I am quilter from Western Canada who loves fabric. In my professional life I am a seasoned kindergarten teacher. I have a husband, son , cat and dog. I enjoy reading, blogging, spending time with friends and family. Teaching and quilting inspire me. I love quilting, beading and playing with paint- each one inspires me in different ways. Life is good..
Hi Anna, Thank you for the info on Fabric Stores in Edmonton, I did not know there were those stores in Edmonton. I did purchase a quilting frame from Flynn Multi-Frame Systems. I can put my quilt top, batting and backing on separate rods and use my sewing machine facing me has I move the frame to quilt. I received a video with it and I tried it once. It's works real good, but I just have to find the time to get use to keeping my timing with my speed on the sewing machine and moving the frame. I have a setting on one of my machines that will help. But like I said I need to take the time to do it. I love sewing projects has well as quilting. I tried using the frame, using the chalk pounce and stencil method. I think this will work for me. I'm also thinking of just free motion quilting which I did try once, doing meander stitches. I guess I will eventually get in motion with my frame and also learn free hand motion quilting. The frame was just under $200.00 but with shipping from the US it was around $250. It came with three 48" rods to roll the materials on and a great video on how to set it up and use it. I think like I said eventually I will use it. We moved to Wabasca from Slave Lake four years ago, and we moved to uncleared land, so we've had a lot of work clearing and landscaping our land. But we are almost done to what we wanted. My husband had a stroke and triple by pass surgery, therefore he has lost some of his strength on his right side, so I try to do has much as I can. I myself is not in good health either, I've had cancer of the Salivary gland and have a rare type of slow growing cancer that I've been fighting for nineteen years. It's neuroendocrine cancer, but it is a slow type. I get treatment every twenty eight days of each month. I still enjoy my quilting and sewing. There are days that are not very productive but I keep trying. We have two acres, but use only one, in the summer we plant a garden and I have my other hobby, flower beds. We both love to fish, so we go out with our boat has weather and health permits. I'm happy I got on this site and found someone from Alberta. I've ordered from here and have had good luck, I want to order the two quilt kits from the Tea Rose Fabric, but I just ordered a bunch so I might wait till the next free shipment schedule rolls around again, plus I have two quilts I'm working on now and another great niece is scheduled to be born this month, so that's another baby quilt I plan to make. I guess I should go to bed, it's 3:00 a.m and I'm up. I have erratic nights with my illness so I'm use to getting up and surfing the net late hours. My one way of coping. Have a wonderful day.
Hi Anna, you make beautiful quilts. I'm from Alberta too just three hours north of Edmonton. I live in a little hamlet it is Wabasca, Alberta. I'm actually a beginner quilter and am on my third quilt. I have not finished the backing on any of my quilts, because I want to take them to get them done by longarm, mainly because they are all gifts and I want them to look nice. I have no experience in the free motion quilting, but I do have a quilting frame that I ordered. I am having problems purchasing fabric, I don't know where to purchase fabric in Alberta. I do get to Edmonton, but I only go to Micheals on the south side of Edmonton and to Fabric Land on the west end. I have ordered on line from Connecting Threads and Keepsake Quilting. If you are aware of fabric supplies please pass info to me. I love your Bourgello Quilts. I am thinking of making one, but I will have to get the pattern. Right now I'm working on Judy Niemeyer Quilt the "Flowers For My Wedding" quilt. It's a paper pieced quilt and am enjoying doing it. Really love your quilts.
Anna, I did Moonglow a long time ago and have spent time every now and then to hand quilt it. Still in the works and if I don't soon finish it, my hands will be too old to do it. lol Good luck on yours. And yes, I have tried all sorts of things quilt related. I now have my own long arm because I have way too many large ones to get quilted.
Thank you, Anna. Your flood relief quilt is beautiful. Someone will be very lucky to receive such a lovely quilt. Seriously! Let either Diane or myself know when you come to Red Deer this summer and we can get together
here for coffee. If she's around,, she wouldd love to get together. The quilt show was a really good one this year with lots if different techniques in the quilts shown. I love it when that happens. I was surprized and delighted to see Superior Threads here, all the way from Dryden, ON.!