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Pouch swap

 

The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild  is participating in a three-way swap with the Victoria and Maritime Modern Quilt Guilds. We were asked to make a pouch in any size and any style.

I selected some fabrics and orphan blocks to create one of the pouches.

pouch fabric

 

A beaded pull provides a sparkly finish.

orange pouch
Orange pouch – front

The quilting was done with a walking foot, including the curved petals.

orange pouch back
Orange pouch – back

This smaller green pouch has been free motioned quilted with loops. A small pocket is stitched to the lining.

green pouch open
Green pouch – front
Green pouch - back
Green pouch – back

I used the tutorial: Crazy about zippered pouches written by Elaine Theriault. It was one of many great articles found in the premiere issue of QUILTsocial ezine.

I also made a couple of luggage tags.

luggage tags

I hope the recipient enjoys using these items!

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QUILTsocial – a new Canadian ezine, blog and more!

QUILTsocial Fall 2014 Premiere Issue

QUILTsocial is a new Canadian eZine for all of us obsessed with quilting. It’s a blog, a weekly bulletin, a monthly newsletter, and a quarterly e-magazine, from the publishers of Needle Pulling Thread.

QUILTsocial emagazine
QUILTsocial emagazine

 

The editor, Carla, asks: When does an obsession become therapy? If quilting is one of the releases we have from the stresses of life, it’s therapeutic isn’t it? Doing something creative takes us away from our ourselves and let’s us concentrate our energies into something we enjoy and gives us pleasure.

QUILTsocial magazine is for all levels of quilters, with patterns, tutorials, and showcasing new techniques.  Regular contributors as well as guest bloggers will share their knowledge and love of quilting.

I have already used the tutorial by Elaine Theriault: Crazy about zippered pouches to create a couple of bags for the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild pouch swap. It’s a three-way across Canada swap with the Victoria and Maritime Modern Quilt Guilds. I will also be using Jennifer Houlden’s On-the-Go place-mat tutorial to create some placemats for the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Christmas outreach project for Meals on Wheels.

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Chrysalis Awakening cards

I just received these beautiful greeting cards with the image of my “It’s Time for Colour” quilt donation – Chrysalis Awakening. Every quilt has been photographed and the images put onto a set of wonderful greeting cards.

Chrysalis Awakening greeting cards
Chrysalis Awakening greeting cards

You can see all the gorgeous quilts at the Canadian Quilting Association blog: It’s Time For Colour Gallery. All proceeds will go the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Some of the quilts have been purchased and these one-of-a-kind art quilts will find their way to their new owners next year. So, if the piece you love has been sold, you can still purchase the greeting card. Contact Laine Canivet at membership@canadianquilter.com for more information. These blank cards make great gifts!

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Tiny Homes – Fusing Workshop

Recently, I took a workshop with Laura Wasilowski It was great fun – she has a wonderful sense of humour. We worked with kits made up of her gorgeous hand dyed fabrics and thread. With these we set out to create our very own “Tiny Homes”.

Tiny home hand dyed fabric

Laura explained how to make elements by free hand cutting into the fabric. Multiple elements can be fuse tacked together to create more intricate pieces.

Tiny home elements

These small units are then used to create your piece.

Tiny home placement

I don’t have my piece completed yet. I think I need a few more elements before I decide on the final layout. Once the pieces are all fused in place, the details are added with the hand dyed perle cotton.

Even though I didn’t complete my piece, I graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Chicago School of Fusing!

lauras hand dyed fabric

Of course, I couldn’t leave without a few pieces of her beautiful fabric and thread to take home for my stash! You can see some of the colours she hand dyes on her website.

lauras hand dyed fabric