Thursday, January 21, 2016

Finishing and Designing

One great thing about winter is I tend to take alot of pictures of my island!
It is so magical in the winter.  This one I posted on my Instagram (JACKIESARTQUILTS) and had comments that it looked like Narnia!

I just finished a quilt going to Quilt Con to hang in the Northcott booth!   I was only provided with five 5" purple squares and a white background.  The requirements were anything goes but it had to be modern and a 30" square.  Here is a sneak peak of it. I can't show the whole quilt until Quilt Con starts in mid February.   I can tell you that it is all circles though=)

I have been playing with two apps on my phone for pictures, one is called Camera+ and the other is PicLab.  I am enjoying the different attributes they both have.  Take a look:

Yes, this is a treasure chest of yarn in my studio!

If you use Instagram or Twitter I would love a follow!   Instagram: JACKIESARTQUILTS, Twitter: @jackiewhite121.

Enjoy this beautiful winter day!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

What a year 2015 was! Ups and downs, highs and lows, successes and hopes and now it is over.

After much pondering I decided to write a blunt honest post about 2015, and how my creativity was impacted this past year.

I learned alot this year, more than sometimes I wanted to. I learned that there are some very very shall we say unpleasant people out there that I didn't know existed. That was the learning part of the year=) Thankfully once my eyes got opened I moved on and left them behind.

I discovered some amazing friends this past year. I had the privilege of working with the most incredible team of women I have ever worked with and was sad to see it end. I know that we will still stay in touch and am so fortunate to know what it is like to be on a committee of dedicated, funny and talented people that can work their butts off, agree to disagree and still be friends at the end of the day. That is something I will cherish forever.

I realized that I can't do everything. There simply isn't enough hours in the day, and I must prioritize.
And I am working away at that. I have already removed some things off my plate and will continue to do so.

I went back to school, online school that is=) I am thoroughly enjoying it as I pursue another avenue of education that I know will help me with career.

I quilted. Maybe not as much as I wanted or could have, but I still did it. And I loved it. My plan for 2016 is to be a bit more scheduled, in the sense to get in and play. To not worry if I am making a masterpiece, but to just make.

I was published several times in 2015 and still get so excited over that.
One of my paths has led me to meet some wonderful people in the quilting industry that is so much fun getting to know them and learning more about this wonderful craft.

To end the year, I was given the opportunity to chat about how it all happens... at my sewing machine of course! You can read about it here.

I haven't quite got all my resolutions ironed out, but am working on that!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Making Merry With Janome

Christmas is the best time of year for sewing those special items for those special people!

Today I have the pleasure of not only showing you what I have been making, but being a part of

I do all my creating on my Janome! 
I love my machine. This was the first machine I have ever bought new!  I thought it only fitting that I dress it up for Christmas.

I had this fun fabric from Riley Blake Fabrics that was hexagons in red and green. I knew I wanted to use it in a way that still kept the pattern of the fabric.  And I love stockings!   Oh and ric rac and pompoms too=) By combining all three, I would have pure Christmas magic!

I decided to make two at the same time, one green and one red. Wait until you see what I put in for lining!

See the yellow elephants?  That is Amanda Herring's fabric from Riley Blake!  Can they be any more fun to see when you reach your hand in to get a surprise?

Giant white pompoms adorn this stocking!

Mini red pom poms went on the other stocking!   
Wait!  It didn't end there, a friend fell in love with them and she wanted a set for her family!

On the blue one I added some jumbo ric rac.  The red stocking has no trim as that is for a guy and I thought he would appreciate that!

Thanks Janome for such a fun time showing my Christmas project!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Social Media Book Report

Part of my studies in social media is to read a book on the subject. I chose 'Spin Sucks' by Gini Dietrich. I can tell you that this will not be the only book I read from this author!

The book was extremely insightful and provided so many real life examples to support the theories provided.

A few hilights of the book include how the author repeated that content was the key to a successful brand.  No matter what the brand, or how good the images, appearance or marketing you could create, if the content was not good then the consumer would soon find out.

It struck a cord to me that the social media person is the brand in that they need to be authentic and real.   The consumer is too smart and has too many avenues to pursue if the brand is simply not that.

No longer do we preach to the consumer in only telling our story. With social media it is now a two way street and we need to be prepared to open the dialogue up to the consumer/reader/customer.

They want to be heard and can be heard through various social media platforms and brands need to be aware of that and work with that. It is a dialogue that needs to be created with the consumer, real life conversations back and forth.

While it may take more time, it is providing authentic real attachments to your brand. Slowly but surely this is the way to do well.   Social media will improve, google will start showing you as an expert and you will come up to the top on search engines and ultimately profits and sales will increase.

The book also provided some really helpful insight into dealing with online criticism.  As we don't get the private phone call to complain, often it is much more amusing to post it online.   I had no idea that there was a term for these individuals - TROLLS!  
The author gave fantastic tips in how to deal with them and broke it down in a series of steps with examples.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Reading, Writing and Quilting Too

Life can get pretty exciting at times. And I love it! I have been invited to join a small creative group of some pretty amazing women and we have been assigned to read this book. I started it last night and could hardly put it down. It is so me! Wow, to think it is a best seller and there are so many of us creative people all struggling with the same issues, challenges simply blows my mind.

 See this little minion?  I did a minion mug rug tutorial over here, and had an absolute blast doing it. It was for a week long series on denim and how to use it in quilts.  You can check out a quilt pattern with denim here or another one here. See below for the EQ7 version of the quilt.

I was having some fun making some stockings for a giveaway I was invited to participate in and had them up on my social media. One friend liked them so much that she asked for three for her family. I was able to whip them up in an afternoon. The fabric is one of my all time favorites at Riley Blake Fabrics and is one of their constant collections. I used mini pompoms and jumbo ric rac to give a little embellishment to two of them.  The dad didn't get any embellishments=)

Lastly, I thought you would enjoy seeing a beautiful sunrise here on my island in Canada. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Published and Free Block Patterns!

What a great few weeks it has been!

I received my copy of 'Where Women Create' and they did an absolutely amazing job of the article I am in.
I had a local photographer come over, Peter Baumgarten, who is so talented and took hundreds of pictures of me and my studio, and of course my quilts.  WWC was so accommodating, allowing me to choose my favourite photos. 

Janome is doing 100 quilt blocks in 50 days with Michael Miller.  
This summer, I was invited to participate and lovely fat quarters showed up at my door step, with the basis of creating 6 1/2" blocks and writing a pattern up for them. 
I was lucky enough to have 2 accepted to this fun adventure.   The best part is you can download the patterns for all of the 100 blocks!
Diagonal Diva

Match the Patch Block

Thursday, October 22, 2015

100 Quilt Blocks in 50 Days!

Solid modern colours, free patterns, fun blocks, what more can you ask for?
Janome and Michael Miller Fabrics have paired up to offer us 100 free quilt block patterns in 50 days!  Free!

They have only released 6 blocks at the time of writing this post, but you can either sign up by email to get two free block patterns delivered right to your inbox, or go and check it out online!

All the blocks are a finished size of 6" x 6" and can be downloaded.
Check out Canadian quilter Heather McArthur's block 'Spinning Star'.

Now what has me really excited, is that I was invited to contribute and I have 2 blocks being released in the next week! We were sent a collection of solid fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics and could use one or all of them.  I simply had to use them all as they were so beautiful. I also couldn't just make one block so submitted two and was lucky enough that they chose both!

Even though I can't show them to you until they are released, I will give you a sneak peak.

Check back in a week, as soon as they are released I will be shouting it out!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

6 Free Tutorials on Flowers for Quilts

You heard it right!  I am showing tutorials on my 3D flowers over at the Quilt Social blog this whole week!  How cool is that?  These little flowers are fast and easy to make, the only way I quilt=) Take a look at what you can create for your next quilt!

Check out how I can make hexies in under 15 seconds flat!

Enjoy making these and let me know where you use them. They are super cute on a quilt or quilted handbag, shirt, head band or wherever you can find a spot!

Thanks Quilt Social for letting me drop by and showcase my flower tutorials for your quilters!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Having Fun with Fabric

I have been doing quite a bit of playing lately. Mostly with fabric, but also with social media!
I have discovered I am quite enjoying learning about social media marketing.

I have 6 projects on the go.. but they are all secret at the moment. Which is so frustrating as I want to show them to you really bad!

How about some sneak peaks?

Love a little free motion loops to create tiny little flowers. White on white creates a soft playful background!

You bet I am using ric rac!  Do you love my colorful leaves? 

I have been studying social media marketing, well gone back to school I mean. I look after social media for 2 businesses, one local, and one national. 
It is a pile of work, but I love it so much that figured I had better learn from the pros. Here is a fun little photo I created, with some of my favorite sayings so far:

If you are on twitter, I am found@jackiewhite121 or on  Instagram at JackiesArtQuilts.

Seeing as I can't show anyone what I am up to, I can show you my latest purchase!  These are my official Quilt Canada 2016 shows.   Our national quilt conference, in Canada is going to be simply WILD this year. So I wanted to be ready. You can find the shoes here. Tell her I sent you if you want to look as cool as me=)

Lastly, I did a little banana muffin baking at my grandparents farm, aka the happiest place on earth for me!

Well the super great thing is you won't have to wait to long before I can share some news.   

Take care!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Summer Fun of Quilts, Published and Tutorials!

Does the summer really translate to 'I am too busy quilting and enjoying family life to post?' Maybe this summer it did for me.

I have had some fun though.   It is such a thrill to see my quilts in print.  Here is my 'Falling Leaves' in Quilter's World magazine.  I designed it on EQ7 and used Riley Blake Fabrics and WonderFil thread to create it.

Then I got a little hooked on doing videos... but still have lots to learn, like turn the phone the other way!  The best part is my 2 sons, 10 and 11 years old were my camera men!

How to Make Hexies (hexagons) from Circles is a fantastic way to make hexagons if you are like me and don't like all the folding, gluing, pulling cardboard out type of gal!

How to Make a Travel Needle Case Holder is a super fast tutorial  from scraps.

In June I had put in my year as being President of Canada's national quilt association, and past and present board members gave me all these incredible blocks!

I just loved them so much, but as I am supposed to bring it back to the next Quilt Canada national conference all finished.. I had to put my spin on it!
What do you think?

I had this on my design wall thinking I would stitch it up as is, but the more I looked at it the more I didn't like the uniform of 1, 2,3, 4 I had created.   

I rearranged it all in a random pattern and stitched it back together. 

As you may know my hexies are just showing up in the most unusual places, here they are growing in my apple orchard!

Lastly, signing off with a view from my island.