Sunday, April 29, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Hello again!  This week brought more fun with a visit to the Gwillimbury Quilt Guild near Keswick, Ontario.  I presented the Colour Harmony lecture in the afternoon.  The members were very welcoming and asked some good questions.  When I took these photos I asked them to look as though I had just told them the most amazing colour fact.  What good sports!!!

After spending the night at Patricia and Sean's house (and being spoiled), we had the Colour for Quilters workshop at the community centre.  The community centre is located in the firehall so I had some difficulty getting the ladies' attention when the guys were going through the hallway.  Oh, well.....maybe that was me..........never mind.......  There were 22 quilters in the workshop so it was a very busy day but I'm pleased to say they all worked very hard and it was a pleasure to watch them "get it".

The next day I was off to visit the North Lambton Guild to present my lecture, "Batting.....What's in your Quilt?".  This is a group that I've visited many times over the years and so it was a treat to be back with some familiar faces once again.  Thanks to everyone at the North Lambton Guild for inviting me to visit once again.

Since then I've been trying to catch up at home with answering emails, paperwork etc.
Quilt Canada in Halifax is next month so I've been working on more preparation for that event.  I've ordered new and larger suitcases hoping that I'll be able to get the packing down to 2 suitcases.  Packing four one-day workshops into only two bags plus clothing is a bit tricky!
I'm chipping away at more Colour Studies for my Colour for Stash Quilters workshop.

I'm off to Vittoria this week to share my Tips and Tricks for Quilters lecture and The Bride's Quilt workshop with the wonderful quilters of the Norfolk County Quilt Guild.  They have been busy cutting fabric for this workshop so I can't wait to see the fabrics that they will be working with.
Don't forget to visit the Quilts of Denmark show this week in Ailsa Craig.  The show starts Tuesday, May 1 and wraps up on May 5th.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trying to Catch Up!

I'm sure you all think I have dropped off the planet.  No, I'm just crazy busy with the teaching these days and loving every minute of it.
I had the pleasure of presenting two Colour for Quilters workshops in Lindsay last week.  The ladies were wonderful and I hope learned a great deal more about colour as it applies to quilting.  We were challenged with the classroom unfortunately.  We were in a gym/stage in the basement of a church.  The windows were all yellow stained glass and the lighting was sodium light.  Not ideal for looking at colours but we managed.
Sharron and her husband John had me stay with them.  The best part is that Sharron has a little quilt shop in the basement and that's where the spare room was.  Yes..........I slept in a quilt shop!!!  Every quilters' dream.
My GPS decided to pack it in on my way to Lindsay.  I really hadn't realized how much I've come to depend on that little device.  It's working now so hopefully I won't have any difficulty finding this week's locations.  The online site had an upgrade that should fix the problem permanently.  Fingers crossed!!!
As you can imagine, I haven't had much studio time but I did manage to get the binding on this quilt.  The quilt is called Kaleidoscope Hexagon Quilt from a pattern with templates by Carolyn Forster. Karen Cole did a great job quilting it for me.

Karen's quilting

Pieced back.
The templates were very accurate and easy to use.  Cutting this out with regular templates would have taken ages to do.  Here's a photo of the pattern and templates in the package.  I bought it at Mary Maxim's in Port Huron, MI. about a year ago.  You can see I didn't do the jagged edges.  I really don't like the look of that and it is really hard on the quilt when it's used.  ALSO binding it would have been a real chore.
I'm off to visit the quilters in Queensville this week and then doing a lecture for the North Lambton Quilters.  On the road again....................  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

And Another Week Flew By!

You can certainly tell that Quilt Season is in full swing!  There are quilt shows and shop hops and workshops galore!
April 26, 27 & 28 is the Piecemakers 2012 Quilt Show in St. Mary's.  Always a great show.
May 1-5 is the Quilts of Denmark in Ailsa Craig.  Not to be missed.
A couple of weeks ago I was once again able to go to our quilters' retreat in St. Clair Michigan to Memories Manor.  They sure now how to put on a retreat!  At the end of the retreat we were all given a packet of postcards with each of the recipes we'd enjoyed during our stay.
Dining Room

Laying out a quilt in the front hall.

Our sewing area
Last week I had the pleasure of teaching my Introduction to Machine Quilting workshop with a group of enthusiastic ladies.  Practice, practice and more practice!!!!

Tomorrow I'm off to Lindsay once again.  I'll be teaching two Colour for Quilters workshops.  I'm looking forward to visiting with these ladies once again and also having an excuse to go to their lovely quilt shop in Lindsay.  The name of the shop is Appleseed Quiltworks.  The shop isn't large but the fabrics are very well chosen and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.

One of the joys of living out here in the country is taking advantage of our walking/riding trails.  As often as I can I walk the trail behind our house that follows the creek.  Only the locals know of it and use it as it is private land.  It's so peaceful and I often spot wildlife such as deer, turkeys, muskrats etc.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Irish Courthouses Workshop

The Irish Courthouse quilt was the subject of today's workshop in  the Home Studio.
It's so nice to wake up in my own bed and not to drive to teach!  This is the time of year where teaching is the busiest so you spend lots of nights away and drive long distances.  As much as I love teaching, the travelling gets a bit much sometimes.
Anyway......the ladies had a great day and had a good start on their quilts.  This one is not a quilt that you can finish quickly but just pick away at over time.  There is a seam every inch so it's very close to making a postage stamp quilt.
Here are the blocks the quilters made today.

The students were to have two blocks finished by the end of the day.  They did that and had many of the sub-units and strips sewn too.  

Here they are hard at work!

I have a waiting list for another Irish Courthouses workshop.  The workshop is a one day workshop.   If you're interested in taking it, let me know and when I get enough names we can look for dates that suit everyone.  

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bee Challenge

I have been on the road and to a retreat over the last couple of weeks so I'm shamefully behind on my blogging.  As I'm just rushing out the door again.................
Yesterday I joined my quilting friends in Nova Scotia via Skype for the big reveal of our second 12" square challenges.  The theme was candy or chocolate.  We each had drawn from a brown paper sack, a candy or chocolate bar.  We had to make a quilt based on the name, colour or the theme of candy.
Here is my entry.