Sunday, December 14, 2014

Love Janome

I have some fun news... and even more fun is I didn't tell my mom and I am going to give it to her today as a total surprise.
This is in the Winter edition of the 'Quilter's Connection'.   On the other side of the cover!

I keep pinching myself. I love my Janome Horizon since getting it almost 4 years ago now, and was thrilled to have my quilt supporting this fabulous company. Rockin' the Rainbow has been to Houston and AQS shows and just came home 2 weeks ago and was just in time for another fun photo shoot!

I also have done a little studio clean up too... check out my beautifully arranged buttons and my new wall hangings!
This is my favourite dot fabric from Riley Blake Fabrics in different sized embroidery hoops.

Now off to plan my next quilt in my super clean studio!

Thursday, December 4, 2014


I love it. I wasn't sure if I would. I had pieced the leaves together a few months ago and then left them as I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them. When I finally decided to try and do a 'modern whole cloth quilt', that is the definition I am calling it, I didn't know if it would work=)

 I arranged my leaves on the cotton background on my design wall and took several shots of them being rearranged in many different ways.  Once I decided on a pattern, I machine stitched using different thread on each of the leaves matching colours of the leaves.

Then came the fun part. I decided not to plan out what free motion pattern or where I was going to quilt it, instead I started in the middle with no idea and just went!  It was very much 'free' motion quilting. White on white thread and background. Something I have never done on such a large piece before. Only once near the end did I consider getting my hot pink thread out and go a little wild!  But I held off.

I am very happy with the results.

In case you want to see what Canada is up to these days in quilting, I made a guest appearance at the GenerationQ blog! It is so much fun going there, they are the sweetest quilters ever!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Binding Stage

I am putting the binding on my quilt.  I love this stage. It signifies that the end is in sight and after hours of work, I will finally have a finished product. Right after the sleeve goes on=)

What I always have trouble on is squaring it up and getting it to hang flat. I use my special 90 degree steel ruler that carpenters use, but still can't get it quite perfect.

I try very hard not to pull the binding too tight so the corners don't curl, and so it hangs without ripples.

This is the best binding tutorial I have ever seen!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Designing Away

I have my design wall filled with fabric, circles and ric rac... trying to get an idea that popped into my head, went down on my sketch pad as a very loose design, to turn into a quilt from fabric!
Easier said then done.  First the circles had to get cut using my Accuquilt GO, then the fabric auditioned.  Then more fabric auditioned because the green I had beside the pink was just not working.
And of course, then more circles had to be recut as they suddenly didn't match the green and pink.

Then I took a pic of that and went to EQ7 and started again. Here is one of my rejects, it just doesn't work for me.
It might be the colours, but I did audition a whole bunch, I think it may be the different widths in the rectangles as I tried to create my own version of a log cabin block.  Either way, it hit the rejection bin=)

So what do you do when you have reject after reject?   Okay, maybe you don't have that happen, but I sure do.
I go and find some inspiration. This video is so great for making me feel like giving up is not a great option. The caption is 'The only person standing in your way is YOU. Find something in your life worth fighting for and discover a FIRE within you.' 
How amazing is that for a quote?

Or how about 6 ideas to inspire your work routine. Love the creative ideas in this one!

One of my favourite blogs is a new one 'Find Your Lula'.  Now I will admit I have been to the retreat twice and this blog is a spinoff from it... and simply put, you can find what you need for growth and inspiration and organic thought here. Another disclaimer I do write for the blog as well. 

Tell me, what do you do for getting the creative juices flowing?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quilting Is Done!

I finished!   I spent the last few weeks grabbing minutes when I could to finish the free motion quilting on my latest leaves quilt. It was white thread on white fabric. And I didn't have a plan, just quilted whatever design popped into my head at that moment.

I was a bit worried that I would get bored without any use of colour but it wasn't until I had only 20 minutes of quilting left that I thought how much fun it would be to be using pink!  For the most part though, I was concentrating so hard on the design that I didn't focus on the colour.

Now I have to bury threads, cut, square and bind.

Now if you want to see more quilt eye candy, check out the winners from Houston this year!

Monday, November 3, 2014

My quilt in Houston, a tutorial to celebrate, learn about good design and gratitude!

It was there, my quilt hung in Houston for the first time in the juried show.  A great gal Debbie, found it and took a picture of it for me.

Another friend posted it on fb for me, and told me it was hanging beside Sheila Frampton Cooper's quilt!  (the one to the right of mine)   I facebooked that it was hanging beside hers, then wondered 'Is she facebooking  that hers is beside Jackie White's?'  
I am just being silly, mostly because I am over the moon that my quilt finally hung in that show that I have spent so many years trying to get into!

To celebrate, head on over to the great Craftsy quilt blog and look at my fun tutorial on 3D flowers. They are so easy and the sky is the limit in making these!

3D flowers

I simply have to point you in the direction of '10 Principles of Good Design'. While not everything applies, it is an excellent read.

Lastly is a powerful video on gratitude that has already garnered over 1 million likes.

To all of you that read my blog... thank you!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am doing it!  I am entering Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival in the ROYGBIV category and the Modern category. What is super exciting, is that I have never shown you my modern quilt before!  I am so excited to hear what you think! Okay and a tad bit nervous too...

Amy has been doing this each year and  it is a tremendous amount of work for her, but she has the sweetness to put the time in and has found great sponsors, so I want to participate.

Fall 2014 BQF Button

Here goes... this is 'Off Balance'. She is a time consuming work of art. It took hours and hours of quilting. In the background are 2 circles quilted in grey thread that you can only see if you are really looking for it.

The quilting is less than a 1/8" apart and changes colours every inch or so.

I am entering Rockin' The Rainbow in the ROYBIV category=)
 This quilt is me! It vibrates with life and colour and circles everywhere. It has polka dots in the centre of each square and is quilted in an ongoing circle!  Love this one so much.

The quilting is done in a circle 1/4" apart from each and in changing colours.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Thank you to Renate who picked me to continue the 'Around the World' blog hop.

The hop is designed to literally blog hop right around the world. How much fun is that? All you have to do is showcase what you are currently working on.

Right now I have a quilt under my machine as I free motion quilt it.
Here is a pic before I pinned it all.

Here are a few pics of it as I continue to quilt it. You can see that I used matching thread for each half of the leaves to make it blend in. I didn't want the quilting on the edge of the leaves to be that noticeable. But rather the colours speak for themselves. 

The background is a white cotton and I am using slightly off white thread to quilt it. For the first time I did not even do a rough sketch of different quilt designs to use. I decided to just put it under the machine and see what happens. I am laughing as I am seeing that bubbles and feathers keep cropping up=)

I am looking forward to pulling the quilt off the machine and seeing the finished product.

Now I get to pick two others to continue this blog hop around the world and I pick Silly Mama Quilts and Sally's Ponderings.

In the meantime you can check out my Craftsy post on 'Embellishing with buttons', my other love... those wonderful buttons!
jars of buttons

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Back at It

I cleaned up my sewing room and in doing so, realized I needed another thread holder. My awesome husband listened to my idea and made me this.

It is a thread holder out of my grandparents barn, one of the boards that had come off. Now I have a piece in my sewing room. It brings me so much happiness!

Remember I went to Lula 2014 retreat a few weeks ago?   I had the opportunity to write a post up. If you would like a good laugh and give it some thought about going there yourself, check it out here. One of the benefits of going to the Lula 2014 is a brand new headshot by a super amazing photographer.

Just to keep you up to speed on holiday planning, check out some great quilt gift ideas that I wrote about on Craftsy.

This is what I am working on at the moment. I had made the leaves in the summer and didn't know what to do with them.

I finally put fusing on the back and laid them out on a white background in this design. What do you think?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Back from Lula 2014

I have returned from a week long trip to Utah.  What a trip it was, I had the thrill of being part of the staff that put on Find Your Lula by Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish.

If you ever want a retreat to learn Adobe Illustrator, find your creative mojo, eat amazing food and laugh till you cry, this trip is for you.  It is simply amazing. Amanda only allows 8 guests so it is very intimate with tons of hands on learning and inspiration and help available.  

This is the bracelet I received upon arriving.   Do you see that it says 'just breathe'... that is so freaking accurate as I do tend to worry, so now I just strap this on and off I go!

This book was also a gift and even though I am only on p. 26 it is simply amazing if you don't know how to find creative time.  I love it. 

Those are my toes... don't mind them at the bottom, instead look at all the heavenly fabric I came home with.  I adore Riley Blake Fabrics.  All those chevrons and polka dots and even some of Amanda's Lula Magnolia in there to boot!

Last up to show you is my adorable bracelet my friend Missy made for me. Don't you just love it?
Pieces of measuring tape cut up and mixed with resin and special little charms hanging off of it.

I have a special project in the works and can't wait to show it to you!
What are you working on?