Friday, October 28, 2011

QWI Quilt Workshop Oct 15th

You'll never know what happens with this fast block technique and that was evident at this workshop! It was so much fun.

These are the colors that I picked out from my stash and one of my students didn't have the right amount of Fat Quarters. So it worked our perfectly!

See the variations achieved in one class. What fun it is and so versatile. I love to see photos from anyone anywhere that has tried my technique. email me, please, see my profile for email details.

 This my technique "Slicing and Dicing" found on Quilting Gallery 
This fast and easy block is something that once anyone has learned it can be transferred to hundreds of different variations and would make an awesome WI Fun Raiser for any  branch!
If you'd like to have a professional quilter come and teach a class for your branch, please leave a comment on this blog or "follow" this blog to learn more about my classes.

Denise (below) was very careful as she learned about 1/4 inch quilting seams, pinning and she's well on her way to her first quilt. Yeh! Denise!

 Focused loads of fun!
Kate loved this and was finished her blocks first!

This one day workshop sponsored by the Quick Women's Institute, a branch of BC Women's Institute, this fast growing women's group had a bunch of fun. Some of the participants got very  busy and completed their first quilt in a few weeks. Such as this one by member Nola Weston. See (below) her decision making process on the fabric wall during the workshop.

 Laurie our President, had a lavender suggestion for sashing between the blocks. 

This is what Nola's finished quilt looked like, well done Nola!
Nola decided on teal colored sashing, what a great choice, this lovely quilt is snuggled under after Nola work day at PRT Tree Nursery in Telkwa. Nola chose the cow fabric for the backing and back to teal colored cotton for the binding.

Yeh, Nola!

Stash n' Organic Vintage Quilt

I am digging into my stash and finding sultry vintage fabrics, solid colors and soft pretty petal styles of fabric to go with this collection. I have an awesome new pattern on the drawing sheet! This is what got me excited; imagine these fabrics together in one quilt?
 These lovely fat quarters are what I've been waiting for to arrive. Its a great little bundle from Miscellany.

I've got some ideas, like maybe pinwheels or applique something? I work with the pattern in my head & on paper until I'm ready to proceed! What do these selections make you think?

But then I think piecing might be just the cat's meow for these and the vintage fabrics I'm picking out.

Its the start of a brand new idea and you never know for sure until you are well into it as to whether you've got something special. I use snippets of the prints and copy them into my pattern. See if I like it, see if it does it for me, then I send it out to my girl friends for further comment and then eventually it goes forward.
I haven't decided on the fabric so until next time stay tuned as this develops.
Have a spooky weekend!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Snow Town Folk New Quilt Pattern

Everything has a start and this is a little story about how I came to be making a new quilt pattern. The pattern is called "Snow Town Folk" and it will be available until the new year by subscription to Quilters Connection Magazine.

I was busy hand quilting my sons graduation quilt back in 2007.  You know, I was really busy, the winter was long and hard and I made some notes, a few drawings and then put it aside. I was working at the time, so little time to create anything. I continued to hand quilt my sons graduation quilt.

 Then as 2010 began, I was was rethinking my future, where was I going to be in ten years kind of reflecting! You know what I mean? I'm sure that all of us do this once in a while.

 Anyway, I began playing with what fabrics I'd use and you know I love to blend wool with cotton, velvet with silk and so on. I located the reuse wool selections in my stash and it kind of grew from there. I plugged away, measuring, dreaming and writing. The cold winds blew and drifted up against the old barn.

Then it  began to take shape and as I finished all the hand embroidery I did on the snowman heads, I realised I had a real pattern to complete. In this quilt, I used whatever fabric I had in my stash and went ahead with writing and measuring to be sure. I like to blend fabrics of different generations, different designers and manufacturers. Its just a natural notion as is quilting for me.

Sorry to all my followers because this little quilt is not on the market until into Jan. 2012 Its been chosen to be one of the patterns featured in Quilters Connection Magazine Winter Issue!

As this pattern began to take shape I learned several things about myself. I was empowered by the focused attention to the fine details of writing this pattern. I learned that I have a style and it's somewhere in the 'whimsy' category.

 I was thrilled and encouraged by the response of everyone who saw this little quilt before I submitted it to Quilters Connection Magazine.

Basically, I'm shy. so showing people you know is hard, don't you think?

The first version with pine cones and blue backgrounds is going to be published. The pattern will be released after the QCM Winter Issue is over. But check out this test pattern quilt in a totally different modern version.

Let me know what you think? 

Happy Quilting everyone!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Start of the Frankenstien Halloween quilt!

Thanks so much for following me. I'm a nut for new ideas and I'm fast becoming a convert of and her lovely paper pieced designs. I stumbled upon Sonya, the gal behind the designs about a year ago. 

 I like her designs because they are very different! I was so tired of the usual flowers and geometric one or the cutesy ones. I instantly liked her style and you know what? Her designs are coming out in the Nov/Dec Issue of Quiltmaker. Her quilt I think is called Winter Critters.

 In the meantime, I'll keep you posted on how this turns out!

Monday, October 17, 2011

15 quilts in a Day

I achieved a measure of performance this past summer that my business counselor would be proud of. I was organized, ready to learn more and then realised I didn't have any proper signage for the booth.
It was two days before the fall fair event.We were really pushed for time with opening dates for the fair, just around the corner. We had everything organized when I realised my business sign was still unresolved. This is how I came to be in this pickle.

I had asked a local wood signmaker to make me a wood sign for my business. She agreed and I carried on with custom quilt making and organic cotton retailing. This was way back in July and when I went by her house in early August, she had  been away, had forgotten all about making the sign and was going away again! I swallowed hard, thanked, told her it was my fault that I hadn't followed up on her earlier. I'm glad now that it happened. Otherwise I'd not have made 15 quilts in one day.

 I decided on Dr. Suess theme organic cotton, fine quality and absolutely almost like sateen cotton. I picked the selection above. What do you think?

I just had to save the printed copyright!

 I cut the fifteen 8 1/2 in by 6 in. warm and white batting.

 Then the 30 same sized chunks of the Dr. Suess organic cotton from The Lorax childhood books.

Yes, its true, I made fifteen little quilts that spelled my business name. I shamelessly admit to this blatant 'tooting of my own horn' and say, Yeh! I made it to the fall fair, had an awesome time, I arrived organized with my new sign!
Handmade in Canada!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Three Hour Fast Block Magic! Tutorial

1.   Start with 5 fat quarters, one the focus fabric, 2 light colors and 2 dark colors.(Two Hour Table Runner Part One)
2.   Layer the FQ’s face up, 1st light fabric, 1st dark fabric, focus fabric, 2nd light fabric, 2nd dark fabric.(Step two photo)

3.   Make only 4 vertical cuts with rotary cutter across and through all layers of the FQ’s. Make these cuts off on any any that is workable for sewing together fast, try to vary the width of each cut, this is where it gets very individual. (Step 3 photo)
4.   Start with the far left stack of slices:
·      Take 1 top slice and move it to the bottom of the 1st stack.
·      Moving to the right always, take 2 top slices and move to the bottom of 2nd stack.
·      Take 3 top slices and move to the bottom of 3rd stack.
·      Take 4 top slices and move to the bottom of 4th stack.
·      5th stack, leave whole.(step 4 photo)
Tip: You’ll know you’ve done it correctly if you can see one fabric slice from each of the 5 FQ’s chosen, these will form the first block.

1.   Next, sew all the slices into blocks pieced together, working on only one whole block at a time. This prevents getting the blocks mixed up.(Step 5 photo)
2.   Always stack the pieced blocks in the same order as they came off your table.
3.   Press seams at the end of completing each block, not during after each seam, its unnecessary.

4.   Once all blocks are pieced and pressed, turn so that the seams are now horizontal to you.(Step 6 photo)
5.   Cut another 4 cuts with rotary cutter and ruler across the pieced blocks.
 6.   Repeat the shuffling as done before to the stacks of pieced strips.

7.   Sew all the strips together once more and finish with trimming to a 16 in. square. (Step 7 photo)
8.   If you can’t fit the 16th inch square, don’t worry about it, just make them squared up and matching in size to use for other projects.

Have fun, please email me a photo of something you've done with this technique.

As a last note, all our Dr. Suess organic cotton is going on sale here. I'll have all the sale pricing in place at the web site by the end of week.

Have Fun and stay safe as the winter is drawing closer here in northern Canada!

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