Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun-Size Quilts

WOOHOOO!!!!   Seriously you have no idea how excited this makes me!   I am one of the designers in this book! I would write this whole post with exclamation marks! But then you might really think I have way too much enthusiasm=)


Fun-Size Quilts is a book by Martingale comprised of quilts all made using a handful of fat quarters.Sigh...you should see the talented quilters in this book - Melissa Corry, Jeni Baker, and Julie Herman to name a few.

Martingale - Fun-Size Quilts


Here is my quilt. 
My Little Garden by Jackie White

I made it one day when I felt like playing with my favourite embellishments - ric rac and buttons. You may also notice that other than the background, all the fabric is covered in polka dots. This quilt just makes me smile=)

All the quilts are different and so unique. Here are a couple to wet your appetite. This one is by Heather Valentine. Don't you love her whimsical flowers?

'Garden Variety' by Heather Valentine

Missy Shepler grabs your attention with this bold modern quilt. I can't wait to try this one to see how she made this.

'Elongated Triangles' by Missy Shepler

How adorable are the little foxes made by Jeni Baker?  She always can turn a quilt into something you just want to have in your home.
'Fox in a Box' by Jeni Baker

Would you like a chance to win a digital copy of Fun-Size Quilts? Leave me a comment answering the following question: What is your favourite embellishment?

Want a whole pile of chances to win? Go here to visit all the other blogs in this blog hop! 
Good luck=)



Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy and More Happy News!


This week brought a few smiles and a few tears (of joy) to me. First up is this little gem of news.

Martingale - Fun-Size Quilts (Print version + eBook bundle)

My quilt is featured in the new book Fun-Size Quilts! Martingale is hosting a big celebration for the release of the book this Thursday, including 16 giveaways of the eBook. Visit my blog on Thursday and join in the fun!

Martingale - Fun-Size Quilts (Print version + eBook bundle)
This is 'My Little Garden' featured in the book.

Next up is something that has never happened to me before, but is on my bucket list second from the top.

This is the email that did it:

 
Congratulations! Your entry has been selected as a finalist to be exhibited at the 2014 International Quilt Festival/Houston in the annual IQA fall Judged Show, Quilts: A World of Beauty. 


I got into Houston! This made me so emotional, I could hardly tell my mom as I just couldn't believe it happened.  I have been trying for years to get into this show, only to be rejected again and again.  But I just kept on applying.. and this week, my dream came true!

Have a great week!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Camping/Travel Laundry Bag Tutorial


It is that time of the year again when travel plans actually come to fruition.  I have made a quick and easy travel laundry bag that you can take with you to keep the rest of your clothes clean and smelling nice as you travel!


Let's get started, I am using Riley Blake Fabrics, because they totally rock! I have used 'Pepe in Paris' fabric.



Supplies:
Outer bag:
2 fabric rectangles 17" x 20"

Lining:
2 fabric rectangles 17" x 20"

Strap:
Two 15" x 7" pieces of fabric

Spice sachet:
Two 3" squares
2 tbsp pot pourri

Pocket:
Two rectangles 4" x 5"

Instructions:

Sachet: Sew the 3" squares of fabric right sides together (RST), leaving a 2" opening. Turn right side out, fill with spice or pot pourri and slip stitch closed. Set aside.

Sew the 4" x5" pocket RST along outer edge, leaving a small opening. Flip right sides out and slip stitch opening closed.

Sew the 2 outer bag rectangles RST along one 20" side. Repeat for lining.
How cute is this fabric?  It makes me want to travel!

Sew the pocket on the right side in the middle of one rectangle of the lining. Sew on both sides and bottom leaving top open.
I just put a pencil in so you could see the opening=)

Place outer bag, RST, fold in half so it is a 20" x 16.5" piece and sew both sides. Repeat for lining.

Sew the two strap pieces RST at the 7" end. Fold lengthwise, each long side into the middle and press.

Then fold one long side over to meet the other side and press. Stitch down on both long sides.


Turn outer bag right side out, leave lining wrong side out and slip the outer bag inside the lining. Pin each end of the strap between the two bags 5" in from each side and tuck the remainder of the strap inside the bag.

Sew around the top of the bag, leaving a 4" hole to turn. Flip right sides out and slip stitch the opening closed.


Slip the spice sachet into the pocket and you are ready to go. When you arrive at your destination, simply put your laundry bag on a hanger, on in a tree if camping and you are ready to go!



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tutorial on Using Paintstiks


First can we all keep our fingers crossed from now until July 17th please?

I have done a fun and easy tutorial on using oil paintstiks over at Craftsy.  If you ever wanted the know how on using them, then head over there and check it out.

Fabric sample with oil paintstiks stenciled on.

This is the sample I made using stencils and tape.  It is so simple and so much fun!  Plus it really adds another creative layer to your quilt.

Art quilt with oil paintstiks added to it.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's Out!

EEK!!!  It is finally out!  I am featured in a new book  by Martingale Publishing.  

The book is released July 2014 and today is July 1st!

It is also pretty special because July 1st is Canada Day and we celebrate it big time!



It is called Fun-Size Quilts and it is all about making quilts with fat quarters. They featured my quilt and a few others on their blog today!

See the one with the giant flowers with ric rac trim and ric rac stems?   That is mine!
I will be getting pics shortly to show you.  For now.. I just sigh with complete happiness looking at it!




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A New Circle Quilt


As you know my love of circles is still going strong. While I was away I picked up even more fabric with dots and circles on it. I really need to start using it up=)

I spent the weekend making templates, auditioning fabric, playing in EQ7 and finally came up with this design.


In the wide open spaces on either side I am going to try and free motion stitch a phantom circle in there.  I am still trying to decide what colour to use.  I plan to stitch over all the circles with a multitude of colours but want the fmq circles to recede into the background a bit.   I am leaning towards a grey or a black. I think white may be a bit too stark.  Any ideas?


Friday, June 20, 2014

I Am Back

I have been gone it seems like for two full months, but that consisted of 3 trips and one time only home four days in between.   The last trip was extra special for me.  It was the Canadian Quilters' Association's annual national conference.   It was in Ontario this year so I was able to drive.   It was 11 days of no sleep, laughter, chocolate, coffee, and lots and lots of quilts and camaraderie.  But it was so worth it.
It was here that they passed a little motion at the AGM that gave me the honour of being President of our national organization for the next year!  Yep, pretty excited and a tad emotional=)

We had some amazing lectures and workshop instructors. Luana Rubin of eQuilter gave a great talk during lunch one day. She is such a fantastic lady and has great insight into the quilting world.


Judy Coates Perez gave an evening lecture and it was very informative and she is so funny!

All photos by Laine Canivet

Anna Hergert won our coveted 'Teacher of the Year' award. Now if you want to see some amazing quilts, go to our National Juried Show winners here. And you can find our Trend-Tex Challenge here for more lovely quilts. 

Now I am finally going to create some art quilts for me!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Free-Motion Quilting

I plan to give you a huge update on my recent trip away to our national quilt conference in Canada, but am waiting for some really cool photos of me and my quilt idols to come in.

Machine Free-Motion Quilting Tips

In the meantime, check out my blog post on Craftsy!  It is all about tips for fmq!  And look at my samples of all my quilts...love that free-motion quilting=)


Free-Motion Quilt Detail

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Free-Motion Background Ideas

Ever get stuck trying to figure out how to quilt your background?  Check out my craftsy post on their quilting blog for some great ideas!

I loved writing this post.   I used to be so scared when it came to quilting my top that I would end up dreading it.  But after doing a few and deciding practicing free-motion quilting isn't so scary,  I started to enjoy it and I actually got to the point I felt confident free-motion quilting and started to branch out and get creative.

leaf free-motion quilted onto background

You can to, go and check it out!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Another Finish



As a board member of the Canadian Quilters' Association, one of my duties was to organize our annual fundraiser, the Trend-Tex Challenge. We have a silent auction at our national conference that starts next week.  I leave in 48 hours for it.   I was worried about time, so I made a cute bag as my wearable quilt.


Then when the entries started arriving, I started feeling guilty that I hadn't made something fancy enough, so I whipped this up.  The theme was 'Modern Ways'.


I did a plain white background and free motion quilted the whole thing in different stitches.






We also have a fun fb page, and you don't have to be a member to belong, we are always putting fun quilt trivia and news on it.   Take a look and maybe 'like' us.   It is under Canadian Quilters' Association.