Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sporty Tutorials for CQT Podcast # 34

Hey everyone, 

Here are the links to all of the tutorials I mentioned in today's podcast. There are so many great ideas out there in cyberspace if you just take the time to surf around. 


 The 10 Minute Table Runner by My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe

The Carrying Casserole by The Crafty Gemini

Crafting Fabric Bowls at Home by Mitchell Crisp

Pillow Case with a Hidden Seams by Aimee at

Quick And Easy Fleece Blanket by Nancy’s Notions

How to Make a Coat Hanger Rag Wreath by Rustic Pig Designs

One Hour Jelly Roll Quilt by the Missouri Quilt Company

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Episode 034 Canadian Quilt Talk - Team Spirit!

From no-sew tied blankets, to table runners, pillows and team-spirited quilts, Brandy will give you her top ten projects to bring a little team love into your home for the big game night event. 

Check out this episode!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday Preview - CQT Episode 34

Quilting up SomeTeam Spirit!

Have you been absolutely glued to the television these past 2 weeks for the Olympics? I have had so much fun watching and cheering. I've watched full events again and again just for the sheer joy of the victory. Canada did so well in so many sports (especially hockey an curling)!

Sports Memory Pillow
But whatever country you're from, there have been so many amazing moments. We've had fun staying up late, getting up in the wee hours of the morning and just having all around family parties to enjoy the events. 

Join me this week for Episode # 34 of Canadian Quilt Talk 
as I explore the fun you can have Quilting up Some Team Spirit! 

From no-sew tied blankets, to placemats, pillows and quilts, I'll chat about ways you can add a bit of team spirit to your home for that game night event. 

Kristy's Quilt Book Cover! 
And don't forget about the Kristy's Quilt Project! We are almost half way to our goal, but there's a long way to go. Thank you so much to every single one of you who has backed the project and shared it with your friends. Please continue to spread the word in any way you can. You are my cheering squad and the best way to get the word out! I'm so proud to be able to share this heartwarming story with little quilters-to-be all over the world. 

And now for the winner of our weekly Quilter's Corner…

Congratulations to  Susan McEachern who submitted a story about teaching one grandson to quilt and then another…  Susan has won a fat quarter bundle from the huge shipment I just received from "Northcott - Cottons that feel like silk!"  I'll just close my eyes and grab one, so it will be a surprise!

Would you like to win one of these fat quarter bundles? Send me your story! 

And if you are absolutely loving all these FREE podcasts, fibre art videos and prize giveaways, then please support the Kristy's Quilt Project today. 

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Episode 033 Canadian Quilt Talk - Fabric Dye Basics

Join me this week as I talk about the basics of dyeing fabric, from the tools and supplies you'll need to get started, to dye methods and caring for your fabric before using it in a quilt. 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday Preview CQT Episode 33

Fabric Dyeing - The Basics

Have you always admired the gorgeous hand dyed fabrics you see online and in quilt shops, but never ventured into making some yourself? Join me this week for Episode # 33 of Canadian Quilt Talk as I explore the basics of fabric dyeing. We'll talk about the tools you need, some simple techniques and how to care for your fabric once it's dyed. 

And the Kristy's Quilt Project is well underway. Thank you so much to every single one of you who has backed the project. But we've only just begun. Now's the time to share, share, share! Be sure to tell your friends how easy it is to take part! And contact me if you're interested in having me as a guest blogger. I can also send you a template of little info cards to print to hand out to your guild or even just a group of friends. I'm so proud to be able to share this heartwarming story with little quilters-to-be all over the world. 

Kristy's Quilt Book Cover! 
And speaking of sharing quilting with a younger generation - now for the winner of our weekly Quilter's Corner…

Congratulations to Amy Reitzl  who submitted a sweet little story about how she learned to quilt from her mom and the sweet connection they still have to this day. Amy has won this gorgeous hand dyed gift package by
 Susan Purney Mark. 

Colour Play by Susan Purney Mark 
Love to learn new techniques but can't get to a workshop or lesson? Learn online with one of Canada's foremost quilting teachers! Susan Purney Mark's workshops are available as multi-lesson videos and printed material for you to watch and learn. You can see them at your own pace, download them for future reference or take notes with a cup of coffee beside you! Learn Online at

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Gorgeous iPhone 4 case

Have I told you all about this great deal I found on eBay? It's called a "Luxury Quilted Leather Chrome Case" but I'll tell you right off the bat, it's a plastic faux leather case for decoration only, but I love mine. I was searching around for a new iPhone case and came across this quilted one for so cheap I thought it was too good to be true. Especially since the shipping was free.

The grand total came to $2.98 CDN including shipping! I double checked that it said iPhone 4S which is the one I have and that it shipped to Canada, which is where I live and it all seemed good. So I just clicked on BUY IT NOW to see what would happen.

What's the catch? Well, it took about 22 days to ship, but for FREE? I could handle that and when it arrived I was quite happy. I ordered red and I love it. Another thing I didn't realize was that it is just plastic, not chrome as it states in the description, and it's some kind of faux leather or vinyl, but it still looks very nice. Also, I have dropped it once and it is not a protective cover by any means. I was lucky that my phone didn't crack. The silver plastic case cracked slightly, but is hardly noticeable.

So I have ordered 2 more in black and blue pictured so I can change them as I wish and since I cracked the red one I figure it will not last forever. Here's the link if you want to give it a try. I still have to say though that when I read through the ratings for this seller they were great, but any complaints were all about shipping problems. So there is a small risk.

I'll let you know when my next 2 cases arrive in 3 weeks. LOL. If you want to give it a try here's the link to the eBay seller. It's not an auction - just an eBay store, so you can buy it any time.

New Luxury Quilted Leather Chrome Case Cover Skin For Apple iPhone 4 4G 4Gs 4S

Just another quilty thing that I love!

Kristy's Quilt on Kickstarter - UPDATE

Kristy's Quilt is live on KICKSTARTER and now's the time to SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. We have had such a great commitment from backers in the first few days, but we have a long way to go to reach our goal.

I can't even tell you how much I appreciate those of you who have backed the project already. And if you're not sure how to back the project, it's so easy. Here's what to do...

  1. Got to Kristy's Quilt on Kickstarter
  2. Simply click on the green "back this project" button. 
  3. You will be asked to enter a pledge amount and select a reward tier. 
  4. You will be asked to enter your credit card information or Amazon account info. 
And that's all there is to it. Thank you so much for hopping on board! And if you have already backed the project then now it's time to SHARE! Here's what you can do…
  1. Think of friends who have a little child in their life and let them know.
  2. Email the link out to all of your quilting friends, or friends with children or grandkids.
  3. Put little Kickstarter/Kristy's Quilt notes on the tables at your quilting guild.
  4. Write a blog post, send links to your yahoo groups, and share on Facebook and Twitter.
  5. AND BEST OF ALL have a coffee with friends and share by word of mouth. 
Thank you so much for your participation in the project! I can't wait to keep you updated on the progress. 

Dream Big and Work Hard in the Studio with Canadian Quilt Talk!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Stellar Students!

I had so much fun today teaching the Bijoux Landscapes Workshop. The technical side of things is going so well now in the webinars and I am learning more each month. And, as always, I invite my students to send me photos of their finished pieces. They often start trickling into my inbox a few days, weeks or even months later depending on the size of the project. But once in a while I get a student who must finish what they start before they start something else, and with grand style! Sometimes I wish I had that personal standard. 

Here's the first picture sent in today already by Thelma Newbury of Surrey, BC and she has done a great job. Her hand turned appliqué rolling hills are featured in a complimentary green/purple colour scheme and look so sweet in the little oval matte. I love the shimmering sun feature and the grassy fibres with the tiniest little stitched trees on the mountain. Great job Thelma! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Episode 032 Canadian Quilt Talk - Valentine Special

Tune in this week for 10 last minute ideas for quilty Valentine's gifts for you kids, your friends, or your spouse. And don't miss the big launch of the Kristy's Quilt project!

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THE BIG LAUNCH - Kristy's Quilt

Well, I'm not sure whether I've even slept these past few days, but the campaign is set up, the guest blogs are written, the newspaper article comes out today, the radio spots are queued, the Valentine's podcast is out and I'm about to hit the Kristy's Quilt Kickstarter LAUNCH button at midnight tonight!

So many of you have been following along and patiently waiting and I thank you so much for your encouragement and support! Whether you are a midnight owl, or an early morning riser, you can log in to KICKSTARTER after midnight to get the early bird backer special for $20 and help us build some momentum to reach our goal. Funds from the backers will go to pay for the illustrator and production costs like layout, cover design, printing, shipping and other backer rewards.

The entire goal of this project is to get Kristy's Quilt into the hands and hearts of children everywhere. Some say quilting is an old time pastime, but I disagree. We can share quilting with a younger generation so they appreciate the effort that goes into making a quilt and we can open the door to emerging young quilters for years to come. Back the project and share your love of quilting with a child today…anytime after midnight that is!

Go to KICKSTARTER and search Kristy's Quilt after midnight tonight. The campaign runs for one month starting on Feb. 14th and ends on March 15th at midnight Pacific time.

For more information about the Kristy's Quilt project right now, you can check out the Tuesday Preview Kristy's Quilt blog post, or the Kristy's Quilt Podcast episode # 27.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday Preview CQT Episode 32

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! 

Join me this week for Episode # 32 of Canadian Quilt Talk as I explore quilty surprises and Valentine's Day! I'll explore 10 last minute Valentine's gifts for your husbands, your kids and your friends. I have so much fun with holiday themes, and this week is no exception. I am super excited about this Valentine's Day in particular because I'll be launching the Kristy's Quilt Picture Book Campaign on Kickstarter. I can't believe it is finally here and we are all set to go! Thank you so much to every single one of you who have sent me emails, messages and told me in person that you can't wait to back the project to get your copy of the book. And some of you are not even quilters so that just tells me that everyone loves a heartwarming bedtime story.

Kristy's Quilt Book Cover! 
Here is the debut of the cover design and I hope you are all getting as excited about it as I am. My goal is to publish the book and get it into the hands of children to share quilting with a younger generation. Not to mention you'll be sharing a bedtime story with someone you love. Please support the project on Valentine's Day! I'll be flooding you with more information over the next few days, so there's no way you'll miss out on participating in this exciting month long project.

And now for the winner of our weekly Quilter's Corner…

Congratulations to Tricia Sherman who submitted a story about seeing red…and not Valentine's Day red…more like blood red, so listen in to hear her story. Tricia has won 2 gorgeous patterns by some very special designers indeed, who, like me, have a soft spot in their hearts for Quilts of Valour.


Joan E. Smith has a blog called Quiltsmith's Blog and her business serves all your quilting needs including professional long arm quilting and fibre art.

Wanda Milankov has a great website called Wanda's Designs and her business offers quilting patterns, custom quilts and workshops.

These 2 gorgeous patterns are available by contacting them and both of these generous women give a donation to Quilts of Valour with each pattern sold. If you can't find them easily just message or email me and I'll link you up so you can purchase a copy of their pattern.

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Episode 031 Canadian Quilt Talk - Mito Quilts of Hope Project

Join us this week as we create awareness for Mitochondrial disease and learn about the Mito Quilts of Hope Project founded by Christine Knox. 

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday Preview CQT Episode 31

CQT 31 - Mito Quilts of Hope

This week's podcast episode is all about the Mito Quilts of Hope project founded by Christine Knox. The purpose of the “Quilts of Hope” project is to raise public awareness of Mitochondrial Disease by educating talented quilters about the disease through a project that results in wonderful quilts for patients. 

They are challenging quilters to take on a "green" theme to symbolize the disease. You can register and find all of the guidelines on the Mito Quilts of Hope website

This heartwarming project has attracted the attention of a documentary filmmaker Brian Barnard who will be launching an Indiegogo campaign to fund the film called More Faces of Mitochondrial Disease in the spring. 
And there's a great support project coming up for Mitochondrial awareness as well! 

Have you ever had the notion that you would like to just stay in bed all day? Well Mito Canada is having a Stay in Bed Day Fundraising Campaign

"Stay in Bed and don’t feel guilty. No, we are not kidding. We want you to stay in bed and it’s all for a worthy cause – to raise funds for research into mitochondrial disease. “Mito” is an incurable, debilitating disease that robs the body’s cells of energy and can lead to multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death.

How long you spend in bed is up to you. You collect pledges to support MitoCanada while you rest and relax, cuddle up with a good book, watch a movie or talk on the phone to someone special. Or maybe you do the opposite and organize a pyjama party with friends, enjoy breakfast and later a movie. Hold a bed relay so the bed is never empty! The ideas are endless.
Contact MitoCanada for your opportunity to join thousands of others during February and March 2014 and Stay in Bed!" 
You can make a quilt, stay in bed, make a donation, or simply get educated about mitochondrial disease and spread the word. 
Talk to you Thursday!