Sunday, 23 October 2016

Blue Mountain Quilters' Guild Quilt Show.

Saturday morning I drove into Coquitlam to view the Blue Mountain Quilters' Show.  Here is a selection of some of the quilts that caught my attention.  This first on is by Lyn Longair who used to host a retreat I went to for a few years in Sorrento B.C.  She along with her mom and others would book a choice of two retreats back to back.  The drive up is about four hours depending on road conditions.  One Spring I encountered some snow along the Coquihalla which was a surprise but not unexpected for mountain driving in April in B.C,

 Lyn as you will see below took a machine quilting class and decided to experiment on this piece she called Blue.  Maple leaf motif.
 Hills and valleys
 Grass in the wind.
 Wind with a bit of pebbles.
 Leaf motif.

 This lovely piece was done by my friend Mary Shore, a combination of machine quilting and some Sashiko inspired accent stitching.
 Loved this whimsical piece.
 Squares and Yo-Yo's in the centre.
 Houses, trees and flowers along the sides.
 Crazy for Yo-Yo's by Joyce Perks.
 Whimsical Garden, sorry I didn't photograph the maker.
 She did some lovely stitchery and bead embellishments to the blocks.
 Janet Archibald was the featured quilter and they had a wall of some of her mini quilts as you entered the display.  I follow Janet on her What Next Janet instagram account.
 She does some absolutely lovely work.
 Such diversity in her pieces.
 Loved this simple floral still life.  The work on the vase is exquisite.
 This is one of my favourite pieces I've seen of hers on instagram.  A mix of contemporary and folk art.  Her machine quilting is lovely.
 One of her larger pieces.
 Another mix of folk art with contemporary influences.
 Is not the the positive negative of these two pieces not stunning.
 A very modern rainbow effect.
 Black white and red.
 I went for a bit of a walk afterwards to enjoy the respite from the rain and enjoy some of our west coast colours.
 I love how the evergreen trees set of the colours of the leaves.
 Maple leaves do come in other colours than red or green.
 Back lit by the sun.
 Moss growing on the tree trunks.
 Getting a bit crispy despite the rains we've recently had.
 Love the veins on this maple leaf.
 Gorgeous colour of yellow and brown.
 A bit of sun catching these ones.
 Catching the raindrop before it falls of the point of the leaf.
 Heart shapes in unexpected places.
 New life along side of some older bits of lichen.
 Seems so soft and green for the Autumn.
 Blue skies with some clouds creeping in.
 I could not resist this beautiful stack of yarn dyed woven cottons.
 A different mix of black and whites and creams.
 Finding good oranges can be a challenge and this plaid spoke to me along with the black and pink stripe.
 I needed some yellow thread and some 28 weight quilting thread on the orange spools.  Love Aurifil threads.
 My black and white and cream fabrics.
The show is still on today it is at a school in Coquitlam at 3700 Hastings if you can get there before four today.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Harrison Hot Springs 2016 Retreat.

Friday morning I headed off to drive to Harrison Hot Springs for our annual Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild retreat.  I've gone to each one save the time I broke my foot three days before the retreat.  We usually attend it the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving and the trees are giving out some lovely colours.  We were also expecting a series of three Pacific storms originating from two Typhoons so rain and wind was expected.  I spotted these trees just across the bridge in Surrey as I was waiting for a left turn light to change.
 I made one brief stop at Hamel's in Chilliwack but wanted to get there before the heavy rains arrived.  Just after I unloaded the rain became heavier, I actually saw some sun on the trip out.
 Took this picture just after I had my sewing space organized, we were expecting 40 members to sew this weekend.

My first finish for the weekend was the Retreat bag.  It is a free pattern from Emmaline Bag, you do have to buy some hardware for it. You can find the pattern here and also order the hardware if your local quilt shop doesn't carry it. 
 I used the same print inside in a different colour.  I decided to use pink zippers as a contrast.
 The pattern calls for two pockets inside, I did one and made it a bit larger.

Nancy came by and shared her gadget apron she made from Krista Hennebury's retreat book.  Krista Fleck designed it.  She used some of Latifah Saafir's Grafic fabric line.
 Then I made the bigger bag with the fabrics reversed.  I had intended to make the larger one first.
 My one suggestion is make sure you make your frame pocket a generous half inch wide.
 Again I put one pocket inside.
 Don't they look nice nested together?
 I went outside for a quick break.  It was surprisingly mild despite the cloudy weather and the rain was very light.

 Cathy Galbraith got her top finished and bound while at retreat.
 Celiste was working on this rainbow beauty.  I saw the pattern in Bend in July against a white background the the black really looks great.
 Wendy and Cathy Waddle made some blocks for the Canadian Quilters' Association challenge and Wendy brought them along to sew into a top.  CQA's goal is to make quilts for Ronald MacDonald houses across Canada made with 150th Canadiana fabrics.  At least one piece in each block. Here is some information if you would like to make some blocks or quilt tops to send to the event.
 I ran into Beckie at Hamel's and she was debating about buying a BOM kit.  She thought it was flannels but it wasn't, here is her first block done.
 Vale made this Canadian themed heart top.
 Wendy started working on her whales.
 Saturday morning walking break.  Are the colours in that Hydrangea not gorgeous?
 Some more Autumn colours in the parking lot.
 Love those reds, yellows and rusts with the green against the evergreens.
 Snow on the distant mountains.  Whistler almost has enough snow to open!
 Gorgeous reds.
 Looking towards the mountains.
 Maple leaves changing colours.
 The wind was picking up...
 as you can see from the flags standing out in front of the hotel entrance.
 Wendy started making blocks for her sister's birthday quilt.
 Nancy was working on this beauty that Lorna designed.
 Cher was working on these paper pieced blocks.
 Lorna did a small quilt and decided to enlarge it from 8" x 10".
 Wendy's finished whale top designed by Elisabeth Hartman.  She made wider sashing between the blocks.

 More of Lorna's blocks, with Wendy's peeking behind.
 Carmie finished machine quilting and binding her tinner blocks from two years.  She had lots of fun with her scalloped border.
Here is a closer peek at some of my favourite blocks.
 Sunflower and glass jar.

Asian inspired vase.
 This is one of my favourite blocks.

 Look at the zentangle design on the vase!
 Coneflowers in an old boot!
This is one of the blocks for our preemie program that Sheila worked on.

 I finally got my two groups of heart blocks together.  In the space below the white gap are the extra blocks I made for the block swap with Mary Lou Weidman group.  I thought I had brought the larger blocks last year but left them at home.  The two vertical rows not sewn on the left and the one on the right are the swap blocks.
 I decided to fill the gap with LOVE!
  A closer look at my free designed letters.  my first e was a bit of a fail.
 This is the portion of my smaller hearts.
 Here is some show and tell from the last day of stitching.  Marion is going to add some more to this piece I think.
 Lorna finished the quilting on this piece.
 Mary pieced this piece and has it ready to machine quilt.

These are Beckie's paper pieced blocks and Cher's below.
 I bought these home spun fabrics and the green batik on my way out at Hamel's

 I stopped in at both A Great Notion stores and got their Wooly Block patterns.  They are the only stores in my area that are participating.
 Hockey on the pond and deer and birds in the woods.
 I've also been selectively getting some of the Cantik U.S. Mystery Quilt blocks to reflect some of the places I've traveled in the U.S.  Cantik is a Canadian company and they are also doing a Canadian Block of the month for our 150th birthday next year.

 I found these sale fabrics at the Abbotsford shop.
 And this Valori Wells fabric at the Langely/Surrey location.
 Keeping this under wraps for awhile longer I got one of my three Gwen Inspired Medallion QAL quilts done while at retreat.
 It was a great weekend and looking forward to next year's retreat that will start on October 13!  Hope there are no black cats or ladders in our way!