My name’s Cathi and I live in downtown Toronto, my hometown, with Mr. Q.O. and our Maine Coon kitty, Baxter who has his own following thanks to the daily Baxtertoons Mr. Q.O. draws. If you’ve visited my blog before, you know I have an incurable case of quilters’ ADD as I always have many projects on the go.
I began blogging back in June of 2007 on a whim as a friend had started a blog and it looked like fun. Little did I know what a great part of my life it would become. The community of quilting bloggers is fabulous – it’s like having a virtual quilt shop to which one can go, chat for a bit, see some stunning quilts, read about new products and make great friendships.
The New York Beauty quilt top which I’ve dubbed the Tiffany Lamp quilt is the one which I just finished this past week. It is one of my favourites as it incorporates three things I love – curved piecing, sharp spiky points and the opportunity for some continuous stitching. This one was made with a combination of blocks from the three Inklingo New York Beauty shape collections.
Memories of Smudge is another top, made with the Inklingo Yin Yang shape collection, that is almost finished and is just awaiting its border(s). This one definitely is a favourite with all that fun curved piecing.
Both the Tiffany Lamp and Memories of Smudge quilts are destined to be large wall hangings, as is this red and pink Winding Ways quilt which was made with one of the Inklingo Winding Ways collections. Getting it out to photograph for this blog post reminded me I would really like to get this quilted and hanging on the wall in time for Valentine’s Day this year.
I frequently am asked by other quilters how I get so much done. My “secret” is printing the shapes on fabric with Inklingo – a brilliant invention which lets us print templates right on the back of our fabrics. Iron fabric to freezer paper, feed through an inkjet printer and then you have perfect shapes every time with both stitching and cutting lines and matching points.
Living in downtown Toronto, we are close to many major attractions including the Rogers Centre, where our beloved Blue Jays play baseball. Is it April yet? I can’t wait for the season to begin!
While we have not had (and I hope we don’t get) much snow this winter, just a few days after Christmas we were greeted by this sight at a nearby park. Thankfully, it has all since melted.
I much prefer the look of the city in the summer.
Now on to the giveaways. Yes, I said giveaways — plural. One winner will receive a mug rug, made from some of these little tumbling blocks. The other winner will receive a $25 Inklingo gift certificate, which can be used towards any Inklingo downloadable collection. The only requirement is that I be able to contact you. If you have a preference, please state it in your comment. When the winners’ names are drawn, I will do my best to ensure that you receive the prize for which you expressed a preference.
While I’d love it if you decide to subscribe to my blog (see the subscribe by e-mail button at the right) so you can see the next photo of my projects and the daily Baxtertoons, it is not a requirement to be entered in the giveaway. While you are waiting for the winners to be announced, you can start printing shapes on fabric now, if you want to. There are free shapes, so you don’t have to buy anything. Please tell them I sent you!
Comments are open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013. The winners will be drawn and announced on this post on February 1, 2013.
In today’s Baxtertoon, he’s at the blog patch and getting ready to head off to discover some new-to-us blogs after making sure the blog flowers are growing!
Baxter was licking his chops in anticipation of all the interesting blogs we’re going to see.
Now I’m going to head over to Vicki’s blog and start visiting some blogs. See you there!