Friday, July 6, 2018

Whew! Is it hot enough for you? I am soooo grateful for our heat pump which we set to "cool" for a/c on these blistering hot days... I am happy to remain indoors when it's this hot! If you are the same, and looking for something to do until this heat wave passes, here are some things for you to check out...

First of all, for you Aurifil lovers, check out Karen Neary's latest blog post here to see the new collections and thread colours she now has in stock. (47 colours now in the 1300 m. spools!!) It's great to see her business growing. Aurifil is such a  wonderful thread and you just can't beat Karen's prices. I will continue to collect thread orders over the summer and place an order once we have reached the required amount.

I have a fair bit of colour in my garden right now, but on these hot days, I turn to the colour in my fabric stash for "playtime." If you love bright colours, you may like Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Here is the link to a number of free patterns, using Kaffe's fabrics. There are patterns for quilts, runners, pillows and totebags - something for everyone if you are craving some colour in your life!

At one of our winter meetings, I showed a needle organizer I had made for my sewing machine needles. I had said I would add the link to the directions to this blog, and then promptly forgot. Sorry! So here it is... It's a five part "series" of instructions, the link for the next day's directions is provided at the bottom of each post.

I made a few changes to mine - made it smaller (fewer pockets), rounded the corners and did a continuous binding, and used just one size (2.5mm) of twin needle rather than the three sizes suggested. If you decide to make one of these organizers and have never stitched on vinyl before, I would suggest you buy a small amount of vinyl and see if you have any trouble stitching on it. The directions recommend a teflon (non-stick) foot; I didn't need one as I didn't have any trouble but you might have a different experience. So it's a good idea to try the stitching on vinyl first, as I suspect few people have a teflon foot and they are pricey...

Is anyone working on Christmas projects? Hmmm, thinking of snowflakes and snow covered evergreens might be a good way to cool off!!  If you are participating in the free Christmas Block of the Month  "Gnome for the Holidays" at Fat Cat Patterns, the July block is now available. Check it out here.

Covered Bridge Quiltery in Riverview NB has just announced their new BOM - Winter Wonderland, which combines pieced and machine appliquéd blocks. Call the store if you are interested in joining (506-386-2888). They are already sold out of fabric kits but you can still join to receive the pattern each month. The quilt can be seen in the shop, or on their Facebook page.

I have updated the list of summer and fall quilt shows in our area, on the sidebar. If you know of others, let me know and they'll be added. There's quite a good list, so if you're travelling, don't miss your chance to check them out!

EDIT:  One more thing.. In case you haven't heard already, Mardens in Maine is discontinuing their practice of giving guild members a 10% discount, as of the end of this month.
 Also, you may not know that Sande Gunning of River Gallery is no longer selling fabric. They are preparing to move to Ontario, and she has sold all her inventory of batiks and cottons. She is  continuing her wool business for now.  SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SHOPS, LADIES!!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Row by Row 2018

It's time to start rowing ladies! Row by Row 2018 starts tomorrow! Woohooo!
Wait a minute... you don't know what Row by Row is?? Okay, I'll fill you in...
The Row by Row experience began in 2011 in New York state. 20 quilt shops participated that first year. Since then it has grown to thousands of quilt shops in the US, Canada and Europe welcoming travelling quilters who collect the free row patterns then use them to create quilts. This year the theme is Sew Musical.
Basically, we're talking about a summertime "shop hop" but there are no fees or cards to stamp. You simply visit participating shops and ask for their free RxR pattern- limit one per person, to walk-in customers only. (Shops will not mail or email their patterns - you have to visit the shop!) The RxR runs from
June 21- Sept. 4. Travel and collect as many patterns as you like, then use them to create your own unique quilt. Many shops will have kits for their row, RxR coordinating fabric and collectibles such as pins and tshirts. Here are the rules:
  • Visit any participating RxR quilt shop to pick up your free RxR Sew Musical themed row
    pattern. One pattern per person.
  • Each shop creates a pattern, then gives it away for one row in a row quilt.
  • Collect as many rows as you can, then mix and match your rows to create a fun and unique quilt.
  • Have fun traveling, shopping and collecting as many different patterns as you like during the RxR collecting period, June 21–September 4, 2018.
  • Have more fun making the rows and designing a quilt. Visit other participating shops all over the US, Canada and Europe to add rows to your quilt if you wish.
  • Be the first person to bring a finished (quilted, bound, labeled) quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different participating stores into a participating quilt shop and receive a bundle of 25 beautiful fat quarters.
  • Rowers may include The 9th Row and RxR Junior designs in a RxR quilt, but they may not be counted as one of the 8 rows needed to win a prize.
  • Include their row in your quilt and receive a bonus prize! Limit one prize per person
Check out the website here for much more info.
Click here for a printable list of all participating Atlantic Canada quilt shops. If you will be travelling outside Atlantic Canada this summer, you'll want to visit the website for a list of shops in that area- you wouldn't want to miss any!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May Potluck

How time flies! Here we are part way through May already, and our final meeting/potluck dinner is just a few days away. Last month we enjoyed hearing of Kay Bourque's journey as a quilter ( we all could clearly see she IS now a quilter, having risen from the lowly rank of being a presser!) as we heard tales of her world travels and saw the lovely quilts she has collected or made along the way. Here's a sampling of what Kay shared with us.

Tuesday the 15th is our closing meeting and potluck dinner. Remember to bring hot dishes hot and cold dishes chilled. If you can include a serving spoon or utensil, it is much appreciated. Please clearly label any dishes that contain nuts.  Don't forget to bring your own plate cup and cutlery, it makes cleanup so much quicker and easier. Arrive in time to place your dish on the buffet table, and be seated and ready to eat shortly after 6:30.

We can't wait to see your "Beyond the Blue Horizon" challenge piece. If you have not yet done so, please let the program committee know the size of your challenge piece so they can finalize their plans for displaying the challenges. As always, items for Show and Tell are welcome too. See you then!

Lastly, Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mothers and all who "mother" or nurture another  living thing - two legged or four legged...  :)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

April Updates

Hello quilters! Just a few updates for you today.

First of all, some exciting news... Karen Neary of Amherst (our Aurifil thread supplier) will be a
guest on the American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast with Pat Sloan on Monday April 9. It will be "live" at 5p.m. our time. You can find the link to tune in and listen on Karen's blog post here.

If you will be traveling to Maine this month, don't forget about the Maine Shop Hop which runs for the month of April. There are 30 quilt shops participating! You can find a list of the shops, print your Shop Hop passport, and get more info by clicking here. There is fun to be had, and prizes to be won, ladies!!

For those of you doing the Christmas Gnomes for the Holidays Block of the Month with Fatcat Patterns, you might like to know that a new free BOM has just started, for a Hallowe'en quilt. It's called  BooTacular and measures 53" x 65". There are 10 blocks, and this BOM runs from now (April) 'til January 2019, with one block being available for free download each month. After the month has ended, there is a small charge for each block pattern. So you have to remember to visit the site each month and print off your pattern and instructions! The first block is now available as are the general instructions and yardage requirements. Click here to join in the fun! 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Worldwide Quilting Day

Tomorrow is Worldwide Quilting Day. What are YOU doing to celebrate?

Our March meeting is just a few days away - are you ready for our Yard Sale? Bring your items ready to sell, and don't forget your loonies, toofies and bills so you can shop too! And of course, bring your Show and Tell items, that's everyone's favourite part of the evening!  :)
See you then.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tired of Winter White and Longing for COLOUR....?

Are you tired of winter? And looking at white? As a quilter and a gardener, I find myself longing for some colour! Yes, I do have lots of colour in my fabric stash, and I've been browsing some gardening catalogues, dreaming of which new perennials to add to my garden this summer. I guess that will have to do for a few more weeks, but it is encouraging to feel the growing warmth of the sun, the lengthening days and slowly rising average temperatures. Spring IS coming... eventually....
Some of our members are snowbirding where it's warmer, basking in green instead of white, and perhaps enjoying beautiful tropical blooms like these at left. Or maybe they are taking in a few inspiring quilt shows.

Here are a few links to some colourful inspiration for you: The Road to California Show takes place each January in Ontario CA, just east of Los Angeles. You can see some of the winners here and here. Pictured at right is the Best of Show winner, Fractal by Claudia Pfeil of Germany. Wow! Just W O W! Read all about it and its maker here.

I've always had a fascination with Japan, probably because of the Japanese penpal I had for years. Attending the Tokyo Quilt Festival would be fabulous wouldn't it? Viewing the entries online is likely the closest I'll get, click here to see some of this year's entries and winners. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to see the amazing Grand Prize winner, and to click on several more links for Special Exhibits and Close Up views.

St Patrick's Day is just a few days away. Click here to view some quilts inspired by Celtic designs and symbols, and of course that beautiful colour GREEN!

How are you dealing with these latest snowstorms? I'm just hiding away in my studio, quilting, quilting, quilting.....

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BOMs and BOWs

Have you ever done a BOM or a BOW? That's a Block Of the Month, or Block Of the Week...
In January, Jeanne Kaye our own energizer bunny, showed us her 2018 BOW quilt- all finished! Being the speedy quilter she is, she couldn't bear to sew only one block per week, for the entire year, (the same block each week) so she finished it up in jig time, adding heart appliqués to the snowball blocks. This sew along is organized by Darlene D'Eon of A Needle Pulling Thread quilt shop in Digby. NS.

Gail M. sent a link a few weeks ago for a free Christmas BOM called Gnome for the Holidays (shown at left.) The patterns are posted on the first of each month and remain free to download for that month. (If you miss a month, you can purchase the block.) So if you were "on the fence" you'd better act quickly for the first free block pattern will only be available for one more day.. Click here:

If you're interested in a sampler blocks style of BOW, the Temecula Quilt Company is hosting an 1880 Sampler BOW Sew Along - block instructions are posted each Friday, and the blocks are 4" finished. The finished sampler will be roughly 40" x 48". It began on Feb. 2, so you only have four blocks to catch up on! I'm thinking of doing this one. Anyone care to join me? Click here for the first five posts, most recent is first, so scroll down for the first post which explains the project.

It's a Wild Life BOM has various quilters designing a block for their designated month, beginning in February. Again, hustle to get the February pattern (a maple leaf block.) 

EDIT, March 2... Let's Go Camping! I just found another free BOM online, and this one is a Mystery project, i.e. you won't know what the whole thing will look like until the end. Each month you get free block instructions but how it all will come together will not be revealed until the last month. This one is hosted by Pat Sloan, you may be familiar with her or have one/many of her books. She is using a camping theme, but of course you can choose whatever fabric you like. Check it out here. Block 3 was just posted yesterday, simply scroll down for the previous two blocks. Or use the link at beginning of this paragraph where the free pattern downloads are, at The blocks will finish at 12" and will be set on point for a 64" square quilt. Pat is a great teacher and offers many tips and hints (and fun stories too!) to help you along. Aaaand... there is a monthly prize drawing for those participants who share a photo of their finished block. Now who doesn't love the chance to win a prize?!!

Just received my Fabricville flyer...  March is Quilting Month, and all quilting accessories will be on sale, 25-40% off, March 5-27. This includes Olfa and Clover products, also Gütermann threads will be 40% off... Just sayin'...

Happy Sewing....

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to all you sweet quilters! I hope something extra sweet comes your way today, whether it's flowers, chocolate or.... new fabric! Whatever makes you happy! If you are looking for something to "play" at today on your sewing machine, click here for an idea for a Valentine "doodle"....

For all you animal lovers, here's a link to some sweet dog and cat quilts: dog quilts here and cat quilts here, separated so they don't fight! Lol We couldn't have that on Valentines Day! Speaking of dogs and cats, we hope you'll join us on Saturday Feb. 24 for our workday making kennel mats for the SPCA. Check your newsletter for all the particulars. It promises to be a fun day, and a free lunch is included - chili and homemade bread - now that's hard to pass up!

If you've been thinking about joining in on CQA's Quilted Postcard  Challenge, it's time to get moving! Click here for all the guidelines. Postcards will be displayed and sold at Quilt Canada 2018 in Vancouver. There will be a display of quilted postcards at our next meeting to get your creative juices flowing...

If your love for winter is wearing a little thin and you're getting tired of looking at white, here's a little Valentine colour for you.. (Can you tell I'm more of a pink girl than a red?)
Repeat after me.. "Summer WILL be here soon..."

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Are You an Aurifil Lover?

For those of you who are Aurifil lovers, here's a great offer:

Dear Fredericton Quilters' Guild:
Sew Karen-ly Created…in Amherst, N.S., stocks Aurifil threads in a variety of colours, weights, and spool sizes, including 12 weight for hand or machine embroidery, 40 weight for machine quilting, all-purpose 50 weight for both piecing and quilting, and a very fine 60 weight bobbin thread. There are also beautiful thread collections, and storage cases for the thread. I am very pleased to offer free shipping to your guild members on any orders over $100.00.  All of the threads can be seen here:  

Threads are priced below manufacturer’s suggested retail, cost shown on the checkout includes all taxes. Shipping will be via either Canada Post Expedited (2 days from Amherst to Fredericton) or same day via Maritime Bus – your choice.

To receive the free shipping, kindly click the link “shipping” which is shown in blue on the first checkout screen.  You will get a drop-down menu, where you must select “pick up” to eliminate the shipping fee. In the comments section, kindly write “Fredericton Quilters' Guild member” and indicate how you would like your items shipped (mail or bus).
If there are questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. New threads are currently on order – including several gorgeous collections - and will be added to the website soon (hopefully next week!).  Kindly watch my blog and FB page for details.

Sincere thanks!
Karen Neary
So Aurifil lovers, have a look at Karen's site and see all the yummy thread... She tells me her new order should arrive on Wednesday barring snowstorm issues. She has a number of Mark Lipinski's "Basics" collections coming - it's a great value - you get 12 spools plus a case for $139.00 plus tax. The cases alone sell for $10.00  so that makes the spool cost $10.75 as opposed to the regular $13.00/spool.