Blogathon Canada!

Welcome to the Canadian Blog Hop.  I am happy to be the host for my adopted home province of Alberta.  Many thanks to the Sew Sisters quilt shop for having this wonderful idea and inviting me to be a part of it.  I’ll start with a little introduction.

Cathedral Stars

I’m Shena.  I live in Southern Alberta, about two hours south of Calgary.  My family relocated here about four years ago, leaving behind the Fraser Valley of BC for my husband’s work.  We have three children: Thing 1, our oldest daughter, almost 8; Thing 2, our son, 5; and our younger daughter, Thing 3, who is 2.5 next week. We’ve been very happy here, and the move was good for us.  We miss our families a lot, since we left them behind in BC, but we have a great circle of friends here.  A great surrogate family, if you will.

I currently sew in a very tiny nook in my kitchen, and do my quilting on the kitchen table, in the evening, when it’s not full of homework and dishes from various meals.  I am eagerly awaiting the day when the first half of our basement renovation is done, and I have a lovely closet for storing all my fabric, which is still in the boxes from our initial move.  It is getting close now!  Almost at the painting stage!

I started quilting about 6 years ago, when I was 22.  I had sewn clothing before then, but my older sister got me into quilting.  She taught herself how, using books and trial and error, and I followed in her footsteps shortly after.  I go through bursts of creativity, which are often linked to whether or not my kids are sick, or if I have a newborn or not.  We’ve just gone through a flu bug patch here in the Apple Pie household, so my sewing has suffered a little.

Primary Pinwheels 2

Deco 5

Mod Pop QAL: completed top

Here are a few of my more recently completed projects. They are Primary Pinwheels, Deco Shimmer, and Mod Pop QAL, (hosted by another Alberta blogger, Leanne of She Can Quilt).

As part of the blogathon, Sew Sisters is sponsoring a giveaway for each stop on the hop.  My giveaway is a bundle of 10 fat quarters, 7 red, 3 orange.  I really want to win this bundle myself, but it will go to one of you!  To win the bundle, just leave a comment.  Followers, new or not new, will get a second entry.  Just leave a second comment saying you’re a follower.  Please make sure you’re not a no-reply blogger, and if you’re not sure, leave you email in the comment.  The giveaway will stay open until sometime in the evening of the 24th.  This giveaway is now closed.

Blogathon Canada_Giveaway _Shena

Here’s a list of some other Alberta bloggers to check out.  They make some amazing stuff!  And if you are one of these bloggers, we should get to know each other a little!

Blue Elephant Stitches
Dining Room Empire
She Can Quilt
Learning to Sew
Colleen Quilts Too
Red Eye Crafts
Cora Quilts
Lala’s Lovelys Quilting
The Purple Quiltapotamus
Cathy Tomm Quilts
Create
Quiltmom’s Journey
Magpie Quilts
Slair’s Lair

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Blogathon Canada!
Sunday, November 18 Kick-off! Michele – Quilting Gallery
Monday, November 19 BC Felicity – Felicity Quilts
Monday, November 19 BC Cathy – Blueberry Patch
Tuesday, November 20 NS Jeanette – STAMP * STITCH * CREATE
Tuesday, November 20 NB Holly – Through My Window
Wednesday, November 21 AB Shena – Apple Pie Patchwork
Wednesday, November 21 SK Patti – Retired to Quilt
Thursday, November 22 QC Marika – Live, Laugh, Love… Sew
Thursday, November 22 MB Heather – Church Avenue Quilts
Friday, November 23 YT Vivian – Quilting Under the Midnight Sun
Friday, November 23 YT Janet – Caribou Crossing Chronicles
Saturday, November 24 ON Cathi – Quilt Obsession
Saturday, November 24 ON Cara – Cara Quilts
Saturday, November 24 ON Kaye – Miss Print

265 thoughts on “Blogathon Canada!

  1. Thanks for a nice little trip through your blog. I love your Granny Star table runner and I think I’ll make one like it for a Christmas gift. Thanks for a chance in your fabulous giveaway as well.

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  2. You make fabulous quilts! I’m so glad to have discovered you through this blog hop. I’m a brand new follower and look forward to seeing what you make next as well as exploring all that I’ve missed.

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  3. I see you use lots of brights in your quilts, no wonder you would like to win it too! Thank you so much for the giveaway, Alberta is one of the areas of Canada I haven’t managed to make it to yet, but I’m starting to think I need to take more road trips!

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  4. What beautiful quilts! I love the Primary Pinwheels especially! 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win ~ as my stash doesn’t have alot of orange yet… 🙂

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  5. Love the pinwheels, but the Mod Pop’s colours are eye-catching, too. I’m a colour junkie (among other things) and that’s usually the first thing that draws me. I live in Edmonton and am just getting back into sewing. My plan is to use my scraps for quilt blocks. ~ Linne

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  6. Hi Shena! This is great! I had not idea there were so many quilting bloggers in Alberta! I had a few comments on my blog where readers were mentioning a blogathon so I snooped around a bit and found your blog. I wish that Alberta wasn’t quite so big and we could all meet up somewhere! (I’m an hour NE of Calgary)

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  7. I love your Primary Pinwheels quilt! I’d love to enter your giveaway…love the stack of colors!! Sorry you’ve been sick lately. I hope you’ll feel like enjoying a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Your quilts are gorgeous!!! Wow! Love em all!

    Thanks for chance to win those beautiful fat quarters!! Such Happy colors!!! :0

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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  9. Thank you for the great giveaway. I love your Deco Shimmer quilt, the colors look so peaceful while the quilting has a great energy to it.

    Marj in Mexico
    thelady(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I’m a new follower. Looking forward to returning and having a look around.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I share your using of a small sew space. When my son was born, I gave up my 12 foot by 12 foot room for a 9 foot area along one wall. Hard sometimes.

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  12. New follower and so glad the blogathon has introduced me to such creative individuals. So glad that your own sewing/quilting place is coming to be and hope it is done soon. I totally fell in love with the second quilt — the circular quilting pattern and the colour combination is so appealing. It definitely gives it motion.

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  13. Welcome to Alberta Shena- I have meant to come and visit earlier this week but somehow the time has got away from me. Thanks for hosting the blog hop . I hope that you will have new followers from this event.
    With best wishes from Edmonton,
    Anna

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