Posted by: flamingodebra | January 1, 2014

2014 Begins

2014!  A New Year ahead of us!  Many people look ahead and make resolutions; others look back at the past year and their accomplishments and the things they’ve had the opportunity to learn from.  If I look ahead, I hope for more time with family, more projects finished and techniques to try.  When I look back, I see a year full of gratitude, grateful that my family is happy and healthy, grateful that I was able to see many old friends and family members, grateful that life seems to be going in the direction I was working towards.

This post is really more of a ‘quick note’ to say HAPPY 2014!  And to let you all know that I am working on my class offerings, when the doors open next week on Tuesday the 7th, I hope to have some new samples up on the wall and a schedule that works for lots of quilters!  So, stay tuned and we’ll be back soon!

 

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Posted by: flamingodebra | November 26, 2013

PINK FRIDAY!

Don’t forget about PINK FRIDAY!  Special prices, special hours!!!  Come and see us!

Pink Friday November 29  9am – 6pm

On Selected Bolts – there’s over 150 – Buy 1m $8 , 2m off the same bolt $7 each,

 3m off the same bolt $6 each or 4m or more off the same bolt $5 each

Finish the bolt and get an additional 10% off.

All precut fabrics  – Fat Quarters $2.50, buy 10 or more and get them for $2 each

Half Metre cuts $4, buy 4 or more and get them for $3 each

Full Metre cuts $7, buy 4 or more and get them for $5 each

All remnants are 30% off marked price

Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls and Bali Pops $35, Charm Packs $10

Notions/Patterns and Books are 30% off marked prices

Wide Backs and Packaged Batting are 25% off marked prices

All Regular Priced Fabrics, min. 1m cuts are 25% off,

Buy 4m or more off the same bolt for 30% off

Finish off the bolt for an additional 10% off.

Posted by: flamingodebra | November 10, 2013

So Much has been going on!

Since my last post, I’ve done a lotta stuff…..I went to Portland, Oregon for MQX West and took 4 solid days of Classes!  It was so wonderful and I came home with an incredible amount of inspiration and knowledge!

Lots is going on at the Quiltworx too!  There have been quite a few quilts quilted, we started our Applique (fusible) Block of the Month and we have decided upon our Pieced Block of the Month and that should start in January….. Classes will also start in the new year, turns out our plan to get all of our customer quilts finished up by Oct 31 has not worked out at all… so classes will have to wait until those quilts are done and class samples are ready!

First of all, I will show you some customer quilts, I noticed how jumbled the pictures are on the last post, sorry about that.  They did make sense when I hit the button and than they do what they want to after that I guess……

These are Jo’s quilts, the split nine patch has an asian theme, the colours were perfect together and the Lonestar table topper was a lot of fun to qu019ilt!

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This is Leona’s quilt, it’s going into the church fundraiser to build a new sanctuary at St. Rita’s after the fire.

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I saw Val cutting pieces at a quilt show, she has Die Cuts for Quilters and I sent her home one day with some fabrics to cut in the Winding Ways quilt, I haven’t started sewing yet but half the work is done for this one, there are even some notches for matching the pieces…… her cutting fee was EXTREMELY reasonable for the time it would have taken me to cut this out!  My next cutting project will be some half square triangles, the cutting blunts the corners off so there’s no trimming and everything matches perfectly!  I can send you her number, just email me!

006This is Darlene’s Bargello, she made it for her husband.  It is truly a shame that these pictures looked so washed out because this is such a rich combination of browns, creams and golds!  I offered to buy the quilt from her husband and when he got home and opened it up, he called me to up the price.  Somehow, if I did come up with the thousands he wanted for it, I don’t think he’d part with it!

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This is Sharon L’s quilt, she labels each one of her quilts and numbers them…. what a great idea, wish I had started that at the beginning.  I count the quilts I quilt each year (biggest year so far was 112) and I probably could count the number I have actually finished over the past few years…. 001This is one of June B’s quilts…. she’s been using up scraps for quite a while now, this is for a great grandson and each 16 patch has a different design to it.007

 

 

 

 

 

 

001 This quilt is from Day 1 at MQX, Jamie Wallen’s class From Start to Finish.  We pieced these from kits in the morning and quilted them in the afternoon.  I was the only one that finished quilting mine that day.  I asked Jamie to put his signature dragonfly on my quilt, that made my whole trip!  I brought my quilt home and after looking at it for a few days, I added some highlights in the red and changed the centre.  Then I sent pictures to Jamie, he’s posted them on his Facebook Page, so you need to friend him and then you can vote for me by commenting with the word VOTE on my pictures…. and I could WIN 4 days with Jamie at his studio, that would be the AWESOMEST ever!  Here’s what it ended up looking like!025 You can click on any of these pictures to get a closer look!

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This is from Day 2, we were piecing a Lonestar quilt with Jerry Granata,  click on his name to see his famous Lonestar quilt, completely quilted on his domestic machine….. very impressive, lots of embellishments too.  He does some incredible work, so poke around a bit (google him) to see more.  This is how my star points should look, and when I got home, I got to work and put together some more, there’s quite a process to get the points to all match but it’s well worth it.  Unless you put all of your pieces together backwards.  It’ll be faster to make another than to fix this.

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Day 3, I did classes with the wonderful Kim Stotsenberg and Robbi Joy Eklow….. and tried to shop but the Glide thread booth was almost sold out.  So my suitcase had clothes in it on the way home (I had packed some things I could leave behind if I needed more room).  This was morning of Day 4, painting with Irena Bluhm, we got a pre-quilted piece and some paint and this is what I came up with;094

This was the afternoon of Day 4, Thread Sketching with Claudia Pfeil, she came from Germany to teach, I am so glad she made the trip,  it’s just thread.133

That’s all of my excitement I can share with you today, here is a sneak peek at the Pieced Block of the Month we will start in January, it’s called Lonestar Pizzaz by Animas Quilts.  This is the setting for the King Size, there’s also an 81 x 81 Lap size you can opt for, it has only the centre lonestar and the in between sampler blocks.PizzazzKingPurple77-66And this is a link to a video on the Applique Seasonal Silhouettes Block of the Month we’ve started.  You can still  get involved!  The book with patterns  is $28 and each month, the blocks include the background fabric and the laser cut fusible shapes to make the block for $30/block.  You can buy the whole kit at once, one block a month or any number of the blocks at any one time.  I’m doing each individual block as a separate banner for my mom (don’t tell her) so she can hang a different one on her door each month!  You can opt to put them all together for a whole quilt too!

Posted by: flamingodebra | September 2, 2013

Another Summer is almost up

It has been a whirlwind of quilts and guests all summer long.  We ended up our July Quilting for Calgary campaign with 36 completed quilts and 5 tops that went to Calgary.  Then we had some more dropped off by guild members and quilted by Timmy-Jeanne Quilting Arts and we were sent some to quilt too!  Huge thanx to Elsie Gates, Gwen Breen, Gloria Riebin, Heather Gates and Cathie Scott for their efforts to quilt, bind and label that batch!

Many customer quilts have been on the frame in the past few months too, and I have lots of pictures to share!  I may have missed one or two, please let me know if you don’t see your quilt here so that I can share it!  They are all so beautiful that they deserve to be seen!

This is Carol B’s quilt, a stack n whack made with a funky fabric picked out by Rod at Heart n Sole in Grand Forks, BC.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get it quilted in time for the Christina Lake Quilt Show, but it looked wonderful hung at the 10th Anniversary Quilt Show at Heart n Sole yesterday!

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This is Jean H’s quilt, it’s from the Batik Gems book.

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It was a challenge coming up with a quilting design for this one, but once I got it figured out, it worked out nicely I think!

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Here is one of Verna’s quilts, she had this outdoorsy border stripe and added some strips in between…..then a few different blocks for a border, using up some autumn colours, more improvisation…… I know I should say ‘buy a pattern’ buy you could buy two or three and take the parts you like from each one and put them together…. (or make it up as you go, just remember the seam allowance).
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Another of Jean H’s quilts, the front and the back are equally fun, we did a different fill in each block, such fun, I used the Angela Walter’s book for inspiration…..
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Sharon D’s Trip Around the World, she is getting  a ton of quilts done these past few years!
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This is a little quilt that Charlie made up for her first Great Grandaughter.
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These are Darlene’s quilts, you’ll be able to see them at the Nelson Quilt Show Oct 5th and 6th……
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Here is Mary’s 13 year quilt, she started it 13 years ago and finished it up as a wedding gift for her niece!
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This is Joanne’s Fracture of the Daylily  from Frond Designs….. I didn’t see it in the quilt show yesterday,,,, maybe I missed it?
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This is Nina’s quilt, made for a special niece who’s a Silviculturalist, so the trees and hummingbirds represent her very well.  You may be able to see this one at the Rossland Quilt Show, October 19th and 20th.
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These are Deb B’s batik quilts, the second one with the motorcycle batik and the stars is from the book Strip Therapy 3 by Brenda Henning, there’s a copy in the shop for sale, lots of great ideas for Bali Pops or Jelly Rolls!
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This is Darion’s quilt, he picked out the fabrics and the quilting designs and let his Auntie Nola make the quilt.  Snowman flannels from Northcott, nice and cuddly for a wonderful young fella!
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This is Lorena’s Celebration Quilt, done in some gorgeous batiks, looks so different from the other two shown earlier doesn’t it?  One of the reasons I love to quilt……
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Shirley F’s quilt, great modern design that sets off her blocks from a fat quarter bundle she really loved, the back is pretty cool too.
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One of Jo’s quilts, many many black and whites with a little touch of colour added into the borders, ready for the Nelson quilt show….
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I hope you enjoyed this little summer quilt show…. (or perhaps long blog post)  thanx for reading!
Posted by: flamingodebra | July 10, 2013

Where does the time go?

It has been more than a month since my last post….. that month has included a wonderful, but busy, trip to Calgary for a Party for my Mom! She turned 70 this year and wanted to have a gathering and it was so great. Many people visited throughout the day, people I haven’t seen since I was a kid, the girl guide leaders, the friends from school, the grandkids friends. Everyone loves Granny Franny, and she was so thrilled to see each and every person that came out!

Then a few weeks after we got home…. the big flood in Calgary – the only day in the history of the world my dear daughter leaves her cell phone at home, the city declares a state of emergency….. she was flying out to a trade show that afternoon and she had a work phone….. took me texting until noon before I remembered….. everyone was alright but (as I knew would happen) they spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out a route downtown…. am I the only one that watches the news?

So many people I know are busy helping out, pumping, hauling muddy garbage and doing many things to ease the devastation experienced by scads of people. Alison and Kevin ran around Airdrie collecting blankets and necessities for the residents of High River and took two or three loads to Blackie that first day…… others offered their homes to strangers (thank you for your concern for my friends in Turner Valley) and it was a great feeling to know that Calgarians are still Calgarians, a great sense of Community.

I spent some time thinking of what I could do. I quilt, I’m far away and I want to help. I found quilters in Calgary and Edmonton collecting quilts for Southern Alberta Flood victims. My Sewing Room in Calgary and Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton as well as Traditional Pastimes in Calgary – and I am sure there are more – are coordinating efforts (they’re also looking for volunteers if you’re in their areas to do many things). So I put out the word to my fellow quilters in the West Kootenays.

I am off to Calgary next week, July 18 to drop off a LOAD of quilts! (The shop will be closed July 18, 19 and 20th) I figured I could get some of those quilts out of my closet finished off and maybe people might want to send some too……. at this point, I have over 30 completed quilts to take with me, a couple of tops with backs and there are some still coming from a gathering we had on Friday last week! Quilters are such generous people that I knew I’d get some but the response has been overwhelming….. we have a few ladies that are willing to quilt tops and apply binding…. and Calgary has a team all set up to quilt too if needed……

So there’s still time and there’s still room in the truck, so if you’d like to participate, please do! They are asking for quilts of any size so whatever you would like to come up with, please do.

They are accepting quilts right up until September 1st, and I have had offers of other shipping methods too…. so if you can’t make it in this week, there is still time!

Posted by: flamingodebra | May 26, 2013

Another Gorgeous Sunday

The sun has come out to warm our bones again, things are blooming, the cherry trees are working their magic and we are just puttering around today getting a few things done before we leave for Calgary and the big Bday Party for my mom……. we get to see the kids’ new house too, very excited for that!   and as always, we’ll get a great visit in with my brother and sister-in-law I hope!

So, from Wednesday this week May 29th until Wednesday next week, June 5th, Cathie will be having a Boss Is Away Sale.  There will be selected bolts  on sale, buy 1m for $10.  Buy 2m off the same bolt $9/m, Buy 3m off the same bolt, $8/m and buy 4m or more off the same bolt for $7/m.  All other, regular priced items will be 20% off.  So you can stock up on pieces for Backs, summer projects and build your stash!

Here’s some quilts that have been quilted lately,

ImageThis is Leona’s quilt, it’s a split 9 Patch.  She calls is Starry Starry Night, so we quilted it with stars and loops.

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This is Hedy’s Celebration in Stonehenge Aphrodite collection…. if this looks familiar, it is the quilt we did as a block of the month last summer, this is her third one, each a different colour, each a different look.  It’s not a difficult quilt to make but it is a good one to hone your skills….. the pattern is available here at Flamingo Quiltworx.

This quilt was made by Rae for one of her clients.  The butterfly is done with silver bias tape in a stained glass technique and the photos are printed onto fabric and applied to a musical staff.  The quilt is for a young lady’s graduation present.  Her mother wrote a poem that we quilted around the edge on the border…. it turned out pretty well!  There’s also a sun in the corner and the quilt will be finished with prairie points!  Beautiful job Rae!

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Here are some of Sue P’s quilts, the first one is for her grandson, we put stars and moons and sons on it!  The second is made out of Blitzen by Basic Grey for Moda, the pattern is available here , about a third of the way down the page,  enjoy the other free patterns from Moda fabrics, we have lots of the fabrics in the store.

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And this is Sue W’s first Table Topper, pretty fall colours……

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Here’s a picture of my wisteria.  It grows all over the gazebo and has now climbed up the big trees beside the gazebo too!  It’s eye catching to see the purple flowers all the way up the pine tree.004006

Posted by: flamingodebra | May 7, 2013

Lots of upcoming Quilt Shows

And Speaking of Quilt Shows! I just got word that the New Denver Quilt Guild is having a Show and Tea on Saturday, May 18th from 1 until 4pm at the Knox Hall in New Denver….. Admission is $3 and they have a raffle quilt too! Very pretty.

This coming weekend Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, the Moody Quilters of Christina Lake are having a show. I don’t have many more details on it but stop in to the Visitor Centre there and they’ll give you some direction I’m sure! There’s a quilt hanging in the visitor centre that was a group effort in support of the Areas Hospital Auxiliary a few years ago….. I got to quilt it….

and of course Quilt BC in Penticton May 16 – 18, lots of displays and the National Juried Show….. there’s a few of our local gals that have quilts juried into the show….. (that’s a big deal) here’s a link to the Penticton Newspaper’s article http://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/community/206321531.html

 

So, go for a drive and see someplace different!

 

 

Posted by: flamingodebra | May 5, 2013

Sunshine!

We have had some absolutely Gorgeous, Sunshiney Days around here lately.  Everyone says that if it could just stay like this, not get really hot and no rain, they’d be happy…… we took advantage of the sun today and took a cool drink to Syringa Park and sat on the beach.   A few weeks ago, I went hiking with my fast friend, Deb, up the Columbia Western Rail trail and that was really nice except for the aching hips and blisters….this time we were on the sunny side of the lake and no uphills to worry about!

I have been busy doing lots of stuff, bookwork, and quilting…. Last Saturday our quilt guild hosted the West Kootenay Quilt Conference and we had over 150 quilters attend.  I also had a vendor booth and it was so great to see so many quilters I haven’t seen in quite a while.   It was such a great show, all of the area quilt guilds stood up and talked about what kinds of projects they’ve been doing over the past year and showed a TON of quilts, they were all stunning.  All of the them.  After setting up and taking down, many of our members were a little sore and hobbling this week….. ladies in their 70’s should not be lugging around tables and stacks of chairs – no matter how spry they are!  We must remember to hire some young people to help set up and take down next time!

Here’s a few that have gone home recently;

This is Diane’s Scrappy Mystery quilt, the blocks are quite interesting and the border was perfect for this one:

 

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This is her Spider Web quilt.  Also made with many scraps, it was fun to quilt in and around the webs

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I have a few more done that are waiting to go home, so I won’t show them to you yet!  Thanx to Pat and Donna for mentioning that they read my blog…… and reminding me to post more often!

We had a Bargello Class yesterday.  Carol wanted to learn and Cathie said me too and we had a class!  That’s often the most efficient way to have a class, get a couple (min 2, max 4) quilters together and pick a class and a day and we’ll coordinate and do the class!

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Just a little side note…… we’re having a 70th Birthday Celebration for my Mom on June the 1st in Calgary…. if you’d like to join us, please send me an email at flamingocastlegar@shaw.ca or find me on Facebook…..

Posted by: flamingodebra | April 14, 2013

Found some more!

Pictures, that is.  There is always a whirlwind around here but I managed, with the help of both Frank and Cathie to get away to Retreat again this year!  Our group, renamed “Quilters Without Borders”  has 5 days in April every year on Lake Coeur d’Alene at a beautiful camp where we have great cabins, fabulous food and a wonderful sewing space with tons of windows.  Our view 003a few projects that were worked on (none of these are mine)  A stack n whack, a one block wonder…. Steph added a river to Bud’s fishing quilt and Rae did a few convergences…. they were all quilted and bound before she left!

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This is Vicky’s Sea Glass Quilt, It was a generous queen bedspread and I wanted to get the full effect, so I took this picture on the bed.  The back was even pretty and it’s fully reversible!

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This next on is Jean W’s quilt.  It might look familiar, Jean took our Celtic class and did a block like this – then she was hooked and did a whole quilt.  She’s donating it for a fundraiser, her friend’s daughter needs special treatment for brain cancer and they are doing a silent auction.  If you’re interested in bidding, I’ll see if I can get some more details.

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This is Richard’s quilt, he designs his own quilts, usually in batiks and Asian fabrics….. always interesting.

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We have added a Baby Bargello class for Saturday May 4th!  Make a baby quilt with 16 fat eighths.  Fat Quarters gets you a nice Lap Size and .6m of 16 up to 20 fabrics will move you up to a Queen Sized quilt!

The new Learning Curve Ruler is arriving this week, stay tuned for classes and pictures!

 

Posted by: flamingodebra | March 25, 2013

Busy is GOOD!

It’s been busy around here, classes, blowing things up (like my quilting machine) and getting new fabric into the shop….. what should I show you first?  How about my March Beginners, Carol and Isobel.  Many of my beginners have become regular customers and have produced some incredible stuff already!

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We also had a Stained Glass class last week, Elena and Marg came up with some pretty pieces!

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Saturday we did Stuck on Curves! Linda, Nola and Hedy worked hard all day and came up with these!

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Students go every year and they are raffling this one off to raise funds for this year’s trip.   Area quilters donate many baby quilts and receiving blankets that the nurses distribute to new moms in Guatemala.

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This is the Sunshine Quilters Quilt from Grand Forks.  This is to be drawn for at their show on Labour Day Weekend….. the big Ball tournament is on and usually a car show too….. so you can occupy your ‘other half’ and enjoy an afternoon in the cool curling rink looking at quilts!  I’ll post more details closer to the date!

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These are Grace’s quilts.  The blue one is from last summer’s Block of the Month, Celebration by Quilt Moments, The Red and White one is for her daughter.

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These are Sandy’s Quilts, one for her granddaughter and one for her grandson….. using up her ‘scraps’ she came up with these two gorgeous quilts!  The houses are from a Pippa Moore class a few years ago when she came to teach in the Kootenays!

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This is June’s other quilt for her other son and daughter in law….. gorgeous use of different techniques and blocks…..

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Jean H put together this panel and borders for me….. and I took advantage of a few minutes to get it quilted!  I just could not wait!

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and another class we did – Fabulous Fans!  Bernice and Sandy did a great job…..I only managed to get pictures of Sandy’s……. she used her Spa Layer Cake

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Hopefully I haven’t missed too much, I don’t have any classes for April scheduled yet but stay tuned, I’ll be so refreshed when I get back from Retreat that I’ll be anxious to have some more!

Yes, if I’m going away, Cathie will be here to take care of things, another BOSS IS AWAY SALE.  Stop in April 3, 4 and 5th and see what she’s up to!

 

 

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