Saturday, September 24, 2016

Structural Improv Weekend openings

Anyone up for a fun weekend away with other creatives? There are a couple of spots left in my two-day Structural Improv workshop on Friday and Saturday October 21-22. The workshop is part of an annual event on beautiful Denman Island known as the Creative Threads Conspiracy. You can find all of the course information here.  There are still accommodations available on the island - check it out! It's the perfect time for a mid-autumn creative retreat.

Here is some of the work I've created using my Improv Under the Influence piecing technique. With a two-day workshop, we have time to go beyond re-creating my Temperature Check pattern (bottom two pictures in the mosaic). We'll use the improv units as structural elements in  your very own original quilt design.

Improv Under the Influence work by Poppyprint

Improv Under the Influcence work by Poppyprint

1. Icy Pillow by Poppyprint, 2. Variegated Threads by Poppyprint, 3. Ice Road Quilt, 4. The Five by Poppyprint, 5. Chess On the Steps by Poppyprint, 6. Improv Under the Influence by Poppyprint

Light of May by Poppyprint
Light of May, 2014 (shown at QuiltCon 2015 in the Michael Miller challenge exhibit)

If you happen to live on Vancouver Island, this is a great opportunity for a relatively inexpensive weekend away. Check it out! I hope you'll join me on Denman.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Colourplay with Round Peg, Square Hole

The response to my pattern shop launch on Craftsy has been wonderful! For those of you that have picked up a copy of Round Peg, Square Hole  (THANK YOU!!) I will share different layout options here periodically. I hope that these ideas inspire you to try your own colour play for secondary patterning. Use the colouring sheet included in the pattern to audition your ideas!

I love the central star variation with this colour placement:

There is just no way that I could make all of the options I've discovered with this pattern. I'll leave that up to you and I hope that you share the results using #quarterroundquilt or #roundpegsquareholequilt on IG!

By way of clarification, the pattern includes full colour instructions for the block, which is a log cabin variation. There are fabric requirements to make the Quarter Round mini quilt version (20" square) which requires four blocks. You'll also find instructions for making the ombre blocks for Round Peg, Square Hole (40" square); that quilt requires 16 blocks.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Night & Day Improv Sampler

Here's my second entry for the Blogger's Fall Quilt Festival!  Thanks to Amy for hosting what has become a welcome tradition for quilt bloggers every fall and spring.

This is a small quilt made as a sample for a new workshop I'll be teaching across Canada in the coming year. I'm really excited about the workshop - it's going to be a lot of fun. I've entered this quilt in in the Modern Quilt Category for the festival.

Night & Day by Poppyprint
Night and Day, 18 1/2" x 23"
Made entirely from Oakshott Colourshott shot cottons.

I call the quilt Night & Day for a couple of reasons: first, the obvious black and white monochromatic colour scheme. Secondly, the fact that improv construction is so different from traditional piecing. Also, the format of this class is going to be very different from most workshops I teach.  However, similar to Temperature Check and Structural Improv, every student will come out of the class with their own unique quilt design.

Night & Day by Poppyprint

The workshop is called Speed Date with Improv. It will be a face-paced one day workshop for the improv-curious quilter who's ready to let go and work without stressing, obsessing or second guessing!  There won't be time for worrying about perfection as students make their way through "dates" with several different improv piecing techniques. Later, we'll play on the design wall, jigsawing our pieces together into a fun abstract compositions.  The goal is not to create a masterpiece, but rather have fun exploring line, shape and creative expression. The resulting quilt functions as a sampler of the techniques learned and could inform larger work in the future.

Night & Day by Poppyprint

To keep things very simple, I quilted irregular lines both horizontally and vertically in something I like to think of as "wonky waffle quilting".  I marked the lines with a ruler and hera marker so that while they are not parallel, they are pretty straight. I enjoy the look of open shapes at the edges, so I faced this little quilt instead of framing everything in with a binding. Plus, I love the fun tool print with the polkadot facing on the back!

Night and Day facing by Poppyprint
For a great facing tutorial, check out my friend Terry's blog.

The first workshop kicks off right here at home with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild in November. I will be sure to share results here on Poppyprint!  

Have a look around the rest of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Other categories include Original Design, Modern, Traditional, Art, Hand-quilted, small, medium & large, ROYGBIV, Scrappy, Applique, and Home machine quilted. Voting for your favourites starts next week.


Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2016

Here's the first of my two entries to the latest Blogger's Quilt Festival. This one I'm proudly entering in the Original Design category. You can read more about this quilt, Round Peg, Square Hole in this previously published, detailed blogpost.

Round Peg, Square Hole by Poppyprint, August 2016. 38" square. RJR Supreme Cotton Solids.
Made with 100% RJR Supreme Cotton Solids: 38" square

Round Peg, Square Hole hung recently in the VMQG Showcase and is now on it's way to RJR headquarters for display in their booth at Fall Quilt Market. I really wish I could accompany my quilts on their exciting trips!

I've had three generous friends pour over this pattern and test it out by making their own fantastic versions of Quarter Round (a 4-block mini quilt).  After incorporating their great suggestions, I have taken the plunge and opened a pattern shop on Craftsy! YES! You can now purchase a .pdf pattern that includes instructions for Quarter Round AND Round Peg, Square Hole.  I'm so excited because there are a gazillion possibilities for secondary patterning and fun colour play with this block and I'll never in my lifetime be able to make them all myself. I need all of you to try out it and show me what you can do with this pattern!

Find this (and four of my other patterns) for instant purchase and download here.

Round Peg, Square Hole by Poppyprint
Quilted in spiral squares set on point with 40 wt. Aurifil thread

Round Peg, Square Hole by Poppyprint
I love this effect: contrast cranked up and converted to grey scale!

Thanks for clicking through if you've come from the Festival linky. If you haven't, then check out the festival by clicking on the button below! It never fails to disappoint and it's a really fun way to discover new friends and enjoy quilts made in different styles and different countries all around the world. Perhaps you've got a quilt that you would like to share? Everyone is welcome to participate and win prizes, as long as you've got a blog. All of the information is on Amy's site. 


Friday, September 16, 2016

Cutting Garden Weekend Workshop

There's been a lot of prep work going on this week from the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver to Whistler. Scrap bin diving, pressing, cutting. And more cutting, cutting, cutting.  This is Cutting Garden Weekend for myself and 19 friends! We're all coming together to spend two days working on this gorgeous, scrappy quilt and learn a few new piecing techniques.  I'm looking forward to sharing some of my most special scraps and swapping 2" squares with everyone. This quilt really is a joy to lie under and seek out those precious fussy cuts and coveted prints.

Cutting Garden by Poppyprint

I've got some exciting news for all of you, too! I finally opened a pattern shop on Craftsy! Now you can purchase .pdf downloadable patterns for 5 of my designs including Cutting Garden. The best part of this pattern is that I'll be donating a portion of profits to the BC Cancer Agency twice yearly in memory of my friend Deanna and Tracey's friend Chelsa. 

Once we arrive at our great venue Saturday morning and grab a cup of coffee or tea the fun will start. We'll all be able to take a rest from the rotary/ruler routine and cut in bulk with two super cute Sizzix Fabi cutting systems. I've got all of the necessary dies required for our 2" squares, 2" strips, half triangle squares and circles.  Many thanks to the Sizzix company for generously providing us with the equipment we need! One lucky quilter is going to win their own Sizzix Fabi to take home this weekend! 

I'm grateful to the following sponsors for providing some fantastic loot for our goodie bags that are all packed and ready to go.  Everyone will leave with some great new patterns, notions and kits, all provided by my generous industry friends.


Soft & Stable  


I'll share some workshop photos next week. I hope you  have some fun sewing plans this weekend, too!

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Shop to your heart's content because no matter how much you buy, it'll only cost you $9.99 for shipping in Canada. That's a bargain! Find the sale details here and happy shopping!

P.S. I spied some Tula Fox Field in the sale section......

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Blowing My Hair Back I

Just popping in with a little finish that you saw here before I added the big-stitch hand quilting. The name is explained in the original post, as is the source of inspiration for this 22" mini that I have grown to love despite the in-yer-face colour scheme.

Blowing My Hair Back I by Poppyprint

I was lucky to have the opportunity to take and review Gwen Marston's Abstract Quilts in Solids class available on . They often have sales and specials on the site, so when they do, grab your chance to learn from the lovely Gwen. Her gently encouraging teaching style is my fav. This quilt is exactly modelled on one of her "string block" class sample quilts.

Blowing My Hair Back I by Poppyprint
I love the fun details and shapes that emerge when they angled lines of the quilting meet!

I decided to quilt this in a large running stitch using 8wt. white perle cotton. Gwen often does free form zigzag quilting on her abstract work and it's super effective, so I thought I'd give it a try. I marked the lines with a 1" x 6" ruler and a Clover white wax pen so that they would be straight, but unmeasured. I'll definitely do this again as I love the effect. I quilted this whole piece over the course of our summer vacation on Hornby Island...mostly waiting for, and riding on, the ferries (it takes 3 boats to get there!).

I've made a start on a second abstract quilt based on other lessons in the class, but I think I'd like to grow it in a medallion-style like Gwen so often does. I may refer to her excellent book Liberated Medallion Quilts that is in my home library for some additional ideas. I have enough scraps of these fabrics, that's for sure!

Blowing My Hair Back I by Poppyprint

I'm really enjoying working with solids and a limited palette at the moment. I've got another fun improv quilt to share next week that is a sample for an exciting new workshop I'll be teaching in the coming year.  Check back Monday for that one as part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!