Sunday, June 14, 2015

Quilt Canada Ended, New Journeys Begin

It has been a bit posting here, because I have been out to Alberta for almost two weeks then landed and drove directly to the hospital where my son had been rushed to with a serious concussion.  Thankfully he is on  the mend and I am now catching up on sleep=)

Our national conference hosted by the Canadian Quilters' Association took place a week ago.  This was the end of my term as President of this wonderful organization. I had the opportunity to emcee 3 events and had an absolute blast!

My trip out was a big of a long one so I packed my circles to make hexies with me.

I made some on the airplane.


My pile is getting bigger and bigger!


When I arrived, one of the board members fancied us up by cool nail stickers!


The University of Lethbridge welcomed us with open arms!


The Merchant Mall had so much eye candy!


I couldn't help but come home with a few treats!


One of the highlights was a quilter loved my 'Creative Cousin' column and wanted a picture with me.


I had the opportunity to give tours to high school and university students on behalf of CQA/ACC of the National Juried Show.   Here are the winners if you want to see some real talent in Canadian Quilters. This quilt I am talking about won Best of Show by quilter Judy Leslie.


The Canadian Quilters' Association even had a free tattoo parlour!


Bill Kerr was a highlight to the week giving a lecture on modern quilting.


Our annual fundraiser sponsored by Trend-Tex Fabrics was a blast, featured is winning quilt by Joanne Love.



CQA/ACC produces a small magazine of the National Juried show entrants and look what showed up in Janome's ad in the mag!
As President, I got to pick the cover quilt, which I just had to pick Jeannie Jenkins modern quilt!


 There is a small piece of my quilt!

On the back cover of the mag is my 'Rockin' the Rainbow' quilt!  I can't believe how far this quilt has gone....not all the secrets about this quilt have been released yet=)



It was an absolute blast and I look forward to Quilt Canada 2016 in Toronto Ontario. As I finish my term as President, I have some wonderful opportunities on the horizon that showed up shortly the conference ended and I look forward to pursuing them!  Yes, they are all quilt related=)





Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It Started with One

It really did, I just wanted to make one so I could understand the process. Plus I had already had 10 made doing it the more traditional way with cardboard inserts.

I am talking about hexagons, or as I so fondly term them, hexies.


Now if you know me at all, hand work and I are usually not the best of friends. But, I have done the whole cardboard hexagon insert, glue fabric around, stitch together.  I did that until I ran out of cardboard... then had to stop making hexies for a year.  Then... a hexie miracle happened, I ran into a friend who told me I could make them from ...

Circles... yes lovely circles, which we know are my ultimate favourite thing in the world.  Plus I have an accuquilt GO that whipped these up in no time.   Check it out here.

They take less than a minute to do each one, and I am doing them everywhere.  I put them in my little pencil case and whip them out when I have 5 minutes.

Let the Hexie Madness continue!

Monday, May 18, 2015

To Quilt Market and Back

The joys of quilt market far outweigh the waiting in airports, the 2 hour drive each way just to get to the airport, the mounds of unpacking and laundry and exhaustion... because seeing amazing friends and gorgeous quilts surpassed all of that!

Quilt market in Minneapolis was a complete blast.  I stayed with the best roomies a girl could ask for. Sample spree was fantastic, the quilts at market were stunning and the people I met for the first time or got reacquainted with made the memories wonderful.

Want to see some of my favourites?


The lion at the Michael Miller booth was incredible.




This quilt had hundreds of crystals all over it and sparkled as you walked by it.


Loving all these circles!




This dress was at Riley Blake's booth and was my favourite..simply gorgeous!




My favourite designer Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish introduced her new line 'La Vie Boheme'. She is on the left with my favourite jeweller Missy on the right.


look at the cute quilt with fabric envelopes to leave notes in.


Another one of Amanda's amazing quilt designs.





This one was all made from wool. 

What a treat, I walked around the corner and there was the legend Eleanor Burns!




 Michael Miller had a wall of flowers. 

363 days till next spring market.....


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Finishing!

It has been crazy around here!  Is it that way for you too?  Spring hits and suddenly everything needs to get done.

I have completed a few projects. Here is one I have been wanting to make for over a year.  It is a pattern from the incredible Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish!  I used fabric from Riley Blake and antlers from a friend.. mine were too big to use=)
Our town has a deer show every year and hunters bring in their deer mounts. I am going to bring this in and put it right beside the biggest mount there!  Should cause some conversation=)


There is a special birthday coming up for a 12 year old, that I adore, but don't know super well. But I do know that he loves the computer game - Minecraft.  I was going to take the easy way and get him the books on how to improve in the game, but his mom said he had them all.  So I went to pinterest and noticed people made pillowcases.  
Pulled out my EQ7, found the measurements of a pillow case and started designing. Here is what I came up with, using  3" blocks.


I pulled out multiple prints of light green fabric and made two sections of green blocks for the sides, then a top and bottom. Finally added the black in. 


Once I had a quilt top, I turned it into a pillow case and even faced the sides!   



I hope he likes it, he gets it Friday night.  

I have been making hexies, but ran out of the cardboard inserts so had to stop.  Unfortunately I can't get them anywhere around here.  But started doing some googling on youtube and found you can make hexies from a simple circle.  I pulled out my Accuquilt GO! and cut a few different sizes of circles. Here is what I came up with.  Now I just have to get my head around that the waste of doing it this way is okay=)


Chat soon, I am off to Quilt Market and so excited!



Friday, April 24, 2015

Setting up a Quilt Booth and Working a Show

How much fun have I been having!
The Canadian Quilters' Association decided to put a booth in the Creativ Festival in Toronto Ontario, Canada to promote our upcoming national conference, and to spread the word about our national quilt organization that brings quilters together across our country. I get to not only work the booth but also do a trunk show as well!


This is our booth after set up.   Those small quilts were made by quilters who have won awards at our National Juried Show and they donated them for sale and proceeds go to the Canada's Children Wish Foundation. We also got cards made from each of the quilts. You can see all the quilts here, it is a lovely bit of eye candy.


I just had to show you the bottom picture, this is what was waiting in my hotel room when I arrived!


I am off to meet the people of Toronto and tell them how great CQA is!