Sunday, October 27, 2013

Five Star Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Lucknow, Ontario

Hello Quilters!
I spent two lovely days with the members of the Five Star Quilt Guild at their quilt show held in Lucknow.  The guild put on a quilt show with all the right ingredients....quilts, draws, bargain table, merchants mall, tea room and a speaker.....ME!

Friday at 10:30 I presented my Colour Harmony lecture to about 50 people who were attending the quilt show.  Friday afternoon I presented my Tips and Trick for Quilters lecture to about 60 people.  It was hard to get an exact count but this one was crowded!

Saturday I presented the Tips and Tricks again at 10:30 then my Trunk Show at 2:30.  This is a photo of the stage with two of my quilts hanging as a back drop.  I really liked the twinkle lights around the stage so I wouldn't fall off!

I can't say enough about the guild members.  They worked very hard to put on a wonderful show.  The ladies working the kitchen were amazing.  I don't know how many meals they served but on Friday the line up was out the door!

There were 3 merchants at the quilt show with a good variety of fabric, patterns, kits and notions.  They were Threads that Bind from Maxwell, ON, Greigs Fabrics from Lion's Head, ON (no website) and Mothers' Fabric from Wiarton, ON.  Great job ladies!!  I came home with a pattern and some thread.  Did I mention that I have a thread problem?????

Here are some photos from the show.  The quality isn't great as I took the photos with my iPhone.  The iPhone takes good pictures but I can never hold it steady enough.

Congratulations to the members of the Five Star Quilt Guild for such a successful show.  It was a pleasure to come and share the excitement of the show.

I'm in the middle of packing for Nova Scotia.  My two big yellow bags are full and I haven't packed any clothes yet.  I might just end up wearing the same outfit for 14 days!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Did You Hear That Scream?????

Hello Quilters!
Yes, that scream came from me in my basement studio yesterday afternoon.  Did you hear it?  No, it wasn't a mouse or a ghost or even a nasty pin prick.
It was me trimming my pieced blocks to eight inches square.  No, I didn't cut myself with the rotary cutter................The blocks were supposed to be trimmed to 8 1/2" square.  Agh!!!!!

If you'll notice on the ruler pictured above that I used to trim the blocks, it actually says "8" Bias Ruler" right on it.  Why I thought it was an 8 1/2" ruler I'll never know.  DUH!! 
Luckily, I never use steam to press my quilting so by steaming the blocks, I got them to "grow" to 8 1/4" square so I just have to fudge in the last 1/4".  I think it will be a beautiful quilt with so many things to teach in it.  Great for students!  Let me know if you'd like to be one of them.

This is the book required.  Another great book from The Buggy Barn people called Crazy or Not.  I got this copy from Kalidoscope of Quilts in Exeter, ON.  The quilt I'm working on is the one on the cover done in golds and reds.  These quilts are just so much fun to make!

Teaching season is in full swing.  I had a really terrific visit with the Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild over my birthday weekend early this month.   We had the two day workshop on Scrap Quilts that was held at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre.  What a great facility!  They have everything happening there from dance, drumming, painting etc. etc.  If you live in the area, you might just want to check what they have available.  Right across the street is Wallack's Art Supply.   Need I say more???

My wonderful Hubby gave me a brand new high tech drafting table for my birthday.  LOVE IT!  It will be tremendously helpful for my work with pictorial quilts.  He got it from Curry's Art Supply in London.

Last weekend I shared my "Colour For Quilters" workshop with students at Cornerstone Quilts and More in London, ON.  We had 9 enthusiastic quilters in the bunch.  Most of them very beginner quilters so it was nice to give them colour lessons at the beginning of their quilting journeys.

Hubby was away in Michigan this weekend for a photography trek.  He brought me these fat quarters!!
He knows the way to my heart is batiks.  I think I'll keep him!!!
 Our quilting group here in the subdivision is making quilts for wheelchair patients at the area nursing home.  These are two of the four that I've made.  It was a great excuse to try some new designs and use up some scraps of fabric, batting and flannel.
Made with 2 1/2" and 4 1/2" squares.

Made with 1 1/2" strips.

I'm off to Lucknow for Friday and Saturday to present 4 lectures over the two days of the Five Star Quilt Guild's quilt show.  The show is being held at the Lucknow Community Centre at 694 Willoughby St. in Lucknow.  My lectures are at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days.  Stop by and say "Hello!  I read your blog."  It promises to be a great event.

On October 29th I leave for my 2 week teaching tour in Nova Scotia.  The packing is the worst part but I'm really looking forward to seeing some old friends and making new ones.
Happy Quilting!

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