Thursday, 17 April 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers – Member Challenge

 Woohoo!  We have a new member challenge up!   This one is fun and full of happiness.  You just have to participate!

Here are the details: 
Get Published! Show us puddles, umbrellas, spring blossoms – any image that means ‘spring time’ to you!

Join the fun with our current challenge. Your entry will get published either on our blog or in The Canadian Quilter magazine. Take a couple of hours and create a quilt based on the theme ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’. You can use any embellishments you want.  Deadline to send a photo of your entry is June 24, 2014. Full challenge details in English. And in French.

Three great fabric prizes sponsored by Courtepoint Claire. Check out her website and Facebook:
English version of the website.
French version of the website.  

First Prize

Second Prize

 Third Prize

(attach images of prizes and logo)

We had lots of fun with our previous member challenges. There were so many entries for ‘Winter Wonders’ they are presented for your viewing pleasure over several posts:

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Walk To Brock #7

We made it to Winnipeg!   Can we make it to St. Catharines in time for Quilt Canada?  Oh, we can't fail now, get stitching!

We got a huge inch infusion from guilds who were not reporting monthly and who thought we were ending our walk in March. They sent their inches in one, big lump sum. So here we are, in Winnipeg!  The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada’s oldest public gallery is home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. Like glitter? Visit the Royal Canadian Mint, where billions of Canadian coins are produced each year. But, best of all, it’s home to the Guess Who. Listen to my favourite here.

Notes from the guilds:
Timmins guild devotes one entire meeting to a mega Show and Tell where members bring in as many quilts as they wish. Stories range from hilarious, to touching, to awe inspiring, and often include lessons learned. This year the goal was to maximize their Walk to Brock contribution and members could bring a friend. Plenty of desserts and a theme cake capped off a fun evening. 

There was a grand total of 66 quilts, for a combined measurement of 11,822.5 inches. Since the guild meets every two weeks, the monthly total was an impressive 14,642.5 inches!

Paradise Village quilters in Bridgetown NS really love their Show and Tell and to help add more Brock inches many members bring pieces they hadn’t previously thought about showing.

REMINDER:  We extended the deadline for our walk to get to Brock to June 11/2014 – the opening day of Quilt Canada 2014. So keep ‘em coming!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Winter Wonderland - Member Challenge Part III

The last but certainly not the least of our amazing entries!
Thank you Fabricspot again, for sponsoring this challenge.  Check out their great lines of fabric and patterns.  

by Leanne Chahley
My quilt  is about 49" square. She is made from Essex Linen, Kona Cottons and Oakshott cottons which have a white warp thread making them muted.  The design is my own and is part of a series of quilts that I have been making which I call my cycles series.

by Geesje Baron
I free form cut and raw edged applied shapes of various elements to a scrap raw edge pieced background. I used a variety of white and off whites in a wide assortment of fabrics. Embellished with lace and beads. A frosted window pane was the inspiration of this quilt using my own photo.

What I Love About Winter
by Lynne McCulloch
It is based upon a drawing of mine that I created after a wintry drive in the area near Burlington.  The time is late afternoon and the view is looking along the shores of a small creek with a forested area in the background.  The medium with which I started is watercolour, enhanced by watercolour chalks, Angelina fibres and thread painting.  

by Valerie Tucker
Photo is of a snow ghost at the top of the Snow Ghost Chair at Big White, Kelowna, BC, where I spend winters downhill skiing.
Made from one of my photos printed on canvas by London Drugs.

by Stephanie Alcock

 I hand-cut paper stencils, laid them on marbled dark blue/black fabric, then sprayed over with fabric paint. The snowflakes are quilted with silver metallic thread, and there are scrolls/spirals free-motion quilted over the rest of the quilt. The snowflakes are embellished with a thin wash of opalescent, fine-glitter paint and pearl droplets.

Snow Day
by Cynthia Frenette
The design is my own, made of improvisation pieced scrappy circles with fused appliqué retro style snowflakes attached, and topped with hand stitching and  loads of sequins and sparkle, like glittery snow. 

Glacier Nights
by Deyanne Davies
The design for the quilt is from a "Sew Together" Pattern by Betty Oswell, Kamloops B.C.
It was a fun challenge to machine quilt something different in each of the design areas.  The McKenna Ryan fabric and beads give the feeling of a crisp, sparkling magical winter's night.

by Ruth Quinn
Copyright information-this is a piece originally made by Susan Brubaker Knapp but she has given me  permission to make my own copy. I love snowflakes.  Each one is so individualistic and unique that it amazes me.  It is thread sketched and bound with a zigzag stitch around the edges. 

by Carol Bowie
I live in Halfmoon Bay, BC on the west coast.  This 5.75" x
9.5" wall quilt is an original design from a photo taken by Michael Snook in

January 2014.  A female Annas hummingbird, wintering over.  She is puffed up
and tucked amidst bare branches to keep warm.  Painted background, couched
fabric & yarn on background, free motion stitched hummingbird (with a black
bead eye)

Winter Sunrise On The Lake
by Maggie Butterfield Dickinson
This winter landscape image, enlarged from one of my photographs, was dye painted on PFD fabric, cured and rinsed, sandwiched and thread painted with an assortment of cotton and polyester threads. I love the splashes of colour on a such a grey and cold winter morning. I learned this technique from Hollis Chatelain.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Winter Wonderland-Member Challenge Part II

Part II of III of our wonderful member challenge.  
Thanks to our great sponsor!

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by Lauren MacDonald
Which Way to Costa Rica?  This wall hanging was inspired by a mini-quilt in "Pretty Little Mini Quilts" (ISBN-10: 160059493X ISBN-13: 978-1600594939).  The toucan has been blown off-course to Northern Canada!  He's looking at the snowflakes all around wondering how to get back home!

by Rolanda Tovey
I'm sending this photo of my wallhanging, one of a series of seasonal patterns from "Seasonal Patchwork & Quilting" by Colette Wolff. I'm like the kitty in the window, I much prefer to be inside during the winter. I've named this "Winter waiting at the window".

by Heather Myers
I’ve had a scene in my mind for years after living in the North – winter meadows, covered in snow, rippled and tucked like a quilt.  Little animal footprints, stitching their way across the snow, nipping and tucking amongst the bushes and shadows.

by Janet Barker

I created this small wall hanging using a Christmas card for inspiration. I was taking a landscape course and wanted to tackle a small project so that it would actually get done. This is not exactly a landscape, but I was able to try out techniques taught in the course.  The background was graded using colourwash inks and then the cardinal and bird feeder were added using machine appliqué.  The tree branches were added using raw-edge appliqué.  Thread painting was used to complete the picture.  I then used netting and quilted loops to try to simulate the falling snow around the cardinal.

by Janet Ulan
The photo is provided by Pat Jackson who kindly gave her permission to do the wall hanging, she has seen the finished product and is extremely happy with the result. I took artistic license by omitting the fence.

by Terry Aske
Starry Winter Night 2 is an abstract view of bare trees silhouetted against a dark and cold starry winter sky and snowy landscape.  Techniques: fused raw-edge applique, folded-edge applique, free-motion quilting.

I really enjoyed the spontaneous free-style design and construction of this quilt.  Normally I would have drawn a design, enlarged it to full size, and traced that to freezer paper or fusible web.  Due to time constraints, I cut all the pieces free-hand and just placed them on the background where they looked good.  I fused the background and layered the quilt.  Then I added the tree trunks (most of them have an extra layer of batting for added dimension) and quilted it. 

by Jaynie Himsl
When I started to select fabric for this project, I thought I was going to make an abstract pink quilt. The contrast of black winter nights and brilliant sun-on-snow days is my only expanation for the direction my design took. The fuschia spiral is the only colour remaining from my original idea.  

by Beulah Caswell
February Thaw
This wallhanging was started in a workshop given by Leona Larsen of Saskatoon.  It was inspired by my own  photo of Troelsen Park taken February 2005 from our backyard gate.  The quilt includes applique, textural yarns, and Angelina fibres using commercial fabrics.  The free-motion embroidery is done with cotton and rayon threads.

by Brenda Macleod Raham
' Canadian Winter Weather'
I started hand stitching, then added stars to symbolize clear star nights. The hole indicates brief Chinook breaks from winter.

by Sylvia Courteau
Snowman Bright
Inspired by a Craft Sisters design, Simple Snowman, published on
Our bee had a "Snowman Day" and we each produced our own interpretation of this design by Craft Sisters. 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Winter Wonderland - Member Challenge

When the Director at Large, Laine Canivet, put out a new challenge, she had no idea of the number of entries that would come pouring in.  Nor could she have ever imagined the stunning quilts that interpreted the theme of 'Winter Wonderland'.   
The quilts will be seen either on our blog or in 'The Canadian Quilter' magazine.

This is part 1 of the challenge entries.   These quilters have incredible talent.  
Thanks so much for our sponsor for the generous prizes!

 by Susan Wilson
This is a quilt I designed to try a new product – Charlotte’s Web by Superior Threads.  It made the machine appliqué process so much nicer, as there was no stickiness resulting from fusible web.

As I love winter and in particular crisp mornings, when I can get out for a bit of communing with nature on the local Nordic Ski Trails, this image represents winter for me.  The icing on the cake is when there are glittery snowflakes gently falling as I glide along alone with my thoughts! 

by Mary K Hopkins
This piece which I call "Calm After The Storm" is based on a copyright free photo with a background of my own design.
The materials used include organza, upholstery fabric, cotton, embroidery thread and paint.

I lived in the country for around ten years and the toil the winter took on all its inhabitants was cruel. The expression and body language of the doe seems to be one of weary but calm resignation.  I think most of we snow-bound people are feeling that about now.

by Heather Stewart
“Winter Challenge” with the Mahone Bay Quilting Bee and the Cove Quilters.  We were each given a piece of the sky fabric and some snowflake buttons and told to make a winter themed quilt.  We did several small quilt challenges over two years.  This was my favourite.

by Marg Conibear
"Winter at Honora"  is a winter scene at my "camp" on Manitoulin Island before the bay freezes over. This  scene also tells a story about the low level of the  Great Lakes. When this  dock was built it was barely above water. Now it sits high and dry - a reminder of the change.

by Sandra Betts
Cold, cold weather inspired the flight of the birds  to the warmth of the south. This original piece features free motion stitching and puff paints.

 by Kaaren L. Biggs
I call this 'Winter Weekends'.     It was made for my son who lives near Regina, SK and loves to snowmobile on the weekends.    This sofa-sized quilt is extra long since he is 6' 7" tall and it's meant for him to snuggle with after being out in the cold and snow!

 by Kay Dion
 This wallhanging depicts a common winter scene found near my home and is only my second attempt at a landscape quilt. I was inspired to begin after attending Quilt Canada in Halifax where I purchased this kit from the "Running Stitch", pattern is by Linda Hobbs. I substituted some of the fabric with my own, added the bright cardinal and other details with free motion quilting. The edges are finished with a facing rather than a traditional binding.

by Leah Gravells
Winter on the Prairies
 I have been inspired by the endless blue sky and the frozen land on the prairies. The telephone poles are the only distraction on the land. Blending 73 fabrics using 3/4" wide strips created this original design. The "quilt as you go" technique was used to piece the strips and finish the design.  I used raw edge appliqué to attach the telephone poles. 

by Rhoda Forbes
 I like the beauty and quietness that winter brings, and every now and then a shot of beautiful color, like the blue jay in my piece.  This piece is machine raw edge applique, I used Pebeo setacolor paints to enhance the fabric. 

by Kaaren L. Biggs
This is a table runner I made a couple of years ago because the scenic fabric seemed perfect for it! I have always wanted to own a log cabin in the woods and along with a cozy fireplace in the winter and my sewing machine.

by Kaaren L. Biggs
This is a wallhanging made with a product that was new to me - Fabric Magic by Pellon. It "shrinks" the layered fabric for a gathered look!

 by Pat Golem   
 This is an original piece called 'Frosty Windows'.  It is a digital photo taken out of my kitchen window and printed on fabric then thread painted and quilted.  

Friday, 21 March 2014

Leftover Fabric

Ever have leftover fabric?  You simply can't throw it out, but to put small chunks in your stash sometimes seem a bit cumbersome.   Why not just whip up some small projects right away and be done with that leftover fabric.

One idea is to make a cute mug rug.  Cindy Simpson, one of our amazing Regional Representatives, sent this mug rug along with her Trend-Tex challenge.  She called it 'loose circuit'.   I am not sure if she is referring to her little quilt or me!
Mug rugs make a quick and thoughtful gift.

Another fun way is to make a pin cushion. Riley Blake Fabrics has a whole section of their website just on pin cushion patterns.

Or how about some cute bookmarks?

How about some fun key chains? Here is a tutorial to make them.
Photo courtesy of 'Craftiness is Not Optional' blog

What do you do with your scraps?

Jackie W.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Fun Tips and Giggles #15

Here is a fun little post on creativity, learning not to give up and enjoying a laugh.

This is a really great article called '18 Things Creative People Do Differently'.  It gives great insight into how as quilters, we think a bit differently than others.  My favourite quote is "The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self ... Imaginative people have messier minds."  Can't you just interpret that as we are imaginative therefore must have messier studios?

Have you ever been rejected from something?  Maybe a juried quilt show?  Some of us have been there on occasion; some of us are there quite often.  Here is a fabulous rejection letter that U2, the world famous music group received.

And do you ever watch the funny comedy 'Big Bang Theory'?   One of there main actors was promoting quilting!

Amy Farrah Fowler said last week on the show that she was a 'HARDCORE quilter!'