Thursday, 31 July 2014

Textures, Colours and Patterns

I take a crazy number of photos on vacation. Who am I kidding? I take a crazy number of photos all the time. I thought I'd share with you some of the inspiring textures, colours and patterns I found in and on the way to Nova Scotia.

One of my favourite signs on the trip. I always practice saying it aloud in funny voices. My kids love that. ;)


The tin men. There's a quilt here someday...



A wharf in Halifax.


The side of a building -- cool textures and colours.


Ship ropes.

The remains of a fire.


Inukshuks at Point Pleasant Park. I tried making one, but didn't have enough time. It's an exercise in patience!




Some creative soul painted the end of a wood piling that washed up on shore.


Rust. :)




Log weathered by the ocean.


Rocks and stonework. Quilt motif?



Oceanside.




Complementary colours.


Hope you enjoyed the view from my camera lens!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Posting A Winner

We have a winner for the Woodsy Winter fat quarter bundle courtesy of Sew Sisters!


I also follow Sew Sisters! Thanks

Congrats, Patti! I've sent you an email. Thank you so much to Sew Sisters for sponsoring this giveaway!

If you didn't win this time, keep in mind that you still have until July 31st to take advantage of the free shipping from Sew Sisters! 'Cause you know, Christmas is only 5 months away! ;)

Speaking of shipping (how's that for a segue? ;) ), I took a bit of time, just before leaving on vacation (when I should have been doing many other things), to make a couple of hostess gifts. Have you heard of the The Postcard Quilt Along with Debbie at A Quilter's Table? I wanted to participate, but didn't have time for a full quilt with the kids home and a number of other projects (ahem), but I thought the postcards would make great coasters. Especially for two friends who have been doing a lot of travelling lately.

I pulled out some travel-related prints and paired them with some text prints, using Debbie's great tutorial. Instead of piecing them to make a quilt top though, I sandwiched them with some batting and made coasters.

Bundle 1:



Bundle 2:



Now I have to make some for me! 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Well Met

We're home! For a variety of reasons, we bumped up our annual trip to Nova Scotia and I'm so glad we did! My friend Dominique from The Running Thimble invited me to the July meeting of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. A guild meeting on vacation? Sign me up! No summer break for this Maritime crew. They are hard core, y'all! 

Such a warm and welcoming group, they were too! I was thrilled to finally meet some long-time bloggy friends in person and meet some new ones! Thanks Adrienne for the photos!

Me and Linda from Scrapmaster
Dominique, me, Anja, Linda, Karen and Ann

Linda, me, Anja, Adrienne, Karen and Ann

Check out the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild post about the meeting so see some of the great quilts they shared during the meeting, including a fabulous Bill Cosby quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller challenge.

Thank you all for making me feel so welcome. I wish I was closer so I could go to your meetings too!

Don't forget to enter the Woodsy Winter giveaway sponsored by Sew Sisters. You have until tomorrow night to enter!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to pull together a birthday party for tomorrow afternoon. Any superhero game ideas for 5 year olds?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

It's Like Christmas in July Giveaway!

We're currently midway home from where we were, but I just had to pop in to let you know that Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is opening their Christmas Room tomorrow, July 25. To get you in the holiday making spirit, Sew Sisters will have free shipping on all orders within Canada between July 25 – 31! I know it may seem early, but they have a ton of jolly good fabric for the holidays that are so worth checking out!

Christmas Room Free Shipping500

To celebrate this Merry development, Sew Sisters is sponsoring a giveaway of 5 fat quarters from the Woodsy Winter collection from Hoffman Fabrics! Woo hoo! Wouldn't this fabric make fabulous gift bags? Or placemats? Or stockings? I love the colour combo.

  Woodsy Winter Giveaway MR01

While the free shipping offer is only for those in Canada, this giveaway is open to everyone! Yay! To enter, just leave me a comment telling me something that might be on your Merry making list this year. Followers of my blog get a bonus entry -- just leave me a comment letting me know how you follow (Bloglovin', Feedly, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Followers of the Sew Sisters blog also get a bonus entry -- just leave a comment letting me know you follow them.

The giveaway is open until Sunday, July 27th at 9 p.m. EDT, at which point I'll pick a winner via Ms. Random Number Generator. No reply bloggers, please leave your email address with your comment. Not sure if you are a no reply blogger? Check this post to see if you are and what you can do to fix it.

Good luck and Merry, Merry everyone! I'll be back in a couple of days with tons to share.
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