On my design wall – 2015.03.04

I have lots of projects on the go right now – some in the construction phase, and some in the design phase.

The VMQG block lotto this month is a hashtag block, done in black & white.  It’s a pretty easy block to make – I whipped up 4 in an afternoon.  If I win this block lottery, I will add a few blocks with bright colors.DSCN4701

 

I’ve made progress on the low-volume baby quilt.   Four rows of triangles are sewn together; 5 more rows to go.  Then I can get to the fun part – adding some words in various shades of green (chartreuse, of course!)DSCN4702

 

Other projects on the go:

  • the art quilt I’m collaborating on with my sister is still pinned to back side of my design wall – no progress on that
  • preparing for the trunk show and workshop I’ll be doing this Friday and Saturday for the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild – almost ready
  • I need to decide what to make for this year’s SAQA Online Auction – the quilt has to be 12 x 12 inches, but the subject matter can be anything I want (hmmm . . . more umbrella people, something scenic, abstract?  . . . decisions, decisions)
  • Quilting Arts has a new reader challenge ‘Birds of a Feather’ that has captured my interest.  That one will be a 9 x9 inch quilt.

 

Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative projects to inspire you.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced     Esther’s Blog   Sew Fresh Quilts

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In my mailbox – 2015.02.27

Look what was in my mailbox yesterday!  Yes, those are my ‘Rainy Day Girls’, the latest in my Rainy Day People series.  Even though I had been notified my quilt would be on the cover, it was still a thrill to see the magazine in my mailbox.

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And even more of a thrill when I skimmed through the rest of the magazine.  My contact information is on the table of contents page, and my quilt shows up again in the article about the CQA/ACC travelling quilt show It’s Time for Color!.

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On pages 50 to 52 there’s an article about the Fibre Art Network‘s travelling exhibit Abstracted.  My sister Anne was my partner in this exhibit – she created an abstract interpretation based on my realistic quilt.  Ours are ‘Solitude 1′ and ‘Solitude 2′, right in the middle of the spread on pages 50 and 51.

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And to top it off, in the Regional Reports on page 76, the Victoria Quilters’ Guild mentioned my visit last August to their guild to talk about modern quilting.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many creative and inspirational projects.

   Creations by Nina-Marie   Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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WIP Wednesday – 2015.02.26

I have lots of projects on the go, but not a lot of progress to show.

It’s a good thing I have a 2-sided design wall – on one side is the beginning of a low-volume equilateral triangle baby quilt. http://bluemountainquiltersguild.ca/program

 

One the other side is the project I’m collaborating on with my sister – no progress on that.

Fire quilt partially pieced

 

I’m preparing for a trunk show and workshop I’ll be doing next week for the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild.  There are still spaces available in the workshop if you live nearby and are interested in attending, here’s the information.

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Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative projects to inspire you.

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I went to QuiltCon! – 2015.02.18-23

I just got back late last night from QuiltCon in Austin Texas.

There were hundreds of amazing quilts.  You can see a small sample of them here, including the award winners.  And Luana Rubin’s Flickr page gives a good idea of what the quilts looked like hanging in the show.

It was a wonderful opportunity to see the quilts ‘up close and in person’, attend inspiring lectures, spend time with friends and fellow quilters, enjoy great food, buy fabric, etc.

I took lots of photos.  Here are just a few of my favorites, starting with me standing in front of my quilt.

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This was my pick for Viewers Choice, GLITCH by Susan Strong (another Canadian!).

GLITCH!  Designed, made and quilted by Susan Strong.  Kona solids and quilted with Aurifil thread.

 

Here’s a rusty metal armadillo I spotted on our way to dinner one night.  I wonder what’s in the grass?

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We had to stop at Gourdough’s Big Fat Donuts food truck, even though the temperature had dropped to almost freezing – I’m talking about eating donuts outside in 3 degree Fahrenheit weather!  They were worth it!

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Yesterday, we had to wait a few hours in the Austin airport for our flight home.  We found a wonderful place to relax and enjoy some great wine and food – Vino Volo – very civilized!

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A finished project and an ongoing one – 2015.02.13

The second quilt in my new Tree Series is completed. I think I’ll call it Foggy Winter Day.

This is what it looked like three weeks ago, when I last posted about it.  I was debating whether to cover the background trees with white tulle, but I decided against that.  I think my choice of fabrics and values gives the impression of fog behind the main tree, without needing to use the tulle.  There is a circle of tulle over the sun, which I think works well.

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Here’s the finished quilt.  It’s 16 x 36 inches.  The sun is fused and stitched.  The background trees have folder under seam allowances, and are top-stitched to the background.  The main tree is lined with a layer of thin batting to give it more dimension.

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I’m not sure if two quilts meets the definition of a series, but as I already have a plan for the third (and intend to make twelve by the end of the year) – here are the first 2 quilts of my Tree Series.

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Anne did some more work on our collaborative quilt – she added more foil and sewed the prices together into 3 main sections.  Then she packaged it up and sent it to me.  Here it is on my design wall.  I’m probably going to add a few more small pieces of our fabrics as accents, then I’ll layer it and start the quilting.  This will likely be the first of a series, as we already have plans for our next project.

Fire quilt partially pieced

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative and inspirational projects.

   Creations by Nina-Marie   Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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WIP Wednesday – 2015.02.11

It feels good to be back in the studio and getting things done.

On the weekend, I created my starter block for the VMQG Round Robin project.  Last year, we had 8 participants, and had some fabulous quilts at the end of the project – you can see 5 of them here.  And below you can see my starting block, and the finished quilt.

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This year, I’m going for a wonky look, so I made my starting block non-square.  I hope the other participants will add some wonky borders.  I won’t see my block or the progress on my quilt top for the next 12 months, until we have the big reveal.

Round Robin 2015 starting block

 

The block lotto this month is a cute little block called Raspberry Kiss.  Finishing at only 4 1/4 inches, the blocks are a little smaller than I prefer, but they go together quickly and they’re cute, so I made 4 of them.  If I win the lotto, I would make some larger versions of the block.

VMQG block lotto Raspberry Kiss

 

I have lots more projects on the go, and if you come back on Friday you’ll see what I’ve accomplished this week.

Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative projects to inspire you.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced     Esther’s Blog   Sew Fresh Quilts

 

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A busy couple of weeks – 2015.02.08

I really hadn’t intended to go almost 3 weeks without posting.  I was immersed in a couple of projects, but now I can come up for air and share what I’ve been doing.

I mentioned in early January that I would be visiting my fiber artist sister Anne to spend a few days in her studio to start working together on a collaborative fiber art project.  At the end of January, I spent 4 fun-filled days with Anne, experimenting with a variety of surface design techniques and planning our collaborative project(s).

A cheerful mixed media sign welcomes you to Anne’s studio, which is well-stocked with many surface design supplies and tools.

We had decided to focus on a limited color palette – various shades of red with accents of chartreuse (we both love that color!)  We each brought a supply of fabrics to share.  The first day, we made a plan of the techniques we would experiment with – dyeing, painting, stamping, printing, discharging, foiling, piecing.  We agreed to dive in without a pre-determined outcome, and see where it led us.

Our dyeing project was intended to produce a variety of red fabrics, but most of the fabrics came out pink.  But that happy accident provided each of us with inspiration and fabric for pieces we plan to create for the upcoming Cherry Blossoms fiber art show.

After 4 days of experimenting, we had a collection of fabrics with a variety of surface-design techniques.  We selected some of them for our collaborative project (see initial layout in the bottom left corner below).  Anne will piece the fabrics, and add some more stamping or foiling.  She will then send the quilt to me to add a border, layer and start the quilting.  I’ll send it back to her to finish the quilting.

The fabrics that weren’t used in the joint project will most likely show up in future work of either (or both) of us.  We’re both really excited about our collaborative process, and plan to do another with a different color palette.

Collaborative dyeing painting stamping foiling discharging

When I returned from my visit with Anne,  I turned my attention back to the workshop I facilitated yesterday for the Grouse Mountain guild – Creating Architectural Art Quilts from Photos.  It was a new workshop that I developed at the request of the Grouse Mountain guild, so I needed to put my thoughts together on paper for a class handout.  Also, each participant had submitted their inspiration photo to me, to create a full-size pattern for the class.

We had 18 people in attendance, and had an interesting variety of subjects for their art quilts.  I talked about and showed examples of my architectural quilts, and the various techniques I have used.  Then the participants got down to work on their own art quilts – making decisions about construction techniques and auditioning their fabric selections.  We all had a great time, and each person left the workshop with a planned and partially completed project.   You can see some of the projects below.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative and inspirational projects.

   Creations by Nina-Marie   Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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