The book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet challenge – Update

I am happy to report that my challenge quilt is quilted and bound, ready for entry in our guild’s little display at this year’s Creativ Festival in Abbotsford on March 24 and 25, 2017.

 

SISTERS IS OFF THE GRID - hanging in the 2017 Creativ Festival

SISTERS IS OFF THE GRID – hanging in the 2017 Creativ Festival


Title of Quilt: Sisters is Off The Grid
Quilted by: Me (Silverthimble Quilting)
Size: 64 inches x 74 inches
Book / Magazine / Pattern: Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine – Issue Twenty Six
Author / Designer: Jo Avery and the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild
Title of Original Quilt: Off The Grid
About the Quilt: The quilt was created as the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild’s Charity Quilt Challege entry for QuiltCon 2015. The challenge was to make a quilt using an ‘off-grid’ construction. The EMQG produced their version of the quilt in a random, improv style and Jo Avery produced the pattern for a structured version of the quilt. My version of this quilt uses a mixture of prints and solids. In 2014, some members of the FVMQG took a bus trip to Sisters, Oregon in July to see the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We were able to visit the famous Stichin’ Post, a quilt shop located in Sisters that is owned by Jean and Valori Wells. I purchased two fat quarter packs of Valori Wells’ fabrics as my souvenir of the trip and used them along with coordinating solids in my version of this quilt. Sisters is a very small town with a population of only 2,038 (as of the 2010 Census), located 155 miles southeast of Portland in the high desert. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is internationally recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show displaying more than 1300 quilts representing fiber artists from around the world. More than 10,000 visitors from all over the world flock to Sisters on the second Saturday in July every year to attend this quilt show.

The book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet challenge

Our guild has issued a challenge this year for our annual Creativ Festival display of quilts to make a quilt from a book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet.  I was going to add the challenge for myself of piecing curves and make Modern Millie but the background I picked and ordered for my quilt was a bit darker than I would have liked when it arrived.  Add in Christmas events, customer quilts, and workshops taking up my time and I started to worry that I would run out of time to complete my entry.  I shifted gears towards the completion of a quilt that I had started last summer–Off the Grid.

The quilt was created as the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild’s Charity Quilt Challege entry for QuiltCon 2015. The challenge was to make a quilt using an ‘off-grid’ construction. The EMQG produced their version of the quilt in a random, improv style and Jo Avery produced the pattern for a structured version of the quilt.  The pattern appeared in the Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, issue Twenty Six.

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My version of this quilt uses a mixture of prints and solids. In 2014, some members of the FVMQG took a bus trip to Sisters, Oregon in July to see the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We were able to visit the famous Stichin’ Post, a quilt shop located in Sisters that is owned by Jean and Valori Wells. I purchased two fat quarter packs of Valori Wells’ fabrics as my souvenir of the trip and used them along with coordinating solids in my version of this quilt.

Sisters is a very small town with a population of only 2,038 (as of the 2010 Census), located 155 miles southeast of Portland in the high desert. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is internationally recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show displaying more than 1300 quilts representing fiber artists from around the world. More than 10,000 visitors from all over the world flock to Sisters on the second Saturday in July every year to attend this quilt show.

2017 Creativ Festival Challenge entry (flimsy) 64 in x 74 in

2017 Creativ Festival Challenge entry (flimsy) 64 in x 74 in

Now I just need to get this quilted and bound by the March 9, 2017 deadline!

A Baker’s Dozen UFO’s

Our guild has issued a UFO challenge to our members – the Finish-It-Up Challenge! – 1st Quarter 2017.  The challenge runs February 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017.

The rules are simple: 
1) We must upload photos to the special group created on Facebook.  Deadline for entering is January 31, 2017.
2) Our photos must be of projects started but not yet completed. It must be evident in the photo that they have some sewing on them — stacks of fabric, even if cut, won’t work.
3) Enter as many as you like, but please try to enter all on the same post.
4) Each finish gets us one entry into the draw.  Deadline for posting pictures of finished projects is April 30, 2017.

My list of UFO entries are as follows.

1 - St Patrick's Day Table Runner

1 – St Patrick’s Day Table Runner – needs quilting & binding

Off the Grid - This is my Creativ Festival challenge so it has to be finished!  This one still needs piecing, quilting & binding

2 – Off the Grid – This is my Creativ Festival challenge so it has to be finished! This one still needs piecing, quilting & binding

3 - Chicken Table Runner - needs quilting & binding

3 – Chicken Table Runner – needs quilting & binding

4 - Poinsettia Table Runner - this one needs quilting & binding

4 – Poinsettia Table Runner – this one needs quilting & binding

5 - Valentine's Day - this one needs quilting & binding

5 – Valentine’s Day – this one needs quilting & binding                                                                       DS

6 - Singing the Blues - this one is now quilted although this picture shows it at the flimsy stage.  Just needs the binding now.

6 – Singing the Blues – this one is now quilted although this picture shows it at the flimsy stage. Just needs the binding now.                                        DS

7 - O Christmas Tree - just needs some large buttons attached to the end of the branches.  I don't even want to think about how many years this one has been sitting in the pile.

7 – O Christmas Tree – just needs some large buttons attached to the end of the branches. I don’t even want to think about how many years this one has been sitting in the pile.                                          DS

8 - 4PSP - from the 4-Patch Stacked Posey Pattern - this one just needs the binding sewn down

8 – 4PSP – from the 4-Patch Stacked Posey Pattern – this one just needs the binding sewn down

9 - Crumbs - needs binding.  This one also needs the cat hair to be removed from it.  The cat has gotten tired of waiting for this one to be finished and has claimed it.  :)

9 – Crumbs – needs binding. This one also needs the cat hair to be removed from it. The cat has gotten tired of waiting for this one to be finished and has claimed it. :)

10 - Canada's Big Quilt Bee Slab Quilt - needs quilting & binding

10 – Canada’s Big Quilt Bee Slab Quilt – needs quilting & binding

11 - Ode to Freddy - needs hand quilting on the leaves and stem  I am hand quilting phobic but I am determined to do big stitch quilting on this one.

11 – Ode to Freddy – needs hand quilting on the leaves and stem I am hand quilting phobic but I am determined to do big stitch quilting on this one.

12 - Check Plus - This one needs quilting & binding

12 – Check Plus – This one needs quilting & binding

13 - Wonky Pinwheel - this one needs quilting & binding

13 – Wonky Pinwheel – this one needs quilting & binding

We are going to be doing this challenge each quarter.  I think this is just the ticket that I needed to keep focused on “finishes” this year!








Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild Challenge – 2017

Last summer, some of us were throwing around ideas for our next guild challenge over breakfast one morning at the Pacific Northwest MQG Meet Up in Portland.  We were talking about the books that we bought because we were inspired by the quilts inside of them and how these books sit on the shelves of our sewing rooms and we never get around to making the quilts.  The idea for our 2017 Creative Stitches Show Challenge was born:  “The book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet Challenge”. The idea of the challenge is that all participants take the opportunity to make the quilt from a book that prompted them to buy the book.

By our November quilt guild meeting, we had to commit to what our quilt was going to be. Our guild has a Facebook page and some of our members are already well into making their challenge quilts.  I usually agonize what I will make for any challenge and change my mind several times.  This challenge was no different.  I had several ideas and finally by the deadline, I had narrowed my choice down to one idea.

I thought I should pick a quilt pattern that not only inspired me but took me out of my comfort zone; after all this was a challenge.  I remember seeing a quilt at Show and Tell at a guild meeting one night that was so inspiring to me.  I ordered the book and curved piecing ruler so that I could make the quilt.  I believe that was back in 2014.  I never made the quilt because of the fear of making the curved blocks.  The quilt is in the book, Contemporary Curved Quilts – Curved Piecing using the Quick Curve Ruler by Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson for Sew Kind of Wonderful.

scan0001 The quilt in the book is called Modern Millie.  I have read the pattern over many times.  It isn’t a long pattern–only 3 pages of instructions.

Modern Millie Quilt from the book:  Contemporary Curved Quilts

Modern Millie Quilt from the book: Contemporary Curved Quilts

I wanted to make the quilt just like the picture in the book and I wanted to use a Kona solid for my background so I placed my order on line for 5 meters of Kona Cobblestone.

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I picked a bright yellow for the center of the flowers–Kona Sunny.

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My fabric order arrived in the mail.  I have pre-washed the 5 m of Cobblestone.  Now I am looking at the picture and thinking that the colour I picked may not be quite right for the background.

This morning, when I was reading blogs over coffee, I read a post by Debbie at A Quilter’s Table.   Debbie posted a picture of her latest quilt, Archipelago, which has a gorgeous turquoise blue background.  Debbie said that the use of Bahama, one of the Free Spirit Designer Essentials, as her background was an intentional use of a colour outside of her norm.  She went on to say that it was an enjoyable diversion.  This caused me to think that perhaps I have been approaching my challenge quilt all wrong.  Maybe I too should pick a background colour that I would never think to use.  After all, I am planning to use black and white fabrics like the quilt in the book, but who says I have to stick with the taupe background that the designer picked?  I have some Kona Turquoise in my studio that looks great next to the Kona Sunny.  

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I have watched the videos of Jenny demonstrating the ruler over and over.  I think I need to audition background fabric choices against my black and white fabrics, pick a background fabric, quit stalling, and jump in and make one of those blocks!  

If the quilt doesn’t turn out, I can rename my challenge, “I was inspired by the quilt, I bought the book, ruler, and required fabric, and made the quilt; but in the end it looked better in the picture!

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!