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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Staying on Track of Quilting New Year's Resolutions: Space Saving

I think I've been good at staying on top of my new year's resolution to quilt more. And I've been working hard to make sure that I can keep up my sewing even as homework from my night classes piles up. I've organized a number of projects that are all in different stages of completion, but which are all ready to go when I find some spare minutes.

I've been thinking about the set up of my sewing room which has a few spacial flaws that impact on my productiveness. There are a few things that need changing, but that might turn into a giant renovation project - not something we have the time or energy for right now! But I love this ironing station from Sew Katie Did:


Katie talks about the wasted space of an ironing board - it's never put away, so why not take advantage of the space underneath. Katie's got some really clear and easy instructions on making her own pressing table. I feel this would be an easy project that could really change the way I use the space in my sewing room.

It might be time for a trip to IKEA!

Have you been keeping up with your new year's resolutions? Do you have any great projects for helping us to be more organized and productive sewers? What do you think about Katie's ironing station? Let us know in the comments.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Here's what we did on Wednesday

Our first meeting of 2016 was a resounding success! Our members are truly talented and this meeting allowed a few to showcase the wonderful and innovative things they are doing in quilting and fabric arts.
The meeting started with Suzanne Neilson shared her technique for finishing a quilt without a binding. It provides a very clean and very modern look to any type and any size of quilt.


Suzanne had very clear and easy to follow examples for each step in the facing process, and even a finished product:


If you are interested in learning more, and trying it for yourself, you can find instructions and a video at this web address:

We next were able to learn about bubble quilts from Klara Raspor. This 3-D quilting technique would be a big hit with kids, especially in the great rainbow colours that Klara demonstrated:


This was followed by Doris Lovadina-Lee and Catherine Clarke showing us the wonderful designs that can be made by dyeing our own fabric. Whether it is with natural or store bought dyes, hand dyeing can help you achieve the perfect result for your quilt!



Doris lists lots of books to help you get started in hand dyeing on her blog at www.blog.dorislovadinalee.com

And we were treated to more of the knowledge and skills of our members through the Show and Share - always an inspiration!

Shirley Burger shared two quilts that she made for outreach. This was one quilt top that sat unfinished for quite some time. We are grateful that Shirley decided that it would make two lovely lap quilts for our outreach program.


Bea Crouse showed us a beautiful queen sized quilt called Fractions. I think that with this stunner under her belt, Bea can no longer claim to be new to quilting!


Joyce Forsyth showed some found blocks that she had made with her mother 30 years ago! These will make a memorable family quilt when finished. Joyce asked us if we could all look in our stash to see if we have Christmas fabric from the 1980s or 1990s as she would like to finish the quilt, but the modern fabric colours don't work well with these vintage blocks. If you have any fabric, please let Joyce know at our next meeting, or leave a comment here, and we can pass the message along.


Irena Hopper calls this quilt "It was Going to be Simple" and I think we can all understand where she is coming from. But complicated or not, this "simple one block" quilt is stunning.


Irena also shared a triple rail fence quilt that she has made as a gift for friends. They are going to be quite happy under this quilt!


Karen Lemke shared this yellow-brick-road lap quilt that she calls "Cat Quilt with Mom." This beautiful quilt will no doubt bring her many happy memories.


June Murray-Lum had us all dreaming of summer with her HST wall quilt, "The Wave - A View from the Dock." It may have taken a while, but it was worth it!


Hilary Windover then brought us back to winter as we admired "Bird House" safely housing the birds though the snowy winter. Hilary found this unique quilt in Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, a book you can find in our library.


While these quilts weren't shown during Show and Share, a big thank-you goes out to everyone who has worked so hard to make some very special quilts for our outreach program.


So get busy finishing up those projects for Show and Share at our February meeting!
If you have any questions about facing a quilt, making a bubble quilt, dyeing fabric, or making quilts for outreach, let us know in the comments. Also, if you have any resources on these topics that you have found useful, please share these in the comments too!




Monday, 11 January 2016

Don't miss the first meeting of the new year!


This Wednesday, January 13 we will be having our Annual Members Demo and Trunk Show.

There are so many talented members of our guild! A few of them have agreed to share their expertise in "mini" presentations at our January meeting to enhance our own repertoire of skills. Klara Raspor will introduce us to bubble quilts, Doris Lovadina-Lee will show us some of her approaches to fabric dyeing, and Suzanne Neilson will demonstrate a method for finishing quilts without binding.

Our meeting is at the Danforth Mennonite Church at 2174 Danforth Avenue. 
Socializing @ 7:00 pm and Guild meetings start @ 7:30 pm.
Guests welcome!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

More Quilting Inspiration: Go on a Quilting Vacation!

Have you heard about Quilt Tours International?
Sheila Smith contacted us to let us know that she is an avid quilter and is associated with a Canadian T.I.C.O registered tour company that takes groups of people to Europe as well as Canadian Destinations. You can contact Sheila at QuiltToursInternational.ca for more information.
This seems like a fun way to see a new part of the world, meet other quilty people and visit quilt shops and quilt shows. They are offering two trips currently, one to the Maritimes and one to England.
Have you combined quilting with vacations before? Where did you go and what did you do?

Monday, 4 January 2016

New Year's Quilting Resolutions

Happy 2016!

Hopefully you had a wonderful holiday. Did anyone make a New Year's resolution? I know that I want to spend more time quilting. Like many of our guest speakers have told us, the best way to spark creativity is to quilt and quilt and quilt! So far, my only resolution is to take a photo every day of something that inspires me.

But there are lots of people out in the blog-o-sphere who can help us improve our skill and spark our creativity.

Over on Quilty Folk, we can get much better at curves with a goal to sew every day:


The 365 Challenge is to make a block a day to have the ultimate sampler quilt at the end of the year:


Or how about hexagons? Katja's Quilt Shoppe has hexagon quilt along:


What are your quilting goals for 2016? Do you have any great quilting resources? Share in the comments below!