On my design wall – 2015.04.01

I’ve made a lot of progress on two of my projects.

The collaboration quilt with my sister Anne, most recently blogged about here, is layered and partially quilted.  I quilted a grid of lines 2 to 3 inches apart with a medium red thread.  Now I’m adding more lines with a copper-gold variegated thread, and a black thread.   I’m not sure how many more lines I’ll add; I’ve asked Anne what she thinks before I do more.  (That’s black batting and red backing, not borders.  We’re probably going to face it, with no border or binding.)

additional gold-copper and black vertical and horizontal

 

The low volume baby quilt, last blogged about here, is looking great – exactly how I envisioned it.  I’ve sewn all the rows together except for one seam to join the top 4 rows to the bottom 5 rows.  Before I do that, I’m going to fuse some ‘words of wisdom’ to the bottom section and zigzag stitch around each letter.  Then I’ll layer the quilt and do some straight-line quilting – I’m thinking a triangle shape starting near the center and spiraling out.

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Organization ideas and Cherry Blossoms exhibition – 2015.03.28

I’ve been reading a wonderful series of articles by Dena Crain, called Time-Saving for Quilters.  I like a lot of her suggestions and plan to implement them as time permits.  In this article, she shows her two plastic drawer storage units under her cutting table, which hold materials and any work in progress. 

That idea really resonated with me – I’m usually planning and/or working on several projects at once, and I end up with several piles of fabrics and sketches on my working surfaces.  I bought these two units at Walmart and immediately filled them up with projects I’m working on.  The drawers slide right out, so I can pull out the one I’m working on, then put all the bits and pieces back in the drawer when I want to work on a different project.

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I highly recommend Dena’s series of articles.  There are 8 parts to the series.  Here’s a link to the first part if you’d like to read them all in order.

 

You may recall my quilt ‘Flower Boxes’.  It was accepted into the annual juried exhibition “Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation”.  The show will open on March 31 at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver and will run until April 19.  http://silkpurse.ca/exhibitions/   I’m looking forward to seeing all of this year’s textile art at the opening reception on March 31.

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Now I have to get back to some of those works in progress in the drawers under my table, so I’ll have something to show next week.

 

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Off my design wall – 2015.03.26

Thanks to everyone who commented on the possible background fabrics for my Royal terns – that was very helpful.  I found myself agreeing with those who preferred the fabric in the bottom right photo, so that’s what I used.

I fused the birds the background, then free-motion stitched some feathers on their wings.  Then I layered the quilt, and quilted the beach and the ocean.  I also quilted around each bird, and as a result they appear a bit dimensional compared to the background.

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I’m calling it ‘Into the Wind’.  I’ll submit this little piece (9 x 9 inches) to the Quilting Arts Magazine reader challenge ‘Birds of a Feather’.  I’ll know on April 8th if it’s accepted as a finalist for the challenge.

 

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Trunk show and work in progress – 2015.03.20

On Wednesday morning I packed up about 40 of my quilts in my rolling cart, and headed to North Vancouver to do a presentation and trunk show for the Seymour Quilters’ Guild.

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The members of the guild seemed to enjoy my presentation and had lots of questions about my techniques and compliments about my work.  And they have already posted a write-up about my trunk show with some great pictures (including the photo above).

Back in the quilt studio, I’ve been working on an entry for the latest Quilting Arts Magazine reader challenge ‘Birds of a Feather’.   The theme reminded me of some photos from our vacation in the British Virgin Islands a few years ago.  We were fascinated by the small terns hanging out on the beach.  They have distinctive black caps, and they tend to all stand facing in the same direction – into the wind (except when we tried to take a picture of them, when some of them would invariably turn toward the camera).

BVI terns  BVI terns 2

I drew a stylized version of a tern and made 3 of them, each a slightly different size and with some variation in fabrics, and positioned them all facing the same direction.  I’m just trying to decide on what fabric to use for the sea in the background.  Any opinions?  (Please excuse the creases in the fabrics.)

 

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Workshop and trunk shows – 2015.03.11

Last Friday evening, I did a trunk show/presentation at the monthly meeting of the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild.

On Saturday, I did a workshop for the guild on Freezer Paper Piecing.  I provided patterns – a choice of a fairly simple Maple leaf pattern or a more complex Japanese Maple leaf pattern.  Here are the 2 class samples that I made a while ago.

Class samples

All of the participants elected to make the simpler maple leaf block – and by the end of the day most of them had completed their blocks.  I made a photo collage of 9 of the blocks (I think there were actually 10 finished blocks, but I must have missed taking a photo of one of them).  I love seeing how each block looks so different, based on each person’s fabric selections.

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Everyone said they enjoyed the class, and they now have another technique in their ‘toolkit’.  Here’s some additional information about the tips and techniques I teach at this workshop.

If you live in the metro Vancouver area, you may be interested in knowing that I’ll be doing another trunk show/presentation on Wednesday, March 18th at the Seymour Quilters’ Guild meeting.

 

Meanwhile, the collaborative quilt I’m working on with my sister Anne is back on my design wall.  On the left you can see how it looked when I last worked on it.  On the right, you can see what it looks like now.  I moved a few pieces around in the middle section.  I hope to have more progress to show on this by the end of the week.

Fire quilt partially pieced  Collaboration

 

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