April 29, 2011 6 comments

I'm feeling a little bit traditional...


and pink...  and baby...




and maybe a little log-cabin-y?




maybe not:


Let's see what develops over the weekend...
April 28, 2011 5 comments

Parfait dyeing


So, about that dyeing I was talking about the other day.  Just about a month ago, I read about a dyeing technique at a fabulous technique blog called "And Then We Set It On Fire". (You may know about it already.)
April 27, 2011 1 comments

Creativ Festival



The weekend before last, I went to the Creativ Festival. In the fall version, you can take all kinds of courses as well as shop; but the spring version is a shopping only extravaganza. And look what I got!
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Sneak-A-Peek


Been dyeing!

(more very soon)
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Look what I did!



I actually finished a quilt, can you believe it?
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What were you doing in 1993?


In 1993, I was in my early 30's. I was doing my Masters, walking around with a portable chemo pack, working, and trying to do all of those things while caring for two young children as a single mom.  Although even before that time, I had a vague notion that "some day" I woud make a quilt - in 1993, quilts were not even on my radar.

Not so, Eleanor Burns!

In 1993, she and her Laura Ashley dress were very busy promoting her Quilt In A Day program! (Lookit that cute little Sunbonnet Sue one in the background) And how much do I love the french braid on the woman in the foreground - brings back memories!

I've spoken before about my friend who works with a company that provides costumes for shows and who then gives me the scraps; but with the latest load she's given me, she also included some old quilting magazines she had.  I'll be featuring some of the items in these magazines over the next little while - this week, it's a Summer 1993 edition of Canada's Quilts, a magazine I don't think even exists any more!

In that edition, their focus was on male quilters.  So, may I introduce to you:


Barry Moss. At the point this article was done, Barry Moss had been quilting about 5 years.  Today, he teaches fiber art techniques in Canada, Wales and England, and will be teaching a minatures class in just a couple of weeks in Arnprior, Ontario.

Next, we had:


Graham Crowe.  Unfortunately, Mr. Crowe doesn't have a web  presence, but I was able to find a mention of a "one of a kind hand-made quilt" he made from (coincidentally - see above!) the scraps of the costumes from the 2010 theatre season of The Grand Theatre in London - which sold at a benefit auction for the theatre for $5,175. Sadly, there were no pictures of the quilt available.

And lastly, may I introduce Art O'Keefe:



I wasn't able to find a breath of anything about this husband and wife team, originally from Fraser Valley, BC (and founding members of the Fraser Valley Guild); who, at the time of the article were living in Oliver, BC. Vera made the tops, and Art hand quilted them.

Given their ages at the time of the article, they may have passed on by now; but when they got their start in 1968, I was just a wee lass, falling asleep on my uncle's lap during that historic moon walk!  Someone  gave them a 7lb roll of cotton scraps from a shirt factory in Hawaii, and Vera thought she'd make a log cabin quilt out of the pieces.  After that, there was no stopping this dynamic duo.

So, were you quilting in 1993?

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Sneak-a-Peek


You know, I have been C-R-A-Z-Y busy since I went back to work after my vacation (isn't that the way it always goes?); so I haven't had any time to spend in my favourite room.  However, I managed to sneak in a little time late tonight and so got a start on the project above (an actual quilt by gosh!).
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Shopping!

For inspiration Friday, have a look at what I bought on Tuesday! :)


Want a closer look at what's inside??

Lovely cotton solids..


Some pretty greys..




Stripes


Shiny!


The one on the left is an incredible buttah soft linen. I just wanna stroke it and stroke it.

So, that was my shopping trip!

I have vacation coming up this week and it's a staycation, so guess what I'll be doing?

Hurray!

Have a great weekend!
April 24, 2011 5 comments

"Spring"

Look what I did!



I actually finished a quilt, can you believe it?


I barely can!  :)  If you remember this top from several (or more) months ago, then you may be thinking, "Hey! Wasn't that a lot bigger before?" (I mean, a LOT bigger?) And you'd be right.


*cough*





See, first I somehow managed to quilt the whole damn thing without noticing that the last, outer edge wasn't lined up properly with that good ol' quilt sandwich - and so fully 8 inches of of one section of one side, had no batting. Another part of the same side had no backing fabric (about 3 inches) and all in all, I figured the best thing to do was to lop off the 8 inches on that one side - and then a length along the other side - whatever it took, for the design to be balanced. 

That should work, right? Right! Except, for some bizzare reason, I couldn't manage to get it trued up after that! So, I'd shave off an inch along one side, and then shave off an inch on another side, and shave of 1/2 an inch on another side, and shave off an inch and 1/2 on another side - and before I knew it, I was standing in an ever-mounting pile of quilted strips.

Before it reached my knees and I had a doll quilt on my hands, I decided to quit before I got futher behind. 


I put a very nice binding on it, and I must say, it looks great on our grey couch, and I swear, even I can't find that one wonky side, even though I know it's there. 

So there.  :)

But I think I need to get back to practicing quilting big quilts again.

*hee* 
April 22, 2011 0 comments

Happy Earth Day


(and Easter, and Pesach, and bunny day, and.... the non-demoninational happy spring/fall day of your choice. )

Kit
April 20, 2011 0 comments

Quilts for Japan

I've been AWOL for awhile -And I apologize for that. Been super busy at work, and been exhausted and tired when I get home late at night - no surprise that I've developed Cold/Flu #11 of the 2010/11 cold flu season. (Last night, BSP and I counted. ::cranky sigh::)




I've been dyeing fabric because that's fast and easy (and very rewarding!) and have done some more quilting on the one I showed you last time; but really, the only thing fun I did was go to the Creativ Festival last weekend, where just over $600 was spent (I went with a budget of $200 - budget wayyyyyyyy blown!) and I shall do a post about those pretties very soon.



But one of the reasons I wanted to go was to hand in my quilts for Japan at the Janome booth there, in order to save on the rather prohibitive shipping!




In a nice piece of synchronicity, the organization had requested specific sizes, all of which fit into my own specific "Kit sizing" for my laps and baby quilts. So "Daisies Sing the Blues", "Celtic Gold" and "Weekend In The Country" have all gone off to live in Japan.

Which I think is wayyyyyyyyyy fun!

I'll be back as soon as I can.

Hope you're all doing well!
April 6, 2011 0 comments

What were you doing in 1993?

In 1993, I was in my early 30's. I was doing my Masters, walking around with a portable chemo pack, working, and trying to do all of those things while caring for two young children as a single mom.  Although even before that time, I had a vague notion that "some day" I woud make a quilt - in 1993, quilts were not even on my radar.

Not so, Eleanor Burns!


In 1993, she and her Laura Ashley dress were very busy promoting her Quilt In A Day program! (Lookit that cute little Sunbonnet Sue one in the background) And how much do I love the french braid on the woman in the foreground - brings back memories!

I've spoken before about my friend who works with a company that provides costumes for shows and who then gives me the scraps; but with the latest load she's given me, she also included some old quilting magazines she had.  I'll be featuring some of the items in these magazines over the next little while - this week, it's a Summer 1993 edition of Canada's Quilts, a magazine I don't think even exists any more!

In that edition, their focus was on male quilters.  So, may I introduce to you:


Barry Moss. At the point this article was done, Barry Moss had been quilting about 5 years.  Today, he teaches fiber art techniques in Canada, Wales and England, and will be teaching a minatures class in just a couple of weeks in Arnprior, Ontario.

Next, we had:


Graham Crowe.  Unfortunately, Mr. Crowe doesn't have a web  presence, but I was able to find a mention of a "one of a kind hand-made quilt" he made from (coincidentally - see above!) the scraps of the costumes from the 2010 theatre season of The Grand Theatre in London - which sold at a benefit auction for the theatre for $5,175. Sadly, there were no pictures of the quilt available.

And lastly, may I introduce Art O'Keefe:



I wasn't able to find a breath of anything about this husband and wife team, originally from Fraser Valley, BC (and founding members of the Fraser Valley Guild); who, at the time of the article were living in Oliver, BC. Vera made the tops, and Art hand quilted them.

Given their ages at the time of the article, they may have passed on by now; but when they got their start in 1968, I was just a wee lass, falling asleep on my uncle's lap during that historic moon walk!  Someone  gave them a 7lb roll of cotton scraps from a shirt factory in Hawaii, and Vera thought she'd make a log cabin quilt out of the pieces.  After that, there was no stopping this dynamic duo.

So, were you quilting in 1993?
April 4, 2011 0 comments

Sneak peek...


You know, I have been C-R-A-Z-Y busy since I went back to work after my vacation (isn't that the way it always goes?); so I haven't had any time to spend in my favourite room.  However, I managed to sneak in a little time late tonight and so got a start on the project above (an actual quilt by gosh!); and also managed to finish up the second of my Charley Harper QAL quilts


Which I talk about a little more over at my other blog.

And how was your weekend?
April 3, 2011 1 comments

Nest Building


This is my second piece in the Charley Harper Quilt Along, using the same construction techniques as the last time.  In this one, rather than directly copying Mr. Harper's work; I have chosen to be inspired by him - using elements of his work in my this companion piece to the first one.  I think there's another one - or at least, BSP wants me to make another one (!); and then we'll have three to frame and hang.

I also did some work on another piece that I'm going to want your input on - I've twice "finished" it, but feel it needs more.  Later this week...

Until then - talk soon!
 
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