I am finding it hard to get to all my local quilt shops in just one day- so I am renaming this “HOLIDAY” Support your local quilt shop WEEK!
If I can get my bike down from the top of the garage I plan to bike to The Marsh Store– yes that’s right I said bike and yes it is January in Canada. Walking will be my plan if I can’t reach my bike.
On Wednesday I will be at Knit Stitch for the end of the month stitching night.
Hope you get the chance to support your local quilt shop on Saturday- HAPPY SHOPPING!
After my CQA nonsense and then the MQG post on Derivative work- I really wanted to quilt out my “feelings” so I made my Steal Like An Artist- Nothing Is Original quilt.
The quote above sums up all the places we get our inspiration from.
What makes something a copy or derivative or original? This is a HST public domain block but when I saw White Curve V 1973 by Ellsworth Kelly it inspired me to make a huge scale HST in the black and white colours. Here it is hanging in the Seattle Art Museum.
On the painting, the centre line is a tad curved, but I wanted my quilt to be straight like a HST. Did I alter my inspiration enough for my work to become original? NOPE! Because it was inspired by something and can’t be ever considered my work.
I also saw Gina Pina’s quilt called Cut and Keep, where she put fabric under the top layer of fabric so that you could faintly see the cut pieces through the top fabric.
I thought this was a really interesting technique and it inspired me. So I tried it. I was using the Michael Miller Luxe fabrics that were part of the MQG Fabric Challenge, and used the solid turquoise under my top white fabric.
The name of this quilt is the title of a book by Austin Kleon, which I suggest everyone read. Which is yet another source of my inspiration.
A quilt block, a painting, a technique and a book all inspired me to make this quilt, yet it doesn’t look anything like them.
And I still can’t call my quilt an original quilt.
If I hadn’t been banned for 2 years, from the NJS at Quilt Canada, I might have just entered this quilt into the quilt show in hopes to create a discussion once again on original works. Or maybe I want to enter it just to ruffle some feathers?
The MQG is hosting their first ever swap which starts now and runs until the week of QuiltCon. There will be an event for swappers to exchange their minis at QuiltCon.
I am one of the Swap Fairies so I have a group of 10 swappers to organize. Should be quiet fun meeting new people online and hopefully in person next February.
Check out the hashtag #mqgswap for progress photos and inspiration.
I had a trip planned for Vancouver and made sure my dates corresponded with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Show! Some of the Vancouver MQG members are on Instagram and I have been following them for a while, so contacted Holly, the founder of the Vancouver MQG, for more information about the quilt show. She was so friendly and helpful and even gave me all the transit routes to take over to North Van. Once again I got to take a ferry like last year when I went from Halifax to Dartmouth for the Maritime MQG meeting. Once off the ferry, I followed the signs to the quilt show!
I knew Holly was volunteering at the show near the entrance, and she was one of the first people I saw upon entering the quilt show. She welcomed me and told me a little about their guild. The Vancouver MQG has just over 100 members and they organized this quilt show in only a few months. They put in long hours setting up the beautiful venue and hanging quilts, and it was obvious that all their hard work paid off- the quilt show was amazing! Here are a few photos of the show and the venue called The Pipe Shop.
Right near the entrance was a display of the guild’s mini quilts. The wall was painted with their guild logo and all the mini quilts hung on this wall.
Beside the mini wall was an activity where quilt show patrons could cut fabric and glue it to paper to create their own improv block, and these blocks were displayed on the nearby beams
Holly introduced me to some of the guild members who were all so excited to tell me about their quilt show, you could tell how proud they were.
The guild was raffling their 2016 QuiltCon Charity quilt to raise money for a local charity called Mom-to-Mom Poverty Initiative. I bought some tickets, but did not win the quilt. One of their members named Nancy Chan won the quilt! Congratulations Nancy!
These are just some of the quilts that were on display at the quilt show.
As you can see, the Vancouver MQG is a busy guild with lots of member participation. I am so glad to have been able to see their quilt show, and meet some of their members. Wonder which quilts will be at QuiltCon East?
I am always learning- every single day. Some days it may be the littlest thing that I have learned, but it’s still learning. I find inspiration everywhere. I also love to create. And through learning I am able to be creative. Through inspiration I gather ideas, they go through the blender that is inside my brain and eventually these ideas and inspirations somehow come out of me, in my creativity. But at what point are these concepts, techniques I have learned, and have been inspired from, actually considered my own designs?
Well after speaking with Kathleen, the CQA Jury Coordinator for the NJS coming up in Toronto, on the phone the other day- her opinion was, a design can never be considered an original design if someone had that design first. It doesn’t matter the design was inspired by something; it is still considered a derivative of that original work. Which means no matter how much blending goes on in my brain- no ideas would be my own original designs.
Have I lost you here? Because I ended that phone call scratching my head, then crying, then getting very angry. How can anyone’s designs be original and their own? Unless we were born knowing everything and walk around with blinders on, and earplugs in- never to be influenced by anything, our inspiration had to come from somewhere.
I started thinking of every creative thing I could and examples of how past artists inspire future artists. My thoughts were endless. There is no shortage of creativity in this world and millions of opportunities for learning. Just think of fine art artists and musicians- look at how past paintings or songs influence artists of this generation.
I spend WAY too long looking at quilts, fascinated by what people are creating, seeking out the next opportunity to learn, being challenged with my own quilting, which is the reason why I am still taking classes and workshops whenever something interests me. I will never stop learning!
So back to my phone conversation. Grab a cup of tea (0r maybe something even stronger), sit down for a while, this is going to be a long blog post. But there will be photos, and inspiration, and tears, and creativity- everything, which makes me love being a quilter.
I started long arm machine quilting 15+ years ago when in our area, at the time, there was little to no training. It’s Canada for goodness sakes, try and find a long arm dealer when you need your machine fixed up here- impossible! Our only sources were books, DVDs, friends, yearly quilting conventions. I don’t even think quilting had an online presence like it does today. I wasn’t on Facebook posting photos, there was no Instagram, we did what we could to teach ourselves, and gather inspiration in little snippets where we could.
Years later I am still gathering inspiration, sometimes in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep, I am on my iPhone, under the covers scrolling through Instagram being amazed at all the quilting around the world. I can guarantee I will be doing this exact thing in a few weeks when QuiltCon is happening, searching hash tags, photo feeds, sharing moments in time with all the other quilters who want to be excited with all the new ideas.
I was fortunate to attend the last QuiltCon, in Austin where I signed up for some lectures and workshops hoping to learn something new. I grow pretty stale very quickly in my quilting and just wanted to find that one little spark to ignite my passion again for another year. So I signed up for Krista Withers’ class called Compositional Drawing class. I had never taken a drawing class; never taken a class offered by Krista before and was so excited! What could I possibly be learning? I bought the required supplies, and I was ready! Though I was so disappointed when I was emailed my class handouts leading up to the workshop. They were quite vague, explained how to quilt a paisley shape and I immediately thought why did I sign up for a class that will be teaching me something I already knew how to do? I mean come on, I had been quilting paisleys for longer than Krista had been machine quilting! WRONG! And I apologize for thinking I wouldn’t learn anything before I even took the class. Funny thing is I never even used the paisley design in my quilt.
Class handout from Compositional Drawing- Krista Withers
This class was a drawing class where we would learn a concept/ technique of dividing our quilt tops into areas and then quilting those areas with whatever designs we choose. We did not copy any patterns, trace any designs, or have Krista mark our samples. We were given free reign to come up with whatever design we wanted.
Here are the notes I took in class and my class sample.
The technique was intriguing and as soon as I got home, I pieced a quilt top and started my own version of what I had learned. For me, I want to jump right into something with little to no planning. I learn by doing, not by drawing. Yes I made a few notes and sketches, but I wanted to quilt and I wanted to quilt NOW. I grabbed my blue marking pencil, some rulers and stencils and got to work. I learned a lot about this technique of quilting and when I can find the time, I have another quilt top just waiting for me to play around again. This is a design that is ever evolving. It can be reworked time and time again to include many different elements within that one idea.
Here is my sketch I made to be quilted on my quilt top.
So here is where I start to get angry.
I took a workshop, learned something new, wanted to try this new idea I learned, worked on my design, made a quilt, entered my quilt in a juried show only to be told that my quilting designs were not my original designs and that the designs on my quilt were Krista’s designs. This got my back up a bit because while the concept and technique was Krista’s, I believe that the design is mine. I chose how to divide up my quilt top, how many horizontal lines to use, where to section off the smaller sections, how many circles to quilt etc. I learned so much in that workshop that I wanted to try it on my own and did just that. And isn’t that what everyone does after taking workshops? That is the whole point of a workshop- to learn something and then continue working on what you learned later after the workshop on your own.
I mean if we were to take a workshop and then never be able to work on it again, without being told our work at home was not original, then what the point of ever taking a workshop? What is the point of ever wanting to learn anything new? And if we were all making the exact same version of what we learned from an instructor, then the world would be full of the one exact same quilt. Because I am telling you- we all had to start somewhere. We were all taught how to quilt at some point in our lives. Even the self-taught quilters, found ideas and inspiration somewhere because none of them were born knowing how to sew a 9-patch block, as simple and easy as that block is.
I know that Kathleen, the lady that phoned me, has strong opinions on copyright in the quilting industry. She has written articles on copyright, but for her to tell me that my design was not original was her opinion- and her opinion alone. Which got me doing a little research. Because while I knew my design was my own, I felt that I needed to prove it, and to be honest; she made me feel like I was somehow in the wrong. Every time I have entered my quilt I have given credit to Krista Withers saying I learned this technique in her workshop. I even gave her credits in the comments on some of my photos on Instagram. I have never once claimed I invented this technique of quilting- NEVER. But for Kathleen, being inspired by something is not acceptable, to give credit to Krista’s workshop is not acceptable. She stuck by her opinion that my design was not my own original design. But I do believe that the design I quilted on my quilt is my own original design and that design was inspired by a technique I learned from Krista.
So through research I found this article titled Deciphering the Myth Surrounding Original, Derivative & Copied work by Anna Hergert, which was published in The Canadian Quilter CQA magazine Spring 2013 edition. (CQA is the same organization that Kathleen belongs to- so you can see the differing opinions among it’s own judges)
“However, here is the good news—once the workshop participant returns to her own sewing space or studio and further develops the concept learned in the classroom, this subsequent work is considered original. In addition, it is important to point out that embroidery and quilting stitches are not copyrighted. Simple and compound stitches of any combination have been executed by our ancestors through the ages and as such they are in the public domain!”
This article states that if you took a workshop and learned something in that workshop- once you leave the workshop, go home and then further develop the concept learned, the subsequent work is considered original. UUUUMMMMM- that’s what I did. And the fact that this whole original design issue has to do with my machine quilting stitches, which are clearly stated as in the public domain.
Do I even have to go any further with this blog post because there is my point right there. Why has Kathleen, who is the single and only person to see all the quilt entries before they go on to the quilt show jury committee even bothered to call me and create an issue when clearly there is no need. (and this fact that ONE person is the only person who sees all the entries, before the quilts then go on to the jury committee is a whole other topic that gets me going!)
And why have I let it bother me for the whole week? I need to start twirling around dancing singing the song from Frozen- Let It GO!
But I guess for me, it’s the principal of the whole entering a quilt into a juried show thing. Shows like these have so many rules and regulations so that they give off the illusion of being professional. How professional is it really when one person is the ONLY person to see all the online quilt entries, then makes decisions based on her opinion alone, as to which quilts actually go through and be seen by the 3 person jury committee? Based on the entry forms and photos, the “Jury Coordinator” forms her opinion on if all the photos are the correct size, if all the credit is given, if your design is original, if your quilt is in the proper category etc. Any entries that she has concern with, then she follows up. And those entries that are deemed satisfactory by this one person are then passed along to the next step where they then have the opportunity to be juried in. So, there are entries that have never even made it on to the jury process to be given a fair chance. Who knew jurying was a two step process? Not me until this week! Who knew one person’s opinion on what was an original design or not would be a great topic for a blog post? Not me until this week!
Thankfully after many phone calls, I was informed my quilt would be able to stay in the Modern Quilts category and be considered an original design. Which is all I really wanted in the first place, why I entered my quilt in the CQA- NJS and in the Modern category. Now it’s fate is in the hands of the jury, to determine if they would like to have it in the quilt show. (EDIT: the Jury did in fact like my quilt enough for them to jury it into the show- unfortunately it was sold at QuiltCon so I had to withdraw my entry, which got me banned by CQA to enter a quilt again for 2 years. Like after this nonsense they think I will ever enter again?)
Here are some screen shots from my IG as well as from Krista’s IG. You can see while our quilts are quilted with the same elements- lines, pebbles, circles etc. they are also different by where the elements are placed, how the quilt top has been divided and sectioned off etc.
This is a photo from Krista’s IG
I have some photos now and can actually post on my blog again so here is a photo of my quilt.
And here is a photo of it hanging at QuiltCon in February- yes that’s a SOLD sticker! (while I was so upset it sold without me knowing I had it listed for sale, months later I am ok with it. And knowing it was purchased by an art gallery owner in L.A. makes me realize that I love my quilt, and others love my quilt- who the hell cares what the CQA judge thinks)
(above photos from Renee of @quiltsnfeathers)
And @emilymeilner posted these lovely words about my quilt on Instagram
Let me know what you think- melonpatch.quilts @ yahoo . ca
(you will have to email me directly, I had to shut down the comments on my blog as the spam was out of control)
I started swapping a little over a year ago- at the time I thought it sounded like a great idea! Kind of like a modern day quilting pan pal?
Well swapping isn’t all I thought it would be!
You all know the disclaimer that starts off by saying OPINIONS EXPRESSED BY THOSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND DO NOT REFLECT……blah blah blah.
Well these are my opinions about swaps and do not reflect all swaps in general. I am sure most of the swaps are problem free right?
Email me if you have any comments- I would love to hear them. melonpatch (dot) quilts (at) yahoo (dot) ca
So back to the topic at hand- Swaps. We all know them, you sign up, you get a partner, you stalk them for weeks trying to figure out what kind of quilt they would like, photos are posted for ideas, you work on your swap, you buy some fun extras and secretly mail out your precious parcel and then.. NOTHING! What the hell happens to all the MIA swaps? Is there a Bermuda Triangle just for quilting swaps?
My first swap was a Flickr Swap, called Sweet Swap- where I signed up, posted a mosaic on my likes, was assigned a partner and voila, instant swap. Since it was my first swap, I tried to be a good girl and follow all the rules and be a good swap partner. Some swaps have rules as to how many photos to post online, a deadline to mail your swap by etc. and I did all that right down to the letter! Well over a year later and I still have not received my swap in return. So where did it all go wrong? Who knows? The person running the swap asked for feedback from all participants to let her know if you had sent your swap and if you had received your swap. I followed up with her letting her know that my partner never acknowledged she received my swap- so did she ever get it? Was it lost in the mail? Is she just rude and didn’t want to post the required photos or send a thank you card? All unanswered questions. Even when following up with the swap leader, because I never received my swap, she said she would make me something and send it out so I wouldn’t be left out of the swap and nope, never got that either. Is this the way all swaps go?
Here is an in progress of the mini I made for the Flickr Swap. (I forgot to get a photo of the whole package before sending)
On to swap # 2- the QuiltCon Lanyard Swap. This was an exciting swap as it was associated with the lead up to QuiltCon frenzy. Who wouldn’t love to make a simple lanyard to swap and then possibly meet your swap partner at QuiltCon to say HI? Sign me up I said, despite getting burnt on my first swap. On IG there was a special # for the swap, lots of creeping going on with partners to see what their tastes were, boy was I optimistic! And this swap leader- Jules seemed to be quite organized and helpful, so what could go wrong? She had a great email with rules and information- partner info- everything to ensure a great swap.
My partner Alex was easy to make for, and easy to add extras as well, she has a cute dog, she liked coffee, no problem! I sent my swap out and thankfully she received everything safe and sound and posted a nice thank you on IG. So far so good for at least ½ the swap.
Here is a photo of what I sent Alex for her swap.
Jules had a deadline to let her know by, if we had received our swap in return. Once again I had the bad swap mojo and never got a lanyard. Why Me?
But Jules was in fact a great swap host and followed up with my sending partner Hilary who was going to be at QuiltCon and agreed to meet me in Texas and personally give me a replacement lanyard. Better late then never! Hilary was such a sweetie and made me the best lanyard- my faith in swaps was almost returning. Who knows what happened to that first lanyard that was mailed out- hopefully someone at Canada Post is enjoying it.
Here is a photo of the lanyard Hilary made for me and look at her pin that she gave me too!
Still coming off my partially successful swap high, I decided to sign up for my 3rd swap- the Rainbow Mini Swap hosted by Kate. WOW Kate is a VERY organized swap host, and she assigned some swap mammas to keep each colour of the rainbow organized, sent reminder emails, checked to see if your swap was sent and received- more than anything I had seen in my 2 previous swaps.
But even with all the best intentions, I was doomed again with swapping partners. I totally must have a sign on my back that says- terrible swap partners please swap with me. Because it all went down hill from the beginning.
Kate’s swap required participants to post a few in progress photos on IG so I kept checking on my partner and see what she was making for her swap mini. Kate had made it pretty clear that you had to participate fully or your swapping ass would get kicked out. (my words, not hers- she is way too sweet to say that)
Swappers were not allowed to send your swaps if your partner had not shown enough progress- so guess what, my swapper showed no progress. She posted photo after photo of her cats, but no mini. So, way past the deadline my partner was removed from the swap. What was I going to do with the rainbow mini I had made? I mean I liked it, and I guess I could keep it, but it was intended to be swapped and I really wanted this swap to work- all my future swaps were riding on it. This was a make it or break it swap.
I contacted Kate and offered my mini if she needed one for another participant who had an equally wonky partner like mine. While waiting to see if I had to send mine somewhere, I got some happy mail. I had finally and actually received a rainbow mini swap present from Ginette. It’s like the sky opened up and dropped a little rainbow quilt in my hands to have finally received something in a swap! I think I heard a choir singing as my very first swap parcel was being opened. Ginette had made the loveliest star quilt and added a thread catcher and hand turned wood seam ripper her Uncle had made. Isn’t that the nicest thing? And being the twice burned and good swapper that I am, I posted an IG thank you as well as photos and even sent a written thank you note. I wanted to make sure my partner knew her swap had arrived and that it was just perfect. I didn’t want her forever wondering like I still am.
Here is a photo of the swap present I received from Ginette. So lovely.
Maybe if I followed the swapping thank you rules the good karma would come back? HA HA HA- NO sadly that did not happen. Kate found me someone that needed a replacement partner so I bought some Canadian extras, since this swap was going to the UK, and sent my parcel off hoping for the best. That was months ago and have I heard any feedback if my mini arrived in the UK? Not a tea-drinking thing. I mean, who does that? No acknowledgement of receiving a swap gift? Just plain rude!
I know I sound harsh and that sometimes things come up in a person’s life and they can’t honour their previous commitments, but when given the option to pull out of a swap to ease the burden and they don’t, what is the purpose? Are people signing up for swaps to be swap thieves- get sent a swap but send nothing in return? Have they no morals?
You are just ruining swaps for everyone else people- so stop it!
Please play by the rules; actually swap when you are signed up for a swap- that is why they are called swaps.
Here is a photo of my Kaffe Mini Swap that went to Georgia, with some tea as my partner likes tea. This did arrive safely to her despite her changing her address the last week of the swap. And my partner was nice enough to let me know she got it.
Am I deterred from future swaps? For a while I thought NO MORE SWAPS! But then a really simple swap came up on IG. A Polaroid greeting swap. Just a block, no extras. I could do this, really what harm would it be? Use some of my fabric from my stash, write a short note, and off in the mail go the blocks.
This swap is actually so much fun. There are multiple daily posts on what blocks have been received and I love looking at all the cute fabrics.
Here are some of my latest blocks I received. Wonderful blocks, personal cards and some interesting facts about the area my swap partners live in.
Once all the blocks come in each person should have 20 Polaroid blocks from all over the world. I even got some from Norway, Germany and Australia.
Then last week the Round 2 of the Rainbow Mini Swap started up- and of course since I loved the first round and Kate is just such a sweetheart, I signed up. Can’t tell you much about this swap other than my partner is in Toronto and we are both on Team Red. I already follow her on IG so wonder if she will know I am her secret partner? I will post progress on this swap as I go along.
So what experiences have you had with swaps- and please I hope you have had more luck than I have! Renew my faith in swaps!
OK getting down of my soap box now.
The London MQG and the Toronto MQG are hosting the first ever SWO MOD Retreat in April 2016!
It’s a weekend away with others to sew and quilt, you can relax, eat delicious food, don’t have to worry about chores at home, basically have a great time with other modern quilters. I love going on retreat because just being with others that love quilting, energizes me and de-stresses me (even just a little bit) and I have just the best time.
Our retreat is April 8-10, 2016 at the Elm Hurst Inn in Ingersoll. It is open to all MQG members in SW Ontario as well as Individual Members. There are a few spots still available, so if you want to join us here is the link for more information.
The London Modern Quilt Guild Canada is hosting Cheryl Arkison for a lecture and trunk show on Thursday November 5th at 7PM.
This will be an exciting night! Hope to see you there!
November 5, 2015 – Cheryl Arkison Lecture: Sunday Morning Quilts
I was just filling out my additional information regarding the quilt show and looked at the list of “Semi Finalists” and thought I may never see my name on a list with Marilyn Badger or Sally Terry ever again-LOL so I had to print it out as a keepsake!
Congratulations to the AQS QuiltWeek® – Grand Rapids Semi-finalists!
This year’s semi-finalists:
Cassandra Ireland Beaver
Barbara Sellers Bredemeier
Andrea M. Brokenshire
Lisa H. Calle
Elsie M. Campbell
Capitol City Quilt Guild
Bonnie Marshall Creel
Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
East Cobb Quilters’ Guild
Elizabeth Jayne Edwards
Elaine Krajenke Ellison
Diane J. Evans
Fiber Art Friends
Mary L. Frost
Shari McDonnell Guimont
Margaret Solomon Gunn
Happy Heart Quilters
Dianne S. Hire
Dolores “Del” Horan
Deborah S. Hyde
Journeys Thru Art
Patricia C. Kilmark
Michele B. Lea
Susan Harbolt McCombs
Barbara Barrick McKie
Milwaukee Art Quilters
Melanie Jane Mitchell
Caron L. Mosey
Claudia Clark Myers
North Star Quilt Guild
Oakland County Quilt Guild
Out of the Box Design Group
Joanie Zeier Poole
Elaine Wick Poplin
Possum Town Quilters
River Heritage Quilters’ Guild
Stephanie Zacharer Ruyle
Elizabeth Ann Sarles
Linda S. Schmidt
Beth Houck Shutty
Side Track Quilters
Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee
Gethyn L. Soderman
Linda Syverson Guild
Judy Mercer Tescher
The Slice of Life Quilters
Utah Valley Quilt Guild
Mary Ann Van Soest
West Michigan Quilters’ Guild
Sue Ann Wiltse
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Julia C. Wood
Linda A. Woytisek
Anne F. Zick
Good luck to all of the semifinalists!
Well today I was about to begin my regular Tuesday morning routine, when I realized that there is no learn to quilt class today, since we are on summer break. Well this resulted in me having a pretty boring morning at home.
Thankfully we can get together once in July and once in August so I won’t miss everyone so much. If you can make it- July 14 and August 11 are the dates.
So here is a long over due recap on the past few weeks.
The London Community Chaplaincy had their annual general meeting and invited the students of the Stitch ‘N Time classes and the volunteers. Nikki said it best- it was like the students were having their own quilt show! Here are some photos from that night.
Hiba and her girls in front of Hiba’s very first quilt.
Nikki’s quilt- one of many!
Milehat’s brown table topper, her rag quilt and some of her crocheting and knitting afghans.
Chima’s hand stitched blanket.
A table full of Nikki’s quilts- boy she sure has been busy these past 2 years!
The London Modern Quilt Guild Canada’s QuiltCon Charity quilt on display.
All the volunteers got a thoughtful thank you card and some treats.
And here are some more photos from the past 2 weeks at the classes.
This was the first day Chima used a sewing machine- I think she is a natural!
Here is Nikki working on piecing a piano keys border.
Milehat is a little shy hiding behind her finished flannel squares quilt.
Here are some volunteers and Nikki hand tying her latest quilt for her nephew.
Chima working away on her fleece rag quilt.
This is a photo of Nikki’s quilt before it was basted- looks like stained glass when the light shines through.
So as you can see these ladies are so busy!
Thank you to all the people that have donated fabrics and sewing supplies and machines. We appreciate everything!
Can’t wait until September so we can start up again on a weekly basis!
Marni was kind enough to interview me about my Charity Quilting- and you know how I love to promote what I am passionate about! And don’t you just love her spooky graphics? Since my daughter’s birthday is on Hallowe’en, I am partial to all things cute and spooky.
Here is my guest post on Marni’s blog: Link to my guest blog post> HERE
Marni will be posting a few more Charity Quilting interviews in the next little while so be sure to check out her blog and see what other charities that quilters are working with. Click on her button and you can directly go to her website. Thank you so much Marni for taking the time to let others know all about my charity quilting.
I love following the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild’s blog, and when a trip to Halifax found me in the city on their guild night- I was lucky enough to attend!
I contacted Adrienne, the Guild’s President, who was so kind and gave me directions to the meeting. Usually they meet in Halifax at their LQS but for scheduling reasons, this meeting was across the water in Dartmouth. Lucky for me this meant some additional sightseeing and a quick ferry ride!
The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild is a very active guild that meets once a month for the usual Guild meeting, and once a month on a Saturday for an all day Sew-In, as well as every two months for a Skills Building workshop. They also meet all through the year, without a break for summer.
We had limited time in Halifax so left my husband cracking lobster for his dinner to grab the little ferry that runs between Halifax and Dartmouth. It takes around 10 minutes to go across, and gives the loveliest views of both harbours. It was only a short walk for a few blocks to the meeting location, which I learned was where they hold their Sew-Ins. The room had lovely light and a view of Halifax across the river. Not sure how any of the quilters would get work done with that view! I’d be staring at it all day long.
I was a bit early, and spent some time before the meeting talking to Adrienne. She has a blog that can be found at http://chezzetcookmodernquilts.blogspot.ca
We talked about each of our guilds and I learned that the MMQG has a bout 40 members with around 20 coming out regularly to the meetings. One interesting feature with the MMQG is they offer 2 levels of Membership. One if you live in the Halifax area and another if you live somewhere else in the Maritimes. Given that the East Coast is pretty large, those that live further away, and can’t attend the monthly meetings, are able to be a member of the Guild and not feel pressured to drive for hours and hours each month. These members are still able to participate in all the Guild activities like swaps and charity quilts, via mail. Adrienne also said that an Ottawa MQG Member just moved to PEI and that she would be organizing a PEI chapter of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. How cool is that!
The MMQG members started arriving and the meeting was buzzing with excitement. This guild is a very friendly and social guild- much like everyone we met from the East Coast! The Maritime Community is such a friendly one- where people offer you directions when they can see you are clearly lost in downtown Halifax, stop their cars EVERY time a pedestrian is crossing the street, cars don’t honk, the drivers are cautious, just an all around niceness!
The first few minutes of the guild meeting, the members were chatting and catching up on things since the last meeting. The first order of business was the nametag draw. The members have made their own nametags and for each person that remembered to wear their nametag, they get a draw ticket. This Guild must do a lot of draws and everyone was excited to win a prize. Karen won the nametag prize of some fat ¼’s.
Adrienne went though the guild business talking about the MQG updates, charity quilts, swaps and challenges. For their charity quilts, they make 8” HST blocks each Quarter. They have a predetermined colour palette and then the members make the blocks and hand them in at the meetings. For each block made, the member gets a draw ticket. Linda made 104 blocks in Q-1 and she was also the winner of the draw- a great book- Patchwork City by Elisabeth Hartman. The Guild as a whole made 230 blocks. With the blocks that the members make, one of the members takes the blocks home and sews them into a quilt top in whatever pattern they choose. Then someone else takes it to quilt and bind.
The Guild also just finished a member’s blog hop organized by Jenn.
http://maritimemqg.blogspot.ca/2015/05/meet-maritime-modern-blog-hop.html This was a way to get to know the members of the MMQG. They have awesome bloggers in this guild, some of them I was already following.
Adrienne also talked about the various challenges and swaps coming up for their guild. The MQG Riley Blake fabric challenge is nearing the deadline and for the June meeting they wanted members to bring their finished quilts to participate in a Viewer’s Choice contest among the members. Linda had just finished her entry and brought it for Show and Share.
There is also the Michael Miller challenge that MQG members had just signed up for, and a Pillow Swap with the Edmonton MQG. They have done other swaps with Canadian MQGs and said if the London MQG was interest in a swap to let them know. (pillow photo from Jenn’s blog)
After the meeting portion was a slide show on Paper Piecing. Dena had a wonderful PowerPoint presentation on the step-by-step technique and had her block as an example as well as a few quilts she had made with the Paper Piecing technique. Dena is a very humorous presenter! The guild members were able to ask questions throughout the presentation if they needed more explanation, as PPing can be very tricky.
After Dena’s presentation we had a quick break for CAKE! It was Adrienne’s birthday so we sang to her and ate some yummy cake while Show and Share began. There were some awesome Show and Share quilts from these ladies, who look like they are quite busy quilting!
After the Show and Share, the meeting ended and many of the members stayed around a little while longer chatting. These ladies are just the nicest bunch of quilters! I hope if I get back to Halifax I will be able to attend another meeting!
As I was walking down the street, one of the MMQG members (so sorry I forgot her name) stopped and asked me if I needed a ride. I knew it was a short ferry ride to the other side, so I declined but thanked her. Should have taken her up on the ride, as Halifax is a very hilly city. I felt like I was climbing a mountain walking up those streets back to my hotel! I did enjoy seeing the city lights at night though both from the ferry and the roof top patio at our hotel.
Thanks again to everyone at the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild for making me feel so welcome! Hope to see you again.
This is a link to their guild post with some photos.
Amy at Amy’s Creative Side is once again hosting an online quilt show!
I am entering my You + Me quilt in the Modern Category. Here is a link to my original blog post: CLICK HERE
And take the time to look at all the quilts on display at Amy’s Creative Side- there are some amazing quilters out there!
It was another busy week!
Nikki made a baby quilt and Jessie was helping her finish hand sewing the binding.
Amy was cutting the edges of her rag quilt for her son. She is almost done, but sure her hand must be cramping by now!
Milehat finished sewing the rows together on her quilt.
Yesterday I trimmed up Nikki’s quilt for her sister and put on the binding- it is ready to hand turn the binding, which might take a while as this is the largest quilt Nikki has made so far.
And Nikki also made this lap quilt for her friend Nancy. I quilted some leaves and swirls then put the binding on for her. Here is yet another one that needs the binding sewn by hand. She definitely has lots of hand work for the next few weeks!
A new student named Chima joined our group, and she has started hand sewing a blanket stitch on a strip blanket. She is also working on the binding by hand and she is quite quick at the binding. We are getting close to the end of the term, with only about 1 month left of the learn to quilt classes. Hopefully in the next few weeks Chima will be able to finish her blanket and pick some fabrics for a quilt that she can begin on in September, when we start up again.