Friday, July 21, 2017

Did you think I was on Vacation?

Not on vacation....lots going on....designing, teaching, learning, quilting! I'll tell all the stories over the next few weeks.

But today I have to share this great picture taken on Canada Day (July 1st).  



We always meet at the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in Sidney. This year we all dressed up for Canada's 150th birthday.  The girls loved the Sidney Days parade too. We had a great day!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Little Ones on the Way?

Are you expecting some additions to your family? Want a couple of quick quilts for gifts? Thinking of getting ahead of the gift giving holidays?  I have 2 NEW patterns that might be just what you are looking for.

First is Baby Beginnings. I designed this quilt because I LOVE this new fabric collection from Northcott.  Who can resist flannel fabric with ONESIES! The fabric is called Hello Baby - what a great name


This fabric collection has 3 different colourways and I couldn't choose just one for the pattern - sometimes we want a quilt for a little girl, sometimes for a boy and sometimes we are making it ahead and there ARE new parents who have decided to be SURPRISED!

So I included all 3 colours in my pattern for a baby quilt and cot quilt.


PS368 Baby Beginnings - Baby Quilt 36" x 45"

PS368 Baby Beginnings - Cot Quilt 36" x 36"

Other Colourways for both sizes

These fabrics will be in your local quilt shops starting July (that's just around the corner!) and the pattern is available now.  Order this pattern from my Patchworks Studio Store TODAY!


The other new pattern also uses a Flannel fabric. This fabric collection is called Snow Bears - wintery polar bears having fun in the snow! This is a Quilts for Kids collection. That means that a percentage of all sales of these fabrics is donated to Quilts for Kids Inc.

I called this pattern Bear Tracks - I can imagine bear footprints in the snow!


My pattern includes a large quilt (54" x 74"), small quilt (39" x 44") and a pillow (11" x 27").





These fabrics will also be in your local quilt shops starting July and the pattern is available now.  Order this pattern from my Patchworks Studio Store TODAY!


Hope these patterns give you inspiration for some fun summertime projects!



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Too Easy Stained Glass - it REALLY is!

I have the perfect solution for those wonderful fabrics that you hate to cut up. You know the ones I mean....landscapes, large scale modern prints, children's theme prints. Use my Too Easy Stained Glass method and you don't need to cut that great focus fabric at all!

Too Easy Stained Glass, www.patchworkstudio.com
Too Easy Stained Glass projects from my book Simple Stained Glass Quilts

I had a few goals in mind when developing this method:
  • I wanted to sew around the stained glass part only once instead of making the quilt top and then having to stitch around the shapes again to do the quilting.
  • I wanted to prepare the entire stained glass leading and then put it ON TOP of my focus fabric so I didn't have to cut it up and fit it into the 'spaces'.
  • I needed to find a product that would give me the best results.
My method uses fusible web - and it is just like magic....students who have taken this class say 'It's Too Easy' and that is where the name came from.

Do you have these types of fabrics in your stash? Don't know what to do with them?  Join me for TOO EASY STAINED GLASS at the Academy of Quilting and turn those fabrics into quilts.


Too Easy Stained Glass, www.patchworkstudio.com
Class Project, Academy of Quilting

In Lesson One you will learn the basic steps, including how to select fabrics for your first project, how to use fusible web to create the stained glass leading and how to fuse it to your fabric to make the quilt top.

In Lesson Two you will learn how I layer my quilt top with backing and batting and how to stitch the leading with a zigzag stitch. Yes.....you'll be quilting at the same time!  I will show you how to stitch corners and curves so you have perfect stitching. I'll also show you how I bind my quilts.

In Lesson Three you will learn how to adjust or redesign the leading to fit a larger piece of focus fabric. I'll also share how I have used printed photographs in my stained glass quilts. We will also look at how you can create your own focus fabric and how to adapt this method to make a lap or bed-size quilt.

Too Easy Stained Glass, www.patchworkstudio.comToo Easy Stained Glass, www.patchworkstudio.com

You can enroll for this class any time - it is an 'on demand' class.  
ENROLL TODAY and join me for Too Easy Stained Glass.   

See you in the Classroom!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Successful Studio Tour

I am spending today re-sorting and re-arranging following a very successful weekend Studio Tour. No....I didn't have to tidy MY studio and invite the public into my home.  My friend Peggy and I shared a space at a local elementary school that is no longer used as a school.

Two very enterprising young artists have created the McTavish Academy of Art.  What a wonderful community art space. It is amazing to see how they have transformed the school into art space, a Yoga studio and community gathering venue.



We were assigned the Dance Studio to show our work and were in shock 
when we saw how large the space was! 



 We were not daunted....and managed to create a wonderful display of our work.


We covered the end 'Dance' wall and a part of the mirrored wall with quilts.
Special thanks to Alan for helping us hang the quilts!



 The 'barre' under the window was perfect to display MORE quilts.

 

Tables were decorated with small art pieces and table runners.


Wooden stands were perfect for wallhangings and more quilts.

More tables filled the center of the room.


Peggy's sewn creations, including amazing re-cycled denim handbags and hats, 
were displayed near the entrance.



Some of my work that did not sell during the tour will be added to my website's For Sale section soon.  I'll let you know when to check it out!  In the meantime, if you see something in the pictures that interests you drop me an email and I'll let you know if it still available.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Art Sea Spring Studio Tour.  




Monday, June 5, 2017

Upcoming Workshop - Calico Cupboard, Victoria

Our local quilt shop, Calico Cupboard, has moved to a new location and along with a lovely new space there is a great classroom!  Quilters visiting the new store have been asking about classes and several have been scheduled for this month.





On June 24 join me in the new classroom to make Shattered Crystals.  

This amazing and easy quilt uses just 3 fabrics and the effect is stunning.  Choose either white or black and Northcott's Artisan Spirit Expressions digital panel fabric. Add your favourite accent colour and you are all set.





Class is 12 noon - 4 pm and the cost is $40 + gst + pattern.  



Drop by the new store or 
phone 250-658-2722 to reserve your spot.





Calico Cupboard  is located around the back or lower end of 4500 West Saanich Road.  At the front of the building is NexGen Hearing.  There are two ways to get to the shop:

a) You can access the driveway beside the front of the building (between us and the Olive Grove Restaurant) off of West Saanich Road


OR


b) you can access the driveway from the side road, Viewmont Road. Turn off West Saanich Road onto Viewmont (beside the Med Grill Restaurant parking lot), and we are the second turnoff (1st is the dance studio, second is CALICO CUPBOARD, 3rd is Weight Watchers).



Friday, June 2, 2017

Save the Date - June 10/11

Preparations are in full swing for the Art Sea/Saanich Peninsula Spring Studio Tour. My cutting table is covered in fabric and projects in their final stages. I'm sure my friend (and co-exhibitor) Peggy F. is in the same state! 

Here are a couple of items she will be showing when we invite the public to see our work.






The tour  is on June 10 & 11, 10 am - 4 pm.



We will be exhibiting at the

1720 McTavish Road
North Saanich


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sneak Peek - New Quilt

I have been quilting a new quilt for Island Batik this week. Almost finished!





This pattern won't be 'public' until the Fall but they need to photograph my quilt for their Fall Catalog.

It may seem strange to you that I work so far in advance but it makes all the patterns I publish 'current'. That means you can find the fabrics in your local quilt shops at the same time the patterns are available. Makes it easier for you when you want to make the quilt I designed.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Product Review - Bobbin Holders

In my travels I am always keeping an eye out for new ways to keep my bobbins and thread spools together. I use a LOT of different threads!





I store my threads by type - works for me.

Recently I found 2 new ways to keep matching thread spools and bobbins together.

First is Bobbin Topper by Taylor Seville.  A feature that I really like is a 'Thread Lock'. The tail of thread on the bobbin fits into a small slot on the edge of the bobbin topper.








The other bobbin keeper I found is a funny-looking gizmo that reminds me of a bobby pin. It works well too.  They would be costly for a lot of them though - $1 each.




But my all time favourite way is my own 'invention'.....a safety pin. 


Now....I wish I could find something that would keep bobbins and CONES together - anyone seen something like this?




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review - In the Studio with Angela Walters

This book has been out for a few years but I just bought it recently.



Although I have been machine quilting for MANY years (almost 20!) I still collect books that give me inspiration for quilting my quilt. I am pleased that this part of the 'make a quilt' process has had more attention in the last few years and it is easier to see how quilts are quilted in these type of books. I don't have to squint at pictures of quilts in other books to see how they were quilted!

I HATE that statement....'Quilt as desired.'  How do you know WHAT you desire? How do you know what you can DO? That is why I include information about quilting ideas in every pattern I publish. I often try to suggest a couple of options so the person who makes the quilt can be successful when they finish the quilt, just as my instructions are detailed so they can make the quilt top.

Angela's book includes 10 modern quilt projects but it is the QUILTING ideas that I find most intriguing. You don't need a longarm quilting machine to use the techniques in the book.

She talks about how the quilting can add movement, depth, dimension, focus and contrast in your quilt. These are many of the characteristics that we have in mind when we choose fabrics for our quilts. To me, that says that the quilting is an INTEGRAL part of the quilt. Therefore it should be as exciting to us as making the QUILT TOP!

Is it exciting to you.....or does it scare you?

Here's my take on that. I'm sure you were scared when you made your first quilt top. Did you choose the right fabric, are your seams accurate, did I mis-cut something? But you persevered and learned new things with every project you made.

It is the SAME with machine quilting. You WILL start out scared, you WILL have doubts but you can only GET BETTER if you do more!

And this book (and many others) will give you ideas for lots of quilt to come!

I particularly like seeing how Angela plans her quilting by sketching her quilting plan in a sketchbook. This technique allows you to see what the quilting will look like, and more importantly, HOW you will need to stitch it.  It gives you a bit of practice if you remember to sketch without lifting your pencil!

I highly recommend this book if you are looking for Quilting Inspiration!

This is a STASH book and it is available for purchase HERE.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Small Studies

TOUR DETAILS AND MAP
In preparation for the Art Sea/Saanich Peninsula Spring Studio Tour I have been finishing up some projects and making a few new ones. The items on display will show visitors the type of work I do. All the work I show will be for sale.

The tour  is on June 10 & 11, 10 am - 4 pm.

I am sharing the space with my friend Peggy Farries who will show and sell her creations too. 

We will be exhibiting at the


1720 McTavish Road, 
North Saanich









These 'small studies' are mounted on canvas and are just part of the work I will be showing.



Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, June 10 and 
Sunday, June 11
10 am -4 pm

Thursday, May 11, 2017

More Tulips

I showed you my tulips in pots on my deck last week.

Now THESE are TULIPS!




All pictures taken at Butchart Gardens. We treated ourselves with a walk through the gardens after working in our own garden last weekend.