Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Back From Guelph and other things.....

What a great time we had at Greenwood Quiltery in Guelph last weekend!
Students in the Log Cabin Chevron workshop did a great job learning how to make their blocks "glow" and colour theory as it applies to scrap quilts.


Bonnie signed up for both days and managed to survive........way to go, Bonnie!
Saturday's class was full.  We did the "Colour for Quilters" workshop.
The classroom at Greenwood is in the basement but they've done very well keeping it nice and bright in there.  Everyone did very well in the workshop learning value, bases, neutrals, colours etc. etc.  It's a lot of material to cover in a one day workshop so I try to keep the information very tight.
Christine did a wonderful job of hanging my quilts in the gallery.  It's always to amazing to see all of your work at once.  Usually you look at them one at a time.  There were some very kind comments in the guest book too.  It's always nice when people take the time to leave a message for you.

Today was the first day I've had to work in my "new" studio since before I left for Quilt Canada.  I say my "new" studio as I've moved it into my teaching area so that the old studio can be turned back into the living room and painted etc.  The floors need to be sanded and restrained too as 20 years of creative mess in that room left their mark!!

The weather here in Southwestern Ontario has been incredibly HOT!  Hubby and I have been out first thing in the morning to do our outside work then hiding indoors for the rest of the day.  If you feel the need to weed a garden..........drop by!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Quilt Canada and Nova Scotia



Hello everyone!  It's been a long time.
I have been home for a few days from Nova Scotia but I've been so busy unpacking etc. that the blog has been put on hold until now.
The Quilt Canada conference in Halifax was wonderful.  The local organizing committee did a great job of presenting a conference that people will remember for a long time.
I only saw the Invitational Show and the National Juried Show as I was kept pretty busy with the teaching.  Both shows were so inspiring that I just wanted to lock myself away and sew.  Anne Morrell Robinson had a quilt in the NJS that was so beautiful and whimsical as well as being a tribute to a Anne Robinson from about a hundred years ago.  Anne MR made a quilt from the same design using very modern fabrics and it was just amazing.  Anne also showed a quilt that was on the them of sock monkeys that I just fell in love with.
Unfortunately, there wasn't an opportunity for the teachers to get together at all and sadly, there was no Teachers' Lounge provided this year.  What a shame as it really is a great thing to meet the other teachers for networking but also for problem solving.  Luckily there weren't too many problems to be solved.

 The photos above are from my first workshop "You've Got Mail".  This workshop is about making postage stamp quilts from 9-patch units.  I show three different methods of making the 9-patches.  The students are provided with a workbook of patterns for 5 queen-sized quilts based on these blocks.

We had a great day!  There were students from all over.  I had two or three in this workshop from the far north.  I was a little worried when I saw the lecture hall classroom but it actually worked very well.

Day 2 brought the "Fireside Log Cabin" workshop.  It was held in the same classroom so I was familiar with the boards and machines.  We had a great time in that workshop.  You wouldn't believe the variety of fabrics that everyone came with!!  Fabric envy!!  The blocks were lovely so I can't wait until I start receiving the photos of the completed tops.
Friday was my day for teaching "Colour Studies for Stash Quilters".  I had been looking forward teaching that one all week but I was a little disappointed to see only 6 students in the workshop.  We "made" the teachers' aid do the workshop too.  The resulting colour studies were really great.  Hopefully the students will now start to work with colour in a very different way from before the conference.  Aren't these great???!  The photo is very yellow because of the lighting in the room but they really are perfect.
Saturday was my "Quilt Marking Mysteries" with 20 students signed up so I don't have any pictures to show you.  It was a VERY busy day!!
Saturday night was the closing banquet held at the Cunard Centre on the waterfront.  The food was delicious, service great and the entertainment a Nova Scotia musical presentation second to none.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the evening was a large screen showing photos of people during the conference in workshops.  What fun to see what everyone was doing!

I was very lucky to be able to stay an additional 4 days in Nova Scotia visiting with my good friend and fellow teacher, Barb Robson.  We took a trip to Avonport Discount Fabrics where I spent my allowance big time but got some great bargains.  The best part is that they mail it home for you!!
Monday night we went to the Mahone Quilters Guild closing dinner.  I am fortunate to be a long distance member of this group.  Wednesday our bee met to reveal our challenges.......
These are the results of our paint chip challenge.  Mine is top left with the theme of "House Paint".  I painted white cotton with watercolour paint before appliquéing it to the background.  Great job Cove Quilters!!
Our new challenge is to create a 12" square quilt based on a book that had an impact on you in some way.  Now there's a challenge!!!  There are so many directions you could take.
All that creativity made us hungry so we sat down for a delicious lunch of salads, salmon and rhubarb dessert.  Barb decorated the table in honour of the Queen's Jubilee.
I'm unpacked and in the process of moving my studio out of the living room and into the teaching area. It's amazing how much stuff you can put in one studio!!  It needs painting badly so it's for a good cause and I might just like it in the teaching studio.
Friday and Saturday I'll be teaching at Greenwood Quiltery.  Drop by and see my show in the gallery.  They have gorgeous fabrics so bring your wallet too!!