Friday, May 22, 2015

Our last full day in Montreal

Today was quilt fabric shopping day. We bought a day pass for the Metro (subway) and went looking for quilt shops. The first shop we found was a fabric store with thousands of bolts of any kind of fabric you could think of. I purchased some really nice cottons that I could use.  We decide to walk down Ste Hubert St to window shop all the beautiful stores. It turned out to be all bridal or grad dresses but we enjoyed them anyway. 

We found a quilt shop along the way but I didn't like the choice of fabric so we decided to stop for a coffee and then go back to the first store. We got back on the bus and Lynda had forgotten the bags at the coffee shop. She hopped off and I continued on and bought more fabric, of course. 

We then took the metro back down to old Montreal so we could spend our last day there. It was very cold again today so after a late lunch we took the metro back to our hotel. 

We are packed ready for tomorrow and having a quiet night and will be on our way home in the morning. 


Thursday, May 21, 2015


We arrived in Monteal on Tuesday and got settled into our hotel then went out to get in touch with our surroundings. After dinner we scoped out what we would be doing the next day. We were chased out of beds at 6 am by construction vehicles under our window. We complained and got a bigger room in a quieter area of the hotel.  After a light breakfast we decided to go on the hop on hop off bus. We stayed on for a full circuit and nearly froze it was so cool here. We went back to the hotel and put on extra clothes so we would be comfortable for the rest of the day. 

We got back on the bus and visited old Montreal, Bonsecour market and Notre dame de Bonsecour church one of the oldest churches in Montreal. We got back on the bus and walked through the village. Over the road that is a pedestrian walkway are thousands of pink balls strung across the road. 

Today we went to St Joseph's Oratory and walked to the lookout on Mount Royal. Years ago I used to go to these places on a regular basis when I lived in Montreal. At the lookout you can see most of Montreal and the centre thing is the library at McGill University which is a circular building. 

We have enjoyed some great meals including a Montreal smoked meat sandwich which Montreal is famous for.  Tomorrow we go looking for quilt shops. 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Our bus tour to Ste Anne de Beaupre

We rarely take a bus trip but decided this time that it was the best way to see the countryside and the shrine.  

We were picked up at our hotel and then dropped off at the Chateau Frontenac where we got on another bus to start our tour. We crossed the St. Lawrence river and took a mini tour of the Ille de Orleans.  The driver pointed out points of interest and some local history of the island. We had a small stop at a chocolatier for a cup of coffee and then started off again this time for Montmorency falls.  Lynda and I were lucky to be able to take the cable car up to the top of the falls.  I say that because when we got to the falls there were at least 80 people ahead of us wanting to get on the cable car. I don't think anyone else on our tour was as lucky as us. 

Our next stop was The Copper Art shop.  Albert Gilles was a very talented artist who worked in copper.  Lynda bought a pair of earrings with roosters made from copper. Mr Gilles also made the large copper doors at the Basilica of Ste Anne.  

We had one more stop and that was Chez Marie. Here they made homemade bread and cinnamon buns but the best part was the homemade maple butter that was spread on the delicacies. Our best lunch of the trip. 

Then it was on to Ste Anne de Beaupre. This is a beautiful Basilica that was rebuilt in 1923 because the previous one was burned down. In 1876, St Anne was proclaimed the patroness of the province of Quebec and that year the first basilica was built.  We spent about an hour here, just taking in the huge church. On our way back to the bus there was a small glass building with a sign "blessings" on it. We went in and an older priest was there and he blessed us.  It was a very moving experience. 

Now it was time to return to the city.  Our driver dropped us off back at our starting point. He could have taken us back to our hotel but it was a beautiful day so we decided to stay in old town and walk back to the hotel. After standing in line for ice cream we made our way back to the hotel. Tired and weary after an hours walk we were back. A late dinner and some reading finished our night. 


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Day two in Quebec

We slept in today so we started out around 10 o'clock. This morning we took the bus down to the Plains of Abraham. There is a lot of history here the most significant being the battle of the Plains of Abraham. It is a long stretch of land overlooking the river where Wolfe and Montcalm fought and Wolfe won the battle making Quebec part of The British empire and not part of France in 1759.  Now it is a beautiful park where you can stroll and take in the beautiful scenery. We then walked down to the old town but this time by a different route.  Because it is a holiday weekend in Canada there were a fair number of men dressed in period uniforms.  We of course had to have our pictures taken with several of them. 

We then climbed the St. Louis gate. The old city is actually a walled city with several gates in which to enter the city. It was steep but it was there so we climbed it.  

One of the great features of the city are the many lovely bistros where you can enjoy a nice lunch and a brew.  After lunch we walked back to the bus depot which was outside the old town to take the bus back to our hotel.  Sore and tired we went downstairs to the pool area and soaked our weary bones in the hot tub. 

Tomorrow we are taking a bus trip to Ste Anne de Beaupre. We don't take many bus trips but thought this was the best thing since it is north of the city and we ain't driving here. 


Friday, May 15, 2015

Our first day in Quebec

Our first day in Quebec Lynda walked my feet off. The maitre de last night gave us a great map to old town. We walked past small boutiques and a market where they sold a lot of local wares and bedding out plants.   We had a great lunch at a sidewalk bistro of fresh pizza. Then when we got to old Quebec we took the funicular up to the Chateau Frontenac and then headed back to our hotel. The walk back was all down hill and some of the hills were very steep. 

After meeting with a friend of Lynda's for drinks we started out looking for a place for dinner.  We found a small sidewalk carafe and had fish and chips perfect for a Friday night dinner.  We found a great little bakery and picked up a cinnamon bun for breakfast. The one down side of this hotel is that there is no free breakfast. I guess we can't have everything since the room is great, very large and it comes with a refrigerator which is great to keep our milk in for morning coffee. 

Tomorrow we are taking the bus back down to old Quebec and the Plains of Abraham. 


Monday, April 27, 2015

The Quilt Show and Workshops

Our Guest Instructor Johanna Masko taught 3 workshops at our Quilt Show.  She taught The Farmer's wife blocks, Houses blocks that was paper pieced and the Pineapple Log Cabin.  I was fortunate to take the Pineapple log cabin class.  We were treated to a great class put on by a fabulous quilter and instructor.  She kept her eyes on all of us as we made our blocks making sure that we understood the procedure as she taught it.  It was a new block for me so I really needed to get the concept.  We didn't paper piece this block which is the traditional way but instead added rounds to a 2 1/2 inch square to come up with an octagon.  I have been very busy since I got home and have made 2 more plus started another one.

Johanna Masko

 Some random blocks by the class.

Our Class

2 of my 3 finished blocks.  
The light fabric and the center square is from England, the reds and blues are from my stash.  I seem to be making my blocks different each time I make one so I think I will try to make at least 2 that are the same.  I am going to make blocks till I run out of fabric that matches the original block.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Superior Quilt Show

This week-end was the Superior Quilt Show here in Thunder Bay Canada.  It was a great success with over 177 quilts on display.  There were antique quilts, donation quilts and teddy bears with their quilts that are donated at Christmas time to Christmas Cheer Fund.

I thought that I would post pictures of some of the quilts.  These are just random pictures, I didn't know who had quilted them, I just walked around and selected a few.

This wall is all the challenge quilts that were handed in,  We were given three fabrics and could add up to three other fabrics but the quilt had to be less than 36 inches square.  Mine is the small quilt at the bottom left with the bird houses on it.  I made it using foundation paper piecing.

On Saturday night we had our biannual banquet and were treated to a trunk show from Johanna Masko.  She is a quilting instructor at The Workroom in Toronto. 

Here are some of her quilts.


Farmer's Wife Quilt

Wedding Ring Quilt


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Microwave Bowls

Microwave bowls seem to be all the rage these days.  You can put them in the microwave with a bowl of food inside and then since the food is hot they are easy to remove and hopefully not burn yourself.  You can also microwave the food and then use the quilted bowl to carry the food so that you don't burn yourself.  I have made many items for Lynda and she was at the point that she didn't know if there was anything more that I could make for her.  She had purchased more fabric on her last trip and I made her a winter purse/bag so now she decided that a microwave bowl might be a new idea.

You have to use all cotton when making these since polyester will melt in the microwave, so I used cotton fabric, all cotton batting, and cotton thread.  The pattern is fairly simple but the prep work before sewing them is tedious.  I found the pattern here

There are a lot of patterns out there but I liked Lisa's the best.

Since our Guild Quilt Show is coming up next week I decided to make some for the craft table at the show to sell.

You can see the inside more than the outside but the outside is pottery bowls.

I made three of these for the guild.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Number 10 of My UFO'S

I have finished all my 10 listed UFO's.  I like to try new blocks and use scraps so it is a challenge for me to make a quilt.  I don't make big quilts, most of them are 36-38 by 48 inches.  I also learned a new way to do binding.  It is very useful when you run out of fabric to match the border.  That is one thing that I like to do if at all possible.  I really like the border on this quilt and when it was finished I didn't know what to do for binding because I only had 10 inches of fabric left which wasn't enough for the binding.  

One of the gals at the Guild posted a link on Facebook to a binding tutorial and I used the one with the flange attached to the binding.  The tutorials are all videos so they are easy to follow. It was really neat to do and interesting to try something new.  I made my flange slightly larger than the tutorial called for and I am really pleased with the way it turned out.

Sew Spools Quilt
You can see the flange here.  It is attached to the binding and sewn as one piece to the quilt.  It is really two colour binding.


This is the year of our guilds quilt show and the guild booth will be selling kitchen items so I decided to make a few placemats.  I made 4 of them but only took a picture of 2.  

I fussy cut the flowers for the center and then added the same fabric for the side panels.  This is a really easy pattern to make.  It goes together very quickly too.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

We hope to do a little bit of remodeling at camp this year so I thought I would make a new quilt.  I have made this one before and decided to change it up this time around.  It is called Cabin By The Lake designed by Leanne Anderson of the Whole Country Caboodle.  I used the Hinge Method to put the panels together and also when I added the border.  I also left off one of the borders.  I didn't want it as large as the pattern called for.  Also I was running out of fabric.

Adding the border with the hinge attached to the main body of the quilt.

I was trying to decide what to use for the border.  These were the two fabrics that I had the most of since this was my second quilt using the same fabric.

The finished product.
It was a beautiful day today, 17 C, so I decided to take a picture by hanging it up outside in the beautiful sunshine.  Spring might be on it's way.

I also finished another door hanging from Country Junk'tion.  I made all 12 of them a few years ago but did not quilt them so they could be hung on the door.  I have decided that I better get them finished so that I can enjoy them.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Today Is National Quilting Day

It was a great day for a Quilt Bee since this is National Quilting Day.  The Quilt Bee Committee did a lot of background work and made up kits for us all to work on.  They found patterns on the Internet from Moda Bakeshop and made a definite effort to find simple easy patterns so that we could finish the quilt top in one day.  There were between 25-30 ladies at the Community Centre working all day except for a wonderful lunch that the Committee supplied.

Who would have thought that blue and green would look so nice together.

What man wouldn't love to have that on his bed.

A bright spring like quilt

A Wonky four patch.

Frog's Galore

Green and Purple go well together in this quilt.

So simple but so nice.

Maria and I made this one.  It almost looks tropical.  It is called Interwoven also from Moda Bakeshop.  We were given 5 inch squares and cut them into 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles and then added a 2 1/2 inch white square.

There were at least 8 or 9 other quilt tops that were worked on at the bee but didn't get finished.
It was a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed by all.


Friday, March 13, 2015

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No It's a UFO

I have been very busy getting my UFO's finished and having a fun time doing it.  It is so nice to see these quilts finally made.  My brain is still full with more quilts that I want to make but I still have 2 more to go to complete the challenge.

Windy Days

I found this quilt on Moda Bake shop.  I used a lot of leftover triangles and half-square triangles that I had saved from other projects.  Some of the larger squares are leftovers from borders from previous quilts.

Anita's Grecian Wrench

I found this quilt in a Quiltmaker magazine November/December 2014.  It is made with a template that you copy and place on 2 eight inch squares right sides together and sew on the dashed lines, then cut on the solid lines.  It was really neat because there is no squaring up to do on the half-square triangles.  I just had to cut off the dog ears.  Everything was exactly 3 1/2 inches.


This is another Moda Bake shop.  I pop in every so often and find lots of quilts that I can use some of my scraps in.  I just added white to all those .

Flying South.

I don't remember where I found this pattern.  It is made with 4 1/2 inch squares made into half-square triangles.  Most of the fabrics in this quilt were pieces left over from backings or quilts that I have made.  I also see a black and yellow fabric that I used to make a purse.

I did a zig-zag quilt motif to bring out the geese pattern.

Two more to go to complete my 10 UFO's.  


Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Door Hangings

A few years ago a blog that I follow had a block of the month and it was seasonal door hangings.  I had completed all of them but had not quilted them.  This February I decided that I needed a new one for my front door and I should finish one for St. Valentine's day.  When I went through the ones that I had I noticed one for St. Patrick's day also so I decided to finish both of them off.

The hearts appear to be coming out of the envelope.
I needed a new one for my front door and this was so cute.

Shamrocks for St. Patrick's day and even a pot of gold.

These aren't free anymore since they were started in 2012 but you can purchase them from Country Junktion.