Thursday, October 25, 2012

Life is Busy in Quilt Season!

Once again, I'm sadly neglecting my blog.
Last week found me in North Bay with the lovely quilters of the Near North Quilters Guild and many visitors from the surrounding areas.
The guild invited me to present three lectures on my first day there.  That is the first time that I've done three lectures back to back.  Most of the people in the audience stayed for all three lectures.  They were a wonderful audience and asked really good questions.  By the third lecture it was more of a conversation than a lecture which was just so much fun.
The next day we did the Log Cabin Chevron workshop.  We spent a great deal of time working with fabric values in colour families.  The variety of fabric in the room was truly amazing.  Good shoppers!
My "close personal friend" drove all the way from Sudbury to take the workshop.  It was wonderful to spend the day with her.  (She's the one wearing black.)  She and I along with two other crazy quilters went on an epic road trip a couple of years ago visiting 17 quilt shops in 4 days.
Mallory and Deanne took all three workshops and ended up being my favourites........there's a story there that includes bribing the teacher with chocolate.
Day two we had the Angles and Squares workshop with 21 students in attendance.  It was a very busy day for everyone learning about the 4 recipes for scrap quilts as well as technique and many time saving tips.

On the final day I taught the Cobblestones quilt.  What a great bunch of quilters!
Unfortunately, I have a reminder of my visit to North Bay in the form of this:

Yes, I got rear ended by a young lady who wasn't paying attention.  I was stopped behind two other vehicles at a red light and she drove right into the back of my car.  Luckily, I had left some distance between my car and the truck ahead of me so I wasn't pushed into that vehicle.  So.....I now know what the North Bay police station looks like!  Her car was much more damaged than mine so I was able to drive home with no trouble.  With all the time I spend travelling, it's amazing that it hasn't happened sooner.  The poor girl cried from the minute she got out of the car and was still crying as we drove away from the police reporting centre.

Other than that, it was a fantastic visit with the quilters of North Bay.  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it all happen.  The soups at lunch were delicious!  Special thanks to Gord and Wendy who allowed me to stay with them for six nights.  It was a pleasure getting to know you all!

Work on the angel quilt has been at a stand still with all my travelling, teaching and packing.  Here's the progress this week.

Work on the new house continues at a rapid rate.  I was able to visit the work site on Monday morning as they were just constructing the framing for the main floor.  The basement rooms are all framed in.
Tuesday I spent making final choices for all the flooring.
I'll be leaving before dawn tomorrow morning to head up to Fort McMurray, Alberta to teach some workshops and share some lectures.  My annual visit!  I can't wait to catch up with everyone.  The temperature here to day will reach 23C.  I'm thinking that weather probably won't follow me to the far north.........

Monday, October 8, 2012

Angel Update

Work continues on my Angel quilt.  This is the progress so far from last week.

I'm very happy with the way the folds of her gown are coming through.  My fabric palette doesn't contain as many fabrics as I'd like but they seem to be working well enough.  It was very difficult to find the grey/green/bronze tones.  Most of the fabrics were very clear greys that wouldn't convey the weathered look that I want for the statue.  I'm leaving the face until the end as I think I'll need to really work to get the innocent facial expression that you see in the original photograph.

This photo shows how much more work there is left to do to complete the quilt.  The process is very time consuming but I'm really enjoying it.  Sort of like doing a jigsaw puzzle!

Work on the new house is coming along much faster than my quilt!  Monday the footings were in and by Friday..........
the foundation was poured!  Next the cement will be poured to form the basement floor.  Hubby and I have been busy choosing cabinets, flooring, windows etc.  What we've found is that you have to pick everything at once in order to have everything coordinate.  So far so good.......

I got two quilts back from being quilted by Karen Cole.
 This one is made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics and will be a gift for a friend's birthday.  The pattern was in an old Quilt Mania magazine, I think.  The photo really doesn't do the quilt justice.
The fabrics for this one were purchased on our trip to Tennessee to go with our living room furniture.  It turns out that the teal one doesn't work all that well with the room but I like the "punch" it gave to the quilt itself.  This is made from the Fire Escape pattern from Atkinson Designs.  A great pattern if you want to make a quilt in a hurry.  It's also perfect for those fabrics that are too beautiful to cut up.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Working on my Angel

Things are busy here in my quilt world.  This is the time of year for lots of workshops and visits to various guilds and groups.  Great fun!
In the studio I've been working on my Angel quilt.  My husband is a very gifted photographer so I'm using some of his photos to create realistic quilt art pieces based on his work.
Here are photos of my progress so far on the Angel quilt.  It's a very slow technique as it takes about 2 hours to cover about 6 inches once you get the pattern made.
Hubby's photo.  (sorry about the glare)

My drawing on clear vinyl.  The numbers represent the different values.
Drawing transferred to white freezer paper.
Got the hands done!

 This one will keep me busy for awhile!  Once I get the fabrics onto the background I will use fabric paint to add some details and to soften some of the harsh edges.  Finding fabrics for the angel was a little tricky as they need to have a yellow-green cast.

The Oxford Quilters Guild's quilt show this past weekend was a great success.  Thanks to all who worked on this event.  What a beautiful show!  I really enjoyed the wide range of quilts in the show from very traditional to very artsy.  There were over 400 quilts in the show.

The Ilderton Fair was also on this past weekend.  I entered three quilts and won a first for my dog wallhanging, a second on my quilt entitled "Shattered" and a third on my crib quilt.  The dog quilt was also awarded the "Special" ribbon and will be used in a larger venue next year.  I won a total of $13.00 and a gift certificate.  Out of the $13.00, my membership for next year will be taken at a cost of $5.00.  So.........ta da!.........a grand total of $8.00 will enter my bank account!!!

All those winnings will probably end up in the new house we're building.  Want to see the progress so far?
The footings are poured.  The area back left is my studio.

The bathroom is in!

What are you working on?