Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Little Jelly Roll Fun

My love of fabric is rubbing off on my co-workers!  Last weekend we got togethet so I could introduce them to the world of quilting.  As they were brand new sewers I thought the jelly roll race quilt would be a great jumping off point.  They could learn some skills  (avoiding the rotary cutter for now) and come away with something tangible to whet their appetites.

It went well with only one not done as her machine quit working.

We had a lot of fun and were exhausted by the end of the day.  I was so busy I didn't even work on my own quilt.

This weekend I decided I needed to work on something fun and something that  would make me smile.  I pulled out my Berenstain Bears jelly roll and layer cake and whipped up my own quilt top.  I loved these books when I was a kid so the fabric brings back happy memories.  This quilt will be just for me!

Now to find something to fill my Sunday.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Begins With a Bang!

I had a great start to 2015 by finishing two quilts!   I'm instructing at our local quilt shop again this session and I managed to get my two models done in  time for sign up day on Saturday.

First is Homestead by Fig Tree and Company.  I love this quilt.  The first time I saw it, it just touched my heart.  It called to the little girl in me.  I chose some charming fabrics that just made me happy.  I  quilted it myself with an all over  leaf and flower pattern.

I will also be instructing the pattern Swoon by Thimbleblossoms.  It was so big we had to fold one row back to fit it in!  I quilted it as well with a denser stipple amongst the block, a larger stipple around the blocks and finished it off with some handstitching in the star of the blocks.

And here it is before I quilted.

So far I am enjoying 2015!

Have a great day!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Holidays from the Yukon!

Greetings to all.  I hope everyone has had a safe and happy Christmas.
I can't believe the year has gone by so quickly.

It may seem  like I've dropped off the face of the earth, its just my lack of a laptop that is creating this hole in my world!  I can't quite get the  hang of posting on my phone.  I need all my fingers on a keyboard!

Thank you everyone that stopped in on the  Sew Sisters Canadian Blogathon.  It was really touching to read your comments.

I'm still stitching and knitting and yes quilting!  In fact I am instructing at our local quilt shop now.  It's just too mhch fun.

As it seems my phone is more user friendly using social media I have taken to using instagram for my photos.  You  can find me at @vrbales  .  I do miss  my blog and blogger  friends. next priority, get a laptop.

Have a wonderful New Year everyone!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekends are for Catching Up

Especially long weekends!

I seem to excel when a long weekend appears.  Most of the time, its a big production to get a sewing area set up (aka the kitchen) and there are only so many hours in the day.

But on long weekends I have time, and space, and the luxury of letting everyone fend for themselves.

Yay me!

This past weekend was no exception.

I completed the top for my Ziggarut quilt.  My 13 year old has already claimed it so I better find a cool backing soon.  The fabrics are mostly Marcia Derse and I picked them up in Anchorage a couple of years ago.

I really enjoyed this one.

I also nearly finished my Bargello Heart. I just need to find a fabric to nicely separate the heart from the border/feature fabric.

Since I had accomplished so much at my sewing machine, I treated myself to some alone time with my cross stitching.  You may remember this is the project I agreed to finish off for a friend.  It's "The Kiss" by Mirabilia.

Now to enjoy the roaring fire as the icy rain falls outside.  It's winter's last grumble I hope.

Take care!