Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It always makes me smile

To see one of my patterns made up by someone else!
Sinta made my Prairie Point Christmas Tree with her sewing group. And it looks gorgeous!

Karen and her sisters and mom also made their own versions!


 If you've made one of my patterns I'd love to see!

Monday, November 29, 2010

I've had it

I have way to much fabric. I've been working on packing up my stash and I have no choice but to admit I have to much. Like way to much. Boxes and boxes and boxes.

Once I've moved this week I'm going to be having both a destash sale and a giveaway. The destash sale will be stupid low prices, basically earning enough for the shipping for the giveaways.

The giveaway? I don't know what yet but it will be a lot of fabric.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Another BakeShop project!

I know I haven't been around much lately, we move in 2 days!!!
But I did manage to get another project up on Moda Bake Shop!
I absolutely love this one. I'd appreciate it if you would check it out and leave a comment on the site so they know you like it too! :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

 We don't have Black Friday here in Canada but thanks to online shopping we can get some awesome deals! I've hit several online fabric shops to score some sweet deals!

What about you? Have you done any shopping this weekend? Any Canadians brave the border and go to the States for some shopping? Let's chat!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Talkin' Tuesdays and some more brillance

So has everyone heard, thought of joining, or joined in to our twitter chat (#talknt) Tuesday night?

 If not you have got to this Tuesday evening, tomorrow, for some awesome fun! Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring and they are giving away some awesome prizes, bigger then we've ever had! Trust me you do not want to miss out, prizes you normally have to look for on blogs as giveaways. Like jelly rolls, charm packs, and gift certificates.
All you have to do is sign into twitter and add me, @caraquilts, and I can help you figure it out! We'll chat quilting, fabric and more!
For those not as familiar with twitter think of it as a big coffee break room. Lots of people, you can go in or out, post a note or have a whole party! And on twitter you can control who's there! No annoying smelly guy! lol
Oh and we have a facebook fan page!

For those saying, I know Cara, I'm already there. It's on the calender (Tuesday Nov 23rd, at 9 EST/6PST).
I have funny news!

I'm such a dork, and so super excited about our move (next week!!!!) that I may have had fabrics sent to the new address. Oops. So now I get to tell the Moda goddesses how dumb I was and hope that I can still get them. Smart huh? Oh and what fabrics you ask? Just these beauties! (no sorry these ones aren't up tomorrow night lol)
My first for sale pattern for Moda will be with Central Park by the amazing, gorgeous, uber-talented Kate Spain!! And you all are going to LOVE this pattern. It's easy, it looks complicated, and you get TWO quilts out of it!!
Assuming I still get the fabrics lol.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nov 23rd's Talkin Tuesday! Super Exciting News!!

 I'm so thrilled to be able to announce that FAT QUARTER SHOP is going to be sponsoring our chat! Make sure you come and join us for so AWESOME prizes! Remember it starts at 9 EST, 8 CST, 7MST, or 6 PST depending on your time zone!! I don't want to spoil the surprise but you all know how awesome FQS is as a shop, well their prizes are beyond generous! Trust me you don't want to miss this one!

Our chats are just like being in a room with all your friends! We chat and have a blast talking about quilting, fabric, UFOs, and anything else that comes up!
 Twitter is not hard so if you haven't signed up do so! Just add #talknt to a tweet for it to show up in the chat. To see everyone else's messages just click on the #talknt to go to a page where all the #talknt messages will show up. If this still doesn't make sense let me know so I can help you out! I don't want anyone to miss out on the fun!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Goodies in the Mail!

 Awhile back I won a giveaway from the wonderfully talented Rene Creates! Actually it was two giveaways, one for this beautiful mini quilt, fabric and a pattern. This mini quilt means a lot to me as my mom lost her best friend to breast cancer when I was in high school and it was very devastating to her family, friends, and everyone who knew her.

And the second was for these totally rockin' Tula Pink running shoes!

Rene had bought the wrong size which is very sad for her but turned out so wonderfully for me! I've been drooling over these shoes but couldn't convince myself I deserved them, even though I desperately needed new shoes, so I've been jealous of all those who got them. And lo and behold I end up winning them because I'm one of only 3 who wore a big ol' size 9! Can you say awesome? I know they are because Shane hates them lol.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Candle Mat Swap

I sent of my secret candle mat to my assigned person and I'm so glad I got it done and sent before things get too crazy here with packing.

I had fun quilting this one. I did a lot more on it then I have tried previously and I think it turned out well.

Friday, November 12, 2010

One of many reasons

I have been away from the blog so much, asides from getting ready to move, and designing patterns, is that I'm also making and selling quilted wraps! I have just launched a website, Wraps by CaraQuilts! Up until now I was only selling them through a store in Foot's Bay, Muskoka, and that will still be the only physical location you can find them, but I am now going to be selling them online as well!
These are ones I did last week.
 My wraps are all made with quilt shop fabrics, bamboo batting, and Moda Snuggles backing! Anyways, I'm not going to push them here I just thought I'd let you know since I know a few think I haven't been quilting.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

    On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month we will remember them.

   Today is Remembrance Day here in Canada, Veteran's Day in the US and Armistice Day in the UK and France. While originally only commemorating the Great War (WWI), and then both World Wars, today we remember all of our veterans of all conflicts, and our Peacekeepers around then world who so bravely serve and fight for our freedoms and way of life. Where ever they are, remember our serving men and women, and their families who stand up for what we as a nation stand for.
Whether in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda, or Haiti  or those from conflicts further in history, remember the important and great work our men and women have done and continue to do.

  In high school I was very blessed to be able to go to France with a large groups of history students to travel and learn more about the World Wars. We visited so many very important sites, The Somme, Dieppe -the site of one of our greatest defeats and later a great triumph; Vimy Ridge- the site where Canada became nation is the eyes of the world; the Beaches of Normandy; too many cemeteries to count, though the most significant for me was Bayeux.
Bayeux cemetery is a multi-national, mutli-faith cemetery where far too many soldiers are buried. The thing that I remember most though is meeting this beautiful woman who had been in Bayeux when the battle took place there.
She was 16 years old and like so many women of the time took care of the wounded and dying. Every week since then she has tended the Canadian graves at this cemetery. At the time it had been 56 years.
For 56 years this woman tended the graves of those boys, and they were boys 16-22 mostly, who had come to liberate her country from horrors she still will not speak about.
Grave after grave, and so many saying only "To Be Known Only Unto God". Boys no older then I was then. So many heartbreaking inscriptions. To this day I cry when I think about it. So many families left behind.

 On the anniversary of D-Day we were in Bennie-sur-Mer, on Juno Beach. The beach Canada took for the allies in what is still one of the greatest military operations in history. We were invited to march through the town as part of a parade to commemorate the liberation of the town, and at the end to sing O Canada while ground was broken on what would be a memorial centre. People  hung out the windows watching, and when they saw our flags and jackets with the maple leaf they cheered and waved. We heard more the one Vive la Canada! Merci Canada! And these were not just from the elderly who had lived through it, but all ages who had been brought up to remember. I cannot tell you how proud to be Canadian that memory makes me.

Today and everyday may we remember the sacrifices of those who have gone before us, and who go before us now so that we may have our corner of freedom and peace.

 For those who are teachers, please continue to teach our history. We cannot forget the huge sacrifices that have been, and are made every day by not only those who serve in our armed forces, but their families as well. Bring out the old text books with more than one chapter on what has made us.
Bring alive the history, the human sacrifice, the trials and triumphs.
Our country came of age in the midst of horrendous wars. We stood tall when greater nations fell. We volunteered more men per capita then any other nation. We held lines when others ran. We took the field when wave after wave of others had failed. We showed kindness to those who had been so brutally mistreated. Europe does not forget and neither should we.
Be proud of our history and our legacy. Teach our children to be. Teaching them that our peace came at a terrible price does not glorify war and violence. Teach them that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Teach our children that peace is the ultimate goal, but it is not always an easy one. It takes strength to stand up. And as Canadians we have long and proud history of standing up. Teach them to continue that. Especially when it is hard. Teach them to call those who do nothing out. To Stand On Guard. Our anthem is not just another song. Teach it to them.

So that never again will our nation, or any other, ever be called upon to make such a sacrifice again.
Lest we forget.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Twitter Chat tutorial and Talkin' Tuesday!

Some quick things to know to make tonight's chat easier for those not familiar, with Twitter. These are assuming you are using web based Twitter.

A) create an account. You do need one to participate. It is free and easy. Do it. lol
B) The privacy settings have to be turned off to show up in the feeds of anyone who doesn't follow you, this is especially important if you don't follow/have many followers. We want to see what you have to say!
C) Include #talknt in all of your tweets you want to be part of the chat. That lets twitter know you are part of the chat.
D) You can click on the hyperlink #talknt to go to a page that is only going to show tweets having #talknt in them.
E) To message some one specifically, or name them include the @ symbol before their handle. For example, if you were either talking about or to me you would include @caraquilts in the tweet.
F)A few basic but common short forms are RT which means retweet, there is a button to do this and it just resends the message to all of your followers. I can't think of any others right now that aren't the same as any other online ones. If you don't know, ask.
G) Have fun! I'll be posting questions through out the chat to get things going but feel free to reply to what others have to say. Think of it as being in a big room of people at a party. I'm the host but that doesn't mean you can't chat with the person next to you! And since it's all typed out don't worry about not being able to "hear" lol.

Ok, now for more complicated matters. Not really but for some maybe.
I use a non-twitter based platform for twitter, especially for chats because I find it easier. There are tons out there. It can take a few tries to find the one that works for you. I personally use Seesmic, and I use the desktop version.
I like it because I can have multiple columns going. One to see the chat, one to see tweets mentioning me, and one for my normal home stream, which shows everyone I'm following. This is not necessary but I find it easier, just saying.
The only thing I don't like is because it has some agreement with Microsoft all links will open in Internet Explorer and I haven't found a way to change it Firefox.

Tweetchat is great to use, it will add the hashtag (#talknt) for you!

You can follow me on twitter by clicking the cute birdie on my sidebar, or search me there as @caraquilts.

Any questions? Clear as mud? Let me know! And I hope to chat with you tonight!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Talkin' Tuesdays

 I hope most of you know about Talkin' Tuesday which Natalia at PieceNQuilt has been hosting for about two months every Tuesday night. Well life has come up and even though she is Super Woman/Mom extraordinaire she needs a bit of a break from hosting so I'll be taking over moderating our weekly chats.
Don't worry though, Natalia will be dropping, in and chatting whenever she can still. Note the time change from the logo, it will be starting at 9 EST, and hour earlier then before.

So make sure you sign in to twitter tomorrow night at 9pm EST, (7pmMST) for some chit chat about sewing, quilting, and whatever else comes up! Oh and prizes! There are prizes every Tuesday night during and at the end of the chat!

You can link up to RSVP anytime, including during the chat, at Talkin' Tuesday, and we can all visit each other after!

It is easy to chat. Just sign in to your twitter account and when talking with us include #talknt to the end of your post. To follow the chat you can click on the #talknt and you will go to a page where anyone who put that in their tweet will show up. There are lots of platforms to use twitter besides the web so I will post about them later. A Twitter tutorial! lol.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I promised

Another sneak peek of a project I'm working on for MBS. Here is about 1/4 of something. Yup that's all you get for now lol.

This uses Sunkissed by Sweetwater and will be available in January. I have to tell you I think this is the most beautiful line! It is soft yet vibrant. Little Bit stole the fabric at first and refused to give it back until I promised her the quilt. She actually took the pre-cut to bed!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Check out this giveaway!

There's another Go! Giveaway over on Lavender Ridge! We all want one so go over and enter for a chance!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I know I'm a bit late but I thought I'd share our Halloween pics!
First is Shane and Little Bit doing the carving of the pumpkins at my moms.

I love how this has become their tradition. I know she'll remember that when she's older more then what they carved but how daddy always helped her, and acted the giant child with the pumpkin guts.

For trick or treating we went out to one of her little friends place in the county and they had an absolute blast! It was quite cold so they only went out for an hour or so but then they had even more fun giving out candy!

I forgot to ask her friend's mom about posting their picture so only Boo Bear here.