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Chalk it Up!

What’s new and exciting?

CHALK PAINTING!

I have been keeping an eye on the US company Chalk Couture for some time now. They have a complete chalk paint and ink stencil system that is suited to everyone that wants to get creative!

Beginners to advanced crafters can make great decor items from signs on a variety of items to fabric and just about anything else your imagination can come up with!

GUESS WHAT? Chalk Couture is coming to CANADA! Ohhhhhh yeahhhhh!

They are currently accepting pre-registrations for designers in Ontario and I have signed up!

What does that mean for you? A great new hobby or business opportunity.

A designer is someone that wants to sell their products. If you think that is you, hit the following link and become part of my team:

https://essentials.chalkcouture.com/canada-pre-registration

My designer ID is CAD277371 (which you will need to sign up)

There is no financial commitment for the pre-registration and you can still opt out if you change your mind.

Here is what the starter package for the US is, the Canadian version should be similar.

Choose to be a designer or a creator and of course you are welcome to put your pieces, if you can bear to part with them, up for sale at Northern Emporium!

For more information contact Tara, either on FB it through Northern Emporium!

Learning the Longarm….. A Date With Jack

Not long ago I bought myself the most wonderful Christmas gift….. a ‘new to me’ Nolting 18″ longarm quilting machine with a 10′ frame! YAY! I have wanted a longarm for years….. my stack of UFO’s and pieced quilt tops, in storage and patiently awaiting their turn to be quilted….. are rejoicing.

Anyone that has ever tried out a longarm, tried FMQ (free motion quilting) on a domestic machine or has hand quilted knows that each way of quilting requires practice… and some more practice…. and maybe a bit of practice!

Of course I have some experience with each, most quilters graduate from one to the next to the next. After all, most of us love a new challenge!

The learning curve can be steep though, especially when your stored tops have more patience than the quilter! Which is definitely my case.

I started with a little practice swatch, about 36″ square. Once that was filled up I swapped it out for a baby quilt panel. No seams but lots of things to outline and background space to fill.

All the while, I was building my skill set. Loading the frame, advancing the rollers, learning the machines reach, how to get from one area to the next and try not to get backed into a corner, how to slow down to get smoother flow for corners…… all going marvelously! Until……. top thread breaks, loopy nests on the back and broken needles. Sighs….

So started the inevitable date with Jack….

Meet Jack…. he may be pocket sized but he loves to let ‘er rip!

As I had already  ‘graduated’ to a full sized quilt, hand pieced 50+ years ago by my neighbour and her mother (both passed long ago) which was already sandwiched and basted…. when my troubles began.

About 1/3 of the way through quilting I had to wind a new bobbin. Not thinking much if it I zipped it onto the winder and let ‘er fly! Turns out bobbin winding needs a wee bit more attention than that! It ended up too loose and uneven, Messing up my tension and causing the aforementioned horrors.

Just in the nick of time the Towa bobbin tension gauge I ordered arrived!

After taking the time to watch several YouTube videos of bobbin winding and tension adjusting, setting up a new practice patch on the frame and about 4 hours of fiddling around with bobbin and then setting the top tension….. I achieved successful stitching! YAY!

At this point a new dilemma. Do I finish what I can while the quilt is loaded or take it off to have my date with Jack before reloading and proceeding? As I was on the last row of blocks I opted to keep going while the going was good! I finished quilting as much of the top as I could as I had removed the basting stitched before noticing the nests.

After completing what I could, I added a few pins to the areas that needed to be undone,  removed the quilt from the frame and sat down for a long date night with Jack and Netflix.

If you have never picked out longarm stitching, take my word for it, it’s a tedious job at best!

After the picking and ripping and maybe just a little cursing….. the front and back looked like my Chinny-chin-chin! Tweezers were a great help in getting all the little thread hairs out… but now there are holes.

What’s a Quilter to do with that you ask? I asked the same question, didn’t have an immediate answer and put it all aside. I did however put some more marker pins in so I could see the spots needing attention before picking it up again. Sometimes the brain needs to percolate a solution.

As I was doing laundry the next day it occurred to me! I use a Conair Garment Steamer for my work shirts instead of ironing. (Ironing is only for patchwork, right?) so I thought I’d give it a whirl on the quilt top.

What a marvelous breakthrough, not only did it remove 95% of the stitch marks it also dealt with the wrinkles! To pull this off I draped the quilt over the shower rod and steadied with one band while steaming with the other. My bathroom also has the best light in the house, which made it easier to see the white thread on white background.

My next job will be to reload the quilt and get all the blank spaces done…… though it may need to wait a few days, there is already another quilt on the frame….. eeps!

So the links in my story… they take you to Amazon.ca where you can purchase the same items that I have used and trust. I always search out the best deals at the time and I love passing them on. If you do purchase something from my link I earn asmall commission on thesale, which costs you nothing! Win win huh?

Opening Soon!

Northern Emporium will be opening soon for the season! Our goal is May long weekend.

Now that Mother Nature is cooperating and letting some spring temperatures stick around we are able to get in and spend some time getting the shop ready for you to visit.

We will be featuring an expanded line of Himalayan Salt products.  Lamps, candle holders and edible salt will be in stock.

New this year are the agate slice tealight holders. You have to see them to get the full effect! Pewter figurines are beautifully illuminated through a dyed slice of agate.

Handmade soy wax candles and melts will also be back in stock along with all natural bath and body products.

A new line of handmade, useful Stuff & Things, like key racks, coat hooks, shelves, signs and other cool items made from reclaimed, up-cycled and recycled materials will give you the option of one of a kind gift giving!

 

Spoiler alert! Come and check out the Green Gables Reunion street party during Winnie’s Hometown Festival, 3rd weekend in August.

 

Aromatherapy….

Have you ever walked into somewhere, inhaled deeply and just smiled? Soft and subtle scents can have a huge positive impact on your day.  Perking up your mood,  feeling revitalized and rejuvenated, calming anger and discontentment, relieving stress. Theses are just a few ways that you can be affected by the air around you.  Taking it to the next step…. making the air around you have the qualities that you want to benefit from. Enter Aromatherapy! Continue reading Aromatherapy….

Our Little Sweethearts

Little Sweethearts Photo Contest Update!

We have 10 Little Sweethearts entered into the photo contest! You can see their pictures on display at the Northern Visions Art Studio in the window.

How to VOTE for your favourites:

  1. at the museum next door by donating coins into the corresponding jars.
  2. e transfer your donation. Message the Northern Emporium facebook page for more information.
  3. ‘after hours’ donations can be made when the museum is closed. Message the Northern Emporium facebook page for more information.

Voting is open until February 28th 2017

Please LIKE and SHARE this post so that friends and family have the opportunity to vote!

Little Sweethearts Valentines Photo Contest

Little Sweethearts

Valentine Photo Contest

Enter your little sweetheart!

 Book an appointment for your photo shoot

Saturday February 11th at Northern Emporium

OR

Sunday February 12th during the Valentines Bazaar

to be held at the Legion

Contact Tara Hart to book your appointment:

Cell 807-228-0999

email Tara@northernemporium.ca

or send a facebook message to the Northern Emporium page

The fine print:

Residents of White River and Pic Mobert, ages newborn to 3 are eligible to be entered

 $15 entry fee. Entry fee includes the photo shoot and the framed display photo to keep when the contest is done.

Written parental/guardian consent is required

 Only photos by KM Trudeau Photography will be displayed

 Display photos are ‘photographer’s choice’

 Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded on March 1st, 2017 and determined by count of coin donations. The photo generating the largest coin donation will be 1st place, second largest will be 2nd place and third largest will be 3rd place

Photos will be on display in the Northern Visions Studio window starting February 14th.

Voting jars will be at the Museum and Northern Emporium

Voting will be open to the public and votes can be made by donation of coins (sorry no paper currency accepted) Feb 14-28th

All proceeds will be donated to Northern Visions Art Studio

Sponsored by

Northern Emporium,

KMT Photography

Woods Imagery