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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 2w ago

Well I’m not gonna lie, it feels good to be able to say with just the tiniest bit of snootyness in my voice,  “Please DO come to the Grand Opening of my Exhibit at the Eptek Centre on Sunday”… not that I haven’t spoken in a somewhat snooty voice before, but OMG this time, there is actually a Grand Opening and it is at the Cultural Centre on PEI, so possibly, perhaps there is a degree of deservedness in the snootiness.

Okay all joking aside, this is a banner month for the PEIMQG, of which I am a member.  We have been planning an exhibit of modern quilts for over 2 years and last Sunday, we were able to invite everyone to the Grand Opening of our Exhibit – Quilting Forward.

This was the poster provided by the centre. It showcases the quilt that the Guild is raffling off in 2019.  It was designed and pieced by members in a couple weekends after one of our members graciously offered a stack of orphan blocks left over from another quilt top.  Thank you to Cathy for that and to all the members who gave up a couple Saturdays to piece this together and of course, a huge thank you goes to Liz over at Blueberry Cove for doing such an awesome job on the long-arm quilting machine.

It truly is stunning and possibly does look a tiny bit like a lobster, which is totally appropriate as a representation of our tiny Island.

So do you want to see some of the quilts hanging in the gallery?  I knew you did, so here goes.  I confess I didn’t personally take photos of all of them, but as others share their photos, I will be sharing with you here.  Please remember this is just a tiny sampling of the talent hanging on display.

First up, here is our President’s Challenge quilt from 2018.  We were given a selection of  of solid fabrics and asked to make a block with a nautical theme.  We are a very small Guild and many of us participated.  Several of the members created words out of nautical flags, others built lighthouses, sail boats and buoys. My personal favourite block (well I have 3) are the sail boats with the flying geese on the sail, the lighthouse with the beam pointing to the shore and the beautiful seahorse.  Nope, none of them are mine – mine is the buoy.

The next quilt I have to share with you is just simply amazing.  I don’t even know what to say about it…other than I’m so lucky to have Janice as a friend.  I hope some of her talent rubs off on me.  This is her grandson, Callum.  Janice pieced and appliquéd the block, and did all the quilting on it herself.  Truly stunning. 

There is a Viewer’s Choice Rosette to be shared with one of our members at the end of the Exhibit.  I’m not sure how anyone will be able to choose one favourite, but after some agonizing, I narrowed it down to these 3. 

All are gorgeous, which one would you choose?  I wonder if its possible to vote 3 times?

Finally, I’ll show you the two quilts I entered into the Exhibit. First up is “My Sister, My Friend”. And yes, that’s me beside the quilt.  Can you guess which one of the four sisters I am…. The others are Gwenneth, Rebecca and Donna.  And you’ll have to go to the Exhibit to see which of us is which.

This one is “I tried Improv”.  It is the result of a One Week Improv Challenge hosted on line this spring by Amy Ellis.

I hope you like our quilts.  I am so insanely proud of my Guild.  I will share photos of other quilts as they are shared on social media.  I don’t want to show them all….because I’d really love it if you took a few moments out of your day and dropped in to see them all in person.  When you get there, check out the beautiful Queen Bee Quilt that Susan Paddock put together — and the sophisticated purple and grey beauty by Heather Jarmyn.  And, if you really want to smile, make sure you see Helen’s Flamingos.  Seriously there is so much talent in this Guild, it humbles me.

and FYI, the quilt at the top of this blog post is Jean’s version of Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman.  This was a quilt that a group of us worked on over the course of a year.  Linda’s version is on display at the exhibit too.

Come see the exhibit.  Its going to be on until May 10, 2019 at the Eptek Centre in Summerside PEI.

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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 1M ago

Are you sewing along with Alison Glass in the Trinket SAL?  I jumped in right at the beginning and  I’m loving it.  If you’re following along on Instagram or Facebook, you must be thoroughly ahhhstruck by the tiny trinkets being put together by people all over the Quilty Universe.

I chose to use mostly Sun Prints Path and Sun Prints Day Dream from Alison Glass that I picked up from Clinton Modern Creative.  However, snippets from other collections are already breezing in to make this into a modern masterpiece.

The blocks are all paper-pieced and in the pattern booklet, they are all 4 1/2″.  I photocopied all the patterns at 150 percent, so my blocks are 6″ unfinished.  This combined with plain blocks will allow me to end up with a good sized throw quilt.  Come back soon to see how next week’s blocks turned out.

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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 1M ago

Have you ever gone to a quilting retreat?  If not, put it on your “Must do” list.  Our PEIMQG’s first annual quilting retreat just wrapped up yesterday after lunch.  I think I can speak for everyone there when I say it was an absolute,  complete  and perfect success.

Do you want to know what makes a retreat successful?  Of course you do….its all about Food, Friends and Fabulous Finishes.

As far as Food goes….don’t judge me, my consumption included (but was not limited to) the following:

  • Friday Supper of delicious white fish with a savoury bread crumb topping, potatoes and veggies, followed by lemon pound cake with lemon sauce. (I may have licked the plate when no-one was looking).
  • Evening Snack of crackers and cheese, Fudge Blondies, Chocolate Coconut Cake, assorted other crackers, chips, chocolate and ….WINE.
  • Breakfast on Saturday was French toast with maple syrup, sausages and fruit.
  • Naturally my tummy was growling again  an hour and a half later so I snacked on OMG cinnamon buns, 1 huge butterscotch chip cookie and possibly a left over fudge blondie.
  • Sewing is hungry work  so of course I wolfed down a Hot Turkey Sandwich with peas, fries and gravy for lunch.  I did NOT refuse dessert either (I may have been in a food coma by then because I cannot remember what it was…pistachio/chocolate  pudding possibly)
  • Afternoon snack which included more of the same cookies and cakes as before
  • Dinner was Ham, potatoes and veggies….followed by MORE dessert — pretty sure it was ice cream filled crepes with mixed berry sauce.
  • By the time it was time for evening snack, I was definitely in a food coma….but I managed to put away yet another cinnamon bun (did I mention they were huge…well they were HUGE)

I am uncomfortable publicly confessing to the rest of my eating transgressions, but in the interests of full disclosure, there was still breakfast, morning snack and lunch on Sunday… all delicious, and all eaten gleefully and gladly by me.  I blame the amazing staff at the Retreat centre for my complete lack of will power. Now that I am back home, I am resolved to eat nothing at all for 3 days. Sigh.

Moving on to the 2nd component of a successful retreat.  Friends….

FYI our Guild is quite small with approximately 21 members but Holy Heck Hermione, we are certainly social.  We laughed, we sewed, we played games and won prizes, we shared bits about our lives, our families, our projects and we left there feeling just a little bit more connected to each other than we were last week.  We decided we can be fancy and lovely at the same time (this is a story for another day…maybe).  Here are some photos of our group. (That purple quilt in the background was pieced and sewn by Lucinda (the lady in purple with the flash of teal in her hair).

The lovely ladies above are Guild President Heather and one of our newest members, Nancy, getting ready to play Left Right and Centre (a game that results in someone winning 80+ Charm Squares.  As you can imagine, the competition was fierce…. there was much jockeying of position.  Leigh Anne (the lady in grey) is pretty lucky and Jean and Janice were staking their positions to stand beside her in the photo below.

and here is a picture of the Winners.  Apparently Leigh Anne really is lucky, because Janice won the first game and Jean won the second….I wonder if they shared their winnings with Leigh Anne.

and now lets talk about Fabulous Finishes (or Splendid Starts).

Cathy and Anna (a dynamic mom and daughter duo) sat at the sewing station next to me and somehow they managed to sew two fabulous queen-sized quilt tops together by Saturday evening …. and two awesome matching pillow shams on Sunday morning.  (I  forgot to get a photo of the quilt tops, but here they are with the pillow shams).  If any of you subscribe to Make Modern Magazine, you will be familiar with Cathy’s beautiful work…I’m pretty sure she inherited her talent from her mom.

Here are a couple fotos I took of things I was working on.

These are going to Ann, a buddy of mine from Bee Inspired The Horrible Hamlet of Halloween Hallow

I wish I had remembered to take photos of….

  • The Lilla Quilt (pattern by Cheryl Arkison) Blocks we are all working on for our Guild’s Fund Raiser
  • Janice’s long legged birdies
  • Leanne’s zipper pouches (more than 100 of them–seriously crazy cool)
  • Dawn’s beautiful blue blocks
  • Dianne’s strip quilt blocks (she’s our scrappy queen)
  • The flimsy’s that Roberta put together (3 of them) on her design wall

and sew sew many more beautiful things that Nancy, Jean, Maritza, Linda, Gail, Helen, Janet and the rest of us were working on.

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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 2M ago

Does anybody know anything good that ever came out of procrastination?  Sigh.  I didn’t think so.

I’m pretty sure I’m in serious procrastination mode.  A while back I pitched an article about modern quilting bees to a magazine that I love.  To my astonishment the folks there loved the idea and accepted it for publication…which means of course that I actually have to write the piece.  Sew..for the last couple weeks, I’ve been reminding myself every day that I should start writing because OMG, the deadline for submitting my draft is getting really REALLY close.  This morning, I looked at the calendar and saw that I have less than 7 days to finish (start) the actual writing.  So, to my bewilderment, rather than sitting down at my computer today and putting words to paper this is what I’ve done so far:

  1. Made my bed…actually I turned the mattress, changed the sheets and swept all the little dust bunnies out from under the bed.
  2. Dusted the family room and wiped down all the window sills.
  3. Offered to help hubby clear the driveway…which means I would rather put on a sweater, a winter coat, a scarf, hat and mittens, socks, boots and sunglasses and go outside where the temperature is hovering at around -1000 degrees celsius.  Mind you, I just offered to help, I didn’t actually help.
  4. Took all the scraps out of one of my scrap baskets, pressed and starched them, cut them into 2″ strips, then folded them carefully them in a freezer bag to share with Guild buddies.
  5. De-matted the dog and clipped his nails.
  6. Watched an hour’s worth of CNN – Apparently nothing has changed/improved in the US.
  7. Watched 3 videos about how to make my mature skin glow….hahaha, that’s just nuts.
  8. Cried for a while, then took a nap.
  9. Made a batch of Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins and ate two.
  10. Briefly considered going to Yoga (thank goodness it was snowing).
  11. Watched Buzz Feed videos -10 Times your Cat was Smarter than You – I don’t have a cat!@!#2.

So now its about 1:30 in the afternoon and I’m running out of things to do instead of doing what I absolutely, positively, must, without fail, do today.

The only thing left for me to do is call my mom for a little bit of motherly advice about the habits of successful people….or perhaps I could stop writing this blog post and start drafting an article about On-Line Quilting Bees for readers of Make Modern Magazine.

Oh and I have a question… Does anyone know who created this quilt block?  I first found it on Pinterest a couple months ago and would love to use it in my article, but need to be able to give its maker credit for her great tutorial. PS I know there is a tutorial because I used it to make these blocks.

procrastination
[proh-kras-tuh–ney-shuh-n, 
noun
the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention: She was smart, but her constant procrastination led her to be late with almost every assignment.  

What can I say?

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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 2M ago

2019 is the year when I learn a whole lot more about appliqué…and IMHO there is no better way to learn something new than to sign up for a whole year’s worth of lessons.  Yesssirree Bob, its a Year-Long BOM along with other quilters from all over the world and of course, a really really exceptional leader.  I’m talking about the Sarah Fielke 2019 BOM Quilt – Coming Home.

I really love medallion quilts and house blocks and this quilt is perfect from that standpoint  There are several borders featuring city streets, all surrounding a centre star.  I posted this picture a while back after I finally decided to use Basic Grey Grunge and ombre confetti to build the houses and stars on my quilt; and the gridded fabric for the backgrounds.

I still think this will make an  awesome quilt don’t you?

I can now disclose I was as jittery as a June bug about this whole appliqué thing ever since last October when I signed up.  I confess to second and third thoughts, sleepless nights and many many misgivings about my sewing savvy right up until I started watching the first video lesson.  Well, OMgoodness I’m glad I didn’t throw in the towel, because as it turns out Sarah Fielke is an expert at making appliqué easy.

Here is the middle part of my centre star with the first houses and the first little bits of appliqué.  My circles aren’t perfect, but dang they are cute.  The ombre fabric was a bit tricky but I ended up loving the way it looks.

My appliqué fears are gone for now and I’m ready for the next instalment on the quilt.  Stay tuned, I’ll post about the next border sometime in early March.

And finally for your viewing pleasure, here are a couple centre medallions made by others in the Coming Home Facebook group.

Kaye Kraemer Yoder made this one.  Its just so beautiful.  I love that she is also using confetti for her star points and houses.  I also love all the stripy roof-lines.  Such a great design detail.  And those sparkly circles just add an amazing pop of colour.  I’m gonna be watching this one closely over the next few months.

Here is another beautiful centre block.  This one is by Arlene LaFosse. I am crazy about the marbled LV background and the fabulous fun roof tops.  I confesss that I do have a bit of circle envy.  Hers are perfect. Mine are just okay.  

Thank you ladies for allowing me to share your beautiful work.

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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 3M ago

Okay, I am just gonna say it.  I have a Quilty-Lady crush on “Make Modern” magazine.  I could gush and go on about my infatuation for quite a while…if you’ll indulge me.

In case you aren’t familiar with it yet, Make Modern is an on-line magazine published in Australia. Its the brainchild of a group of quilters/business professionals who saw an opportunity to showcase modern quilters (like me) from all around the world.  I think I speak for all of us when I say how glad I am that this magazine is out there.

They have generously accepted several of my patterns for publication over the past year….the most recent being my quilt pattern “Which Way is UP?”.  Check it out.

Its a really simple pattern….seriously! There are only two blocks in it which a confident beginner could easily cut and piece with a dull rotary cutter and one hand tied behind her back.  The setting gets interesting when you start to rotate the blocks.  I counted approximately a gazillion different ways I could put these together and every one is unique.

IMHO, Issue 26 of Make Modern is especially fun because my good friend Cathy Victor is featured in a regular article called “Meet the Maker” and we also get to see skill builder blocks no. 3 and 4 in her “Medley Medallion” quilt pattern.  Below is a photo of the finished quilt that appears in the magazine…

….and these are my versions of three  of the first four block components already published (The first two photos are from the article in Issue 25 and the last photo is  one of two you will find in Issue 26). I will share the 4th one once I get it finished and photographed.

FYI there are 12 different skills showcased in the quilt and each of them can be put together in groups of four 6 1/2″ segments to form a very cool quilt block.

Another good friend and our PEIMQG President Heather J was also featured in Issue 26.  Look for the article on Page 107 about Bee-Hive blocks.  Heather’s built her quilt from blocks she received from an all-Canadian on-line quilting bee.  The block is called “Double Star” and the quilt is a beauty.

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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 4M ago

Holy OMG. Did you ever decide to do something so scary that you hyperventilate every time you allow yourself to think about it. Of course not, because you are a GROWN UP PERSON  Me, not so much apparently.

I, along with some friends from one of my on-line sewing bees, signed up for the Sarah Fielke, 2019 BOM entitled Coming Home.  It begins on January 31, 2019 and runs through the whole year.  I hafta say the finished quilt promises to be stunning….if I can keep it together and get it done.  The quilt is a combination of appliqué and pieced blocks.  Most folks are going to be honing their needle turn appliqué skills on this one, but I’m still thinking I might do a raw edge technique of some kind.

Here are most of the fabrics that I am planning to use.  The confetti  F8ths will be for star points in the centre, the black/white yardage is for alternating backgrounds and that lovely grunge bundle will be what I use to build the houses.

…and I think I’m going to purchase a FQ bundle of some soft coloured solids – maybe one of these, because I am not good at anything even slightly resembling a limited color scheme.

Do you want to see my drawing of what the quilt will look like.  Sure you do.  Check it out.  FYI I coloured the backgrounds in before I found the black/white background fabrics but now I think I should have gone with grunge backgrounds too.

And that my friends is ALL I plan to be working on for the entire year.  I will finish up some WIPs in the downtime between block drops and I am taking part in Stash Bee again this year.   I’m pretty sure I have my hands full.

AND….this is my final post for the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge.  Happy New Year to everyone.

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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 4M ago

Who is ready for another list….

I’d like to set my Time Machine to journey back into the past to visit

  1. My neighbourhood in the time of Dinosaurs
  2. Salvador Dali’s art studio
  3. my husband when he was a little boy

If I could take go a joyride into the future, I’d like to see

  1. My (great, great, great x 20)  grandchildren in 2225
  2. The rings around Saturn up close and personal
  3. If we ever managed to cure the common cold

This is Post No. 15 in

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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 4M ago

This is my second post about 2018.  To read the first one, you can click right here. 

Here is the big big news!  I designed a quilt pattern in 2018.  Holy Heck Hermione, how impossibly awesome is that!

Words cannot express how crazy excited I am about this accomplishment. Its definitely a GOAL REACHED moment.

Here’s how it happened.  In early 2018 our Guild put out a request for members to offer suggestions for  our 2018 Raffle Quilt design. I had made a “soft” goal of improving my curved piecing skills this year, so I was playing with simple Drunkard’s Path blocks and partial piecing and came up with this simply great quilt block design.

which I shared with my Guild.  I was surprised and thrilled when they decided to use this block design.  Here is the finished quilt our Guild put together in just a couple “sew days”.  Thank you again ladies.

Another Guild member, Cathy V, suggested that I submit the quilt design to Make Modern Magazine (an on-line publication for Modern Quiltmakers), so I did….AND THEY ACCEPTED IT FOR PUBLICATION.  Which means 2018 was the year I had my first quilt pattern published.  This is a picture of the pattern that was published.

And that’s not all….I had two more quilt patterns accepted for publication in Make Modern in 2018. The 2nd one is a pattern I call “Tic Tac Tango”.  This is her.  She appeared in Issue No. 25.

I cannot share the pictures of the other quilt yet, because it is going to appear in the January, 2019 issue.  Stay tuned for fotos and the story of how it came to be in January.

There were about a gazillion moments of ahh-someness in 2018.  So many in fact that I could write for hours about it.  But I won’t.  Let me just say what it boils down to  at the end of the day…or in this case, the year is this….My 2018 was a year of growth and change as a quilt maker.  How was yours.

Oh…also stay tuned for a post about goals for 2019.  I am thrilled and terrified in equal measure about the main thing I am planning for next year.

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Freckled Fox Quiltery by Velda At The Freckled Fox Quiltery - 4M ago

I am linking up to Meadow Mist Design blog to take part in the “Best of 2018 Linky Party.”  What a great tradition.  Thanks for hosting, Cheryl.

If you’d like to join in,  just write a blog post highlighting your fav-five from 2018.  Don’t forget to add a link to them so everybody can enjoy a re-read.

Here are my five favourite posts.

  1.  Way way back in January, 2018 I wrote a post about a quilt I was working on called. The Avenue.  Of course this quilt pattern was created by Louise Papas for Jen Kingwell.  Here is a picture of my version (I added an actual Avenue) It will always be one of my favourite quilt finishes ever.

My 2018 post with the most comments is Happy Hop Day.  I was so excited to take part in the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and it was soooooo worth it.  I made lots of new friends/followers and have to give a shout out to Sandra at MMM Quilts, Tish at Tish n’Wonderland , Jen at Dizzy Quilter and Beth at  Cooking Up Quilts

Did you have a “best” BOM, QAL or Mystery Quilt this year?  I did, it was the PEIMQG Mystery QAL hosted by my Guild buddy, Cathy. There were lots of Quilty options for folks to choose when it became time to put the quilt blocks together. I chose to make a table runner for my dining room.  Its fabulous isn’t it?  I was Playing Catch Up Again is a post that shows some pics of all the monthly quilting I did last year.

Did you take any Quilty classes or workshops last year.  I did…so a post about my “2018 Best of” would not be complete without a shout out to Make Words, Not War.  If you ever have a chance to take a class from Cheryl Arkison, do not hesitate.  Sign up.  You will not be disappointed.  Here is a pic of the word I chose and the quilty-pillow I ended up making. Personally I love it.

And….last but not least, I signed up for Stash Bee in 2018 and was a member Beehive 2 in 2018. We posted pics on Instagram each month as we made quilt blocks for our Queen Bee.  I loved the block I asked my bee buddies to make, so much that I think it definitely deserves a place on my Best of 2018 post.  The picture is below and the link is here

Its December 28, 2018 and I’m still posting every day in the…

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