Saying Goodbye

Last night we had a sad event. The Victoria Quilting community said good bye to Linda Refuse who was the owner of Satin Moon Quilted Garden Shop here in Victoria BC. Linda passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2016. She was originally from Alberta her brothers held a small memorial for her there last week. Linda’s friend Jennifer decided we quilters should also celebrate Linda’s life as a friend, quilter and as a larger part of the Victoria quilters scene. In honour of  Linda she decided to organize a tea party with everything decorated in Linda’s favourite colour PINK!

I had the pleasure of working with Linda at the Satin Moon shop three years ago. I had been laid off from my Telecom Analyst position of 15 years and decided to take the summer off (I had been working steady since I was barely 18 years old). Since I was given 18 months severance and I had savings it was a good opportunity for me to regroup. I had two friends who already worked for the shop and I was asked if I wanted to work one day a week there. I was delighted, it got me out of the house and able to play with fabric… my favourite thing.  I discovered I really enjoyed working at the shop and helping the customers choose their fabrics for a project or just check out the projects in progress. I was still working there part time when I received the news I had cancer. Linda was incredibly sweet and since I was unable to continue to look for full time work during that time I remained working part-time at Satin Moon until I was too sick to do so. (I am all better now).

The tea party to honour Linda was a great idea. It was well attended and I’m sure Linda would have loved it. Jennifer even set up a table just for Linda so I’m sure she was there in spirit.

I have included two pictures of the room getting set up in preparation for the event. It always amazes me how you can take a plain room and make it festive my adding tablecloths, flowers and food. One of the pictures has a very badly lit Susan McGregor setting out the cupcakes she brought. Susan also worked with Linda at Satin Moon.

It was a great idea thanks so much Jennifer for organizing this.

Friends are like fabric-you can never have enough!

 

 

Coming Up with Quilting Designs

I have a client quilt on the frame and although I know what design I will be quilting on this one as it is just an all over design it got me thinking about how I come up with different quilting designs. My fall back design for all over is a leaf pattern, leaves are easy to do and if they are not perfect that’s OK because nature doesn’t make perfect leaves either. It’s also the first quilting design I learned how to do.

When it comes to all over designs I try to take hints from the quilt itself, for instance one of my client’s quilts was green and red and had nature and leaves in a lot of the fabrics. The quilt design was simple so the meandering leaf design I came up with seemed to fit the bill.

In another quilt I did, a Bonnie Hunter mystery there was so much going on with the design and the many different fabrics I just kept with a simple all over echoed flower design. With that quilt I used a thinner thread (Superior Threads So Fine 50) as I just wanted the texture to show as the quilt was so busy as it was. When I was quilting that design I was thinking oh no not sure I like this but when I got that quilt off of the frame I really, really liked it. The quilt is now on the bed in the spare room.

As I have mentioned in previous posts I don’t do much pantograph quilting as I prefer to quilt from the front of the machine but I did piece and quilt a quilt for a client that was a cat quilt. This quilt called out for paws and I did do that as a pantograph as it would have been to hard to do this totally free hand.

Cat Quilt-1

There are other quilts though that just call out for more custom designs like a design in the blocks and another in the sashing and border. I find deciding on what to quilt in these particular quilts more difficult as the choices are so vast. I try to take some clues from the fabrics used but I will admit sometimes I have to drape those types of quilts over my stairwell and stare at them for awhile well I go looking for inspiration.

The next quilt on my list to quilt is a Judy Niemeyer Bali Wedding Quilt. I started the top a few years ago and worked on it while going through cancer treatment. I finished the top two years ago and it has been sitting in my “to be quilted” pile ever since. Time to get this one finished I think so I have been sketching out ideas on what to quilt where. I will post pictures of that process in a future post. Meanwhile here is a picture of the pattern. I bought the extra papers for this one and made my top queen size.

My latest favourite quilting quote

I’d rather be stitchin’ than in the kitchen!

 

 

 

 

 

My Studio

Well things are moving along here very nicely at the Sunshine Studio. I had to go into the hospital for a checkup last Friday and what with the prep work and procedure, I feel like I did lose a couple of days of work. However it was all good I received a clean bill of health there was no sign of cancer so that is worth celebrating.

When my partner and I purchased our townhouse here in Victoria BC just over a year ago one of the big priorities is that whatever we purchased had to have room for two studios (he is an artist and musician) and of course I needed room for a quilting studio. Well we found the perfect place and I have the best studio! The man who lived here before us used my studio as a woodworking studio so we had to do a bit of cleaning up before I could claim it as mine but I absolutely love my studio.

Sunshine Studio 2

Looking into the room from the door

Sunshine Studio 1
Another view
Sunshine Studio 3
My sewing corner

It doesn’t get any direct sunlight as it is on the ground floor at the back facing North but there is lots of good lighting and it is just a lovely space to work in. I just finished quilting my 2015 Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt called Grand Illusion.

Grand Illusion 1
2015 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Grand Illusion

I used a free form flower design. You can’t really see it here too much as the quilt design itself is so busy but it worked out quite well. I will need to take some better pictures once the binding is on and I will take the quilt outside. The quilt is queen sized and I couldn’t back up far enough to get good photos of it.