my stitch and flip garden here. My next class with Jacquie was at Black Creek Pioneer Village "Quilts at the Creek" and was all about improvisational piecing. Last year, Jacquie was in St. Mary's and taught a two day "Quilting with Your Walking Foot" class. Jacquie was a teacher before she quit her job to quilt full time. She is energetic and enthusiastic and takes great delight in passing on what she has learned as she explores modern quilt making. Jacquie is a life-long learner and encourages her students to keep trying new things. Jacquie teaches concepts and then sets her students free to make their own individual projects using what they have learned.
This past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I took two classes with Jacquie. On Monday, Christine, Carol and I participated in her "Mid-century Modern Houses" workshop in St. Mary's, sponsored by Hyggeligt, a fabric store specializing in Kaffe Fasset fabrics in St. Mary's. We were asked to bring a focus fabric (a print) and lots of solid scraps as well as some larger solids and a background fabric.
First, we cut up our fabrics into squares and rectangles of various random sizes.
You can see my focus fabric has cameras on it! Jacqui encouraged us to use fabrics with colours from our focus fabrics as well as fabrics that just "go" with those colours, including some bolder colours.
We chain pieced pairs and then put the pairs together to make building blocks for our houses.
Here is my first house:
We started with simple and then explored other shapes and sizes of houses.
This house has a carport! One of the other quilters thought a smart car would fit perfectly in my carport!
Next, I added a house with an attic.
Every house quilt needs an outhouse!
Here is my neighbourhood by the end of the day. I have more ideas for future neighbourhood development... The turquoise grunge fabric will be my background.
Thanks, Jacquie for a fun day! I will blog about the second class later.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
For comparison purposes, here is where I was two weeks ago...
Once I get all of the cross stitching done, I will start the outlining. These pictures always look much better once the outlining is done.
I was out for a walk this morning and met this fellow. He's a looker!
I managed to catch the right angle at the fountain on the waterfront this morning for this picture:
I will be linking up with the other slow stitchers at Kathy's blog in the morning.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Would you like to kiss my moose? He is under the mistletoe, ready to pucker up! This block took most of two evenings to make...there were lots of pieces to cut out.
And lots of pieces to keep straight and sew together properly.
I have made 14 blocks of 15 for this quilt along with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. The last block will be out this Saturday. I plan on making two more blocks of my own design to make this a 16 block quilt. I will be putting the partridge in a pear tree block on the back of the quilt. I will have to figure out a layout next and add the sashing. I am hoping to have this quilt ready for use in my living room this December.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
I made my 8th liberated sampler block tonight. Christine was here to sew with me--she was away at the cottage for the past couple of weeks so we spent lots of time catching up and chatting as we sewed. This is a variation of one of the blocks from 42Quilts.com. The block that is suggested has 51 pieces in a 6" block. I opted to do the easy version...
As promised, here is a picture of all of my blocks so far. Eight down, only 56 to go!
I had hoped to make one a week but I don't always have time. This quilt will be my long term project.