We're talking about colour

Hello Friends.  .  Since getting back from Holidays in February, time has been on hyper-speed.  But that is just how things go sometimes.  While I was away I was able to do some extra reading and research.

 I stumbled upon a decorating article that tied into quilting.  My internet exploring lead me to the “Colour of the Year”.   Brakes on!  Colour of the year! Is this something that I should make note of?

I quilt in colours that speak to me at the moment.  Sometimes it is tied directly to the pattern that I plan to do and sometimes it the season or just my mood that day.  I can honestly say that I have never given trends any thought when choosing colours for my quilts. This year I vowed not to use green.  You see, I love green. When in doubt – I pick green.  Well wouldn’t you know it, this years’ colour is GREEN! LOL

As quilters, we often get stuck in colour ruts.  Much like piecing where the layout is familiar and comfortable or the piecing does not require a learning curve.

Most quilters have a favourite colour that speaks to them.  It is a colour that they gravitate to when choosing colours for a new quilt.  It is important to explore new colour ways.  Just like new designs and layouts, it opens the creative mind to the possibilities of a new palate.  “But where do I start”? This is a question I am asked a lot.  This fear occurs because many quilters do not feel confident when choosing colours.  I can see you nodding your head now as you read this.  

As you go through your day, lets say walking through the grocery store or perhaps the mall, observe the colours around you.  The mixtures of lemons and oranges next to the apples and bananas.  Or perhaps a rack of new spring t-shirts on display in front of a store. Colour combinations that speak to you and make you say, “I would of never thought of that”. 

You can start to take pictures with those fancy phones we all seem to have so that you can refer to them later. I like to take pictures of flowers in the summer.  I put them as a slide show on my screen saver as a kind of catalyst for new inspiration, especially in the winter when our landscape is a mixture of whites, greys and black. 

It is hard to think of new colour combinations when we have a stash to use in a colour way that is tried and true.  But limiting ourselves does not allow for growth and adventure. It’s always fun to see where a little push may bring us.

Speaking of new layouts and colour ways, I would like to share a few photos of completed quilts from the Storm at Sea workshop that took place in early November. Thank you so much for sending along photos of your quilts.    

Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, quilt with a new colour, and watch the snow melt.  

It's a perfect time for quilting!

Hello Friends.  Believe it or not this is my favourite time of the year. Its cold and snowy outside. With snow shoveling the exception, outside chores are at a minimum.  Inside the house, everything is low key, that quiet and uneventful time after Christmas.  All this adds up to the perfect setting for some real quilting time.  Snow days equal Sew days and here in Northern Ontario, January to March quilters buckle down and quilt up a storm.

How do I know this?  Well the quilters that frequent the studio are in prime quilting form with lots of new quilts started and some old ones being finished.  

Tumbling Triangles

Tumbling Triangles

I myself have been working on some new samples for upcoming classes this spring.  First is Tumbling Triangles made with the V-Block tool by Studio 180.  I will be teaching "Tumbling Triangles at Cindy Bee's Quilt Shoppe in Espanola, Saturday March 18th 10am to 4pm.  This has also been added to my "In Studio Sessions" list so give me a shout and we can arrange a time to come to the studio to make this fast, fun and easy project.

It is easy and fun to put together, and whips up in no time.  On the design wall is another fast and fun quilt “Love Links”.  Believe it or not, it is all constructed from flying geese, and the pattern makes several sizes.

Love Links

Love Links

It is also that time of year when we northerners go seeking some warmth and sunshine.  If your anything like me, travel time is a great time for those little handwork projects that we somehow never have the time to do at home.  I like to do hand work on a plane or driving in a car.  I am so thankful that I do not get motion sickness.  I have a difficult time sitting idly for long periods of time.

One of my take along projects is my ongoing work in hexies.  My hexies are ¾” in size and are so adorable. It is definitely a work in progress, as I started these last February, but Hey, what’s a quilter without UFO’s?  

These little guys at 3/4" are so cute! 

These little guys at 3/4" are so cute! 

I am looking forward to Kathy Wylie’s visit here in May to soak up her tips and tricks when making hexies.  (Kathy will be here in Northern Ontario for workshops.)  Click here to find out more. 

 

 

In anticipation of a winter holiday I did the prep work on the centre for a wool felt wall hanging.  Now I am all set for hours in a car, on a plane ….  I was going to bring my hexies again but they have already been on several trips.  :) LOL

I find wool felt projects so relaxing to stitch out.   Once the pieces are in place, it is just a blanket stitch to hold the pieces down and its good to go!  So when your walking on the beach, have a look around, maybe you will spot me stitching in the shade.

Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, keep warm and go finish a UFO!

The Second Annual Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium - May 5-7, 2017

Hello Friends. I am starting off the New Year with a special news announcement. Quilting by the River is once again hosting a special guest instructor to the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium. This year, Kathy Wylie will join us to share her expertise in all things appliqué. I know for some of you, myself included, when I hear the word appliqué I feel a shutter of horror vibrate through my bones. Don't dispare, Kathy is coming to Sudbury in May to change your perspective and spread the joy of appliqué!

This year's Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium features Kathy Wylie.

This year's Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium features Kathy Wylie.

To start off the weekend, I have invited Kathy to share the story of her quilting journey through a Trunk Show on Friday evening. The Trunk Show is open to everyone, not just those signed up for the workshops. So, make this an evening out -  grab your girlfriends, get gussied-up, go out for dinner and head on over to the Trunk show! Tickets are available at various quiltshops in the north, Country Quilter in Sudbury, Cindy Bee’s in Espanola, Cottage Quilter in Corbiel, and Life’s a Stitch in Sault Ste Marie. You can also let me know and I will have one set aside for you at the door. 

Saturday starts off with a bang as Kathy introduces us to hexies by machine, without the use of paper. What?? Thats right, if you have wanted to do a project with hexies but have been sent away by the fear of hand work and picking out paper, this is for you!

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If your like me and have shied away from turned edge appliqué because you have two left thumbs, then I will be seeing you in Sunday’s class.

Join Kathy as she teaches the Apliquick method for turned-edge appliqué. If you have always wanted to learn turned-edge appliqué, or struggled with it in the past, this system is for you. Apliquick rods will be available in class so you can try before you buy. During this class Kathy will go over some machine tips and tricks for stitching your appliqué by machine as well as secrets for stitching by hand. 

To register for the workshops please contact me - don't delay space is limited!

Well thats all the news for now. Thanks for dropping by, until next time, stay safe, watch out for snow ploughs, and keep on quilt’n.