Canadian Quilters’ Association

Quilt Canada Solids Mini-Quilt Challenge!

The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge to its members, create a 14 inch square solid mini-quilt from a select colour palette. No embellishments, no applique, and the quilt had to be bound with a faced binding. The quilts would be put on display during Quilt Canada and the pubic would vote for their favorite.

TMQG solid mini colours
TMQG solid mini colours photo courtesy of TMQG

Seven colours were selected for the palette and only 3 of these or less could be used. The colours are from the top: Storm, School Bus, Peridot, Ash, Berry, Coal, and Pomegranate.

Frond
Frond

I chose to use Pomegranate, Coal, and Ash. I created this piece improvisationally using a log cabin design.

I enjoyed the process and especially loved hearing comments from people viewing the quilts during Quilt Canada.

Frond detail
Frond detail

There were three winners of the Quilt Canada Solids Mini-Quilt Challenge. First prize went to Rebecca Burnett, second prize went to Doris Lovadina-Lee (me!!) and third prize to Lynda Hutchinson.

Many more great photos are on the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page and blog. Head on over to see the other entries in the Solids Mini-Quilt challenge and other quilts our quild had on display.

Texture – tree bark

I have taken more than a few photos of trees. I am attracted to their shape, their colour but most of all their texture.

textures tree bark smooth

Some are smooth.

textures tree bark lichen

Some have interesting colour.

textures tree bark silver

Some have layers of strata.

textures tree bark hole

Some have interesting holes hidden inside.

textures tree bark driftwood

Some have the look of cooled molten lava.

texture barnboard

Some have been weathered into rags.
These beautiful textures offer a lot of design opportunities for the Abstracting from Nature class I will be taking with Jane Sassaman at Quilt Canada 2016 in a couple of weeks.

 

Flowers, leaves, berries and fungus!

Soon I will be attending Quilt Canada 2016. This year it will be held in Toronto and I decided to take some classes. Jane Sassaman is teaching a class called:  Abstracting from Nature (designs class). This class requires us to bring in a live bouquet or close-up photos of flowers including leaves, buds and so on to use as a springboard to design our own quilt. The design will not be a representation of the flower, rather the finished design will be a an abstraction. I am looking forward to taking this class, I love Jane’s bold designs and her use of colour.

Floral photos light pink

I looked through my photo album and pulled a few photos that I really liked in preparation for this class.

Floral photos yellow

Floral photos berries and leaves

This is my favourite photo of berries.

Floral photos berries

I like how the sunlight sparkles on the leaves and berries.

Floral photos red leaf

Gorgeous colour!

Floral photos leaf

I realized that these photos could also be used later in the summer for Helen Garland’s class: Quilting – Complex Design & Piecing. This one week workshop is being taught at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. Any photograph can be used in this class, but I especially like the idea of a floral piece. I talk a little bit about Helen’s process in this post.

Floral photos bark

This was an amazing tree trunk, it has so much texture!

Floral photos fungus

Plate sized fungi growing on a tree.

Floral photos red berries

 

Floral photos red berries detail

These berries look like grapes. Do you know what they really are?

Chrysalis Awakening – SOLD!

I am happy and excited to announce that my quilt: Chrysalis Awakening has been sold!

I hope the new owner loves it as much as I enjoyed making it. This piece was donated to the Canadian Quilters’ Association fund-raiser: It’s Time For Colour and all the proceeds are going to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Chrysalis Awakening Quilt
Chrysalis Awakening Quilt

The show is now on the road and the travel schedule is available. It’s Time For Colour travelling show will be in Southern Ontario in April 2015. I am looking forward to seeing the other beautiful quilts in person. Keep checking the travel schedule for updates and additions. There are still a few quilts available but I suspect they will be snapped up quickly. If there is one you love, don’t hesitate – the proceeds are going to a great cause!

Chrysalis Awakening greeting cards
Chrysalis Awakening greeting cards

Greeting cards of all the quilts are also available for purchase, just contact Laine Canivet at membership@canadianquilter.com to purchase. 

It’s Time For Colour – CQA Travelling Quilt Show

Chrysalis Awakening

The Canadian Quilter’s Association has asked award winning quilters to donate a small quilted piece to their themed show: “It’s Time for Colour“. 40 pieces will travel across Canada and be displayed in local venues from January 2015 to May 2015, ending in Lethbridge, Alberta for Quilt Canada in June 2015. Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase these beautiful 12” x 16” quilt hangings for $200.00 each (plus tax). The proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

You can sign up at the CQA blog to get more information and view some of the other pieces that will be included in this show. The quilters who are participating will be blogging about their  inspiration and techniques for their submissions.

My piece, Chrysalis Awakening is improvisationally pieced using a “wonky curves” method. My first step was to select some fabrics. I pulled the small print (Kaffe Fassette, I think)  and then fabrics to pick up on the colours of the  print. I knew I wanted to create a flower and a leaf.

Chrysalis Awakening fabric selection

I taught a tutorial at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild on piecing circles. One of the techniques I demonstrated was piecing ‘wonky circles’. I really enjoyed making the samples and thought I could use this technique to create a colourful flower for my design.

Chrysalis Awakening flower

In this process you layer 4 fabrics right side up with edges aligned. A quarter circle is cut out of one corner of the stack. The fabrics are shuffled and stitched. You continue in this manner until the four blocks are completed. I originally saw this technique on The Quilting Edge Blog written by a very talented quilter Marianne. She has a great Wonky Curves tutorial that explains the process. For this quilt, I made the shapes very curvy to look like a flower.

Chrysalis Awakening Flowers

Every flower needs a leaf, so a selection of green fabrics were pieced to create the leaf. I layered batting, backing and machine quilted it to create a three-dimensional leaf.

Chrysalis Awakening Leaf Sandwich

The completed leaf was inserted into a beautiful piece of cotton ombre. The colours of the fabric change from red to purple.

Chrysalis Awakening leaf

 

The flower was appliquéd to the background.

Chrysalis Awakening Flower Applique

A surprise is hidden underneath the leaf.

Chrysalis Awakening Detail

The finished piece!

Chrysalis Awakening Quilt
Chrysalis Awakening Quilt

I love that there is a little surprise hiding behind the leaf. There are three flowers left and three other stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. I am going to have fun creating three more quilts to illustrate the other stages – look for the surprises!

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