Wonky Tree Workshop – Paper Foundation Piecing with Carol Piercy

Carol’s quilt

On October 12 twenty-four guild members participated in a workshop presented by local quilting teacher, Carol Piercy.  We got busy with pencils and paper and learned how to make our own paper foundation pattern for a “wonky” tree, which would be the centre design of a small wallhanging.  The project was a nice manageable size, with lots of scope for interesting borders, bindings, and embellishments, and suitable for a Christmas or other seasonal theme.

It was a fun day, with members supporting each other through the ups and downs of making our first blocks, and Carol near at hand patiently demonstrating the technique and providing encouragement when the seam rippers came out.

As always, the array of fabrics and colours decorating our work areas was a delight, as was sharing the day with others who love to sew.  Thanks, Carol, for an enjoyable workshop.

Donna's tree
Donna’s tree, from a previous Carol Piercy workshop

Marianne Haak Workshop – Playing with Colour & Technique

Colour Shot by Marianne Haak
Colour Shot by Marianne Haak

Marianne Haak led her Colour Shot Quilt-As You-Go Workshop for our guild in September.  Over two days, we learned the construction secrets behind her Colour Shot quilt.  She taught us several techniques for making the blocks.  The blocks are sandwiched and quilted individually, and we learned how to join them together afterwards.

It was great fun building our blocks in a more free-wheeling way.  The smaller, block-sized quilt sandwiches were so much easier to turn and manoeuvre through our sewing machines, giving us lots of opportunity to play with our machine quilting designs.

Marianne inspired us to explore new ways of making quilts.  She encouraged us to to let our quilts evolve as we make them, to enjoy the creative process, and to embrace the mystery of what they will look like when we make that final stitch.

Many thanks to our hard-working Program Committee for orchestrating this enjoyable workshop with such a talented quilter.

Marianne has a blog packed with photos, information and tutorials.  You can find it here.

Karen Johnson Workshop

Karen Johnson WorkshopKaren Johnson is a textile artist and an instructor with the Fibre Art Network.  She taught a workshop for the guild on April 13 called “Textured Backgrounds” where we learned several methods for creating interesting visually textured backgrounds for art quilts.

These backgrounds are made from two or more fabrics.  They can be woven, assembled with snippets of fabric, or pieced together in various ways.   The backgrounds complement surface designs created with such things as applique, thread couching, embroidery, stamping, fabric paint, machine quilting, and other embellishments.

She sometimes quilts the background before using it in a quilt.  She puts backgrounds she has made onto her design wall, where they serve as inspiration for future projects.

As Karen told us, ideas for creating a textured background for your quilt are limitless, and by making your own “background fabric,” your quilt will really be one of a kind.

It was a stimulating and enjoyable workshop, full of new ideas, resources, and tips for learning about construction, colour and design.  Karen brought lots of her own wonderful quilts to illustrate some of the many techniques and materials she uses as a quilt artist.

Karen mentioned the following quilters in her presentation:

Gloria Loughman – contemporary quilter, teacher and author, Australia
Judy Villett – textile artist, B.C.
Jan Krentz – quilt designer and teacher, California

Here are some photos of the day, with thanks to Sonia for some of the pictures.  Click on any photo to enlarge and view in a gallery.

Here are some of Karen’s quilts, which illustrate her ability to create magic with fabric and embellishment.  Click on any photo to enlarge and view in a gallery.

Krista Hennebury Workshop – A Recipe for Modern

Temperature Check
Temperature Check

Choose your colour ingredients.  Use a few traditional techniques.  Add lots of innovative cutting and improvised piecing.  Spice it up with your own creativity, and you have a recipe for a modern quilt.

Krista’s workshop, “Improv Under the Influence,” was a lot of fun.  We learned how to make a quilt that Krista designed and called “Temperature Check.”   Continue reading “Krista Hennebury Workshop – A Recipe for Modern”

Lorna Moffat Workshop – Silk Unraveled

Marilyn C

On April 23rd several of our members attended our “Silk Unraveled” workshop with Lorna Moffat.  Lorna shared some of her favourite techniques for building a background or for embellishment.

We were encouraged to layer threads and bits of fabrics onto a larger pieces of fabric. We were encouraged to let go and play!  Many of us were drawn to the limits of our comfort zones but we all had fun.

Lorna is the author of the book “Silk Unravelled” in which there are many examples of these techniques.

Thank you Lorna, it was fun, informative, and expanding!

From Anne W about this workshop …

“This was a very creative workshop where Lorna presented us with a lot of food for thought.  We had to try to think outside of the box while learning to layer fabric upon fabric upon fabric, as well as layering these with embellishments, like threads, yarns, small fabric pieces etc. We all had wonderful fun, felt quite challenged, and found Lorna to be a very fun,  talented, and inspiring teacher. The day simply flew by.”

Anne’s photos from this workshop …

Circle Play Workshop

For two days in January fourteen of our members participated in a workshop with Lorna Shapiro and played with colour, shading, and circles.

On the first day backgrounds were designed with either rectangles or half square triangles.  Those working with rectangles brought rectangles from 12 fabrics in colour runs from light to dark.  Those working with HST’s brought two main colour runs and one accent colour run, light to dark.

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It was good to be able to take home the background and play with the pieces a bit more for the two weeks until the second day.  Lorna demonstrated setting in the quarter and whole circles on the first day and we finalized the placement and set in our circles on the second day.

Here are a few pictures from the second day.  These show mostly the triangle option.

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Stack’n’Whack Workshop

Our workshop was a hit! What a variety of colour choices!

We sewed all day and everyone managed to do at least a couple blocks.  The process and the results were interesting.  We had to be careful with cutting and assembling then each block was different.  Kerry and her three helpers kept us on the right track.  They were even known to do a bit of unsewing.

Stack n Whack Workshop 1    S n W helpers  

Stack n Whack 2

We were pleased with the results –

Stack n Whack 3

Thank you, Kerry




Gail Hunt Workshop

Great day with Gail Hunt!

The morning was spent creating a background.  In the afternoon we learned how to make confetti and apply it to create the landscape.

The little piles are the palette of colours that are carefully applied to the background.
Gail HuntGail Hunt making confetti

Some of the participants were already applying confetti and net to their landscapes by the end of the workshop.  I do know at least one person who has been busy doing a few “nee, nee, nee’s” (one of Gail’s machine quilting stitches) on her machine at home.

A few of the landscape quilts Gail had on display for future inspiration:

Robert Service Cabin

Tree and Border Detail

Note the borders!  We have been talking about borders for the last few months and here are a few different ones.

Thank you, Gail, for expanding our horizons.

September 28th Workshops

Workshop notes from Ellen F. –

Leaf Printing – Hatti Hunter taught us how to print fabric using craft paint and leaves collected from our gardens.  We were inspired by Hatti’s beautiful samples including: a queen-sized quilt, a vest, wall hangings, placemats, coasters, trivets, and stationery.

How Should I Quilt This? – Kirsten Yee inspired all of us with her collection of samples showing different quilting designs.  Ater her talk she gave each participant ideas as to how they could quilt the poject that they brought to the class.  There are certainly many ways to quilt a project!