Friday, 23 October 2015

Pictures from Cheryl Arkison's trunk show

We were thrilled to bits to have Cheryl join us at our October meeting. If you ever have a chance to work with, or learn from Cheryl, or to hear her speak, DO! She is an excellent teacher and presenter with a story for every quilt. 

Due to space constraints Cheryl had to choose carefully which quilts she brought to share. 

Cheryl's re-entry into quilting after her first baby, and the one that got her excited about improv.

Cheryl apologized for using our new mic, but had a sore throat when she came.

SLAB! The block that made Cheryl a professional, got her the first
book contract, and so much more.

A "made" background with the appliqué as focus.

The Gumdrop quilt from "Sunday Morning Quilts", co-authored with Amanda Jean Nyberg. Apparently glue stick works great if you forget to apply fusible web to your fabrics before you start cutting!

A value HST quilt.

A value plus quilt - this was the first workshop Cheryl taught for us.

A low volume quilt. The contrast is there, just subdued.

Another low volume quilt. This is a great block structure. 

The Crossword quilt from "A Month of Sundays", Cheryl's second book. Also low volume. The clues (and answers) are in the book.

This quilt was quilted by Angela Walters. She did a letter in each B+W square, and different fills in the backgrounds.

An improv, low volume baby quilt.

Cheryl made this as a sampler quilt to show circles in the book "Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making". She also gave us her rant about borders and zinger accents. Note the huge border-that-isn't-a-border on this quilt?

Argyle quilt!

Cheryl made this as a "wonky log cabin block", the ubiquitous first block of modern quilting. It's quilted with an all over grass type pattern (and Cheryl does her own quilting unless she says otherwise).

Improv sewing machines - these got her back into sewing after a bit of a post-deadline slump. 

Mountain Meadows quilt. Cheryl's back story is HERE and HERE.

Cheryl's husband's "Equalizer" quilt. It was the genesis for her book "You Inspire Me to Quilt".

And Cheryl's THIRD book!








Thank you to Lana for the photographs, to Stacie and Kari for holding quits, to our members and guests for coming, and to Cheryl for taking us seriously when we emailed her to say "Dibs!"


Cheryl's bibliography:







Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Announcements and things - October meeting

Wow - lots to share with you!

  • October Sew-in is happening! Friday evening, Oct. 23 from 7-11pm at the Cloth Castle. Lots of room for you to work on whatever project you like! 7$ drop-in. Come join us!
  • The Blogger's Quilt Festival is about to start! Designed to run just after Quilt Market (the industry trade show) it is a fantastic on-line quilt show. If you blog, consider entering a quilt. If you like quilts, check them out and vote for your favourites! Voting starts Oct. 29th. All the info about all of it is here.
Phew! Happy sewing everyone.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

October meeting pictures!

Hello friends - thank you for sharing your work with us. Here are the pictures from our show and share. 

We will do pictures of Cheryl's work in a separate post. 


Nice quilting Kim H!

Lisa (on the left) and some folded flower works she made.

Lisa also made the thread catcher/pincushion and scissor holder from Krista's book "Make It, Take It"


Dawna and her daughter Sarah whipped up a number of quilts to raffle off for an Alzheimer's fundraiser.

And two table runners as well! The middle one is the back of the top runner.

Ursula needed a new octagonal table mat and created this one!

And a runner to match!

Natalie made this one block wonder with some colourful butterfly fabric. This is a great modern take on this pattern. Well done Natalie!

Baby quilt from Susan T!

Raw edge appliqué pillow from Susan, using the ticker tape method from Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Ruth's mini - sorry Ruth, we missed the story behind it. Looks great though!

Stacie's new purse, pattern info available HERE.

Lois claims to not be a modern quilter to which we respond "piffle!".
So she brought in this lovely improv silk kimono she made. 

Inside, using an existing kimono for the pattern/lining.

Great layout Janelle!

Thea won the block lotto at the August meeting and made this fantastic quilt.  

Netta used her charms from the polka dot charm swap to whip this one up. 

Nicole (with help from her daughter) made this baby quilt using a thrifted vintage print.

Margaret did this as a mystery quilt, using 2.5" strips!

Margaret made this baby quilt and fussy cut alphabet fabric for the dates/words.

Margaret made this quilt using HER polka dot charms from last month's swap.

Geri helped out at the sew-in for Mito Quilts of Hope (they make green quilts) and made this lovely quilt.


Laverne made a lovely bag!


Monica made this quilt using a pattern from Bill Kerr/Weeks Ringle's book of Transparency quilts. All the prints are from her niece's old skorts and shirts.  
Table of awesome quilts - well done everyone!

Close up of Stacie's bag.

Close up of Susan's pillow.

Close up of butterflies from Natalie's quilt.