Sunday, 29 September 2019

A WIP kind of week

WIP #1
A guided tour (and lecture) with Carolyn Friedlander was my introduction to this designer and her work.

Carolyn Friedlander, leading our quilt walk

My Mom and I had signed up for this experience because we knew the setting from a previous quilt walk with Tula Pink. (click the link to see LOTS of juicy Tula quilts!)

As ridiculous as it sounds, that was enough to make us say, "TAKE OUR MONEY, we want in!"
I'm so glad we signed up!

three of Carolyn Friedlander's quilts

I ran across an interesting book while browsing the (strategically placed) Carolyn Friedlander merch before the lecture. A quick peek between the covers led me to believe it would be worth my money, and I've not been disappointed! Even without the abundance of projects, there's nothing I like more than a window into a creative brain.

In August, I began making the Bullseye design from the book. Circles are my thang, and I loved choosing how to arrange the rings in each block. (I so enjoy when designers provide the techniques, but then let you determine how things unfold!)

Turned edge, hand applique - not my usual MO - took me back to my early days of petit point and cross stitch. I'd forgotten how much I love handwork!

My eyes, however, did not agree.

A pair of drugstore magnifiers helped immensely, but if I wanted to also watch tv - - - welp!
Might be time for bifocals.

Straight line quilting fit with the modern aesthetic.
(Plus it's quick - important when squeezing my own quilts into the mix.)

My goal is to bind it in time for our guild's annual show.

Bullseye quilt

WIP #2
This 12-inch bunny block was made as a teaching tool for a Violet Craft paper piecing workshop. It's no longer needed as a sample, so I've decided to make into a quilted, 16-inch throw pillow. Adding a border was step one. Quilting will be next.

Forest Abstractions block, framed

WIP #3
. . . my poor, neglected Gypsy Wife. I plan to work on blocks during our guild's Sewing Saturdays. At least once a month I'll make some progress.

Nurses Cross block

Fresh off the Frame
Client quilts this week include:

Ripples pantograph

Bountiful Feathers pantograph

Drunken Feathers pantograph

May your days be full of beauty, and your WIPs be heading for the finish line!

Try, Learn, & Grow!

Sunday, 15 September 2019

In a Nut Shell

Look what hung in the Quilts of Valour booth in Edmonton at Creativ Festival!
(Thank you, Carol, for binding the thing!)

Pictured are Todd (Edmonton QofV Rep) and Trish (Todd's spouse). Shared with their permission.

The booth had seemed finished when I dropped quilts in the morning. Spotting my work on the wall that afternoon absolutely made my day!

Creativ Festival is a shopping extravaganza for quilters, and I was on the hunt for border options for the baby quilt I'm making. Out of the ten fabrics I bought, this cinnamon coloured linen is the winner:

Quilty activities this week have included: 
  • giving a presentation at Creativ Festival on entering a quilt in a juried show
  • agreeing to be the jury coordinator for the 2020 CQA National Juried Show
  • quilt-y photo shoot with a friend who intends to enter the National Juried Show
  • teaching a Violet Craft "abstractions" paper piecing class in High Prairie (great fun!)
  • first guild meeting of the year (yay!)
  • coaching four more guild mates on the longarm = four more charity quilts ready to bind!

Aralee's turn at the frame for charity!

Non-quilty things included 
  • time with our littlest grandson. (we love him so much!)
Our littlest guy is now old enough to play on his own while I load a quilt. He's growing up so fast!
  • lending a hand at the bowling alley - our daughter's newest venture, which she and Chad are doing on a shoestring. (My husband, Chuck, and I offer free labour that's always welcome!)
  • watering flowers, aka, flower therapy.
Flowering garlic chives

Love the texture of this fuzzy leafed show stopper!

That's my crazy life, in a nut shell!

Until next time, 

Try, Learn, & Grow!

P.S. I'm also on Instagram under my blog name, freshofftheframe, where life and quilting mix.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Summer Lovin'

Summer fun is drawing to a close, but what a summer it was!

Holiday in Sisters, Oregon - woohoo!!

I'd registered for a class with Rosalie Dace, but she was refused at the border and had to fly home to South Africa instead of teaching. The legendary FREDDY MORIN came out of retirement to step in.

Freddy Moran in the Teachers' Tent @ Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
I've long admired this person. Basically, I want to be Freddy when I grow up!

I also took a workshop with June Jaeger on painting with inks. Here's my work in progress:

Learning how to control the ink...
The outdoor quilt show was gorgeous. I love the setting as much as I love the quilts!

The Stitchin Post @ Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, 2019
Carolyn Friedlander toured us through her quilts on Sunday morning at the spectacular Five Pines Lodge.

Carolyn shares her thoughts
I really didn't know her work prior to this event, but her stories inspired me - I love to hear the thinking behind creative endeavours. 

I picked up one of her books, and look what I'm working on now!

Carolyn Friedlander's Bulls Eye technique - I'm making a baby quilt!

in Between All The Summer Things , my studio hummed along with a mix of client quilts...

(See more yummy client quilts at the bottom of this post!)

. . . and helping friends do their own thang!

My friend is quilting for the first time, for her first grandbaby! Quilt #1

Janet finished Quilt #2, as well!

Brynne tackled ruler work AND free motion quilting on her first project - amazing!


a few charity quilts were completed, as well:

Margaret's first time at the frame = guild charity quilt

There's room for two quilt tops on each piece of backing fabric, so I just kept going after Margaret left. 

Hug Block quilt for Quilts of Valour, Canada = finished!

Pieced by quilters in Edmonton area for Quilts of Valour, Canada = finished!

Pieced by quilters in Edmonton area for Quilts of Valour, Canada = finished!

Add in visits from friends & family, camping, jaunts to the city, landscaping projects, and a couple of major family illnesses ( stressful when loved ones are suffering), and summer whooshed by.

Here's hoping autumn brings more sunny days and peaceful times to savour!

Try, Learn & Grow!

P.S. Here are a few of the Yummy Client Quilts I promised to share!

Ladybug panto

Simple custom

Fantasy Flame panto

Modern Twist panto

Wrought Iron panto

Whirls panto

Jessie's Swirls panto

Flirtateous panto

Butterfly Charm panto

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

What's Up, Buttercup?

Want to see what I've been up to?
Me too!
I mean, I remember, but without photos would I really know where my time has gone?
(Hint, I barely remember what I had for breakfast today. Feel free to extrapolate!)

This Gypsy Wife waited a lonnnng time for its turn on the frame. My client said, "no rush", and I had deadline after deadline, so it waited. I did a little extra stitching as a thank you for her immense patience.

I've spent more time than usual with my sweet grandchildren since my son-in-law had an accident in November that changed the normal rhythm of life.

Though somewhat stressful (as we worried about surgeries and prognosis), this time together deepened our already special connection. (P.S. Recovery has been on track, and we are thankful that Chad's getting back on his feet - literally. Out of the wheelchair.)

Both of the "big" kids made quilts to enter in the CQA/ACC youth challenge.
(Voting closes June 7th - please click on the link and choose your favourites!)

The "little guy" and I spent a lot of time outside while the older two were in school. I love this photo of him, intent on using that huge hammer!

Despite wearing my "Granny" hat more than usual, I managed to work through a few client quilts. Here are some, Fresh off the Frame

A bit of custom work:

Special touches bring this panel to life.

A fun finish for its garden-loving owner!

Before and after (sort of). I'd already started some outlining before I took the "before" shot. oops!



Next, finished colouring pages were scanned, printed, and made into a quilt for the person who coloured them - cool idea, hey?

Minimal quilting was requested, so each print was ditched and framed very simply with stitch. A few loopy designs added charm to the sashing and borders.

A bit of panto work:

On the trimming table - no photo on the guest bed because it was occupied!

Along with my friend and co-judge, Elinor Burwash, I wore my judging hat at the Central Alberta Quilt Show. This quilt by Terry Rowland won Best of Show.

Please click on this link to see the rest of the 2019 winners!

Best of Show
photo by

Other projects

I've finally finished piecing my third batch of Hug blocks into another quilt top for Quilts of Valour - yay!!! (please click on the link if you'd like to learn more about Hug blocks.) Eventually I'll have a finished quilt to send. But not this month.

Our guild gathered bowtie blocks throughout the year, and ten of us pieced ten charity tops at a Saturday work bee. These are the blocks I worked with. (I don't know who pieced them.)

The quilt top looks great now that it's pieced, but I forgot to take a picture.

This gorgeous fur coat has become pillows and a teddy bear for a family, in memory of a loved one.

I'll save the finished projects until I have completed everything (there's a second coat) and had a chance to show my client.

There's been plenty of shoveling around here this spring. I decided to use water troughs as raised garden beds (x5), and my handy husband also made a couple of similar sized - but dressier for the front yard - planters.

And - of course - I planted a few more trees and shrubs (can you ever have too many??), and worked on a perennial bed that looks a little sad at the moment. I spent two days sifting through the dirt to remove hundreds of clover seedlings (and other weeds) before I could plant anything. I believe they came with the soil. I have faith this will look like a million bucks when it fills in a bit!

I could go on . . .

Part of our tie-dye extravaganza!

and on . . .

and on!


. . . but instead will wish you a beautiful week full of your very own happy adventures!

Linking up with:
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt

Try, Learn, & Grow!