Spring Bouquet

Spring Bouquet
by Laundry Basket Quilts

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oh my!

I am really on the late train this time! Here the summer is pretty well over with and I just connected again into blog-land! 
I met one of my followers while on vacation and she warned me she was going to seek the blog-land police to have them find me among the missing. 
This one is for you Pam! 

So what has been happening...  lots! 
The big event of the season of course was our quilt show here at the Saulnierville Church. It is a project of the Saulnierville Parish and our Guilde Acadienne de Clare puts it on. It was a great success. I was so happy to meet so many of you at the show who follow my blog and I really apologize for not keeping it updated with my goings on. I can't promise I will do better but I do hope to be more active on it.    

Here is  the panoramic view of the quilt show at our beautiful church  
 And we begin the parade with the quilt I made and donated to the Parish for the lottery 2014 . 
 "Pinwheels in my Garden" by Kansas Troubles 
and it was actually won by my sister-in-law Melina Boudreau. 
 This picture does not do the quilt justice. It was absolutely gorgeous, and the hand quitting exquisite by Joan Gidney ! 
 The array of colors in the church was breath taking 
 The Labyrinth made by my sister Simone Cooper and again the hand quilting left you speechless.
 This one made by Sally Goodwin and so stunning it deserved 
a place on the alter.

 The appliqué ♥♥♥

 and the hand quilting  ♥♥♥

 I tried to capture the hand quitting on this one, made by
 Louise Vincelli who still hand quilts her quilts even at a young age of 80++  
 Here is another of hers in full view on the alter. 
This next one you will remember I posted it 

 My Spring Bouquet and now the happy owner is daughter Liette. 
The first one was my mystery quilt and the center beauty
 is one by Darlene d"Eon, the third was so cute with the sheep. 
  
And this one  by Joan Gidney was my absolutely favorite... appliqué 
Gorgeous!
The hand quilting Wow! 
 More eye candy 
 and lots more to see 
 Even my two year old grand-son Miguel was enchanted by all the works of art. Here with his Tantie Elaine. 

As for my sewing projects the machines are going steadily and I have quite a few projects on the go. 

I just completed a quilt for my Grand-daughter Amy which is at the quilters now so I will post the pictures when it comes back. These are the pillow cases and the cushion which goes with it.
I am still working on 
   the "Family Tree" quilt by Laundry Basket Quilts and 
this project is probably the one associated with the most adventures.  
It is an all hand appliqué which I am making as I go. It all started because of Hurricane Arthur. We were without electricity for two days and even with the generator I was not comfortable sewing on my machines so I decided to take up a hand sewing project. The center was done during the hurricane and then I decided it would be  a perfect project to take along on my vacation. 
Appliqueing in the car ! Perfect!
 I have no idea what the finished project will be like but I continue to add on as I picture what it should look like. 

I just started the Bertie's Year, a wool project. 
Here is my first block 
  This is not quite finished I was missing the white Valdani thread to do the snowflakes for the month of January. It just arrived  from http://www.primitivegatherings.us/shop/ so I will be able to finish it. I think I am going to leave these in my UFO basket and start the new year making these on a monthly basis. There is one block for each month. 

 My "Words to Live By"  BOM is coming along 
again this is a wool project.

 Every summer when we close the guild we offer a challenge for the members. This year I gave them each a 5 x 5 inch charm piece and with it we had to use it in a 8 x 8 finished block.  
 My 5 x 5 was the navy petals on one of the big flowers and the small one. I made my flowers out of hexies.  Now this will definitely be another post  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The show is on.....

next week and I am looking forward to meeting all our visitors to the quilt show from near and far. 
The working team is all in place and ready to greet everyone who comes to Expo-Couverte/ Quilt Show    

 The array of fabulous art work displayed for all who visit is a sure sign God works through the artists.   
Absolutely breath taking!  

Here is the official poster.
Show dates ;
July 28, 29, 30, 31 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and  August 1st from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 
                                                        Admission $5.00 per person 

and for anyone in our area or away who want to put their art on display do not hesitate to e-mail me. We will be registering the quilts on Sunday afternoon at the
 Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart) church 
from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm  
FYI:  Acadian Security Services will be on hand throughout the show. Cameras are installed all over the church where the quilts will be housed for a week.
The quilts are to be picked up after 4:00 pm on Friday August 1st 

   Please come and introduce yourself to us we would love to chat about quilting.
The Guild and other individuals will have articles for sale at the show.   


Saturday, July 12, 2014

T'is the Season for "Busy"

.............even with the guild meeting closed for the summer months there are lots of activities going on. I can't believe it has been so long since I posted on my blog... 


Before we did close up at the guild we were honored to be filmed for a documentary on Acadian culture by the  
                                        Histoires francophones Inc.


Sound and camera couple were happy to be photographed.

Our Juniors were the highlights 
of the filming as they showed their talents at hand quilting .

After a lovely "last supper" together for the season  
(which I forgot to take pictures ) 
we ventured off on a road trip  
for a fabric shop hop. 
Off to Avonport 
for a fun day of fabric shopping .

With the busy times I still get time to sew and I did finish my BOM. 
Spring Bouquet . 
I stippled the whole thing and I really like the effect it gave the quilt. A true vintage look. 


I have not taken my vacation yet so in the evening I like to relax by the fire pit with this guy!  
 A few s'mores on the open fire.... Yummy! 

 The major part of the busy times is concentrated to getting ready for the


Starting July 28 to August 1st. Open from 10:00 am  to 8:00 pm every day except Friday the show closes at 4:00 pm.
Admission $5.00 per person. 
There will be about 200 quilts on display, lottery and  articles for sale. 
It is a fun week for the many volunteers who come to help at the show as we get to meet beautiful people from all over Canada and Europe as well. 
I will have pictures .    

Friday, May 23, 2014

A new recipe

A new healthy recipe ;
Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter, No-Bake Candy Bars 
Yes! they are healthy.

1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey 
½ cup coconut oil (no substitute)
2 cups oatmeal oats (not instant) 
1¼ cup mini chocolate chips 
3/4 cup dried cranberries 
 Directions: 
In a medium sized saucepan melt together peanut butter, honey 
and coconut oil.
Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.
Spread into 9 x 13 pan. 
Refrigerate until hardened about 1 hour. 
Store in refrigerator. Yummy !

These are so delicious and I believe part of its good taste comes from the beautiful and yummy honey I used  ......
The Neary Apiary as in Karen Neary's bees.  

Simple to make with minimal ingredients that are healthy 
 Did I mention they are delicious. I think this will be the key snack food in my refrigerator this summer.

Speaking of summer some signs are evident in the back yard that it is coming   
The pool was filled and hubby is busy cleaning, purifying  and heating the water.  
The Adirondack chairs are out, the lawn grows like crazy with all the rain we have had, the black flies are out with a vengeance, and the smell of Bar-B-Q is the aroma all over the neighborhood. 

 and to add to a happy day.....  I've got mail
 from Kimberly Jolly... Yes! that's right  Fat Quarter Shop 
My next project... 
 Bertie's Year. 12 months of cute wool appliqués and 
Kimberly has all the fabric to make the blocks .
 Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 

                                      Bertie's Year Woolies Flannel Fat Quarter Bundle by  Maywood Studios

Then there is the 
Woolies Flannel Dark Brown Houndstooth Yardage 
for all the blocks' background. Now I am ready to cut and get these blocks ready . It will be the perfect project for the summer spent on my patio, or while travelling and vacationing.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A get together

Every year the Patchworks Pals from St Anne de Ruisseau and our guild get together for fun sewing days. In May they joined us and we all made 
 
an apron. 
Some came to hand quilt on our charity quilts .
The hall was buzzing with quilters ' high energies 

The day was filled with laughs, sharing and good food. Nothing is more fun than getting together with other quilters. And the aprons were all so gorgeous! 

I am still on a roll with my place mats. I made a set for a friend and 
 added a table topper   
 The fruit of the spirit is "Joy" And "Self-control "
    "Joy" and " Patience" 
"Peace" and "Gentleness" 
"Goodness and "Love" 
                                     And put all together... you have a set 


Prince Charles and Camilla were in the Maritimes and I noticed she had Nova Scotia tartan on her outfit. 
 
so I decided to make a table topper with the plaid for the guild's emporium and maybe a visitor this summer to our province.
This one I made because the colors were so bright and cheery, with the "dot"  fabric from Mrs Pugley's Emporium 

     Christmas décor was not forgotten so I made a few 
with a Christmas theme 
 Noël 
and some  Red Cardinals 


I did move away from the Spiral Placemats and started working on 
my Family tree quilt 
 This is the first block

 Then off to my "Words To Live By Quilt "
 Here is BOM  Block #3 Kindness .

 The new mystery challenge for the guild  is to make a quilt with a white or off white background and one other color, therefore the quilt is only two colors. At first I thought ohhh, I think I will skip this challenge as I am not fond of making two color quilts but then Paula, the member of the guild who puts out our Mystery quilt challenges, indicated we  could use different shades of the color. Now I am on the prowl for a pattern and set my project in motion for next year.