Friday, May 22, 2015

What's Happening!

Last Saturday I spent the day with the lovely ladies of Sackville Threaders Quilter's Guild in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia., teaching them how I approach free motion quilting.

When I arrived at the community centre, a bit before nine, the room was already humming with the chatter and buzz of 21 quilters setting up machines and getting ready for a day of quilting. I was a bit nervous about how I was going to handle 21 beginners with 21 different sewing machines, but mostly we had no problems and everything went along very smoothly.  Here's an example of three quilters and their progress.

I gave a little trunk show before starting off and then we were in full swing with swirling and meandering and loop de looping. We even made feathers.   I was very impressed with how well everyone did.  Thanks for the great day ladies, and thanks for the delicious pizza for lunch! Hope to see you all again sometime.  

I have another class to teach on Monday at It's Sew Time in Elmsdale. Looking forward to meeting more excited quilters and helping them to get started on making free motion quilting a part of their quilty lives.

My lovely little guild, Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, is participating in a cushion cover swap with the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild in the near future. We are swapping 16" cushion covers with envelope backs.   I finally decided on the pattern I wanted to make.  I had bought a kit, complete with the fabrics to make two pillows, the pattern from Jaybird, a few years ago.  I made the first one and trimmed it all up nice and pretty to exactly 16 1/2" and then decided to quilt it with very close wavy lines and the darn thing shrank up to 15"!  So, now I will make the second one and make sure not to trim before quilting. Tomorrow is our guild Sew-In Day so that is what I will be sewing up.

My lovely friend, Karen @ Kaholly, was lucky enough to be able to attend Quilt Con in Texas last February.  And being the lovely friend that she is, she sent me a little souvenir because she knows how much I would have loved to have been there.  This license plate-looking rectangle of cotton was just the perfect little gift to inspire me to make something new. 

So, I made a new tote bag to take with me when I go to Westville on May 30 to attend the Thistle Quilt Guild's annual quilt show. Here is the free pattern that I used.  

I made the front pocket from scraps/trimmings of a new quilt I just made with Handcrafted by Alison Glass

 Not only will I meet up with Karen at the show but I will also be meeting up with Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World and Lesley of the Cuddle Quilter.  We call ourselves the Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet!  The  Thistle Guild is Sheila's guild so we will get to see her quilts that will be on display.  Looking forward to that. Also, we will be exchanging our swap projects that we made over the winter.   Also, I will be accompanying Chris, the owner of Patch Halifax, and assisting her in setting up her sales table as she will be a vendor at the quilt show.  If you are attending the quilt show, I hope you will look for me and say hello. 

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you had time to get some quilting done today.