Paul Krampitz’s Working with Wedges Workshop was well attended, with members enthusiastic about learning something new and sharing the process with quilting friends.
Armed with our wedge templates, we learned how to cut our fabric into angled pieces and sew them together to create interesting effects. We started with the basics, creating our own block. Later, Paul showed us some variations such as angle cutting striped fabric and using pieced strips in our blocks.
Paul enjoys the math around working with wedges and the many possibilities that wedges offer for making eye-catching quilts. He gave us lots of personal instruction and assistance, and we headed home from this enjoyable event with new ideas and techniques to explore.
Carola Russell, owner of Carola’s Quilt Shop on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, gave a presentation at our May meeting. It was all about machine needles, quilting threads, and presser feet, and how choosing them wisely can lead to more successful projects and more enjoyable quilting.
She discussed needle sizes and threads for piecing and machine quilting, and provided answers for why needles may bend and thread may break. Did you know that the thickness of your thread should match the size of the groove in your sewing machine needle?
Along with practical advice was inspiration about creative techniques such as silk ribbon work, beading, and machine applique and information about interesting tools such as the ruler foot and ruler feet templates.
Carola is a big fan of Aurifil threads, made in Italy, light and strong, and now available in a wider range of colours and weights. She brought her travelling shop to the meeting, with lots of Aurifil threads and tempting collections of fabric.
Julie Plotniko, Vancouver Island quilting instructor, gave her presentation called “Popcorn Can Quilts” at our March meeting.
As someone who makes their popcorn on the stove top in an old pressure cooker with a tin pie plate for a lid, I was unfamiliar with popcorn cans. Julie, however, had amassed a collection of popcorn cans over the years as a result of providing snacks to many young people who billeted at her house.
The popcorn cans were often decorative, and she found another use for the empty cans – storing scraps of fabric. Julie stores her scraps by colour, and they are often used for community quilts and quick-and-easy projects.
Julie’s presentation was full of ideas, tips and techniques for turning scraps into interesting quilts.
These are some of Julie’s quilts made with patterns suitable for scrappy projects – Chinese coins, four-patches, half-square triangles, log cabins, and other designs.
Julie’s favourite quilt with fabric from six decades
Members met at the church hall on March 8 to make community quilts. We cut, pieced, sandwiched and quilted, while swapping stories and sewing tips, truly testing our multi-tasking skills.
Several of the projects were slab block quilts for Canada’s Big Quilt Bee initiated by the Canadian Quilters’ Association to mark Canada’s 150th birthday this year. The slab block quilts were fun to work with – so many different fabrics and colours coming together into playful, interesting layouts. They will be given to Ronald McDonald Houses which provide accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must be away from home for their child’s major treatment.
Linda’s homemade soup was delicious, Les’s “long table” setup worked really well, and the beverage service to workstations was excellent.
Machine quilting with wavy lines seemed to catch on with several members, and spread – well, like a wave – through the hall.
Diane sends us this message from Chula Vista, California.
“Just sending photos of some outdoor quilting I’ve been working on. Two lazy days work produced 4 qayg (quilt as you go) quilt squares. Looking forward to going to Rosie’s Quilt Shop next week in San Diego. I met another quilter in the park who belongs to Willow Woods Quilt Guild. She said the place is amazing.”