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Coming up fast – the York Heritage Quilters Guid show and sale for two days only: Friday, Nov. 14 (10 – 6) and Saturday, Nov. 15 (10 – 5). A Celebration of Quilts only comes around every three years, so you will have to wait until 2017 if you miss this one! I can guarantee that it will be a dazzling display of all sorts of textile creativity.

The location is Toronto Botanical Garden (Edwards Gardens). A Celebration of Quilts event postcardIn addition to the 200 quilts made by some talented people,  there will be a marketplace featuring 16 vendors (fabrics, books, patterns, etc.), two café locations to grab some lunch, plus a boutique filled with unique one-of-a-kind handmade items just in time for the holiday gift-giving season.  In addition, for a very reasonable price of $24, you can purchase a 12”x12” mini-quilt made by one of the Guild members.

See you there!

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Do you find it difficult to settle down to just one project? Even when I have launched myself into a project, I sometimes find it hard to make decisions. If you’ve ever delved into the world of half-square triangles, you might have an inkling of what I mean.

There are countless ways of arranging them! Check out this flickr group .

I rarely buy charm packs, but fell in love with the Simple Marks line by Malka Dubrowsky (for Moda) when I discovered it. Half-square triangles seemed to be the perfect way to use the 42 five-inch squares in the pack. In my stash, I found that I had a sizable piece of a neutral fabric (Countertop Texture –  Michael Miller Fabrics) that coordinated perfectly as the light half of the triangles.IMG_5083

Making the HSTs was easy, and playing with the infinite possibilities of the arrangements on my design wall was so much fun!

Instead of trying to decide which pattern was “the best” I finally ended up, after a few weeks of play, just deciding which appealed to my sense of having a little extra “oomph”. Then I settled down to sewing them together.IMG_8456

Here’s the WIP (work in progress). I am still contemplating whether to add a border (comments welcome!)

Over the same few months, I have also been distracted by this year’s guild challenge “Making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”. The entries aren’t due until May, but I would rather avoid entering “panic mode” so I spent some time figuring out a way of using all six of the required ugly fabrics in an original design, and it’s partially done.

Next I was lead astray by a casual conversation with a bunch of quilting friends, reminiscing about corking when we were kids. Corking, you say? It’s also known as spool knitting or French knitting. I had purchased a wooden corking “device” a while back at a craft fair, so I hauled it out and, after a brief consultation on the Internet on how to get started, I was off and running! It’s quite addictive.

Other distractions have included jaunts in local ravines and fields hunting for snowy owls (they’ve been sighted quite often this winter), a lengthy search for a new yoga studio (which was finally successful) and the black hole that is Pinterest. It sucks you in and the next thing you know, several hours have passed!

My conclusion is: distractions can be fun AND frustrating. They’re part of being human.

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It’s been quite a while since I last blogged, and I’m not sure I can adequately explain or rationalize it. When I finished my latest quilt in February, I didn’t have another project lined up, waiting for me. I’ve been cruising through the last few weeks kinda jumping from one idea to another looking for inspiration.

First, I became infatuated with Zakka Style quilts, and have joined the sew-along. It’s just about impossible to keep up, though, with one project each week, so I am being selective and following along at my own pace.

My latest, a disappearing 9-patch quilt, tentatively called "Antidote to Winter Greys"

I deliberated over whether to enter the Guild’s Challenge, and decided in the end not to. The reason? I looked back on the last two or three times I entered, and I realized that the pieces that came out of those challenges, for the most part, weren’t my favourite pieces. It’s also a lot of pressure, which I do not need right now. My “day job” is extremely hectic these days, and I certainly don’t look forward to added stress during the weekends!

So besides dallying in the Zakka Style projects, I also got a book out of the Toronto Public Library called Carefree Quilts by Joy Lily. One of the projects has sucked me right in, because it’s a really unusual strip-pieced leaf block, and I’m a sucker for nature-themed patterns. Stay tuned …

Tomorrow, I will spend the day with one of my sisters, and my sister-in-law, sorting through my Mum’s sewing room. Mum’s 93, and she’s lost the capacity and interest to carry on quilting. It has taken us a while to come to terms with that, but the Guild’s upcoming Sewing Room sale has provided the impetus for us to get started on this daunting project. My Mum was a prolific quilter, and the driving force behind my interest, as well as being my best teacher. She’s still an inspiration.

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The quilt show I’ve been talking about – Art for Body and Soul – is finally on, actually, today is the final day! I spent 5 hours there yesterday. My parents came, as well as my sister and sister-in-law. And my son (and his dog, Paris) also made a surprise visit from Ottawa.

The quilts did not disappoint! Colour, design, technique, artistry … so much inspiration. There are 236 quilts hanging, plus the finalists from our last two challenges (20 in total), so you really have to take your time to take it all in.

"There are always flowers, for those who want to see them"

We all tell ourselves that we don’t “need” more fabric or books, but we can’t deny that we “want” it, so there are 15 vendors to satisfy our “wants”.

The bed quilt shown here (one of the 2 quilts I displayed in the show) features machine appliqued flower motifs over a simple four-patch of contrasting paisley fabrics. The longarm machine quilting was done by Sandy Lindal. The title of this quilt is a quotation from Henri Matisse, which I felt fits my personality and outlook on life.

The show is still on, until 5 p.m. today!

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… until our fabulous Art for the Body & Soul – Celebration of Quilts! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to soak up a torrent of colour and creativity in textiles! It takes place Friday, Nov. 11 through to Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. See you there!

This show happens only once every 3 years!

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Early warning – it’s only a month away – the most fabulous quilt/art show in Toronto! The dates are Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13 and the venue is the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, near Don Mills Road and Eglinton Ave.E.

This show & sale is mounted only every 3 years, and  I think that’s a perfect interval. The volunteers from the York Heritage Quilters Guild really put a lot of effort into organizing a fantastic show.

I’ll have two recent works in the show: a bed quilt that I have titled “There are always flowers for those who want to see them”, which is a quote from Henri Matisse and my “Did you see that?” wall quilt inspired by Charley Harper. When I get the binding on the bed quilt, I’ll make sure to get a photo posted.

Did you see that?

But that’s not all! I will be donating a small wall quilt to the silent auction, which is a great fundraiser for Sketch. I blogged about this little quilt on March 28 – Charley Harper’s Gray-crowned Rosy Finch.

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