Thursday, 19 December 2019

Postcard Accordion Book

My quilt guild recently created a nature-themed project for our town's 2019 time capsule.

Accordion book in progress

Our contribution needed to fit inside a jam-packed capsule, so we decided to work small and make postcards.

We then decided an accordion book would be the best way to keep the cards together, and would also be easy to display when the time capsule is opened in 50 years. (FIFTY YEARS!!!)

I volunteered to assemble the book. Small pieces of acrylic craft felt became "hinges" between the cards.

To determine how much space was needed between the cards, I mimicked how they would lay together when folded. Next, I wrapped the felt around the cards' edges and pinned to hold things in place.

I unfolded the cards and added dabs of fabric glue to temporarily hold the felt in place.

To permanently join them I sewed from the front, immediately beside the edge treatments, using invisible thread.

Soon an accordion book was born!

I collaged the cover using bits of my own painted and leaf-printed fabrics, a phrase cut from commercial yardage, and hand printing with permanent marker on a used tea bag. It was quick and fun to make!

A simple triple-stitch secured the raw edges.

On its back is a statement supporting our intent for the project and a list of current guild members for posterity, which I won't show here out of respect for people's privacy.

I will show the cards, though!

This was rather a last-minute project so I'm happy to have received eight little artworks.
Without further ado, here they are:

Canada Geese, by Lois

Northern Lights and Elk, by Sarah

North Country Fox, by Vivian

Northern Lights over the Lovely Peace River Valley, by Audrey

Paddle the Peace 10th Anniversary, August 2019, by Margaret

St. Augustina Mission, Peace River Crossing 1888, by Jill

Fall Leaves, by Aralee

River Walk, by Carole (me!)

Final presentation of the book:

Fresh off the Frame

Client quilts have been moving slowly, as I am moving slowly.

Our son and daughter-in-law's magical log house burned to the ground three weeks ago, and three of their four precious pets perished. It's been a blow to this momma's heart and soul to witness such a disaster. (70's wiring was the culprit - not something one could predict or prevent).

Thankfully they made it out intact, and the amount of love and support these two have received from friends and family has been truly amazing. Salve on the wounds.

Still, I haven't felt very ambitious. Just picking away at things.

Luckily I've already met my Christmas quilting deadlines. I wanted to have Christmas quilts done early to free up time for my work as the CQA/ACC Jury Coordinator. I'm glad I did. Not sure I'd have the heart to push for deadlines at the moment.

Here's what I've managed to accomplish lately:


client quilt, before quilting

AFTER - such a handsome quilt!

client quilt, after quilting

Just the AFTERS of these lovlies:

Bubbles pantograph

Bones pantograph

Dazzle pantograph

Modern Twist pantograph

Flirtatious pantograph

OH, and our guild charity quilts were given to the local fire department to use at their discretion. I hope they won't be needed, but experience tells me they will be appreciated for their warmth and comfort if they are.

Ten "bowtie" quilts, ready to go!

As always, one must move onward and upward!

I'm off to my first, ever, "sound bath" this evening. I believe it's meditation-adjacent (is that a thing?), and am looking forward to some deep, soothing relaxation and regeneration.

Try, Learn, & Grow!

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.
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!

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
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

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

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

Yep, I wrote a poem.

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

Monogram from the coat's lining

And, there are always quilts, wonderful quilts!

Custom quilting

Feathers and lines combine to enhance the design

"Slick" pantograph

"Modern Twist" pantograph

"Ripples" pantograph

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!

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!