I have been slowly working away on The Chickadee block and I am thrilled to say I am finished. I must confess, I am mighty pleased with the way it turned out. This block is the first of 13 blocks I am making that are inspired by Canadian birds and flowers. The blocks will be stitched together to create a quilt, although each of the single blocks will make lovely stand alone wallhangings. Your choice!
I taught this block at both Retreats I recently hosted at Fireside Retreat in Orillia. It is suitable for beginners as well as experienced stitchers. The Chickadee Pattern is now available on my website here. And because it’s been requested, you can also purchase the templates already traced onto freezer paper for you. This is definitely a time saver:)
While at the first retreat, I was introduced to Cindy Blackberg’s Template Stamps by Amy, one of the students. These stamps are fun to use and is another option for anyone wishing to do hand piecing. I used the Carpenter’s Star template set to make this lovely border for the Chickadee. I love the way this border frames the block. On to the next block!
Til next time…
This past weekend, my “To Everything There Is A Season” quilt won a ribbon at the Simcoe County Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair! This quilt was exquisitely machine quilted by Rose Bell of Fancy Feathers. The paper pattern is now available on my website . The digital patterns for the blocks will be available by the end of the week. Many of you have asked about getting the patterns available in digital form and we are doing our best to make that happen, including the patterns from last year’s Academy of Applique, A Taste of Lilies and Crazy For Callas.
The show, which is always held at the Simcoe County Museum, has some very poignant memories for me. I remember coming to this museum many times on school trips and learning about the fascinating history in our own back yard. Later on, my Mom and I would go to this show every year. Although I wasn’t really quilting at the time, I was so interested in quilts and quilting. This show has been extremely influential in my quilting life. It is more than just a quilt show. There are embroiderers, lacemakers, spinners, hookers and weavers eager to demonstrate their many talents. It is an awesome opportunity to see the remarkable talent in Simcoe County. The weather was absolutely gorgeous this year so sitting outside and eating a piece of pie seemed like the right thing to do!
Big News….I am so thrilled to announce that I am launching my very first Applique Retreat! The 3 day event will be held at The Fireside Retreat in the Spring of 2018 (March 27-29). Please join me for 3 days of stitching, learning and sharing everything applique! This retreat will be a great place to learn the techniques I use for all of my applique projects. If you are looking for a stress free way to hand-applique, look no further! Of course, there will be time set aside to work on your own applique projects. Imagine, 3 days of inspiration and creativity and eating! I will have all of the details in my next blog post.
Til next time….