Thursday, July 31, 2014

Touring Victoria

A couple of weeks ago my friend and business colleague, Joan Ford, visited Victoria as the last stop on her Breakfast at Sea quilting cruise. Joan had an amazing time teaching on the cruise and visiting Alaska. 

I met her at the cruise terminal and we took the long way to Butchart Gardens, with a short drive along the waterfront and a stop at the World's Largest Totem Pole.

Here are a few pictures I took that day.

Rose Garden at Butchart Gardens

Japanese Garden

and a selfie as we were leaving.

Monday, July 28, 2014 the printer

For the last week or so I've been spending a LOT of time on the computer putting the finishing touches on TWO new patterns. I'm happy to announce that they are finished and ready for their debut!
Windswept is a reminder of the colours of autumn and crisp, cool days and nights. Fused appliqué leaves are drifted by the wind and the innovative fabrics are from Northcott's Artisan Spirit Falling Leaves collection.

These fabrics were designed by my friend Elaine Quehl and will be in stores in September. They were inspired by Elaine's wonderful hand-dyed fabrics. Remember I took that dyeing class with her at Quilt Canada. (I blogged about it here.)

Elaine's method results in such luscious fabrics - and now you can buy them and get that hand-dyed look in your own quilt.  


Dashing tweeds and dapper twills inspired Tie Rack - a modern twist on a 'tie' quilt. The menswear prints used for the cover quilt are Northcott's Man About Town collection. This fabric will be in stores in September too. Or you could choose fabrics to reflect YOUR man's spirit.

This is a 'modern' quilt with lots of negative space; a perfect place to show the quilting. Perhaps horizontal lines would be nice, or how about an allover geometric design. This is a 48" x 64" lap size and it would also look great in a home with modern décor.  Wonder what it would be like hanging sideways?



Friday, July 25, 2014

Flowers on Friday

Another picture this week from Osoyoos - Canada's only true desert. This area also has Canada's warmest lake and hottest, driest climate and a valley of stunning beauty filled with vineyards and orchards.

This picture is from the Veteran's Park in Osoyoos - a cactus in bloom.

Don't forget to enter the Patchworks Studio Flowers on Friday Summer Challenge where you can WIN a GREAT PRIZE!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Breaking News! - Fall Quilt Festival Registration is OPEN

Breaking News!
International Quilt Festival / Houston
Online Registration is OPEN 
Who is going to Quilt Festival in Houston in October?
 I am, I am....actually I will be there for International Quilt Market which is the weekend before but the last day of Market is ALSO the FIRST day of Quilt Festival classes.
So I've sent in my registration form for a class on Monday. Hope I get in. It's a class with an instructor whose work I greatly admire and I've always wanted to be in a class with her.  I'll keep you posted!



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paper Piecing Paradise - STARTS FRIDAY

Don't forget to sign up for my workshop at the Academy of Quilting.

During this workshop, I will show you how to create your foundations, select and prepare your fabrics and how to sew perfect blocks every time. Even traditional blocks can be pieced this way; it is not just for small blocks or unusual blocks with sharp points.
This 4-session workshop starts on Friday, July 25. You will have access to one lesson each week and our classroom remains open until September 8. You will have access to the 'Classroom Forum' to ask questions and share your results. I can't wait to meet you and share my tips for success.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Flowers on Friday

The first day of our vacation in Osoyoos we wanted to get the 'kinks' out after driving the previous day. We walked around the town and also visited Veteran's Park on the edge of Okanagan Lake. The park is dedicated to Veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Afghanistan War and also to Canada's Peace Keepers. It was a very serene spot with nice pathways and interesting flower beds. There was a large tree near the centre of the park that provides welcome shade from the summer heat and several benches to sit and rest and contemplate.

This group of Hollyhocks were the first flowers in the park to catch my eye. I thought this made a nice composition with the lake in the background.  Although Hollyhocks are 'old fashioned' flowers, I have seen them fairly frequently in gardens recently. 
My mom tells me she and her friends used the flowers as skirts for their Kewpie dolls - that would have been in the 1930s. The flowers DO look a bit like ruffled full skirts. 
Do little girls have small dolls nowadays? Maybe they need some skirts too.

Don't forget to enter the Patchworks Studio Flowers on Friday Summer Challenge where you can WIN a GREAT PRIZE!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Online Workshop - Paper Piecing Paradise

Paper piecing, foundation piecing, sew and flip, whatever you call this method, using it you will give you perfect blocks and no more chopped off points! 

During this workshop, I will show you how to create your foundations, select and prepare your fabrics and how to sew perfect blocks every time. Even traditional blocks can be pieced this way; it is not just for small blocks or unusual blocks with sharp points. 

This 4-session workshop starts on July 25. You will have access to one lesson each week and our classroom remains open until September 8. You will have access to the 'Classroom Forum' to ask questions and share your results. I can't wait to meet you and share my tips for success.

In this class, you will learn how to 
  •          download a foundation piecing design from the Internet
  •          choose a foundation material
  •          set up your machine for foundation piecing
  •          foundation piece a cabin block
  •          use Add-a-Quarter™ rulers when foundation piecing
  •          make multiples of a foundation
  •          pre-cut shapes to speed up foundation piecing
  •          foundation piece nine different blocks including multi-part blocks
  •          foundation piece strips of Flying Geese for borders
  •          chain sew when foundation piecing (and why you would want to)
  •          add an inner border and outer foundation pieced border
  •          finish your wall hanging

You can make the layout as shown in the class sample or rearrange the blocks to create a sampler or a completely different scene. This is a paper piecing starter class, suitable for beginners with basic quilt making skills.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I did on my summer vacation...

Here's the final installment from my vacation in the Okanagan Valley.

We stayed at Spirit Ridge Resort

We visited wineries:

Dirty Laundry - check out their story!

Quinta Ferreira

Love how they use corks as mulch in their flower beds - must drink more wine!

Lunch at See Ya Later Ranch - and a wine tasting. An amazing view over the vineyard with the hills in the background. Loved the old barn on the property.

Stoneboat Vineyards - this one was in the valley on flat land. We liked (and bought) a couple of bottles here too.

We visited a few more but that gives you the idea - there are over 50 wineries just in the lower part of the Okanagan!

We golfed several times

We ate cherries, cherries and more cherries and there are still lots left!

And saw lots of peach, apricot and apple trees with the promise of more luscious fruit to come.

It was a wonderful trip, a real 'retreat' from our busy lives.
I HIGHLY recommend the Okanagan for a vacation.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cherry Tree Quilts - Summerland, BC

I am sure you are like me when you are on vacation - you want to fit in a visit to a quilt shop (or more than one!).  I visited with Barb at Cherry Tree Quilts in Summerland last week. We were driving up the Okanagan Valley to visit a few wineries and Summerland was right on the way - how fortunate for me!

I snapped a few pictures of the shop - it is bright and inviting and has an amazing selection of fabrics, patterns and books. They are also dealers for Handi Quilter Longarm Quilting machines and elna Sewing Machines.  They offer classes too - this is definitely a FULL SERVICE quilt shop!

In the picture below you can see fabrics that relate to the area - award winning wineries and orchards filled with fruit. And there's that great book 'Scraps Plus One!' by my friend Joan Ford, from Hummingbird Highway, prominently displayed too. Joan sure gets around - she's from New York State!

And I couldn't resist a picture of these Northcott projects - the top one is Michele Scott's Flamingo Fling panel.

The bottom quilt is Happy Sailing by Susan Jensen of Quilted Escapes.

If you visit the Okanagan Valley, be sure to see Barb at Cherry Tree Quilts in Summerland - they are right on Main Street.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Flowers on Friday

This amazing Meadow Sage (a type of Salvia) photographed at Brock University when I was there for Quilt Canada 2014.  Often mistaken for lavender.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Canada Day in Osoyoos, BC

Last week I was on vacation in Osoyoos, BC - an amazing desert landscape and one of the most fertile valleys in Canada. My husband and I celebrated Canada Day by taking part in some of the festivities during the 64th annual Cherry Fiesta including..............

Pancake Breakfast - we have done this at home in Sidney every Canada Day and wanted to support the Osoyoos Lions Club.

Pancakes, bacon and syrup - yummy way to start the day!

the Cherry Fiesta Parade

Ready and waiting for the parade - flags courtesy of the local Cadets.

Local firefighters dressed 'in drag' and carrying WATER PACKS - a fun water fight between rival firefighters starts the festivities - one block is set aside as the 'water zone' in case you don't want to get wet!

and a spectacular end to the day with the second largest fireworks display in Canada!  We watched from the rooftop of the Spirit Ridge Resort.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dufferin Piecemakers Learn Give & Take Applique

On the Monday following Quilt Canada I visited with the Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild in Orangeville, Ontario.

Seventeen enthusiastic quilters joined me for Give & Take Applique Design Discoveries. This creative group used paper and a series of exercises to create lots of designs. Then they selected one of their designs to make in fabric. 

I am always amazed at the unique designs that students create in this class. Well done everyone.  I hope you have a lot more inspiration to create more Give & Take Applique projects.

I also presented a lecture in the evening. Thanks Judi and everyone in Orangeville for making me feel so welcomed.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Flowers on Friday

I love having blue flowers in the garden and my friend Elaine E. shared some of her Forget-me-not seeds many years ago.

I can always count on these showing up each year because they are 'self seeding'. Every year I find them in one or two new areas of the garden. They are particularly nice to cover up the foliage of my spring bulbs so I can leave the bulbs in the garden, to build strength for next year's bloom.

The Forget-me-not is also the State Flower of Alaska.

Myosotis - from the Greek 'mouses' ears'

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patchworks Studio 1st Annual 'Flowers on Friday' Challenge - Summer 2014

Want some summer fun?  How about a challenge for the summer
(winter for my friends 'down under')

Four blog entries showing flowers from my garden were posted during June 2014. 

The challenge: 

Make a quilt (or table runner, bed runner, table square) using one of the four 
June 2014 Flowers on Friday photographs as your inspiration

Here are the details and rules:

You must use photographs from one of these
 four blog posts as inspiration for your entry.

(Click the name to see the blog post)


  • Your quilt must be 3 layers and must be completely finished.
  • The minimum perimeter must be 80" (for example, your project could be 20" square; or it could be a runner measuring 15" x 25").
  • There is no maximum size.
  • Your quilt DOES NOT have to be a 'flower' quilt. 
  • 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
Email address is:
 info at daphnegreig dot com

Tell me which photograph inspired your piece.
Deadline for entries:
 September 20, 2014 - midnight, Pacific Daylight Time

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



The 'Best in Show' winner will receive this Gift Basket of
books, fabrics and quilting products.

You could win this basket of goodies!

The Grand Prize includes:

Give & Take Fabric Appliqué book (autographed)
Give & Take DVD and Stencil Set
Five Hand Dyed Fat Quarters by award winning quilt artist Elaine Quehl
Fresh Quilting book by Malka Dubrawsky
Two Marti Michell Template Sets (A and C)
Two Northcott Stonerolls (12 Fat Quarters each): 
Garden Party and Rosebud
My Pad - sewing machine needle keeper
Feeling Froggy pattern by Southwind Designs 
One year subscription to Quilter's Connection magazine 
Kristi's Quilt by Brandy Maslowski (autographed)

Additional prizes may be awarded
depending on number of entries.
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.

 I recommend Visual Coloring by Joen Wolfrom 
for information about using photographs to inspire your quilts.

On your MARK, get SET, GO!


Monday, June 30, 2014

My Dyeing Day - Quilt Canada 2014

I had one day when I was not teaching at Quilt Canada at Brock University. So I decided it was a great opportunity to be a student for the day. I chose my friend Elaine Quehl's one-day dyeing workshop.

Elaine is an award winning quilter who dyes her own fabrics to use in her quilts. We met several years ago at the Mayflower Guild retreat at Pictou Lodge in Nova Scotia and we just 'clicked'. Although our work is very different we are both in the 'creation and inspiration' business so have much in common. Read more about Elaine here.

Of course I knew my fabric would be in liquid dye - would have to sit for a while.....didn't think more about that..... Read on for the story!

So I prepared well for the class - packed an old pair of jeans, my 'painting' t-shirt and my apron. Even put in a few extra pairs of latex gloves. Since this class was on Friday and I would be teaching on Saturday I really wanted to keep my hands clean for my Saturday class.

Elaine provided a great kit with the measuring tools, dyes and fixatives and lots of Ziploc bags. And the Quilt Canada organizers gathered buckets, jugs and trays for us to use in class. I arranged to buy some white cotton fabric from Elaine and we proceeded to use her low-water immersion method to dye a total of 4 metres of fabric.  The result was 16 Ziploc bags, each containing a fat quarter of fabric and the liquid dye.

I arranged my bags in one of the buckets and carried it back to my room at the Residence. I started having a bit of anxiety - how would I rinse, wash and dry those fabrics so I could get them home on the plane?? 

I taught my Sheer Collage class on Saturday - no time during the day - the fabrics had to sit til the afternoon anyway.

Saturday night closing banquet - no time then either!

Luckily I wasn't flying home on Sunday. The wonderful Dufferin Piecemakers guild in Orangeville had invited me to do a workshop and lecture on Sunday. AND they had booked me into the Best Western hotel in Orangeville. 

More anxiety - could I REALLY rinse and wash the fabrics in the hotel room??

I was thrilled to find a small kitchen area in my hotel room - complete with small counter, stainless steel sink and LOTS of hot water. And luckily I had packed all those extra gloves!

I arrived at the hotel early in the afternoon and started rinsing, rinsing and rinsing. Then washing to remove as much dye as possible. Packed an extra towel in my luggage too - glad I didn't have to use those lovely white towels in the room!

I placed each fat quarter in the bottom of the shower as it was rinsed.

After washing the fabric with Synthrapol soap provided by Elaine, I ironed the fabric dry, pack it into new Ziploc bags (thinks for taking me to a grocery store Judi!) and the fabrics were safe in my luggage when I flew home on Tuesday.

Another full wash at home and here are the beautiful fabrics I made!

What shall I make with these?  Ideas anyone? Leave me a comment with your suggestions.

Elaine will be teaching a 5-day workshop at Cherry Tree Quilts in Summerland, BC in August. Wish I could join her for more colourful fun but can't do it this year. See Elaine's website for more information about her work and her workshops.