Sunday, May 15, 2016

Prepping for Quilt Canada!

May and June are my crazy months!  Have been for the past four years. This is when I get ready for Quilt Canada and have the honour of representing the Canadian Quilters' Association at the conference.

This year someone thought it would be fun to see if people would like to tour our National Juried Show with me while I gave a short lecture as we went around and looked at the award winning quilts.  Despite my huge fear that no one would sign up, they did. So much so, that I sold out! And they added two more tours, and those sold out!

Needless to say, I will spend alot of time in the National Juried Show floor.. which is fine by me, it is my most favourite place to be at Quilt Canada, well that and the Merchant Mall!

I also thought it would be fun to have a really crazy booth for CQA/ACC.  You know, not one where you just hang quilts in.  Something that people would remember.   That may or may not be a good thing.  Regardless, I got put in charge of booth decorating.
To date I have pool noodles in use and 1,000 circles cut of various shapes and sizes.   Yes, there is an excellent chance I won't get put back in charge of booth decorating next year=)

Besides that I have discovered how to make tassels and have got it down to 90 seconds per tassel.

Uh huh, slight addiction happening.  And yes, they are showing up on my quilts in the very very near future=)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spring, sunsets, and circles is what my weekend was all about. Finally I think spring has arrived to my little Northern Ontario town in Canada. I only spotted 2 piles of snow left from winter on my drive back home this evening. 
I have been playing with some solids and strips to create different blocks, as I show below. 

I have a big project due in 7 weeks that is requiring a couple hundred circles in a rainbow of colours! It is a huge undertaking and I am just getting started now, I know a little late=)

Each night of the weekend ended with this. I am so thankful for so many things.

Have a super week!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Promoting Quilting in Canada

I had a wonderful weekend in Toronto ON doing what I love best!  I was able to talk about quilting in Canada for two days at the very fun Creativ Festival.   The Canadian Quilters' Association (CQA/ACC) was there promoting our Quilt Canada conference this June in Toronto, in which I am on the Board of Directors.

We were given a huge booth and we filled it with some beautiful quilts and our information. When attendees came by and they did fill our booth, we were able to have a chat, offer them a chocolate and tell them about our amazing organization and upcoming conference.  It doesn't get much better than this!

Having attended this show in the past, you get to know the vendors and see friends again, which I love doing. As the Social Media Director for CQA/ACC, I had a sign made up and sent a copy to all my quilting friends across Canada. This sign is showing up everywhere to tell people to come to Quilt Canada.   I brought it with me and took a picture of the sign peeking out in all the vendors booths that will be at our conference.   Here is a picture of it in the WonderFil booth.

I have had a blast seeing the pics come in with people and this sign. Currently it is on it's way to England as we speak.  It will be in Germany next month.   Quilters are such a fun group of people. If you want to see all the places this sign does end up, just follow our facebook page and be ready to be entertained!

This was a very pleasant surprise. I was walking through the festival and looked up to see two quilts I was very familiar with! Below is my denim quilt that was featured in the last issue of ANPT magazine (A Needle Pulling Thread), and the one beside it called 'Pulse' is in the upcoming issue. Thank goodness it hung straight and flat!   

Now I am just waiting to go to our conference where I will see so many more of my quilting friends. Can't wait!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Terrific T-Shirt Book

One of the things I love most about quilting is seeing my projects in print!  I have been so fortunate to work with Martingale Publishing a number of times. They are the most wonderful publishing company to work with, from start to finish, they are helpful, kind and oh so creative!

My latest project can be found in 'Terrific T-Shirt Quilts', a book geared towards taking t-shirts and showing you how to make them into a lovely quilt.  We all keep t-shirts, whether it be our kids shirts, or from college or a sport we love and they sit in a drawer waiting to be used.  

This book solves that dilemma and you can pull your shirts out and turn them into a beautiful quilt. The book talks about working with the fabric and how to combine t-shirt fabric and cotton to create quilts.

My quilt is this fun little pink and green one using pink t-shirts as the focal point.

Having 2 boys in the house meant a trip to the nearest used clothing store, 2 hours away to find pink t-shirts=)
 Here are some of the other super projects in the book!

'Congrats Grad' by Mary Burns

'Go Zags' by Janet Nesbitt

'Got Spirit' by Penny Barnes

'In Tune' by Andy Knowlton

'Road Trip' by Andy Knowlton

'Too Precious To Pitch' by Krista Moser

'Tween Dreams' by Sheila Markewicz

'Winning Combination' by Jamie Mueller

Be sure to check out this book, it is chock full of t-shirt quilt ideas!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Free Pattern for Quilted Wall Hanging

Check out the free tutorial over at QuiltSocial that I created using Northcott's lovely fabric.
The pattern is done using 3 different blocks and can easily be used as a wall hanging, or table runner. It showcases different ways to do the stained glass technique in quilting.

Here is the first post, showing 2 blocks that are pieced using the stained glass technique.

The second post shows how you can use fusing to create a stained glass block.

The third post shows stained glass blocks with a twist. 

This post talks about arranging your blocks and some tips to help.

The last post talks about quilting the wall hanging. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Creating Modern Quilts

I love when inspiration hits!

I was having so much fun following QuiltCon through their mobile app that I got out my sketch pad one day at the farm and just started doodling.
Here is what I have so far.

The farm is the place my family goes to get off the grid so to speak.  No internet, no electronics, nothing fancy, just plain ol' country living=)  And we love it. This is where much of my inspiration comes from. 

I did receive a pretty fun email this week, that put a little smile on my face! 

I was procrastinating one morning, shortly after fb launched its new icons for feelings, and had some fun creating the image below. What I didn't realize is how viral the pic would g. I wish I had put my fb address on the bottom, maybe I would have got a few more followers!  Oh well, live and learn=) 

Did I show you the numbered pins I recently got?  They go from 1 to 100 and in 2 little compartmentalized boxes with about 6 or 7 pins of each number.  And they are sturdy and long little guys.  I love them. I recently had a whole bunch of circles pinned to my design wall and used these numbered pins to remember the order in which they went. 

Lastly, I will leave you with my favorite image this week. Have a great 7 days!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Published! I Love Log Cabins

It is such a complete thrill to see my name in print, especially alongside some pretty incredible quilters! I am in a new book being released today, from my super favorite publishing company Martingale!

'I Love Log Cabins' is a compilation using that wonderful log cabin block!   You should see the incredible quilts made in this book!

This is my gem in the book, 'Rockin' the Rainbow'.  I love this quilt, I used Riley Blake fabrics for the whole quilt... all fat quarters! Super fun and easy to make! 

Take a look at a few other remarkable quilts in this book!

This is called 'Blocked In' by Melissa Corry. I had the privilege of meeting Melissa at the last quilt market I attended, and was blown away. She is the most humble, down to earth quilting rock star you could ever meet!

This scrumptious looking quilt is called 'Red Licorice Garden' by Jill Finley. It does make you think of red licorice doesn't it? 

Go to Martingale's blog and check out what other patterns are in this book! You have a chance at winning an ebook if you head over there. I will be giving a chance to win on my facebook page, twitter @jackiewhite121 and Instagram at JackiesArtQuilts, so find all three to increase your chances to win this book!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Finishing and Designing

One great thing about winter is I tend to take alot of pictures of my island!
It is so magical in the winter.  This one I posted on my Instagram (JACKIESARTQUILTS) and had comments that it looked like Narnia!

I just finished a quilt going to Quilt Con to hang in the Northcott booth!   I was only provided with five 5" purple squares and a white background.  The requirements were anything goes but it had to be modern and a 30" square.  Here is a sneak peak of it. I can't show the whole quilt until Quilt Con starts in mid February.   I can tell you that it is all circles though=)

I have been playing with two apps on my phone for pictures, one is called Camera+ and the other is PicLab.  I am enjoying the different attributes they both have.  Take a look:

Yes, this is a treasure chest of yarn in my studio!

If you use Instagram or Twitter I would love a follow!   Instagram: JACKIESARTQUILTS, Twitter: @jackiewhite121.

Enjoy this beautiful winter day!