Blogathon Canada 2014 is Coming!

Are you ready? Blogathon Canada is Coming! 

Hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop in Toronto, Canada, Blogathon Canada is an annual blogging event that showcases the talented quilters in the Great White North. There are host bloggers for each province, and the host blogger will have links to blogs in their province for hoppers to visit. Not only can you find some great local blogs to follow, there are also some great prizes in store as well! Each host will have a giveaway of goodies generously provided by Sew Sisters and the sponsors of Blogathon Canada: Aurifil Threads, Northcott Fabrics, and Robert Kaufman Fabrics. How awesome! Today as well Camelot and Timeless Treasures also have come forward as sponsors for Blogathon Canada! Even MORE awesomeness!!

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This is the third year of Sew Sisters hosting Blogathon Canada. Last year I had a great time as one of the hop-to blogs, and this year I am happy to be a host. I am all for anything that supports Quilting in Canada! If you would like to participate, just email Sew Sisters: connect@sew-sisters.com

Now without further ado…

The Hosts:

Monday, November 17

BC Stacey Stacey in Stitches (thats me!)

Monday, November 17

BC Jessica

Momiji Studio

Tuesday, November 18

Maritimes Linda Scrapmaster

Tuesday, November 18

Maritimes Linda

Stitch Lines

Wednesday, November 19

AB

Kelsey Everyday Fray

Wednesday, November 19

AB

Leanne

She Can Quilt
Thursday, November 20

SK

Heather Peace.Love.Quilt
Thursday, November 20

MB

Lori Night Owl Quilting
Friday, November 21

QC

Josée The Charming Needle
Friday, November 21

Territories

Janet Caribou Crossing Chronicles
Saturday, November 22

ON

Lorna 

Sew Fresh Quilts
Saturday, November 22 ON

Sandy

Upstairs Hobby Room

 

See you all here on November 17!

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Blogathon Canada Wrapup

Today was the last day of Sew Sisters Blogathon Canada week. I hope everyone had fun checking out new Canadian bloggers andentered for some great giveaways.  I know I added a few new blogs to my inbox and a few more projects to my one-day list. I really should write that down but it might scare me.

I spent the last week making reuable coffee sleeves, quilting, and madley sewing owl ornaments. Yep, I did it….again…….

I know, I said never again. But I didn’t really mean it. 😉

I also spent time reading the first of hopeful many installments of Anne from Play Crafts wonderful Color Chat series.  It was very inspiring and informative and I hope she continues. I also like looking at all her pretty fabric and wishing I could spend an hour in her sewing room….

How did you spend Blogathon Week?

 

Stacey

Blogathon Canada Day!

Welcome Everyone from the Blogathon Canada Blog Hop!!
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My name is Stacey, and I live in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I have been blogging here for just over a year now. I love to quilt, and Paper piecing stars and compasses are my favorite. I am a founding member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, and I love it! I am a self-described Hybrid Quilter, not fully traditional, not fully modern, but fully a quilter! I love to write patterns, and I work as an X-Ray Technologist to support my quilting addiction.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

I am so excited to share my newest quilt with everyone- Sherbert At The Beach!

Sherbert at the Beach

Sherbert at the Beach

Sherbert at the Beach is my Michael Miller Cotton Couture Challenge quilt. I gets its name from a memory of the summer, when I took my little guy to the beach on a hot day. We had ice cream and it dripped all over the sand, too fast for us to catch it. It was a great day that I will always remember. When the challenge was announced at the August guild meeting the bright, citrus palette immediately brought the idea of bright fruity sherbert to mind and the memory of that day. Having only worked with Kona solids at that point, the Michael Miller Cotton Couture was a pleasant change for me. I like the texture and the weight of the fabric. It is almost a voile weight. Very light, easy to sew.  I chose a  Free Spirit Designer Solid in Sandstone as by background color to keep the colors popping without looking like a neon sign. I also used it for the backing and binding, and threw my extra blocks onto the back. WHAT?! A Pieced back you say! That’s right, I finally did it!

The quilt consists of 16 Disappearing Nine Patch blocks. Those were a lot of fun to make once I got over the fact that I was technically making each block twice. I chose random color placements and some I even cut off-center for some variety. Overall it worked out great and this quilt is probably the most truly modern thing I have ever made.

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Quilting Detail

I chose an overall meandering square design for the quilting. I saw the design used by Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting some weeks ago, and I immediately thought if it when I was preparing to quilt.  I free motion quilted mine however, and getting those points perfect takes some practice! Not all the lines are perfectly straight, which I think gives it a great organic feel. I used a YLI Coated Cotton Quilting thread in Rose  for the top and Mettler Metrosene for the bobbin. The balance between the two threads was amazing and you cannot see the colored thread on the back.

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YLI Coated Cotton Thread in Rose

I was very impressed with the thread. I was afraid that the weight combined with the coating would not go over well, but it is specially made for machine quilting, which definitely shows when you are quilting. I highly recommend trying some out!

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Quilting Detail

Thank you everyone for for coming over for a visit! There will be lots of exciting things happening here at Stacey in Stitches over the next few months, so feel free to follow along!

As promised, here is the free pattern I promised you all! Some of you may recall the Quilted Clock I made for my FLiRTS swap partner. There was enough interest to turn that clock into a pattern. Enjoy!

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Happy Stitching,

Stacey

Blogathon Canada is Coming!

I am pleased to announce that Blogathon Canada 2013 is coming! Next weeks kicks off a celebration of Canadian Bloggers, hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. Whats even better is that my friend and president of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, Holly, will be the a host blogger for BC! Woot Woot!

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On November 18th, head on over to Holly’s Red Bike  for all the Blogathon Awesomeness! There are links to all the local BC bloggers (yours truly included), there will be giveaways and prizes, and if you haven’t seen Holly’s Rainbow Girl Quilt, you are missing out!!

I will be sharing a new quilt and a surprise pattern for a past project. Can you guess what it is?? Hint: tick…..

I look forward to seeing you all here on November 18th!

Happy Stitching!

 

Stacey