Friday, January 23, 2015

Keystone Quilts & Canadian Quilt Talk

Brandy Lynn hosts Canadian Quilt Talk on her Explore Fibre blog every week.  This week she interview Leslie Gislason of Keystone Quilts in Winnipeg about starting up her business. You might here another familiar name or two during the interview :)!

Leslie just launched a new website for her store located in Winnipeg.  Check it out at


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Show and Tell

There was a nice but of show and tell at our January Meeting.

 Sherry's blue scrappy string quilt.

Beth's thread catcher.

Gloria and her star block.

Genny and some cute seasonal table runners.

Genny made this one with the fat quarter she received at the Christmas party exchange.  Can you believe the red focus fabric was just one fat quarter?  We were all amazed!  Genny will be teaching this runner as the program for our February meeting.

Reneta has been busy!  Here are a few of the projects she still had on hand.

Reneta had also given away two tree skirts and this Quarter Sections quilt.

And I had my Alpine Wonder wall hanging and my sister in law's sampler to show.

Remember that is you have show and tell that couldn't make it to a meeting, I am happy to post pictures if you send me one!

I have come across a new online Canadian quilt store that offers free shipping on all orders - no minimums.  Check them out here.

I have noticed that a few of you have started using Bloglovin' to follow some blogs.  Here are a couple more to check out:

My dear friend Kathy at Tamarack Shack
Michelle at mmm quilts
Amy at Free Motion Quilting Adventures

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Blogs for Inspiration!

I thought I would post a few highlights from the discussion we had about the easiest way to follow blogs and learn new things and be inspired.  If you run into any problems feel free to give me a call or drop me an email.  The more you play the easier it all becomes!

Leaving comments on blogs:  My recommendation was signing up for a Google Account.    Once you have that set up you can go to and check your profile settings to make sure you have the "show my email address" box checked.  You should then easily be able to leave comments on blogs and hear back from the blogger.  If you want to test your settings, leave a comment on this post and I will reply to you - I promise!

A great time saving invention that I talked about was Bloglovin - this reader checks for new content on your favorite sites, so you don't have to go to each site and check individually.  Go to and sign up for an account, and then start adding your favorite blogs.  It will take a little bit of playing to get used to the features on the site, but it is well worth it!

One thing I forgot to point out is that many blog owners have a handy little button on the side of their blogs that makes following them as easy as one click of your mouse!  Look for something like this along the side of the blogs:

I will start you off with a few sites that I think you will enjoy:

  1. - Lori quilts on a domestic machine and has loads of tutorials.  (I am sorry you wasted the rest of your afternoon checking out all her wonderful content!)
  2.  - Wendy also quilts on a domestic machine and her work is fabulous.
Cheri shared these links with me:
  1. - this is new to me, but looks interesting.
  2. - another site Cheri enjoys, and she found the link to the block pattern that Gloria showed us.

If you are interested in trying it for yourself, the free pattern is there to download.

And one more great thing that Vanda shared with me.  She finished and donated 2 lap quilts from the donated panels that we had.  Way to go Vanda!  (Maybe I will get mine done for next year!)

If you have show and tell that can't make it to a meeting, or a blog you would like me to share please drop me an email!