Monday, August 8, 2016

Workshop In Edmonton

Hi Everyone
If you happen to live in the Edmonton area and are interested in a one day workshop, I will be teaching Wonky Curved Piecing (based on my quilt Ripple Effect II)....for only $30 on August 23/2016. For more info and to register go to http://www.emqg.ca/ 
While you are there check out the class that is being offered the following day as well.

We have a fabulous facility booked and there is still room.....We would love to see you there. 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

You Do The Math

Twelve 18"  Blocks Finished. 

When you have twelve finished blocks you have twelve positions to place the blocks......but, remember each block has four sides. Yikes, just how many options do I have here??? ANYONE CARE TO DO THE MATH??




Of course, that doesn't take into account any of my joining decisions. And.......what if I should happen to get Rotary Cutter Happy??? Oh, let's not even entertain that possibility. 



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Do Your Quilts Talk to You?

It's been so long since I stopped in here.....I'm not sure where to start. The ease of Instagram has turned me into a lazy blogger.

A few weeks ago I just couldn't fine any Quilty Motivation. I sometimes find, that if I actually go and do something the motivation starts to creep back in.  Every once and in awhile it actually returns with a vengeance, exploding full of ideas. It was more of a slow go this time.




So...I started by cutting strips....and cutting more strips!!! I do have a tendency to carried away.

I have four favorite "go to sizes". They are 4.5", 2.5", 2" and 1.25". These are the sizes I use for joining blocks (narrow and wide joining strips). I also use the 2.5" for binding. Plus these sizes give me plenty of variety to play with.

I also threw in some fairly large prints from my stash, that for some reason I have been hesitant to use.

After a week or so of cutting strips.....I just started to play.






At some point it almost feels like the quilt starts talking to me. Let's hope I can hear what it's saying. Do your quilts talk to you???

Friday, March 11, 2016

Renovation Aftermath

I'm still a little out of sync or should I say a lot out of sync, after living through a three month renovation.  One has a way of underestimating how invasive a home renovation can actually be.


Yup....things got a little messy.

Every area of the house seemed to be turned upside down!!!

Then amongst the chaos, I had to put together quilts and samples for an upcoming workshop in the Vancouver area. So last Friday morning, the last detail, of the renovation was finished and that same afternoon we flew to Victoria.


Loading up the quilts


I actually look like I might be organized!!!


Just before flying out, I got the fabulous news, that three of my quilts were accepted into Quilt Canada 2016.....so exciting.


Here is the aftermath of three trunk shows in two days.

Then a sick day.......


Such a lovely view out of our hotel window.


Some free time on Granville Island.

Then a two day workshop over the weekend, here in the Vancouver area and another one, in Victoria next week.

I hope to find some normal after the dust settles........but then normal is probably highly overrated.




Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Apartment Quilting/Renovation Update

Did you know that in the seventies QAYG (Quilt-as-You-Go) was sometimes referred to as APARTMENT QUILTING. Quilting in sections takes up less space than more traditional methods.........especially when it comes to basting.

Since my home is still under renovation, I have been spending my time APARTMENT QUILTING.



I took a WIP (work in progress) from way too many years ago and turned it into a charity quilt. The apartment was a bit dark so I took to the snow, for a few pics. The weather was so mild I was out without my coat.....what a mild winter we are having.


Charity Quilt


Quilt Back





Such scrumptious fabrics.


I've also been playing with a bundle of linens from Moda..........those colours!!!


I think I have taken APARTMENT QUILTING to a whole new level. It didn't take me long to set up a few foldable and height adjustable tables from Costco....alright so I set up four, I do have a tendency to get carried away.

And it wasn't my fault that the guys working on my renovation took down some of my design wall.......so I threw them in the car and leaned them on two of the tables.

Below are a few renovation updates..........


The cabinets were installed on Monday..........I am absolutely giddy with excitement!!!!!!!!


Meanwhile, my bedroom is a disaster........we moved the doorway.


I decided to be brave and give the half-bath a hit of turquoise........and why not!!!


I am loving the white cabinets with the blue.

Well back to my APARTMENT QUILTING...........what else is a girl to do when her house is under renovation.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Time of Reflection

For many of us New Year's Eve is a time of reflecting over the past year and pondering things to come in the new. I'm not really one for a lot of resolutions and goals, but the idea of choosing a word for the upcoming year, really speaks to me. So that is what I did a year ago. The word was very personal to me, but as I navigated some of the storms, of the last year it served me well.

Last year was more about getting through than attaining any major quilting goals.....or any other goals for that matter. My quilting was more of a life raft than anything else.....but what a glorious life raft it was. It was a place for me to breath. Three quilts are the result.


Picking up the Pieces


Finding My Way Home


Shards of Glass

The words that moved me most this year came out of the mouth of our three year old, granddaughter, Autumn. After a bit of tiff with her older sister she came down stairs and said "Mommy, my heart is frozen." A little while later she said "My heart is thawed out now."

The sun is shining through the windows, as I sit typing this morning.....and my heart feels not quite so frozen. My word for 2016 is "PERMISSION". Ah, the freedom of that word. I'm giving myself permission to be happy, to let go, to move on............and what ever else comes to mind. Permission to create, to say yes, to say no.......in other words permission to follow my heart.

Thank you for your support over the last year.....your comments are alway so positive and uplifting. Your kindness means so much to me.

I wish you all the best for the New Year

Marianne



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Let the Festivities Begin

Even though we are mid renovation this might just be our most stress free Christmas ever. Renting a furnished apartment for the duration of the renovation was brilliant.....thanks to my husband for that bright idea. 


I even had some quilty play time this morning!!


A mini tree, some presents............yes, those are the superhero quilts all wrapped and ready to go.


A poinsettia on the table............


Lots of good food........my daughter brought this lovely tray for Christmas Eve.

Tomorrow, dinner at her house with everyone, including four kids and three dogs....should be fun!!!
It's a very different Christmas than last year. Last year this same daughter was so very ill and this year she and her husband are hosting Christmas Dinner at their house.....I'm so thankful.

Merry Christmas to all of you and your loved ones.

Marianne


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