Monday, September 24, 2012

Oxford Quilters Guild Quilt Show this Weekend

Here is the information about my home guild's quilt show.  I will be white-gloving from 10:00 a.m. on Friday.  Hope to see you there.  I have two quilts in the show.

Oxford Quilters Guild Presents


Sept 27,28 : 10 -7, Sept 29 : 10-4
Admission $5
Ingersoll Arena
97 Mutual St. Ingersoll, ON
Turn at the Tim Horton's and cross the bridge to the arena

* More than 300 quilts
* Merchant Mall
* Bring a non-perishable food item and enter a
draw for a Beautiful Christmas Wall Hanging
Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre
125 Centennial Dr. Victoria Park entrance
  • Display of Quilts by Quilt Artist „Jim Wilford‰ ( Jim will be present on Sat pm)
  • Display of Quilts by Professional Long-arm Quilters
  • Quilters Boutique (including quilts for sale)
  • Tea Room
  • Quilting Demos

Sunday, September 23, 2012

International Plowing Match

Thursday, Friday and Saturday I was working at this year's International Plowing Match being held near Roseville, Ontario.  Roseville is just west of Kitchener-Waterloo.  Although I've done judging for the Plowing Match, I never have worked at the event.  Usually the judging is done ahead of time quite separate from the event itself.
I was hired to present two lectures and one demonstration per day.  Lectures were held in the Fashion and More Tent that had a large catwalk and stage set up.  I'm used to presenting my lectures at guilds where I am fairly close to my audience so this was really different for me.  It was hard to even see the audience with all the spotlights.  That being said, the audience was terrific all three days.  Several people came up to speak with me afterwards too.
Barry, the sound man and his wife Donna who was the MC of all the stage presentations did a fabulous job.  One real drawback was how dirty everything was.  By the last day, Barry was having trouble with his equipment with all the dust and dirt getting into the controls.
My quilts are very dirty so I probably wouldn't do it again but it was a really interesting experience.
Here are some photos of the grounds.  You can see that on this day the weather was miserable but the attendance was still good.  As a result of all the mud, I am now the proud owner of some very cute new boots!  Who know they'd sell boots at the Plowing Match???...............Why those who have been there before, of course!!!  Good thing too as my shoes are caked in mud and I'm not really sure if I'll be able to get them cleaned up enough to wear again.

The "Tent City" had over 550 exhibitors.  There was an amazing variety of businesses there from wood furnaces, life insurance, food vendors, RV sales and even those super-duper slicer-dicer guys that you usually see at all the fairs.  It was great fun to wander along the roads to see everything.

This coming weekend is the Oxford Quilters' Guild in Ingersoll, Ontario's quilt show.  The quilt show will be held at the arena.  Also this weekend is our local fair in Ilderton, Ontario.  Ilderton's fair is one of the best around as it still has that old-fashioned feel to it.  I'll be putting some quilts in.   Last year I won 3 firsts and Best of Show and came home with $14.00.  It's a real money-maker but fun to participate in anyway.
I hope you make it to at least one of these events!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Irish Courthouse Workshop

Check the Home Workshops tab for the Irish Courthouse workshop to be held Tuesday, November 20th.  The workshop will be held in my teaching studio from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Visit to Muskoka

Last week found me once again visiting the Pine Tree Quilt Guild in Bracebridge, Ontario.   It was so nice to be invited back!  This time I presented my "Creativity......what is it and where do I gets some?" lecture at the guild meeting.  The following day we did the "Log Cabin Chevron" quilt workshop at the amazing community centre there.  On Saturday, the guild sold tickets to my "Colour Harmony" lecture.
It was a busy few days!

As you can see from the above photos, Muskoka is lovely and the weather was perfect.
A big "THANK YOU!!!" goes out to Bruce and Elizabeth for hosting me once again.  I was spoiled yet again.......

The Log Cabin workshop was a great success.  The workshop was full at 15 participants who all had great fabric and colour ideas for their quilts.  No two were alike.  I love that as it lets the quilt show the personality of the maker.  Here they are hard at work.  They thought they were coming to find out how to make this quilt but I actually slipped in quite a bit of colour and design theory along the way.  I'm tricky that way!
Saturday's lecture on Colour Harmony was well attended too.  There were a number of people in the audience who had travelled from out of town to come to the lecture.  As usual, I talked and talked about my passion for colour and colour recipes.  So many of the people took the time to come up to see the quilts up close and to talk to me.  It's so nice when people take that time to come up to the front afterwards.

This photo was at the end of the lecture.  I think they were on information overload!

This is Judy who thanked me for coming on behalf of the guild.
Thanks so much to everyone in the Pine Tree Guild.  You are a joy to visit with.

Monday, September 10, 2012

3 Days With Jane Sassaman

I just spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday taking 2 workshops with Jane Sassaman near Waterloo.

Jane and I had met in Winnipeg several years ago while teaching at Quilt Canada there.  Since then, I have always wanted to take her workshops so when the opportunity presented itself, I took it!
The workshops were put on by award winning quilter, Marilyn Farquhar.  Marilyn has a lovely home with a large quilting studio in her basement that comfortably held 20 students.  As an added bonus, lunch was included in the workshop fee.  All the lunches were delicious!
Jane's newest book was available for purchase as well as some of her patterns and fabrics.
The two day workshop "Abstracting from Nature" had us looking at flowers and stylizing them to put into a free form quilt.  Jane taught us to make parts then arrange them into a pleasing arrangement rather than draw a pattern first.  What was very interesting to me was her use of interfacing in her quilting to back all of the fabric including the backgrounds.  We didn't have our sewing machines for the workshop as it was a design workshop, but I'm interested to see how this system can be used in my work.

The one day workshop on Sunday was "Pattern Play".  I would recommend this workshop to anyone.  We drew a motif and then manipulated it into different designs by reversing, connecting and overlapping the design.  Next we cut our motifs out of paper and played with different arrangements. A great device for machine quilters!
One of my manipulated designs in paper.
Instead of driving back and forth to Waterloo I opted to stay in Waterloo at a wonderful new Bed and Breakfast called Colonial Creekside.  There are three suites in this bed and breakfast with balcony sitting areas, ensuite bath and continental breakfast included.  I have to say that this is one of the nicest bed and breakfasts I have stayed in and will certainly be back.  The indoor pool is fantastic!

My breakfast basket on Friday.