Welcome to Blogathon Canada! I am happy to welcome you to the Blueberry Patch. And a big thank you to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop for organizing all of this. I been blogging for almost two years and have been enjoying quilting like crazy for about three years after a long, long break. I am a self confessed fabric-aholic. I live in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and I do work full time as an elementary school principal. I don't get much sewing done during the week but I make up for it on the weekends and during holidays! My kids are all grown up. I actually do live on a small blueberry farm next to the big woods in the country. My husband is very supportive of my habit/hobby and just builds more shelves as I need them! There are some shelves in progress as we speak!
|the great wall of fabric!|
If you have a look at around my blog, you will see that I have lots of quilt finishes under the tabs for both last year and this year. I make mostly quilts. Big ones, baby ones and throw quilts but I have been known to make other things too. Pillows. I make a lot of pillows. I love scraps and love nothing better than to find a great bag of scraps at a quilt shop! I have my scraps colour coded in shoe boxes. I like to be organized.
I am a happy member of the most fabulous Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild. I currently have two quilts on the go. My Proverbial Sunshine quilt and a quilt that so far is just called Another Star. I tend to not have a lot of works in progress because I tend to work on something until it is finished and then start something else. I have recently joined a few online/Flikr swaps and I have really enjoyed those. I started off small with scrap swaps and things like that just to get my feet wet. I have also joined my first online quilt bee. We start in January and I am really looking forward to that!
My most recent finish was for the Scrappy Stash Quilt Along. I used a lot of scraps but somehow those scrap boxes seem just as full!
Some of my favourite quilts are ones I have made from scraps and have stars! Can you tell that I am not afraid of using colour? Oh... I have made quilts with vintage sheets too. And I do like visiting thrift stores. I even found original Flea Market Fancy in thrift stores twice!!!!!!! I almost fainted the first time.
I quilt all my quilts myself. I have a Janome Memory Craft 7700. I seriously love my sewing machine. I use it a lot and I must confess that I actually broke my quarter inch foot the other day. And a needle. But that is another story!
Favourite quilting tip: Use good thread. Hera markers are awesome. Be careful with your rotary cutter. I cut my finger badly this past summer. Eek!
Favourite Quilting Book: I have to say that as a go to book, Elizabeth Hartman's book The Practical Guide to Patchwork is fabulous. Her blog is awesome too.
Favourite Fabric?: I cannot pick one. I love Flea Market Fancy. I love Martha Negley and Kaffe Fasset's in your face florals. I am currently crushing on Violet Craft's Madrona Road. I love that fabric line. I adore the whimsy of Heather Ross. I rarely use a "fabric line" in a quilt as I tend to pick and chose what I like rather than stick with a line.
Here is the fun part! Thank you so much for stopping by! Sew Sisters is sponsoring a lovely giveaway in celebration of Blogathon Canada! Can you see what is in the picture? Squeal! There are 6-1 metre cuts of Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush!!!!!! That is 6 metres of fabric!
How to win? Just leave a comment! How about you tell me what the weather is like where you are today? If you are a follower, old or new, you get a second chance! It is that easy.
Please, please, please make sure that you are not a a no-reply blogger! If you are, you will have to include your email address so I can chase you down if you win. This giveaway will be open until tomorrow at 4 pm PST. When I come home from school, I will randomly pick a winner!
Edited to say: The contest is now closed! thank you so much to everyone who has entered!
As part of the blogathon, I have a lovely list of other bloggers from BC! Please take the time to stop over and visit them. I have to say that we have a lot of talented quilty people out there in Beautiful BC! And keep hopping this week because there are more giveaways each day! Pop on over to Felicity's today too!
Grace and Favour
Pins & Bobbins
Susan Being Snippy
Terry Aske Art Quilt Studio