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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Maple Tree's ...I can't resist

I just wanted to share some pictures of the Maple Tree's near our studio, that were so beautiful this fall....all changing to their impressive fall oranges, rusts and reds and greens.  The pictures just don't do them justice.

These are just a few of the more than 30 maples on the property....

Friday, 20 February 2015

Dinosaurs...and more dinosaurs

Sorry picture is not as clear as I would have liked.

"Dinosaurs" lap quilt is done!

I was collecting pieces of fabric while on a road tip, on route to a retreat with the girls, when I found this fabric in Penticton, BC ( and fell in love with the "dinosaurs' on it....

this was just the beginning...

next I purchased some "solid" fabrics at the next store in Summerland, BC ( and off to the retreat we went.

When I got to the retreat, i just let the fabrics "speak to me," and started to create.

black fabric solid - yes black - it just needed that foundation / separation of color so thank goodness the retreat was in a fabric store! Yup, that's right in Armstrong, BC (

Let me just say that was the BEST, BEST place to have a retreat!!!!  Yes, I am "yelling" BEST BEST BEST - a full line of fabulous fabrics at your disposal.  If you don't have it Klia does!  She was an awesome host!

I got the top finished at the retreat, (along with some UFO's finished). All in all it was a marvelous retreat.
Okay, back on topic, everyone loves dinosaurs, right!  Well, I do!

I wanted to use the main dinosaur print as my main focus, and added to here it is.

I have been teaching myself how to do free motion quilting on my Janome 7700 domestic machine, which can be challenging and requires lots, and lots, and did I say lots of practicing.

Sorry pictures are not the need a new camera.

I tried to create egg pods, waves, and circles (pebbles), okay these do take some practicing, which I will continue to do.

I did a simple, my version of a soft cross hatch type design on the dinosaurs center fabric, and tried a variety of patterns on the various rows...hopefully you can see what i was trying to accomplish.

Hope you like it