Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Recent Teaching Trip to Thunder Bay

Last month I had the privilege to teach several classes for the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild.
This dynamic quilt guild is full of talented members.
I had a wonderful time, made many new friends and as always enjoyed being back in Ontario.

Prince Arthur's Landing Lake Superior

I was treated to a walk around Prince Arthur's Landing.
This is a wonderful waterfront park by Lake Superior that hosts both summer and winter festivals.
It is a hub for artists with many wonderful sculptures and art installations.
There were few boats as the ice had just left the lake though I am sure that the marina is now in full swing. 
My tour of the area was completed with a lovely meal at Bight overlooking the water.
(Everyone took really good care of me! Thanks All!)

Day One - Color Blend Quilt class sample

Day One; Our class was Color Blend Quilt

The class learned how to blend and combine fabrics in an unexpected way to accent or hide the piecing of the design.
They all worked with my pattern of "The Fanny Bay Star Medallion Quilt".
This quilt way named after beautiful Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island in B.C.

Lots of fun was had by all. Great job ladies!

Peggy even arrived at her next class with her top finished! WOW!


Day Two -  Botanical Free Motion Quilting

Day Two: Our class was Botanical Free Motion Quilting

Leaves, vines ferns and more .... the class drew then stitched and even took time to play with a variety of threads.
What a wonderful job everyone!

I even got to go for a backyard BBQ. 
Great food, friendship and quilts (coconuts and paintings) to see.
Thanks Laura for taking me home to meet your family.
I loved every minute.

Day Three - Thread Painting

Day Three: Our class was Thread Painting - Harmony the Hedgehog

These lovely ladies are game for anything! 
For thread painting the group learned how to create a simple fusible applique then apply both straight line and zig zag free motion quilting to give the appearance of fur, quills (spines) and skin.
Several had to scoot away early so I'll show more if they send me pictures:)

Look at this... Vicky is almost done !

Lecture - Quilts from Popcorn Cans

The last order of business for me (besides another great dinner with the girls) was a lecture / demo on Quilts From Popcorn Cans at the monthly guild meeting.
The name of the demo refers to my habit of storing fabric scraps in the cans that pre-made popcorn come in. 
These cans make nice decorator accents... especially as no one realizes that there is fabric in them.
We had a great time exploring a variety of quilts that can be made to use up all that scrap fabric.

The meeting included a great show and tell. 
Peggy even showed her quilt top from the Blended Quilt Class, 
way to go Peggy!

In addition to all the individual quilts there was a showing of this years
 SNIP, RIP, DROP and PASS Christmas Cheer Teddy Bear Quilts.

These are just a few of the wonderful SNIP, RIP, DROP and PASS teddy bear quilts.

Every year the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild contributes to the local Christmas Cheer fund by making quilts, pillowcases or sleeping bags for teddy bears or other stuffed animals.

More SNIP, RIP, DROP and PASS teddy bear quilts.

What a lovely thank you card and gift.

I was given a lovely thank you card, guild pin and tote bag as a parting gift.
The only part I don't like about teaching is having to say goodbye to all of my wonderful new friends.
Hope to see you all soon! 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #67


Here we go with this weeks new free motion quilting design.

Is it Modern ?
Is it Botanical ?

You tell me.

Please help me name this new design.
Comment below or 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 June 24 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).
Don't forget to Like and Share

I'll post a photo on the 24th so you can see the inspiration for this design.

Want to know how the process works?

Free Motion Inspiration is the class for you!
Contact me for information on this and other classes.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #66


Playful and Modern this new Free Motion Quilting design is waiting for its name.

Comment below, on Facebook and/or Instagram to place your vote.
The winning name will be chosen by majority vote on Sunday June 17 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).

Let the fun begin!

Oh my gosh... we had a real race with votes coming in right to the last minute.

And the winning name is...
"Swirls & Whirls".

Thank you to Vicky Butt of Thunder Bay Ontario and congratulations for thee wins in a row.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #65


Are you ready for some more fun?

Help me name this weeks new free motion quilting design.

Comment below, on Facebook and/or Instagram to suggest a name or vote for your favorite.
The winner will be chosen by popular vote on Sunday June 10 at 6:00 PM (Pacific)

The winner will receive "bragging rights" for having named one of my designs :)

Join the fun today!
P.S.     Don't forget to like and share.

Congratulations to this weeks winner...
Vicky Butt of Thunder Bay, Ontario
Did you notice, that's two weeks in a row for Vicky.
Well done!


Monday, 28 May 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #64


Here is this weeks new Free Motion Quilting design for you to name.

Oh my gosh... am I allowed to have another favorite?

Comment below, on Facebook and/or Instagram to suggest a name or vote for your favourite from those suggested.

This design will be named by popular vote on Sunday, June 3 at 6:00PM (Pacific).

What oh what do you think this beautiful design should be named?

And the winner is .....

"Driving Miss Daisy"

This fantastic name was suggested by Vicky Butt of Thunder Bay Ontario.

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #63


This new Free Motion Quilting design would be wonderful on a landscape quilt or as a background filler for large ferns.
Another stunning use would be to stitch it as a large, all over design on a batik quilt. 

This design was named by popular vote on Sunday, May 27 at 6:00PM (Pacific).

And this designs name is.....
"Golden Vines".
Thank you to Leslie Graham of Nanaimo B.C. for suggesting the winning name. 


Monday, 14 May 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #62


There were just so many fabulous "flower" names last week that I thought it would be fun to give you another flowery design. 

This whimsical design is a little bit country and a little bit modern.

Suggest a name or vote for your favourite here, on Facebook and/or Instagram.

This new free motion quilting design will be named by popular vote on Sunday, May 20 at 6:PM (Pacific)

What oh what do you think this designs new name should be ?

How exciting... this design has a new name!
And the winner is, "Oopsie Daisy".
Thank you to Janet Taylor of  Cobourg, Ontario.