Sunday, June 11, 2017

June already?

Hello again!  The last few months have been quite the experience, first of all I have a new job working at Home Depot now.  I'm loving the part-time, it gives me time for the second happening which is that we are starting a quilt pattern business!  I have taken a few business classes and am in the midst of pulling together a business plan.  We received our business license a couple weeks ago and that was a really exciting day, made it very real for us.  I also approached a local quilt shop about one of the patterns I have in the works and the owner was VERY excited about it which is really encouraging.
In other news, there has been quilting happening!

I finished the last three Snapshots blocks!  The truck represents my truck that I bought a year out of high school (hmm, 13 years ago now, crazy!) and I altered the picnic basket and glass to reflect my basket and the glass is a goblet with orange sherbet in it.

This is my truck, a 1978 Chevy Scottsdale.  It was my first truly-mine vehicle so is very dear to me.

All the blocks together and how I decided I like them arranged.  Now I just need to decide what color I want to use for the frames around the "photos".  This was the end of February.

In early April the guild hosted a symposium for anyone to attend and learn about quilting.  I shared the joy of hexi's and had a lot of interest.  It's amazing how many people have never tried English Paper Piecing.

In May we (the guild) had the baby quilt sew-in and this is the top Sarah finished while she was there.

I put borders on a panel that I bought at Quiltmania and worked on free-motion quilting for the day.  I love how it turned out.

Pat worked on this batik Sticks and Stones (MSQC tutorial here) and it is going to be gorgeous!

My cousin graduated high school this year and I made her a quillow.  It is the first I have made, and I learned a lot of how I will do it differently in the future.

Is this not the most adorable cat block?  I am making a donation quilt for the Blue Mountain Humane Society's Fall Fur Ball and plan on making 7 more.
I saw pictures on Facebook and tracked it down to a pattern by Carol Hughey called Scrappy Cats, which was published in the June 2014 Issue of The Quilt Life magazine.

John and I left early for the diesel show in Abbotsford, BC this year and were able to stop at a couple quilt shops on our trip.  I am super excited that I was able to pick up a couple more Row by Row license plates and even found another pin, and my collection of black and white fabrics has grown to 16 different designs.

This is an example of the practically impossible happening.  I bought the fabric for the hunter's star quilt 3 years ago at WW Sew & Vac, and when I went in on Thursday to see if they had the same fabrics, they did!  The black is actually a match, I was so impressed and surprised.

At Home Depot we held a bake sale this last week to raise money for a couple associates who are in need.  Only people who work there are allowed to donate money to the cause so I made a half batch of oatmeal butterscotch cookies and they were a big hit.  Even John liked them and he doesn't like sweets.

Speaking of John, he's been working really hard to fix up a couple motorcycles.  One is being made street legal and one is being fixed up to be race-ready for his father's 60th birthday present.  We hope to drive down to California to deliver it to his dad before the end of summer, funds permitting.  :)

I have a bit of writing to get to so I'd better get off this computer and hop over to the other.  Thank you for visiting and I wish you all a happy summer of sewing!


Belle is helping me create a banner for our new business, stay tuned for more information coming soon!