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

Back....

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=)


Monday, August 4, 2014

Craftsy Quilt Blog

I have had a busy July!

Two of my quilt posts are up on Craftsy. You have to check them out, they are both tutorials!

The first is working with youth of any age introducing them to quilting. It is a tutorial on getting kids to quilt in a very easy and fun manner!

Picture drawn onto fabric with crayon.


Next up was their Christmas in July theme where I did a tutorial on making Santa a placemat.

Santa's placemat with milk and cookies

Santa needs something fun for you to put his cookies and milk on. What is better than a placemat with Christmas lights all over it?

Our winners for the last 2 blog hops were Crafty Violet for Sarah Vee's pattern and Kimberly from Stash Bee for the digital copy of 'Fun Size Quilts' by Martingale.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog Hop and a Giveaway Too!


Do you know how much fun it is to meet a fellow blogger that you have been 'online friends' with? I had this opportunity at our local quilt show when this young woman came up to me and introduced herself.  Well, it was so exciting to meet Sarah Vee and she is so talented and sweet that I am just thrilled to be hosting part of her blog hop!

Sarah has this fun site called Sew Joy Creations. Here you can see all her cute patterns.
Right now she is having a sale of a special compilation of all of her patterns so far, called "Sew JOY Patterns (Sew Far!)" for $25 from July 25 - July 31.
 
 
It doesn't stop there, she is also giving away one copy of the compilation.

The link for the giveaway post is here.
  
Guess what?  I get to host a giveaway of her pattern "Primitive JOY" which includes directions to make the wallhanging with the tree or a tabletopper (where you could feature a holiday print).

Sarah just redid this pattern in red and white Christmas fabric and added directions to the pattern in how to use selvages to make the tree. All you have to do is leave me a comment! I will draw a name on July 31st!
 

She is also hosting giveaways of individual patterns on her blog each day during the week.

Sarah just doesn't stop quilting! She is also putting out a free charm-friendly placemat pattern this week as well.



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=)