Technical difficulties over ... photos attached ... Finally!
August 22, 2013
As you can see from my post yesterday, the technical difficulties have been fixed and now I can attach photos once again. Don't ask me what was wrong, because I don't know. I emailed Eric and he fixed it. I thank my lucky stars for Eric and his magic fingers!
So, finally I can post some photos of the work I've been doing. This is one of the pieces I am working and adding to. I am still not sure what it is going to look like once it is done, but ... that's half the fun! Adding and adding until it all comes together. The stitching was the last thing I added before going on vacation. Not sure where to go next, but I have a few ideas I will try.
So you kow what you are looking at: this is using my hand-dyed fabrics. The wonky log cabin was made using small left overs from other projects, as is the strip in the center of the work. Then, there are a couple of pieces fused on top. It is heavily quilted using mostly straight lines every 1/8" or so.
After than, the darker areas were created fusing hand-dyed cheese cloth (I used Misty Fuse). And the two white vertical stripes are done by using masking tape to mask the area and then applying acrylic paint with a roller brush very gently. The stitching was added at the end, using one of the skeins of thread I dyed with the fabrics, so it all blends together. The yellow and green thread at the top is a commercial brand.
Here are a couple of details:
And another one of the stitching:
I will keep you posted as to progress. What do you think?
Enjoy the beautiful day out there. It's supposed to go up to 27 degrees this afternoon. I am off now and will go for a short walk. I will blog later with some more photos of new finished work this time.
Take care, and keep quilting.
Festival of Quilts in Birmingham
August 21, 2013
Yes! I did go!!! So very exciting.
The nicest thing was that I got together with two lovely friends. Lisa flew from Ontario and Nan from Frankfurt (well, sort of as she was already vacationing in the UK), so the three of us met at the NEC in Birmingham. Nan arrived first and met with Lisa who got to Heathrow before I did and took the bus to Birmingham. I arrived at my planned time, and made it through Customs and Immigration in a flash, and found myself at the bus station 3 hours ahead of my scheduled bus. For an extra GBP10, I took an earlier bus, napped for a bit on the way (nothing to see for the most part as it is highway), and arrived at the airport where I got off and proceeded to walk to the NEC. Left my bag at the coat check and paid the GBP 15.00 to get in. Walked around for a bit ... found the Stef Francis booth (danger, danger!), of course had to stop and peruse and purchase ... What a treat! Her work is stunning! Here are a few of the photos I took:
Isn't her work stunning? I loved all the samples. And you should have seen the threads, all color coordinated, and the fabrics, scrim, silks, metallics, silk cocoons, etc. you get the idea ...
After I felt more relaxed with my purchases, I kept walking around looking at quilts and vendors. I had promised myself to skip all vendors with commercial fabric, as I am not using that much anymore, and didn't make much sense for me to stop and look at fabric we can get here. But there were lots of stands of hand-dyed fabrics. And I did end up purchasing a few pieces here and there.
I finally made my way to Laura and Linda Kemshall's booth at the back of the show, stopping here and there to shoot some photos. Very interesting work. All kinds, all types. One thing I didn't know, and I was told later, is that everything that people send gets in. So it is not a juried show, although there are judged categories and prizes. But the big difference with the shows in the US and Canada that we are so used to, is that you find a very basic quilt beside something much more elaborate. They consider, and I agree, that it is important for people to see their quilts in an exhibit.
I got to Laura and Linda's and Linda is telling me that they weren't expecting me until the next day, as Lisa and Nan had stopped before ... and I turn around ... and there they were! So hugs all around, of course, and we kept going. I bought a couple of pieces at the Kemshall's from their Footprint fabric printed collection. There were tons of fabric to pick from, and I would have purchased it all, but I restrained myself.
Here are some photos of some quilts from the SAQA Exhibit: Metaphors on Aging:
This one is by Canadian Mary Pal and is called "JBW".
This one is by American Lea McComas and is called "Sweet Song from an Old Fiddle". Stunning threadwork and quilting. A detail below.
This is a close up of the fingers! Look at the detail ...
This is by one of my favorite quilters, Linda Colsh called "Second Hand". A detail below:
The description says: "The old woman's broom sweeps, rhythmically moving dust away; a reflection of the clock's metronomic, relentless second hand sweeping life toward dust."
This is it for this entry. I will show you some more photos of the quilts in the exhibit later on. In the meantime, hope you are enjoying the last few days of Summer, and remember to make time in your life to be creative ... and keep quilting.
July 29, 2013
Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was busy but good. I am enjoying my newly landscaped backyard. I will post some photos soon. I mowed the lawn yesterday and it didn't take any time at all as I got rid of all the grass against the fence, and that made it easier. A few mosquito bites later ... I was done. Task achieved. So now I could go to my studio and do some work without feeling guilty every time I looked out the window and saw that I needed to cut the grass.
On to some new work I've been doing. As you may know, I've been dyeing my own fabrics for a while now, and let me tell you ... it gets addictive. Also, Lisa, who is a member of At The Edge, one of the groups I belong to, was moving to Toronto and she asked me if I would join her in a dyeing day. Of course I said yes, and ended up with 12 yards of new hand-dyed fabrics. The weekend after, we got together again just before she left for her new adventures, and dyed about the same amount. Later on that week, I received the new dyes I had ordered from Dharma, so of course I had to give them a try. They were mostly greys as one of the pieces I've been working on is mostly greys and black. Another 7 yards later ... I was done for a while. Now I have to use them!
Here's the piece I was working on yesterday. It's been on my design wall for a while, and I've been debating what to do with it; I had added the fused hand-dyed cheesecloth a while ago. On Saturday, I decided to use one of my hand-dyed threads and add some hand-stitching to it. I will have to upload some photos later, as the ones I have for some reason won't upload (frustrating...).
Well, despite the technical difficulties ... I hope you are still reading. And if you are, I thank you for that. Keep quilting.
Quilting Arts Magazine - August/September 2013
July 23, 2013
Good early morning from cloudy and rainy Calgary,
Hope this finds everyone fine and enjoying the Summer months. It's been busy here in Calgary ... still recovering after the flooding, lots of work to be done. A few groups have been organized around town and surrounding areas to make and gather quilts to help those affected by the floods. If you are interested in helping, you could get in touch with My Sewing Room and / or Traditional Pastimes, which are two of the stores in town who are organizing the efforts. Other place to go is The Sugar Pine in Canmore.
But life continues, and this day finds us with the new issue of Quilting Arts Magazine hitting the newsstands.
I have an article on Painting on Fabric with Inktense Pencils. And I was very happy to see my artwork gracing the cover of the magazine once again. This is a technique I love. It involves machine quilting - which is one of my passions - and painting. Where can you go wrong with those? The idea is to start with a sketch, transfer it to fabric, quilt it using dark thread as if you were drawing on a blank piece of paper, and then color it using Inktense pencils, which are like watercolor, but with ink instead. The lovely advantage of that is that once the color dries, it's permanent. So you can add layers of color without lifting the color underneath.
Vivika Hansen Denegre has written about the article in Quilting Daily; go to the Quilting Arts blog to read about it. You can see added images of other projects there too. Go to www.quiltingdaily.com and to the right of the magazIne you will see a "Learn More", click on it and then on the left-hand side you see Online Extras, where you can see some more of my work.
If you'd like to purchase the magazine, and see what else is inside its covers, here's the URL:
http://www.interweavestore.com/quilting-arts-august-september-2013 . Remember that you can also purchase a download.
I hope you enjoy the article and give the technique a try. If you have any questions or need any clarification, I'm here to help. So drop me a comment or two and let me know what you think (and if you do, include your email so I can write you back). In the meantime, keep quilting!
Calgary under emergency alert
June 21, 2013
It's been a difficult day today and part of yesterday when the city went under emergency alert due to flooding. Both the Elbow River and the Bow River were extremely high, and expected to crest before midnight. That would cause them to overflow their banks. Low areas of the city went under alrt and later on, under mandatory evacuation. By the time I went to bed last night, 7 neighborhoods in the city were under mandatory evacuation and lots of people had to leave their homes on short notice with whatever they could take with them.
Last night, at around 11:48 p.m. we received an email from work saying that they had decided to close the office downtown after monitoring the situation. This morning, at 5:30 a.m. when I woke up, the downtown core was closed down and there was no transit to get into the downtown core.
As I write this ... the rain is still falling non stop, very heavily at times, and the situation is getting worse around the city. The Elbow River has crested, and now about 24 neighborhoods around the city are under mandatory evacuation. Approximately 100,000 people have been affected. One of those, is my oldest son Sebastian who lives in Mission, about a block from the river. I finally connected with him this morning and he was at work trying to see if they could figure a way to get their equipment out of the water's range, if or when it gets to them. Last night before he left his apartment he took a few valuables with him and stayed overnight at a friend's. Unfortunately, the two cats stayed behind. Around noon he tried to get to his apartment to get the cats out but was turned around by the water. He said that the water is up to the windows in the cars parked on the street, and was hoping the water was going to stay level and out of his second floor apartment. He could not get to his cats, so we hope they will be OK. I am keeping my fingers crossed that his apartment will stay dry.
And I feel a bit guilty because as of now, my house is dry and hopefully will stay that way. I managed to connect with some friends in Canmore which has been hugely affected by flooding but I am happy to say I heard that Dean, Leah and their family, as well as Sugar Pine are safe. The same can be said for friends in the Bragg Creek Area who live at higher elevations, and are for now safe.
Unfortunately, my friend in Bowness, who just moved in to her house, has not been that lucky. I have not heard from her yet, but the street she lives on was under water this morning.
To the High River Residents, and all of those affected here in town, my thoughts and prayers are with you. The outporing of help and support has been incredible for shelters around the city and will continue in the next few days.
This has just started. The Bow River hasn't crested yet, which means that it is not over. Over the next few days, hopefully rain in the area will taper off and the waters will start to recede. The city will pull together to help those who need it the most and the clean up will begin. As I said, this is just the beginning. There will be lots of debris and mud and damage around, and we'll all do our part to help reconstruct this city of ours.
The Calgary Stampede is two weeks' away and if I know something about Calgary, is that the show will go on. We'll see what the waters leave behind once they recede, as they have flooded the Stampede Grounds, the Saddledome and the downtown area.
if you need information, please go to www.calgary.ca and/or calgarycitynews.com. My TV has been on and I have been following developments closely.
For all those out there, hold on and hang tight. And above all, stay safe.