In the Paper

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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.

FVMQG Creativ Festival Quilt Display

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”.

Quilt Display Area

Quilt Display Area

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.

FVMQG QuiltCon Challenge Quilt

FVMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt

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.

My quilt - Paint Chips

My quilt – Paint Chips

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.

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FVQG Quilt Show – June 24, 2017 and Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

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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.

Listen to Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield and his brother, Dave sing a polite little song they wrote about Canada.

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The decor outside of the show definitely gave you a hint as to the theme of many of the quilts inside.DSC_0770 DSC_0771 DSC_0772

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.

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The following images were of quilts that centered around the Canadian theme. DSC_0782 DSC_0794 DSC_0795 DSC_0796

These two fabulous quilts were part of the Premie Quilt donation program that the guild supports.  This guild donates on average 500 quilts to the NICU (Natal Intensive Care Unit) at Women’s Hospital.DSC_0797

Every time I hear the story around this quilt it makes me smile.  This quilt is by Val Smith and is called, Does It Come In Other Colours?DSC_0798

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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.DSC_0817 DSC_0818 DSC_0824 DSC_0825

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.  :)DSC_0826 DSC_0828 DSC_0829 This is another Canadian Centennial quilt that was painted with Artex.  This quilt won first prize at the PNE in Vancouver in 1967.DSC_0842 DSC_0844

 

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Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild Show – November 4, 2016

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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.

Althought the show was small, the quality of quilts was high, and the variety of quilts was great.  It was a great way to showcase a new guild and recruit potential new members.2 3

This is a photo of the Canadian Quilters that attended and supported the Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild in their first showcase of quilts to the community.14902709_10153736021596618_5019694076623716421_o 14910536_10153736021501618_3598711797717848815_n 14976458_10153736021241618_2477352199625318915_o 15000194_10153736021226618_168741898179812981_o alice-what-a-trip-1 alice-what-a-trip-2 alice-what-a-trip-3 arctic-ice-1 arctic-ice-2 arctic-ice-3 color-and-improv-1 color-and-improv-2 color-and-improv-3 eureka-1 eureka-2 eureka-3 fire-escape-1 fire-escape-2 fire-escape-3 flower-power-1 flower-power-2 flower-power-3 gypsy-wife-1 gypsy-wife-2 gypsy-wife-3 hot-cold-1 hot-cold-2 hot-cold-3 hot-cold-4 infinity-1 infinity-2 looks-like-rain-1 looks-like-rain-2 looks-like-rain-3 my-perfect-room-1 my-perfect-room-2 primary-secondary-1 primary-secondary-2 primary-secondary-3 primary-secondary-4 schools-out-1 schools-out-2 spark-of-inspiration-1 spark-of-inspiration-2 spark-of-inspiration-3 spark-of-inspiration-4 spark-of-inspiration-5 storefronts-1 storefronts-2 summer-colors-1 summer-colors-2 summer-colors-3 the-owl-1 the-owl-2 timeless-1 timeless-2 tula-tangle-1 tula-tangle-2 tula-tangle-3Well done Bellingham Modern!

 

Guild Quilt Show

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.

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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:

~Yin and Yang

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~Mexican Tiles

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~The Pumpkin Patch

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~Christmas Corners

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~Home is the Best Place to Bee

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And lastly, my entry into the challenge for this year’s show; Roses are Red, Violets are Blue.

DSC_0872I was very tired by the time I got home after quilt show take down last night.  …but ask me in two years if I am ready to do this again and my response will be a definite, Yes!!!