Thursday, January 17, 2008

Western Canadian Quilters..info required.

One thing we all agree on is how valuable the internet can be when it comes to gathering information. Last night I met a lady at my quilting group who will be travelling to Whistler B.C. and was wondering if I knew of any quilt shops in the area...Well I haven't the foggiest...but I know some of you do...so if anyone has some info on the quilting hot spots in reach of Whistler, B.C., can you let me know so that I can pass the info on to this lady. Thanks!!!

Right...what have I been up to quilting wise? Well Lynda invited me to join her and some friends in making the feathered star off of HGTV, As you can see this is my version...and here's Lynda's. It was quite a challenge putting it together and it made me stretch my piecing skills...something that is worth doing from time to time. I think sometimes it's easy to stay with what is safe and familiar. Tazzie has recently challenged herself with some beautiful Royal Cross blocks with curved piecing (if you haven't had a look...do so, it will be a stunning quilt) Perhaps that's the magic of a new year? There is something about January that makes you want to try new things...for me...it always involves quilting! So is there anyone else out there challenging their piecing skills in 2008?

23 comments:

Anina said...

Wow, that star looks really complicated! I'm not challenging my skills, just trying to actually piece something, anything.

Anne Marie said...

Wow, that is beautiful Jane! I have a Carrie Nelson pattern that I was showing Sherry and was hoping to tackle next. There are many feathered stars in this quilt, it certainly will be a challenge!!

Thimbleanna said...

Jane, it's beautiful! The colors are perfect for January's snowflakes!

katelnorth said...

very pretty - any ideas what you will do with it?

atet said...

That block is stunning. I haven't been challenging my piecing skills yet -- but I do plan on challenging myself to learn some applique. Hand applique even!

Connie said...

Beautiful feathered star--very crisp and wintery! My personal challenge this year is going to be to learn some good applique skills ala Sharon Shamber. I have two of her DVD tutorials--time to get 'em out and see what I can learn!

Deb said...

Beautiful Jane! I have never made a lonestar..quilted a few, but never made one for myself. Maybe I'll put that on the list.

Shelina said...

It is a beautiful, intricate block. You are right, we do need to stretch ourselves from time to time, and just try a different technique.

loulee1 said...

Cool Star, very wintry, it would make a great snowflake.

Lynda said...

That feathered star is lovely. I particularly like the use of the floral fabric for the big pieces - it gives it movement and shimmer! I'm not actually a member of the Quilt Police, but I also notice that you have all your points on the edge. Fantastic!

Mary said...

I looks wonderful. I love feathered stars and maybe one day, I'll piece a block myself.

I'm enjoying playing around with crazy quilting so I think improving my embroidery skills will be where I stretch myself this year, and maybe continuing to push myself to learn new freehand designs for machine quilting.

Nicole said...

Your piecing is exquisite! The colors are so soothing as well. What a beautiful block.

Canquilt said...

That star looks like it belongs in Whistler. It is so beautiful and I love the simplicity of those colors.

gwen said...

This is a beautiful block. And it does look complicated!
Thank you for your tutorial on starch appliqué. Very inspiring.
I see that you have Quiltmania. I receive the french version since nearly the beginning and it is getting better each year. Take care.

Katherine said...

Gorgeous! I love the fabrics you chose for your feathered star - makes me think of snowflakes, too.

Rhondi said...

Hi Jane.
Thanks for visiting me. I'm glad you liked my sewing room. It is always fun to meet a fellow quilter. I am from Canada too, Toronto,and now live in North Carolina. Your feathered star is really good and I love the blue. Hope you'll stop by again sometime. Rhondi

Randi said...

Your feathered star block is gorgeous!

Suzie Sews said...

WOW WEE!!!

Pam said...

When is she going to Whistler? There is a quilt shop in North Vancouver but it is closing in March. There is a couple of quilt shops around but they are not that close to Whistler. Is she going to Vancouver at all? I can send you a few links.

QuiltMom said...

Jane,
The star is gorgeous-I have made a feather star quilt and found it quite fiddly- yours is really lovely.
I live in Western Canada - just not quite far enough west for you- I live in Alberta. I hope your friend gets a chance to visit Vancouver as there are a number of quilt shops listed there.
Regards,
Anna

Lea said...

Hi, Jane! Thank you for stopping by and left a nice comment on my blog earlier.
Anyway, Jane, Your star block is so beautiful! The fabrics you chose are simply divine!

Denise (Nour) said...

How about the Secret Workshop in Naksup, BC.

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

Well, I live in the Greater Vancouver area. There is a shop (as someone else mentioned) in North Vancouver that is quite lovely and has a tea shop in it. Then there is one near UBC which is in Vancouver. There are none in Whistler unfortuntely and I don't know of any in Squamish (which is on the way to Whistler) Nakusp, as someone else mentioned, is a very very long way from Whistler!! Like a 12 hour drive! If she is flying into Vancouver and has some time in the city, I could come up with a few more suggestions.