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?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

So... here is the scoop

Life is insane.. I am not sure why someone didn't give me a heads up and mention that being a President of a national organization, working part time and raising two adorable boys with a great husband would be crazy.  They should have... well not really, it wouldn't have made a difference in any decisions I made=)

The reason I am telling you this is my blog is not going to be updated twice a week this year.   I am going to strive for once a week. If you disappear on me, I will be sad, so I ask that you hang in until life settles back down.
sneak peak of the quilting of my recent flower quilt

testing the layout

ready to be assembled into a 3D flower

I will still quilt and show you my progress, just not quite as often.  Now I do have two finished quilts that I am dying to show you,like soo bad, as I love them. But.. here is the thing. There is this cream of the crop juried show called 'Quilt National' that only comes about every 2 years and you aren't really supposed to show your quilts. About 1,000 quilts enter and they take 85.. seriously, so my odds are like .0000001% of getting in. But every 2 years I enter. After October 6th I will be able to show them to you and you will have to do a fair amount of oogling and aggling as I will have just received my rejection letter-)

Instead I have shown you some progress shots of one of them in the making...what do you think?

Monday, September 1, 2014


I took a little break, but now I am back and in full quilt mode=) One reason is I have 2 quilts in our local quild quilt show in a week and guess what.. I just finished one this morning.  The other one is about 20% completed.   Yes, I am trying not to panic.

The first one took 3 months of quilting. All machine and all straight lines, or as straight as I could make them without going slightly crazy.

Unfortunately I had to fill in the write up for the quilt before I had a name for it.  With me, the names of my quilts come sporadically.  Sometimes I know the name before I start, sometimes part way through and sometimes right at the very end.  This one, I had actually completed it and was bringing it back into my studio when the name hit me.   It is officially called 'Off Balance'. Sadly that is not the name of it at the upcoming show.

Now here is as far as I have gotten for the second quilt. 

If you guessed that those were flower petals for a 3D quilt, then you guessed correct.   I have 40 of them made and quilted.  I just have to actually turn them into a flower, quilt the background, bind and attach the flower=)

The background colour was a toss up between an olive green and a dark brown.  I went with the green.  I don't have a name for this one....yet.
When do you name your quilts?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fun Tutorials

While buzzing around pinterest the other day I found some fantastically fun tutorials!

Check out this adorable picture frame pin cushion tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous. These little frames can be picked up for $1. What a great gift for a quilt retreat or a party favour for a quilter or sewer.

pin cushion

Over at Seaside Stitches, she has made an adorable fabric box. I can just imagine the fun trinkets I can put in here.

Image found here

Hyacinth Quilt Designs shows you how to make beautiful dresden fan blocks and then turns them into hexagons following another tutorial found on her site.

Image found here

This was found on pinterest. 100 free quilt tutorials! Seriously, go and check it out. There are pics for each tutorial and the quilts are very different and unique. 
I enjoyed this break from my free motion quilting 1/8" lines over and over!  But oh boy, is it going to be an amazing modern quilt=)