Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 - Taking Temperature Check to the People

The past year has been both my busiest and accomplished quilting year to date and I've really loved every day of it. My book, Make It, Take It published in January, my Blackbird Fly quilt won a completely unexpected 1st place ribbon at QuiltCon, my Chess on the Steps quilt hung at QuiltCon in the Pattern of the Month special exhibit and appeared in both the QuiltCon and Simply Moderne magazines, The Light of May hung at QuiltCon in the Michael Miller Challenge exhibit and my quilt Cutting Garden featured in Australian Homespun magazine. I attended my first QuiltCon and my first Quilt Market (spring, in Minneapolis) where I presented a Schoolhouse session for the book to a packed room and had fun at two book-signing sessions.  I also visited about 10 local quilt guilds in the Vancouver area to present on Modern Quilting and share my quilts plus projects from the book, I did an all-day book signing at a local car show/quilt show and finally, Pat Sloan invited me as a guest on her radio show -- twice!  Luckily, I managed to squeeze in a few workshops myself; I learned improv techniques from SherriLynn Wood and my quilting hero Gwen Marston, colour theory from Bill Kerr and did some screen printing with Celina Mancurti this year!  Almost everything I've just mentioned has been blogged at one point or another over the year.

All of that was awesome, and it really would have been plenty. But what I want to celebrate most about 2015 is the fun and excitement I experienced through teaching over the past 12 months.  I've been teaching locally for about 12 years, but things really switched into high gear this year! I adopted a "just say yes" attitude and decided with my two kids pretty well grown-up and a very supportive husband, I would accept all teaching offers that came my way and let the family fend for themselves (everyone survived, yay!).

Improv Under the Influence by Poppyprint
Temperature Check, 2013

It is difficult to accurately pinpoint the catalyst for all of the amazing gigs I got this year.  About 80% of the workshops I taught were for the little Temperature Check quilt, above (or the improv piecing technique I call Improv Under the Influence). Published photos of Chess on the Steps (simply a size large version of Temperature Check), word of mouth, my guild presentations, blog readers inviting me to teach for their guilds, referrals from other quilting instructors and connections via the Modern Quilt Guild all lead to great opportunities.  What I'd like to share with you are photographs of the workshops themselves, featuring amazing quilters that I had the pleasure of meeting and teaching over the past year, as well as their inspiring work.  For many students, this was their first ever foray into modern quilting or working exclusively with solids or trying their hand at improvisational work.  As always with teaching, there are many opportunities for me to learn just as much from participants in the workshops...I will share some of that learning amongst the photos below.

Seattle, WA

Temperature check workshop at Drygoods Design, Seattle WA
The Seattle MQG is super friendly!! This workshop took place at the incomparable Drygoods Design on historic Pioneer Square.

Victoria, B.C.

Temperature Check workshop Victoria, BC. June 2015

Temperature Check workshop Victoria, BC. June 2015
I think orange is the spirit colour of the Modern Quilt Guild of Victoria

Inuvik, NWT

Inuvik, NWT March 2015
Small, isolated quilting communities are very open to trying new things and trusting people they've never met before (at least Inuvik is). I didn't even mind that a couple of students ducked out of class to watch the annual migration of the domestic reindeer herd because they gave up most of the Muskrat Jamboree weekend for quilting!

Stitch at Sea, Alaska cruise

Improv Under the Influence workshop
Oakshott colourshotts make gorgeous kits for this workshop! I curated 4 different Alaska themed bundles: Glacier, Midnight Sun, Fireweed and Northern Lights.

Dianne's Fireweed colourway work
Teaching  the workshop over 2 days allows students the freedom to learn the piecing technique,then use a design wall to come up with their own exciting layouts. This one is by Dianne Ritter and it is even more impressive now that it is quilted!


Temperature Check Classes in Sweden

My workshops in Sweden

My workshops in Sweden

More often than not, quilters work with the same colours as their wardrobe! Here you can see Louise is doing just that.

My workshops in Sweden

Juneau, AK

Temperature check workshop at Changing Tides in Juneau, AK
I enjoy spending time with elder quilters.  This isn't something I learned this year, but it was humbling that so many elder women signed up to learn something new from me! Two of the women in this workshop had the cutest argument over which one was older (they are both 78). Best line of the debate " Oh ____, you always want to be the oldest, but you know my birthday is 3 months before yours and we have to do this every time we take a workshop together!" They totally cracked me up.

Whistler, B.C.

>Temperature Check workshop, Whistler, BC
Sometimes a charm pack of Denyse Schmidt modern solids will do! Carolyn with her super fun and colourful little Temperature Check quilt.

Temperature Check workshop, Whistler, BC
Another wardrobe-inspired original layout by Sabrina. The Whistler gals made full use of their design walls over two long days with fabulous results!

Temperature Check workshop, Whistler, BC

I also taught for the Sunshine Coast Quilter's Guild and the Boundary Bay Quilter's Guild, both relatively local for me.

Did you notice anything in particular about all of these photos? Quilters are pretty much the same no matter where you travel, aren't they? We all love to play with fabric and create in the company of like-minded people.  Most of my workshops were with traditional quilters and I could not be happier that so many are curious about "this modern quilting thing" and willing to give new ideas a try.  People wrote me the loveliest emails after workshops, telling me that they'd never had so much fun quilting, or that they were excited to play with this technique some more on their own and that they picked up so many tips from my classes they never thought they needed to know.

I feel extraordinarily lucky.

Bring it on, 2016!

Happy New Year, Friends!

P.S. I think it is very evident from this post, but if you would like me to visit your guild or shop and teach a workshop, just say the word.  I'm there.


Leanne said...

It is so great that you have inspired so many quilters from far and wide. This is such a fun pattern, I have a plan to make another one day soon.

paulette said...

WOW!! I can now say that I knew you when...:o))
Congratulations on a VERY successful and rewarding year!! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!

Debbie said...

Fun! I so loved our class at Drygoods, even though I did sew thru my finger. oops. But I love my resultant quilt AND its spinoff, Monochrome. Best to you in the new year!

Ariane said...

Wow! You have had an amazing quilty year!! Congratulations!! Your work is amazing and you deserve the recognition. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us for 2016.

Aliceart said...

Congratulations! Sounds like an amazing year! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Elsa said...

Oh, I do wish you could come to Portland! What about teaching a class at Modern Domestic? You'd love the store and they would love you too! I'd love to take a class with you ~

Arita said...

What a fun filled quilty and travelling year. Spending a day with Gwen Marston is also on the top of my quilting experience. Happy New Year.

LethargicLass said...

I'm going to do my best to get you to Ottawa somehow this year :)

Carol Browne said...

I love this post! I didn't realize you did ALL of this in 1 year. Accomplished, indeed! Thank you so much for sharing these photos, for coming out to our Quilt Guild and doing your trunk show. All the best in 2016.

Dianne said...

An action packed and inspiring year my friend! We take great pleasure in watching you grow and succeed in your quilting career. It is always great fun to listen to your stories at stitch.
Wishing you another year filled with fun and adventure!

Amy Friend said...

You've had an exciting, action packed year!

Susie said...

What a fabulous post, Krista!! Thanks for sharing your incredible year with us... can't wait to see what the next one brings!! <3

SarahZ said...

You are so funny ("they all survived, yay!!")! You know, I have watched this year unfold for you, but boy does it ever look bigger put all in one place like this! Congrats on a super year, and achievements so well earned and recognition so well deserved! I look forward to tagging along in 2016, too...Happiest of New Years to you Krista!!!

Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts said...

What a fantastic year you've had, I've loved watching it all unfold.
I sure hope a trip to Australia will work its way into your schedule one day!

Stina... said...

Happy for your success this year...and that it lead you to coming to us in Sweden...that was my highlight of the year!! Wish for you another fun year ... hugs..:0)

Live a Colorful Life said...

I would LOVE to take your class. Could you come down here for a one-on-one class? I'd love to host you 😊