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Design Class, New Pattern, Lessons and Learning Opportunities

posted Oct 10, 2017, 2:21 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hello All! I’ve been catching my breath after my fall sale and social media extravaganza in September, so this month’s blog post is a bit late… but you’ll be glad to know I’m rested and quilting up a storm! Hope you are enjoying these cooler fall days and the start of quilting season. Here are a few updates that will hopefully provide some ideas and inspiration.


Space in my Quilt Design 101 Class with the Fraser Valley Quilting Guild


I’m going to be teaching a two day, introductory quilt design class, for the FVQG on Saturday October 28 and Saturday November 18, This is such a fun and satisfying workshop no matter what your experience level with quilt design and no matter what your design aesthetic. You will come away from these two days with:

  • new knowledge about design principles,

  • new piecing techniques so that you can incorporate different kinds of shapes in your quilts,

  • new experience with the design process, and

  • new confidence in your ability to create your own designs

  • new friends!.

And did I mention you will also have your own new quilt designed and construction started? I’d love to have you join this class if you are interested. Please contact Judy Bond at judyebond@shaw.ca for information about the cost and registration. The class is held at the Kennedy Senior Centre, just up Nordel road after you go over the Alex Fraser bridge… it’s really easy to get to and a great room for working with design.


New Pattern…


I’ve just finished quilting a new hexi quilt that is a lovely design for a grandchild’s quilt, or, for that matter, it’s a nice design if you just like cheery quilts! I call it Flowers and Showers and here is a photo of the quilt… taken by my dear quilt photographer who knows how to run a camera a lot better than I do!


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Only 1 Shizuka Quilt Kit Remaining…


While I’m thinking of that talented photographer, it reminds me that I’ve only got 1 kit remaining of my second yarn-dye quilt, Shizuka… It is $149 and is completely Japanese yarn-dyes and Japanese printed cotton… and it is beautiful. So if you were thinking about this kit, now would be a good time to take action… I can’t get more of the fabrics to make this beautiful quilt kit, so the last one is the last one… Here’s a photo to remind you which one I’m talking about.


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A Recently Learned Lesson


Many of you likely know this, but I didn’t know it consciously until very recently. Having become aware of this lesson, I wanted to pass it along. The learning opportunity arose during my last sale. I walked into one of my “studio” rooms where Irene and Maria were helping Fran choose three fabrics for a project she was working on. There was some difference of opinion amongst them (can you imagine?) about the three fabrics that they were considering. To be honest, Irene and Maria were of different opinions. Not knowing this, I walked in and saw the three fabrics, asked about the project and learned that there would be only three fabrics used… and offered my unsolicited opinion that I felt there was insufficient energy in the combination. This led to me selecting an alternate for one of the fabrics, replacing it, and expressing my approval of my own work! Maria agreed with me and Irene did not… poor Fran was caught in the middle! However as is so often the way, more discussion about the relative merits of the two options produced an interesting lesson. It turns out that the design of Fran’s was going to use a lot of one of the fabrics, a small amount of a second, and just a flange of the third. The one I was messing with was the second fabric. So we laid out the fabrics in the quantities in which they would actually appear in the quilt and realized that the original set of fabrics was better than my revision to the set of fabrics. In other words, as the proportion of the respective fabrics in the quilt top changed, our choice of what was the best combination changed. That was the lesson that I had not been consciously aware of until that point. Irene was right… but then she always is!


And finally… a great blog for you to learn from…


Some of my customers are just born with a fabulous colour sense, and many are like me… NOT born with a fabulous colour sense. So if you are like me, you probably like to find good sources of discussion about colour and palettes, sources that are clear and easy to learn from. I have been reading posts from a woman who is currently writing about colour in a way that is very approachable and very easy to apply. Her name is Shannon Brinkley and her blog is https://shannon-brinkley.com/pages/color-confidence-for-quilters. I highly recommend that you give yourself the treat of reading these posts over time, slowly, and experimenting with applying the ideas she offers. We will all make even more beautiful quilts!


And finally, finally…


Enjoy this lovely fall. Come and see me when you have a new project or want to chat about one you have on the go!


Be well….

Lorna


Get a good rest... Sale Day tomorrow!

posted Sep 22, 2017, 10:24 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Hobbs Silk Batting & Hobbs Wool Batting

20% Off


2 More Sleeps... this is sooooo exciting!

posted Sep 21, 2017, 10:38 AM by Lorna Shapiro

All Meter Pre-cuts of Bali batiks

$9.00/M


4 More Sleeps... did you miss me yesterday?

posted Sep 19, 2017, 9:51 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Pepper Cory Shot Cottons

20% Off


6 More Sleeps!

posted Sep 17, 2017, 11:24 AM by Lorna Shapiro

20% Off All Yarn-Dyes

And the selection is amazing...


7 More Sleeps to Sale Day... are you getting excited?!!

posted Sep 16, 2017, 12:36 PM by Lorna Shapiro

20% Off Regular Price On All Kits

Like this beauty...


8 More Sleeps to Sale Day!

posted Sep 15, 2017, 2:13 PM by Lorna Shapiro

40% Off All Regularly Price Notions Under $15
That Includes Superior Thread!!!


9 More Sleeps to Sale Day

posted Sep 14, 2017, 9:53 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Add texture to your next project with vintage kimono silk 20% off regular price of $13.95/M.


10 More Sleeps to Sale Day

posted Sep 13, 2017, 10:13 AM by Lorna Shapiro


CreativeFestival WEST, Wonderful folks, and random news...

posted Sep 5, 2017, 5:03 PM by Lorna Shapiro   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 8:21 PM ]

September 2017 Update


Hi again. Another month has rolled by and now it is September. Kids back to school, cars back on the roads, and quilt guilds starting up again for the year -- as with most of life, September brings good news mixed with bad news:-). I’m off to Edmonton for CreativeFestival WEST on September 9, 10. For that reason, my studio will not be open Saturday September 10… but all will be back to normal September 17!


Here’s what’s been happening around here…


I meet the most interesting folks in my studio…


About 4 months ago a couple walked in for the first time. They wanted Japanese vintage kimono silk and a variety of tonal solids for a multi-quilt project they had undertaken. He was David Baxter and his wife is Carol McEown. David had envisaged a project to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Carol was to be his helper in this project. David has an engineering background and had never made a quilt, and Carol was also not a quilter. But they were going to make 22 quilts to commemorate the anniversary. This was to be David's project, from drawing the motifs, to cutting the wood blocks, to printing fabric, to sewing and final assembly. Carol was David's muse, his supporter, his assistant.


They had travelled to Japan many times and we shared a common interest in that culture. As happens with so many customer visits, we also shared our knowledge about all things quilting related… David was making wood blocks for printing on the fabrics and described his process, and I shared bits of know-how related to quilting. They visited often over the intervening months and finally I heard that the project was complete and would be shown one evening at the Rennie gallery in Yaletown.


What follows are a very few of the many photos I took of these 22 quilts each 86” x 86”, made in 4 months by someone who had a vision but no previous experience with sewing or quilting.


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So I just had to tell you about this amazing couple and their project. I learned through them a little more about the Charter, a little more about working with fabric, and a lot more about just what amazing results can come from two people’s innovation and determination. Aren’t we all lucky that our hobby brings us in contact with people who are creative, inspiring, and full of a joy of life.


Restock on Shot Cottons


I ran very short on my supply of shot cottons by Pepper Cory for eeSchenck and just recently restocked. I added some more colours because the Canadian dollar is stronger so I’m able now to sell them for $14.50/M… a great price for some lovely fabrics. I also now have charm packs of these shots. Here’s a photo…


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More bulk-order 45mm blades…


I’ve just done another order of 500 rotary blades, 45mm. Instead of $40/pack of 5 blades, they are $49.50/pack of 10 blades.


My Etsy store is back in business…


A friend of my daughter is a photographer and I’ve enlisted her help in putting up photos of my quilts for quilt kit and pattern sales on Etsy. My Etsy store is Pacific Spirit Quilts and this link will get you there… Contemporary Japanese-influenced Quilts & by pacificspiritquilts - Etsy


Here are a couple of the photos Juli took…


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OK… that’s the end of my update for now. I do hope you are all well and bursting with enthusiasm about the start of a new quilting year!


For those of you in Alberta, I hope to see many of you at the Edmonton show in a few days.


Be well…

Lorna


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