Thursday, October 27, 2022

OOTB Showcase and Free Motion Mavericks

 Hi, welcome to week 404 of Free Motion Mavericks. My partner Muv of Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing is taking a few months off. Here's wishing her all the best! 😊 I'm going to try to keep this linking party going each week, although the posts may not all be about free motion quilting (FMQ) what else is new!😁

Out of the Box Showcase at the Shenkman Centre

Last week a group of my fellow artists and I filled up a display case at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, Ontario. The Centre is run by the City of Ottawa and we are lucky to have the display case to share our art and possibly attract members.

This is the sign that I FMQ to include in the display case.

Out of the Box Fibre Artists sign

I was supposed to organise this activity but since I was also trying to finish up my work and help with the OOTB membership, it's a really good thing that I had a lot of help. I'm sure that all of this will get easier each time! 

I chose the theme - Happy! We ended up displaying 18 pieces by 11 member artists. Many stayed to help set up the display. I think that we did a great job 😍.

Here are some of the pictures that I took. The display case is made up of one large area and a smaller one. It also gets a lot of indirect sunlight so the reflection makes it hard to photograph. I mostly took pictures before we closed the glass windows.

These art pieces are in the large display area.

A lovely mix of fibre art

The middle section of the large area

The last third of the larger area.

There is a variety of different fibre art represented including beading, embroidery, FMQ, weaving, felting as well as some sculptured pieces.

The second, smaller case was harder to photograph because it was the side glass door that opened as opposed to the front of the display.

The small case as seen from the side

Another view of the smaller case

Finally, another look at my free motion quilted sign 😊

Out of the Box Fibre Artists sign on display

What I learned
  • It takes a bit of organisation to get a display set up. These days, organisation is not at all my strength. As I mentioned, I'm sure that it will get easier as I do more of these. Since the Shenkman Arts Centre is in Orleans, near to where I live, it makes sense that I be involved in that display. We also display at various libraries, but mostly in the west end of Ottawa.
  • The volunteers usually have a lunch before we set up the display. Since those organisational skills were dormant, we'll be having the lunch after we finish bringing down the display. It will be nice to celebrate our achievement.
  • If you're in the area, the display is up until November 6, 2022.
  • I would like to thank everyone for their best wishes on my recovery of having Covid. I was very lucky - it was just like a bad cold, but with the isolation, it sure feels more serious. My hubby had to cancel my surprise birthday/retirement party that was to be held tonight. We had a quiet evening of take-out and TV instead with a few visitors who stayed outside to talk. At least it was unseasonably warm today😎. So it's official...I am now RETIRED!!!!
  • It's also one of the reasons that I want to keep the Free Motion Mavericks going - I need to finish the Version 2.0 quilt...hopefully by the end of November.

Related links

Linking parties
I'll be linking up to many linking parties. Check them out after you've linked up 😁 Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, Midweek Makers, Put your foot down, Off The Wall Friday, Patchwork & Quilts, 15 Minutes to Stitch 2022, Oh Scrap!, Needle & Thread Thursday

Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome! Did you get any free motion quilting done this week? If you did, make sure to link up. If you didn't, you can share your quilting project anyway 😊.

In our previous link up (which closed today in New Zealand lol) Raewyn linked up her very mavericky bear quilt. She didn't win her inner-fight to do an all-over pattern and I'm very, very glad! If you didn't see it, you'll want to check out the FMQ details. Very cool!

Wonderful Bear Quilt

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  1. I love the sign you made and there are so many interesting pieces! I did link up a piece I finished on my domestic machine...not really FMQ but walking foot!

    1. Thanks Kathleen. Our group is pretty interesting since we all have different techniques - and everyone is so talented. Thanks for linking up!

  2. Congratulations on your retirement! Hopefully you are feeling mostly back to normal after having Covid.

    1. Thanks so much Kate - it took over a week but I'm now feeling human and starting to enjoy my retirement!

  3. Belle expo, merci pour le partage des magnifiques œuvres, la tienne comprise.
    Joyeux anniversaire, et joyeuse retraite ! et bon rétablissement aussi.

    1. Merci beaucoup Frédérique! ça été une couple de semaines difficiles mais je suis de retour et je commence à jouir de ma retraite :-) bises

  4. Hi Andree, it was fun to see my quilt here :-) The Fibre Artists display looks interesting and the sign you made to go with it is great. Congratulations on your retirement, I hope you are over your dose of Covid and that you got to have your celebration. As I feared, I didn't get back to link up, but I will definitely try for next time!

    1. Hi Raewyn, I'm really glad that you did link up. Your quilt was so cute :-) I'm finally feeling better and looking forward to being retired (and not just sick)!


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