A Local Quilt Show and Houston…

Several weeks ago, local Guilds in the area put on their annual Rug, Quilt, and Craft Fair.

Other Guilds which are involved include the Embroidery Guild, the Teddy Bear Makers,

a Tatting Group and more. Please forgive me if I didn’t include your group.Let me

know and I can add it to the above list. There was a lot going on and alot to see.

Of course, I took lots of pictures of the quilts and here is a sample of some of them.

There will be more in the following few weeks so enjoy the  show.

I may comment on some of the pictures but not all, as there are about 30 or so in

this blog post alone. Enjoy!!

Red and White Quilt

Canada 150th Quilt. There seems to be  some of these being finished from last

year. They are quilt stunning when you see red and white quilts up close and personal.

Floral Quilt

I love the colors of this quilt, which really surprises me. I usually love bright, bold

colors but the softness of these colors really speak to me.

Sew Kind of Wonderful sells this curved ruler and you can make so many interesting

shapes with it. I may have to dig it out and make one for myself.

I couldn’t pass up checking out the quilting on this one.

Wholecloth Quilt

This wholecloth quilt is hand quilted!! Wow!

Snail’s TRail

Baby Animals

Because I don’t remember the names of all these quilts, I am making up the names

as I go. I ran through this room taking photos like a crazy person. I have a booth in the

Show and I have to stay there all weekend  so I quickly got some shots for you to see.

Sampler

Snowmen

Jennifer and her daughter made this quilt. Jennifer is also a longarmer in Orilla

and is one talented lady.

You can see how cute this wallhanging really is and I think, it has been colored

with crayons or fabric markers.

A Year of Redwork

I remember the name of this small wallhanging because it is mine. Nothing like a

deadline to get you to complete something. It took me a year to complete  the hand

embroidery. I thought that  bricks would help to unify the piece by showing that all

these windows belong to the same apartment building. To make this Canadian, I added a

Canadian flag in place of the American one.  This pre printed panel is still available at

Fabricland, in the clearance section.

 

Garden Wallhanging

I really like the baskets in the background.

Nancy’s Wallhanging

As I was looking at this photo, I noticed that each square is a different color. Well done,

Nancy. She does beautiful hand work!

This piece reminds me of Elaine Quehl, a Canadian fiber artist. She is known for her

Hosta pieces. Whoever made this one, certainly nailed it as well.

Suzanne made this piece and I like it. She is also a longarmer in the area. She took a

class with Al Cote, another Canadian fiber artist living in Niagara Falls, Ont.If you ever

get the chance to take one of his classes, do so. He is so talented and alot of fun.

A close up of the panel.

Color, color, and more color. I love color and it seems like it is a hot topic

right now when it comes to quilting.

This fabric reminds me of Kaffe Fasett. Whatever fabric that is being used, certainly

gives this giraffe lots of personality.

Again, the colors speak to  me. I love big and bold florals. This piece reminds me

of GEorgia O’Keefe’ work and style.

Birds In Flight

“Postcards From Muskoka ” is the name of this wallhanging. These are really cool and from what

people tell me, not that difficult to create. Once again, a local lady designed this pattern. Lots of

talent in this area of Ontario.

Christie made this Kathy McNeil wallhanging. She won 1st place for the Best

Wallhanging in the Quilt Show, with this piece.

I love all the hand work Christie did as well. Each pinecone is stitched individually.

Cat Tails

And I love the stitching on these cat tails. All those French knots. What fun she must have

had making this one.

I really like the Northern Lights on this piece. What a great way to shake things up a bit?

Connie’s Wallhanging

Connie designed this wallhanging herself. Well done Connie! She love Angela Walters,

so it was easier for me to design the quilting with that in mind.

It was alot of fun working on this piece for Connie. Lots of swirls, ribbons, and straight lines.

There are even several words stitched into the piece as well. It seems like text is becoming

a part of what I am currently quilting.

Hope you enjoyed this Quilt Show.

In the title at the beginning of the post, I mentioned  Houston. Well, this has been on my bucket

list for a while and now I will be able to take if off because:

I AM GOING TO HOUSTON!!!! FOR INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL!!

I know I am shouting but I am so excited. I am still in shock as well. My husband was

very kind and let me use up all of his Aeroplan points.  Hopefully, I will have tons of

pictures for you when I get back. All of this won’t be happening until the first week

of NOvember. Until then, have a  great week. And thanks for stopping by.

I Am In Shock…

This week is turning out to be quite interesting indeed. Do you remember

this quilt?

I quilted it for Darlene, who lives in South Carolina. This quilt is

currently in the Quilt Show, in Paducah, at the AQS (American Quilt Society).

And yes, there is a big fat ribbon on it too. YEAH!!! Darlene

sent it to me last year for quilting. It took her 2 years to

complete and it is a real beauty.

It won 3rd place in the “Wall Quilts Movable Machine Quilted”

Category, sponsored by Tin Lizzie.  As I stated before, I am still in shock.

You can watch the interview with Darlene here.  Enjoy!

Don’t get me wrong, Darlene is fantastic at picking out colors and her

applique is exquisite. I am just shocked that something I quilted

is that good.

Here are some shots of the stitching on the quilt.

The border area has alot of background fillers due to my

A.D.D problem with boredom.

The blocks themselves all have pebbles stitched around the borders;

I  thought it would help hide the seam allowances and add a

classy look  to the whole quilt top.

I guess the judges liked that too. You can watch the Awards Ceremony

here but please take note that the ceremony is over an hour long but if

you slide your cursor up to the 44 minute mark, you will see the

category Darlene entered as well as when DArlene receives the

Award.

More of the blocks in the quilt top.

And the backing:  I love the texture that all that quilting gives.

Again, I love the back. I also managed to quilt a few of my

own things last week.

Al Cote’s class

I finished the wallhanging. I like some parts of the quilting but some

parts I dislike too. Oh well, more to think about later on.

I love the bright, bold orange fabrics  in the middle of the quilt.

Al Cote’s Curved Class

The backing fabric is really an ugly color but I am trying to use up some

ugly fabric.

I also completed another wallhanging, again for another Al Cote

class, “Pieced Panels.”

I saw this panel on “The Fat Quarter” shop and liked the colors so

I bought 3 panels but you  really only need 2. Leftover

fabric is never a problem for us quilters.

It took me about 3 days to figure out a composition that I

liked. It was a grueling and frustrating 3 days but oh, so worth it

in the end. I learned so much and gained more color confidence.

I really didn’t know what to quilt so I added some lines to mimic

the bridge itself and just followed the lines and print on the fabric.

Again, more ugly fabric on the backing.

And our baby chicks are growing up. They seem to be going through

the “ugly” stage now as their feathers are beginning to grow in.

I never thought that having baby chicks would be so entertaining.

Have a great week and check out the Award Ceremony for AQS on

Utube. 

We have baby chicks…

I am a proud grandma, kind of;  our neighbour gave us some fertilized eggs and

one of our chickens decided she wanted to be a mommy. So, now we have

2 baby chicks. They are so cute!

This is the first baby chick,you can tell by how wet she is that she has just

hatched.

This is the second baby chick; she is all dry and fluffy. It is amazing to see

how instinct tells these little ones what to do. As soon as they hatch from the

egg, they crawl under the mommy and within 1/2 hour, they are totally dry and

fluffy. We are having such a blast just watching them and their antics.

On to more baby stuff.

This is the last of  3 baby quilts that I am making for a fundraiser at my church.

I bought the panel at Fabricland; I am glad that they are done, and on time.

This is the backing fabric. It is silk and I have no idea where I picked this

up.  I also managed to finish another quilted panel for a friend.

This is a design by Al Cote and I just followed his pattern. You should

check him out; he is  a very talented Canadian Fibre Artist.

Quilted Wallhanging

In the green outer border, I quilted in arcs, after Cindy Needham‘s style. It dresses

it up somewhat. It took me 2 hours to quilt in this small section.

Green outer border

In the yellow outer border, I quilted in straight lines. The fabric is a print so

it won’t show any of the quilting anyways, so why spend alot of time in that

area. Even though it is a small area, it still takes time to do detailed quilting.

The outer yellow border

The backing of the quilted wallhanging. I was trying to use up some

fabric so thus the reason for the sunflowers on the back of this wallhanging.

Eleanor is slowly finishing up all of her large quilts before she moves to

another province.

We used “Blossoms” for the overall design and we used a light

brown polyester thread for the top and the backing.

You can really see the design in the triangle section.

The backing  is a brown color and blends well with the top.

Here is another quilt by Eleanor.

The fabrics in this quilt are alot of fun. “Fairy Wings” is the

name of the overall design used.  A light blue So Fine polyester

thread was used for the top and the backing.

Here you can see the design used.

How can you not love cats?

The backing is a deep blue.

The quilting design shows up nicely on the backing.

Have a great week and check out Needle and Thread Network.

Classes with Al Cote

As you know, my big birthday came and went a few weeks ago. In honor

of this birthday, I had the privilege of taking 2 classes with Fibre Artist and

Art Quilter, Al Cote. He is Canadian and lives in Niagara Falls. You can check

out his website here.

Al Cote’s work

I did ask Al if I could take photos of his quilts and he did agree.. I also

asked for permission to post these on my blog. Again, he was gracious

enough to allow me to do this. So, enjoy his work, he is very talented,

creative, and funny.

The purple Wallhanging

It is remarkable how creative Al is. He has the ability to make you

believe that you can make something creative as well. He simplifies

the process and helps you takes creative risks.

Another quilt.

I was hoping  to pick Al’s brain during class. I asked lots of questions and Al

was very patient in answering all my questions. I really love the fact that

he is constantly learning and growing as an artist. What a great challenge!

I think that I would love to follow in his footsteps, in this regard.

My favorite

I am beginning to think that I can create my own art quilts but instead of

pressuring myself to create pieces, I can just “play.” This takes all the

pressure off of myself and allows me to relax and just enjoy the process.

Maybe, just maybe I will create something that evokes beauty of some kind.

The purple wallhanging

Al creates a lot of painted fabrics for his art quilts.

One of the classes that I took with Al was called “Panels, Panels, Panels.”

As you can tell by the title, you buy multiple panels, cut one up, sew it back

together and create your layout.

This is the art quilt I created with one of my panels. I really

struggled with the layout but eventually I pushed through and

realized that I was trying to add too many colors. I tried a

more simple route and I think it works. I am so glad that

I figured the layout out because it makes me feel confident

enough to try it again.

I really like the orange fabric in this picture and I love the 3 pieces

of fabric laid onto it. I have yet to quilt it so I am sure that it will

look entirely different when it is totally finished as well.

The second class was called “Curve Piecing.” You had to pick

3 of your favorite fabrics plus a few others.

I have been wanting to make a blue and white art quilt for a while.

I was originally thinking that it would look like a wave but I

really like this art quilt as well.

This is what the orange section looks like; Al was gracious

enough to help me with the color choices and the layout.

And to make my birthday even more memorable, at the

Quilt Guild last week, I won this book. Isn’t that crazy?

I was so excited to win it. It has lots of colorful quilts, it seems

like this is the route I am taking right now.

Have a good week and check out Needle and Thread Network.