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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!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The process

Our latest Tangled Textiles challenge involves describing our process as we develop our idea and create our quilt - we didn't have an inspiration theme this time round, and as I'm very much a results oriented designer in that I need to know what I'm working towards, I set myself some parameters - my piece would be wholecloth, involve a mandala and have colour.  Since we are still working to our 16" square format, I think this is plenty for me to incorporate!  My first post was here, and today I've described my design process over on the Tangled Textiles blog.  That is an interesting concept, as I tend to work intuitively, but at least this time I've documented what I did today!

I also have a finish that I'll show off in the next day or so.  I hope you had a wonderful, productive weekend, too!

Happy quilting,
Janet

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

started

After building some momentum on the weekend, I'm trying to keep it going this week, aiming for my twenty minutes a day.

Tonight, I worked on the quilting on this quilt, pieced on the weekend.  As you can see, I'm aiming for some very dense straight line quilting over parts of the quilt, corresponding with the various coloured squares.


So far, I'm really liking it.  I think this is really going to suit this scrappy improv. quilt.  (I do all my straight stitching free motion as I like the flexibility it gives me of stitching in any direction without having to turn the quilt. )

Plus, I started looking through my scraps, at least the ones currently sorted by colour, as opposed to the two big bins of random chunks of fabric that are really scary to look at, with the thought of joining Leanne at She Can Quilt in making a Blended Scraps quilt - see Leanne's tutorial here.  I've wanted to make one of these since I first saw Reflection.  Now, what colours will I use???

Linking up this week to The Needle and Thread Network

and to the first Scraptatstic Tuesday



Happy quilting! Janet

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Puttering

washed and daylightIt's the long Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I've been puttering away at finishing up some projects that have been sitting far too long.  I started these two preemie quilts at a retreat back in April.  Figured it was high time I finished them off!

The strip and slice was pieced and needed quilting.  I decided on some organic wavy lines filled in with bouncing C's.

I like the texture created.
texture

With the second one I was nearly finished the quilting, but after getting home from the retreat, it just sat.  Finished it off - an overly knotty piece of wood, I'd say!  

knotty

playing


Then, because I'd been good and finished two projects off - complete with binding and labels, I figured I had earned some play time!  I had made six 4.5" log cabin style blocks for a block lottery at VMQG, but then I was unable to attend the meeting.

They were calling to me!

And since I'm not really good at cleaning up between projects, the scraps and fabrics I had used initially were still out.  I made the blocks larger, and played with some layouts, then started filling in the spaces.

pieced

The top is finished, my quilting is planned - maybe tomorrow before heading off for turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy quilting!
Janet

Sunday, October 5, 2014

playing in an indigo vat

Accordion pleated, held with clothespins
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to do some more indigo dyeing in a workshop with Catherine Nichols.  I have to say, I find it truly amazing how you can start with white cloth, put it in the indigo vat, pull it out and it's a pretty yucky yellowy green, and then you can watch it change colour right before your eyes as it oxidizes, and you end up with these wonderful indigo blues.  I don't think I will ever tire of watching this happen.

I can say, with all certainty, I am not really great at planning out a design and spending a lot of time stitching it, as much as I love the designs that can be created - just check out my friend Momiji's blog for some beautiful - controlled! - indigo pieces!   I am definitely more of the lets just try this and throw it in mentality!  Either way, I love the thrill of waiting to see what I am going to get.  This time, I got some pretty interesting pieces!

 I did try a little stitching, and quite like my circles in the middle of this one


 I think this one is a fave, though.  Catherine had pre-dyed some bamboo skewers in fuchsia.  I rolled them into a length of dupionni silk, and then into the indigo vat.  Love the strippy effect!
Here's a sampling of what I ended up with;

sample 3

You can see more of the pieces in my Flickr photostream

More fun happenings this weekend, details to follow!
Happy quilting! 
Janet

Monday, September 29, 2014

Around the World blog hop

It’s my turn on this worldwide blog hop!  Last week I was tagged by Karen at easypatchwork.  Karen is a wonderful creative soul, an American, replanted in Germany, where she creates and quilts, and by the sound of it, always has a coffee pot on to welcome visitors.  I’d love to sit at Karen’s table and have a chat one day.  Karen has just recently returned from the Carrefour EuropeĆ©n du Patchwork in Marie-aux-Mines, Alsace, France.  It sounds completely wonderful, and oh so inspiring – read about her impressions here .  Next up on her list is a retreat in a chalet in the French Alps! Patchwork at the Peaks   Can you imagine anything more delightful??!!  I can’t wait to hear all about it!

So, the intent of this blog hop is to let people know what you are working on, how your work differs from others, why you do what you do, and how you do it.  You then tag a few others so that they, too, can participate.

What am I currently working on?  Well, that is a loaded question – maybe it would be better to say what am I not working on?  I am one of those folks who jumps around from project to project, and is very easily distracted into creating something new.  I currently have a thread painting piece prepped and ready to go, which should have some thread added to it today.  This was from a workshop with Lenore Crawford at Quilt Canada 2014
I’ve got several projects on my cutting table that are looking to have a few more pieces sewn together,

a set of X&+ blocks that I won that are begging to be sewn together,


and quilting to be done on my Pineapple Blossom quilt (a Bonnie Hunter design),
and I’ve got three challenges that I’m working on – a mandala quilt for Tangled Textiles, developing a new theme for a workshop series that I participate in, and designing and quilting my first wholecloth.  These three items are still all in the design stage as scribbles in my notebook.  With all of that already on the active list (I’m not even going to mention the dozens of WIPs buried around my studio, or the UFOs that I have lost track of), yesterday I saw some fabric sitting together on top of a box, and was immediately inspired to cut into it and start a new quilt!


Does my work differ from others?  Maybe, maybe not – I guess that depends on who you are!  I like to develop my own designs most of the time, although I love taking workshops to learn new techniques (these then tend to end up in my UFO pile!) I love working intuitively and letting the fabric tell me what to do.  I like “what if…?” questions.  I love working to a challenge.  I seem to need a deadline in order to actually finish anything.  I love to “quilt the crap” out of my pieces, to quote a fellow member of the VMQG.
contrasts

I bounce between traditional, modern and art quilting, and am quite happy in all genres, it just depends on my mood!
back

I quilt because I love it – I love the idea of creating something that is uniquely mine.
Ladyslipper
I love the process of creating, of conquering a challenge, of having something tangible to show at the end.  But, as soon as I finish something, it gets put aside and I’m on to the next one – those questions just never stop!

Am I fickle?  Sure!  One day it is fiddly piecing – getting everything to line up just so, another it is wide open spaces to play with the quilting – to create texture and pattern where there was none.
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I love seeing if I can create the same type of work on my domestic machine as a long armer can.
quilting
It’s the challenge!  Can I do it?  As long as I can keep answering that question, I will continue to do what I do.

feather border

I’m not going to actually tag anyone to participate in the blog hop, rather, I am going to point you in the direction of a couple of blogs that I find inspiring, and I hope you stop by and visit them and say hello.  These are folks that I have met through participating in challenge groups or swaps, or just by checking out lots of different blogs.  Some you might already know, all are worth a visit!

Vicki at FibreArt – creates lovely collages, and keeps me inspired with her posts
Terry Aske Art Quilt Studio – always has a beautiful piece of work to share, in a variety of techniques
Carolyn at Artystuff – gorgeous realistic art quilts
Margaret Solomon Gunn  - Sewing & Quilt Gallery – incredible quilts and quilting shares her design process



I hope you enjoy them!
Happy quilting! 
Janet

Saturday, September 6, 2014

It’s Time for Colour!

Way back at the end of July, while I was back east visiting family (it feels so long ago now!), I received an invitation from the Canadian Quilters' Association (CQA/ACC) to participate in their first ever travelling quilt show.

CQA/ACC has a mandate to promote quilters and quilt making in Canada; to increase membership in CQA/ACC and to raise funds for a worthwhile charity.  To help in accomplishing this, they approached some award winning quilters from past Canadian National Juried Shows to see if they would be interested in participating, the idea being that there would be two quilt shows travelling around the country from January 2015 to May 2015, the quilts would all be for sale, but they would all be shown together at Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge, Alberta before being sent off to their new owners.  All proceeds raised would be going to -  “The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada”.  It just all sounded wonderful to me - I'm honoured to have been included based on my win last year for the quilting on my "Flowers for Cynthia", so I said a resounding YES!

The quilt had to be 12"x 16", portrait orientation and be based on the theme ‘It’s Time for Colour!’  I had a F8 bundle of hand dyed silks that had been curing for quite some time that I figured would be just the ticket.
aren't they gorgeous?
narrowed my choices
some simple piecing then a little trapunto

all trimmed
the fun begins
 Yes, I am still having so much fun playing with long arm rulers with my sewing machine, I had to do a little more zen-like quilting!  Love the movement!

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and here she is - Whirligig

Whirligig 8x10


Hanging sleeve and label then she's on her way - I'm looking forward to seeing them all on display!

If you are interested in joining CQA/ACC, I've got a permanent link on my sidebar now.

Happy quilting!
Janet

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ladyslipper

It was a Tangled Textiles reveal day today!  Here's what I created

Ladyslipper
Ladyslipper
16x16

You can see more pictures and read about my process and inspiration over here.

Happy quilting!
Janet