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Welcome to my world where I try to figure out what I'm going to do next! These days, it is mostly quilting, but you never know what it might be... come find out with me!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December...

I can't believe it has already arrived!  Before you know it, it will be 2015!  
I'm not sure I can think about that just yet...
What I can think about is that we have a beautiful clear cold winter day with snow on the ground!  Not a lot as we don't get a lot here in the Vancouver area, but with the sun shining it is pretty today.

snowflake postcards
taken in the shade as the sun was so bright everything was burning out!
It is also the perfect segue to the Snowflake post card exchange hosted by Brandy Lynn at Brandy Lynn Designs and the host of Canadian Quilt Talk podcast.  While signups are now closed, I had a lot of fun coming up with my postcards.  A little improv curved piecing, some fussy cut houses and some sparkly fabric and thread, bound with a wonderful bumpy yarn around the edges that just reminds me of snow drifts!

pc2      pc1
I'll get my partners' names tomorrow and then these will be in the mail before the end of the week to make sure they reach their owners well before Christmas!

I also wanted to remind everyone that registration is open for Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge AB.  This is a wonderful opportunity to take in some incredible workshops with both amazing Canadian teachers, or with some incredible international talent!  I've signed up for a couple of workshops with Cindy Needham, there are some with Weeks Ringle, who is also doing the keynote lecture on the Friday night, as well as some wonderful ones with Karen Henry, Margie Davidson, Joanne Flamand and Kathy Tisdwell.  If you're like me, you will have a hard time deciding just who to spend your time with!  I can't wait to explore the talent in the National Juried show, too!  The Call for Entries is now open! I'm still working on what I'm going to submit this year - what about you?

And, in further CQA/ACC news, our President, Jackie White, was a guest blogger on the Generation Q blog on December 1, and was talking about the CQA/ACC It's Time for Colour travelling quilt show - see her post here.  My entry, Whirligig, was featured in the post, along with a couple of others - pretty cool!

Only a few pictures and lots of links this time, and here's another link for you - to The Needle and Thread Network, where I'm linking up this week. Go see what other Canadian Textile artists are up to!

Happy quilting!
Janet

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mini wholecloth mandala quilt is finished!

It's reveal day over at the Tangled Textiles blog, and you can read all about my process for creating this quilt.

Mandala mini

I'm really happy with how it turned out!

deets:
16" x 16"
quilted with Wonderfil Threads rayon for the colour, and Aurifil white in the background
double batt cotton/cotton blend (sorry it was small  and I used leftover scraps)

Happy quilting! 
Janet

Monday, November 17, 2014

Welcome Blogathon Canada visitors!

and Hello to all my regular readers!  I hope you all enjoy the great selection of Canadian bloggers brought to you this week by Blogathon Canada, sponsored by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop, who can be found over at Stacey's blog, Stacey in Stitches, or at Jessica's, Momiji Studio.  You just might find a giveaway or two!

Sew Sisters Blog 
 Don't forget to also pop over to the Sew Sisters and the Blogathon Canada website blog for a chance to win some Aurifil.

This morning I only have a few pictures of a piece I've been working on for a reveal next weekend, over at the Tangled Textiles.  You can read more about my thought process and progress on it here and here.
But for now, here are some pictures of my progress:
centre, showing my guidelines

working on the feathers
cross hatching and points

Hope you enjoy the blog hop!

Happy quilting! Janet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

what a weekend!

all my bags are packed...
lots of sewing, chatting, laughter and eating - oh my!  The food we had! The wine and cheese!  It was a great retreat weekend at Loon Lake.
a beautiful spot
I managed to get a few things finished - some small items,  but then bounced around from project to project before settling into to doing some quilting.
a little warm up quilting
 As part of this lovely weekend hosted by the talented Krista of Poppyprint fame, we had an opportunity to do a workshop with Krista Withers on Compositional Quilting. This was a preview of a class Krista is teaching at QuiltCon next February.  I don't think I will ever look at a quilt top the same way!  A good part of my weekend was spent quilting a top I had put together just for this workshop.
Fun fun fun!
getting started

always have to have feathers, don't you?
what I got done by the end of the weekend
the back

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network this week,



WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Happy quilting!

Janet

Saturday, November 8, 2014

where to begin?

Last post, I was just heading off to one of my guilds' quilt show.   It was a great show - around 200 quilts and so much wonderful talent and inspiration!  I was thrilled to find this
pinned to this quilt  Citrus Sisters

This one

and then this!
on   Leaf

Wow!  So cool!  (Sorry folks, I don't take a camera with me to quilt shows, so no in situ pictures)

I made some great progress last weekend on my Tangled Textiles piece - just a peek at my colour selection,

Then this week, I received an email telling me that my CQA - "It's time for colour"  - quilt has sold!
I'm so pleased!
Whirligig3


Now, to top it all off I'm headed off this weekend for a 4 day quilting retreat with some fab friends! I'm sure there will be a few IG posts floating around at #LoonLakeQuilters.  Maybe, just maybe, between wine and chatting, I just might get this top pieced together - it has been a wip since April, and I'd like to get it finished and donated.

There are a few other projects packed and ready to go, (okay, so maybe 9 or 10) as you know you never want to run out of things to do!





Hope you have plans for a fabulous weekend, but whatever your plans, make sure you take a minute at 11:00 am on November 11 to remember those that have fought for us all.
Happy quilting! Janet

Friday, October 24, 2014

If you are in the neighbouhood

the traditional guild I belong to is having a quilt show this weekend - with close to 200 quilts on display there is going to be lots of eye candy!

We're at a new location - Maple Creek Middle School in Port Coquitlam, 3700 Hastings St.  (I was going to link to a map for you, but Blogger's giving me grief this morning!)

Hope to see you there!
Happy quilting!
Janet

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On the road!

The piece I created for the CQA It's Time for Colour! travelling show is now being exhibited at Satin Moon Quilt Shop in Victoria, along with all the other quilts that have been received.

It will be there for the next two weeks before continuing on its journey. If you can't make it to Victoria to see the exhibit,  all the quilts in the travelling show can be seen in a gallery page that is now up on the CQA website - you can check them out here, and see whether the quilt you are interested in is still available for purchase :)  Remember - its for a good purpose - The Children's Wish Foundation.

I said in my last post that I had a finish to show - instead of working on UFOs that have been hanging around - in some cases for years - I was captivated by 6 little improv pieced squares that were sitting around - I showed you them here and here.  Now, it is a finished quilt.  I like it when I can say that!

texture

bound

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network this week.

Happy quilting!
Janet