While doing my string quilt demo at our local quilt show, I was asked a number of questions by the public as they passed by. One woman in particular stopped and had a number of questions–my little featherweight – Charlotte – had caught her attention. After speaking to me for quite some time she told me that her husband worked for the local paper and he had told her to get some pictures of people looking at the quilts in the quilt show. She said she had so enjoyed our conversation that she made a decision to take my picture instead. And here you have it! This was a nice surprise to see it actually made the paper. This was a nice little bit of promotion for our guild’s show.
Each year the organizers of Creativ Festival invites my modern quilt guild to display some of our work. We are a small group so this annual display doubles as our “quilt show”.
We are given an area to display our quilts that is front and center as you enter the Tradex building. We are very fortunate to be provided with such a prominent space.
This is the first year that our guild entered a charity quilt into QuiltCon (the Modern Quilt Guild’s annual international show). Our charity quilt was back from QuiltCon in California so we were able to have it on display as well.
Members were allowed to enter a large quilt along with their challenge quilt. Since we were required to use just solids in our challenge quilts, I decided to pick one of my quilts that is exclusively made from solids – Paint Chips. The designer of the quilt pattern is Karla Alexander.
Other member quilts that were displayed follow.
I attended the Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild quilt show last weekend. The name of their show was, Patchwork Nation and featured many Canadian themed quilts. Since today is Canada’s 150th birthday it seems appropriate to feature some of the quilts from that show.
The challenge quilts were fabulous! Every quilter had to use the colour red in their project and one other colour that was drawn at random from a paper bag. You can see the mandatory colours that were used in each quilt on a piece of paper next to each quilt.
There was also a bed turning which featured quilts from Canada over the last 150 years. This quilt was from our Centennial in 1967 and featured the symbol of Canada’s Centennial in the border. 1967 was also the year that Montreal hosted EXPO.
This vintage quilt was from 1967 and featured the crests and flowers from each province. The designs were drawn on fabric and then coloured with liquid embroidery. I remember the tubes of Artex paint that my mother used to have. :) This is another Canadian Centennial quilt that was painted with Artex. This quilt won first prize at the PNE in Vancouver in 1967.
Last night, I attended the Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild’s first quilt show with a group of quilters from the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild.
Our quilt guild’s bi-annual show was this past Friday night and Saturday (October 17 and 18, 2014). I was once again on the committee that hung the quilts. We were very organized this year and had the quilts hung in record time.
I was also doing demos again this year. Unlike some other quilt shows, our guild does not just do demos at specific times during the show. Our demos are on-going through the whole show. This means that the people that are doing the demos are doing lots and lots of talking. :) There were four of us doing demos this year. We had the most perfect spot with perfect lighting against this bank of windows.
This was my home for a day and a half while I demonstrated how to make string/crumb blocks using a stabilizer. I use used color catchers as my foundation, but any other stabilizer product such as muslin or paper could be used. If you use paper, you will have to remove the paper before quilting your quilt. This is one reason why I use the color catchers–there is nothing to remove; the color catcher is not removed and stays in the quilt. Granted the quilt is a bit heavier because of the additional layer.
The woman doing demos beside me was demonstrating another technique for using up scraps–making those fabric wrapped bowls that are so popular now. We were very complimentary to one another with our demos as we were both showing how to use up scraps that some people put would put in the trash.
The quilts that I entered in this year’s show were:
And lastly, my entry into the challenge for this year’s show; Roses are Red, Violets are Blue.