Monday, May 21, 2012

Studio Time at Last!

I had a great visit this week with the Ancaster Quilters Guild.  It was very nice to see so many familiar faces in the audience.  It was also incredibly kind that they allowed me to present my "Tips and Tricks for Quilters" lecture at the beginning of the meeting so I could get home at a reasonable time.  Thank you!!!
My newest tip comes from the quilters in West Guillimbury.  All fusibles whether they are fusible web or fusible interacting etc. should be kept in sealed packages so they don't dry out.  For years I just put them in plastic with a twist tie.  The ladies at the guild showed me a container that you can get at Dollarama that is meant to hold kitchen wrap that is perfect to keep your 12" fusibles in.  It even has a serrated edge to tear off as much as you need.
Instructions and label taped on outside of roll.

I keep the smaller scraps of fusible in a labelled jar.

Among ongoing preparations for next week's Quilt Canada conference I have been able to carve out a little studio time to work on my dog quilt.  I still have a great deal of work before it's ready for quilting but I thought you might like to see my progress so far.  This is a portrait of Tifah, a dog my daughter had and we all fell in love with.
The blown up drawing.

I need to complete the left side.  I'm just working on the nose right now.

THIS is why you need a huge batik stash!

Work in progress and lots to go!
I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.  The weather here was fantastic so we were able to get lots of outside chores done and had friends over for a BBQ.

Wednesday I'll be heading to Guelph to drop off my quilts for the gallery show held during the month of June.  There is still room in the Log Cabin Chevron class.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Last Chance to Sign Up!!

Last chance to sign up for the "Dyeing to Quilt" workshop here at the Home Studio.  This is a one day workshop to learn to dye your own fabrics using Procion MX dyes.  We'll be doing colour wheel dying, gradation dyeing and parfait dyeing.  The cost of the workshop is $125.00 and includes your workbook, all dyes and chemicals and 8 meters of fabric for dyeing.
I need a minimum of 5 students.
Friday July 13 OR Saturday, July 14 from 9:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 14, 2012

I Must Be Getting Old...

I must be getting old because I believe.......

that underwear should be under what you wear.

that using the f-word in every sentence makes you sound stupid, not cool.

that the word "like" can, like, be so like, overused.

that people should remove their hats while eating in restaurants or at home.

that it's okay to smile at strangers.

that children should be taught to spell and to use cursive writing.

that cell phones should be turned off while in meetings, places of worship, funerals (it happened at my MIL's), in restaurants and (I can't help it, I'm a teacher) in workshops.

that sometimes it's okay to do nothing.

that every person deserves to be heard no matter their age.

that my telephone line is for personal use not to for telemarketers, professional beggars, politicians etc.

that if you say you'll do something, you'll do it..........on time and without complaint.

that being late is incredibly rude.

that forwarding "chain letters", cute sayings etc.  shows that you don't value the recipients' time.

that a cup of tea and a kind word can work wonders.

that sometimes not saying anything speaks volumes.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In the Studio this Week

This week found me tied to the studio in preparation for Quilt Canada in Halifax.  I'll be heading out to Nova Scotia on May 29th to teach four workshops.  My workshops are quite full so I'm very pleased about that.  The organizers had to cancel 8 teachers because of low registration.  Although the planned activities are great fun I find the reason quilters enjoy this conference so much is just being surrounded by 300 plus creative souls just like ourselves.  The creative and positive energy during the conference is something to be experienced.  I'm looking forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Over the course of 4 days I will be teaching 59 new students.  Each of those individuals has something to bring to the workshop in the form of energy, creativity and their own personal story.  Over the course of my 30 years of teaching I've met some amazing people from all walks of life and backgrounds.  Many have become my very closest friends even though we may not see each other often.

HAVING SAID THAT........ I worked long hours this week to ensure that everything is ready for the conference.  It's a long commute if I've forgotten anything!!  Here's what the studio looks like.

While sorting things out for Quilt Canada I was also getting ready for my gallery show at
Greenwood Quiltery in Guelph.  My hubby and I spent Friday night making hanging rods for the quilts ring to the show.  I could have sworn that all my quilts have hanging sleeves and labels..........they do now!  The quilts will be on display for the month of June and I will be teaching two workshops on June15 and 16 at the shop.  Log Cabin Chevron and Colour for Quilters are the two workshops.  If you are interested in taking one of these workshops, just give them a call.  The classes are filling up quickly.

Paint Chips - Nectarine Juice and Lime Sherbert
Also on this week's "TO-DO" list was my paint chip challenge for my bee in Nova Scotia.  We were given two paint chips and had to create a 12" square piece with the theme "Paint the Town......" or "Painted Ladies" or "House Paint".
Unfortunately, I can't show you the finished piece yet because the big reveal will be in a few weeks while I'm in Nova Scotia.

Message to my bee group...... How is your's coming???  I'm just finishing the binding up today and embellishments today.  Nothing like a deadline to make you produce, eh?  See you all soon!
Fabric Choices

Playing in my thread stash!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Norfolk Quilters and the Denmark Show

Another busy week has flown by.......
It was a pleasure once again to visit the Norfolk County Quilters in Vittoria.  Sometimes it's nice to look out into the audience and see familiar faces looking back at you.  I shared the Tips and Tricks for Quilters lecture.
Some of the guild members took me out to Callahan's Restaurant overlooking Lake Erie in Port Dover.  I really enjoyed eating the locally caught yellow perch for dinner there.
Terry and Rick put me up for the night in their lovely home.  Thanks so much!  It's such a treat to spend time with quilters in their homes when I travel.  Terry has a long-arm business she runs from the basement and does lovely work!
Wednesday brought our Bride's Quilt workshop.  We had a very busy day with quilters with a wide range of experience tackling the lovely star quilt.  Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take any pictures!!!
I was able to take in the Quilts of Denmark at the Ailsa Craig Community Centre on Thursday.  What a beautiful show!!  The organizers can certainly take a bow for putting on one of the most perfect quilt show events I've ever attended.  There was a lovely tea room, merchant malls, workshops with the Denmark quilters, door prizes etc. etc.  The volunteers were just amazing!
Here are some of the photos I took with my iPhone.  They aren't the best photos but you'll get the idea.

Next year the Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival will feature Quilts of Israel from May 20 - 25, 2013.