Blog Troubles

There appears to be a blog gremlin messing with my ability to write and post pictures the way I want to! Is it WordPress? Is it my new Gateway computer? I don’t think I can blame this one on operator defect :D but I will admit I don’t know how to go about fixing the problem. For lack of anything better to post at the moment while I try to figure this out I’m going to post pictures of fabric! The Sock Monkey fabrics were purchased from Hamel’s Fabrics in February 2009. Three Sisters made three “5 Funky Monkeys” quilts by Erin Michael over a long weekend in May 2009.

The Red Hair Anne Fabrics were purchased in Charlottetown, PEI in June 2005. They made their way into a quilt, “Anticipation” by Sew Karen-ly Created in the spring of 2013.

This Jelly Roll came out of Joan’s stash and worked up quick and easy into a strip quilt with wide borders for her neighbour.

These fabrics were purchased at Carola’s in Gibsons Landing back in 2009 when a group of us went to see the play “The Quilters” during the Fibre Arts Festival held there each summer. It was awesome and if you ever get a chance, go see it! The quilt I made using these fabrics was part of a Better Homes & Garden Sampler series called Autumn Garden. I finished the top in April 2012.

November 2011 saw many $$$’s being spent in a quilt shop, the Barnhouse, in Tauranga, New Zealand. The customer service there was great as Kadi and I kept pulling bolts off the shelves…$22m…yikes! I shared half this stash with Joan and 3 of these fabrics are in my mystery quilt from 2012 called “Kia Ora.” I do believe the main fabric, Coastal Blossom, was an online purchase after I got home.

Then came the Australian fabrics which were even more expensive given the exchange rate being what it was.  The blue “On Walkabout” fabric was actually purchased in Rotorua, NZ and was on sale for $11m. This is the fabric that I am using in my Endless Chain quilt…The other fabrics were purchased in a now closed shop in Cairns, Australia. Those fabrics have yet to find their way into a quilt. Guess I’d better get on it!

The Nancy Drew charm packs are waiting to be made into a split nine patch. Joan and Jackie were shopping online and I just happened to be the recipient of a couple of those that they had purchased. Thank you. I’m thinking that perhaps I should go in search of some Nancy Drew books to go with this quilt…I never did read Nancy Drew, I was a Donna Parker girl. :D

And of course, no fabric photos would be complete without the annual Canuck quilt kits. All the quilts are sitting in Joan’s studio waiting for delivery. We’ll be meeting with staff at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice on August 19th. I can’t tell you enough how much these quilts are appreciated by everyone at Canuck Place. The excitement of delivery day is pretty cool as we have a mini show and tell with staff. It’s awesome to hear them exclaiming over the quilts and all the work that goes into them…we will post pictures of delivery day.

Well, so far so good…the blog gremlin has allowed me to post pictures and words where I want them without giving me grief. Maybe the next post should actually show the quilts!

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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