Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Falling into Fun!

Fall equals plenty of guild activities, which means plenty of fun things to do!

First up - The Quilted Postcard Challenge (please click the link for details) - a fundraiser for the Glenrose Pediatric Brain Injury Unit in Edmonton. 

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I made this card, and then prepared a couple more at different stages of completion as samples for a guild Postcard Party. By April we hope to send a nice, fat package of cards for the cause!

Next up - a team building activity - people could visit my studio and help quilt a batch of guild charity quilts. Several people jumped right in, and together we finished 11 quilts!

Everyone ROCKED IT on the longarm, in their turn!
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And then - Hanging by a Thread - our annual gallery show, with its opening night activities. A few of us usually bring projects to work on as a way to engage with visitors and promote quilting as a fun activity.

Hanging by a Thread, opening night
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I used the time to finish stuffing my donation to the local Women's Shelter's "Festival of Trees" (their annual fundraiser).

Violet Craft's paper-pieced bunny block, turned into a pillow
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And, finally, our guild was invited to help commemorate our town's 100th anniversary by contributing something to the town's time capsule. The capsule will be sealed this December, and stored until its opening ceremony in 50 years!

After consulting with the town, we decided to make postcards showcasing the nature of our beautiful river valley. It's a good tie-in with the concept of climate change - a current international focus. 

Valley Peacemakers Quilt Guild accordion book, sans cover
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I joined the cards into an accordion book so it will stand up as a display item when it eventually reappears. Meanwhile, it will fold into a tiny packet and not take up too much space in the capsule.

This is my personal contribution:

These rose hips and glowing leaves were observed on a river walk with my mom
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Yep, I wrote a poem.
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Tomorrow I'll make the front cover, and then it will be ready to go - two whole days before the deadline!!! woohoo!

In addition to guild activities, I've met a number of studio goals and deadlines.

Every once in a while I will accept a commission involving a fur coat and family memories. These projects are messy and time consuming, but the results are always very special. 

Heirloom bear and pillows
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Monogram from the coat's lining
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And, there are always quilts, wonderful quilts!

Custom quilting
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Feathers and lines combine to enhance the design
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"Slick" pantograph
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"Modern Twist" pantograph
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"Ripples" pantograph
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Add in grandchildren (*love*), sporadic volunteering at the bowling alley (our daughter's family business), surviving a fall cold (just. ugh.), CQA duties (lots to do!), and oh my! No wonder the world is spinning so fast! Luckily, most has fallen under the heading, Life is Good.

Here's hoping you've FALLen into a big pile-o-fun, yourself!

As always,

Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole

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
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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
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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!)

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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!

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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.

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

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

Bullseye quilt
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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
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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
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Fresh off the Frame
Client quilts this week include:

Ripples pantograph
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Bountiful Feathers pantograph
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Drunken Feathers pantograph

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

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Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole

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.
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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:

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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!
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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!
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  • 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
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Love the texture of this fuzzy leafed show stopper!
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That's my crazy life, in a nut shell!

Until next time, 

Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole

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
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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...
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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
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Carolyn Friedlander toured us through her quilts on Sunday morning at the spectacular Five Pines Lodge.

Carolyn shares her thoughts
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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!
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in Between All The Summer Things , my studio hummed along with a mix of client quilts...

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(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
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Janet finished Quilt #2, as well!
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Brynne tackled ruler work AND free motion quilting on her first project - amazing!
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Ta-dahhh!
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a few charity quilts were completed, as well:

Margaret's first time at the frame = guild charity quilt
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There's room for two quilt tops on each piece of backing fabric, so I just kept going after Margaret left.
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Hug Block quilt for Quilts of Valour, Canada = finished!
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Pieced by quilters in Edmonton area for Quilts of Valour, Canada = finished!
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Pieced by quilters in Edmonton area for Quilts of Valour, Canada = finished!
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Add in visits from friends & family, camping, jaunts to the city, landscaping projects, and a couple of major family illnesses (ugh...so 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!
Carole

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


Ladybug panto
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Simple custom
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Fantasy Flame panto
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Modern Twist panto
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Wrought Iron panto
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Whirls panto
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Jessie's Swirls panto
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Flirtateous panto
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Butterfly Charm panto
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