My name is Leatina and I live in Calgary with my fiancé GeoDad, and kids Monkey (2 and half years old) and (LB 14 months old). I started quilting when I was pregnant with Monkey, prior to that I had been super busy working in camp situations and found that I was suddenly at home ALL the time with not much going on. Since having the kids we have moved from Whitehorse down to Calgary to be closer to family, after moving to Calgary I found a job working part time at a local quilt shop, which is pretty fun.
Over the summer I made a large throw quilt as a wedding gift for my brother, it took a ton of time and it is the quilt I the most proud of. All the background is heavily quilted with organic straight lines to give it a woodgrain vibe (my brother lays hardwood for a living) and the circles are definitely my sister-in-law's style. The pattern is from Cynthia at Ahhh Quilting.
My taste in quilts is definitely leaning towards the modern, but I love the complexity of some traditional blocks. Which brings me to my current WIPs:
Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt:
I have been stalled on this for over month while I have been working on baby quilt in super slow motion, but I really do plan to get back to soon. I am loving working with the yellow-pink-orange color scheme and I think this is destined to be a twin size quilt for Monkey.
EPP Hexagon Project:
I won't elaborate on this today, as I did a big post on it last week. But here are the quick stats and a few photos. 364 colored hexagons, basted and sewn into flowers. 1100 white-on-white hexagons basted. 3 rows sewn together, and a layout that is totally not a traditional Grandmother's Garden.
|Some have called me crazy, I call it persistent and determined (~1000 white-on-white hexies in storage).|
I am making this for my best friend who is expecting her first child in January, the fabric was passed along to me from a co-worker who had already made 3 quilts with it. I added a bit, in the way of sashing and a little extra of some of the fabrics. Right now I am quilting it, but its not going very quick. Monkey doesn't mind hanging out while I piece quilts because she can sit next to me at my desk, but once I'm quilting there isn't room for her.
|Just stitching in the ditch so far. Not sure what else I might add to it.|
Other odds and ends:
I have small problem, I have too many ideas and not enough time to figure them out. I have been doing a bit of pattern drafting in AutoCad360 (which is free online autocad and I am a big fan so far). It doesn't have all the functions that a full version of AutoCad does, but it is working for me right now. I have visions of a math quilt with blocks like this:
|My first attempt at paper piecing, and I did it all with random bits of jelly roll strips.|
So maybe once I get done the baby quilt, and finish Christmas presents for my niece and kids, and hem some curtain panels (ugh, hemming is no fun, but my living room would look so much better). Maybe then I will get back to the Farmer's Wife Quilt and continue doing drafting... maybe I will get organized and make my first pattern to share with others in the new year.
Feel free to poke around my blog to see what else I have done. Thanks so much for stopping by on the Alberta portion of the blog tour.