From September - Random Draw
December 19, 2012
I am here again. I had promised on my last blog to randomely choose a winner from the comments left on my blog for one of my pear pieces. Unfortunately, once again, because my computer was dying, the comments never showed! but now ... I found them, so - because a promise is a promise - I wrote everybody's name in a piece of paper, put them in a bucket and drew one:
Congratulations! Patricia Van Laeke you are the winner! I can't access your email to let you know that you won, so I hope you think to check the blog again. If so, send me an email at
with a contact number and an address, so I can send you your art piece.
Stay tuned, more draws to come in the New Year, including some hand-dyed fabric and threads.
Once again, keep quilting. It's nice to be back.
OMG! Where have I been?
December 19, 2012
Nowhere, really. Well, here and there for a while, Houston and Vancouver teaching ... but other than that ... here really, working away. The problem is that my poor laptop was slowly and very painfully dying so it wouldn't allow me really to do much of anything other than read my email.
So on Saturday, I broke down, got really frustrated, and went to get myself a new computer. Now the frustration has to do with something else altogether, as I bought an iMac. My first Mac computer, and it's not as intuitively simple as everybody would like to make you believe. My son Sebastian came home that afternoon and helped me set it up and explained to me some basic stuff ... well, needless to say that as soon as he left and I tried to do it myself ... suffice it to say that I am prepared to sign for the Apple workshops and hopefully that'll help. In the meantime ...
I've been sewing up a storm for Christmas this year. When I got back from Vancouver, mid-November, I started getting really anxious because I didn't know what to give the children for Christmas this year. So, I purchased - of course, because it seems that it doesn't matter what decision you make, you never have exactly the right fabric or the right amount of it - and I cut, and sewed and sewed some more, pinned some, ironed quite a bit, wore out the rug from walking back and forth from the sewing machine to the ironing board, and got the stuff made. I don't think my children follow my blog, but just in case I won't talk about what I made or show photos until after Christmas. The truth is, I wrapped everything up in a hurry on Saturday because the boys were coming home in the afternoon ... and forgot to take photos. But, promise to do that after the presents are opened.
I also made some lovely fabric storage buckets for them to use as catch-alls. I got the tutorial from www.filminthefridge.com. Simple to make, and they look lovely. I know I'll have to make some more for me!
Well, I just wanted to let you know that I hadn't dropped off the face of the earth, but had been having technical difficulties. So, now that I am back with a new computer, I promise to be more dilligent and blog more often, now that hopefully the technology won't die on me half-way through my blog.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Hope it's a good one. I'll blog again in the next few days with more news. In the meantime, I hope you find inspiration to keep quilting.
I'm off to buy a really really ugly footstool to cover! More on that later.
Update to Blog Tour - In Stitches 7
September 15, 2012
It's been soo busy lately ... but here's an updated list for the blog tour. Mine is still to come, so I hope to see you come and visit.
While you are at it, leave me a message, and I'll have a randon draw for one of my painted pear pieces. I will have the draw on Saturday, September 22nd. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.
The piece won't be exactly as the one shown, but close enough.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you back next week.
In the meantime, enjoy the end of the summer days And keep quilting. Some new exciting work coming from me, so visit again soon.
In Stitches Issue 7
September 10, 2012
Great news! The 7th issue of In Stitches e-mag is out now and available both for iPad and desktop version shortly.
In this new issue, i have an article on how to make my sample book using a sketchbook and some fabrics, and of course, some samples. If you've watched Quilting Arts TV Series 1000, you may remember me showing some samples of machine quilting using the sample book.
Below is the schedule of the blog tour starting tomorrow, Monday September 10th, so drop by to take a look
9/11 Tuesday: Kathy Loomis
9/12 Wednesday: Sarah Symes
9/13 Thursday: Alma Stoller
9/14 Friday: Ana Buzzalino
I hope you enjoy it. And if you do, please leave me a comment or two. I'd love to hear from you. In the meantime, keep quilting.
July 29, 2012
I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather. It's been so nice, that it is difficult to do anything that's not outside. But, two weeks ago I taught a fabric dyeing class at home. 8 ladies and I dyeing fabric; what could be more fun? We had a great time, and dyed fabric, threads, ribbon and some of the ladies had some silk pods. It will be nice if we can get together to see the results. I had emails from most of the ladies talking about the results of the dyeing. It was hard to wait to wash the fabrics. But, they all behaved themselves and waited until Sunday to was them. Here are some photos:
Look at all those jars of dye; we had blues, reds, yellow, green, purples ...
This one has some of the hod pint, golden yellow, purple and some sage green on the top right.
Look at this one: some yellow, bright green, lapis blue, purple at the bottom ... How cool is that?
Below are some of my washed and dried samples. It is so nice when they are ready to get washed ... it seems that they all look to be the same color, but then you start to rinse and the colors come out. The same thing happens when you take them out of the washing machine and start to iron them. As they get dry, the colors intensify ... and you see all the different colors and textures that have been created.
Here are some of mine:
This one is pomegranate and sage green. One of my favorite combinations lately. The next one is a bit different in texture as I folded the fat quarter down the center and squashed the ends.
And the last one is one combination I just love: pomegranate and golden yellow. When those two colors mix, they make the most gorgeous oranges and the textures are great. The colors are rich and warm, don't you agree?
Now, to do some work with them. I have been using them on some projects, so I'll post some photos of them at a later date.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer, and remember ... keep quilting!