Friday, March 15, 2019

30 Quilt Designs Challenge Announcement

This is the main post for the third annual Quilt Design Challenge I host on Instagram. It gives me a thrill to write that sentence!
Profuse apologies that this was not up two days ago as planned... Real Life got in the way, and I was waiting on a response from a potential sponsor, and then Instagram, where I originally planned to set up a private account, went whackola, but so did FaceBook... All good, though. Here we go!

Here is the link to the first challenge that I co-hosted with Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Here is the link to the second challenge in 2018 hosted by moi.
And now, on with the deets of the third challenge!
Feel free to grab this graphic for your blog, sidebar, or Instagram post.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Green Scraps Box

It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No, it's a green scraps box!

I was checking back for the RSC2019 colours, since I am woefully behind, first time in four years of participating that I am this remiss in doing my monthly scraps homework. I was scrolling back in time on Angela's blog soscrappy, and that's when her squirrel bit me!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

TBT #15

Welcome to another edition of Throwback Thursday. For those who may be new to my blog or who are not familiar with TBT, it is where we pull out, photograph, and tell the stories of quilts or quilted projects we've made before our blogging life! Mine today is another Christmas quilt, this one a little over 17 years old, and with the snow that fell on February 27, the day before this photo shoot, it is rather fitting!

I had a very curious, and somewhat annoying helper that morning... He's still alternating between sweet and a turd. And yep, MacGyver got the gate done (isn't it fab?) so no more baby gate on our doggie playpen, er backyard deck!
Here's a full-on shot:
Yes, he still managed to get in on the action. This was a 9-patch exchange I organized, and was a part of during the year 2001 in my then guild, Fort Saskatchewan Quilt Guild in Alberta.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

I Like/Love #25

February sure seemed to go by in a blink for me. I do believe it is due to my first like (who I freely admit has been a major DISlike several times since Groundhog Day when we brought him home) taking up so very much time and attention and effort and energy....

1. I like, well I am starting to love, Rufus. He is worming 😉 his way into our hearts big time.
He has driven us crazy with not wanting to eat; he should weigh twice what he weighs, poor guy, so it's been exceedingly stressful and worrying that he's not had much of an appetite. Four bags of various kibble later (good ones too: two kinds of Acana, which is what our dogs have had for many many years and done excellent on it) and several varieties and brands of canned dog food, and no real progress. Then we thought we saw a worm in his poop...took him to the vet and yep, whip worms. We've got it in time, so that's a relief. In the meantime, more research had ensued (MacGyver is not only amazing at building but he's a research guru too) and we determined we'd try the raw food diet. Our vet also recommended it before we'd even told him that's the route we planned to take. He LOVES this stuff. We're feeding him as much as a 150-pound dog right now so that he will pack on the pounds.
Content puppy with a full belly and a healing gut

Monday, February 25, 2019

Magnificent Minis Challenge

Our first challenge for the 2019 year of the Island Batik Ambassadors is to make a mini quilt, any technique, 24" or less per side. We could use any fabrics in Box #1 except the wrapped 'surprise' fabrics. This is #8 on my Q1 FAL goals list.
I chose to work with the 5" stash builder rolls we got, ten of the beauties, four WOF (width of fabric) strips in each pack:
This was one of the two packs I received. All the fabrics were provided by Island Batik, and the batting by Hobbs Batting, the white thread for piecing by Aurifil. I used the white batik we had been given as background fabric.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

DrEAMi! #25

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Drop Everything And Make it! where we proudly show off those squirrels we've chased, and caught! Remember this is not a 'finish' linky party, although the projects should be completed with some exceptions, such as you might have found a rather large one and still be in the ecstatic throes of working on it, but need to share it before the party closes . Rather, this linky is for those projects that pretty much all of us have been so captivated by, that we will not rest until caution is thrown to the winds along with the current 'supposed to be being worked on and/or completed project', and we focus solely on this DrEAMi! or squirrel as we like to also call them.
Click the photo to be taken to the video; I can't insert Instagram videos here, and yes you can watch it even if you don't have an Instagram account.

Sister-squirrel-snaggers, such as Wendy, Pieceful Thoughts, and Rose, something rosemade, often send me cute squirrel pics they've stumbled upon, and this heartwarming story about Bonita made my day this past week when I got the link from Wendy.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Return, A Comment Fix, and A Favourite Tutorial

Things have been pretty quiet, for me anyhow, in my corner of QBL. If you follow me on Instagram @mmmquilts you'll know that I've been madly sewing and quilting away on a project I can't show until summer. Yes it's for a magazine, and I'm super excited about it, though super-exhausted by how much work it took around a multitude of interruptions ranging from daughter and grandson visit, to the two weeks in Mexico, to a 7-month-old-tomorrow puppy...
who's rambunctious as hell in the mornings, who isn't much interested in any kind of food (but fish he quite likes, oh,  and cottage cheese) so that is alarming as he is underweight to start with, and who has claimed MacGyver's IKEA poäng chair from time to time in the evenings, so hilarious, and he snores so loud in it because already he doesn't exactly fit...
Like how in the world is that comfortable?!