Tuesday, 12 November 2019

creativfestival - Toronto Fall Show


Once again creativfestival in Toronto was an exciting event with a fabulous merchants mall and a wide variety on hands on and lecture/demo classes.

My classes were all lecture/demo with the exception of a new hand sewing class for children.


                        Timeless Traditional Quilt Blocks



Students are shown precision piecing techniques while learning how to construct a variety of traditional quilt blocks.
Pinning for success, half square triangle units, quarter square triangle units, accurate pressing, what makes them traditional and ways to use traditional quilt blocks were all covered in this fun, hour long presentation.



Stack, Cut, Sew and Go!



Stack some fat 1/4's or squares of your favorite fabrics, cut them into pieces, mix them up and sew them together. 
What do you get? 
Fabulous fast and fun quilt blocks, pillows, placemats and more. 
Go modern with solid fabrics, add simple sashing strips for a stained glass effect or use traditional fabrics and decorative stitching for the appearance of Victorian crazy patch.
So many possibilities!
My Toronto students even got to see me piece a set of Halloween placemats from start to finish.


One Meter Challenge Quilt



How often have you ended up with a meter of glorious fabric in your stash only to end up stumped as to how to use it?
In this class students learned how to start with a meter of their favourite fabric, add a half meter of a coordinate or a collection of fat 1/4's and design a beautiful table topper, lap quilt, baby quilt or the start of something big.
No two alike!


Perfect Your 1/4 Inch Seam



Do your points and corners seem to get away from you?
Have you experienced blocks that seem to shrink or grow?
Did you know that as quilters we we measure, generous, scant and "Quilters" 1/4 inch allowances depending on the fabric used and the project that we are creating?
Easy to follow tips are given in this class so that your 1/4 inch seams will be perfect from now on.
Always popular!


Introduction to Free Motion Ruler Work (Domestic Machines)



This demo/lecture explores the correct way to set up your machine for Free Motion Ruler Work, what needle to use and how to work with these wonderful new tools to create smooth, detailed stitching designs with little or no marking required.


                                    How Do I Quilt My Quilt



Many patterns and books finish with the phrase "Quilt As Desired" leaving today's quilter unsure of how to finish their project.
This ever popular class addresses the decision making process that quilters must go through to help them finish their quilts.
The choice of quilting design, batting, thread and needles as well as how to preview and mark their design are all covered in this fast paced seminar. 


Make a Mini Stuffie




A mini stuffie makes a great little pal.
Hang them off your backpack, sit them on your desk, stash them on your bed, hang them off a keychain or give them as gifts.
In this beginners sewing class students (of all ages) leaned how to sew on a button, basic pinning techniques, how to do a whip stitch and fill their completed mini stuffies.
A tiny rabbit was the subject of this class with lots of trims, buttons, beads and pom poms available for personalization.
The students had so much fun creating ... a clown bunny, a skater bunny, a zombie bunny, a pretty bunny with headphones a funky rabbit (too mature to be a bunny) and more.


Thank you to Husqvarna Canada 


A big thank you to Husqvarna Canada for loaning me the amazing Brilliance 75Q for my demonstrations.
This wonderful new machine handled every technique with ease. 
It even has a built in ruler work setting!
This is a dream machine for any quilter!

A final note about sewing events and friendship


I feel so blessed to be able to see students who return year after year to take my classes.
You know who you are ... I love being part of your quilting experience and hearing what you're working on and how your year went.
I love the experience of meeting so many new students and hearing your stories.
This year your experiences and reasons for being at the show and wanting to quilt were especially touching. 
Thank you for making me a part of your journey.

As always I enjoyed seeing many friends from the world of sewing.
I also had the pleasure of rooming with a new friend, Yvette Chilcott.
It was a pleasure to spend the evenings planning future classes with someone who is equally passionate about the future of the sewing industry. 




Saturday, 26 October 2019

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #136



A moment to draw (if not to stitch) on my way to teach at CreativFestival Toronto.
As I was on the plane and waiting for take off it seemed like a good time for another flying creature!

This new Free Motion Quilting Design was named by popular vote (Facebook and Instagram)on Sunday Oct. 20 '19 at 6:00PM (Pacific).

We seem to be keeping with a bit of a name theme for our butterfly designs.

This designs name is now "Flutterbyes".

Thank you and congratulations to Barbara Root of Vancouver B.C. for suggesting this winning name.





Friday, 25 October 2019

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #135


Still "on the road" and design inspiration is everywhere.

This new Free Motion Quilting Design was inspired by a performance by a world champion Hoop Dancer that I had the privilege to watch.
Different things appear to different people in the ever changing pattern of the hoops as the dancer moves throughout the dance.

The same is true with Free Motion Quilting Designs and the reason that it is so much fun to have you name the designs that I create.

This design was named "Chain Gang" by popular vote (Facebook and Instagram) on Sunday, Oct 13 2019 at 6:00PM (Pacific).

Thank you and congratulations to Nancy Carscadden Phillips of Nanaimo B.C. for suggesting this winning name.


Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #134


Sometimes designs just flow from one to the next and other times they just throw themselves at your feet.
This new Free Motion Quilting Design is a little bit of both.

Named with the help of a random name picker from names suggested on Facebook and Instagram as of  Sunday Oct. 6 at 6:00PM (Pacific) this design is now called "Connections".

Thank you and congratulations to Nancy Carscadden Phillips of
Nanaimo B.C. for suggesting this winning name!

Classes available.

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #133


Could it possibly be fall already ?
It's a good thing that I love this time of year as mother nature puts on such a glorious show of changing colors.

This new Free Motion Quilting Design was named by popular vote (Facebook and Instagram) on Sunday, September 29 at 6:00PM (Pacific).

Thank you and congratulations to Sherri Mullin Dawes of Nanaimo B.C.
for suggesting the winning name of Be-"leaf"!

I think that I'll stitch it large and luscious with an orange to red variegated thread.

Classes available. Contact me for further information.



Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design # 132







This new free motion quilting design is sweet, simple and easy to stitch.

The voting was fierce and the name suggestions were fabulous!

After a very careful tally this quilting design was named by popular vote (Facebook and Instagram) on Sunday Sept. 22 at 6:00PM (Pacific).

Let me introduce "3 Peas in a Pod".
Thank you and congratulations to Cathy Crawford of Mill Bay B.C. for suggesting this winning name.

Classes available, contact me for further information.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #131


This new Free Motion Quilting Design was inspired by something that is both tasty and versatile.
I know, I ate the evidence!

Named on Sunday Sept 15 at 6:00PM (Pacific) by popular vote (Facebook and Instagram) this design is now called "Blackberry WIne".

Thank you and congratulations to Philippa Zapf of Nanaimo B.C.

Classes available in both stitching and design.
Please contact me for details.