The Singing Quilter Newsletter
In this issue:
. Block of the Month update
. Quilts for Alberta Flood victims
. Northern travels
. Further travels
. Gallery Announcement
. Upcoming gigs
. What I'm working on
Cathy Miller and her husband John Bunge, of Victoria BC Canada travel the world singing songs about quilts, quilters and quilting. For further information, explore the website at www.singingquilter.com. Or email them at email@example.com.
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Did you think I've dropped off the face of the planet? My last "regular" newsletter was back in APRIL!!! I'm baaaack, with a very long newsletter.
It's a lovely summer, here in Victoria, and I think I must be in vacation mode. Despite the great weather, it's time to get back to work....
John and I have had an amazing driving trip to northern Canada: first time in the Yukon, for me, and a return to Yellowknife. I then flew down to Flagstaff Arizona and over the West Virginia for quilt shows there. It's been a busy time! We followed that trip with a visit back to Ontario and a Miller family reunion.
I'm now getting ready for the Fall Colours Quilt Cruise at the end of September, and working on the last 4 quilts for my Refractions challenge.
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When we got back to
Calgary after our trip north, I hopped on a plane to Flagstaff by myself
while John drove home.
One of my classes was Mock Mola. It was a small class, which meant I had a lot more time to enjoy what they were making.
The second one was a 3-hour version of my Notan Class. Three students and I spent the morning playing with paper, having a great time thoroughly exploring Notans. Here are four of the many Notans they created.
Because John wasn't there, I asked the audience to say hello to him. They were very happy to do so!
From there, I flew home, unpacked, and almost immediately got on another plane for West Virginia. This was my first time in WV - I loved it! Very interesting terrain. It seems almost the whole state is smooth low hills covered in deciduous forest. It must be gorgeous in the fall.
West Virginia also seems to be one of the last pockets of truly excellent hand quilters. The show was full of amazing work - I've never seen such even, small stitches! They treated me very well, too, and have already booked us to return next year.
Another Notan class, this time, a full day, which meant they could actually pick one of their designs to make a quilt (using Mock Mola technique)
But they made a LOT more designs than these!
What I'm Working On
I'm still working on the Refractions challenge. There are FOUR more to go! The latest one which I have almost finished is based on one of Eileen's paintings. Louise and I will be creating pieces which we have "refracted" from Eileen's original. Thanks to Katie Pasquini Masopust's technique of subdividing areas to abstract them, I created this from Eileen's mountain landscape.
I'm in the middle of making two more quilts for Alberta flood victims. They are both from my blue jeans collection (appropriate, for Calgary, I think!). I have pieced together 13 inch squares of various jeans, including as many back pockets as I can. With the addition of some cuddly fleece on the back, they'll make two lovely (and somewhat heavy) raggy quilts.
My next adventure will be the Fall Colours Quilting Cruise, departing from Quebec City, QC on the 22nd of September. We'll arrive in New York City on October 2nd.
October 14 Abilene TX concert
October 30 to November 3 We'll have a booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston!
November 4 Baytown TX
John continues to organize our huge tour in 2014, again around the perimeter of the US and Canada. The confirmed gigs are up on the website already. We STILL haven't sung in Mississippi or Arkansas. Help!
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© Cathy Miller, July 2013
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