Showing posts from April, 2015

Time to Recharge

I love April. The weather is warming up. We can ditch the winter clothes. Hockey is finished and soccer hasn't really started. We can sleep in some weekends. And I can attend quilt retreats or workshops!

We had a meetup with the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild (MMQG) the weekend before last. So much fun! I had met a number of MMQG members last Fall when I went down to teach my Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler workshop. It was so great to hang out with them again!

We started with a pincushion or mug rug swap. I made these goodies to swap...

Here are all the goodies that were swapped!

Next up, we shared our Modern challenges, which I'll share in another post. 
In the afternoon, some of us did a round robin improv session. We provided a starter block and then passed it along to another member. We had 20-30 minutes for each round. Very intense, but a great way to test and expand your creativity. Huge thanks to Cinzia from Deux Petites Souris for running such a great improv session!

Catching Up

Hey there, it's been a while, eh? As I mentioned in my last post, there's some not-so-fun stuff going on around here. Long story short: My mom had a bleed in her brain on March 6th, which prompted brain surgery and more exploring, which found lung cancer, but no brain cancer. She's recovering well from the surgery and more tests this past week will tell us whether her lung cancer is treatable. Yeah, it sucks. Really, really sucks! At least she's here in Ottawa so I can help her and bring her to appointments, etc.

All of this has meant no sewing until this past week. It's been frustrating not to be able to do what I know will help me relieve the stress. Some deadlines and overdue bee blocks are starting to wear on me so this week I carved out some time to myself and got back to the sewing machine.

First up was our Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild Block Design Challenge/Montreal Meetup Challenge. They are separate challenges, but I'm combining mine!

The Block Design Cha…