Saturday, October 29, 2011

Toonie or not toonie...

... that is the question.

I just finished teaching 10 quilting classes at Central Sewing in Edmonton, Alberta. I met so many amazing quilters and had a fantastic time here!

Since I am flying directly to Houston tomorrow, I asked at my hotel about laundry facilities. The desk clerk, Nicole, said, "It is coin operated, but we have loonies at the front desk." Um..... ok..... huh? There are likely loonies at the front desk of many hotels, but they don't proudly advertise that fact. After thinking for a while, I bravely asked, "Are loonies coins?"

We had a long conversation about American money and Canadian money. Apparently paper money in Canada starts with the five-dollar bill. They have a one-dollar coin called a "loonie" and a two-dollar coin called a "toonie." How did I not know this?

Thanks to one of my students, I am now the proud owner of a toonie:

Thanks Bill!

Nicole is the proud owner of an American dollar bill. She seems as excited as I am!

I'm a little sad to be leaving Edmonton, but I'm thrilled to be heading to the warm weather of Houston!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Finally Finished!

After a long break, welcome to part 9 of the Stop, Drop and Roll Quilt Along! I am hosting this for the Old Red Barn Co. Flickr group.

Week 1: We made our blocks.
Week 2: We assembled our quilt tops.
Week 3: We basted our quilts.
Week 4: We practiced some straight line quilting patterns.
Week 5: We practiced some C curve quilting patterns.
Week 6: We practiced some loopy quilting patterns.
Week 7: We practiced some S curve quilting patterns.
Week 8: We practiced some spiral based quilting patterns.

I finished the quilting last week, and last night I finished the binding. THE QUILT IS DONE!!!

The quilt will go to my son's brand-new niece. Welcome to the world, Lena.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

For Kathy N.

At quilt guild tonight, Kathy N. was bugging me about not updating my blog enough so I promised I would post JUST FOR HER. Everyone who isn't named Kathy N., stop reading now!


On Sunday I flew from Portland, OR to Pittsburgh, PA to visit my family. I took my mom to the zoo on Monday and then had some serious binding to finish before I could drive home on Tuesday morning.

My sister's birthday was in May, so I made her the bottom tablerunner (the same one I made for my mom for Mother's Day). Yes, it is late.

My mom's anniversary was in June, so I made her the top tablerunner.

I finished binding them both in time to drive home on Tuesday morning. I was relieved.

I hope you liked your blog post.


Sunday, October 09, 2011

It's been a while...

... since I made Mom a tablerunner. I just fixed that:

This was a test for the pattern I am teaching on Patchwork Posse. Check out the other cool patterns in the Rugs and Runners online workshop!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Too sweet!

Take a look at this sweet little baby quilt I just finished:

I showed this quilt at the Latest in Longarm Quilting class I taught yesterday at the Quilt Basket.

If you want to know the secret of turning corners on borders, I will be teaching Turn Those Corners at Quilting With Machines in Huron, Ohio later this week. There is still time to sign up!