Donation to St Joe’s health crisis fund

I am very thankful to be able to work during the Covid Pandemic and wanted to give back and thank the Health Care workers in London.

For the past few months I have set aside $5 from every quilt that has been brought in, and added in some generous donations from quilters that also gave $5 for their incoming quilts and we have been able to donate $255 to the St Joseph’s Health Crisis Fund.

Thanks to everyone that has been staying at home and finishing quilt tops and brought them to me to quilt.

Here is what the donation email said:

Dear Kristyn,

The Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded our organization, faced contagious diseases and other pandemics at different times in our history. Today, it’s a different time.  And a different disease.  But we have stepped up to the challenge of COVID-19 with the same spirit of togetherness and compassion.
 
Because of you, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is able to provide exceptional care to people from all over our region. By supporting the work of St. Joseph’s, you are inspiring hope for a bright future, despite the uncertain times we are all facing today.
 
Thank you so much for your gift of $255.00. You make it possible for our organization to continue to provide the very best in treatments, medical equipment and resources to benefit the people we serve.
 
For 150 years, St. Joseph’s and our community have worked together to address the health needs of our families. Your help means we can provide the resources needed to continue that effort. Together we can provide hope.
 
Your donation matters here. Now, more than ever.

I will be counting up the quilts for the upcoming few months and make my next donation to the LHSC at the end of August.  Thanks again everyone!

Pins, pins and more pins.

With the inspiration I found at Quilt Con during Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s lecture, I have been making great headway on my trip around the world quilt.

Making headway also means an abundance of pins.  Why am I over run with pins you ask?  Well each and every 2.5” piece of fabric was once held on my design wall by a pin and now that I have a few rows sewn together all the pins aren’t sticking out of my design wall like a giant colourful fabric porcupine.  I am trying to remember where I put their original containers so I can put these pins back away until the next project I need to pin on my deign wall (and leave it there for 2 years)

I was given some easy grasp pins to product test (thank you Tammy from The Quilt Kitchen) so I thought I would review these new pins, as well as another kind of easy grip pins and my old standby regular glass head straight pins.

Here are the pins I am testing, photos of the packages and information listed on the package.

Taylor Seville Magic Pins

  • 1 7/16” length with mint green heads (other colours available) and 50 pins in the package
  • Heat resistant
  • “designer” storage case but is basically a hinged plastic case.
  • Comfort Grip handles
  • Labelled as fine

Prym Easy Grasp Pins

  • No idea the number of pins in the package as it is sold by weight, 10 grams
  • Length is 38mm which is 1 1/2”
  • Basic plastic storage container

Dritz Ultra Fine Glass Head Pins

  • Nickel plated steel
  • 1 3/8” length and 150 pins in the package
  • Heat resistant heads
  • Ultra-fine
  • Plastic storage case which as rounded corners for easy opening

Dritz Crystal Glass Head Pins in both lengths

  • 1 3/8” light blue and light yellow glass heads, 100 pins in the package
  • 1 7/8” medium blue and medium yellow glass heads, 100 pins in the package
  • Both lengths have basic plastic storage containers
  • Are not labelled as heat resistant but I assume they are since they have glass heads

 

History:  I have been sewing since I was 6 or 7 years old and started out with the basic metal pins with no glass heads. I was a kid who had no clue what good quality notions were, and I was probably using hand me down pins. Looking back these were the worst pins!  I often left a project on the go with the pins in the fabric and these pins would rust and stain the fabric. Then I got all fancy and bought the nice assortment of brightly coloured plastic head pins and once again didn’t know what I was doing and frequently melted the plastic head on the pins when ironing.

Fast forward to an adult with common sense and standards for my notions- now I buy quality pins for each application.  I have long pins for garment making, regular length pins for quilting, flat plastic flower head pins for my longarm so I can put a ruler on top of them and it doesn’t make a teeter totter on the big pin head, thick sturdy yellow head pins to pin quilts on my canvas leader of my longarm machine (big yellow heads so they are easier to see when I drop a pin) and when a pin gets bent or when the head falls off I throw these sub-par pins away.  No more using bent pins, rusty pins or ugly pins for me!

I also dream of having a collection of adorable pin cushions and even bought the Pin Pals book anticipating using up all my tiny bits of beautiful scrap fabrics.  Anyone want to guess how this dream went?  That’s right I have yet to make a single pin cushion, but if I ever do, I have amassed quite the collection of tiny bits ready to go!  Last year I received this pin cushion as a gift and LOVE it and every day when I look at it I think I should really make my own adorable pin cushion.  And yet I still haven’t.  One day………

I do have an assortment of pin dishes. My pin dish of choice is a magnetic one and never do I mix up the pins.  Each pin dish has only the same pins in each dish.  When my daughter was little she would arrange the pins in the magnetic dish so all the pin heads were going in the same direction and told me the Pin Fairy did it. (so cute) I wish my Pin Fairy was back closer to home.

Ok enough of getting sentimental and back to the pins.  Here are my thoughts on each pin.

Taylor Seville Magic Pins

  • Designer case I found difficult to open
  • When reaching for a pin without looking I found it odd to touch a different shaped pin than the ones with the round glass head I have been using for 40 years. You know when you use an item so frequently you just know the feel of it without thinking?  These pins did not have that feeling.
  • These pins are a shorter pin but did not affect the use
  • Have a nice glide to the pin when pushing it into the fabric
  • I put pins in my mouth, I know this is not safe or sanitary (I am writing this during the self-isolating time of Covid-19) and actually scratched my lip on the end of the plastic part. I think there was a bit of plastic sticking out of the end of the pin from where the plastic was squeezed from the extruder/ mould and it scratched me.
  • The more I used these pins I found I was getting familiar with the feeling of the end of the pins. I think that they would be fine if I used them in a pin cushion and not the plastic case that way I was always grabbing the shaped end and not fumbling around it the dish to pick out a pin.
  • While paper foundation piecing I found grabbing the pins quickly to remove from the fabric and paper was cumbersome. Again not being able to quickly feel which end was the end to grab was strange.
  • These pin heads did not melt when I purposely tried to iron them and melt them. Though the larger pin head shape did get stuck in the holes of my iron plate when ironing.

Prym Easy Grasp Pins

  • Even though these pins are a different shape than the regular round glass heads I am used to, they have a contoured head so when reaching for a pin without looking I could easily tell which end was the end of the pin.
  • The pin shaft is a bit thicker than I am used to
  • I like grabbing these pins from a pin cushion- they have a nice feel to them
  • These pin heads did melt and stick to the fabric when I purposely tried to melt them.  It’s hard to see in the close up photo but there is fabric melted to the purple pin head. And the larger pin head shape got stuck in the holes of my iron plate when ironing. 

 

Dritz Ultra Fine Glass Head Pins

  • I originally bought these pins because they were listed as extra fine as I like a fine pin. They are too thin/ fine and actually bend very easily.
  • Don’t use these pins because they bend
  • Decided to make these as design wall only pins because they are so flimsy but they even bend when sticking the pin into the Styrofoam design wall.
  • Do not recommend these pins at all unless you wish to spend all your time bending pins and then throwing them out

Dritz Crystal Glass Head Pins in both lengths

  • LOVE these pins
  • They are my go to pin
  • Bought the longer pins which are actually too long for me to be comfortable using them for quilting
  • Use the longer pins when garment sewing to pin the pattern piece to the fabric
  • Pins are fine enough for my liking yet strong enough that they don’t bend
  • I have ironed these pins with no issues and no melting of the pin head

 

So after reading all of that- which pins are my favourite?  Well, other than the Ultra Fine pins that are very bendy (I don’t recommend buying these pins) all the pins are my favourite for different reasons.

I like the shape of the Prym Easy Grip purple head pins over the shape of the Taylor Seville Magic Pins. The Prym shape was easier to grab.

I liked the length of the Taylor Seville Magic Pins and their ease of gliding into the fabric.  I also liked that they are in fact heat resistant and didn’t melt.

 

I also liked my old stand by round glass head pins I have been using for years.  It is probably the familiarity of the pin that I am used to, that makes me like these pins and that they are fine and glide easily into the fabric.

 

Thanks for reading my pin reviews and again thanks to Tammy from The Quilt Kitchen for letting me test the Taylor Seville pins as well as thanks to Brenda from guild for sharing her purple pins for me to test as well.

 

 

 

 

QuiltCon 2020 Austin

I always feel so inspired being right in the middle of QuiltCon and can’t wait to get home and jump into quilting to try everything I learned while away.

Then my momentum slows down, and next thing you know it’s 8 months later and I haven’t accomplished anything.

One of my goals for this year was to finish a few old projects that have been hanging over my head and after attending Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s engaging presentation, I have decided to attempt her 15 Minutes of Play concept. Not sure if I will sew for 15 minutes or sew one complete block or sketch to design a quilt top etc. and I don’t even know if I will be able to do this once a day, but I am going to try.  My goal here is to do something once a day so that I create and feel like I have accomplished something.  If I can keep that momentum going longer than previous years, I will consider this goal a success!

These are the 3 quilts that are at the top of my UFO list.

The green and grey one I started at QuiltCon in 2017 and only needs a bunch of blocks made to sew into 2 rows and attach to the rest of the quilt top.

 

All these bright coloured squares have been on my design wall for longer than I care to remember.  This is where my 15 minutes a day or one 9 patch a day theory will begin.  If I can get one block done in a few minutes here and there I can clear off my design wall for my next really old UFO.

The Double Diamonds quilt was one I started years and years ago.  I need to make more blocks and lay out the completed blocks so I can get a handle on finishing this quilt.  I think these blocks will take longer than 15 minutes, so maybe my goal can be to make 1 block at a time.

Another outcome from all the lectures I attended at the show (the lecture pass is a great way to learn a lot from a wide variety of speakers) is that even though you might think you know a subject or topic already, there is always something to learn.  The speaker might have a different way to look at something than I do.  Or the speaker might mention something that I already knew but totally forgot about.  There are so many ways you can learn even just one thing from somebody else, so don’t close your mind to learning.

Now on the don’t get discouraged or down on yourself topic- let’s talk about Bob.   Bob was a #quiltconreject for the 2019 show.  We all know that mid-December there is the happy thread of quilts that have been accepted to QuiltCon and the disappointing thread of the “rejects”.  If Patti the maker of the Bob quilt had been discouraged after getting her rejection letter, who knows what would have happened to Bob.  But she didn’t.  She entered Bob for the 2020 show and not only was he accepted, Bob won the People’s Choice award and ribbon.  Bob is a great example for quilters to keep making and entering their quilts into many different types of quilt shows as you never know which one will be right for your quilt.

I interrupt all this chatter about quilts and QuiltCon to bring you photos of the delicious food in Austin.  I have to say tacos really should be a food group!  We had margaritas, chips and salsa and tacos most meals, with some Asian mixed in.  I had Thai for lunch one day and ramen for dinner another day.  As well as the obligatory Gus’s Chicken and a glass of wine for lunch too.  Sadly, I gained one pound a day eating and then sitting for hours and hours in lectures. Which is crazy thinking how much walking I also did.



Another non quilty morning I had was at the Austin Public Library.  My daughter joined me for a few days and I loved learning about the city through her artistic, book loving eyes.  Each night at dinner she would tell me about her day exploring and show me the photos she took along the way.  The morning she left we spent an hour at the library sitting on the roof chatting and looking out at the river.  She is back at university and I miss her already.

OK I’ll dry the tears in my eyes and back to quilts.

On Wednesday we took a bus tour to La Grange where the Texas Quilt Museum is and saw their quilt exhibit as well as the past winning quilts at QuiltCon exhibit.  This Motel sign quilt was my favourite from the show.

Here is my favourite quilt at QuiltCon.  I have the Inspiring Improv book and this quilt is from the book.  It’s on my to do list for future quilts to make once my design wall is cleared off.

And I wanted to point out that this year I found quite a number of quilts had hand stitching in addition to machine quilting.  Here are a few examples. The hand stitching really added interest to the quilts.

I won’t post any more photos about quilt, you can find all the winners here (with much better photography) > 2020 Ribbon Quilts.

 

My last thought is a really big thank you to all the MQG staff and board members and volunteers for putting on another fantastic quilt show.

2021 will be in Atlanta and 2022 in Phoenix- fingers crossed I will be at both.

How do I love thee OEV? Let me count the ways!

EDIT:  here is a clip from the video of my quilt being auctioned at last night’s fundraiser at The Aeolian Hall.  It raised $1000 for the Woodfield Ave families!

 

How do I love thee OEV…… Let me count the ways.

Once an OEV resident, always an OEV resident!

I lived in the Old East Village for only 1.5 years in the mid 1980’s, but this neighbourhood still has my heart.

When tragedy struck 3 blocks from where I used to live, I knew I had to do something!

I haven’t lived in London since 1994, yet I always find the time to return to the best neighbourhood within the city!

Just this week alone, Tuesday night we ate a family dinner at Tony’s Pizza and then on Wednesday we got coffee at Asmara Caffee.  Little did anyone know that later in the evening on that same Wednesday, a drunk driver would smash her car into a home, rupturing a gas line and causing an explosion that changed the lives of many forever.

Let me list everything that I hold dear to my heart about the OEV:

  • Went to H.B.Beal for high school (technically not in the OEV but right on the edge)
  • Had my first date at Tony’s Pizza in 1986 (and many dinner dates since then)
  • I know the smell of O Pee Chee gum being made
  • My husband works on the edge of OEV and looks at one of the mosaic murals out his office window (created by the Potters Guild)
  • I met the love of my life  (2ndfloor, West Wing of H.B.Beal)
  • I remember when Marks Work Warehouse had a store in the OEV and can still smell the wood floor as I cut through the store on my walk to school.
  • The cutest drummer in high school asked if he could kiss me on my front porch
  • I shop at the Western Fair Farmers Market
  • Got grounded for missing curfew when I stayed too long at the Western Fair
  • The London MQG Canada meets at the Boyle Community Centre
  • I love Anderson Craft Ales IPA beer- and we sometimes go for beer after our guild meeting
  • I could hear the noise of the Western Fair from my bedroom window
  • We would play video games at the arcades on our school lunch breaks
  • I’ve been knitting with friends at the London Brewing Coop
  • I’ve been to concerts at the Aeolian Hall
  • I paid a parking ticket at the Provincial Offences Office (not the best memory)
  • I attended the opening of Union Ten and love their gin cocktails
  • I used to borrow books from the Carson Branch of the London Public Library
  • I could smell Kellogg’s cereals being made
  • Our family loves the London Potters Guild and supports the Clay Art Centre
  • I had numerous friends that lived in the OEV
  • I shop at Illbury and Goose
  • I drink Powerhouse beer- and it’s great!

 

My list could go on and on and for these reasons and many more I love the OEV, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life!

There is a fundraiser on Tuesday at the Aeolian Hall and I have made a quilt for the silent auction.  It’s the I heart OEV logo and I hope it can raise a lot of money to help all the families affected by one senseless drunk driver.

Here is the event poster, support if you can!

 

NJS entry- Should I or shouldn’t I?

The deadline for the call to entry is January 31 and I am still on the fence about entering ANY quilt into the NJS after the nonsense from 2016.  I am off the banned list so this is the first year I will be allowed to enter and I am thinking of this quilt.

 

Decisions……decisions.

Sew My Stash- I am really going to stick to it this time but probably not :)

A few years ago I attempted to go on a fabric diet and sew my stash.

You know the plan of not buying any fabric and just using up what you have?  You set a predetermined length of time such as 1 year, a couple months, maybe even a few hours and commit to using up only what is in your stash and buying nothing.  Some people set side rules where they can use their stash to sew the quilt top but might need to buy additional fabrics for sashing or backing etc to eventually finish their quilt.

Well for me I think it lasted 3 months and I was back buying fabric to shove in my already overflowing bins.

But it was just today I realized that I had set myself up to fail.  I never really made a solid plan but quickly jumped in saying no more fabric purchases for 365 days.  I mean who am I kidding?  That is just madness!

Especially since I live 3 houses down from a quilt shop- I have to drive, bike, walk past brand new fabric every time I leave my house.  It was torture.  Not to mention the countless emails from online shops introducing all the new beautiful fabric I swore I wouldn’t buy.

After looking back at my past failure I now know where I went wrong- I didn’t pre-buy any fabric before I said no more buying.  Good thing I bought all this fabric when The Marsh Store had their closing sale, so that I will have more than enough to sew my stash.  Making sure I have an overabundance of fabric is the key to using up what I have.  Buy WAY more than I need before going on a fabric diet seems like a much smarter way to accomplish this goal!

I also didn’t I plan what quilts I would be making that upcoming year to know what fabric I even needed.

Sooooooooooooo for 2019 I am once again stating I will sew my stash.  I have 1 quilt on my design wall that I will finish, I have another quilt with 1/2 the blocks made, just waiting for me to sew the other blocks, and I have 3 quilts that I am planning for and certainly hope I have all the fabric needed- especially after shopping today.

And with all my bolts of wide backing I can use them to finish my quilts.

Think it is a do-able plan?

Probably not since there are 4 brand new quilt shops opening in my area in the next few months.  And it’s Support Your Local Quilt Shop day on Saturday.

And keep in mind I am going to QuiltCon in Nashville so basically this well thought out plan goes out the window the 3rd week of February.  But if I make it until then without buying any new fabric, I will consider this a success.

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!

 

 

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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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?

 

Speak Even LOUDER

Once again I am angered by the media headlines from today in Halifax.

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Add that to the Canadian Judge who questioned a sexual assault victim about keeping her knees together.

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For every 1,000 sexual assaults, only 33 are reported; of these, 12 result in charges and six go to trial, where only 45 % result in conviction.

Countless sexual assault survivors are put on trial, their characters questioned and made to re-live the assault over again in court.  Court cases are dismissed and the violent offenders are acquitted.

Sexual assault victims should be thought of as survivors, because they are strong and courageous. Believing survivors lets them know that they are supported and that others may have been in the same situation. They are not alone.  There is hope.

If anything, this is a reason for all of us to speak even louder. (Statement by the victim SURVIVOR in the Brock Turner case)

I made this quilt to bring awareness to survivors- here are some comments about it hanging at QuiltCon in Savannah.  I hope it got a lot of people talking!  I love the hashtags added to the comments!

 

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STOLEN QUILT- we know who has it, just can’t get it back.

Thought I would post about my “stolen” quilt that I had gifted to my Great Uncle Kenn last year for his 90th birthday.

A man named Phillip befriended my Uncle and pretty much cleaned out his apartment and bank account when my Uncle was dying in the hospital in 2016.  I contacted Phillip and asked for my quilt back but he gave me excuse after excuse as to why I can’t have the quilt.

So it should still be in his possession- unless he ever decides to sell it or give it away.  There is a label on the back, but it could have been removed so that no visible identification can be made.  The label indicates the quilt is for my Uncle Kenn for his 90th birthday and the date is August 5th 2015.

Phillip lives in Pickering Ontario as well as Toronto Ontario, so if anyone ever sees this quilt in those areas, somehow let me know.

The quilt is a double bed size, with the top fabrics being Kona Putty for the background and Moda Weave Linen Look fabrics used for the brown, beige and grey rectangles on the front.  The thread used to quilt it are the same colours, which you can kind of see the different stripes of quilting in the photo.

The back is a Carolyn Friedlander crosshatch widleback in grey (my most favourite fabric)

No idea if I will ever get this quilt back- but just posting the fact that it was taken, is a step.

 

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Steal Like an Artist- Nothing Is Original Quilt

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After my CQA nonsense and then the MQG post on Derivative work- I really wanted to quilt out my “feelings” so I made my Steal Like An Artist- Nothing Is Original quilt.

The quote above sums up all the places we get our inspiration from.

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What makes something a copy or derivative or original?  This is a HST public domain block but when I saw White Curve V 1973 by Ellsworth Kelly it inspired me to make a huge scale HST in the black and white colours.  Here it is hanging in the Seattle Art Museum.

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On the painting, the centre line is a tad curved, but I wanted my quilt to be straight like a HST.  Did I alter my inspiration enough for my work to become original? NOPE!  Because it was inspired by something and can’t be ever considered my work.

I also saw Gina Pina’s quilt called Cut and Keep, where she put fabric under the top layer of fabric so that you could faintly see the cut pieces through the top fabric.

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I thought this was a really interesting technique and it inspired me.  So I tried it.  I was using the Michael Miller Luxe fabrics that were part of the MQG Fabric Challenge, and used the solid turquoise under my top white fabric.

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The name of this quilt is the title of a book by Austin Kleon, which I suggest everyone read.  Which is yet another source of my inspiration.

A quilt block, a painting, a technique and a book all inspired me to make this quilt, yet it doesn’t look anything like them.

And I still can’t call my quilt an original quilt.

If I hadn’t been banned for 2 years, from the NJS at Quilt Canada, I might have just entered this quilt into the quilt show in hopes to create a discussion once again on original works. Or maybe I want to enter it just to ruffle some feathers?