Thursday, November 28, 2013

Farmer's Wife Sampler blocks

Hello to all my new followers who found my blog through Blogathon Canada! If you read my profile on the Sew Sisters site, you may have seen that I'm a self-described incurable procrastinator. Case in point: I received this great fabric from fellow British Columbian Barb in July and have only started making her blocks now! Back in the summer, I arranged a private swap with Barb because she's working on a Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt and needed a few extra blocks and I'm still looking for blocks for my Fab Bee neutrals quilt (whoops, just realized I haven't blogged about that one!). 

I received a package of orange, grey and blue fabric and set to neatly cutting it up (after I located a copy of the book through an interlibrary loan! Note to Vancouverites: the Vancouver Public Library now has a copy of this book due to my request for purchase. You're welcome!). I was so proud of myself for neatly organizing all the fabric I'd need for each block into carefully labelled baggies. And there they sat for four months, patiently waiting for me to finish my even-more-overdue Fab Bee blocks and my quilts for the Northwest Quilting Expo.

Now that I've started making the blocks, I don't want to stop! They're just 6.5" unfinished and they're so cute! So far I've made my first snowball block:

And a HST-filled beauty called Whirlpool. I think I must be a slow piecer cause even with the pre-cut fabric, it took me an hour and twenty-five minutes to sew up this block. I had fun doing it!
Added bonus: my rotary cutter and box of pins match the fabric!

One of my first quilts was a sampler that I made at a course at The Cloth Shop in North Vancouver. Have you made a sampler quilt? 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Blogathon Canada Winner


Wow! What a week! I've had the most visitors ever at my little blog and it was a treat to see all the comments you left on my Blogathon Canada post. I had fun visiting other Canadian quilting blogs from coast to coast! Thanks again to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop for hosting the blog and all the fabulous giveaways. Speaking of giveaways, do you want to hear who won the ten FQs of beautiful Kona Cottons?

It was Jan Baker, who left comment number 285 out of 287 comments. Just goes to show that it's never too close to the deadline to enter the draw! Congratulations, Jan!

I happen to agree with Jan, you can never have enough solids! Here's my Kona solids stash after I did some rainbow-order organizing. Do you have a stash of solids? What is your favourite type of solids?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blogathon Canada 2013 - Welcome to the West Coast!

It's time to kick off Blogathon Canada, a week-long celebration of Canadian quilting bloggers! Together with Heather from Winding Bobbins, I'm representing BC as a host. I'm here to tell you a bit about myself, introduce you to a dozen BC bloggers, and give away some lovely fabric!

Hi, I'm Holly! I've been quilting for close to twenty years and my passion for this craft only gets stronger with time. I founded the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild in 2010 and it has enriched my life in so many ways. I love learning new tricks, being inspired, and, best of all, making quilting friends who really get me. Although I have all sorts of WIPs and ideas for new projects, I don't actually finish many quilts each year. Much of my time is spent chasing after my two daughters, ages six and two. I'm lucky enough to have a husband who supports my quilting habit and is willing to take photos of me holding a quilt in the middle of a busy downtown intersection!

I do enjoy blogging, but find myself posting more to Instagram these days, you can find me there as hollybroadland.

Thanks for visiting and taking a look at a some of my work!

 "Gabriel's Quilt" (2009) - this was my first modern quilt and the quilt I shared at the inaugural VMQG meeting in June 2010

 My first quilt (1996) - This is the quilt that started it all for me!

"HST Tote Bag" (2013) - Here is my swap partner Susan with the tote bag I made for her as part of the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Meetup in Portland, Oregon. Pattern by a great Canadian quilter, Leanne of She Can Quilt!

 "Memories of QuiltCon" (2013) - I started this mini quilt at a Lizzy House workshop at QuiltCon in Austin, TX this February. I'm already looking forward to QuiltCon 2015!

 "Ethan's Quilt" (2013) - My most recent finish, I gave this quilt to my cousin's baby this past weekend.

"Rainbow Girl" (2013) - A labour of love that took me 3.5 years from start to finish

Check out these BC Quilt Bloggers! (and be sure to visit Heather's blog for an additional list)
Eclectic Gnome

Since I'm a huge fan of solids, I chose a prize that makes me happy. I hope it makes the winner smile as well!

To enter the giveaway for this bundle of ten fat quarters of bright and beautiful Kona Cotton solids from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop, simply leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on Saturday, November 23rd! (edited Sunday, November 24th: giveaway now closed, and the winner has been notified. See Blogathon Canada Winner post.) Please leave your email address if you're a no-reply blogger or I won't have a way to contact you. If you are a no-reply blogger, you might want to take a look at this tutorial by Jodi of Pleasant Home on how to change that. Contest open to international participants.

 Don't forget to head over to the Sew Sisters blog to enter their Aurifil thread giveaway!

The Blogathon is on all week and I hope you'll enjoy getting to know the host bloggers from all across our country!

Monday, November 18
Holly's Red Bike (that's me!)
Monday, November 18
Tuesday, November 19
Tuesday, November 19
Wednesday, November 20
Wednesday, November 20
Thursday, November 21
Thursday, November 21
Friday, November 22
Friday, November 22
Saturday, November 23
Saturday, November 23

Friday, November 15, 2013

How do I number the comments on my blog?

In preparation for the Blogathon Canada giveaway I'll be having next week thanks to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop, I wanted to number the comments on my blog. Since this is my first time hosting a giveaway and I'm planning on using the Random Number Generator to determine the winner, I wanted to have an easy way to figure out who number 42 was should they win. Off I went to ask my trusty friend Google and I came up with a tutorial called Help with Numbered Comments in Blogger by Jenelle of Echinops and Aster. Her solution is to add some code to the CSS (style sheets) in your Blogger template and it's simply a matter of cutting and pasting the code.

I'll let you follow her easy-to-follow tutorial if you'd like to number the comments on your own Blogger blog. The only thing I would add is that I was momentarily stumped at the first instruction of "Go to Template Designer". It turns out that Jenelle had already thoroughly explained that in her post "Layouts and Templates in Blogger" that is part of her awesome "Tech Help for Bloggers" series. In case you just want a quick visual, I'm going to give you a screen capture to show where that is.

Select "Template" from the left hand menu and then click "Customize" and you'll be brought to the Template Designer. 

Click "Advanced" and it will open a new menu for you.

Scroll to the very bottom of this menu and you'll find "Add CSS". Ta da! See Jenelle's post for the code you'll need to paste into the box.

Enjoy your numbered comments!


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