Saturday, 25 May 2013

Lindsay Quilt Show

Today Sharon and I went to the farmers' Market as usual on an early Saturday morning, then we headed over to Lindsay for the quilt show. We saw a wide variety of quilts and I took a few photos with my phone.
close up detail

I also checked out the booths of the vendors and I found a new tool I'm excited to use when I need it next time.
It was introduced as an electric seam ripper!
It looks like my dog clippers but smaller, see the size of the battery.

A close up of the teeth.
If you carefully pull the fabric back you can cut the threads with the clipper. I think the ladies in my next class will be jealous when I pull this out in class. Tee Hee! Maybe I'll try to make a little video to show you how it works. Hmmmm! Okay this is a first for me, yeah! a video. How easy is this to rip out a seam? a little wipe with the lint roller and you're ready to go!

I took this photo for Sharon because she does stained glass.

Monday, 20 May 2013

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Well this is a first for me. I am going to enter one of my quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I wasn't going to but Sharon convinced me to try. After seeing the quilts there already I didn't think it was good enough but, oh well here goes. For those people who already saw most of this information I'm sorry but here it comes again.

This quilt started out as a challenge for the Dresden Challenge and ended up being a very personal quilt. I designed it, pieced it and quilted it. I was designed with inspiration from my relationship with my father. I also wanted to use black and white as the colours to show up the desden shape. The colours inspired the meaning behind the quilt, but more about that later.

In the sun...
In the shade.
The back with extra Dresden strips.

Quilt Name: Things Aren't Always Black and White
Quilt Size: 50" x 36"
Ruler: EZ Desden Ruler
In the center you can see the two colour sections that make the Desden shape. Even the break in the outside black border is a Desden section.

Making the center section was a learning curve for me. I had a tough time lining up the wedges and the seam ripper was my new best friend. After all I wanted all the corners to match up perfectly!
The first 4 borders!

Check out how small the first border is. (ignore the dog hair please) I even put borders on the wedge!

Then I added borders. I wanted it to look like an optical illusion. So I checked out other optical illusions and knew I had to draw the eye into the center by making the borders smaller as they went toward the center.

When I was finished I had fun quilting the different sections. I am a new LA quilter and still struggle with tension but I gave myself permission to go for it on this quilt.

I quilted the borders first with radiating lines.

At this point I changed my mind about how to quilt this.
I added wiggly lines between the radiating lines.

I quilted pebbles in the white trapezoids.

(back of quilt) I quilted a meander in the black trapezoids.

In the grey section I quilted a concentric box.

The more I look at this quilt the more I like it. It is hanging on the wall behind me at work and I get a lot of comments about it. Here is the description I wrote on the original post,
January 4, 1932 - August 19, 2010.

As a teenager I had lots of loud discussions with my Dad who always saw the black and white and really couldn't see the grey areas between, you know the what if? kinds of discussions. Later when he developed Alzheimer's he left the black and white area of the world and kind of lived in the grey area not sure of himself or his abilities or who we were. So he was my inspiration for this design, the first quilt I have designed, pieced and quilted. My Dad was able to build cupboards, paint oil paintings, work with copper foil, carve/paint decoys and fishing lures, create a beautiful garden make pretty well anything we needed and he fixed our cars all with less than a grade 8 education! We miss you.  Be at peace until we meet again Dad! August 19, 2010.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Busy Weekend

Wow it's amazing what you can get done if you wake up early on a Saturday! Sharon and I headed up to Peterborough for the Farmers Market.

 It was outside because it was so warm (usually it's inside during the winter and Spring). We eat a lot of vegetables being vegetarians and now Sharon has us juicing with her new toy - a Vitamixer.

 We made our purchases then headed to the Feelings in Fabric Quilt Show put on by the Kawartha Quiltmakers' Guild. I had about 30 - 40 minutes to spend there. I bought thread :)

Love this quilting.
This is so much better in person.

Wow, this is amazing!

Love the quilting.

Next we grabbed a coffee and then we drove home. Sharon went to her 1:00 hair appointment and I loaded my Jewel quilt on my frame.

Later I started the quilting on this quilt. I did one section then unpicked the whole thing, it looked awful. I also found an awesome chalk pencil that will now be my go to pencil when drawing marks on my quilts. This is what I've done so far...
Swirls, circles and back and forth

Piano keys and meander in the border.

Swirls again in the corners.