot of places in Ontario, Canada. But had never heard of Maxwell. After meeting up with Lois and Wendy, I do think a road trip is in order! Even if you are not in the Maxwell area, I would be grateful if you would pop over to the Threads That Bind Facebook page now and leave a message. Like their page and say HELLO and tell them Lorna sent you!






Now let me tell you about a few of my fun and fabulous visitors.....


It wasn't until my second day that I thought to take note of all the wonderful people I was running into. But I did write down Carol's name. She had a request for a chicken pattern, so I promised her I would come up with a chicken block and will be sharing this on the blog here in the very near future. You see Carol reads this book to her granddaughter and it features a main character that is a chicken. What won't we do for our children and grandchildren? If it has anything to do with making them a quilt they will love, we are all for it!

I also ran into a few members of the Royal City Quilters' Guild in Guelph: Jean was there.... Also Wendy, Cyndy, Carol and Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts. Lisa's fast becoming a familiar face - both online and in person. She posted about her visit on her blog and you can read about it here. Hope to see them again when I head back to their guild for a workshop later this fall. See you in October, girls!

A longtime online friend, Kristyn McCoy of Melon Patch Quilts also dropped by my booth. It was great to have a chance to finally meet her in person! Another longarm quilter stopped by for a chat - Diane Carson - The Electric Quilter. I could not find her online, but she was so nice to talk to in person.

Some people asked me about that wavy line quilting. Cathy was someone who had plenty of questions about quilting and about batting and binding. It was wonderful to share my thoughts on what has worked for me.

Judy stopped by and picked up a couple of patterns: Jungle Friends and Santa's Reindeer.

Pat from Peterborough purchased a copy of the Black Birds pattern.

Roxanne told me her daughter sent her. She said Denise has been a long time reader of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog and lives up near Sudbury in St. Charles. Roxanne picked up a copy of the Forest Friends pattern for Denise's birthday gift. And then, after talking for a good while, she further flattered me by asking me to autograph the quilt pattern. Happy Birthday, Denise!!!! Best quilty wishes!

Finally! I finally got a chance to meet Elaine in person! Elaine works for Northcott Fabrics and she and I have been in touch by email for about a year. Although she belongs to the Etobicoke quilt guild, she did not have the opportunity to meet me when I gave either my trunk show or Elephant Parade workshop there. Elaine is the Crazy Quilter on a Bike!. I did not think she was going to make it to this quilt show either because she had just recently been on a big bike tour. But she rode her bike to the quilt show too!!! You can read all about her adventure here.

And the final visitors of the show day? William and his mom Amanda of Mommy's Projects. Amanda has been participating in the Let's Bee Social for quite some time now. And it was a great pleasure to have a chance to meet her - and her charming prince. Both of them were just too sweet. William's smile is enough to melt your heart.... And then he blew me kisses as he strolled away!






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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Let's Bee Social #138

This is it! The countdown is on!

Tomorrow night I will be heading to Harriston to set up my booth at the curling club. And then I will be spending all day Friday and Saturday hanging out at the International Plowing Match Quilt Show. I am so excited! And also a bit nervous.....

I have made a list and am checking it twice or more.....

So to alleviate my nervousness, I cut into some fabric and am making my way through the Kissy Fishy pattern. I have been stitching up my blocks and this is now a finished top....





Maybe I can manage to get this one quilted in time for the show!




I can't help it.... This is not a quilt, but it is something I am tremendously proud of. My daughter, Erin was in a competition this past weekend for the Brussels Fall Fair Ambassador and came in as First Runner Up.



The five girls who were in the competition spent the day getting their makeup done, providing an interview to a panel of three judges and enjoying a nice meal together. In the evening, guests were invited to enjoy hearing about the upcoming 155th Fall Fair and to listen to each of the participants provide a speech.

Erin later explained that she had a wonderful time and enjoyed the process so much she intends to participate again next year. She is going into grade 12 this fall and will be 17 at the end of this month.



And this showy flower is now bursting with these gigantic blooms following the much needed rains we are now getting. The orange string is baler twine I have tied around the plant to keep it from falling over.



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