I've become very interested in quilting and am finding my own way in the craft. Sewing has always been a big part of my life - a way to be creative. As a retired teacher, I now have the time to devote to playing with fabric and design. My house is overrun with quilting books, patterns, fabric, and bits of thread.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, crazy quilting, general sewing, knitting, other
My pets are awesome!
P. K. , my cat, is one in a million - very intelligent and people oriented.
I'm really into the modern quilt movement which means, clean design, bright and fresh colours, innovative piecing, practical projects, no quilt police (faded colours and retro fabrics are out). The class I took on the week-end had 4 borders and the 3rd one was made up of the tiny slivers of irregular triangles cut off the block, then sewn together and recut and pieced into a border. All that work did not even look like anything much in the finished product, so I told the teacher that I would skip that border, and I did.
Look at some of the web sites for the modern quilt movement and we have a good excuse for not opting for the difficult stuff! I like easy stuff that looks more complex.
I have never been to any conference or retreat in Toronto. It's a little too far for me to drive. I just got back from Quilt Camp in |Ogdensburg, New York. It was lots of fun and I made an X-block quilt.
Thank you for asking me to be your friend. I see that you are a reader too. Are you a member of the "Quilting Canadians" group here at QWU? I follow that group and "Karen's UFOs". I am very active in both of those groups. I enjoy the quilters who comment regularly and I have learned so much from them.
I looked at your photos of your quilts. You have used such beautiful, muted colours.
I have done a fair amount of quilting of my quilts on my own sewing machine. Anything that is lap size or smaller I will always do myself, and I have done the occasional queen on my machine as well. But I also worked in sections. The quilt that has the large poppies on it (I think I still have a pic of it in my pictures) was done that way. Centre section first. Then Each border was put together and quilted before it got added to the rest of the quilt. Took a bit of thinking and planning but I was very happy with the result.