A blog site to share my trip towards becoming the quiltsmith I want to become.

Archive for April, 2010

Quilt Canada 2010

This has been a terrific, inspiring week at Quilt Canada 2010 in Calgary AB. Starting Monday with Mark Lipinski’s humorous,  irreverent, naughty,  hilarious trunk show and story telling evening. The National Juried show was awesome, the best ever! I volunteered two days of de-mystifying Digital Magic class with Lily Lam, a wonderful artist who encouraged us all to play with technology and unleash creativity. Mosaic, montages and all kinds of art are possible using freely available software, check out the following:

http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

http://picasa.google.com/

The hospitality of my lovely daughter, Marianne; and the company of two grandsons who are home from school with colds,  has all made for a delightful week. Thanks Marianne, Charley, Ben and Max. Marianne and I have an evening lecture tonight, and four lectures tomorrow, before I return home to get quilting, quilting, quilting; this week has motivated and inspired me. I have pictures galore to show everyone, and maybe will be , successful in bringing home some of the challenge quilts I have bid on to bring home to show you and decorate the new studio, that I will soon complete at home for my new long arm machine. Thanks also to Bill for looking after the taxes so I could get away for the week!

This week – QC2010

I seem to have hardly caught my breath since returning from MQX2010 in Rhode Island and it is time to leave for Quilt Canada in Calgary. I have not yet loaded all the glorious photos I took at MQX, so will have to post them with the pictures from QC when I get home May 2nd. So as soon as I mail my tax return tomorrow, I am off again. I am looking forward to the classes, lectures and quilt show. http://www.canadianquilter.com/events/quilt-canada-2010.php

MQX 2010

Learned lots in two classes today. I met Karen McTavish! She autographed a copy of her book “The Secrets of Elemental Quilting” for me. I have a full day of classes tomorrow, and I am looking forward the Quilt Show the next day.

Next Week – MQX

I will be taking classes and volunteering at the Machine Quilter’s Expo (MQX) in Providence, Rhode Island April 12-17th, and will certainly come home charged up with tons of ideas. I am so excited to be taking classes from the leading quilting instructors in the world! Karen McTavish, Deloa Jones, Amy Anderson, Linda Taylor, Sue Patten, Dawn Cavanaugh. I can’t wait to see what my Quilted Batik Confection will turn out to be!