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

Posts tagged ‘Quilting and Fibre Art’

I love my work

Customer Quilt completed

Customer Quilt completed

Quilt of Valor completed by Sparrow Studioz Longarm Quilters; Joanne, Sheila, Kim, Bradie, Matt and me, Joan.

Quilt of Valor completed by Sparrow Studioz Longarm Quilters; Joanne, Sheila, Kim, Bradie, Matt and me, Joan. Second place viewer’s choice at Creative Stitches Sept. 15, 2012.


Gee’s bend inspired beaded bracelet


Close up Photo of Arabesque bracelet

Custom designed Swarovski crystal bracelet, made uniquely for:
Claudia Pfiel, and designed by: Joan Smith QuiltSmith ♥; inspired by Claudia’s ARABESQUE fabric design.

Pattern for this bracelet, and Gala Quilts previously posted will be available here soon, register to receive when posted.

Permanent Collection Unveiling

June 25-27, Opening Reception June 27, at 7 pm, Gallery 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park. My ‘Garden at the Cabin’ is recommended for the Strathcona County Permanent Collection.


Garden at the Cabin, juried into the Strathcona County Permanent Collection.

May, I show you?

First,my two art quilts, Night Falls and Spring Dawns, that were displayed April 27 to May 3 at Gallery 501 in the Community Center in Sherwood Park. Second, the comfort quilt that I just completed longarm quilting for a Guild member.  

Making Progress

First of my own quilts longarmed!

This quilt has been everywhere, man! It started with blocks from Big Sky at Olds, got its togetherness at Capilano Crazy Quilters, with assistance of Liz Curtis & Barbara Few, it went to the museum on the hand quilting frame for a little hand quilting at Christmas with Matt Sparrow’s help; then attended the Grand Opening Sparrow Studioz Quilting & Gallery in February where many who attended tried long arm quilting on it; and finally finished this week! Thanks to Hands of Mother Earth for

First Comfort Quilt Long armed

providing the motivation for me to git it done! The second quilt is one of two string quilts made by SPQG members that I practiced longarm quilting for the Charity Comfort Quilts program.

April Fools

A great April Fools facebook posting by fellow quilter R.D. saying she’s fed up, quiting quilting forever … done; and all her friends can come

Anaka's birthday party bracelet class

Jacqueline's trunk show 'Circle of Life'

Beading classes

My Progress 'Circle of Life'

and get her fabric, free to anyone who can carry it! Like that’s ever gonna happen!
April 1 brings the alert of quilt shows to attend, and enter; quilts that need finishing ….. classes to attend and teach; class samples to complete. It has been a month since my last post, and what a busy month, capped by SPQGuild Retreat; then a fabulous class in Drayton Valley with quilt designer Jacqueline de Jonge
I started her Circle of Life pattern and learned so much technique and process but only completed 10% of the project. That will make a great ongoing work to report the progress in my blog if I get time to write about it. Maybe just pictures instead. March was a whirl wind of events, kicked off with Anaka’s birthday party beading project, bracelet design by Anaka herself. Then 5 days of longarm classes at the Studioz with the famous wild woman of quilting, Sue Patton. Fit in a class on Board Leadership – Making Time Count; taught classes and started designing my own blocks.