Friday, 26 August 2016

Kissy Fishy

YES! I did manage to get this one quilted in time for the show!

I spent last Friday and Saturday at the International Plowing Match Quilt Show in Harriston, Ontario. You can read about the results here. I was so excited... And also a bit nervous.....

So during the week prior, to alleviate my nervousness, I cut into some fabric and began making my way through the Kissy Fishy pattern. At last report for the Let's Bee Social, I noted that I had a finished top.

And YES!!! I managed to get this one basted, quilted and bound just in time for the show!

For the quilting, I used plain white Gutermann thread both on top and in the bobbin to quilt those wavy lines with my walking foot - as usual. Then I decided to add to the quilting with some variegated blue Fantastico from Superior Threads and wove my way parallel to every third or fourth quilting line. I love how this turned out! Without being overwhelming, it looks like those fish are actually swimming under the sea!

The "boy fish" were made using some fabrics I could not resist purchasing last year, which have been used previously in my original Dog Gone Cute quilt. These are Rain Drops fabrics in Blue and Sky from the H2O collection by Timeless Treasures from the Row by Row 2015.

The "girl fish" were made using the Season's Best honeycomb print by Kim Schaefer for Andover paired up with this grid print from the Best.Day.Ever! collection by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns for Moda.

This is the first scrappy backing I've made in an awful long time. I chose this blue and white Gridworks print by Deborah Edwards of Northcott Fabrics, and did have enough yardage that I could have made a pieced backing. But I did not want to try and match up the seam to make the print appear to continue across the full back. So I used some remainders from the fish fabrics to piece the left side of the backing.

And the binding came up a few inches shy of the required length. So I threw on a piece of the Season's Best honeycomb print. And I really like how this little bit gives a little punch to the dark frame and adds to the scrappy feel of this quilt. Binding is Holiday Magic for Henry Glass Fabrics - the same fabric used for binding my original Black Birds quilt.

We finally got some rain. Makes the fish happy....
And has brightened up our lawn. The grass is now green and lush!

And I think the corn is much happier now too.

The "Kissy Fishy" quilt finished at 52" x 52"
and was the 10th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

Special thanks to ALL of the many volunteers who offered to test the Kissy Fishy pattern! It was so nice to have your help in getting this pattern ready in time for bringing printed copies to my booth at the quilt show. I appreciate all your help so very much!!!


Finally!!!! Bessie finally gave birth to her calf on Wednesday. It's a GIRL!!!!

Because she was born so much later than all the other calves, we have separated mom and babe into a pen in the barn, away from the reach from the others. The other calves were all born in June! You can read about them here and here.

Nature can be so cruel. You see those bigger calves will ride on this sweet little one and wear her down. She needs to grow a bit to have a fighting chance!

Bessie and ??? 

Here you can see Bessie is very protective. And is doing a wonderful job of keeping her wee babe clean and spotless.

Orphan Andy 2 & 1/2 months 

And here comes trouble! This is nosy Orphan Andy. He sees me and he thinks it's bottle time. He is another reason why we are keeping the new babe and mom out of reach. He will be a general pest and will try to get the momma's milk for himself.


Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

when she returns in September!

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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!


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.


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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 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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