Quilt Canada 2016 in review – 2016.06.22

Last week, I attended Quilt Canada in Toronto ON with my friend Janet.

We arrived Tuesday evening at the ALT Hotel near the airport, and were greeted by wonderful signage and logos that reminded us of colorful modern quilts.  We thoroughly enjoyed the hotel.

ALT Hotel signALT Hotel lobbyALT Hotel key card holder

 

On Tuesday evening, we attended the National Juried Show (NJS) Awards Ceremony.  I had been notified that one of my entries had been chosen for an award, so I was very excited.  I was thrilled when it was announced that Circular Thinking had been awarded 1st place in the Art – Abstract category.   Then, I was thrilled and amazed when I was called up again to receive the 3rd place award in the Art – Naturescapes, Pictorial category for Swoop.   We couldn’t see the actual quilts until the next day when the show opened, so the photos below were taken later.

TerryAske_Circular Thinking_2016 CQA NJS  TerryAske_Swoop_2016 CQA NJS

 

We spent the next 4 days attending lectures and events, shopping in the merchant mall, meeting friends and, of course, viewing hundreds of gorgeous quilts!  This is the first year photos of the quilts were permitted, so I took lots!  Here are some more of my favorites.

Terry Aske_Anne deVerteuil_FIRE_2016 CQA NJS

Terry Aske_Anne deVerteuil_FIRE_2016 CQA NJS

Janet Archibald_A Vancouver Winter

Janet Archibald_A Vancouver Winter

Beth Van Wyngaarden_ Birch Trees, Fall

Beth Van Wyngaarden_ Birch Trees, Fall

Marianne Haak_Shards of Glass

Marianne Haak_Shards of Glass

Margaret Cale_Waves

Margaret Cale_Waves

Ann Marie Patrick_ Toadstools

Ann Marie Patrick_ Toadstools

Anita Payne_From the World to Canada

Anita Payne_From the World to Canada

Judy Weiss_Height of the Storm

Judy Weiss_Height of the Storm

Joanne Love_Curiousity

Joanne Love_Curiosity

Alison Dean Cowitz_Leo

Alison Dean Cowitz_Leo

 

There were also several special exhibits, including Canadiana by members of the Fibre Art Network members, and Cascade of Colours, by the Beaconsfield Quilters Guild.

FAN Canadiana exhibit 1

FAN Canadiana exhibit 1

FAN Canadiana exhibit 2

FAN Canadiana exhibit 2

Cascade of Colours_Beaconsfield Quilts

Cascade of Colours_Beaconsfield Quilters Guild

 

You can see all of the award winning quilts on the CQA site here.   And within a few days, there should be a link added to see all of the quilts in the show.

You can see lots more of the quilts on Instagram – hashtag #quiltcanada and #quiltcanada2016.

 

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New facing technique – even easier corners – 2016.06.12

‘Wildfire’ is almost finished.  The facings are sewn, and just need to be hand-stitched to the back.

I experimented with a new technique and I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  Instead of cutting the batting larger than the quilt top, I cut the batting to exactly the size I wanted the finished size to be.  I made the quilt top and back about 1″ bigger on each side than the finished size.  I machine basted the batting to the backing just inside the edge of the batting, as seen below (excuse the over-exposed photo).

basting batting to back

Then I basted the quilt top to the back as close as I could to the edge of the batting, but without actually sewing through the batting.  I couldn’t see where the edge of the batting was, but I could feel it through the top.

Once the quilting was finished, I trimmed the top and back to about 1/2″ from the machine basting, then attached the facings as usual.  When I pressed the facings to the back, the fold was right at the edge of the batting, which made for a nice straight edge.  And because there was no batting in the seam allowance, there was no excess bulk and it was much easier to turn.  The facings cover the basting holding the batting in place.  And the basting on the top can be easily removed.

And the corners are very square, without having to trim batting away!  I’m planning to update my tutorial on facings, and I will include this technique as an option.

bottom-front bottom-back

 

Here’s a photo of the almost finished quilt.  It doesn’t look ‘square’ in the photo – but only because I can’t seem to take a good photo today.

TerryAske-Wildfire-with facings

 

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Quilt Canada – less than 1 week – 2016.06.09

This popped up in my Instagram feed yesterday.   I’m very excited – next Tuesday, I’ll be flying to Toronto with my friend Janet to attend Quilt Canada in Toronto ON.

7 days to Quilt Canada

We’ll attend the awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.  We both have quilts entered in the show, so wish us luck!  I’ll be presenting the Innovation in Excellence award on behalf of the Fibre Art Network.

Then we’ll spend the next 3 days attending lectures and events, shopping in the merchant mall, meeting friends and, of course, viewing hundreds of gorgeous quilts!  This is the first year photos of the quilts will be permitted, so expect to see lots of quilts on Instagram – hashtag #quiltcanada

 

I haven’t had a lot of time for quilting recently, but I did find time to add a couple of pages to my website.  One shows exhibitions where my work is currently appearing, or will be on display in the near future.  The other lists awards I have won, and will eventually include a list of publications and past exhibitions I’ve been in.

 

One upcoming exhibit I’m especially excited about is a duo show with Judy Villett,  a friend, neighbor and fellow textile artist.  When she noticed that we both had a lot of tree images in our work, she suggested a joint show.  We submitted a proposal, and our show will open on July 1st!

ACNW - Heart of the Forest - Poster - July 2016

 

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‘Gridded Circle’ is finished – 2016.05.29

I decided to quilt my circle quilt with a 1 inch grid, using yellow, orange and pink thread.  I finished the edges with a facing for a clean look.  I have submitted it for the fabric challenge on the MQG site.

TerryAske_GriddedCircle

 

Here’s a detail shot, so you can see the quilting.

TerryAske_GriddedCircle_detail

 

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A new circle quilt – 2016.05.25

After a couple of false starts (here and here), and receiving my order of black fabric to add to my collection of Riley Blake solids, I started a new entry to the MQG Sashing Stash fabric challenge.  I reverted to one of my favorite design elements – the circle!

TerryAske-before quilting

 

This time, I think I nailed the value issue.

TerryAske-before quilting-BW

 

I was thinking of quilting each color section with matching thread.  But when I was squaring up the quilt, I really liked the look of the yellow grid on top of the quilt.  I believe I will quilt it with an all-over grid, using yellow, pink and orange thread.  I’ll start with lines about 2 inches apart, then see if I want to add more.

TerryAske-squaring up

 

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‘Wildfire’ almost finished – 2016.05.21

‘Wildfire’ is almost finished.  I will have to do some quilting near the top and bottom, but I’m going to leave it on my design wall for a few days while I decide if it needs any more flames.

Wildfire - almost finished

As I said last week, I’m sewing the flames without fusing them first – just pinning them in place, then straight-stitching close to the edges.

But for the tree, I wanted to finish the edges because if they fray, it will really show against the lighter background.  I discovered Terry Grant’s fusing method and thought I would try it for the tree.

I couldn’t find any Liquid Thread in the local stores, so I ordered some online.   While waiting for it to arrive, I decided to try using what I had on hand, which was Fray Check.  (Then I ran out of Fray Check, so I had to wait until the Liquid Thread arrived.  The Fray Check didn’t fuse as well as the Liquid Thread, but it is a fair substitute in an emergency.)

I didn’t dilute the Liquid Thread because I didn’t have another container with a fine tip, and I didn’t want to wait.  I will definitely get a smaller container and dilute the Liquid Thread next time.

I used parchment paper instead of a teflon ironing sheet when pressing with a hot iron to fuse the Liquid Thread – that worked fine.

 applying Liquid Thread to edges of tree  parchment paper for pressing Liquid Thread edges

 

I trimmed the edges of the tree, cutting through the fused Liquid Thread.  Then I fused the tree in place, and straight-stitched around the edges.  I like this technique and will definitely use it again.

tree trimmed after edges sealed  tree stitched around edges

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Playing with fire – 2016.05.15

I’m making progress on my ‘Wildfire’ tree quilt.

Last week I had sewn all of the background fire fabrics in place, except one.  I decided to take Janet’s advice and use the smoky gray-pink fabric.

Now I’m adding the smaller flames.  I’m cutting the flames freehand, using my rotary cutter to cut curvy shapes.  I’m continuing to sew the flames without fusing them first – just pinning them in place, then straight-stitching close to the edges.  So far it seems to be working just fine, and if some of the edges fray a little, it will just look like fire sparks.

In the photo below, the ground and the tree are pinned in place.  I’m going to add lots more flames.  Then I’ll stitch the ground and tree in place, and probably add a few more flames in front of the tree.  I’m not sure if I’m going to add any more background trees like I had in one of the photos last week.

sewing the flames in place

 

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