Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy New Year

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and I'd like to wish you all a very happy New Year.

We had a quiet Christmas this year, but an enjoyable one.  I gave my sister my "Nireko's Roses" quilt as a combination Christmas/65th birthday gift, and she was thrilled.  She put it on her bed as soon as she got home, and I must say it looked stunning!  I'm really tempted to make it again for our bed.

The other day I received a lovely email from Ruth Maness with a photo of her version of "Vintage Tiles Revisited" which won Guild's Choice at the April 2014 Ozark Country Quilters quilt show held in Cassville, Mo.  With Ruth's permission, here is a photo of her quilt, which she hand appliqued and hand quilted!!
Isn't it wonderful?  Congratulations Ruth, a well deserved award.

I'm afraid I don't have anything new to show you.  My latest finish is still at the quilters. Hopefully, I'll have something for my next post.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

All About Bears

Back in April I posted a photo of Carolyn V. W.'s "All About Bears" quilt.  She emailed me yesterday to let me know she had entered it in the recent Auckland Festival of Quilts and won a 2nd place ribbon in the Large Bed Quilts category.  Congratulations Carolyn!
Here are some photos of Carolyn and her prize-winning quilt.

This was Carolyn's first applique project, which she started in 2009 and completed earlier this year.
I think she did an amazing job and I admire her perseverance!
It's got me thinking about a few old projects that need finishing!

Bye for now.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Centenary Celebration

As I mentioned in my post of September 28, I was asked to design a project for Lecien to celebrate the
20th anniversary of Yoko Saito's Centenary Collection.  I had some fun with this one, going with a more modern look, using more blue than I usually do, and I even added some Swarovski crystals to give it some sparkle.
A Centenary Celebration quilted by Irene Brayne
I'm hoping to get a photo of it hanging in Lecien's booth at quilt market that took place in Houston this past weekend.
Fore those of you that might be interested, you can find the pattern here http://www.lecien.co.jp/en/hobby/patterns/index.html

Bye for now.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nireko's Roses

Carrying on with my love for the Japanese Taupes, here is my latest design, that I just got back from the quilter.  I called this one "Nireko's Roses", as it was Nireko, who used to be the "go-to" lady at Lecien when they were in the US, who got me started using their taupes, and who so generously sent me a bunch of samples of their discontinued yarn dyed fabrics.  I love using the yarn-dyes in my quilts, as they add another interest to the quilt.  I made this one using up a lot of the left-over fabrics from "Vintage Tiles Revisited" and the yarn-dyes.
It was quilted by Irene of Brayne Waves Quilting.
Of course, I still haven't got the binding sewn on, but if I waited till then you might never see it! lol

I hope everyone has enjoyed their long weekend, Thanksgiving for us Canadians and Columbus Day for my American friends.

Bye for now.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

When checking my email this morning, I received a pleasant surprise .  Elma Richmond of Lochwinnoch, Scotland sent me this photo of her version of my "Vintage Tiles Revisited" design.  It really is lovely!
Elma Richmond's "Vintage Tiles Revisited"
I love how everyone adds their own personal touches to their quilts which makes them unique.

It is the Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada, and the weather this weekend has been lovely.
My husband's cousin and his family are here for the week, from Scotland, so I hope the sunshine and mild temps continue!

Bye for now.  Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thought you might like to see Ayden's baby quilt.  I finally finished sewing on the binding, the sleeve, in case they want to hang it, and the label.  The pattern is called "Grow With Me" and it was designed by Deb Strain, Katie Strain  and Arrin Turnmire.  I found it here http://blog.modafabrics.com/funfree/free-patterns/.  I changed it just a little, by using Pinwheel blocks instead of the block used in the design.
Ayden's quilt - "Monkey Business"

It was beautifully quilted by Irene of Braynewaves Quilting.

Bye for now.