Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #75


WOW... Design #75 already!

Are you ready to name this new Free Motion Quilting design ?

To suggest a name or vote for your favorite please comment below this post or on Facebook and/or Instagram.

The winning name will be chosen by popular vote on Sunday Aug 19 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).

Don't forget to Like and Share !

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Recap – Quilt Canada 2018 May 31 to June 2


This year’s Quilt Canada was held in Vancouver B.C. at the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre

I was honored to have my piece “Golden Phoenix” accepted into the National Juried Show for 2018.




This piece was originally made as my entry to hang in the invitational show at Quilt Canada 2016 and I was curious to see if it would pass the criteria for the NJS.
I was thrilled that it did. 


It holds a hidden message to all my students, especially those who are just learning to free motion quilt.

The Phoenix symbolizes good fortune, opportunity, luck, strength and resilience.

 All of above are required for successful free motion quilting so my hidden message is to enjoy the process and never give up.

“Golden Phoenix” was free motion quilted on my HQ Sweet 16, hand guided, no stitch regulator.

I used cream colored linen front and back with a variety of gold polyester and rayon threads from WonderFil and Superior.
The background stitching is WonderFil, InvisaFil in two shades of gold.           

The batting is one layer of bonded cotton with two layers of Hobbs Tuscany Wool on top.

Once quilted the design was colored with a variety of watercolor pencils mostly Derwent (both Inktense and Watercolour) and Faber-Castell then set with textile medium.

This is a fun process as the color develops and changes once the medium is applied.




I had a wonderful time chatting with many students and friends from all over the country.

All of the quilts on display were fabulous and as I was not teaching this year I was able to spend lots of time seeing the National Juried Show, the Trend-Tex Challenge, Rosette Invitational, Modern Quilts, Jr Exhibits quilts from Inuvik and more.


The postcard challenge organized by              Cindy Scraba  of Cindy’s Threadworks and B.C. Coastal Regional Representative Karen Killins-Robinson was a resounding success. 

Thank you for your tireless work ladies!



Over 1500 pretty amazing postcards were made and donated.

I managed to make a few ...



and of course bought a few to support the wonderful cause of raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital.



A total of $11,000.00 was raised.

Way to go Canadian Quilters! 


Pam Brown ( x 3) of Brentwood Bay BC, Sunny Mowat of Duncan BC, Meryl Huxham of Victoria BC, Susan Teece of Victoria BC and Ann Sonders of Guelph Ontario …           thank you, I have your postcards.



Tina Manders of Courtenay BC, your postcard “Bears Fishing for Food” was the perfect birthday card for my brother and sister in law as they are nicknamed the “Bears” and their birthdays are just days apart.
They have it beautifully framed and on display.

After all ... postcards are little individual works of art!


I had a great time attending the evening lectures with Stacey Day and Gloria Loughman, both very inspiring quilters.


I even had a chance to take a class.

Though I have judged at country fairs and several shows I do not have any formal training and have always wanted to explore the CQA judging program.
It was wonderful to be able to take the class WHAT WAS the Judge Thinking – An Introduction to Quilt Judging.



Taught by Joyce Brown and Judy Villett the course was fascinating and would be  invaluable for anyone interested in entering a juried show, organizing a juried show and/or becoming a quilt judge.

This is class is also module 1 of 5 required to become a certified Quilt Judge.

Next on my agenda, sign up for module 2 and see where it takes me.


The merchant’s mall is always fun to visit and of course a few new treats followed me home from this one.




This year was the 30th anniversary of the Trend-Tex Challenge and the theme was Celebrate!

Each year Trend-Tex donates fabric for the challenge kits.
The winning wall quilt is given to Trend-Tex Fabrics while the majority  are sold as a fundraiser for CQA/ACC by silent auction on the final day of Quilt Canada.

Laura G.R. Cole, I was lucky enough to have the winning bid on your piece “Celebrate 30”.
It will serve as a lovely reminder of another fabulous Quilt Canada.  




The best part about attending any quilt show or conference is being able to network with people and groups who are equally passionate about the art of quilting!

Quilt Canada is an important forum for us to share what we do!

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!

No matter your skill level… share your work.

By doing so we encourage others to try!

Take classes and attend lectures whenever you can.

Attend your local shows and our national show whenever possible.

You will grow as an artist and make friends that will last a lifetime.


One final note.

I was thrilled to have my brother and sister in law attend Quilt Canada 2018 as their very first quilt show.
What a fabulous introduction!
It was amazing just to watch their faces as they experienced each new aspect of the show.

My sister in law began excitedly planning her first quilt while the three of us discussed the designing of a special Musical Themed quilt to be made for them by me.

Just before we parted for the day my brother gave me the most wonderful gift of these words…

“I (we) had no idea what a magical world you live in!”

I couldn't agree more.

Here’s to continuing the journey and sharing the magic!

Monday, 6 August 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #74


The weather is perfect for playing with these, (made popular by a movie genre of the 1960's).

What do you think this weeks new Free Motion Quilting design should be named?

Comment below, on Facebook and/or Instagram to suggest a name or vote for your favorite.

The winning name will be chosen by popular vote on Sunday Aug 12 at   6:00 PM (Pacific).



The best thing about playing Julies Name Game is seeing what YOU see in the designs that I create!

This design was inspired by Beach Balls, made popular by the Beach Movies of the 1960's.

You have named it "Dance of the Sand Dollars".

Thank you and congratulations to Leslie Graham of Nanaimo B.C. for suggesting the winning name.

Now I see sand dollars too!

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #73


I absolutely love all of your imaginative names!

It is like watching a story unfold each week as the wonderful name suggestions come in.

Please play along with us.

This weeks new Free Motion Quilting design needs a name.
To suggest a name comment here, on Facebook and/or Instagram.
Comment or Like to vote for your favourite.

The winning name for this design will be announced on Sunday August 5 at 6:00PM (Pacific).

Let the game begin.
...

And this design has been named!

Thank you and congratulations to Christine Kotzian of Parksville B.C.
for suggesting the winning name of "Rooster Writing"  



Monday, 30 July 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #72


This new Free Motion Quilting Design goes back to the Botanical side.

It will be named by popular vote here, on Facebook and/or Instagram on July 29 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).

I'll post a picture of my inspiration for this design when the winner is announced.

I bet you'll come up with something amazing!

Well now... You never cease to amaze me!
This weeks design has its new name.

The winner is "Legally Green"
Thank you and congratulations to Anita Yarrow of Crofton, B.C. 
for suggesting this winning name.

My inspiration for creating this design.


Monday, 16 July 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #71


This weeks new Free Motion Quilting design is a little bit silly and a little bit modern.

The inspiration for this one was a fun photo and news article that is currently trending on Facebook.

Join the fun and help me name this design.

To "play" along simply suggest a name or vote for your favorite in the comments below or on Facebook and/or Instagram

The winning name will be chosen by popular vote on Sunday July 22 at 6:00 PM (Pacific)

I will reveal my inspiration then as well.

Let the game begin!

Oh my goodness... this design inspired so many fun names!
Birds, Burrs, Eyelashes, Hedgehogs and Unicorns were all in the mix.

And the winning name by popular vote is....

"Seahorse"
Thank you and congratulations to Bonnie Rankin of Stittsville Ontario for this marvelous name!

This photo taken by Ernst Weiss and published in The Abbotsford News was my inspiration for this design.



I absolutely love how everyone sees something different in my designs!
And of course... then I see them differently too!

Would you like to learn how to work through the design process?
From Inspiration to a Stitch
Classes available!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Julies Name Game -New Free Motion Quilting Design #70


This weeks new Free Motion Quilting design was inspired by some of the name suggestions from last week as well as a song that was popular during Expo 67.

Please help me name this design.

Comment below, on Facebook and/or Instagram to suggest a a name or vote for your favorite.
The winning name will be chosen by popular vote on Sunday, July 15 at 6:00 PM (Pacific)

What oh what do you think the name should be?

This weeks winning name is "Up, Up and Away"
Thank you and congratulations to Stephanie Buckingham of Nanoose Bay B.C.