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Quilt Label-along challenge & GIVEAWAY

January 23, 2019

Hello lovely quilty peeps! It’s the new year and a good time to start some good new habits. I just did a guild talk at the Vancouver MQG on quilt labels to get our members into the good habit of labelling their work. I decided to share the info here too in case you needed a little nudge. I challenge you to label some quilts this year. The goal is to inspire you all to label your quilts and I have a lovely prize as incentive! Read on…

There are so many ways to create labels, and lots of online tutorials. This is more a summary of my faves than a tutorial, as there are too many techniques listed to explain in detail. (Google away for video tutorials if needed.)

sugar skull quilt

This label was printed on my inkjet printer. I ironed interfacing on the back then folded the edges over and topstitched them.  The quilt was a mini that let to my Sugar Skull pillow pattern. (available in my Etsy shop)

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Swallow Medallion Quilt

January 10, 2019

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I blogged. So here I am playing catch up:

Since I last posted our family moved back to Vancouver. (That was an awesome 10 day awesome road trip from Toronto!) But moving house and home is hard and quite emotionally unsettling. While I was excited to be moving back to my lovely old fiends and neighbours in Vancouver, I was really sad about leaving the beautiful people who had become my new community in Toronto. They had given me a real sense of belonging. This made me think about what it means to belong, to have a purpose, and to feel safe, secure and welcome. Thinking of how people in my life had helped me go from feeling completely lost in a big unknown city to feeling that I was an integral part of something so awesome filled me to the brim with love. And so of course I had to design a quilt for that!

Swallow Medallion Quilt

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Toronto Love Project: Opening event & banner drop off info

June 15, 2018

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Reminders & Information update:

DEADLINE for Banners: Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Note that since the installation requires a 45ft crane, we are unfortunately not able to add late-comers after the hanging.) 

Mailing address: ATT: Lila Karim / Berene Campbell
North York Arts (Toronto Centre for the Arts)
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON
M2N 6R8
Canada

Drop-off locations in Toronto for banner makers:

If you are in the Toronto area and want to save on shipping time or costs, you can drop off at any of these locations:

FABRIC SPARK:

471 Cosburn Ave
Open Wed 10:00 – 4:00, Thurs 10:00 – 7:00, & Sat 10:00 – 4:00.

SEW SISTERS QUILT SHOP

3961 Chesswood Drive
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm

THE WORKROOM

1267 Queen Street West
Open Mon-Thurs 11–8, Fri 11–7, Sat 10–6, Sun 12–5
NORTH YORK ARTS
5040 Yonge Street (Stage door on south side)
Be sure to label: “Att: Lila Karim / Berene Campbell, NYA

Opening event:

The official opening will take place at North York Centre, from noon to 1:30pm. Join us to experience the love sent from across Canada, USA and even as far away as Australia. Enjoy the installation of colourful banners stitched with messages of peace & love, while listening to some light jazz courtesy of Double A Jazz

Installation duration:

The installation will hang through the summer until September 8, 2018.

Subway:  North York Centre subway station

Drive: Street parking is usually available. Note that there are renovations taking place to the sidewalk in front of the building, so enter via one of the side entrances. 

Can’t make a banner but would like to support the project?

DONATIONS towards the installation and opening event are welcomed. NYA is a non-profit organization that supports local artists and offers amazing programmes within the North York area. We have a few expenses that we still need to cover for this event. You can make a donation here:

http://www.northyorkarts.org/project/toronto-love-project/
Please make a note on your donation that it is specifically intended for the Toronto Love Project.

Skinny Alphabet pattern

May 23, 2018

Hot off the press: #SkinnyAlphabetPattern (foundation paper piecing pattern) designed for the long skinny banners for Toronto LOVE project banners. The letters are 9″ high and 2.5″ wide. It has a Russian industrialist / Constructivist look to it. Caps only plus a heart icon. ❤️ At this stage it is only available and *FREE* to anyone participating in / making banners for #torontoloveproject. (Even if you have already made your banner without this pattern but would just like it as a little token of thanks! 😘)

📪 Leave me a message or, better yet,  DM me on Instagram with your email address if you’re a banner maker and would like the PDF emailed it to you.

LOVEletters

It will be released soonish to everyone else. Leave a message if you’d like to be tagged when it’s listed in my shop.

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Pieced by Stacey Murton (@hushrules / http://www.FrogFactoryQuilts.com)

Vintage Chevron Quilt: “Home sweet home.”

May 17, 2018

Three and a half years ago our family was moved to Toronto for my husband’s job. It was bitter sweet as he was promoted to a more senior position, however we loved our dear Vancouver and the community that we lived in. We didn’t know anyone in Toronto and none us us wanted to be here. It was a larger city, faster paced and it felt overwhelming. After a few weeks I realized that if I wanted it to feel like home I was going to have to make it so. I started making connections and looking for things that our family would enjoy in the city. I also started making a quilt, in part to keep myself happy, but also a quilt that would help make our new home feel like home.

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Quilting by Stacey Murton. @hushrules

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TORONTO LOVE PROJECT

May 10, 2018

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***NOTE NEW DEADLINE FOR BANNERS: JUNE 21 (details below)***

April 23, 2018 was a sad day for Toronto. Shocking, scary and incredibly tragic. My heart goes out to those who lost their loved ones, friends and colleagues. And also to those who were hurt either physically, or emotionally by what they witnessed. Healing is a long journey, and I wish them all much strength and perseverance.

In addition to those directly effected, the whole city is hurting. In fact much of Canada is hurting. April was a rough month with this and Humboldt happening. We humans are one tribe at the end of the day, and we are affected by each others suffering.

With all this in mind, I have decided to start another community collaborative: “TORONTO LOVE PROJECT”, in the hope of providing a little hope and positivity in the midst of this tragic event. Maybe a show of unity at this time is what we need. Feeling a part of a bigger picture of peace and love helps make us feel more secure. I hope you will join me in making this happen as you did with “To Boston with Love”. Quilters around the world really pulled together when Amy and I put the call out for that project, and we received around 2,000 peace and love flags within just over a month. It was amazing! Better yet was people’s responses to the exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. For me it was a powerful lesson on how planting a seed for a small idea can lead to big things. So with that lesson in my pocket, here we go again… Read more…

Tattoo Quilt: GRACE & FURY

July 31, 2017

It seems apt that these two designs be in the same post, as they are both important options when handling challenges in life. Ideally we’d always be calm and face adversity with GRACE, not allowing our emotions to take charge when confronted. However not every situation allows for this, and it doesn’t always enable us to look out for ourselves. Sometimes when when people are behaving unacceptably, unjustly or just being nasty, and they’re not taking accountability for it we need a bit of FURY to confront the situation. It is a motivator that makes us get stuff done, resolve issues and fight what we feel are wrongs in life. I think FURY gets a bad rap. It is a most valuable tool that enables us to look out for both ourselves and for others.

Here are the two blocks I designed as part of my tattoo quilt series, along with the reasoning I posted on Instagram:

GRACE tattoo pattern:

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GRACE is a trait that requires a special kind of inner strength & emotional discipline. Especially when faced with prejudice, disrespect or unkindness. It’s so much easier to resort to anger and revenge, than to respond with dignity and grace. There are a few people in this world that exemplify grace in this way to me. Michelle Obama being one of them. Standing tall with her head held high, she appears to glide through adversity with a peaceful confidence, leaving a figurative trail of flowers behind her. She sets the perfect example of taking the high road for us all to follow. Thank you Mrs.Obama for inspiring myself and others to be better human beings. This Grace Tattoo block is dedicated to you.

This pattern is available in my shops here:

GRACE tattoo pattern – Etsy

GRACE tattoo pattern – Craftsy.

FURY tattoo pattern:

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Some people are scared of FURY, and think of it as negative. And of course, at times this is valid. However FURY is an essential emotion – it is FURY that puts fire in our hearts when we feel a sense of injustice. And it’s FURY that, when channelled positively, makes us step out of complacency and calls us into action to right that injustice. Heavy stuff, I know. But nevertheless I felt it had an important place in this #tattooquilt series. it brings out the fight in us. It makes us stand up for what is right. And that is a good thing!! Let’s embrace our inner FURY. Let’s use it positively to get to work. There is lots to be done!

I dedicate this block to Gillian, who taught me to embrace my inner beast!

This pattern is available in my shops here:

FURY tattoo pattern – Etsy

FURY tattoo pattern – Craftsy

To finish off here is another version of GRACE pieced by one of my amazing pattern testers, Jackie Costabile. Just love her version with the white swan against the pink. Thanks Jackie and my other wonderful tattoo testers for your enthusiasm and generosity with your time in helping me perfect these patterns.

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