Wednesday, 18 April 2012

After Hours!

So Jeanne and I just returned from Winnipeg where we worked at our booth during their amazing three day show! The hours are long after you factor in setting up and standing on those cement floors for so long, but we enjoy what we do! We also enjoy seeing good friends that we get to catch up with during show season! Friends like Pauline, from Hamels Fabric out in Chilliwack, BC.  We went out for dinner after the show closed on Saturday.....however because she didn't have a vehicle there and we had only a cargo van.....seats being limited, Jeanne offered to sit on an empty rubbermaid tub, and Pauline offered to drive!

As you can see, it was quite an adventure for Jeanne - and I was laughing so hard I could barely take the picture....which explains the blurriness!
After dinner we had another destination in mind......

Unh huh, that's right....

We went shopping!

Now as luck would have it - Pauline's hotel room was right next to ours! However....she got this ginormous African themed suite, with....


In case you are's carpet!! Not kidding - told you...African themed.
So after lots of great visiting, much wine, we all ended up:

So, I could have blogged about our booth. I could have blogged about the show. I could have blogged about lots of things....but I wanted to give you another 'behind the scenes' look at The Quilt Patch life!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

It's Official!!

So finally after much back and forth with our AMAZING travel agent, it's all official!
We are cruising baby!

We are SOOOO excited!!! We'd be thrilled if you could join us!
Now just as an FYI - Neither Jeanne nor myself has cruised before!! So don't be shy! You either are in the same boat...pardon the pun! Or you can be our expert chaperones! Either way - we are sure to have a wonderful time!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Dirty Little Secret!

Ok, I'm feeling a little remiss in my blogging skills!
Jeanne and I recently attended our first engagement of the Spring season, out in Bonnyville, AB. It was a fabulous time! Both Jeanne and I taught classes on the Saturday, after a Friday evening of AMAZING food....oh ya and we did a trunk show also!! But the!

So for the past few weeks on Wednesday's, I've had a standing date with my granddaughter for a few hours each evening! I have been sneaking away from work early to pick her up, make her dinner, play, then relinquish her back to her mom! I'm going to miss those Wednesdays when she goes back to her regular sitter! It's WAY more fun being a grandma than a parent!!
Only a Grandma would let her dip her strawberries in sugar!

But how could you not??
Ok, now on to my dirty little secret.
Are you ready for this......
There. I said it out loud.
And not just any old kind of necktie....but old, used neckties! I have never bought a new necktie. Why do I do this when I have a perfectly good STORE full of brand new fabric? I don't really know. It's like an addiction. I have bins and bins of ties. Under beds, in closets. And right now....all over my sewing room floor!
Messy ties littering my sewing room floor!

I do use the ties! I make quilts with them. I don't have a lot of time to play in my ties. I'm usually sewing something that is for the shop. The next sample we need or the next book project, or the next something new. But I do try to make one project a year with them - not a lot, I know, but it's something I do for ME.
So the project I'm working on now is called Eclectic Pickle. It is a Quilt Patch Pattern Co pattern!
It's a paper piecing project, but I use a fusible interfacing! (I'd be happy to share any tips - just drop me an email!)
Eclectic Pickle hanging in my house
As you can see - this won't be my first Eclectic Pickle quilt! I have this one hanging in my basement. It's 60" x 60" and I think it's one of my all time favourite quilts I've made with ties.
So back to my sewing room....when I use the ties in a quilt, I sometimes mix in silks with the ties. Yes...another thing I collect!

I love the process of choosing a specific tie and pairing it up with either another tie, or the perfect color of silk to complement the tie! I could spend hours doing just that! I have little piles all over my sewing room! It's soooo incredibly messy when I drag out the ties! Not just the random piles all over - but taking the ties apart creates little threads that linger everywhere. Paper piecing creates random bits of garbage, silk frays quite a lot, and general, I'd be the first to admit - I'm a messy sewer!
Ties pairs with silk

Ties paired with ties
So did you notice how I sometimes substituted a few piece here and there? That's because with a only get so much fabric! And if you don't have enough - it's not like you can run out and buy some more!
Close up of Eclectic Pickle
So that's it my you can see, what I do for myself, is a little different from what you see Jeanne and I do the store and in our books. If you'd like to donate to my addiction, please feel free, I appreciate each one! If you'd like a tip or two on how to use ties you may have - leave me a comment, drop me an email or come in to the store! I'm always happy to share! (Just not my ties!)