Welcome to the first of many posts that show off the amazing talent and enthusiasm we have in our guild. I gave Janet ten questions and she chose six to respond to. Enjoy!
This one goes back quite a long time. I learnt to machine sew when I was 9,
but my first memories of sewing by hand were doing those little tracer
stitcheries they put out for kids that my Nana gave me for Christmas
probably when I was 6 or so. (big blunt needles, yarn, and little cards with
pictures on them with holes punched all around). Shortly after learning to
machine sew I remember making and quilting an eye glass case for my Nana –
yellow Fortrel it was, and I quilted a crosshatch and a little flower into
it, as a Christmas present. Growing up, if it was too wet and cold to be
outside playing, if I didn’t have a book in my hand, chances are it was a
needle and thread.
That’s a tough one – I’m very proud of the first bed-size quilt I designed
and made a few years ago, Winter Frost, that is currently on our bed. It
was the first good size project that I free motion quilted , and it was a
real learning experience, but it made me realize that with practice, I could
I’m also very proud of my “There’s Medication For That” quilt made this past
year for the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids challenge. I saw the finished quilt
so clearly in my mind’s eye, and was very pleased that I was able to
Right at the top of my wish to do pattern list – and they are fighting each
other for top billing, are a Wholecloth quilt, Spiderweb quilt and a Dresden
Plate quilt – all of them I’m hoping to make in the coming year. Growing
up, we had a couple of Dresden Plate quilts that were my favourites, and
I’ve always said I was going to make one. The Spiderweb will be a great way
to use up the stash of scraps I’ve accumulated, and the whole cloth will let
me work on my quilting technique. I’ve got an idea in mind for the Dresden
Plate to give it a modern twist, so I’m hoping that works out!
To me, Modern Quilting is all about attitude – a can do attitude. Taking
traditional patterns and through the use of fabrics, turning them into
something very different – more relaxed, less stodgy, if you will. Colours
are bright and clear, lots of use of solids. Modern quilters are
enthusiastic, generous and broad minded. There is a willingness to try new
things and to be open to new ideas. Modern Quilting embraces modern
technology – there is so much inspiration and sharing that goes on through
the web. It is wonderful! I like all kinds of quilting, so some days I
fall cleanly into the Modern Quilting side of things, and other days I’m
very much a traditionalist!
I have 3 sewing machines. My favourite machine and the one I do almost all
my piecing on is a Husqvarna Viking Lily 555 – I also use it for a lot of
my free motion quilting. I also have a Husqvarna Viking Mega Quilter, that
I quilt my larger pieces on as it has a larger throat, so is easier to
manoeuver the quilts around. My third machine is a Pfaff Creative Vision
embroidery machine that just doesn’t get used as much any more since I’ve
fallen in love with FMQ!
Pretend it’s a cold winter day and you’re spending it snuggled up on the couch with your favourite quilt…What are you eating and/or drinking?
Oh, let’s see – I probably have a glass of red wine nearby, and if I’m
completely spoiling myself, some wonderful dark chocolate truffles – heaven!
Our next Spotlight will be posted in early January.
We completed this Challenge in 2011, but it’s never too late to review all the amazing quilts made with the Charm Square packs of Kona Solids in the “darks” colour palette that Robert Kaufman generously donated to us.
Here are the finished projects in no particular order.
There are many, many more in the VMQG Flickr pool (go back to at least page 11!).
Thanks, everyone, who participated in the challenge – it was incredible to see the myriad beautiful ways our members approached the project!
And last but not least, thank you Robert Kaufman for the opportunity to be inspired!
Welcome to the brand new Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild blog! Our guild was founded in June 2010 and we meet on the third Thursday of each month at Spool of Thread Sewing Lounge in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Please drop by a meeting if you’re interested!
If you’re new to the modern quilt guild movement, you may want to take a look at The Modern Quilt Guild‘s site. Our guild is one of nearly one hundred modern quilt guilds that have started worldwide over the past year.
We’re just getting this blog up and running, but while you’re waiting you can check out the photos and discussions in our Flickr group. If you have any questions, contact info for our executive can be found on the Contact page of our website. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild