Charlotte’s pick

When my granddaughter, Charlotte was 3, her Daddy and Mommy discovered Charley was going to have a sibling.  Our Miss Charlotte decided she needed Nana to make her a quilt for her big girl bed in their new house.  With her Mom’s help, she found a pattern she liked and then picked her fabrics out.  Our girl definitely knows her mind!  It was a labor of love and look how great it looks in her new room.  Most of the fabrics came from my stash….a blend of Northcott, Moda Fabrics, and some unknowns!  I used a Warm and Naturals Bright White batting since the quilt will be laundered often.  Did it all on my Janome domestic.  Quilting was a simple stitch in the ditch job.

Another one done!

Finally one for me to keep!  I have been hoarding this fabric ever since Kathleen bought some and showed it to me.  I had to make the trip to Kathy’s Quilt Shop in Prince George, BC to get the teal and brown floral, but then lucked out and found the extra fabrics to coordinate with the gorgeous floral.  There is something so luxurious about the combination of teal, chocolate brown and gold that makes it irritable! I had to add in the auberfrine border for a contrast and made a mistake in the choice of but nding fabric.  I had a lovely brown fabric to use for the backing.  Thimbleberries provided the inspiration in one of the many books they have in print.

Hello world!

My name is Carol, but I answer to Mom, Nana, Sweetie, Honey and CJ!  I am a wife, mother, grandmother of almost 11, and even a great gramma to one adorable 4 year old little man.  I started sewing, knitting and crocheting at the age of 11 with my grandmother’s help.  Over the years crafting time was limited with raising a family, work, volunteer work and life in general.  12 years ago a wonderful woman by the name of Kathleen Landry in the town of Wells, British Columbia, taught me how to quilt by machine.  Over the next few years I attended several of her Quilt Retreats in the historic town of Barkerville.  It was amazing fun and ignited the creative urge and love of fondling fabric!  I was fortunate that several other of the fantastic women in Wells shared their knowledge of needlecraft with me and always had a bit of advice or suggestions when I was stumped or not too confident of color choices.  The first Barkerville Quilt Retreat I went to the quilt pattern was the Barkerville Spools; hundreds of those lovely 4 inch spools had me stumped for several years, but I am proud to say it is no longer in my UFO shelf!   My favorite one of Mrs. Landry’s designs was the Barkerville Chinese Lanterns.  I have been on the lookout for more oriental fabrics to redo this quilt, but let me tell you, they are scarce!