Monday, November 18, 2013

blogathon canada...

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This week is Blogathon Canada. You can travel across the country and meet lots of inspiring quilters. There are tons of cool blogs to check out and many prizes to be won! Here's the schedule for the week...

Monday, November 18
BC
Holly
Monday, November 18
BC
Heather
Tuesday, November 19
Maritimes
Adrienne
Tuesday, November 19
Maritimes
Marjorie
Wednesday, November 20
AB
Katherine
Wednesday, November 20
AB
Andrea
Thursday, November 21
SK
Flo
Thursday, November 21
MB
Kathy
Friday, November 22
QC
Izzy
Friday, November 22
Territories
Danielle
Saturday, November 23
ON
Jackie 
Saturday, November 23
ON
Krista

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

dresdens dresdens everywhere...



Do you ever have odd coincidences occur?

I've become addicted to online courses at sites like Craftsy and in this instance CreativeBug. My schedule is erratic and I love learning in my pajamas and get a textile fix that is more economical than fabric shopping. Also sewing time is scarce these days...

This week, I finished watching the "Dresden Plates" class taught by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession fame. She teaches how to construct this classic block. More interestingly she takes you through her process of auditioning fabrics for the blocks. She discusses for each one the fabric she likes, those she doesn't and more importantly why they do or don't work. She mixes all genres of print in the most fascinating ways. I love watching creative people work creatively. This process is usually silent but in this class you get to briefly be in KD's very visual head.

Catching up on my favorite blogs today, I came across this recent post by Andie about some Dresden blocks she found at an antiques show. She's decided to mix her blocks with traditional fabrics. She is a super quilter and I look forward to seeing what she makes with them.

Finally this afternoon, with Dresden Plates on the brain I went to Goodwill with a carload of donations and found these vintage blocks sitting forlornly on a shelf in the thrift store. Needless to say they came home with me.  I think these Dresdens are going to end up paired with some modern prints but first they need some attention. They are dirty and need a wash. Any suggestions on the best way to get them clean?

November... The month of Dresden.


Monday, November 4, 2013

quilting in space...



NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg hosted a quilting bee in space to coincide with last week's International Quilt Festival in Houston. You can watch the LA Times video and read the accompanying article here. She describes in fascinating detail the challenges of piecing fabric in zero gravity. Actually, her velcro board is a great idea for the absent-minded here on Earth... She invites anyone and everyone to make a star-themed block to be assembled into a quilt celebrating the IQF show's 40th anniversary next year. Quilters really do appear in the most surprising places!