Friday, May 30, 2014

The Homestretch

One machine, two machine, three machine, four...Wouldn't we like one or two more? Only tonight and tomorrow night left to help. We're so close to getting more machines. More money = more machines = more room for you!  And I definitely want to see YOU there.  If you've already pledged, thank you!  If you'd like to help, spread the news and check out the campaign.  It closes Sunday morning, so don't be late!  And remember, with each pledge you get handmade loot in return.  It's a win-win for you, me and quilters everywhere!

To pledge, click here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nightime Needlebooking

I am not one to purposely leave things to the last minute.  I swear.  I am NOT a procrastinator.  Despite what my mother or first-year-university profs might tell you.  So when I do leave things to the last minute, it is usually out of necessity.  Pure and unadulterated prioritization.

That said, I spent the better part of Sunday night starting (and finishing) this needlebook for Monday's Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  And the whole time I was sewing, I was wondering why I continue to let myself sign up for swaps when I just can't seem to fit them into my schedule.  I'm not sure I have a feasible answer, other than the fact that it's fun.

If you've hopped on over to M-R's blog, you'll see her teasing post about the needlebook(s) she made for me.  My needlebook found it's new home with Carolyn.  She's lucky.  I almost wanted to keep it for myself!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Polar Enchantment (Art Quilt)

Around Christmas, a little polar bear wandered into my dreams.  He was the inspiration for this small (approx. 18" x 18") modern improv art quilt that debuted at our first ever Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild show.

For a long time, he and the quilt lived in my head.  I kept him a secret.  And then one day I finally had time to put my vision of a scrappy dark sky, bright star, mountainous landscape, snowy plain and calming water to work.  The quilt in its entirety is a work of improv piecing.  The polar bear is made of felt and is based on this one by Alicia Paulson.  I decked him out in a hand-embroidered crown and flannel vest accented with french knots.  He reminds me of a bear I read about in a children's book.  I think he is enchanting.

The quilt is free-motion machine-quilted for the most part, but I am so in love with Perl Cotton that I couldn't resist a few extra embellishments.


This quilt is very special to me.  So special that I decided to include one lone swimming mermaid from Heather Ross' Mendocino line.  And if you know me, you know that I don't part with (or use) that fabric lightly.  And so it has come to be that it is my official Blogger's Quilt Festival Art Quilt entry.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - My Quilty Endeavour

As a teacher, I always tell my students, don't be afraid to ask for help.  So, right now I'm putting on my big-girl panties (and possibly a cape and tiara as well) and putting it out there...

I'm so, so very excited about opening a studio right inside of Mad About Patchwork, but with only 18 days to go until our Kickstarter campaign closes and a minimum of $1528 in pledges needed, I need your help.  If we don't reach our goal, we won't be able to buy sewing machines, irons, ironing boards and other necessary equipment to set up the studio.  And my garage will continue to look like this...

And you'll never get to see what I was going to do to these chairs...

With this paint (and some Anna Maria Horner fabric).

So, from the bottom of my heart, I'm asking you to help in any, or all, of the following ways:

1) Like and share the campaign on Facebook (Let's set the quilting and sewing community on fire and make this happen! You guys are the best of the best and nobody else could do it better than you!);

2) Share the news of the Kickstarter campaign, the move, and the studio on your blog;

3) Pledge (if you haven't already). It's an all-or-nothing platform, so if we don't meet our goal, we end up with zero dinero for our machines and other necessary supplies.

Rewards include:
- $10 - name on studio bunting;
- $25 - handmade cup cozy, thank you card and name on bunting;
- $50 - handmade teapot cozy, cup cozy, thank you card and name on bunting;
- $75 - handmade hot water bottle cover, cup cozy, thank you card and name on bunting;
- $100 - invitation to exclusive private event at the studio, name listed as a sponsor on Waffle Kisses, handmade cup cozy, thank you card and name on bunting;
- $250 + gets you a quilt plus other awesome handmade swag. 

And with $1528 left to raise, that would work out to just 153 pledges of $10; 62 pledges of $25; 32 pledges of $50 dollars, 21 pledges of $75 or 16 pledges of $100.  The combinations and possibilities are endless.  Just like the handmade swag you'll receive in return.  

And, because Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding platform, it means that your pledge amount isn't processed unless the campaign is fully funded by the deadline.  So backers will only be charged if we have reached our goal on June 1st. 

If news of our campaign is news to you, please check it out.  You'd make this fabric-loving mama so very, very happy!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has pledged so far, no matter the amount. We couldn't do this without YOU!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Happiness...

May marks my turn as quilter in the Do. Good Stitches Happiness Circle and also the first month my finished quilt could possibly, potentially (fingers crossed), be chosen to be displayed at a special exhibit at QuiltCon in Austin in February 2015 (marked on my calendar!).  I hummed.  I hawed.  I made sketches and scoured colour palettes.  And eventually I landed on improv blocks in mainly white with gray or black accents and pops of navy, mustard yellow, bright pink and aqua or turquoise.

I really enjoy doing improv piecing and am quite happy with how these blocks turned out.  Normally, each person in our group makes 2 - 12.5" blocks.  This month, I gave our members the choice to alter the shape or measurements, as long as the blocks cover roughly the same area.  I'm so excited to see what my fellow stitchers come up with and can't wait to have fun putting this giant puzzle together once I get all of the blocks!

By the way, I hate real puzzles and don't have the patience to make someone else's work "fit," but quilting puzzles are a whole different story.  There are no rules and I can make extra pieces to make things fit where I want to.  Which is absolutely what I love about improv and also absolutely what drives others bonkers.  So I'm wondering, which side of the love/hate improv fence do you sit on?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Waffle Kisses + Mad About Patchwork = In-Shop Studio

Two months ago I was wishing I had gone to art school because I felt like I would have been further ahead in a creative career if I had. Today I’m spilling the beans on a HUGE plan that will put me right where I want to be – in a studio teaching sewing, quilting and art smack dab in the middle of Mad About Patchwork’s new location.  Seriously.  Can I say dream job?  Somebody please pinch me.

I’ve always been one to dream hard and dream big.  So here it is.  I’m putting myself out there and taking an enormous leap and hoping that you’ll join me: both in the studio and in making the studio happen.  If you want to help make my plans and dreams a reality, you can support me through my Kickstarter campaign and I’ll share some handmade love with you in return.  And if you share the video with your friends, family, teachers, brother, sister’s ex-boyfriend from grade 9 (you get the idea)?  Well, I, and my starving-artist hands, would be eternally grateful.  Because you’d be making my dreams come true.  And what else could a girl want?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Top Secret

Shhhhh...I've got a secret.  Stay tuned tomorrow for details.  I promise you won't be disappointed!