Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Victoria Quilters Guild - Quilt Show and Sale 2014

Every 2 years my 'home' guild holds a  Quilt Show and Sale of members work. Here are the details:

Victoria Quilters’ Guild Show and Sale


at THE PEARKES ARENA, 3100 Tillicum Road, Victoria, BC

Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4, 2014

Show Hours 

Friday 10 am—6 pm 

Saturday 10 am—6 pm 

Sunday 10 am—4 pm 


Weekend Pass $6.00

This year the merchant mall is bigger and better than ever.  Here is a link to THE MERCHANT LIST.  

Hope to see you at the show!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Machine Quilting with Decorative Stitches

This is the most recent class I taught at Calico Cupboard here in Victoria. Students cut leaf shapes from fused fabrics, arranged them on a background and then played with lots of their machine decorative stitches.  Here are a few photos of the creative selections they made. 

Why not try some of YOUR machine's decorative stitches in your next fused project. Send me photos - love to see your work!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Flowers on Friday

Spring has come to North Saanich!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Canadian Quilt Talk - Interview

I was interviewed by Brandy Lynn of Canadian Quilt Talk earlier this week. Haven't heard of Canadian Quilt Talk?  You will LOVE it.

This is the brainchild of Brandy Lynn from Summerland, British Columbia. She is a quilt teacher, speaker, judge and host of Canadian Quilt Talk podcasts.

Just go to Brandy Lynn's website and CLICK the LISTEN NOW button.

Tune in to hear my interview (and 40 previous podcasts with Ricky Tims, award winning quilter Kathy Wylie, many creative fibre artists and MORE).

I'd love to hear what you think of my interview and I know Brandy Lynn would love to hear from you too. Perhaps you have a story that you can share. She is always looking for stories - perhaps you will be her weekly prize winner!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gwen Marston Workshop - Quilted Strait

My friend, Anne, and I registered almost a year ago for a 2-day workshop with Gwen Marston at Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, Washington. We gathered our fabrics, sewing machines and tools and took the ferry to Port Angeles. We stopped at a couple of quilt shops on the way to Port Gamble where we offloaded our supplies into the classroom in preparation for the workshop.

Here are pictures from the workshop.
Samples of Gwen's small sketches. Each piece was about the size of a sheet of regular paper.

Amazing how much fabric we all brought to make our small sketches!

My first small sketch - fun trying some of the techniques that
Gwen demonstrated as I made this piece.
Anne's first sketch - this is SO Anne - bright colours with lots of RED.

Three more sketches from fellow students.
It was fun to see how everyone put the different types of 'parts' together.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Flowers on Friday

Found these flowers blooming on the National Mall in Washington, DC at the end of March. 

Pink Pearl Hyacinths - love how they labelled the flowers.


I always love seeing Pansy 'faces'.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mr and Mrs Greig go to Washington

I met my husband in Washington, DC on the Sunday evening after the Wisconsin Retreat. I was in Washington to attend the Creative Arts Business Summit, hosted by Morna McEver Golletz, founder of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals. 

The Summit started on Thursday and it didn't make sense to fly home to the West Coast and then back to the East Coast 2 days later. A perfect chance for a 3-day vacation in a place we had not visited before.

We spent our 3 days touring Washington and the area, had snow on one day - was it following me from Wisconsin? Here are a few pictures we took (and some that my husband took on his additional 3 days of vacation while I was at the summit).

The National Mall is lined with wonderful  museums.
We concentrated on seeing several of them on our first day.

I loved the Peacock Room in the Freer Gallery.

We said 'hello' to Bert and Ernie and Oscar....

and to Red and the Swedish Chef!

Alan took more pictures of major landmarks.

and he visited both Air and Space museums.

The Canadarm 

 We had time to some shopping - we don't have L.L. Bean in Canada so this was fun.

We were upgraded on the flight home from Montreal to Vancouver. Here I am learning all the features of my 'pod' in Business Class!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Too Easy Stained Glass - Class Starts Soon

I am teaching my fun and easy Too Easy Stained Glass technique at the Academy of Quilting. Class is open for registration now and class begins on  April 18.

You will learn my no-bias, no-glue stained glass technique as you make a small project. I will show you the Too Easy steps that set this approach apart from other methods.

Placing stained glass leading over a fabric gives you a different view of the fabric. The clearly outlined sections will draw you into the focus fabric so you really see what is included in the fabric print. Scenic fabrics are available in just about every conceivable subject. You can find ponds, cottages and winter scenes. Join me in the classroom and learn a terrific technique that is almost too easy to be real!

Hope you will JOIN ME for this fun online workshop!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mixed Sampler Guild, Siren, Wisconsin

I am 'playing catch-up' this week with some blog posting after being away teaching in Wisconsin, vacationing for a few days and attending a business meeting in Washington, DC and taking a wonderful workshop with Gwen Marston in Port Gamble, Washington.

First, let me tell you about the retreat in Wisconsin.  I flew to Minneapolis, was met by Anne, the program coordinator for the Mixed Sampler Guild and we drove to the Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren, Wisconsin.

I haven't felt that cold bite of winter since I lived in the Northwest Territories as a teenager!  It was bitterly cold (at least for me!) and I was glad I bought a winter down coat this year.  The lodge was amazing; full of rustic charm but I had very a modernly appointed room and the classroom spaces were large, well lit and outfitted with excellent table space, enough power for all the machines and irons. The restaurant just across the parking lot and the deli were great places to eat our meals.

I taught 2 classes at the retreat. It was so well attended that I did both classes as 3-hour sessions, offered twice - once in the morning and once in the afternoon. While some members were in class with me, the rest of the 'retreaters' worked on other projects in the large conference room.

This is only part of the large conference room - enough space for everyone,
plus machines,  plus cutting and ironing stations. 

Anne showed me this year's Raffle Quilt for the guild - she had finished the machine quilting and the binding had been added to finish it off. I was so excited to see that they selected one of my patterns for the quilt (quite by chance!).  Here is the guild's version of my Log Cabin Leaves quilt and a table runner using the same design. This project is in my book Fat Quarter Frenzy Two (out of print unfortunately). I'm considering doing this as a separate pattern. What do you think? Should I do the pattern for this quilt?

Log Cabin Leaves - raffle quilt and table runner

On the first teaching day students learned all about Give & Take Applique as they began making blocks for their Sunflower Table Runner.

Morning session - notice the 'extra student' in the background who kept us 'on track'!

Afternoon session - more happy Give & Takers!

On the second day students made Spring Tulips using my Ripless Paper Piecing system.  I KNOW they can't wait for Spring to come to Wisconsin and Minnesota!

Several morning students finished their quilt tops while I was teaching in the afternoon. Great work everyone!  

Here are a couple of pictures outside the lodge:

Snow was falling on the first day but the second day was bright and sunny - perfect for a winter photograph.

Thank you Anne for all your hospitality and for bringing me to the Retreat.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Flowers on Friday

Flowering shrubs in Texas