Sunday, November 2, 2014

I Sort of Lost My Blogging Mojo

but never fear..... I haven't lost my quilting mojo!!!

Life has a way.....but I'll catch you up on what's been going on in my world.

I finished making a quilt for my little great niece, Abigail, using workshop demo blocks. I love the bright colours and guess what???? Abigail's room is painted purple....what a wonderful coincidence!!!

 
 Abigail's Quilt (front)

 
Abigail's Quilt (back)
 
In September, I did a two day workshop for my guild, the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild.
 
As you can see.... lots of "Wonky Curves" happening.
 

 
 Gwen's wonderful blocks....she's looking happy!!!
 
 
 Heather....isn't that lovely!


 
Would you look at the wonderful quilting, on these fabulous blocks!!!
 
Good times! Wendy did such a fabulous job planning our first workshop and she even managed to find a venue less than 10 minutes from home. Thanks Wendy!!!!
 
With that workshop completed, I had to prepare for my upcoming workshop in Whistler. Since all my demo blocks were gone....time to make more.
 
 
I decided I would make several wonky curved blocks in two different sizes....naturally I got carried away!!!!
 
 
Then off to Whistler....this was the view from the hotel room!!!

 
 Soooo beautiful!!!!
 
 
 Such a fabulous room....look at those high ceilings, and there was a whole wall of windows with a lovely view!!! 

I did a trunk show on Friday evening and a two day work shop after that. The ladies were so friendly and welcoming....I had a wonderful time!!!
 
Below is some of the incredible work that came out of the workshop....I love watching as everyone's work starts to come alive!
 










 
Thank you for letting me share my process with you. I was thrilled at all the creativity sizzling in the room. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Little Carried Away

I got a little carried away making wonky curved piecing blocks for an upcoming workshop in Whistler, at the end of the month. I know I've been sort of missing in action, the last little while. So losing myself in these demo blocks today, was pure delight!!!




These Grunge fabrics by Moda are pure delight. I'm using layer cake sized squares (10 inches) rather than the 20 inch blocks I usually start with, because I want smaller blocks to demo.

Some upcoming renovations should just add to the chaos that has been my life lately..... but......new cork floors in my studio will be fabulous. Yes I know....it will be craziness but sooooo worth it.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Baby Quilt From "Demo Blocks"

Every time I demo QAYG techniques, I'm left with lots of lovely quilted blocks. Last October, I came up with the bright idea of using colours that work together so that eventually, I would end up with a finished quilt....all be it a mixed bag of QAYG techniques. I am of the school of thought that mixing several techniques adds interest to the quilt.

As these blocks were created rather quickly....(during the workshops or demo, improv is the way to go). I used the following techniques (Just look under tutorials at the top of the page for tutorials on all the different techniques):
  • Stitch 'n Flip
  • QAYG Borders
  • Joining with Wide Strips
  • Joining with Narrow Strips
  • Spiral Quilting
So, four or five separate demos later.....I have enough to make a baby quilt.




 
 Quilt Back....
 
 
 Joining the rows...
 
 
So much easier with a little Elmer's Glue

 
And, I have a lovely little great niece to give this quilt to.....


Friday, August 22, 2014

Simple Techniques / Complex Results

I thought I would give you a little update on my "Picking up the Pieces" quilt.


 Sometimes a combination of simple techniques can result in fairly complex results......or am I just kidding myself and it looks like a complicated mess. I'm not sure yet.


 I have one more row of blocks to add...


 Here is a detail shot.....


 Even the back looks a little....well, I'm not sure what it looks like.


 Joining the rows...


Another quick shot of the quilt back.

I'm off to the coast tomorrow so finishing this one will have to wait until I get back. I'm so looking forward some walks along the water!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Super Sized Bobbins



Would you look at the size of those Bobbins.....I
 believe they hold about 80% more thread than a regular bobbin, of course I can't find exactly where it says that, but trust me it's wonderful.


 I've been playing with my New Bernina 710.....truly a dream machine!!!!!


 Meanwhile, I'm making pretty good head way on my "Picking Up the Pieces" Quilt.



 Nine blocks quilted......


Three to go.....


I just threw these up on the design wall randomly.....lets see where they take me.

I did rather slip that new machine part in, didn't I. Did I really neeeed a new machine....well, not really.

I saw this machine at a Quilt Show in Victoria, in May and had been obsessing dreaming about it ever since. I took a little of my, still to come, inheritance money and there you have it. My Mom had a Bernina when I was growing up....I can't help but think of her when I'm sewing with it.  

So, thanks, Mom.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Putting the Pieces Back Together

It's one thing to pick up the pieces ......but then what????? How to fit them back together, that's the million dollar question. 

 Joining, more slicing and then.....it's perfect...NOT!!!   I so wish that were the case. Instead, RIPPING OUT and MORE RIPPING OUT!  But, when one way doesn't work, it inevitably leads to another solution, and if that doesn't work something else has a way of presenting itself.

I'm insetting pieces that are already quilted....that is a dilemma all of it's own.


Block One
The striped piece in the lower right-hand corner was already quilted. In the first block the back of the block is just one plain piece of fabric.


Block Two
Again the striped triangle was already quilted, but this time I figured out how to expose the quilted back, of the previously quilted triangle as well......


Block Two (back)


Block Three


Block Three (back)


Block Four
I used a different method for exposing the previously quilted triangle here....this one works, but is a little more convoluted. 


Block Four (back)


Block Five
I just have a plain back here.....this was before I figured out how to expose the back, of the previously inset quilted piece.


Block Six.... still in process
Again the back is plain.

The slicing and ripping out, multiple times, can be a painful experience.....but the resulting solutions are often gold. 

That's something I have to keep reminding myself of, throughout the process.



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