I did have a couple of weeks away - my husband and I headed east to St Catharines Ontario to take in the Canadian Quilters' Association's Quilt Canada - their annual conference and show. I took a workshop, and then we spent a week and a half doing the tourist thing - we had a wonderful time!
Quilt Canada was great! The National Juried Show (NJS) was amazing - so many wonderful quilts - I kept going back to be inspired anew. What was also great was seeing that a few of my friends won ribbons - congratulations Leanne and Terry! They took first and second in the Modern Wallquilt or Bed Quilt category. You can see their quilts and the other winners here.
My two day workshop was with Lenore Crawford and was on painting and fusing. It was an interesting technique, and I can see myself using it again, although I need to do a lot of practicing with the painting side of it! Here's my wip - I'm pretty pleased with how it is looking, although there is still a lot to do before it is finished.
After getting back, I spent a couple of days cleaning up and organizing my sewing space - I really cannot describe just how bad it had gotten, and no, I did not take any before pictures, but here's how it looked on Sunday morning after I had finished - I can actually see my floor and the surface on my cutting table - who knew???
This morning, because the studio was so bright and clean, I decided it was the perfect time to tackle my MQG - Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels challenge that I'm doing with the VMQG. There was a little piecing involved - no real plan just a cut and ponder, cut and place, shuffle and repeat kind of process, and then on to the really fun stuff!
Some organic straightline stitching - possibly bordering on "industrial"?
a few continuous curves thrown in to offset the "straight" lines
and it is looking like this - not done yet, but we're getting there!
I have a few weeks left before I have to have it done, so as long a July cooperates and doessn't fly by, i should be good!
One of the things I was working on in May that I didn't show you here was a signature quilt for a couple of really lovely ladies - a mother and daughter, who are moving to the interior of BC. They have been such a wonderful part of my traditional guild, and have done so much, inspiring so many, that when the email came out that a signature quilt was being made for them, I jumped at the chance to quilt it. I generally don't do a lot of quilting for others, but these two are special, and I was so happy to be able to do this. Here are a few shots of the quilt and the quilting, and then one of the presentation.
Lyn and Edna - thank you! You are always so encouraging and inspiring, I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet you!
linking up to The Needle and Thread WIP Wednesday this week.