Saturday, 20 April 2019

Quilts-piration

Just look at these pictures and tell me that you don't see inspiration for quilts!  The lines.  The patterns. The colour.



Queen Victoria Building, Sydney


Opera House Outdoor Restaurants 
... above and below



National Museum of Australia 
... exterior above
... interior below


National Juried Show

Each year, the Canadian Quilters' Association, in conjunction with Quilt Canada, our national quilt show, holds a National Juried Show.

I've been a quiltmaker for the last five years and enter the show annually.  In my first year, 2015, I got a quilt juried into the show as a finalist.

In 2016 and 2017 I got 'rejection' letters.  Yes that really is what the heading on the email says!

In 2018, I had three quilts juried into the show as finalists, and won a third place for one of them.

This year, 2019, I again have three quilts juried into the show.  I got word of this while I was in Tasmania and I was so excited!!!

This year, they have asked that we not share our finalist quilts on social media and gave us this 'badge' to use instead. So ... here goes!




I've pasted it here three times, 'cause I'm pretty happy to have three finalists.  Although I had none in for two years, I'm still averaging seven quilts juried as finalists is five years.

Life is good!

Quiltmaking in Tasmania!

One of reasons for staying in one place for five weeks was so that Larry and I could tap into the amazing energy of the area!

It worked!

We travelled lots AND I still managed to get five quilt tops pretty much done in five weeks.
Larry, I'm sure averaged over 1000 photographs a week.
It was a wonderful stay!

The first quilt was a test of my own 'For Baby and Me' quilt pattern.  The pattern is dead-on and ready to be published!
It is a gift for Oliver.  Oliver is the son of the kid who used to work for me when I had my farm.  Hard for me to fathom how Matt grew old enough to have his second kid ... while I have stayed exactly as I was ... LOL

'For Oliver' ... finished photo to follow.

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The next one was a test of another one of my patterns "It's a Slippery Slope'.  

I changed the colourway from the original white background and used a Canadian themed fabric line.  

As I worked with Canadian themed fabric, while basking in all that is wonderful about Tasmania this quilt took on new meaning to me.  It tells the story of just how easy it would be to slip into life in Tasmania.

There was a major flaw in the pattern, which I have fixed.  

It is with my quilter, Deanna Gaudaur, waiting to be quilted.


After TWO quilts where I followed a pattern, I needed to do something freer and more creative!

My friend Jan Ochi, who owns Wafu Works in Kingston Beach, Tasmania had lent me her sewing machine, and when I went to pick it up, I fell in love with these linen-like, textured Japanese prints in taupe, indigo and off white ... so I bought a bunch.

During our travels, I was amazed by the tile patterns that seemed to be everywhere and I kept taking pictures of them to use in my quilt making.  

The one below is a photo taken in a men's room, that I THOUGHT was empty but wasn't ... but that is another story. 

I decided that it would be a fabulous start to an improv quilt based on 2", 4", and 6" squares and rectangles. 

The quilt just grew on my design wall and the entire process was just so much fun!



Here is the finished quilt top.  I love the random bits of colour ... the misfit bits.

The quilt is called 'Life's Better Because of Us: Reflections From a Misfit'.

And it is!
Imagine a world without the odd, the different, the unusual, the misfits ... 

I'll post more on this quilt later.  It is totally finished and I really like it.


I was so excited about the freedom of improv work in quilt making that I dug our my Victoria Findlay Wolfe fabric that I'd brought with me.  It's hard to find her fabric outside of the USA, but my friends at Picton Fabric World have her entire 'Neutrals' line.


I decided that I wanted to base the quilt on a wonky log cabin block with lots of 'negative space' background.  I kept cutting up the log cabins and mixing them up ... and adding more and more of the wonderful Neutrals line.

I wanted to tell the story of going home, and the ways the meaning of 'going home' changes in our life's

Here it is early on, growing on my makeshift design wall in Tasmania.   It is finished now ... and absolutely fabulous, but I'll save that for another post.


The final quilt that I worked on is another 'Surviving January' quilt.  I will be teaching this quilt at Keystone Quilts in Winnipeg, Manitoba in September ... so there needs to be a pattern!!

I'm doing this one with four charm packs of Kaffe Fassett fabrics in four colourways.  I still have some bugs to work out with the pattern and the class, so there is one more to make.  I'll do that one using four colourways of Kona Solids.

I'm sewing the last of this one together and will have it off to Deanna soon!






Wondering Where I Went ...

Tasmania!!
This is the third year in a row that we've spent time in Australia. 
 The first year we stayed five weeks and only spent a week in Tasmania.

The second year, we stayed in Australia for six weeks and spent three weeks in Tasmania.

This year, we spent February and March 'Down Under' with six of those weeks in Tasmania.

There is a pattern ... :-)

 

We spent five weeks this year staying in a beautiful wee cabin over looking the Huon Valley, near Cygnet.

The family who own the cabin have become friends and we feel absolutely at home in this space.

The views were stunning.

 

Above is a view of a sunset from our cabin.

Below is a view of the fog burning off of the valley below.

 

Down the road was what I'd consider to be a dream farm ... a beautiful Jersey cow, who shared her pasture with her calf, her yearling heifer, about six sheep, and a bunch of free range chickens.  All this on a small acreage that slope down to the Huon River.



Were it not for kids, grandkids, and good friends back home ... we'd have stayed in a heart beat!


Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Surviving January

This quilt was just too much fun to make!
I used 5" squares purchased as a sample pack to highlight the colours in the Painter's Palette solids line.  I LOVE the hand of this fabric.
The black is Colorworks Black, by Northcott Fabrics. It also has a wonderful hand.

Here is the quilt as it grew on my design wall.





Then it went to my long arm quilter, Deanna Gaudaur, quintestudios.com .
Her husband, Mike Gaudaur, quintestudios.com photographed it for me.




Artist Statement:

Surviving January

Resolutions. Plans.
But I’m stuck.
Starting. Starting again. And again. Until I can’t.
Fighting to stay happy; to see the Light; to know that I’m OK.
Always trying.
Using words to convince myself.
‘Life is good. Life is good!’
Until I believe that it is.
And I survive another January.