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!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

What a year 2015 was! Ups and downs, highs and lows, successes and hopes and now it is over.

After much pondering I decided to write a blunt honest post about 2015, and how my creativity was impacted this past year.

I learned alot this year, more than sometimes I wanted to. I learned that there are some very very shall we say unpleasant people out there that I didn't know existed. That was the learning part of the year=) Thankfully once my eyes got opened I moved on and left them behind.

I discovered some amazing friends this past year. I had the privilege of working with the most incredible team of women I have ever worked with and was sad to see it end. I know that we will still stay in touch and am so fortunate to know what it is like to be on a committee of dedicated, funny and talented people that can work their butts off, agree to disagree and still be friends at the end of the day. That is something I will cherish forever.

I realized that I can't do everything. There simply isn't enough hours in the day, and I must prioritize.
And I am working away at that. I have already removed some things off my plate and will continue to do so.

I went back to school, online school that is=) I am thoroughly enjoying it as I pursue another avenue of education that I know will help me with career.

I quilted. Maybe not as much as I wanted or could have, but I still did it. And I loved it. My plan for 2016 is to be a bit more scheduled, in the sense to get in and play. To not worry if I am making a masterpiece, but to just make.

I was published several times in 2015 and still get so excited over that.
One of my paths has led me to meet some wonderful people in the quilting industry that is so much fun getting to know them and learning more about this wonderful craft.

To end the year, I was given the opportunity to chat about how it all happens... at my sewing machine of course! You can read about it here.

I haven't quite got all my resolutions ironed out, but am working on that!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Making Merry With Janome

Christmas is the best time of year for sewing those special items for those special people!

Today I have the pleasure of not only showing you what I have been making, but being a part of

I do all my creating on my Janome! 
I love my machine. This was the first machine I have ever bought new!  I thought it only fitting that I dress it up for Christmas.

I had this fun fabric from Riley Blake Fabrics that was hexagons in red and green. I knew I wanted to use it in a way that still kept the pattern of the fabric.  And I love stockings!   Oh and ric rac and pompoms too=) By combining all three, I would have pure Christmas magic!

I decided to make two at the same time, one green and one red. Wait until you see what I put in for lining!

See the yellow elephants?  That is Amanda Herring's fabric from Riley Blake!  Can they be any more fun to see when you reach your hand in to get a surprise?

Giant white pompoms adorn this stocking!

Mini red pom poms went on the other stocking!   
Wait!  It didn't end there, a friend fell in love with them and she wanted a set for her family!

On the blue one I added some jumbo ric rac.  The red stocking has no trim as that is for a guy and I thought he would appreciate that!

Thanks Janome for such a fun time showing my Christmas project!