Thursday, May 30, 2013

Prairie Quilt Mercantile

Still thinking about Heritage Park and all the wonderful quilts I saw there. 

 Not only were there quilts to  drool over but there is also a Merchant Mall.  
Vendors from around Alberta and BC come together to sell there stuff.  

I had the pleasure to visit the booth of Prairie Quilt Mercantile and visit with Devon Lavigne

 She and Sharon Smith are the creative partners of Prairie Quilt Mercantile.  Both living and working from Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
They create amazing quilt designs and quilts.  They were very excited to be at this festival to introduce to everyone there new book:  

Their designs are beautiful.

Right now they have a Mystery quilt happening on Facebook called Plenty of Fish

Go check them out. You won't be disappointed. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Quilts on display

Here is just a highlight of some of the 700 quilts on display at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park on the weekend.

by Dalene Whitehead... ..BaliWedding Star

by Sheila Mote....Baubles and Beads

By Sharon Hanna....Golden Mosaic

By Judy Copithorne....Garden Delight

Oops missed the number to give credit to this.

By Mary Ann Myers....My Christmas Wreath (used a peel back method)

By Thelma Lucille Traub....Grand Canyon Splendour

by Marie McEachern...Mumbo Gumbo

by Margaret Jessop.....Dream Tree

By Betty Bailey....Aloha and Mahalo

By Dorothy O'Keefe....Wolley Moments
  Me with my quilt.

More to share tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Back in the day.....

Heritage Park is a living historical park in the heart of Calgary.
It is the perfect place to host a quilt festival! 

Great place to visit for all ages.
  I am not sure who there was more of seniors or toddlers!  

More quilting goodness tomorrow!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Old and New

I had a fabulous weekend at Calgary's Heritage Park 18th Annual Festival of Quilts.
What is Heritage Park you ask?  Well it is an park that has many old  houses, buildings etc from in and around the Calgary area.  It is an interactive park with docents in most of the buildings, actors performing along the main street in period costumes.  A working full size steam engine travels around the park and there is even a paddle boat that cruises around the water reservoir.  The whole park is a wonderful setting to display quilts.  This is not a juried show, but rather a place to showcase the quilters of Calgary and area!  Over 700 quilts were on display.  (one being mine).  I will let the pictures do the talking!

Mine!  I heard a few ooohhs and aaahhhs! 

I wil have some more pictures up tomorrow!  

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Are you coming?

This Saturday and Sunday is the annual Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary, AB.  I have gone for the last 4 years to view the wonderful quilts hanging amongst the vintage homes and businesses.   Sometimes I go alone and sometimes with a friend. This year I will be with a friend who is new to quilting.  

For the first time I will have one of my quilts on display.  My '430 Days'  quilt will be laid out on an old bed, or hanging from a fence, or from the balcony of the hotel.  I am excited to see where it will be? (it's #61)

If you are in Calgary you must drop by to see all the quilting goodness.  I will be in Gasoline Alley at the Millrise Quilt Guild table from 9:30-1:00 on Sunday.  Drop by to say hi.  On Saturday you will find me wandering around taking pictures and maybe shopping browsing in the merchant mall. 
Happy Stitching,


Now let's hope this rain stops in time on Saturday for quilts to be outside!!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What to do?




We have had a wonderful May with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures, at last.  With the wonderful weather comes garden work. I have had resign myself I can't do it all right now so my sewing time is very limited these days. 

It is hard to choose which hobby to do.  

But as the saying goes:
 Make hay (flowers) while the sun shines! 

Happy stitching or digging!

 (we might have a couple of rainy days coming up, so maybe I can get some sewing in.)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Many hands

I hope everyone had a fantastic Mother's Day on Sunday or whenever you had a chance to celebrate.

I was lucky enough to have all my family together for the whole day.    I was asked what I wanted/needed done on Mother's Day.  

my answers:
  • not to make any meals
  • peace and quiet amongst siblings
  • not to do  any dishes
  • and help me pin a quilt together!

This is my oldest UFO.  You can read more about it here and here.  

Hubby, son and daughter #2 all helped to sandwich and pin this together (DD#1 was sick in bed).

We had lots of giggles and fun working on this together. 
 (Bonus it was done in half the time)

Have you ever recruited family members to help with quilting?

Happy stitching!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

His and Hers

Although I am still in the middle of my daughter's dance competitions, I managed to get some stitching in yesterday. 

Our weather has finally turned for the better, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping!  

I was commissioned to make two rag quilts and at last I have them finished. 

I will let the pictures do the talking!

I ordered the homespun fabrics from Jubilee Fabrics.   Now to package these up and get them delivered!

Happy stitching everyone!