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MY PERSONAL QUILTING STYLE

Quilting Happiness

I’m really honoured to be taking part in the Blog Hop for Quilting Happiness by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland. The book hits stores on August 27, but you can pre-buy it now! Quilting Happiness is a collection of 16 quilts and 4 small projects, interspersed with creative exercises, quizzes, tools, and stories to help you explore your delight in quilting.

We were given the exercise of creating a collage to help determine our personal quilting style. I decided to use my Pinterest Boards to find my most recent images and create a digital collage. I very rarely buy magazines anymore and I use Pinterest ALOT. It has really become a huge resource of images, colour palettes, ideas and recipes for me. I took a look through my recent pins and could immediately see that many of the images were coordinated in colour palette and feeling. Lots of soft colours and shades of orange and peach right now. I really like clean lines and simplicity. I’ve been trying to be more colourful with my palettes this year to break out of my grey & blue tendencies which is really difficult for me! I’m getting slightly more adventurous with my colour choices, but I still tend to choose softer colours.  I can see clearly that I’m drawn to nature and floral imagery, as well as painterly textures. Art has always been a big inspiration for me.

I thought it would be interesting to pull out my visual diaries from about 10 years ago to see how I felt about those paper collages and whether or not my taste and style has changed since then. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was still really excited by collages I had made so long ago. Most of the pages are still very inspirational to me and I even see lots of similar colour ideas.

I can’t wait to get a copy of Quilting Happiness, I love the idea behind this book. Taking time to explore and appreciate how quilting can bring you so much joy and happiness in your life seems like the perfect thing to do.

Visit all the other blogs that participated in the Blog Hop this week. I’ve loved getting to see everyone else’s collages.

From my Pinterest collage above : Courthouse Steps Quilt, Chair, Floral Embroidery, Floral Stationery, Vogue Dress Pattern, Yellow Filing Cabinets, Landon Metz Painting, Girl with Umbrella, Shibori Dress, Japanese Smocking, Crafty Desk

Visual Diary

Visual Diary

Visual Diary

Visual Diary

THE MAKERIE 2011

Friday morning hike in the mountains

Words and even the 100+ photos that I uploaded cannot express this past weekend at The Makerie in Boulder, Colorado. It was beyond wonderful. When I registered to go with Katherine a couple months ago, I thought it would be fun to take some cool classes in another city. I had no idea how emotionally charged, inspiring, relaxing, energizing, exhausting and full of wonder the weekend would be. OMG.

Katherine & I flew into Denver airport on Thursday morning, rented a car for the weekend and drove to check out South Broadway in Denver. Our first stop was Fancy Tiger, a seriously adorable fabric & craft shop. We couldn’t resist buying some fabric and chit chatting with the gals in the shop. Lucky for us, Fancy Tiger was participating in The Makerie and we got to hang out and get to know them over the weekend.

The entire weekend took place at Chautauqua Park in Boulder. It is located right at the base of the mountains! We literally could just roll out of bed and onto the hiking trails from the adorable cottage we stayed in. Boulder is a beautiful place and Chautauqua Park was the perfect setting for the retreat.

We had our choice of two classes for the retreat and it was pretty clear to us which ones we would take – shoe making & block printing! Yes, that’s right – shoes!! We spent Friday learning to make ballet flats that we adorned with handmade flowers and bows with Jessica Hernandez of Joyfolie. Throughout the day we learned about Jessica’s journey to creating and growing her company that started out making shoes for babies. Jessica was so generous with her skills, creativity and ‘trade secrets’ and the shoes that the class made were pretty incredible. I am pretty excited to be able to make myself some pretty party shoes out of any fabric I choose in the future.

On Saturday we took Block Printing with Lizzy House. That would be Lizzy House, the designer of Castle Peeps and the upcoming 1001 Peeps fabric collections. I was especially excited to take this class from someone that I already admired so much. We sat down to have breakfast with Lizzy on the first day and became fast friends over coffee cake, yogurt and granola. You gotta a love a girl who has a thousand great ideas, opinions and knows her astrology.

My strategy for this class was to design something really simple and geometric since my drawing skills are not my strong point. I started by drawing stars all over my blank sheet of paper. I looked over at one point and noticed a recycling bin in the corner so I drew an arrow on my page. Lizzy passed by and casually commented, ‘I like that’. That tiny bit of encouragement burst into inspiration and I started to build a little bundle of arrows. Lizzy showed me how to take my design and create a repeat from it. MAGIC!! I have always been fascinated with pattern and couldn’t believe I was finally trying it out.

After our designs were finalized, we started carving out our linoleum blocks. We took a break for lunch and regrouped to start printing out our designs on fabric. Everyone’s designs were really impressive. Some people brought tea towels and tshirts to print on. Jaime printed her blocks onto printed fabrics and the effect was really great. I chose to do white ink on Kona Charcoal Solid fabric and I love how it turned out. I’m so so proud of my arrow print. My goal is to make a dress or skirt from my printed fabric, so watch out for it!

A real highlight for me was my Makerie partner in crime, Katherine. We spent every second of the four day weekend together in perfect unison. A parking ticket (still gotta pay that!), nearly lost favourite bracelet and flight delay home hardly fazed us. We are solidly firmed up as retreat partners and friends for life.

I really can’t say enough wonderful things about my experience at The Makerie. I think everyone who was there felt just as grateful and inspired by the experience that Ali created for us. Taking time away from our everyday lives, letting go, opening up and making new connections with people face to face was a real gift. The date has already been set for next year’s event and I urge you to mark your calendar.

I just realized that ‘making shoes’ and ‘printing fabric’ are both on my ‘Crafty List of Things to Do‘!!! Double Check!

You can see all my photos here or view the slideshow below. I’m still reflecting on this weekend in Boulder and it has sparked some very exciting plans that I’ll be sharing with you very soon.

Here’s what other people are saying about The Makerie weekend!
Katherine, Jessica, Jenny, and Anne

Also! If you wanted to try your hand at Jessica’s baby shoes, there is a pattern you can buy from her website right here.

Friday morning hike in the mountains

French Market class : Making Shoes

French Market : Making Shoes

Block Printing with Lizzy House

Block Printing with Lizzy House

Waiting in line for the Firefly Handmade Market

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PINTEREST

Pinterest

I joined Pinterest a few weeks ago. The lovely Celine sent me an invite and now I’m completely hooked. I had heard about it months ago, but resisted joining for as long as possible.

What I LOVE about it is that it is an easy and organized way of collecting inspiration and it automatically links back to your original source. Brilliant.

Take a peek at some of my boards on Pattern, Fashion, Interiors, Patchwork and Colour. You’ll notice a new button in my blog’s side bar that will take you directly to my Pinterest page when you need a little inspiration and eye candy.

If you’re hooked on Pinterest too, let me know! Guilty pleasures are much better when shared with friends!

BLOG IT FORWARD : INSPIRATION

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

I’m really excited to be participating in a really amazing blogging event called, “Blog it Forward“. Organized by the inspirational Victoria of sfgirlbybay, 300 bloggers are creating a virtual chain linking back and forth to the blogger that posted before them and the blogger that posts after them. Just the organization of this is a huge feat, so a huge thanks to Victoria for spearheading it. Yesterday ‘make*happy‘ posted her inspirations and tomorrow you can check out ‘Making it Lovely‘ for her inspirations. All the participating blogs are listed here, it’s been a great way to discover some new hidden gems out there.

If you’re new to ‘make something’, welcome! It’s so nice to have you here. My name is Karyn and it’s true, I really love to make things. Quite a lot of my blog focuses on sharing all the different projects I work on. There are tons of dresses, some quilts and lots of photos of it all. I also own a little fabric shop and sewing school called ‘the workroom‘ in Toronto.

I really feel like I am inspired by everything. My eye is constantly picking up little details, textures and colour combinations. I try to capture as much of it as possible with my camera.

Firstly, there’s no question that I’m inspired by fabric. Owning a fabric shop is like a dream, as I am constantly shopping for fabric for the shop. I just love looking at a bolt of fabric and envisioning what I will turn it into.

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Especially right now, when it’s the tail end of winter, nature is a huge inspiration. Looking at photos of lush green plants, pretty flowers and tiny mushrooms makes me so happy. Spring, I can’t wait until you’re officially here!

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

In comparison, I also find the city landscape full of wonderful textures and colour palettes.

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

The way the light changes throughout the day and even the year fascinates me. I love the way a shadow is so fleeting and dramatic.

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Lastly, I love blurry photos. Twist your lens out of focus and suddenly a photo looks more like an abstract painting and all the colours bleed into each other.

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

Blog it Forward : Inspiration

ANTHROPOLOGIE JANUARY CATALOG

January Anthropologie Catalog

I thought I’d share some shots from the latest Anthropologie catalog. I get so many ideas from these little books. My favourite is the blue top with big ruffles down the centre. I would love to knock that off!

January Anthropologie Catalog

January Anthropologie Catalog

January Anthropologie Catalog

January Anthropologie Catalog

January Anthropologie Catalog

ANTHROPOLOGIE HOLIDAY CATALOG

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Once a month, just like a subscription, the Anthropologie catalog arrives in my mailbox. It’s been a couple years since I’ve actually ordered anything from their mail order, but my splurge on Chie Mihara shoes was worth it for the monthly dose of inspiration their paper catalog brings me. Their holiday catalog is extra thick and full of wonderful details and ideas that I’m filing away for future projects. I thought I’d share my favourite bits with you.

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog

Anthropologie Holiday Catalog