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Successful Weekend

In the previous post I talked about getting ready for the Denman Island Artists’ Studio Tour.  Now, four days later I’ve unpacked my bags and put away all my display things and can reflect on the weekend.

The weather cooperated – sort of.  Compared to last year’s torrential rain and cold temperatures this was lovely.  Compared to how a summer weekend should be, it wasn’t great.  There were showers, winds, sun and clouds.  Mostly it was grey and iffy.  We had arranged several quilts on fences and in the trees, where they really look awesome.  But then they had to be brought under cover, where they don’t show well.

I sold several pieces on Saturday and nothing on Sunday.  In fact, by Saturday lunch, I had made almost all of my sales.  The comments and feedback all weekend were really positive.  I handed out many business cards and, who knows, perhaps one of those people will be looking for something one day.

Overall, I’m satisfied with how the weekend went.  I cleared out some older pieces and brought in some cash, which I’ll probably use for more fabric!  Will I do it again next year?  That’s a tough question and it’s way too early to know the answer.  For now I’m happy to enjoy the remainder of the summer and think about new projects.

Here are some pictures from the weekend.  Click on a photo to enlarge it.

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Something Fishy

Simplicity can be effective.  A couple of years ago I purchased a book by a gal named Casey York. The book is titled Modern Appliqué Illusions 12 Quilts Create Perspective and Depth.  The designs are quite simple, yet the finished quilts are eye-catching as they have a 3-D quality to them.

One in particular drew me in; it was called Ripples.  I loved it because it reminded me of the goldfish in our pond on Denman Island.  I’ve made this quilt twice in the past year – once as a wall quilt and once as a lap quilt.

The wall quilt went together nicely.  It had three koi, made from different orange fabrics.  I used a light grey cotton for the shadows and the same grey for the binding.  The backing was a bold orange and gold print.  I’d never done circular quilting and found it a challenge to start.  However, as the circles got larger, it was much easier.  I entered this quilt in the Denman Island Studio Tour last August and it sold quickly to a lovely girl who was working on Denman for the summer.

The lap quilt has five koi on it.  The backing is pieced and includes two blocks of Japanese koi fabric.  The binding is dark charcoal with white bubbles.  You would think that the lap quilt would also go together nicely.  After all, I’d ‘mastered’ the technique on the smaller one.  Well, that wasn’t the case.  I ran into a few problems and feel that it was because I was being so casual and not really paying attention.  I used the wrong product to adhere the appliqués to the quilt top.  This product is not meant for sewing as it gums up the needle and causes missed stitches and broken thread.  The circular quilting was more challenging because the quilt was larger.  There was another issue but I’ve managed to erase it from my memory!

This quilt was a gift for dear friends of ours who have a lovely home on the island of Hawaii.  And here’s something that really surprised me.  I wanted to send the quilt to Hawaii and had a three-week window to get it there.  I tried both FedEx and UPS and got quotes of approximately $130.  The FedEx clerk asked if I wanted it to go air or ground and, if I’d known there was a road to Hawaii, believe me, I’d have driven it myself!  Thinking those prices were just a tad steep, I stopped in to Canada Post.  Their quote, including the envelope, was $30.  BINGO!  Delivery was six days later.

I enjoyed making these two quilts and look forward to trying other patterns from Casey York’s book.  In the meantime, here are some photos of the finished projects.

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Collaborative Quilt

Creative Threads Conspiracy is a three-day event that happens on Denman Island every October.  The website for 2016 isn’t up yet, but if you’d like an idea of what goes on, you can click on this link, Creative Threads Conspiracy , from 2015.   I’ve taken part for the past two years and eagerly await the schedule for this year.

This past October I joined two workshops; Collaborative Quilts and Coptic Bookbinding.  Each workshop was a full day, lead by knowledgeable instructors.  For the quilt workshop we were to bring a box containing roughly 4 yards of fabric.  The fabric could be small bits, scraps and larger pieces, but they needed to work together.  I went with one of my favourite combinations of red, black, white, yellow and grey, with a few bits of text fabric thrown in.  I also had a 3″ x 3″ square of Linus, from the Peanuts cartoon.

There were 11, (12??) in the class.  We each started with our own fabric box and had 20 minutes to do the first block.  Then, every 20 minutes, the boxes and quilt tops were moved to a different person, who added her own touch and a surprise piece of fabric.  As the quilt tops got larger it became difficult to formulate an idea, cut it out and get it stitched on before the bell rang.

At the end of the day we took our pieces out into the sunshine and had show and tell.  The pieces were approximately 24″ x 30″, perhaps a bit larger and all were very creative.  Each person respected the work that had already been done and carried on the theme.

My piece got put into a box and tucked away.  Yes, it became a UFO, or UnFinished Object.  I had a few other things that I wanted to get done.  And there was Christmas, a trip to Hawaii, my Mom’s 90th birthday and, well, life in general.  Recently, I decided it was time to get this project finished and pulled the box out.

Having let it sit for almost three months seemed to breathe new life into it.  Where I hadn’t been in love with it, I saw possibility.  I did need to reposition and trim a wee bit in order to straighten it and make it a reasonable size.  I used some scraps for the backing and bound it with a black background/white dot fabric.  There’s also a small insert of text fabric in the binding.  The binding is attached front and back by machine.  A machine-made label sewn on to the back completed this project.

Oh, I forgot that I added five buttons for sparkle.  And, the best part, is the little insert along the bottom row that says ‘being partial to chickens roasted’.  Isn’t that just random and so much fun?!

It turns out that I love this little hanging as it makes me think of a great weekend of learning, sharing and working together.  I hope it brings a smile to your face as well.

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Inspiration and Ideas are Everywhere

This project, which is called ‘Pixel’ was completed in the summer of 2015.  I’d had the idea for a while, after thinking that the Kleenex box would translate nicely into a fabric wall hanging.  The squares were cut at 4 1/2″, allowing for 1/4″ seam allowance, and the finished hanging is approximately 36″ x 41″.  I sewed the horizontal rows first and then joined them from top to bottom.

I had originally thought about adding a version of the Kleenex logo and polled my friends for their thoughts.  The nays won, hands down, so I kept the black bar plain.  There is a hanging sleeve on the back and the metal rod runs through it, keeping it nice and straight.

Had I not seen the Kleenex box, I would never have considered throwing all those colours together, even though I like them all individually.  This was an eye opener for me and I now usually have my camera or iPhone with me to snap other ideas.  Here are a few shots that might inspire a project one day.  If you hover over the bottom of each picture you’ll bring up a description.

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Craft Faire

It’s crunch time as I’m now 21 hours away from the opening of the Denman Island Christmas Craft Faire. Set up starts in a couple of hours and everything is by the front door, ready to be loaded into the car.  Jean Cockburn, a Denman artist extraordinaire, is my partner in crime for this venture and it’s been great fun getting ready.

I haven’t done anything like this in almost 25 years and I’d forgotten the excitement, apprehension, doubt and plain hard work that comes with getting ready to put one’s work on display.  I wonder if I have enough of the right items and whether the prices are appropriate.  I like what I’ve made, shouldn’t everyone else like it too?

Here’s a quick look at a few of the items that will be available this weekend.  If you’re in the neighbourhood, please drop by!

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Lined drawstring bags

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Set of placemats

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‘Good Morning’ hanging

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‘mmm Cherry Pie’ hanging