Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and thank all of you who have made 2011 one to remember.  There have been many ups and downs this year but my quilting family have been there to encourage and console.  Thank you for looking out for me, I could not have made it without all of you.

Looking forward to 2012 there are many new things coming my way.  I have a full teaching schedule coming up this winter season.  I also have some special projects I have been working on and will share with all of you as they are completed.

I have a new website in the making and I am very excited on how it is can check on my progress and hopefully in the next two weeks it will be all up and running.

One on the things I am most excited about is that I have become a Canadian distributor for the best thread on the market.  Fil-tec Threads.  The Glide thread is just amazing and when you pair it with the pre-wound bobbins you get the best tension you could ever have.  More to follow on this.........

Again I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!!  May your year be filled with much joy, happiness and prosperity.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Mystery Quilt Mondays - Clue #3

Good morning to all you Mystery Quilters out there.  Here is clue #3 that you all have been waiting for.

Today it's all about Flying Geese.  I really like using the Quilt in a Day - Flying Geese Ruler but for this quilt the size of the unit unfortunately did not correspond to the we are going to have to use the old fashion way of making Flying Geese.

Unit 4 - Make 48 Flying Geese units using Fabric #2 and Fabric #4.

You will need to cut the following:
48 - 5 ½” x 3” rectangles from Fabric #2
96 - 3" x 3" squares from Fabric #4

To make the flying geese units you will draw a line (on the wrong side of the fabric) corner to corner on the 3" squares (Fabric #4) - this is your sew line (Fig. 1). 

Fig. 1

Place the square on one side of the 5 ½” x 3” rectangle - lining up all the edges. Sew on the line. I like to sew on the line from the outside corner down to the middle of the 5 ½” x 3” rectangle. Sewing this way helps when you want to do a strip sewing method (continuous sewing of all the units).

Fig. 2

Lay your ruler's ¼” line onto your sew line.  Trim away the excess.  Press Fabric #4 away to the outside corner as shown in Fig. 4

Fig. 3

Fig. 4
Place the next 3" square on the opposite side of the 5 ½” x 3” rectangle - lining up all the edges. Sew on the line. Again - I like to sew from the outside corner into the middle.  This way when you come to the previous seam you are traveling in the right direction and you won't have your previous seam turning in the wrong direction and your unit will lay flat.  Lay your ruler's ¼” line onto your sew line. Trim away the excess. Press Fabric #4 away to the outside corner as shown in Fig. 5 & 6.
Fig. 5
You will make 48 units of Flying Geese (Fig. 6) measuring 5 ½” x 3”
Fig. 6

Friday, December 2, 2011

UFO Friday!!

I know that I have been missing in action with my UFO Fridays.....but I have been holed up in my studio.  I can't complain....I just love it!  It's a nice working space with a cosy fire and a warm latte....very inspiring and comforting.  It has been a very busy few weeks though, quilting and preparing for new classes in the New Year.  Here is a sneak peek at some of my upcoming classes.

Fiber Layering

Here are just some of my samples for my series called Fibre Art.  The first in the series is Surface Design I running in January at Linda's Quilt Shoppe in Kelowna.