La Guilde Acadienne de Clare

La Guilde Acadienne de Clare
Design by Kim Delh

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What's up?

I know for certain what is not coming down and that is snow!!! Finally!!!!! we get to feel the hot rays of the sun.. I must say it is not yet perfect as we still have some close spells .

We had our shopping trip 
to Avonport Fabric Discount Center  and everyone still talks about the fun they had SHOPPING, laughing and just being together~!
A road trip to remember!! 

I have finished a few projects since my last post and very happy to cross these off my list.
 First on the list is my mystery quilt for the 2016 challenge at the guild, which as I said before I cannot show you until we unveil them at a special event in probably, March to celebrate our 5th anniversary. I machine quilted it which was a new challenge for me; to machine quilt such a large piece. It is not perfect but I learnt a lot which I hope will improve my skills for the next project. 

Speaking of which I machine quilted this smaller one  
      and could see the improvements  
although it is not a large quilt like my mystery one .
I am really enjoying machine quilting so I may venture into it more.
 I am actually looking into the quilting machines available. 

This is another finished project but I hand quilted that one.... 
and my fingers did the talking or better still the screaming.
I really enjoyed the hand quilting in spite of the sore fingers
and I hope to do another one this summer.

 We have one  in the large frames at the guild and the fun of having members sit around the quilt is so relaxing. It takes me back to the years past with the quilting bees  and how the women must 
 have enjoyed the camaraderie their work of art brought them.

I just finished this runner... 
called Inner Beauty by Chili Peppers . 
I found some more panels on my shopping adventure so I do hope to make a few more pieces . 

and now for the finishing touches I am back to
 Words To live By 
making the half square triangles so it can be all pieced together.
Love this quilt~!

For a nice surprise friends from work came for a nice dinner together 
 and brought me this beautiful Alex and Ani bracelet .. love it and will cherish this forever thinking of all the good times we had working together bringing hope to others who had lost their courage. 

and now we count the sleeps until our next adventure 
May 29th and 30th with a workshop by 
Karen Neary 
and a visit from 
Mrs P. Emporium.


A La Prochaine 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

we survived winter 2015...

Signs of spring are popping up... the trees are budding, the tulips have found their way through the snow banks and my morning walk is so cheerful with the birds singing reminding me to make every effort I can to have a good day. 

In my sewing room... My "Bertie's" Year Quilt is now into its 5th month ... 
with the May block.......... all done. 
I am only working on one block a month .... it sure gives me a good view of how fast the months fly by. I no sooner have one finished it is time to get the other one ready for stitching. This is a wool appliqué project . 

Speaking of wool appliqué we had our workshop with 
And it was a fun day. 
Darlene had a trunk show of her 
shop "Needle Pulling Thread" for our shopping pleasure.   
Here is my finished project ... hung up in my sewing room. 
everyone enjoyed the wool appliqué workshop. 

I have other projects on the go but no UFO's, only works in progress! 

A big one I am working on now  is machine quilting a queen size quilt. I have never attempted to do such a big project but it is happening now, with my Mystery Quilt 
( which I cannot show you until 2016 ). 
I am almost done and I must admit it was not too bad a challenge after all. I have to tell you when I first sandwiched the quilt I was VERY nervous to start the machine quilting. 
I can just imagine what  a surgeon feels like when he is making his very first incision. 

Isn't it funny how one project can lead you to a  new adventure? Machine quilting this mystery quilt has inspired me to try "Ruler Quilting"  and low and behold Mother's day came early for me . 
Gerald ordered me a set of  Linda Hrcka's rulers and   

 here they are .... 
I have been practicing and learning the technique. 
I really think I am  going to
                .... this and use in all my machine quilting projects. 


Our next event is coming up next Friday when we venture off to Avonport Discount Fabric Center is the Valley...  
Everything and everyone is ready and we are excited to have some of our fellow quilters from Patchworks Pals in St Anne du Ruisseau join us on this road trip.
I will blog about all our purchases..... !!!!

Then the excitement comes into full swing with a visit 
It will be a full agenda... Friday evening we will have a Greet and Meet with refreshments and a trunk show.  Invitations have been sent out to the public so I am expecting a good crowd.
( Karen will have her books and patterns for sale) 
Saturday we will have our workshop with Karen..
 "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend"   
Registration has been closed for a while now as the seats are all taken. 
Counting the sleeps.......

And on that same week-end there is more fun and excitement 
is coming also to set up her shop...... 
More shopping and eye candy to drool over..
If you are in the area drop in for some shopping fun... 
Yardage, pre-cuts and I am certain lots and lots of  patterns... 

Oh it is soooo exciting to plan an event and not have to worry about travel after the anxiety the winter brought us...  

Speaking of travel, two of my Guild friends Clara, and Charmène and I  have been invited to a luncheon at the AVQG . These beautiful gals have invited me so many years but I was never able to go because of work ... well, retirement permits me to go this year and I was only too glad to RSVP "yes",  when Betty invited me... 
Fun ! Fun! Fun! 

and now off to the next project 
Picture taken at our Open House. 2015
working on "Words To Live By" quilt.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

And the events keep on rolling......

Easter, my favorite holiday of the year, is complete and and now it is a new beginning .... 
The snow and ice are melting and double digits temperature is evident of  "new life" in the making. 
Bring on Spring and bring on our many events scheduled at the guild.  

Our 4th anniversary was celebrated and  

                                                              it was a  fun day. 
 About 175 visitors came to support us and enjoy a wonderful meal with us.  Some quilters from other guilds came and brought their thimbles to hand quilt on our Mental Health quilts. 

In my sewing room new beginnings are taking place also..
I discovered the 60º triangle ruler 
 and with border fabric I created these table toppers. It is fun to see the finished product as it all comes together so neatly to make beautiful motifs. 

I have also been dabbling with paper piecing and making these place mats. A pattern that was given to me by my sister Simone. It has been such a tough winter her and I have not been able to visit and sew together. 
I miss her so.  I decided to connect with her through her favorite patterns. Face time is nice but you still don't get the interaction you have from sewing side by side in the sewing rooms and sharing ideas. 
  Having just celebrated siblings day....
 I appreciate all her support. 

   
As mentioned in the previous post next event at  the Guild is the "Wool Appliqué"  with
 Darlene d'Eon......from a Needle Pulling Thread 
all is set for that...

Next is a bus tour to Avonport Discount Fabric Shop ... 
 A few more seats left to fill and we are off for the day.... 

And a sneak peak at the event at the end of May which I will post about later...  
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
with
 Karen Neary ♥


So the "New Beginning" looks bright and along with the new, changes are inevitable...... to make way for new adventures. 
Happy Sewing!   


Saturday, April 4, 2015

and the rain must fall....

The snow is finally disappearing .... and the grass is peeking through the drifts. 
Easter brings new life 
 
May you have the Gladness of Easter which is Hope
The Promise of Easter which is Peace 
and the Spirit of Easter which  is Love.

And for me I find serenity in my sewing..
Lots of this scheduled to happen both in the quiet of my sewing room and at the Guild.

On April 11th the guild will celebrate its 4th anniversary with an Open House. Lunch, "Rappie Pie" (the famous Acadian dish) will be served. We will have a display and tutorials of various quilting  projects as well as quilts in the frames for guests to come and hand quilt. A fun day for certain....

 at last years' Open House. 
        our Juniors were hand quilting .      
  
Then we move on to April 25th with an exciting workshop scheduled with Darlene d'Eon from

Needle Pulling Tread. 

In Digby Nova Scotia
  
This is a beautiful little quilt shop..... the eye candy in there leaves you speechless. 
We are so happy to have Darlene come and teach us a wool appliqué project.

 Members have a choice 
 #1 This is a beautiful project to celebrate our Canadian flag's 50th birthday .

And #2  this little quilt .. 
                      which gives us hope that spring is finally here. 
And that is not all Darlene will be bringing her shop to the hall where we meet for a full day of shopping.
                Members are sooo looking forward to this event...  
                                        Oh! what a party!  

                                  More bags ...  
                     I just finished this bag last evening for a friend of mine... Doesn't it just spell out spring?

 I am certain my readers can read the underlying message that I have had it with the snow...oh! well we survived the harsh winter. We could have had a lot worst. 

More fun events to come and more finished UFO's  which I will post later .... 

Happy Sewing!  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Crack open the bright colored fabric bundles...

This was the scene yesterday morning   

from my front door and dining room windows. Carol from http://brownquilts4me.blogspot.ca a fellow blogger had posted a lovely view from her foyer window on FB  of her Forsythia all in bloom and this is the view I shared with her.
I heard it was the worst storm yet this year for Nova Scotia... Everything was closed.  
I connected with my kids and grand-kids who are in Dominican Republic, it not only warmed my heart to see them all tanned but made me desire "brightness" . 
So I found the brightest of fabrics in my stash 




and sewed on these place-mats.





I will be using these on my table for my Easter Brunch. We most likely will still have snow on the ground but the table will be bright and the company as well.  




I started my new quilt from Laundry Basket Quilts 
The July block in the book is American but on the  website Edyta has the Canadian version. Thank you Edyta Sitar. 


This is a beauty 


I prepared my first block ( which is the last one in the book) the December one. Yes another appliqué quilt. I guess that is my passion. I will be machine appliquéing this one.

So the winter lingers but it was cozy and bright in my
sewing room  yesterday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cannot keep the quilters down...

This winter has been harsh but nothing has stopped the quilters from creating beautiful art works. 
The guild was fortunate we only had a few cancellations 
nothing like last year.. so we were able to create. The members who attend the Sewing Laboratories are enjoying learning the art of quilting in its many forms.

Here is one of those projects ...and my version 


The"Bargello" 
Everyone did a beautiful job and I will post pictures of them later.

 I have completed my "Family Tree" quilt by Laundry Basket . 
Free Motion quilting is all done now I just have to embroider the history of our family. Birth dates, marriage dates etc... 

I had so hoped I would be able to take a picture of this quilt on the green grass but I don't think that is going to be the case for a while.    

 As mentioned in the earlier post Member Marnie is going to give us a workshop on the "Little Tree" . 


Because of the large number of members who are  going to attend I made mine ahead of time so I could help at the workshop  and have the piece on display to help the members in choosing their fabric. What a fun  little project that turns out into a fairly large wall hanging ! 


Lots of upcoming events on the Guild's calendar. 

First one being our 4th anniversary celebration with an
 Open House on April 11 from 10:00 to 3:00. There will be "Show and Tell", Quilt in the frame to hand quilt and various demonstrations on different quilting  projects as well as quilting articles for sale.  For lunch rappie pie, tea, coffee and anniversary cake.
 $10.00 per person includes lunch. 
 Admission $3.00 for those who just visit. 
Come see us. 

To come..a sneak mention ... 
Wool Appliqué
Trip to Avonport...
Diamond's are a Girls' Best Friend 


are listed on the calendar which I will post later so each one gets the attention they need and deserve... Sooo exciting!