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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Aiming For Accuracy II- Quilt-Along 2015 with Mishka's Playground (|Michele Foster)

Hello to all;

Here's our little update, okay, it's a big update, and we hope you "hop on board" and get started with us on this Quilt-Along adventure!

The Sugar Shack Sisters (SSS) have joined a quilt-a-long, called "Aiming for Accuracy II - Quilt-Along."

It was brought to our attention from a quilter gal pal Lauralyn, who found it on line.  You simply must check it out and sign up.   It's a reasonable cost, and can be a great motivator for something new.

The instructions for the blocks come out on the 7th and 21st of each month, and wow do you learn a lot.  You'll receive your email notice from Michele so you won't miss a thing.  Her direction are so explicate, there is now wondering, "how do I do what", as she explains thing incredibly well.

Check out her web site

Select her tab: Quilt Along 2015


She is a wealth of information herself, not to mention all the sites she directs you to, so you can "aim for accuracy," all while creating your blocks for the quilt above.  Knowledge is power and this lady had it going on!  We have learnt a ton of stuff so far, and look forward to more!  Yes we want more!

We'll  post some pictures of our blocks tomorrow, so you can we what our fabric choices are.  We hope to "inspire" you to join!

Hugs from the SSS gang at |Maple Garden Quilting Studio.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Maple Tree's ...I can't resist

I just wanted to share some pictures of the Maple Tree's near our studio, that were so beautiful this fall....all changing to their impressive fall oranges, rusts and reds and greens.  The pictures just don't do them justice.

These are just a few of the more than 30 maples on the property....

Friday, 20 February 2015

Dinosaurs...and more dinosaurs

Sorry picture is not as clear as I would have liked.

"Dinosaurs" lap quilt is done!

I was collecting pieces of fabric while on a road tip, on route to a retreat with the girls, when I found this fabric in Penticton, BC ( and fell in love with the "dinosaurs' on it....

this was just the beginning...

next I purchased some "solid" fabrics at the next store in Summerland, BC ( and off to the retreat we went.

When I got to the retreat, i just let the fabrics "speak to me," and started to create.

black fabric solid - yes black - it just needed that foundation / separation of color so thank goodness the retreat was in a fabric store! Yup, that's right in Armstrong, BC (

Let me just say that was the BEST, BEST place to have a retreat!!!!  Yes, I am "yelling" BEST BEST BEST - a full line of fabulous fabrics at your disposal.  If you don't have it Klia does!  She was an awesome host!

I got the top finished at the retreat, (along with some UFO's finished). All in all it was a marvelous retreat.
Okay, back on topic, everyone loves dinosaurs, right!  Well, I do!

I wanted to use the main dinosaur print as my main focus, and added to here it is.

I have been teaching myself how to do free motion quilting on my Janome 7700 domestic machine, which can be challenging and requires lots, and lots, and did I say lots of practicing.

Sorry pictures are not the need a new camera.

I tried to create egg pods, waves, and circles (pebbles), okay these do take some practicing, which I will continue to do.

I did a simple, my version of a soft cross hatch type design on the dinosaurs center fabric, and tried a variety of patterns on the various rows...hopefully you can see what i was trying to accomplish.

Hope you like it

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Life can be busy....sometimes

Maple Garden Quilting Studio wants to say a big warm heart felt "hello to all." 

It has been a while... (be nice, no yelling), we are got in the way.

Yes, it's true, and there is really no clever inventive way we can say why we were busy.  You know the drill every day life can be busy and get in the way, dang-it!  As you all know when this happens everyone jumps into survival mode and we all plug along...we'll we are guilty for sure.

NEWS:  Our studio is now home to the "Sugar Shack Sisters," a group of ladies who meet regularly with a motto of  "no kids, no men, no dogs, and be nice! 

Yes, we all are committed (in many ways) to our respective spouses/partners, kids and dogs, and we love them all, but not in the studio, cause it is for "chicks" only), and "yes" we get into some real stitch'in and bitch'in, but we like it that way!  It all helps with the creative process!

We're putting together an update of what  we've all been up to over the past while (okay, we know it's been awhile, again be nice, no yelling...unless it comes along with some sweet treats...then we'll let yah wail til the cows come home) and well post it shortly.

Hugs from everyone at the ....

Maple Garden Quilting Studio
...home of the Sugar Shack Sisters

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Work in progress - You've Got Mail

A failed project - recycled.

Summary:  took a class - double wedding ring, selected these fabrics along with some others and when they were cut once sewn and then cut again and sewn. Talk about a dogs breakfast so to speak. 

I liked all the fabrics I selected but they looked terrible in this pattern.  It just was not working so I threw away the blocks I did, and saved all the blocks I had already cut up into 10 inch squares.

I recycled them into making this block called "you've got mail."

I found this pattern on the Internet and think it's a really fun block.  So you can see I've made quite a few blocks, and arranged them into the mail blocks I liked.

It's a work in progress, and I hope to get the top all pieced and together tomorrow.  I will keep you posted.

Quilt til you drop,


Sunday, 13 October 2013

I Won, I won - yes I'm doing the "happy dance"

My lucky lucky win... a fabulous door prize made and donated by Bonnie for the FVMQG Meeting....

Bonnie, here is your fab table runner on our dining room table. We used it as our centre piece for our Thanksgiving Dinner tonight and our guest's loved it.

I am still doing the "happy dance" on my win.  I feel so lucky.  You are a very talented lady and I will cherish this table runner forever!!!!

Here is the back of the table runner for everyone to check out her fantatic quilting. The back is a design and picture in itself. 

Sorry I just can't seem to get this picture the correct landscape way, so it's portrait, but you get the idea.  the quilting is amazing as I mentioned.

I hope you all like it too, and again  a big big "THANKS YOU" to BONNIE!


PS: I'll be looking forward to crossing my fingers for the win, when she donates another door prize for sure.


Saturday, 12 October 2013

What I did on my Summer Vacation.....Drumheller, Alberta - The "largest Dinosaur" in the World - Go see it!

"Welcome to Drumheller"...the whole town is crazy for anything's all about these prehistoric creatures including of course "T-REX, and other various status of them scattered around town wherein they are engaged in having some fun.... (my hubby in the picture).

flowers anyone...

...please take me for a ride in your side car

Dinosaur's, Dinosaur's, and more Dinosaur's...  Drumheller, Alberta is home to the world class Royal Terrell Museum - and as they say;

                        "The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a popular Canadian tourist attraction and a leading centre of palaeontological research noted for its collection of more than 130,000 fossils."  

Just a few pictures above, but you could take thousands, as it just keeps getting better and better as you travel though the museum displays.

There are lots of hotels motels etc, but if camping or RV'ing stay at the Hoodoos RV Resort & Campground  the staff are friendly, the showers clean and tidy and good laundry facility as well.  It is located along the Red Deer River and the "hoodoo's" are just down the Highway.

You can not explain the Hoodoos better than what the Royal Tyrell Museum states; and it's another must see while in Drumheller.  Their site explains the Hoodoos;


Recognized as one of Alberta's most popular and identifiable geological formations, hoodoos were formed by the effects of erosion caused by water, wind, and frost. 
Check this website to learn about Drumheller, and all there is to see and do there.  You'll be impressed as I was. This website gives you some insite into the great adventures available to see and experience.

To visit Wayne, you must cross over 11 one way bridges and don't forget to stop off at the "Last Chance Salon",  it is full of nestalga! 
Have fun planning your next vacation to Drumheller, Alberta.
I'm thrilled we went.