Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meet MC…

Oh man, I am weak!

I was in Canadian Tire yesterday…if you are a Canadian then you know what I mean when I say that this store has EVERYTHING!  Now that Christmas is right around the corner, it’s like Santa’s workshop and MORE in there!!  I have never seen so many rows of Christmas lights and the ornaments are displayed by colour so there were purple sections, turquoise sections, green sections etc…like going to Disneyland for Christmas!  So what came home with me?

Taaah Dah!!  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!!

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I know…not very Christmasy but she is a beauty none the less!!  Throw a bow and a bell on her and she will be right in there with the those glitzy Christmas trees!

I have wanted one of these for a LONG time…Every year while at The Sands RV Park I head off to the Clubhouse for Quilting…and even though the Clubhouse is within walking distance I drive the truck!  It takes me half an hour and six trips to the truck to unload everything…and then right in the middle of sewing I will realize that I forgot something…so I walk back to the RV to retrieve it….and it’s at this time that I REALLY think of owning one of these babies!!

I mean really… just LOOK at the storage…here are the top two compartments…

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…and the side panel pops off with extra storage!

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And in both compartments they have these storage trays…

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And underneath..two huge storage areas.  Alas…not big enough for the Janome but…enough room for my project and pattern/book!

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There are three wheels for rolling and there is a pop up handle…

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…and LOOK, guaranteed for a full year!  Canadian Tire is really good at honouring this…so if she doesn’t perform, she is going back! 

Her name has been shortened to MC…(Material Carrier, Mama Crafter, Motoring Cruiser…anything but Mastercraft…care to add YOUR own handle?)

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I think she was designed by a quilter…

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…yup, she has that look about her!  I hope we make some beautiful quilts together…!  I will keep you posted!! 

This morning I am off on an adventure…it includes a Craft Fair and Thrift Shops…many Thrift Shops!  Dorothy is driving, so I am at her beck and call! :o}}} She loves a good Thrift Store, so I have a feeling we will hit every single one between here and Nanaimo!  Yeehaw!

Have a thrilling Thursday and happy Thrifting…errr… I mean stitching!~P

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Woolie Wednesday…

The hive at Heritage Quilt Guild is always buzzing with chatter and laughter..and of course everyone is busy hand stitching something…whether it be hand quilting, embroidery work, cross stitching, stitching down binding…whatever keeps our hands busy while we visit…and talk quilting!  We are SEW good at that!

We also have a growing number of wool workers at Heritage…which is amazing as hardly any of the quilt shops carry wool!  Several of the ladies order wool kits and others haunt the thrift shops looking for wool blazers, coats and skirts!  Heck, one quilter whipped the pants right off of her husband’s hiney!  They were gorgeous…heavy hunting pants with little flecks of green and red…perfect for the backing of her Christmas penny!  In all fairness, hubby hadn’t hunted in years and didn’t miss his pants…but a girl’s got to do, what a girl’s got to do… to get her wool!

I thought you’d like to see what the Woolies at Heritage are working on…

Greer continues to work on her Warm Winter Blessings by Primitive Gatherings…the perfect project to bring to Heritage!

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She is experimenting with various ways of marking lettering on dark fabric/wool so that she can embroider words…she has tried pens but they don’t seem to work on the dark fabric…so she heard about a food wrap that clings to fabric. You can write the letters on the food wrap, stick it on the fabric and then easily  hand embroider through the wrap and then it just rips off.  She is using it on a test piece of fabric before she uses it on her beloved quilt!  I will keep you posted!  I am hoping that if it works (and it looks like it will), Greer will bring the roll to our next meeting so that we can do a photo op of it!  Then we won’t end up buying aluminum foil instead of this seal and stick stuff. (I wrote the name of the product down…but misplaced the paper!!  The story of my life!)

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Glynis is working on her HOUSES, HOUSES, HOUSES Quilt…a BOM from Primitive Gatherings.  Drop dead gorgeous!

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Beautiful wools and lovely yarn dyed Diamond Textiles fabric!

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Sandy is stitching this wee mat…also a Primitive Gather pattern and words do not do it justice when I say it is sweet!

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Glynis is almost finished THIS sweet mat by Bonnie Sullivan…OMGosh…CUTE!!  This is a kit from Dorr Wool…and I just might HAVE to order this kit!  The wool is PERFECT…I guess that’s what happens when you have a MILL at your disposal!  Can’t you just IMAGINE what that would be like?!

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Delores is working on her Christmas sheep…this one is on my TO DO LIST!!  After seeing Delores’ lamb it just got bumped to the top of that list…so many projects, so little time!  This is called ‘Cozy Fleece’ and it’s by Threads That Bind.  Delores will have to share pictures after the pennies go around it.  She has them all cut out and ready to stitch!!

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And this is my project…this has become my Heritage project as I have everything in my tote, needles and threads all ready to go…just grab and run!  Seriously some days are like that!  This retirement gig is so hectic…haha…and so much fun!!

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This penny came as a kit…and was a gift from a special friend.  She bought it as a kit and there was enough wool to cut out TWO mats!  Imagine that!!  I received it all cut out and labeled!  I LOVE IT!!  It’s called ‘Under the Stars’ by Piece of Work!

Wasn’t that a nice way to begin a Woolie Wednesday…looking at all these lovely wool projects!  There is something about stitching on wool that is so satisfying…I bet it lowers blood pressure and relieves stress!!  I think someone ‘out there’ needs to do a study on it…I’d bet a penny on it!!  :o)  Get it?  That’s wool humour…I know lame…

Have a wild and woolie Wednesday and happy stitching!~P

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Comes Early!!

Break out the eggnog and crank up the Christmas carols…Christmas has come early to Sweet P’s house!  You heard me, this little house is bursting with Christmas CHEER…thanks to Kathy Cardiff and Taylor Olvera over at The Cottage At Cardiff Farms!

Look at what they sent me via that Sweet P..ostman!  It’s their newest book, ‘Where the Cows Come Home’!!

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You may remember my last visit to the Country Loft in LaMesa, California,where I was found blubbering like a fool in front of THIS quilt!!  I LOVED IT!!  After I composed myself, I inquired about the pattern and was told that it was a BOM that was offered at the Loft but that a book was coming!!  YIPPEE!! 

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So imagine my delight when Kathy and Taylor emailed to say that a copy was on it’s way to my house!!  The Cows REALLY were coming home!! 

I have to tell you that our house is in a subdivision located out in the country, on top of a hill, overlooking farms and vineyards!  Hence my love affair with barns and farms and all things farmy…like cows and sheep!  Why not bring those barns inside! 

Bet you want a peek inside this book…oh man, are you in for a treat!!  I am going to take you to my personal favourite barn…the Home for the Holidays Barn…look at the wreath above the door, barrels along the wall and the snow on the ground…and I love red barns!!

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The Shearing Shed…also placed first…I mean really LOOK at those wee sheep!!

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I also love the bales of hay outside this ‘Amber Waves of Grain Barn’ and look at the fabric …looks like bales woven right into the weave but it’s actually wee wool bales stitched on!!  PERFECT! 

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As a wool lover and a wool worker, I can’t believe how well written this book is! 

First off…the book is spiral bound!!!!!  I REALLY appreciate that the page that you are looking at actually STAYS flat!  Brilliant …these ladies know what it’s like to be reading instructions when you have your hands full of wool and glue and scissors!

Secondly…each barn has it’s own CHAPTER, with a list of the materials needed, from wool, to background cottons, to additional supplies!  Clear and concise and to the point!

Thirdly…the instructions on how to actually assemble the wool block are detailed and easy to understand, clear and concise with tons of tips and techniques that I never even thought of (which proves the point that I would love to take a class or two from these two ladies!!)

Fourthly…each chapter has a barn layout sheet of the actual sized barn AND they even provided an additional page that you can rip out of the book!  I have NEVER seen this before! No photocopying!! Also the templates pieces are all LABELLED and have been REVERSED already!!  LOVE IT!!

Fifthly…they have provided a page at the beginning of the book called GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS where they go into detail on the ‘How To’ of Wool Applique, complete with a page of the stitches required in making this quilt…there are helpful pictures of each stitch…even how to blanket stitch AROUND a corner!  I have never seen this before either!! EVER!

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And finally…there is the Finish Up Chapter!  Again they take you through the process of putting on the sashing, cornerstones and border…with lots of helpful pictures! 

This book is so well written that a beginner could easily tackle this quilt!  Their attention to detail is incredible as they have left nothing out…there is no guess work!  You will not go away wondering how to do this or what to do next!  You just need to read and do!

So my question is this…I am definitely going to be making this quilt!  Does anyone out there in Blogland want to build a barn every month with ME…?   How about a Barn Raising Sew Along?  All you need is the book, ‘Where the Cows Come Home’…and the supplies!  You can find the book HERE (they even have the kits) …or you can start, with me, to gather the wool and fabrics together.  Let’s aim for April as our start up month!  That way I will be home from Snowbirding (with the RV packed with wool and yarn dyed fabrics needed to make this project!  :o)  Come on and join in…The HUNT is half the fun…or you can order the kit!   Guaranteed a good time and you will have this gorgeous quilt when the Sew-along is finished!! Give those Cows a Home!!  Sounds like a win-win to me!  SEW…give it some thought…this could be hanging in YOUR house by summer…!

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I just have to end this post with a great BIG THANK YOU to KATHY CARDIFF AND TAYLOR OLVERA!  Your book was wonderful to review…it’s easy to talk about a book that you LOVE!  And it’s not just because the quilt is beautiful (I already knew that!)… It’s because you REALLY paid attention to the details in MAKING this quilt…you gave us EVERYTHING and MORE!!  You provided a model that other designers should, could and I am hoping WOULD live up to!!  Your book is magnificent!  I know that after I am finished making this quilt, that I am going to go away a better quilter! And isn’t that what quilting is all about?!  SO I give this book a 5 out of 5…with a standing ovation!  Perfect…A+ work!  You done good ladies! 

Oh, man I can’t wait to get on the fabric HUNT!!  Can’t you see me tackling those shops with this book under my arm!!  :o))  And no, that’s not a question! haha

Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Quilting~P