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Colour Confidential

August 6, 2010

I’m a green person. Not just any green – I love olive green. Not Christmas green. Not Grass green. Not Lime green.

Olive green.

To me, Olive green is a peaceful, serene colour. I once painted my entire apartment in olive green, and every time I had a visitor stop by, they would always comment on how relaxing and calming the place was.

I still have an olive green sofa in my living room, though the walls are now something called Ginger Root and Covered Bridge.

Do I use Olive Green in my quilts? I can’t say that I do. As much as I like the colour, I know it’s not a colour for everyone, and I do give away most of my quilts. So, no. I don’t use it in my quilts all that much.

Maybe it’s time I do.

What is your favourite colour and why? Do you find you use it in your quilts frequently?

~ Heather

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Calling all quilt shows!

August 4, 2010

Do you have a quilt show coming up this fall? We still have space in the Fall issue of Quilter’s Connection Magazine for your show listing, and it’s free!

If you are organizing a show in Canada, or near enough that Canadian quilters would visit, please let us know about it. Send details to info@quiltersconnection.ca or post them here!

Details we need: Name of Show, Date of Show, Name of Guild, Location (include province or state please!), Times, Contact information

Happy Quilting!~Heather

Quilt Show this weekend

August 4, 2010

BC quilter in the news…

July 30, 2010

http://www.bclocalnews.com/lifestyles/99493154.html

Sneak Peak

July 29, 2010

Summer is always a busy time – vacations, friends and family visiting, Fall issues of magazines to be published….

Here is a sneak peak at Quilter’s Connection Magazine’s Fall 2010 issue!

All work and no play…

July 20, 2010

… makes me very sad. That’s why my family got away this past weekend to Whistler BC for a sun-filled, fun-filled two days. Come Monday morning, I was completely recharged and ready to take on the work week!

I did manage to get some work done over the weekend, though. But I don’t really consider quilting “work”, even though I did finish a sample for the magazine. I finished  Janet Rice-Bredin’s Caribbean Dreaming quilt project from the Summer issue of Quilter’s Connection Magazine. I love the colours that Janet used, they remind me so much of the beautiful colours of the tropical waters in places we’ve vacationed in the past.

Not a tropical locale, but Whistler is still such a beautiful place to visit, with mountains and trees, beautiful wildflowers, and even some snow at the top of the peaks in July!

Did I mention I married into a rather athletic family? My husband plays golf and hockey, and is a competitive sailor. His daughter is currently in Hong Kong competing in the World Dragonboat Championships. And my step-son coaches a junior hockey team in his spare time. So, we decided to try something new and different with this visit to the mountains. Monkido at Wildplay is an “aerial adventure tree to tree obstacle course”. And more than a little bit of a workout! But a great deal of fun, and no better place for such an adventure – through old growth trees, over creeks and with views of the stunning mountains of the area.

Ah, but back to reality and the stuffiness of my office this week. Thank goodness for weekends!

I have begun working on a new project though. Actually, a couple of new projects – I have another sample for the Fall issue that is sitting on the sewing table right now (and it’s soooo cute!), I’m drafting a pattern for the August e-newsletter, and have two baby quilts on the design wall in my mind!  Photos to come…

In the meantime, Happy Quilting! ~ heather

Advice for the beginner…

July 15, 2010

I’ve discovered a website that helps with blogger’s block – it’s called Plinky. Each day, you are given a question to ask yourself, and then you blog about it. It is supposed to help you get your writer’s mojo flowing.

So, a recent question was, “What was the best advice you ever received?”. I’ve taken that one step further and thought, “What is the best quilting advice I ever received?”

I’d been quilting for many years, making all the mistakes I could possibly make, before someone finally convinced me to take a quilting class. It was a beginner class – Basic Quilting for Beginners –  at my LQS (local quilt shop). I don’t remember how long the class was, though I managed to finish a six-block quilt, so it must have been a six-week class.

I think that was the best thing I’ve ever done for my quilting – taking a beginner class. I managed to create a lovely quilt that I love and look at every day because it sits on the sofa in my living room. And I learned so much, from how to prepare fabrics to how to sew on a binding, and everything in between.

Most beginner classes help quilters with the basics of quilting, including various quilting techniques such as applique (think Grandmother’s Flower Garden), to  matching points when making the Ohio Star  and Road to California blocks. In my beginner class, we even learned how to ease the seam allowances if you’re quilt is different lengths on each side, so you end up with a quilt that lies flat, not rippled. I also learned about the local quilt guild (which I joined), got some great advice about colour and fabric choices, and had a wonderful time with some lovely, like-minded women.

Today, years after that class, I still frequently refer to the notes the instructor provided. I’ve also added some notes of my own, as I learn new things, new techniques and tips, and come up with new ideas.

So, I guess the best advice I ever received as a quilter was, TAKE A CLASS. After all, you have to actually learn the rules, before you can break them!

What was the best advice you ever received?

Happy Quilting! ~ Heather