Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Here is a quick introduction to some new 'technology' stuff that has been rampant in the blogging world for a few months now.

{Disclaimer - I'm not associated with Pinterest, I just think it is a truly awesome site and I spend waaaaay too much time looking at pretty pictures, and pinning quilting pictures.}


What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. 

Maybe it is my lack of coffee, maybe I just want you to experience the same awe and joy that I did when I first joined the site ---- But I really can't explain it much better than the blurb above that came from the official site. In terms of the computer skill level you need it is only medium-tricky. You request an invite (from me, or from them - it is just a way of confirming that you are a real person and not a spammer program), log in, and get the "Pin It" button. It is exactly like a bookmark button, but when you click it you won't be taken to another site. Instead you will be shown all the pictures that can be seen on the page you were looking at -- you select one and type a quick description in the window that pops up - and ta-da, you have pinned something.

Why are pins so cool?

They are bookmarks with PICTURES. Have you ever been frustrated while looking through your list of bookmarks because 1) you can't find the one you are looking for and 2) you don't remember what half of the darned things are for anymore? Your Pinterest boards replace your bookmarks completely. Now when you want to find a quilt or a recipe that you saw last week, you just open your board and scroll through your pictures. Once you find it - click on the picture and it takes you right back to the original website that the picture came from.

Like magic.

I have added another page that will take you directly to my Pinterest board, "Quilting Obsessed." It is my ongoing collection of inspirations and links and cool stuff to look at. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Calling Local Bloggers

It occurred to someone {not me} that we could all benefit from a list of local bloggers in the Oakville/Halton/GTA area.

So lets do that!

Simply type in your name and blog address and you will be added to the magical list!

Friday, November 11, 2011

TGIF Inspirations

Here are a few things I have been looking at lately. Fridays are great days to share inspirations, and some of them are especially appropriate for today.

Free pattern for ANZAC / Remembrance / Veteran's Day.

First Place - Art Painted Surfaces, Houston IQF 2011

Loved and Was Loved

Dorothy Baker BoM 2011

And a free BoM from the lovely and talented Dorothy Baker, made with some of Lecien's new fabrics. I'm wavering between diving in headfirst and making this my second hand-applique project ever (HA) and modifying the pattern to accommodate my preferred applique method .... fusing & machine stitching. That's not cheating, right?

Here is the first block: Download Block One

Last but not least here are two websites every Canadian quilter should visit.
Quilts of Valor - Canada
The Canadian Comfort and Remembrance Project 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Brilliant Idea!

I was blog browsing this morning and on Kristen's blog So Happy I noticed something I hadn't seen before. The smart woman has a tab that links to a page of her current WIPs! (all of which are awesome, by the by)

That is "Works in Progress" for any of you non-quilty peeps out there.

I made one of my own of course. I like the idea of having an ongoing page to display what I'm working on. I have 2 tops, one basted sandwich, and one project that is still in the block stage --- and I'd like at least two of them finished quilts before the 'Sentimental Reasons" Quilt Show in May. Yup, someone is a little nuts.

At least if I don't finish anything else, my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt is ready to go!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Third Weekend in October - Done!

Third Weekend in October - pieced by C. Sharp

Ohhhh, this finish feels GOOD. This quilt was shipped to me from Kentucky and I got it in October - I quilted and quilted and quilted and quilted .... And my machine broke.

There were a lot of tears. And I played musical machines until I finally got a little Babylock that could help finish up this beautiful and HUGE quilt. The picture is taken with the quilt on my queen sized bed and there is a huge drop on either side. The measurements are 86x104 according to the pattern but it just felt endless when I was quilting it.

I feel like I'm repeating myself -- but the colours and fabrics in this quilt are absolutely amazing. You really notice it when you have your nose to the needle for hours! Now that I have added all that thread it has a lovely texture too.

I used Superior Bottom Line, Aurifil 50wt, and some Gutermann. I was counting the numbers of bobbins I went through but I lost count and lost the paper I was making the note on. I'm sure in yellow and red alone I used 7 bobbins each of Bottom Line - which is thin 60wt thread so a bobbin holds much more than normal weight cotton. 

Soon it will be in the mail back to Carol. I guess I'll just have to make my own ...

"Please don't send it back ... Mine?"