Friday, July 3, 2015

Flowers on Friday + 2nd Annual Flowers on Friday CHALLENGE!

Himalayan Blue Poppy

Photograph taken at Butchart Gardens, June 2015

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Patchworks Studio 2nd Annual 'Flowers on Friday' Challenge - Summer 2015


The challenge: 

Make a quilted project (size information below)
using today's flower (Himalayan Blue Poppy) or one of these four 
Flowers on Friday photographs as your inspiration.

CLICK THE CAPTION TO GO TO THE ORIGINAL BLOG POST.

Pasque Flower

Sun Rose

Fritillaria

Cineraria

Here are the details and rules:

You must use photographs from one of the
 five blog posts as inspiration for your entry.


  • Your project must be 3 layers and must be completely finished.
  • The minimum measurement for one side of your project is 14" - a block, a runner,a quilt. a bag - you choose what to make.
  • If you use a pattern you must give credit to the pattern designer
  • There is no maximum size.
  • Your project DOES NOT have to be a 'flower' quilt - ideas: use the colours ('green' will always work with the flowers), the shapes, the proportions of the colours in the photograph. 
  • The style can be traditional, contemporary, modern or an art quilt.
  • You can use any technique but you may not print the picture and use it in any part of your quilt. 

How to Enter:

EMAIL two photographs of your completed project - 
one full view and one closeup 
to Daphne Greig, Patchworks Studio

(Please place a tape measure along the shortest side of your project
 when you take the full view photograph.)


Tell me which photograph inspired your piece.
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Deadline for entries:
 September 7, 2015 - midnight, Pacific Daylight Time
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Judging:

An independent quilt industry professional will choose the Grand Prize Winner. 

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THE GRAND PRIZE:

The 'Best in Show' winner will receive this Prize Pack


The Grand Prize includes:
Stonehenge Stone Strips
My Pad &Schmetz Universal and Machine Quilting needles
Row by Row 2015 Charm Squares
Stonehenge Pink Ribbon - 5 fat quarters
Northcott Colorworks (solids) - Fat Quarter Roll (blues)
4 Patchworks Studio patterns

Additional prizes may be awarded 
depending on number of entries.
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The 'fine print'...................
Only one entry is allowed per person.
Judging will be from the submitted photographs only,
so send the best quality photographs you can.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

Today we celebrate 148 years as a country and I'm happy to share my friend Jill's latest quilt. When she finishes it the quilt will be donated to Quilts of Valour - Canada.


Fabrics are from the Oh Canada collection by Northcott.
 
Great job Jill!
 
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

More Quilts to Share

Here are 3 photos I received recently.

Liz started her Flight Path quilt in my Ripless Paper Piecing workshop in Yellowknife in May.The orange and yellow squares add great 'movement'to the quilt and the range of values work beautifully. Great job Liz! (and thanks to Linda for sending me the photo).



Donna H. used my Dragonflies by Moonlight pattern as inspiration to make this quilt. What a great way to showcase the dolphin print. Looks like her granddaughter loves her new quilt. This pattern is 'out of print' but I could get more if you really wanted one.


Ingrid M. sent her version of 'Pop-o-Dots'. The textured fabrics in modern colours work
very well in this design. Thanks Ingrid.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Romneya Coulteri
 
(Matilija Poppy - Papaveraceae)
 

 


 
Photographed at Butchart Gardens, June 2015
 
The flower blossoms are approximately 10 inches wide;
crepe-papery petals surround a large central cluster of yellow stamens.
 
My reference book, Sunset Perennials, tells me this is a very easy plant to grow. It grows in any kind of soil and established plants tolerate extreme drought. Unfortunately it can also be invasive. I suspect that is why it grows in a small, enclosed area next to the original Butchart home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Reminder - Seminole Piecing

It is not too late to sign up for my Seminole Piecing online class at the Academy of Quilting. Class starts on Friday and I KNOW you have fabrics that would be great. 

The workshop is 3 lessons, with one lesson posted each week. The classroom will remain open until August 3rd so even if  you can't begin right away you can still enroll for the workshop. 

I will be there to answer your questions and share my knowledge every day. You can share pictures with the class as we go along. I love seeing your work!

See you in the classroom!



Sign up TODAY!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Solstice Party, Haines, Alaska

I received these great photos from Linda Axsom at Inside Passage Quilting in Haines, Alaska. They held a Summer Solstice event where students gathered to make my Aztec Sun pattern.  Looks like everyone had a fun, creative time - a great way to celebrate the longest day of the year.


The class was taught by Carol McConahay,
instructor and owner of Icy Swan Studio. 


Haines, Alaska

Love the wall colours in Carol's studio - see more in the next pictures.

Lots of ways to arrange the Aztec Sun blocks!

Red, white and blue - this will be a beauty!

Sewing, pressing, tracing, lots going on!

Great working space!

I love the colour choices for this one!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Rhododendron






Large plants outside my studio window, June 2015


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Reminder - Attic Windows - Online Workshop


Class starts on Friday. Sign up today and learn to design and make you own unique quilt.



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Patterns

Just finished 2 more patterns last week.  Both designs use Northcott's Toscana fabrics - and they are 'PRE CUTS' - makes it so easy to get started right away!

First is 'Starstruck'.  This design uses Toscana Fat Quarter rolls - 10 coordinating fat quarters in each roll and you only need 2 rolls to make this 51" x 67" quilt. Even the borders are made using fat quarters from the roll.  You just add batting, backing and binding for this quilt.  The pattern includes cutting diagrams for the fat quarters and 3 different colourways:



Delphinium / Nutmeg
Azalea / Evening Shadow
Lagoon / Rainforest
The coordinated colours in the Toscana Fat Quarters  provide a range of values from rich deep shades to delicate pales. This makes them ideal for this quilt.  Fabrics are delivering NOW to your local quilt shop.

Buy Starstruck HERE.


Pattern number 2 also uses Toscana Pre-cuts but this time it is the Strip SetsQuattro is 78" square and the subtle shading of the strips results in a very 3-dimensional design.  Choose 2 strip packs in different colours to make this quilt.  Just add batting, backing and binding - you'll use all the strips for the quilt!



This quilt includes 3 colourways too.




Rainforest / Cardinal


Delphinium / Heather
 
Rainforest / Lagoon

Buy Quattro HERE.

Check your local quilt shop for these amazing Toscana Fabrics!
 




 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Upcoming Workshop - Seminole Piecing

My Seminole Piecing online workshop begins on June 26th at the Academy of Quilting.

If you have ever wondered how to make these intricate bands of patchwork and the interesting projects you can make with them, join me for lots of fun and education. You'll learn how to make 8 Seminole bands in class and how to turn some of them into a totebag, a bolster pillow and a wall quilt.

Seminole Piecing is a patchwork method used by the Seminole people of south Florida to enhance their garments. I will show you how to create the bands of patchwork using simple rotary cutting and basic piecing techniques. The magic comes when you cut the units apart and sew them back together. You will also be inspired by my suggestions to use the bands to trim garments and home d├ęcor items.
The workshop is 3 lessons, with one lesson posted each week. The classroom will remain open until August 3rd so even if  you can't begin right away you can still enroll for the workshop.  I will be there to answer your questions and share my knowledge every day. You can share pictures with the class as we go along. I love seeing your work!
The tuition is only $30 US and you can learn from the comfort of home - with your entire stash of fabric to work with and all your favourite tools and equipment. Don't you just hate it when you travel to a class and you know you have the perfect fabric, but it's at home in your fabric stash! It's no problem when you take my online class. You can even sew in your PJs – I won't tell!

If you can sew with a 1/4" seam allowance, this class is for you! I hope you will consider joining me. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Ceanothus - California Lilac


Ceanothus impressus 'Victoria' (California lilac)
My Garden, June 2015 - we pruned our shrub into a tree a couple of years ago.

Native to California, ceanothus is a blue-flowering evergreen shrub that likes its summers warm and dry and its winters not too chilly. 

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Sleep Sack for Brooklyn

I spent a couple of hours in my studio last week making a Sleep Sack for my granddaughter, Brooklyn.

I started with a tutorial at Sew Mama Sew by Bonnie Ferguson from FishsticksDesigns

Bonnie used knit fabrics but I wanted to use quilting cottons for my project so I adapted the instructions to make my sleep sack with three layers like a quilt (outside, batting, lining). 

I spent a bit of 'thinking' time and 'step-by-step writing' time to figure out how I would approach the project. It has been a while since I put in a zipper and I definitely wanted to be able to sew everything by machine.

I used my draft step by step instructions to make the sleep sack and I am very pleased with the result. 


For the next one I will use a longer zipper - of course Brooklyn needs more than one!




Melissa and Brooklyn - June 3, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Sun Rose - Helianthemum

Sun Rose and Hostas - my garden, June 2015



Helianthemum are native to dry European grasslands. They are known by common names such as as sun rose, rock rose and frostweed.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Attic Windows - Design and Make a Personal Quilt



This class is a bit different from what you might expect.  I will show you how to explore a variety of window options to suit YOUR fabric and how to design your own one-of-a-kind quilt. You will learn to select the supporting fabrics and sew traditional mitered windows with my fool-proof technique.

Register NOW.


I will be with you every step of the way in the Classroom Forum where everyone can ask questions, get answers and share!  Plus you will be able to show your quilts in the Gallery - I love seeing what everyone has chosen and how their designs are progressing.


This 3-lesson class begins on June 19th. I'm sure you have a fabric that would look wonderful in 'windows'.


In the first lesson you will learn how:
·   an Attic Windows quilt differs from a real life view of a window
·   to determine the scale of your fabric
·   to try different window sizes and select the best ones for your fabric
·   to draft an Attic Windows quilt layout for your particular fabric


In lesson 2 you will learn how to:
·   make a cutting chart for your quilt
·   calculate how much fabric to buy for sashes and frames
·   select fabrics for sashes and frames
·   cut your fabrics
·   sew mitred window sashes

In the last lesson, you will learn how to:
·   sew the frames to your windows
·   sew the windows together
·   audition and add borders
·   finish your quilt





Here are a few photos from previous students. I think  you'll agree - these aren't your 'normal' Attic Windows quilts. Each one was designed FOR the fabric. You can do it too.

Sign up today!




 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Flowers on Friday

Wisteria



Photo taken at Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC