Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hawaii - Part 1

My husband and I have just returned from 10 glorious days on Maui.  It was time for some Rest and Relaxation...and a bit of quilting for good measure.

In this first post I'll show you where we stayed and a few pictures as we travelled around the island.

Pictures from Kula Botanical Garden will be posted in a couple of days - I know you expect me to show gardens!

And quilting pictures will be after that.

We stayed in the Kihei area at the Kamaole Sands condos. This was the view from our lanai. We even had a slight water view!

The centre garden was lovingly cared for by an amazing team of gardeners who pruned, primped and even picked up the flowers that blew out of the trees overnight!

We spent time at several beaches....

drove up the coast to Lahaina and Ka'anapali

and to Wailea, where we wandered around the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort.

We saw bananas at the 'factory',

bougainvillea hedges

and nēnē on the golf course.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Patterns

These new patterns are now available in the Patchworks Studio Store.

This wintery cuddle quilt is quick to make!  
Cut up the panel and use it for the quilt center and in the pieced border.  
You will learn to make 'quarter log cabin' blocks for the pathway around the quilt.

Quilt size: 49" x 59"

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Fabric: Polar Pals by Northcott 

Surround this bridge panel with a swirling sky and trees to make a tranquil scene.
The pond is 
enhanced with pieced water lily blocks.

Quilt size: 60" x 72"

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fabric: Artisan Spirit Water Garden by Northcott 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Product Review - Olfa Folding Cutting Mat

When I was teaching on the Alaska Cruise in August one of my students had a folding cutting mat. I wondered if it really worked and she offered to let me give it a try.  It worked very well - no skipping when I cut in the 'fold area'.

So when I got home I bought one. It will be perfect for travel or when going to workshops. It fits in my small suitcase or even in my sewing machine case!

This is the mat folded up. It measures approximately 12" x 17-1/2".

And when it is unfolded you have a full size 17" x 24" cutting mat. 

I can cut strips of full width fabric and the mat is the
same quality as all the other Olfa mat sizes.

If you are in the market for a new mat, why not give this one a try. Perfect for home and for travel use.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Teaching and Lectures

I travelled to several guilds in September. Here is a quick review of my trips.

First was the Boundary Bay Guild where I presented a lecture and taught Improvisational Curves.

My hostess for the overnight trip lives in a 'float home'. I'd never stayed in one and it was amazing!  The home was large and I felt like I was in a land home - but the view of the river was stunning.

Next was a trip to the Abbotsford Guild where I taught 2 workshops: Fine Finishes and Give & Take Applique New York Beauty.

Myy hosts in Abbotsford have an amazing garden with many roses and perennials. They won the Best Home Garden in their community a few years ago and I can see why.

The last trip for September was a Luncheon Lecture for Hands Across the Water (a gathering of Guilds in the Campbell River area) and then a Sunflower Runner Give & Take Applique workshop for the Campbell River Guild.

Here are the guild members just starting to arrive for the day. Several shops had booths in another room so there was a shopping opportunity too!

And check out this amazing raffle prize!  Tickets were $5 each and one lucky attendee went home with this machine - including the embroidery unit!  Wasn't me....darn.

It was a busy month - so I'm taking a vacation. You might hear from me from Maui!  Cheers!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Upcoming Pattern - Banyan Batiks

I just finished my latest quilt. This will be a new pattern with an exciting new fabric division from Northcott.  Banyan Batiks will make their debut at International Quilt Market this fall in Houston.

The fabrics I used are from the Sophie collection combined with a great new basic collection called Ketan.

Watch for the release of my Zen Chic pattern early in 2018. Stay tuned for a couple of new patterns using these amazing new batiks!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Babies!

Dear friends have TWO new granddaughters!  Not twins....their son's family welcomed Anastasia and their daughter's family welcomed Adele.  Of course I had to make a couple of baby quilts for them!

This is Anastasia's quilt - I used my new pattern Baby Beginnings and sewed the top in the evenings during my recent Alaska Cruise. It was wonderful that the students and I had access to the classroom whenever we wanted! This fun 'onsies' fabric is Northcott flannel and it is in stores now.

Used fabrics from my stash for Adele's quilt. This one sews up so quickly I'm sure you could make one just like mine when you need a baby quilt. As long as you have the same number of pieced blocks and stripset blocks in each row it will work out perfectly.

Monday, September 18, 2017

UPCOMING SHOW at the ArtSea Gallery in Sidney, BC

If you are in the Sidney area, be sure to visit the ArtSea Gallery for this show. 

Sara McLaren has been one of my students over the years and
she is doing some amazing work.  See Sarah's website here.

Sept 18-24, 2017

Colour: A Personal Response

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 14, 2017

True North - in a special cabin

I love it when quilters send me photos of quilts they have made from my patterns!  Joy F. sent me this photo of True North, a pattern I designed to use Northcott's Oh Canada fabric.

Joy told me that the quilt is 'proudly displayed in a log cabin that used to belong to my great great great Canadian!'

I wanted to know more about the cabin and Joy sent me pictures of the cabin its history. Here is the information from Joy:

The log cabin is on the Big Rideau Lake (about 1 hour south of Ottawa).  My father researched our family history and found out they came from England to Peachum, Vermont in about 1702.  They became United Empire Loyalists and settled near Morrisburg.  The Chamberlain home is still standing near the St. Lawrence River.  My g.g.g grandfather was a doctor, dentist and MP who lived in the log cabin at Harlem’s Corners, about 5 km from Portland, ON.  The log cabin was built about 1820.  In 1994, we discovered it falling down.  There had been an exterior staircase in the summer kitchen at the back.  We helped my brother number the logs and transport them onto our property, about 20 km away.  He built a basement and a log maker bleached the logs and rebuilt it on the foundation.  We helped with the chinking and my brother added a large porch, screened in porch on the side, back family room with the powder room, and a full bathroom upstairs.

My father bought the property in 1970 and had a dream to build his own log cabin.  Our family helped him realize his dream by chopping down trees on our property, stripping the bark and help build a little log cabin with no electricity.  I remember being on the other end of a saw with my mother!  

Do you have a story to tell with one of my quilt designs? I'd love to hear from you!  Send me your photos and story and I'll be happy to send you a free pattern of your choice.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How I Use Paintstiks

I thought I would share a few quilt pictures with you today.  In each of these pieces I used Shiva Paintstiks to enhance the piece AFTER it had been quilted.. This is the focus of one of the lessons in my online workshop Fun with Paintstiks at the Academy of Quilting.

You can learn how to use Paintstiks in YOUR work in my online workshop starting this Friday. 

For this small Anemones quilt i printed the flower on fabric and created a collage. I quilted the anemone leaf on the quilt and then painted inside the quilted leaves
with Shiva Paintstiks. 

I used several colours to get more shading.

I used the same technique for this Convergence Quilt. This time I quilted a Monstera Leaf and then painted inside the lines.  This gives a sheer effect to the piece.

This is a sample for my Architectural Applique workshop where students
find images in architecture to use in their work. 

I quilted bubbles in areas of the background and when they didn't show up well
I painted these areas with Paintstiks to lighten them and draw attention to those areas.

Hope you'll join me in the classroom on Friday.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Saanich Fair 2017

This past weekend was the 149th year for the Saanich Fair. It is a tradition to attend this agricultural fair each year.

This year I spend Labour Day Monday with quilters from the Victoria Quilters' Guild and the Westshore Quilters' Guild. Luckily we were in a large tent since it was blistering HOT!  Some of us brought our sewing machines and others did handwork.  What a great way to spend the day....some quilting and lots of visiting and chatting!

Here is a picture of the organizer, Jill, and me behind my sewing machine. I'm holding up my Guild Badge with it's new addition............the Quilting Queen pin I received from Deb on my Alaska Quilt Cruise!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Who's going Back to School?

Are your children or grandchildren going back to school soon? This weekend marks the end of Summer vacation in most parts of Canada. Perhaps it's time for you to learn something new too.

Check out your local quilt shops to see their lineup of classes.  My classes at Calico Cupboard here in Victoria will be starting soon. 

Machine Appliqué FUNdamentals

·         Friday, September 15, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm - FULL
·         Saturday, November 18, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm - FULL
 ***Another session added:
·         Friday, November 10, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

 Learn how to use fusible web to make wonderful appliqué designs. Step by step instructions include tracing, fusing and finally stitching the appliqué. We will concentrate on satin stitch. Blanket stitch will also be demonstrated. You will learn all about setting up your machine and how to stitch smooth curves and sharp points.

Machine Quilting with Rulers – Domestic Machines

·         Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm or
·         Friday, November 17, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

In this workshop you will learn to create beautiful quilting by using specialty longarm quilting rulers on your domestic sewing machine. Learn to use rulers to stitch incredibly smooth lines, curves and motifs while free motion quilting. Daphne will share tips and techniques to achieve success with this exciting new development in the quilting world!

You will receive a special fabric pack and instructions to make a quilt sample to use in class when you sign up for this workshop.

You MUST have the machine quilting ruler foot for your machine brand installed on your sewing machine. You also need rulers designed to use with your particular foot.

This workshop is for quilters with Intermediate to Advanced Free Motion Quilting, skills and who are very familiar with their machine and its functions.

Machine Quilting – Beginner Free Motion Quilting

·         Saturday, September 16, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
·         Thursday, October 5, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 
·         Saturday, October 21, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 
·         Friday, November 17, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Free motion quilting is like 'drawing with your sewing machine'! You are in control of how and where your machine sews. You are free to stitch interesting and creative patterns and you don't need to continually turn your quilt through your sewing machine.

In this introductory workshop you will gain confidence and begin to develop your own style and designs. Daphne will share her best tips, the ones she has learned from over 20 years of free motion FUN!

 To book a class, please call Calico Cupboard at (250) 658-2722

Monday, August 28, 2017

Alaska - the Classes

There were 3 teachers on the cruise and we each taught a different project.

Brenda Henning (from Anchorage, Alaska) taught Trapezium, a strip pieced project that resulted in some very dynamic designs.

Donna Thomas is from Kansas City and it was fun seeing her Blue Lake project take shape as students made their units.

This is the project I taught. The quilt is called Under the Northern Lights and the panels are images from Alaskan artist Barbara Lavelee produced by Northcott.
Margie and her finished quilt.  I first met Margie when I taught in O'Fallon, Illinois
Students came from Canada and many US States to join us on this cruise. Some came with a quilting friend and many came with husbands and partners who could enjoy the ship while we were quilting at sea and take excursions to see Alaska when we were in the ports. Many also enjoyed a visit to Butchart Gardens when we stopped in Victoria!

The Conference Centre was divided into 3 classrooms and the students selected their sewing space on the first evening. Here are a few pictures of the setup.  Notice the wonderful Bernina 330 sewing machines for each quilter.

Students never had to move from their sewing space - the teachers moved instead!  This made it SO easy on everyone!

Some students used different fabrics for their quilts in my class. What a great idea!!

Mitzi and Anita (mother and daughter) are from Arvada, Colorado. Love the theme fabrics in both these quilts!

Mitzi's Wilderness Scenes

Anita's Bakers
Jim  and Mazy are friends (from Calgary and Kamloops).

 They also used great theme fabrics for their quilts.
Mazy's Quilt
Jim's 'cats'. I love this bright version!

Stitchin Heaven always takes a Group Photo on each cruise and
here we are with our Stitchin Heaven t-shirts. A total of 63 quilters came on this cruise!

And the teachers and Deb and Dana (our amazing hosts and organizers!)

I'll leave you with the final Towel Monkey from our stateroom.

It was an amazing trip and I know many lasting friendships were made!