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Saturday, August 23, 2014

 Can't believe it is getting towards the end of August and I haven't posted any pictures to my blog!  Where have I been and what have I been doing?
Had company for 8 days and also had grandsons here for a few days. They requested green waffles so that is what they got - and, they ate them!

We made a trip to the Hood River area, border of WA and OR states and my good friend Dee took me to a lovely quilt shop called ETC.  I found some border fabric for my metallic challenge from the FVModern Guild.  Now the challenge was due last April and it isn't supposed to be this large, BUT, it will get finished.

This is another challenge from the FVMG that is more current and not due until September (I think?) and it will be done on time.   We had six fat quarters to work with and I added in more to create this simple quilt.

I will be putting together some Hug Mugs for Quilts of Valour.  Buy a mug for $5 and you will get the instructions and fabric to make a block plus the mug.  The block is then sent back to QOV for inclusion in quilts that will be made, using blocks from across Canada.  The blocks must be made from Northcott's Oh Canada line of fabric and the quilts are called "Hugs Across the Nation".  Quilts are given to injured soldiers or wounded warriors.  The fabrics in this line are really quite fabulous and are definitely Canadian.  Northcott has been printing the Oh Canada fabrics for three years and each year they continue to co-ordinate with each other.

This is a red and white wall hanging/table topper that I made as a sample for a kit for Hamel's Fabrics in Chilliwack.  Really simple pattern that goes together fairly quickly and would be stunning to show your Canadian spirit.  Would also look fabulous in fall colours.

I forgot to take a picture of the original rag quilt I made for Hamel's last month.  It is a child's size quilt out of the same fabrics.  This is a small rag quilt for a cat/dog/doll made from the leftovers of the original quilt.   

This quilt is called Coastal Bliss and was originally the shop hop blocks from the Vancouver Island shop hop.  Hamel's will have the entire top in a kit form including all the blocks and the finishing fabrics and directions.  Warning that this quilt will not be easy to put together for beginner quilters but if you can follow directions, you will be able to put it together.  It does require some partial seams and making a freezer paper template but the instructions are very detailed and specific.  The designer is Canadian and this is truly a West Coast quilt.  The fabrics are batiks and are very aboriginal and coastal in their designs.

So, not any real finishes so far in August but have accomplished a few things in my limited sewing time!

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