I Got Framed!!

See this picture?  This wonderful quilt frame?  It’s a fabulous solid oak quilt frame that does away with the necessity of basting, folds up easily for storage and is a great asset for any hand quilter!

On Easter weekend, my favourite quilt shop, Sew Sisters, had a contest.  Every purchaser of fabric got an entry.  Sew Sisters had a very similar contest last year at Easter.  That was the first time I saw one of these frames and I’ve been wanting one ever since as basting is a nightmare and holding a hoop is completely beyond my hands’ capabilities.  When Judy announced the contest on the Sew Sisters blog last week, I knew I had to buy something and get an entry in the contest.  A few half metres of red batiks were purchased and a lot of finger crossing began.

I don’t usually have good luck in contests like this but this time —  I won!  When I got the e-mail from Judy Tuesday afternoon, I was thrilled — once I got over the surprise I had actually won it, that is.  I think the cats jumped at the noise I made when I read that e-mail!!  There are 3 big quilts waiting for quilting, a number of smaller ones and now — well, now I can’t wait!  I’ve done so little hand quilting in the past couple of years that the first thing I’m going to do is make up a sandwich of muslin and batting and get back into the rhythm of hand quilting before I start on any of the quilts.

The frame is made by Heartland Quiltworks, a Canadian company.  We’re picking it up from the shop on the weekend.  I can’t wait to get it home and try out quilting with a frame.  I have visions of the cats curled up under the frame and probably being little mischief makers trying to catch  the needle and thread.

There’s a table runner pattern I’m working on that will feature, among other things, this star.  I made it with the 6″ Storm at Sea collection.  The background fabric I used is one that I’ve had for ages and absolutely love working with.  It’s almost of the same thread count as a good batik but needles so easily.  I’ve been looking for the right pattern in which to use it for years.

The back:

It was a rainy, drizzly, somewhat cooler day on Tuesday and the cats didn’t spend any time on the windowsill.  Smudge did spend a lot of time in my desk chair, though.  It seems to be one of his favourite spots.  I’m not too sure what that look is all about — perhaps a bit of a Morris look.

Lester also has a funny look on his face.  He was actually awake but closed his eyes as he really dislikes the flash of the camera.

15 thoughts on “I Got Framed!!

  1. Congratulations!! What a wonderful win for you!! I am sure that will be most helpful in quilting your gorgeous tops. I love your storm at sea block. The colors are wonderful. I think that Smudge and Lester look quite majestic today.

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  2. The quilting frame looks interesting, Cathi. It’s hard to tell from the photo but does it sit on the floor and is the height adjustable? I like the fact that you will have both hands free to quilt which would make it much easier than trying to manipulate a hoop. Congrats on the win!

    Love that start block too.

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  3. WOW! Congratulations on such a wonderful win. It makes up for all the other times that you haven’t won something – and more. I’m so thrilled for you – I know that you will truly enjoy it 🙂

    Lester looks like he is laughing!!

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  4. Congrats on the fantastic win. I am so thrilled for you dear friend. Excited!!! And listen, your star made me say: Oh… My…. God. I had pauses in between each word. I mean! I’m sayin’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Yea for hand quilting!…Smudge is suitably impressed and Lester ….well , Lester is pleased too, I am sure.
    Congratulations..it is always fun to win and even more so when it is something you’d like to have.

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  6. Congratulations, Cathi – you are the best person to win the frame!!! I am so happy for you.

    That block is pretty. I love the background fabric. It looks so French country!

    By the way, I gave your name/blog to another blogger looking for hand quilting help. I don’t know if she contacted you, but just so you know… 😉

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  7. Lucky you! That looks like a wonderful frame and not too big. Just a couple more days, then you can give it a go. And, that is one beautiful block! Love the fabric.

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  8. Cathi congrats on the big win!! Sew Sisters is one of my favs too lots of great fabric for excellent prices.. surprised we have not bumped into each other.
    So looking forward to see your quilting since your blocks are so beautiful too..

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  9. Woooooooooooohooooooooooooo congratulations on the win – I’m looking forward to seeing what you create – a frame like that is a perfect item for someone who loves handwork as much as you do – you deserve it!

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  10. Congratulations! OMGoodness! I am so excited for you!
    Cathi, I can’t wait for you to let us know how it is so quilt on it… oh, my… Looks like a DREAM! And NO BASTING!
    🙂
    and that star of yours is lovely… Gorgeous background fabric, indeed!

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  11. Congratulations on your great win!! (Can you see I’m way behind on blog reading…) I bet the cats will love to “help” you and also find a new place to hide under. Love love love the star and the fabric, Oh my, just perfect!

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