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Ladner Quilt Walk and Classic Car Show

Yesterday was the Ladner 2015 Quilt Walk and Classic Car show hosted by the Ladner Business Association. All of downtown was overrun with cars, quilts and people! I so did not take enough photos. One of our family members had a vehicle on display. I found a new quilt shop that I need to check out. Can’t wait until next year, wonder what the rules are for entering…

2015 Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop

It’s time once again for the Western Washington shop hop! Unfortunately due to scheduling I was only able to attend one day, so I only got the stores between Lynden and Mt Vernon. Best part of course is collecting the squares with my son, we really need to make a scrappy quilt out of those! Lots of neat stuff to see, hopefully next year my husband’s big EMP event won’t conflict with the weekend…

MGQ – Speaker Patricia Belyea

This month the Moonlight Quilters Guild had returning guest speaker Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts visit us in Bellingham, WA. Patricia is known for importing and quilting with Yukata cottons. If you ever get a chance to visit her studio/store in Seattle it is defiantly a treat!

I’ve meet Patricia a number of times over the year and I love how she combines Yukata fabrics with modern quilting cottons. This time she spoke on “When a Quilt is More Than a Quilt,” stories about her commissions experience creating quilts using clothing from loved ones. It chronicled the processes of designing the quilts, working with her clients and dealing with the failing health of her mother.

Photographed by Linda St Andre, Moonlight Quilters Guild
Photographed by Linda St Andre, Moonlight Quilters Guild

I was very pleased to have her speak at our guild. I always love her stories and humor, as well as her modern take on quilting. Hopefully one of these days I can make it out to one of her retreats or workshops!

This month I did have one lonely friendship block to turn in…


Happy stitching!

Stumbled Upon a Quilt Show…

We were traveling through Oregon on our way to Mount Shasta in Northern California when of course I had stop SOMEWHERE at a quilt shop. I picked QuiltWorks in Bend (for the longest time I would miss type the URL and end up on their website instead of a certain pattern maker that I like…) as it was on our way and fit with the timing. Upstairs they had a small quit show, such a neat idea! So here are the photos from the one stop I managed to weasel out of my husband. Enjoy!

Visiting Alaska Pt. 1 – Skagway

My family trip to Alaska via the Disney Wonder was a very magical vacation!  Our first cruise and Disney has set the bar pretty high.  I had mapped out the local quilt shops, and our first stop was in Skagway.  Unfortunately my sister seemed to be having an allergic reaction to something.  Soon after departing on the boat she had to head back to the ship and see about medical attention.  We started some of our sightseeing, hitting the local tourist shops waiting for news from my sister.  I did peek in the store Quilt Alaska, hoping my sister would join me.  The kids were getting restless and we were directed to a local park where my sister ended up catching up with us.  After ditching the kids with my loving husband, I went back to the quilt shop and was able to take a more leisurely look around the shop.

Quilt Alaska Store in Skagway

Quilt Alaska Store in Skagway


Quilt Alaska had a great selection of local quilt patterns and assembled kits.  They also had some really amazing batiks that were both unique to Alaska and play well with any Pacific Northwest theme.  I picked up a fat quarter of otter batiks for my mom, her favorite animal, and collected a bunch of stuff for myself.

The Batiks I Bought


I really enjoyed looking at the cross stitch patterns from the Stitching Studio by Sue Coleman.  And being a fan of Sashiko the native interpretations were interesting, although I still prefer the kit I picked up in Hawaii by Sylvia Pippen.  The Delectable Dogsleds and the coordinating Batiks were my favorite, I ended up picking up some yardage.


I kept seeing these cute little pin cushions all over.


I also saw this cute Christmas ornament (at the Christmas Store, not at the quilt shop).


Unfortunately we never made it to the yarn shop… maybe next cruise!


Arizona Cactus Workshop

Two fabrics used to coordinate Arizona Cactus Table Topper
Asheligh’s Fabrics: Top – Batik Found on Shop Hop Bottom: Mushroom focus fabric!

On Monday my quilt guild had a workshop with Linda, a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor.  There were six of us in the workshop.  My sister joined us, coming up from Seattle the night before to stay with me.  She had confirmed she’d be able to join the class two weeks ago, we had discussed it during Shop Hop and she found a fabric and pattern while on the road.  We found a really cute owl fabric we wanted to use, but the store was so busy we couldn’t really get any help.

Two of Asheligh's Unit M
Two of Asheligh’s Unit M
Ash's Workspace
Ash’s Workspace

Then on July 5th she meet up with me at a quilt store in Seattle and we were able to figure out all her fabrics in one stop!  That is kind of a novelty, as I tend to have something pictured in my head and always have to shop multiple stores to find what I’m looking for.  She found this cute navy mushroom fabric and I helped her pick out some coordinating colors.  We spent last weekend finishing the cutting.  We completed most of it, except she needed to fussy cut the Mushrooms for the center spike so she didn’t have some upside down in the blocks.

Close up of Layer 1 completed Block
Close up of Layer 1 completed Block

So on Monday we worked on our units.  I had worked ahead, most of the individual units were complete I just needed the curved piecing instructions.  Between the Compass Rose and first Glacier Star classes taken previously with Linda the straight piecing was pretty straight forward.  I finished all of the outside units except a couple of Layer 2, and the inner quarter circle units except for about 16.  During the first part of the class I worked on some of the Friendship Blocks I had long overdue so I could turn them in for the meeting that evening.

My various units and completed blocks
My various units and completed blocks

It kinda worked out well, my sister had forgot her cutting mat and I forgot a long ruler so between the two of us we were able to share supplies.  I can’t imaging us fighting over my little cutting mat if we were trying to piece units!

Three blocks for the different layers
Three blocks for the different layers
Auditioning finished blocks to figure out fabric choice for background
Auditioning finished blocks to figure out fabric choice for background

When we broke for Dinner I had two completed blocks and was working on trimming all my units.  The two of us stayed to clean up/lock up the workshop while we waited for my sister’s fiancé to come pick her up and drop off my mom who was staying for a couple of days to help with Nathan while my husband was out of town for work.  Dinner was lovely, Anthony’s, but as we were seated I got a call from my husband saying he left his keys at home and he and Nathan were locked out of the house.  Not the best day for this to happen (is there ever a best day?) as my guild meetings usually last until 8:30 and taking my mom across the border was a 90 min wait at that time.  He was at a neighbours, it would be a long night for the little guy (and the hubby too!).

Showing off our blocks at the guild meeting - Photograph
Showing off our blocks at the guild meeting – Photograph  Linda St Andre

We finished out at the guild meeting, might as well sit and look at pretty quilts instead of the lineup at the border.  We showed off our blocks, I ended up holding up one for the lady to my left as her clothing didn’t contrast well.  I’m in the orange in the center, my sister is on the far left.

Catching Up on Some Sew-time

I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve gotten behind on my MQG friendship blocks.  Some of these I’ve had since April.  Now that we got past Nathan’s Birthday and family visiting I’ve had some time to work on blocks for some of my fellow quilters.


This one was an easy strip of batiks sewn onto a muslin foundation.


I thought this one was charming, a Chinese Magic quilt block.  The fabrics were provided.  I got to practice partial seams with this one.


A request for a simple 9-patch of browns… I didn’t have a lot of variety in my brown tones in my stash, guess I need to go shopping!  However, I did have a bunch of charm pack samplers from Connecting Threads and was able to mix those in with my batiks.


These may not look like much, but they are blocks for the quilt pattern Plain Spoken from The Modern Quilt Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.  When I picked up this block request in May I didn’t know who Weeks & Bill were.  I recently watched their class on Craftsy and saw Weeks talk about the quilt (made entirely of solids).  I had a double take when I pulled out the block later that afternoon, and there was a picture of the quilt!  I had a good laugh, my husband looked at me funny.  The strip on the bottom block appears red but it is actually a dark coral color.

Hopefully I can get through the last four before Monday’s Guild meeting!  I also have some prep work to finish for one of Linda’s Judy Niemeyer classes I’m taking that morning.

2014 Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop

The WWQSHP started on Wednesday.  I wasn’t in *love* with the fabric this year.  When I first saw the images on line all I could think of was “yuck”.  I was visiting with Deb of the Quiltmakers Shoppe in Arlington when one of her patrons brought in a shirt using the main fabric for her to try on, it was destined to be a sample and also something for her to wear to promote the fabric before the big weekend and the fabric was starting to grown on me.

My sister came up to crash at our place Tuesday night, we had PLANED to be at the first stores in Lynden at 9 AM when they opened on Wednesday.  Unfortunately the car gods had other plans.  While packing up the car (oh, I forgot to mention the big EMP camping event started on Wednesday as well) we noticed a liquid leaking out of her car.  We thought it was a defrosting of the air conditioner.  In the morning my husband checked  and there was a big puddle under the car.  Checking the fluids he told us we needed to pick up some coolant, the reservoir was bone dry, and that we needed to do it right away.  So our first stop was to the gas station to buy overpriced coolant.  Turns out that there were actually two reservoirs and we probably could’ve made it just fine.

We stopped at the 3 stores in Lynden and 2 in Bellingham and thought things were back on track.  Then south of Bellingham we hit construction traffic, parking lot on the freeway.  We were also low on gas.  Pulling off at the one gas station I tried to ask the woman behind the counter about the side streets to see if we could circumvent the highway, but she had no idea about the local roads.  How the heck do you work at a convenience store/gas station?

Luckily the guy at the pump next to us was local and convinced us to take the road along the lake.  It was a much nicer drive.   By then we stopped for lunch, oh and did I mention we had Nathan with us?  After lunch we decided to hit Mt. Vernon and go out to Oak Harbour and Freeland, two stores I missed last year.  They still had last year’s blocks available so I’m glad we went that route.  I also found the most adorable quilt kit from a line out of London called “Simply Gorjuss”.  The shop owner was telling us how this is really big throughout the UK, there’s even dolls and bags of the character.  My sister and I each got a kit in the different colorways.

Things went a lot smoother after that, we saw a bunch of shops and I got tons of ideas.  I’m sorry I don’t have a lot of photos I can share as I don’t know if I can post them.  I do, however, have a picture of my sister at the furthest shop we went to on Day 2, Port Angeles.  Funny thing was Google Maps sent us dead into the middle of a State Park.

Although the fabric wasn’t as fun as last year, we had a good time.  If the Shop Hop hadn’t coincided with the EMP event we would’ve tried for more stores.  I did get a fair amount of hand quilting done on the wall hanging, and we have a plan on how to tackle the stores next year.

Between the two events, I’m pretty beat!