Missing Limberlost- Stitch’N Time is on summer break

Well today I was about to begin my regular Tuesday morning routine, when I realized that there is no learn to quilt class today, since we are on summer break.  Well this resulted in me having a pretty boring morning at home.

Thankfully we can get together once in July and once in August so I won’t miss everyone so much.  If you can make it- July 14 and August 11 are the dates.

So here is a long over due recap on the past few weeks.

The London Community Chaplaincy had their annual general meeting and invited the students of the Stitch ‘N Time classes and the volunteers. Nikki said it best- it was like the students were having their own quilt show!  Here are some photos from that night.

Hiba and her girls in front of Hiba’s very first quilt.

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Nikki’s quilt- one of many!

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Milehat’s brown table topper, her rag quilt and some of her crocheting and knitting afghans.

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Chima’s hand stitched blanket.

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A table full of Nikki’s quilts- boy she sure has been busy these past 2 years!

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The London Modern Quilt Guild Canada’s QuiltCon Charity quilt on display.

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All the volunteers got a thoughtful thank you card and some treats.

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And here are some more photos from the past 2 weeks at the classes.

 

This was the first day Chima used a sewing machine- I think she is a natural!

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Here is Nikki working on piecing a piano keys border.

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Milehat is a little shy hiding behind her finished flannel squares quilt.

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Here are some volunteers and Nikki hand tying her latest quilt for her nephew.

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Chima working away on her fleece rag quilt.

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This is a photo of Nikki’s quilt before it was basted- looks like stained glass when the light shines through.

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So as you can see these ladies are so busy!

Thank you to all the people that have donated fabrics and sewing supplies and machines.  We appreciate everything!

Can’t wait until September so we can start up again on a weekly basis!

Guest Blog post on Charity Quilting at Frankenstein’s Fabrics

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Marni was kind enough to interview me about my Charity Quilting- and you know how I love to promote what I am passionate about!  And don’t you just love her spooky graphics?  Since my daughter’s birthday is on Hallowe’en, I am partial to all things cute and spooky.

Here is my guest post on Marni’s blog: Link to my guest blog post> HERE

Marni will be posting a few more Charity Quilting interviews in the next little while so be sure to check out her blog and see what other charities that quilters are working with.  Click on her button and you can directly go to her website.  Thank you so much Marni for taking the time to let others know all about my charity quilting.

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Visiting the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild in Halifax

I love following the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild’s blog, and when a trip to Halifax found me in the city on their guild night- I was lucky enough to attend!

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I contacted Adrienne, the Guild’s President, who was so kind and gave me directions to the meeting. Usually they meet in Halifax at their LQS but for scheduling reasons, this meeting was across the water in Dartmouth. Lucky for me this meant some additional sightseeing and a quick ferry ride!

The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild is a very active guild that meets once a month for the usual Guild meeting, and once a month on a Saturday for an all day Sew-In, as well as every two months for a Skills Building workshop. They also meet all through the year, without a break for summer.

We had limited time in Halifax so left my husband cracking lobster for his dinner to grab the little ferry that runs between Halifax and Dartmouth. It takes around 10 minutes to go across, and gives the loveliest views of both harbours. It was only a short walk for a few blocks to the meeting location, which I learned was where they hold their Sew-Ins. The room had lovely light and a view of Halifax across the river. Not sure how any of the quilters would get work done with that view! I’d be staring at it all day long.

I was a bit early, and spent some time before the meeting talking to Adrienne. She has a blog that can be found at http://chezzetcookmodernquilts.blogspot.ca

We talked about each of our guilds and I learned that the MMQG has a bout 40 members with around 20 coming out regularly to the meetings. One interesting feature with the MMQG is they offer 2 levels of Membership. One if you live in the Halifax area and another if you live somewhere else in the Maritimes. Given that the East Coast is pretty large, those that live further away, and can’t attend the monthly meetings, are able to be a member of the Guild and not feel pressured to drive for hours and hours each month. These members are still able to participate in all the Guild activities like swaps and charity quilts, via mail. Adrienne also said that an Ottawa MQG Member just moved to PEI and that she would be organizing a PEI chapter of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. How cool is that!

The MMQG members started arriving and the meeting was buzzing with excitement. This guild is a very friendly and social guild- much like everyone we met from the East Coast! The Maritime Community is such a friendly one- where people offer you directions when they can see you are clearly lost in downtown Halifax, stop their cars EVERY time a pedestrian is crossing the street, cars don’t honk, the drivers are cautious, just an all around niceness!

The first few minutes of the guild meeting, the members were chatting and catching up on things since the last meeting. The first order of business was the nametag draw. The members have made their own nametags and for each person that remembered to wear their nametag, they get a draw ticket. This Guild must do a lot of draws and everyone was excited to win a prize. Karen won the nametag prize of some fat ¼’s.

Adrienne went though the guild business talking about the MQG updates, charity quilts, swaps and challenges. For their charity quilts, they make 8” HST blocks each Quarter. They have a predetermined colour palette and then the members make the blocks and hand them in at the meetings. For each block made, the member gets a draw ticket. Linda made 104 blocks in Q-1 and she was also the winner of the draw- a great book- Patchwork City by Elisabeth Hartman. The Guild as a whole made 230 blocks. With the blocks that the members make, one of the members takes the blocks home and sews them into a quilt top in whatever pattern they choose. Then someone else takes it to quilt and bind.

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The Guild also just finished a member’s blog hop organized by Jenn.

http://maritimemqg.blogspot.ca/2015/05/meet-maritime-modern-blog-hop.html This was a way to get to know the members of the MMQG. They have awesome bloggers in this guild, some of them I was already following.

Adrienne also talked about the various challenges and swaps coming up for their guild. The MQG Riley Blake fabric challenge is nearing the deadline and for the June meeting they wanted members to bring their finished quilts to participate in a Viewer’s Choice contest among the members. Linda had just finished her entry and brought it for Show and Share.

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There is also the Michael Miller challenge that MQG members had just signed up for, and a Pillow Swap with the Edmonton MQG. They have done other swaps with Canadian MQGs and said if the London MQG was interest in a swap to let them know. (pillow photo from Jenn’s blog)

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After the meeting portion was a slide show on Paper Piecing. Dena had a wonderful PowerPoint presentation on the step-by-step technique and had her block as an example as well as a few quilts she had made with the Paper Piecing technique. Dena is a very humorous presenter! The guild members were able to ask questions throughout the presentation if they needed more explanation, as PPing can be very tricky.

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After Dena’s presentation we had a quick break for CAKE! It was Adrienne’s birthday so we sang to her and ate some yummy cake while Show and Share began. There were some awesome Show and Share quilts from these ladies, who look like they are quite busy quilting!

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After the Show and Share, the meeting ended and many of the members stayed around a little while longer chatting. These ladies are just the nicest bunch of quilters! I hope if I get back to Halifax I will be able to attend another meeting!

As I was walking down the street, one of the MMQG members (so sorry I forgot her name) stopped and asked me if I needed a ride. I knew it was a short ferry ride to the other side, so I declined but thanked her. Should have taken her up on the ride, as Halifax is a very hilly city. I felt like I was climbing a mountain walking up those streets back to my hotel! I did enjoy seeing the city lights at night though both from the ferry and the roof top patio at our hotel.

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Thanks again to everyone at the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild for making me feel so welcome! Hope to see you again.

This is a link to their guild post with some photos.

http://maritimemqg.blogspot.ca/2015/05/mmqg-may-meeting-recap.html

 

 

 

Limberlost update

It was another busy week!

Nikki made a baby quilt and Jessie was helping her finish hand sewing the binding.

 

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Amy was cutting the edges of her rag quilt for her son.  She is almost done, but sure her hand must be cramping by now!

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Milehat finished sewing the rows together on her quilt.

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Yesterday I trimmed up Nikki’s quilt for her sister and put on the binding- it is ready to hand turn the binding, which might take a while as this is the largest quilt Nikki has made so far.

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And Nikki also made this lap quilt for her friend Nancy.  I quilted some leaves and swirls then put the binding on for her.  Here is yet another one that needs the binding sewn by hand.  She definitely has lots of hand work for the next few weeks!

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A new student named Chima joined our group, and she has started hand sewing a blanket stitch on a strip blanket.  She is also working on the binding by hand and she is quite quick at the binding.  We are getting close to the end of the term, with only about 1 month left of the learn to quilt classes.  Hopefully in the next few weeks Chima will be able to finish her blanket and pick some fabrics for a quilt that she can begin on in September, when we start up again.

Limberlost Quilting Group update from last week

After being busy for 2 weeks in a  row, I was really missing the quilting group at Limberlost!  It was great to get back and catch up with the ladies and see all that they had worked on the past few weeks.

Here is Milehat’s new “rag”quilt.  After she finished her first rag quilt, did all the cutting and washed it to fray the edges, she really doesn’t like how it looks.  So she has a bunch of squares that she is sewing into a regular quilt top, where the seams will all be inside.

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Here she is hard at work piecing her quilt.

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Nikki is working on a quilt for her sister with green and blue and brown fabrics.  She is making an improv log cabin, queen sized quilt. Here she is sewing the rows together into a completed quito top.

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Nikki also took some extra blocks and made some pillows to go with her quilt.

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By the end of the class she had a completed quilt top. Tomorrow we hope to pin baste it and get it ready for her to tie.

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Hiba was able to come to class, and it was good to see her.  She is so busy with school, I think she welcomed this break!  Willie was able to sew the backing and baste Hiba’s quilt for her, so it is ready to quilt/ tie.

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Here is the back- putting the borders on it makes it reversible.

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Tomorrow will be another day full of lots of quilting! Thanks again to all the volunteers who continue to help out, and to everyone that has donated quilting supplies and fabric- you ensure that our classes are possible!

Pattern Testing the Magic Carpet Quilt

I have never tested a quilt pattern before- have to tell you it was a really fun and challenging experience.

Christina from A Few Scraps posted on IG that she had a new pattern called Magic Carpet, and I volunteered to test her pattern for her before she put it up for sale online.

I knew I was going to be away at retreat and would have some time to sew it, so I jumped at the chance. I saw the pattern photo and some of the examples she had in different colour ways- and wanted to make one with grey fabrics, ranging from light to dark and into black. The week before I received a bolt of Quilter’s Linen that I had ordered- and pretty sure the colour silver is not a bright blue- but that is what they sent me. So I thought this blue would look good with the greys and I had many, many metres to use up. Even with using it in the quilt, for the binding and backing, the bolt looks full, guess I will have to find another pattern to use more of it.

When reading the pattern, I had some confusion with the cutting directions. I made notes when working through each colour and eventually got everything cut properly. One thing about pattern testing- I was a tad nervous about relaying my input back to Christina as I felt like I was criticizing her or being too bossy. But I thought- what if I were a new quilter and had problems with the cutting section? I would want the cutting directions to be as clear as possible.  So I closed my eyes and hit send on my email and hoped for the best!

I am a person who loves a blank pattern so that I can colour in the blocks in my colour way. Christina included this with her pattern and I found it incredibly helpful. One thing I would have loved is a place to tape my fabric selection within the pattern so that I could look at that and reference the colours when cutting and sewing. This was one idea I suggested. You can see on my photo that I taped a bunch of fabric to keep me straight. I think using so many greys might have been a little more confusing if I didn’t tape my fabrics to my pattern.

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Well Christina took my suggestions and added a place to tape the fabrics to, and reworded the cutting directions to make it more user friendly. And she said I wasn’t bossy at all! Hopefully she is being honest!

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I noticed in the final version of the pattern some notes were made regarding directional fabric. I did not use directional fabric, but I think another pattern tester might have since this was different from the original pattern. I really appreciate Christina taking all the feedback into account and making changes to her original pattern. It wouldn’t be easy to create a pattern then have a bunch of people telling you what to change.

With there being a few IG people working on the quilt at the same time, we were all posting photos as we went along. Lots of photos were at the cutting stage, piecing stage and then photos of the completed quilt top. Someone even started the hash tag #ilovepatterntesting so people could look up our progress.  It was interesting to follow along with some many of the same quilts.

Once I had my entire fabric cutting complete, I started piecing the background fabric to all the different coloured fabrics. I must say that this step went together quite quickly. I read the instructions on sewing the strips together, then really did not have to refer back to them much when sewing the columns. Christina has some great coloured photos in her pattern so I basically put the quilt together by looking at the photos. How easy is that?

Here is the quilt top I made at retreat. Don’t you love the carpet at Memories Manor?

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I was working on this quilt at retreat with some people that did not sew, they were there to do scrapbooking. At dinner they had to walk by my quilt pinned up on the design wall, and they loved how it looked. Wonder if any of them will take up sewing now?

With the layout of the blocks and the colours of fabric I chose, I thought that the quilt looked 3D. I wanted to try some quilting to reflect that idea, and thought the farthest away light fabric would have narrow straight-line quilting. Then I worked my way up the greys from lightest to the black in the middle with the same straight- line quilting, but increasing the width of the lines by ¼” each colour.

Here is a close up photo of the quilting, which looks interesting. I actually quite like it close up.

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Sometimes I get a brilliant idea in my head- well I thought it was brilliant! After quilting this brilliant idea, I am not sure it is really what I was going for. I think you may need to stand really far away to see my concept, but then if you are too far away you can’t see the actual quilting-LOL  Let me know your thoughts- bring on the truth tea!  The photo is a bit blurry- so you might not be able to see the different widths of quilting.  I was hoping when you looked at the quilt the perspective would be a bit more noticeable. 

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I am now at the hand turning the binding stage- which might take a little while. Here is the finished quilt so far. (what a crappy photo- once the sun comes out I will take a better one.  I was standing on a chair trying to not get my head chopped off by the ceiling fan that doesn’t have a shut off)

Pretty cool pattern eh?

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Thanks again Christina for letting me test your pattern, it was a lot of fun! If you have IG look up #magiccarpetquilt and see what the other quilts look like.

Here is the link to her blog so you can purchase the pattern- A Few Scraps, Magic Carpet Quilt  and a link to her Craftsy page. 

 

 

 

 

Handle Bags Free PDF Pattern

Thought I would post the PDF pattern to the Grab Bag pattern from All People Quilt.  I made a few years ago and love them.  Some of my friends who were helping out with making these bags for Nicaragua, didn’t find them as fun to make as I did- sorry ladies!

Here is the PDF Grab-Bags copy 

and a photo of a few of the bags I made.

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Delayed Q1 Update and Q2 Predictions

I am away at retreat this weekend, and have FAST internet- something I am not used to! So I will take a few minutes and type a huge post of everything I have been working on and what I hope to be working on.

First of all, I have to show you this cute little paper pieced flying geese pin cushion I made this weekend.  with each colour I added and then looked at what was pieced, I kept saying how cute it was.  So here is what it looks like before the stuffing, since I left it at home.  This will be the first thing I finish when I get back.  This is a pattern from Jeli Quilts.  Kelly has so many adorable geese block patterns, have a look at her website!

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Earlier in the year I made a very minimal quilt with some soft colours that remind me of sea glass.  This has been added to my machine quilting To Do pile.

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And I have to quilt my Glam Garlands quilt too.

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Since I had so much yellow and grey fabrics, I decided to use them for my Rebel quilt.  Libs Elliott  designs some awesome quilts and saw that there was a QAL on IG for the Rebel quilt. So I signed up ASAP as this is a quilt I really wanted to do, just needed some incentive.

Don’t you just love it?  And just this weekend Libs posted a link to her Rebel quilt in a mini size, so I will for sure use up my left overs for a mini quilt.

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I was hoping to accomplish a lot on my retreat weekend, so this is the second quilt I worked on.  Last week I volunteered to be a pattern tester for Christina from A Few Scraps and her Magic Carpet quilt.   Her quilt looked so awesome and depending on the fabric selection, it looked 3D.

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While I was sewing a friend noticed my fabrics looked like the Kleenex box on the table.  I was so coordinated!

 

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Here is the finished quilt top- the fabrics range from Kona Silver, through the greys up to Black.

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Then my last quilt I wanted to piece together was one I saw at a booth in QuiltCon.  The sample was made with Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe fabrics.  I didn’t get the top finished, as we lost power for most of the afternoon yesterday.  I did get the strips pieced and then sewn into the rows.

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The next step is the sashing/ borders, but I need to cut that fabric very specifically to keep the pattern going the same direction.  I will work on this at home, so I can take my time.  I finished the bolt and don’t want to make any mistakes as I don’t have a lot of it.

Another IG friend is hosting a Rainbow Mini Swap.  Here is what I made to swap with my partner, but unfortunately I am on the “hold” list for sending it out.  Hurry up partner and get your mini finished, so that I can send this to you.  I just love it!  I made it with the Slice and Insert technique that Jacquie Gering taught in her workshop when she was here last year.

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And here is my MQG Riley Blake Fabric Challenge entry.  The fabrics that were supplies were adorable, and I had so much fun Improv piecing this mini quilt.

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And lastly, here is a new Barn Quilt sign I had made so I can put it on my front lawn for people to find my house easier.  After moving, I am worried that it is a bit hard to find my house, so wanted to give something easy to spot when driving by.

 

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That’s a quick update from the past few months and this weekend. On my Q1 list, I finished my daughter’s friend’s Graduation quilt, and pieced my Glam Garlands quilt and pieced my sea glass fabric quilt.

For Q2 I think I should stop piecing and start quilting.  My pile is growing and growing, and I need to finish up a lot of quilts.

Here are my Q2 goals- Quilt: Glam Garlands, Sea Glass, Doe fabrics, 3rd Graduation quilt, Rebel quilt and my Magic Carpet quilt.  WOW- that’s a lot of quilting!

Maybe my Q3 goals will be only binding?

 

Marsala- Pantone Colour of the Year

I thought I would participate in the Pantone Colour of the Year Challenge again hosted by On The Windy Side and Play Crafts.

When the colour was first announced, there was a lot of hate towards it.  But who could hate any colour of fabric? Especially one that looks like red wine!

I had an idea for a quilt and thought I would make it with my Marsala coloured Kona. I also used Titanium and Pepper because those are just awesome colours!

At QuiltCon I had to leave my Krista Withers class early and didn’t really complete marking my class sample.  So I read through my handouts, had a look at some photos on IG and decided to give it a whirl.

Still not too sure if the quilting is too busy for my style, but it’s growing on me.  I love the quilt as a whole though!

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My Favourite Quilts at QuiltCon- where to start?

There were so many fantastic quilts at QuiltCon- it is so hard to choose which ones to post up for you to see.  And believe me there is no rhyme or reason to which quilts I post- so many different styles of quilting, so many different fabrics, so many talented quilters etc.

So here goes…..

50 Shades of Geese- Patricia Roche (Modern Traditionalism category)

50 Shades of Geese- Patricia Roche

 Close up of the awesome quilting.

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 Bauhaus Revisited- Rebecca Burnett (Small Quilts category)

Bauhaus Revisited-Rebecca Burnett

 Blocks from the Crayon Box- Carolyn Griffith (Improvisation category)

Blocks from the Crayon Box- Carolyn Griffith

 Lite Brite- Maria Shell (Improvisational category)

Lite Brite- Maria Shell

 Breathe- Leanne Chahley (Minimalist category)

Breathe- Leanne Chahley

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 Coral Reef- Maria Varner (Piecing category)

Coral Reef- Maria Varner

 Cycles 2- Leanne Chahley (Negative Space category)

Cycles 2-Leanne Chahley

 Close up of match stick quilting- multi coloured threads.

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 Deconstructed Lone Star- Amy Struckmeyer (Modern Traditionalism category)

Deconstructed Lone Star- Amy Struckmeyer

 Diamond Dust- Doris Burnette (2014 Riley Blake Challenge winner) (Negative Space category)

Diamond Dust- Doris Burnette

 Close up of ghost quilting.

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 Diving Geese- Quilted by Krista Withers and pieced by Katie Pederson

(won Best Machine Quilting)

Diving Geese- Krista Withers: Katie Pederson

 Do Good Stitches Category- Ascent

Do Good Stitches- Ascent

 Do Good Stitches Category- Icicles

Do Good Stitches- Icicles

 Do Good Stitches Category- Rainbow Triangles

Do Good Stitches- Rainbow Triangles

 Do Good Stitches Category- Sunset Stripes

Do Good Stitches- Sunset Stripes

 Ducks In A Row- Rebecca Bryan (LOVE HER QUILTS) (Modern Traditionalism category)

Ducks in a Row- Rebecca Bryan

 Emerald City- Charlotte Newland (Improvisational category)

Emerald City- Charlotte Newland

 Equalizer- Cheryl Arkison (Negative Space category)

Equalizer- Cheryl Arkison

 Fade Into Grey- Stephanie Ruyle (Improvisation category)

Fade Into Grey-Stephanie Ruyle

 Fade to Black- Sarah Lowry (awesome Metallica song!) (Improvisation category)

Fade To Black- Sarah Lowry

 Fallout- Michelle Lieberson (Negative Space category)

Fallout- Michelle Lieberson

 Close up of quilting.

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 Floating- Jean Larson (Negative Space category)

Floating- Jean Larson

 For Tanya- Emily Coffey (Improvisation category)

For Tanya- Emily Coffey

 Fractured Churn Dash- Erin Davis (MM Fabric Challenge category)

Fractured Churn Dash- Erin Davis

 Geometric Rainbow- Nichole Daksiewicz (Hand Work Category)

Geometric Rainbow- NIchole Daksiewicz

 Untitled- Heather Jones (can’t wait for her book this fall!) (Improvisation category)

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 Icy Waters- Amy Garro (Piecing category)

Icy Waters- Amy Garro

 Close up of the quilting.

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 Here is the London Modern Quilt Guild Canada’s charity quilt.

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 Here is my quilt that I entered in the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.

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 Lemonade- Susan Strong (Piecing category)

Lemonade- Susan Strong

 Meandering- Pam McCalle (Minimalist category)

Meandering Pam McCalle

 Close up of machine quilting.

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 Moving Target- Christine Perrigo (how did this not win best machine quilting?) (Bias Tape category)

Moving Target-Christine Perrigo

Close up of fantastic quilting!

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 Neighbourhood- Michelle Wilkie  (Small Quilts category)

Neighbourhood- MIchelle Wilkie

 Passages- Patty Simmons (MM Fabric Challenge category)

Passages- Patty Simmons

 Peace- Leanne Chahley (Piecing category)

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Percolate- Emily Cier (this is a really interesting quilt) (Group Quilt category)

Percolate- Emily Cier

 Close up of quilting.

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 Pick Up Sticks- Becky Goldsmith (Minimalist category)

Pick Up Sticks- Becky Goldsmith

 Rainbow Remix- Rebecca Bryan (Improvisation category)

Rainbow Remix- Rebecca Bryan

 Scatter- Amanda Hines (Minimalist category)

Scatter- Amanda Hines

 Somewhat Herringbone- Dorie Schwartz (Use of Negative Space category)

Somewhat Herringbone- DorieSchwartz

 The Light of May- Krista Hennebury (MM Fabric Challenge category)

The LIght of May- Krista Hennebury

 The New New- Any Anderson (MM Fabric Challenge category)

The New New- Amy Anderson

 The Power of Three- Kristin Shields (Piecing category)

The Power of Three- Kristin Shields

 Transposition- Anne Hammond (Improvisation category)

Transposition- Anne Hammond

 Triangles Quilt- Tara Faughnan (Piecing category)

Triangles Quilt- Tara Faughnan

 

So there are my favourite quilts from the show- what do you think of them? I loved this quilt show compared to the traditional quilt shows as the quilts were so new and fresh and no two were the same.  Seeing something so different was inspiring!

 

Please let me know if I have any names spelled incorrectly or the names of the quilts in the wrong category, it was hard to read the photo of the cards hanging with the quilts.  I will correct ASAP!

Bad Weather – QuiltCon – Bad Weather

It was a bad weather QuiltCon sandwich this past weekend! Now that we are home, we can look back and laugh (not sure the stress crying has finished yet though).

We left for YYZ last Wednesday and drove through a bad snowstorm. We were already stressed from leaving our daughter and not taking her on a family vacation, me asking if we left the stove on, then add blowing snow and double the driving time and we white knuckled it all the way down the 401.

Thankfully the pilots in Canada seem to be a little more experienced with the weather than Austin pilots and none of our flights were cancelled. The alarm at the hotel went off at 2:30 AM and we were on our way! I took two Gravol and ended up sleeping most of the flight to Dallas. We arrived early afternoon in Austin and headed to the hotel- left our bags with the concierge, and went to the Convention Centre to check in with Registration. Dan wanted to see my quilt hanging in the show so we had a quick peek around together before we headed down the block for lunch. Since it was our first meal in Austin, we found a Mexican restaurant, which would be the first of a lot of delicious meals! Margaritas, chicken tortilla soup and tacos, with and endless supply of nacho chips and salsa. What were we thinking? Our tummies were too full the first hour here.

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We checked in at the hotel after lunch and I freshened up from the long trip. Not sure if it was the fact that I was in Texas, or if it was the curling mousse, but my hair was so fluffy! I became high maintenance for the rest of the trip then and there!

I had two lectures on Thursday- Becoming a Better Quilter with Angela Walters and The Use of Negative Space with Alissa Haight-Carlton. Both were good lectures and so began my weekend of being overbooked in classes, shopping until I dropped, and getting lost in the maze that was the quilt show. After my lectures, I met up with Dan (who had been touring around Austin on his own) and since the sun was setting, we went to the Bat Bridge to see the bats. Now for those that know me- I HATE bridges and I HATE bats. But we had to see this as it is a big tourist thing in Austin- they even have bat statues and bat souvenirs everywhere. Once I pried my hands off the bridge and could move my legs again, we headed up to 6th street to listen to some bands and continue drinking margaritas. I think this night we were in 5 different bars, seeing 5 different bands. So fun!

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My alarm went off kind of early the next morning, or was it the fact that I was out too late the night before that made 7:30 seem early. I had a free morning so Dan and I had breakfast at Jo’s, a cute little diner up the street. At 11 I had another lecture where Heather Jones was talking about Large Scale Piecing. I love Heather’s quilts, and her class was very informative. While waiting for my next lecture, I went to the show floor and looked at the amazing quilts on display and did a little shopping. My next lecture was another one with Angela Walters on Quilting Negative Space. She sure is a captivating and humorous speaker.

I was getting pretty hungry and remember seeing a fried chicken restaurant on the way to my hotel, so I stopped in there for a late lunch. It was the BEST fried chicken I have ever eaten. Guess that is why their restaurant name is Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. I also ordered the deep fried dill pickles- YUM YUM YUM! Worried that Dan didn’t have lunch, well actually I was more worried he would come back to the hotel room and smell my fried chicken; I left him some to try so he would not be jealous. Turns out he already ate his dinner, but had no problem finishing mine too. Later in the week he also had no problem ordering more fried chicken after our dinner at Manuel’s-LOL. He must have loved the chicken!

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After the best tasting chicken in the world, I was back in a lecture at 4- Colour Theory for the Modern Quilter once again with Heather Jones.   In the evening there was a social Meet and Greet for the Modern Quilt Guild Leaders so we could meet one another and network among guilds. I met Rebecca from the Toronto MQG and hopefully we can brainstorm with some events that our two guilds can participate in together. I also met Susan from West Coast Crafty- who is with the Portland MQG. I found out it has over 200 members and is the largest MQG in the world. She is a super nice lady and she introduced me to a few more people. Susan is big on documenting quilts, and was explaining a bit about her lecture on that topic and showed us some samples of MQG quilt labels she made. She was also very interested in the Learn To Quilt program going on in the Limberlost Community.

After the M&G wrapped up, Dan and I were out on the town again. This time we went SoCo, which is another trendy neighbourhood on the South side of Congress. The Continental Club had a jazz band we listened to, and we drank Austin Amber beer. Since I missed dinner, we grabbed a slice of pizza from a place called Home Slice Pizza. I saw Guero’s across the street but we were a bit too late and they were closed. My brother recommended this place and I am sad we missed it. I found it quite funny how a lot of bars and restaurants close by 11PM. Seemed a bit early, especially when bars in London are open until 2AM. Not that I am ever out in London at that hour- don’t want to get shot!  In Texas everyone carries a gun, in full view, but I always felt safe walking around.

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Late night pizza and beer seemed like a good idea the night before, but not at 7:30 the next morning! But nothing, not even exhaustion, could make me late for my Bill Kerr Colour class. Funny that he should be in front of me at Starbucks, then in the elevator- you would think we were going to the same place. Oh wait, we were. This class was the one that required me to bring swatches of fabric in all kinds of different colours. I had a crap load packed, turns out I only needed some blue, green, brown fabric. I was hoping to use up all my bags of swatches to allow for more room in my suitcase for shopping- but sadly no, the bags all came back home with me. This class was amazing! He talked about colour theory, showed us some of his quilts, and then had us work on an exercise. Each student was given a photo of a famous painting and we were required to look at the colours in the painting and find fabrics that were in that painting and then arrange them.

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Not sure how long it took me to find my fabrics, but boy did it take a while. I then had to cut and glue my fabrics on paper, trying to not reproduce the painting- while keeping each colour in a certain proper percentage.

At the end of the class Bill showed us some of the trendy neutral fabrics to use instead of just using white or black for the background. I think I will be required to purchase these fabrics in bolts!

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Class done, back to the show floor to finish seeing all the quilts and to make another pass or 10 through the vendor area. With my camera memory card full, and my phone battery dead, I didn’t spend much time at the quilt show. And knowing this was my last chance to shop, I headed back to my favourite booth Crimson Tate, where I just had to buy more fabric!

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Bill Kerr was my next lecture and this one was called Details Matter. I thought it was going to be about details within quilting, but it was more of a design details lecture. There were some interesting things to be learned, but not sure I would have signed up for it, as it wasn’t really to quilting related.

Bags in hand, I headed to the hotel room to get ready for a nice dinner out with Dan. We walked up a block or two to Manuel’s and once again had margaritas and the never ending, tummy stuffing baskets of nacho chips and salsa.   I love soup, so I ordered the corn and queso soup with flautas for dinner. AMAZING food! Go to Manuel’s if you ever are in Austin! Seriously- GO!  I saw a sign saying Sunday was margarita day, but since we were leaving on Sunday, I had to make up for missing it and had extra margaritas on Saturday.

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We then wanted to see a show at the Paramount, but it was sold out, so back to 6th street for live music and margaritas. Are you seeing a theme here? Once we called it a night, and back at the hotel room, I remembered that I had to print our boarding passes for the next day’s flights. Nothing indicating an upcoming problem at this point- boy were we wrong! Thankfully I knew nothing at this point about our flights home, or I would have started panicking that evening. But instead in our lack of knowledge, we had a few more drinks at the hotel bar, then up to pack. I had my already full on arrival suitcase, to stuff full with all my QuiltCon swag and purchases. I brought one of those space bag things from home so vacuumed my clothes flat, which left more than enough room to pack my fabrics. *PSA Airport security does not like vacuum bags or tightly stacked charm pack or fat 1/4s BE WARNED! Little did I know this when jamming everything in.

Sunday morning, my last day and my last class at 9. Krista Withers was teaching a class on Compositional Drawing for Quilting, which is where you mark a quilt top and then quilt it. Thankfully this is something I have done a time or two, as I over heard another student say her 6PM flight out of Austin was cancelled. Oh my, that was my flight. I spent 1 hour on the phone with the airline, and the plan was to somehow get to Dallas and catch our second flight. Thank you to the lady in the class that let me use her phone- I can’t thank you enough for your kindness. And a huge apology to Krista as I had to leave her class ASAP. The airline had given me 2 options- be stranded in Austin for 3 days until they could rebook me on the same flight times as Sunday, or pick up the second flight in Dallas. And no they don’t pay for your hotel or meals if a flight is cancelled for weather.

I grabbed my things, tears streaming down my face, got in a cab and went to find Dan at Stubbs. He was there for the Sunday morning Gospel Brunch. He had stuffed himself with BBQ so full, he couldn’t even finish his pecan pie. He was a little concerned to have his crying wife appear, but calmed me down a bit and we went back to the hotel to check out.

Here is where it gets a little crazy! If you have ever seen the Steve Martin and John Candy movie called Planes, Trains and Automobiles, this was our Sunday, only a little less Hollywood.

From the time I got off the phone with the airline, and arrived at the Austin Airport that lady on the phone that suggested we rent a car, drive to Dallas and get our 2nd flight, had taken us off that Dallas flight and given our seats away. This is where I get a little angry! Why would she tell me this, only to change it without me being able to know? So our next 2 options were take the flights offered for 3 days from now, or take the flight out of Austin on Delta the next morning to Atlanta, then on to Toronto. Since at this point that was our best option, we took the next day flights. Would American pay for our hotel this night because of their error? Or course not! But ever so kindly asked me to go check in with Delta at their counter. I was also getting a little concerned as I kept hearing other passengers having their Monday morning flights get cancelled too.  Here we were booked on a flight the next morning that also had a huge chance being cancelled.  Once again a kindhearted person helped us out. The Delta lady said I should talk to an American supervisor and complain about getting taken off the Dallas flight. So back to American we go to see if we can get some help.

After 1 hour at the counters and an additional hour on the phone- somehow 2 seats miraculously opened up on our Dallas flight. How these seats were not there 2 hours ago with the counter attendant, but voila here they were on the phone with a supervisor, I will never know. But the problem now was we had wasted 2 hours in the Austin Airport and had only 4 hours to rent a car and drive to Dallas for the flight to Toronto. No problem right? Well we have no idea where we are going, and the construction on the highway from Austin to Dallas is insane. We pulled into the rental car return at 6:30 for a 7:10 boarding time. Thinking of how in Toronto you have to be there 3+ hours in advance and wait in line with hundreds of other people, I doubted we would make this flight.

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But they must know how to run an airport in Dallas- unlike Pearson. Because we arrived, printed our boarding passes, got searched in secondary, and actually had a half an hour to spare to grab some dinner. Which is good as I was starving! I had a granola bar that day, Dan had Stubbs- I could have gnawed off my own arm I was so hungry, Dan’s full tummy was still happy!

Did you like how I quickly mentioned the secondary security search?

Well here is the explanation. Vacuuming my clothes flat made that bag so dense, the X-Ray attendant did not like what he saw on the screen. That and the bundles of fat ¼’s that looked like bricks. So as I am putting my shoes back on, the security guard is asking whom the bag belonged to- YIKES it was mine. He opened up my suitcase and everything tumbled out. Those damn baggies of fabric swatches were quite slippery, my dirty laundry and all my quilt patterns and fabric were all taken out so he could get a look at my vacuum bag in the bottom of my suitcase. Thankfully he believed me when I said it was only dirty laundry and he did not inflate the bag, or nothing would have made it back in my suitcase. He also fanned through the charm packs and bundles looking in between each piece of fabric. Guess his wife is not a quilter or he would have recognized my purchases and not been suspicious of them. Finally I got the green light, repacked my suitcase and continued on to the plane, only for it to be delayed 2 hours for take off. Guess we did not have to rush as much on the highway as first thought.

So there is my whirlwind trip to QuiltCon and Austin Texas. I had so much fun, as busy as it was! Unfortunately I missed the Leaders lecture for the MQG on Sunday, but saw as much as I could in the 4 days we were there.

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Next blog post will be of the quilts in the show- I know you probably wanted to see those first and don’t really care to see nacho chips and margaritas, but hey, I want you to experience the whole trip, not just the quilts!

Here is the Best In Show quilt- I Quilt by Kathy York.

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Yesterday at the Learn To Quilt class in Limberlost

Another busy Tuesday!  Many of the quilters either dropped in for a moment to show us what they made at home this past week, or stayed the whole class to sew.  Thankfully we had lots of volunteers as we were running upstairs and downstairs getting everything done.

Lisa came for a visit and showed her two rag quilts she made at home this past week.  They are both baby quilts and the flannel fabric is adorable!  She now just needs to wash them, so her cut edges will fray.

Here are her two quilts.

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Nikki finished putting her last border and corner blocks on her son’s quilt and then Irene showed both Nikki and I how to pin baste.  I have heard of pin basting- but never in my 17 years as a quilter, have I ever done such an awful task!  Pin basting is the worst!  Makes me once again thankful I am a long arm quilter!  The 3 of us had the quilt basted in no time, which was probably a good thing as I am sure Irene was tired of listening to me complain about pin basting.

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Do you see how many darn pins are in this quilt!  It was awful I tell you!

And here is a photo of a few of the ties that Nikki is learning to make.  She wanted to tie this quilt instead of me machine quilting it.  Since she is always working on some quilting project at home, she will probably have this finished for next week’s class!

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Downstairs, Leanne and Hiba were working on piecing their blocks and quilt tops.  Leanne is working on a flannel rag quilt.

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Hiba was able to sew the last row of her quilt blocks together, so that the centre of her quilt is finished.  She would now like to add borders to the blocks to finish her quilt top.  Here are her blocks so far.

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As you can see, a very productive week once again!

Willy spent most of the time working on 2 newly donated sewing machines.  She is our resident machine fixer upper and boy did she have her work cut out for her this week.  Happy to report that by the end of the morning, both machines were tuned up and ready to use!  Thanks so much Willy- you are awesome!

We are also lucky to have received a donation of fabric for this programme.  5 very heavy bags of large pieces of all kinds of colours! Thank you Chloe for donating some of your stash!  Next week I will be picking up some more fabric so we will have lots for one of our volunteers Veronica to organize.  What would we do without her?

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SO great to see everyone on Tuesday, and can’t wait for next week! Thanks everyone!

Limberlost Stitch ‘N Time update

I am a month behind on posting any updates from the sewing classes at Limberlost- it has just been so busy on Tuesdays that I never took any photos a few weeks ago.  But being that busy means we got a lot accomplished!

Here are some photos from this past Tuesday- Milehat and Nikki were the two students who could make it.  Nikki has been working on a baby blanket and last week she was able to get the most of the quilt tied.  Christine demonstrated to Jessie and Irene how to tie a quilt, so now we all know the proper way to do it!  Thanks Christine!  This week Nikki was putting on the binding with Lyndsey’s guidance. All that is left is for Nikki to hand sew around the binding and it will be ready for the baby she is giving this quilt to as a gift.

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Milehat is working on a flannel rag quilt she started a few weeks ago.  She is currently sewing the 2 squares together, then she will be sewing those blocks into rows and eventually cutting all the edges to fray the blocks.

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And a day of sewing wouldn’t be complete without Nikki pulling yet another project she is working on from her bag!  This lady never sleeps with the amount of quilts she is working on!  She is making the last of the quilts for her 4 children.  She pieced the string blocks into the centre and this week we worked on adding borders and 4 blocks on the corners.  We finished 3 sides, and Nikki will be making 2 more blocks at home this week and then on the upcoming Tuesday we will add the last border.  Nikki would also like to tie this quilt so she chose some thicker cotton thread to use and next week we will get it all pin basted and ready to tie.

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Sadly this week was Lyndsey, one of our volunteers last day.  She has taken a job and will be moving at the end of the week.  Thank you Lyndsey for all your help!  We will miss you!

February goals ALYOF

With QuiltCon only a week and a half away, I am realistically not going to get anything pieced this month.  But I have lots of quilt tops that need quilting, so I will use one as my February goal for ALYOF.  I don’t even know where that quilt top is right now to take a better photo, so you get this sideways, wrinkly fabric one again-LOL.  Prepping for QuiltCon classes is taking all my effort, as well as planning what I am going to pack in 1, yes that’s right I said 1 carry on bag.

And as boring as this post is, who cares- QuiltCon is a week and a half away!  That totally makes up for this boring blog post.  And think of all the photos and blogging I will be doing once I get back so good to not overwhelm you with this post!

Here’s the quilt, hopefully next time you see a photo it will be of a finished and not so wrinkly quilt! And going the right way too.

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Linking up with ALYOF for February.

Can you tell everything else is being overlooked, while I count down the sleeps until Austin?