You must try Prequilt- it’s an online digital colouring book that is so much fun!

Prequilt is a program designed by Laura from Toronto and it is amazing! I first met Laura at the Toronto MQG and again at the SWO MOD Retreat this past spring.  She is full of energy and so lovely!

The Circus Tent quilt was the first layout that you can edit to colour with your own palette.  It also comes with an accompanying pattern you can buy, either PDF or a paper copy.

Then I noticed the HST option and I spent way too much time last night (when I should have been sleeping) changing the layout of the HST pattern.  I could change the size of the blocks, the number of blocks in the setting, I picked the 2 colour option and then added more colours and kept going and going until after midnight.

Here are the steps:

This is what the home screen looks like.
First you pick your size of blocks and they go up in increments of 1/4″  I picked a finished 8″ block and an 8×8 block setting. (look, it even calculates the yardage required)

 

Then you click on the block logo and start to create!

You can change the colours by clicking BLOCK and selecting from the palette.

Here I have selected a purple and lime.

 

 

 

 

After picking my colours I clicked the REMIX button and it shuffles all the blocks around.

And once I have clicked REMIX I can then select individual blocks and 1/4 turn them to my liking. You click on the block to hi-light it and then it rotates!

 

See how easy it is with the little rotate icon at the bottom?  You can rotate as many as you like!

 

Then you can also add a second block with 2 more colours, click REMIX and voila a 4 coloured shuffled up HST quilt you designed.  Here is the original purple and lime layout, then I cloned the block and selected the red and blue colours and then I hit REMIX again.

When you hit REMIX it randomly arranges the colours and block layout and here is the finished quilt layout.

Once again if there is anything you wish to switch up, you can then select that block individually and edit it.

 

This has to be the easiest online quilt program I have ever used.  Usually I am yelling at the computer screen wondering why a program won’t work like I want it to- and then I end up getting my graph paper and pencil crayons to end my frustration.

But I spent hours playing around with Prequilt because it was so fun AND so easy that I wanted to keep rotating and adding more coloured blocks.   I think Laura needs to use this slogan- Prequilt is so easy-even Kristyn can do it!

I fell asleep dreaming of the possibilities with Prequilt and hope that more blocks get added for future creating!

 

 

Vancouver Women’s Library has invited me to speak about my business

While I am out in Vancouver for Quilt Canada, the Vancouver Women’s Library has invited me to speak about owning my own small business.  If you are in the area, please stop by!  I will be the nervous person standing up speaking in front of a crowd- my biggest fear in life.  Wish me luck!

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More information can be found on the Vancouver Women’s Library website.

The library is run by donations and hard working volunteers,  this is their link for fundraising, please support the library if possible- Donate Now

 

Happy National Quilting Day!

What a great weekend to be at home sewing and quilting!

Today is National Quilting Day and tomorrow is the MQG Sew Day!

And right in the middle is St. Patrick’s day so currently I am wearing green socks and a green shirt, while I drink hot chocolate with Irish Cream!  Tonight’s dinner is sausages, cabbage and potatoes- yum!

My plans for the weekend include finishing my Colour Bars quilt started at QuiltCon LAST year, and starting on pattern testing  a fat 1/4 friendly pattern from Snips Snippets.

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My 2018 QuiltCon entry in the Flying Geese APQ Challenge

American Patchwork and Quilting is sponsoring the Flying Geese Challenge category and here is my entry.

I thought I would emphasize scale for this quilt resulting in each of the 3 giant geese blocks measuring 20″ x 40″.

And here is the info that will be listed on the quilt card.

 

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back- haven’t we all felt like this before?

Life is full of accomplishments AND setbacks. Some are important milestones while others are devastating setbacks. It is easy to get discouraged if we feel our two steps back far outweigh our going forward.

But look closely at the tiny steps, both forward and back, hidden within the quilting and know that even events that seem minor have shaped our lives.

Take time today to notice both the larger things as well as the smaller ones because combined; these events have brought us to where we are at this very moment.

 

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And here is a close up of the tiny hidden quilted geese among the feather quilting.

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Good luck to everyone that has a quilt on exhibit at QuiltCon!

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Clearly I am no good at mystery quilts

I tried, I really tried.

I ordered the lovely bundle of Kona solids from Mad About Patchwork but when it arrived it was so perfect to add to my Postcards From Sweden quilt, that I used them for that instead of the mystery quilt.

Then I had to find replacement fabrics, and decided to use my hand dyed fabrics from the summer.  And there the fabrics sat for months and months.

I have so many other projects on the go, I had no ambition to start a mystery quilt, because in reality (and I know this about myself) I hate mystery quilts.  I hate not knowing which fabric will go where, and what the quilt top will look like when finished.

SO…….

Sorry PEI MQG I am a mystery quilt drop out.

BUT…..

The good news is I already have a plan to use my hand dyed fabrics, and I have even started to cut them out.

My daughter volunteers at a Women’s Library and I am making a quilt for a fund raiser for their 1  year anniversary.  This is what I have so far, should go together quite quickly I think.

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Cherrywood Van Gogh exhibit

WOW the Van Gogh quilts were amazing!  If they are in your area, you must see them!

Trina from the Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop hosted the 120 quilt exhibit last weekend- and it was incredible.  Thanks Trina for all your work getting these quilts to Seaforth!  Look forward to next year!

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The quilt second from the left of the sunset and tree and water won Viewer’s Choice at the exhibit- Congratulations Terri!

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The Van Gogh Cherrywood exhibit is coming to Seaforth Nov. 30- Dec. 2

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The Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop is honoured to host, for the FIRST TIME EVER IN CANADA, The Cherrywood Challenge Quilt Exhibit!

Karla Overland, owner of Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics in Brainerd, Minnesota has given consent for “The 2017 Cherrywood Challenge – VanGogh” to travel to Seaforth, Ontario.

Artists from all over the world were invited to take the challenge to create small quilts using the same fabric, same color, same size and same theme. The variety and inspiration that blossomed from this simple idea has been nothing short of amazing in the quilting world and beyond. Karla has worked in collaboration with Bohin, France to create this latest challenge – VanGogh.

The Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop of Seaforth, Ontario will be the first to display this International Exhibit after it’s initial reveal at Quilt Market in Houston, Texas.  All 120 miniature art quilts will travel to Seaforth in November before heading off to tour both the United States and France.  This could be your once in a lifetime chance to view an exhibit of this calibre.  Please plan to visit Seaforth, Ontario Legion at 123 Main Street South from November 30 – December 2, 2017.

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First Clue of the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt today

The first clue is out- its to make HST with the background and accent colours (which I have yet to choose)

I hope to find some time either later today or at least on the weekend to pick my fabric and make the blocks!

I am not good at keeping up with dead lines, but really hope to keep on track for this.

I’ll edit the post in a few days to show you the blocks I make.

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PEI MQG Mystery Quilt Along

I am not one for mystery projects, but since the PEI MQG has offered a modern option to their QAL I thought I would give it a shot!

Fabric selection starts now, and they have given a few options to help you pick out your fabrics.  I opted for the easy option and purchased a bundle already curated and expect it to be in my mailbox by the end of the week!  Mad About Patchwork has a few selections that would work well with the mystery quilt and are 10% off.  Thank you Mad About Patchwork!

Here is what I picked:

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I now have to go through my Kona bolts and find 2 grey shades and I know I have a full bolt of Snow, so I am good to go!

The next clue is in September, thankfully, as I doubt I will have any time to work on this project during the summer.  I will try to post photos each month as I go along, so check back.  The final quilt top should be complete April 2018- I hope!

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Quilt Canada Quilt Show

The Canadian Quilters Association had their big yearly quilt show, Quilt Canada, this week in Toronto.

I was there for the day on Thursday taking a class on quilt judging.  This was a class if you want to become a quilt show judge, but it was also for people, like me, that enter quilts into juried quilt shows.  I got a lot of information from the teachers on what judges look like in a quilt, so that advise was amazing!

I had a few minutes at lunch and then 1 hour after class to run through the quilt show to do a bit of shopping and see the quilts.  Here are a few of my favourites.

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Improv Untitled- Krista Hennebury, North Vancouver BC

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Burrard- Susan Purney Mark, Victoria BC

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Captured Moments- Marianne Haak, St. Albert AB

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March On- Cheryl Arkison, Calgary AB

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Eclipse- Terry Aske, Vancouver BC

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We The North Since 1867- Michele-Renee Charbonneau, Ottawa ON

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Round Peg, Square Hole- Krista Hennebury, North Vancouver BC

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Cumulative Effect- Stacey Lee O’Malley, Ottawa, ON

 

The Ottawa MQG had a special exhibit as well and here are some of their guild member’s quilts.

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It was a rushed trip and I wonder if I spent more time in traffic driving through Toronto than I did at the quilt show?