Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Update and a Book Review - Boutique Casual for Boys & Girls

Our family gathered for our Easter celebration and my granddaughter's 2nd birthday over the weekend. Our 2 granddaughters were VERY entertaining!

I have gone back to my sewing roots and made matching Crop Pants for the girls using a pattern in a book I bought a few months ago. The fabric has Scotty Dogs - Brooklyn loves 'woof woofs'!

Boutique Casual by Sue Kim is a great book for moms and grandmas wanting to make fun kids clothes. The patterns are for 12 months to 5 years. The book begins with an excellent Basics chapter that describes and illustrates the techniques that are used for the garments. These include seam finishing, making gathers, gathered casings and more. I particularly like the 'inspiration gallery' that follows each pattern. I want to make everything in the book! 

Here are few other projects that are on my To Do List. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I've been working on.....Convergence and MORE!

Here is my latest 'finish'. A Convergence Bed Runner.

This is so timely because my home guild, the Victoria Quilters' Guild, hosted Ricky Tims for a one-day event on Tuesday. Convergence was Ricky's first published pattern.

We had an amazing day of education, stories, inspiration and music.  Thank you again Ricky Tims for coming to our Guild.

The Bed Runner is a 'companion' piece to this wallhanging that I designed and made several years ago. I'm still finalizing some of the quilting designs and then I will bind it with the dark gray fabric....

PS - these 2 pieces will be For Sale sometime in early June!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Cleaning - Book Sale

Spring is the time for renewal.....and a good tidy!  I have started sorting in my studio and the books and magazines are first on my list. Some books just have to find new homes - perhaps in YOUR studio!

The prices are on the photos (open to negotiation!). Email me if you see something that catches your eye and I can determine the shipping cost.

Excellent Condition - Hardcover, Spiral Bound 
Good condition - nice historical designs

By acclaimed quilt historian Roderick Kiracofe.
Excerpts from letters, diaries and reminiscences celebrate the
connections between women and their quilts. Autographed copy, Excellent condition

Basic book, part of the Country Living Needlework Collection. Excellent condition

Datekeeper - perpetual - never used, wonderful pictures of
award-winning quilts. Hardcover, spiral binding

Fun projects by Lesley Riley. Good condition

Patterns and essays by Robbi Eklow. Includes CD. Good condition

Definitive book by Kaffe!
Hardcover, dust jacket, Excellent condition

Basic book - different layouts and non-square options

Journal of Creative Vision -
Linda Kemshall, Laura Kemshall, Catherine Nicholls - with CD

Catalog of the collection.
A great book showcasing Hawaiian quilt design. Good condition

The best of 2002 and 2003 quilts from the International Quilt Association shows.
Hardcover, dust jacket, excellent condition

Monday, April 3, 2017

Westshore Quilters' Guild - SesQUILTcentennial Quilt Show

Great Quilt Show on the weekend!  Here are a few pictures from the show:

The Challenge Entries - blocks made using Northcott's Sesquicentennial fabrics.  The blocks will be made into 3 Quilts of Valour. GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!

And the winner (as voted on by Show Attendees).....Marlene Rutherford for her lovely Lone Star block. (Prize accepted on her behalf by Donna Sims).

Marlene wins this stack of Sesquicentennial fabrics donated by Northcott.

And the Best of Show winner.........Fire Island Hosta by Marlene Speeed.  Marlene created this masterpiece using dupioni silk!! The quilting is stunning and the award is so well deserved.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tutorial: Making Stencils to use with Paintstiks

In one of the exercises in my Fun with Paintstiks workshop at the Academy of Quilting I show you how to make your own freezer paper stencils.  Here is an excerpt from the workshop.

Draw a shape onto the dull side of freezer paper and cut it out.  

Here is a leaf I drew on my freezer paper. I cut it out carefully with sharp scissors. You will notice that I didn't cut into the leaf from the edge of the paper. It is more like a 'cookie cutter' cutout.

I tried my stencil on paper in a sketchbook first. I held the cut edges down as I painted to be sure the paint did not seep underneath.  This was the result:

For my next exercise I ironed the stencil to a piece of orange cotton, shiny side down. Freezer paper adheres well and does not leave any residue on the fabric. I made sure all the cut edges were attached very well.
I used several paint colours and applied it with a stencil brush. I like to use another piece of freezer paper, shiny side up, as a palette.  I spread a bit of paint on that piece of freezer paper and then swirl my stencil brush in it to load the brush.  I can also blend colours together on my palette. I find it works better than trying to blend the colours on the fabric if I want more subtle shading.

Here is the finished leaf on the orange cotton fabric.  You can see how crisp the edges are and how I painted more heavily around the edges of the leaf to make it stand out from the orange fabric. 

 Here is the same stencil using different paint colours on brown embroidered silk.

I have many more exercises for you to learn about using Paintstiks.  The next session of this workshop starts on April 14th.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Patterns are HERE....the Patterns are HERE!

Wow...March has flown by in a FLASH....but I have 8 new patterns to show for all my hard work!

And they will start shipping on April 6th.  Get you order in now and you'll have some new projects to work on this year.

Quilt Size: 48" x 61"

Fabric: Nuts & Bolts by Northcott

Quilt Size: 57" x 77"

Fabric: Our Home & Native Land by Northcott

Easy for Beginners

Uses beautiful Santa Claus Digital Panel

Quilt Size: 45" x 51"

Fabric: Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Northcott

Door Banner

Uses Advent Calendar - had 'pockets' for treats!

Quilt Size: 22" x 58"

Fabric: Up on the Rooftop by Northcott

Table Runner:15" x 43"

Placemats:12" x 16"

Quilt sizes: 49" x 61" and 90" x 90"

Fabric for both patterns:

 'Tis the Season by Northcott


The are UPDATED patterns

True North Quilt:
60" x 78"

The National Tapestry Quilt:
50½" x 68½"

Fabric for both quilts:

Northcott Stonehenge Oh Canada

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A SPECIAL Birthday

My youngest granddaughter, Alice, had her 1st birthday last weekend. Of course Granny had to make her a new quilt!

 I had already added a border from the coordinating fabric to the curtains in her room.

I also made a couple of fabric boxes to coordinate with the quilt. They are a lot of fun to make.  Here is a link to the blog where I found the pattern.

Can you tell the 'theme' for Alice is whales.....this beautiful cake was made by my daughter's friends who own Cottage Bakery & Cafe in Victoria.

Here is Great Grandmother Jean having a conversation with Alice.

Alice was dressed for the party in the Tulip Dress that I made for my older granddaughter.  How nice of my daughter to have her wear it for the celebration.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Canada's Big Quilt Bee

Here is my first quilt for Canada's Big Quilt Bee  #bigquiltbee

The goal is to make and donate 1,000 quilts for kids at Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada!

Are you making blocks and quilts?  Hope so!

And the label on the back....

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Show 'n' Share

I received this picture from Jean B. a while back. Jean made this quilt to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday. She used my pattern True North to make her quilt. Great job Jean!

This pattern is being updated to include an additional version using an 
upcoming Northcott Oh Canada collection called Our Home & Native Land.

I have also designed Crossroad Squares using this collection.

These new patterns (and several more!) will be available in about a week. 

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