Creativ Festival

10 minute blocks

I decided that I one of my resolutions for 2015 was to improve my free motion quilting. So, I pulled out these large blocks and began.

10-min quilt blocks
10-min quilt blocks

These blocks have been pieced for at least 3 years! They are about 15 inches square with lots of space to practice free motion quilting.

10-min quilt block quilted
10-min quilt block quilted

In the block above I quilted a different free motion design in each quadrant.

  • top right: meander
  • bottom right: loops
  • bottom left: ribbon
  • top left: loops and flowers
Free motion quilting leaf
Free motion quilting leaf
Free motion quilting wood grain
Free motion quilting wood grain

I am happy with the stitching. There is improvement with each quadrant I work on.

Free motion quilting flame
Free motion quilting flame

The blocks are easy and quick to piece. I originally saw a demonstration at the Creative Festival in Toronto probably three years ago! I went straight home and made all the blocks. Suzanne McNeill has a YouTube tutorial that shows just how quickly you can piece these blocks.

Free motion quilting wave
Free motion quilting wave

Six blocks are quilted only nine more to go.

Did you make any resolutions for 2015?

Creativ Festival 2014 Toronto, Canada

How do you feel after you’ve attended a quilt show?
Tired! but also invigorated, excited and full of creative energy too!

I just attended the spring Creativ Festival and left with ideas swirling in my head as well as many purchases. Seeing the new gadgets, colours, and designs is inspiring. The creative energy, and seeing so many beautiful finished projects spurs me to actually finish up some of the many, many projects I’ve begun.

Are you the type of person that goes home from a venue such as this and immediately begins a new project from your purchase? Do you patiently put your purchases aside until you’ve finished the one you are working on? I’ll admit that I do a bit of both! It’s difficult to resist the lure of bright shiny new purchases. Ideas and possibilities spin through my head and I can envision the finished project. Sometimes, though, attending these shows gives me just the nudge I need to finish up a project or two that I’ve been procrastinating over.

One of the vendors at the show – Steam Trunk Craftworks from Surrey, BC, had a gorgeous selection of trinkets that gave me just what I need for an idea I’ve been mulling over. They sell a wondrous selection of notions from buttons, beads, charms to trims and ribbons. Their beautiful, vibrant sari silks drew my eye. They are lengths of silk repurposed from saris and are used to embellish, knit or crochet with. The colours were a feast for the eyes.

They also had hand dyed bags of yarns that I couldn’t leave behind. These items were from Nell’s Embroidery. I purchased a couple of packages of yarns that included 5 metres of each of these beautifully hand dyed fibres: rayon chenille, mercerized cotton, rayon ribbon, cotton boucle, perle cotton with coordinated beads and sequins. Check out her shop on Etsy. She has a gorgeous selection of yarns.

I can’t just put these gorgeous fibres away! I will certainly be working on them immediately. Check back to see what I create.

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