Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cherry Tree Re-Vamped

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My re-worked version of the Cherry Tree. This pattern will be available in the next couple weeks at my craftsy pattern site.

New Block Pattern

Sometimes, I get very frustrated with all the commercialism surrounding the holidays. Last year, my family had a Christmas where no one bought anything but instead we had a handmade Christmas. It was very nice to receive and give only handmade gifts.

Commercialism in Christmas 
HA HA HA oops I mean HO HO HO

So, in the true spirit of Christmas giving, here is a free block pattern you.

Pattern for it is HERE

Also, I have been busy designing another pattern but have not managed to find a printer for it. This one would be too large to put out in a pdf form. 

This is a picture of it below.
It is called - The Cherry Tree

I have been thinking about adding a different type of border onto this one but it is such a busy quilt to begin with. But maybe....

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Free Patterns

Free Patterns:

'via Blog this'

My pinterest board that is filled with free pattern links.

Free Doll Patterns

Free Doll Patterns:

'via Blog this'

Free Quilt Pattern


Well it is a bleak day today here in the Melville area of Saskatchewan. I think I mentioned in previous posts that I do not like winter very much but this year we are lucky to not have a lot of the white stuff on the ground yet and warmer weather is holding so far.

I have a small quilt pattern here for you today.

This was created in EQ7 and I have made a pdf file that includes both rotary cuts and also templates. The overal size of the quilt is 20 by 20 inches. It is a very simple quilt but is quite cheery for the winter months. To finish you just need to add a 2 inch border all around the 4 blocks and finish with binding or you could make it larger depending on how many blocks you would like to make. 

Have a great rest of the day.......

Monday, November 11, 2013

Some History and a Road Trip

Today is Remembrance day and I hope everyone took some time out to remember those that were lost and say respects for them. The pictures below show my grandfather Robert Flemming who was a pilot in WW2 and my grandmother holding my father Robert William. Robert Flemming was killed November 4 and my father was born on November 28th. I cannot imagine how hard it was for my grandmother to have gone through the loss of her husband and the birth of his child all in a month.
 She later remarried Steve Cormier who is the only grandfather that I knew of my fathers side - His picture is also below.
Robert Flemming Lowther
My Grandmother Betty with My Father.
Wedding Day

Steve Cormier

Also, I went on a road trip of sorts this weekend and visited a place called WillowBunch. I have wanted to visit there and see the statue of the Giant that was born and lived in Willow Bunch. While approaching the town, I decided to check out a little more on the history of the Giant. It is a sad tale really but at least a happier ending almost 90 yrs later.
You can read the full story at the link above. 
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Edouard Beaupré - The WillowBunch Giant

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 Home of Edouard Beaupré 1890's

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Unusual Quilt Block Pattern and Quilt Pattern

I came across this quilt block pattern and I have not seen it before. I thought that I would share it with you. I have not made this one yet but I think that the best way to approach it is with applique. It is set on a solid background block which is 10 by 10 inches the pattern says but I would cut it at 10.5 x 10.5 if you plan on adding more squares to it.

The pdf pattern is here

Also, here is another unusual block and I have been playing with EQ7 so it is pictured in a quilt here

The pattern for it is here

The weather here is getting much colder now. Surprise eh? in Saskatchewan lol. The ground today is dusted with white and temp is -5 so I guess that it is not too bad for this time of the year. I find that when winter starts rolling around, I get a round of depression. I have never liked the snow, I am a warm weather person. I like the sun beating down on me and being able to get around seeing new places and things. 
Speaking of new things... I joined a quilting guild in Melville. So I have not been to their meetings yet but I will be going next Tuesday to see what it is all about. There seems to be quite a few ladies involved in it and looks like it will be a lot of fun. I am getting in close to the end of the years activities. They started in April and end in December so I will not get much time in this year but it will give me an idea of what a quild is like. I have always quilted alone.

I have also been working on getting some blocks ready for a spring quilt. I will be posting these ones soon. I will post one every 2 weeks until they are all posted up. Then we can have a nice quilt for the coming of spring. Here is a picture of it.

I do not have a layout yet so am busy working on that in eq7. I will post them in pdf files for downloading. I think it will be part patchwork and part applique. I should have the first one ready for the end of November so check back. I will be altering the colors a bit. 
I have made some more progress on my love entwined but still way behind from the others in the group. I added the embroidered flowers and now I have gotten to 4 centered pieces as you can see here so I added some more color and realized that some of my small star flowers were set too close, so I have to take them off and move them over a bit. Also have to add all those little circles on the edges of the white parts with blue. I thought I might use the really dark burgundy color for those. 

Hopefully you have a great day and I am going to quilt now ......

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween Creativity in the Valley

On my way to Weyburn last week going through the Qu Appelle Valley, I stopped to take a picture of this. Someone took some time to create this and wow, what a great job they did. Hope you all had a safe and Happy Halloween this year.

More pictures of the Valley.

I also found this picture of my grandparents at my mom's place and I am pretty sure my Aunt's daughter is the little one in this pic. I sure miss my grandparents.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Embroidery with painted dye

I have not posted for a long time on my blog here, life gets in the way sometimes. I had a mishap with my LE yet again. I washed it and some of the fabric dye leached into another part. Thank goodness it was just a small part but I decided that I would re-vamp some of the parts I had made. They just did not look right to me. Then I decided I wanted to try some embroidery on it. Machine embroidery of course because I have the Janome and it works so wonderfully. Love that Machine.... 
When I finished the little flowers, they looked very pale and so I added some paint on dye. It was what I had left from a course that I took on Craftsy Painted Pictorial Quilts by  Annette Kennedy . If you have not done that course yet, she is such a good instructor and plenty of ideas for your quilts.

I really like the way this turned out now. I can live with the fact that a few are a little closer to the triangles then I had intended but.. it is very hard to get them perfect and since I am not a perfectionist, it is a minor thing.

I also started working on a 2010 Aurifil BOM by Pat Sloan. It is called Meadow Breeze. 


Plus I have some blocks done for my Underground Railroad Quilt.