Monday, February 23, 2004

Time for the Birdie...

As promised, it's photo time. I've finished a number of projects of late, and these shots show them in various stages of completion.

First, the quilting goodies. I have been talking about "The Gift that Cannot be Revealed" for some time now, and here it is: For her 50th, I gave my Dear Sis a quilted and embellished Western Jacket

Up next: the table runner I made for my future son-in-law's mother, B, for Christmas -- just before it was quilted and bound. I call it Scrappy Thimbleberries.

In the process of making Christmas gifts, I also organized my stash, and was able to use some lovely stuff my DH's cousin, the owner of a drapery/upholstery wholesale company, sent me to recover a couple of cushions.

This December, I also entered my first Quilt Challenge -- a fundraiser organized by the Fabric Cottage. You can't tell this from the photo, but the corners of this table topper have been quilted in a leaf pattern with variegated thread that matches the colours in the piecework. On the label, I titled this, "Autumn Sampler".

Believe me, it has nothing on the 2003 Hoffman Challenge quilts I saw at the Calgary SewFest, which took place Feb. 20 and 21 at the Red and White Club, sponsored by 3 great shops -- the Fabric Cottage here in Calgary, Addie's in Cochrane, Alberta, and the Sugar Pine up in Canmore. In addition to the Hoffman Challenge quilts, there were works by quilt artist, Carol Bryer Fallert, Bonnie Lyn McCaffrey and samples from Jan Mullen of Stargazey Designs, the Rag Merchant, Pine Needles Designs, Favourite Things, Brandywine Design, Mount Redoubt Design, and a lovely Thimbleberries Showcase.

As if all this weren't enough, there were door prizes (none of which I won...), and shops (not just the sponsors) with wonderful wares. I have just added a hand-quilting frame from Heartland Quilters to my Wish List! Next on the List is a kit from Cotton Threads Quilt Shoppe Ltd. of Red Deer, for a wall hanging that captures Quilt Addicts just perfectly!

For my knitting friends, I do have one photo: the pieces to the BoatNeck Shell from Chicknits -- which went together for my DD as one of her Christmas gifts. I made it from Emu Superwash in an autumnal colourway, and she looks like $$$ a million in it.

All the Show & Tell for now, gentle readers. It seems to me that I have some photos elsewhere that remain unposted...I'll look around. Stay tuned!

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