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.
Hi Katriina, you just missed me in chat today by 10 minutes. And to answer your question "yes" there is always room for all newbies. Sewing has been a big part of my life also. I had sewing in Home Economics in HS and then moved to Long Island where I bought my first sewing machine in 1963 before moving back to Maine. I use to make all my own clothes but don't do that so much anymore. I like quilting, home dec. sewing for the grandkids and crafty items. Most of my sewing is alterations that I do for other people. You can see some of my work on my page and my sewing studio. I look forward to meeting you on chat.