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Welcome to my world where I try to figure out what I'm going to do next! These days, it is mostly quilting, but you never know what it might be... come find out with me!

Friday, October 24, 2014

If you are in the neighbouhood

the traditional guild I belong to is having a quilt show this weekend - with close to 200 quilts on display there is going to be lots of eye candy!

We're at a new location - Maple Creek Middle School in Port Coquitlam, 3700 Hastings St.  (I was going to link to a map for you, but Blogger's giving me grief this morning!)

Hope to see you there!
Happy quilting!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On the road!

The piece I created for the CQA It's Time for Colour! travelling show is now being exhibited at Satin Moon Quilt Shop in Victoria, along with all the other quilts that have been received.

It will be there for the next two weeks before continuing on its journey. If you can't make it to Victoria to see the exhibit,  all the quilts in the travelling show can be seen in a gallery page that is now up on the CQA website - you can check them out here, and see whether the quilt you are interested in is still available for purchase :)  Remember - its for a good purpose - The Children's Wish Foundation.

I said in my last post that I had a finish to show - instead of working on UFOs that have been hanging around - in some cases for years - I was captivated by 6 little improv pieced squares that were sitting around - I showed you them here and here.  Now, it is a finished quilt.  I like it when I can say that!



Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network this week.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The process

Our latest Tangled Textiles challenge involves describing our process as we develop our idea and create our quilt - we didn't have an inspiration theme this time round, and as I'm very much a results oriented designer in that I need to know what I'm working towards, I set myself some parameters - my piece would be wholecloth, involve a mandala and have colour.  Since we are still working to our 16" square format, I think this is plenty for me to incorporate!  My first post was here, and today I've described my design process over on the Tangled Textiles blog.  That is an interesting concept, as I tend to work intuitively, but at least this time I've documented what I did today!

I also have a finish that I'll show off in the next day or so.  I hope you had a wonderful, productive weekend, too!

Happy quilting,

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


After building some momentum on the weekend, I'm trying to keep it going this week, aiming for my twenty minutes a day.

Tonight, I worked on the quilting on this quilt, pieced on the weekend.  As you can see, I'm aiming for some very dense straight line quilting over parts of the quilt, corresponding with the various coloured squares.

So far, I'm really liking it.  I think this is really going to suit this scrappy improv. quilt.  (I do all my straight stitching free motion as I like the flexibility it gives me of stitching in any direction without having to turn the quilt. )

Plus, I started looking through my scraps, at least the ones currently sorted by colour, as opposed to the two big bins of random chunks of fabric that are really scary to look at, with the thought of joining Leanne at She Can Quilt in making a Blended Scraps quilt - see Leanne's tutorial here.  I've wanted to make one of these since I first saw Reflection.  Now, what colours will I use???

Linking up this week to The Needle and Thread Network

and to the first Scraptatstic Tuesday

Happy quilting! Janet

Sunday, October 12, 2014


washed and daylightIt's the long Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I've been puttering away at finishing up some projects that have been sitting far too long.  I started these two preemie quilts at a retreat back in April.  Figured it was high time I finished them off!

The strip and slice was pieced and needed quilting.  I decided on some organic wavy lines filled in with bouncing C's.

I like the texture created.

With the second one I was nearly finished the quilting, but after getting home from the retreat, it just sat.  Finished it off - an overly knotty piece of wood, I'd say!  



Then, because I'd been good and finished two projects off - complete with binding and labels, I figured I had earned some play time!  I had made six 4.5" log cabin style blocks for a block lottery at VMQG, but then I was unable to attend the meeting.

They were calling to me!

And since I'm not really good at cleaning up between projects, the scraps and fabrics I had used initially were still out.  I made the blocks larger, and played with some layouts, then started filling in the spaces.


The top is finished, my quilting is planned - maybe tomorrow before heading off for turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy quilting!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

playing in an indigo vat

Accordion pleated, held with clothespins
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to do some more indigo dyeing in a workshop with Catherine Nichols.  I have to say, I find it truly amazing how you can start with white cloth, put it in the indigo vat, pull it out and it's a pretty yucky yellowy green, and then you can watch it change colour right before your eyes as it oxidizes, and you end up with these wonderful indigo blues.  I don't think I will ever tire of watching this happen.

I can say, with all certainty, I am not really great at planning out a design and spending a lot of time stitching it, as much as I love the designs that can be created - just check out my friend Momiji's blog for some beautiful - controlled! - indigo pieces!   I am definitely more of the lets just try this and throw it in mentality!  Either way, I love the thrill of waiting to see what I am going to get.  This time, I got some pretty interesting pieces!

 I did try a little stitching, and quite like my circles in the middle of this one

 I think this one is a fave, though.  Catherine had pre-dyed some bamboo skewers in fuchsia.  I rolled them into a length of dupionni silk, and then into the indigo vat.  Love the strippy effect!
Here's a sampling of what I ended up with;

sample 3

You can see more of the pieces in my Flickr photostream

More fun happenings this weekend, details to follow!
Happy quilting! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Around the World blog hop

It’s my turn on this worldwide blog hop!  Last week I was tagged by Karen at easypatchwork.  Karen is a wonderful creative soul, an American, replanted in Germany, where she creates and quilts, and by the sound of it, always has a coffee pot on to welcome visitors.  I’d love to sit at Karen’s table and have a chat one day.  Karen has just recently returned from the Carrefour EuropeĆ©n du Patchwork in Marie-aux-Mines, Alsace, France.  It sounds completely wonderful, and oh so inspiring – read about her impressions here .  Next up on her list is a retreat in a chalet in the French Alps! Patchwork at the Peaks   Can you imagine anything more delightful??!!  I can’t wait to hear all about it!

So, the intent of this blog hop is to let people know what you are working on, how your work differs from others, why you do what you do, and how you do it.  You then tag a few others so that they, too, can participate.

What am I currently working on?  Well, that is a loaded question – maybe it would be better to say what am I not working on?  I am one of those folks who jumps around from project to project, and is very easily distracted into creating something new.  I currently have a thread painting piece prepped and ready to go, which should have some thread added to it today.  This was from a workshop with Lenore Crawford at Quilt Canada 2014
I’ve got several projects on my cutting table that are looking to have a few more pieces sewn together,

a set of X&+ blocks that I won that are begging to be sewn together,

and quilting to be done on my Pineapple Blossom quilt (a Bonnie Hunter design),
and I’ve got three challenges that I’m working on – a mandala quilt for Tangled Textiles, developing a new theme for a workshop series that I participate in, and designing and quilting my first wholecloth.  These three items are still all in the design stage as scribbles in my notebook.  With all of that already on the active list (I’m not even going to mention the dozens of WIPs buried around my studio, or the UFOs that I have lost track of), yesterday I saw some fabric sitting together on top of a box, and was immediately inspired to cut into it and start a new quilt!

Does my work differ from others?  Maybe, maybe not – I guess that depends on who you are!  I like to develop my own designs most of the time, although I love taking workshops to learn new techniques (these then tend to end up in my UFO pile!) I love working intuitively and letting the fabric tell me what to do.  I like “what if…?” questions.  I love working to a challenge.  I seem to need a deadline in order to actually finish anything.  I love to “quilt the crap” out of my pieces, to quote a fellow member of the VMQG.

I bounce between traditional, modern and art quilting, and am quite happy in all genres, it just depends on my mood!

I quilt because I love it – I love the idea of creating something that is uniquely mine.
I love the process of creating, of conquering a challenge, of having something tangible to show at the end.  But, as soon as I finish something, it gets put aside and I’m on to the next one – those questions just never stop!

Am I fickle?  Sure!  One day it is fiddly piecing – getting everything to line up just so, another it is wide open spaces to play with the quilting – to create texture and pattern where there was none.
I love seeing if I can create the same type of work on my domestic machine as a long armer can.
It’s the challenge!  Can I do it?  As long as I can keep answering that question, I will continue to do what I do.

feather border

I’m not going to actually tag anyone to participate in the blog hop, rather, I am going to point you in the direction of a couple of blogs that I find inspiring, and I hope you stop by and visit them and say hello.  These are folks that I have met through participating in challenge groups or swaps, or just by checking out lots of different blogs.  Some you might already know, all are worth a visit!

Vicki at FibreArt – creates lovely collages, and keeps me inspired with her posts
Terry Aske Art Quilt Studio – always has a beautiful piece of work to share, in a variety of techniques
Carolyn at Artystuff – gorgeous realistic art quilts
Margaret Solomon Gunn  - Sewing & Quilt Gallery – incredible quilts and quilting shares her design process

I hope you enjoy them!
Happy quilting!