Pears Galore!

Size: 22 ½” x 29 ½”

Materials: Silk Dupioni fabric, fabric paint, beads

This quilt is painted with fabric paints, thread painted, quilted using rayon thread. Stamped using vintage wooden letterpress letters. The binding has been beaded.
Happy Mother's Day May 14, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to all of you!  I hope you had a great day with your families.

I spent my morning with my two boys who brought me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, including Calla Lilies and Sunflowers.  And not a single Rose in sight! 

We had Eggs Benedict that Ale prepared, including the Hollandaise Sauce.  They looked great and they tasted even better!


It was a beautiful day today here in Calgary, so I spent some time outside.  Now that the sun is almost down, I think I'm going to go sit outside for a while longer, maybe read some or dream some.

And Mom, wherever you are ... I know you are watching over me.  I love you and miss you every single day.


Simple Curves Workshop May 14, 2012

It has been a while since I blogged last.  Life got in the way only as life is able to do; but ... things are starting to settle down, so I hope it won't be so long before I blog next.

First, here are some photos from last weekend's Simple Curves workshop that I taught at home.  The classroom worked great.  There were 5 ladies, and they had enough room to spread out and work.  Everybody worked on their own designs, and came up with some amazing work by the end of the weekend.  Here are some photos for you to enjoy.  Laura trying fabrics on her newly finished master pattern:


 And here's the design at the end of the weekend:  still some pieces missing and a lot of sewing to get done.  But it looks great, doesn't it?


Here's Deborah's:


The next one is Sheila's who used some of my hand-dyed fabrics:


Dorothy's pile of hand-dyed fabrics:


And her Pansy:


This one is Lucy's abstract.  She started another one the day before and then changed her mind and brought her hand-dyed fabrics to start the project again.  I think it's going to look amazing.


And this is Lucy's pear.  She took the Introduction to Fabric Painting from me, and added a border using the fabrics she dyed at a workshop.  It looks great, doesn't it?  It seemed as if she had dyed the fabrics on purpose:


I hope you enjoy the photos.  And remember to keep quilting.



Hand-Dyed Fabrics April 18, 2012

It's been a while since I blogged.  Can't believe how fast time moves when you are not necessarily having fun.  But ... it's already the middle of April, Spring has arrived (or not) and almost one quarter of the year has gone by.

I've been busy which accounts for my not blogging, but, despite it all, I've been hand-dyeing fabric.  It's so addictive.  On top of that, after the last session with Bev and Lisa, I placed an order for more dyes, and once they arrived, I had to try them.  Haven't tried them all yet, and already I want to order more!

This past weekend I did some dyeing, in containers and in Ziplock bags.  Dyeing in Ziplock bags is a lot of fun.  Lots of possibilities and you are never sure what you are going to get.  I dyed complimentary colors, one color, two similar colors, three similar colors ... the possibilities are endless.

Below are some photos of the fabrics I've dyed.  They are for sale; if you are interested, just drop me a note.  They are $5.00 a Fat Quarter.  There are fat quarters, half meters and full meters available, plus threads dyed in similar colors as some of the fabrics.  The skeins are 20 yards and they are $4.00 each.  Enjoy!

Multicolored with threads to match


Some greens






Blacks and greys with some red:


I will post some more photos in the next few days.  For now, back I go to do some quilting.  And in the meantime, you too, keep quilting.




Celebrating National Quilt Day March 24, 2012

Last Saturday, Bev, Lisa and I went out for the day fabric buying to the sari store in NE Calgary, or at least one of them.  We met in the morning at Bev's, and spent some time downstairs in her studio looking at some of ther "in progress", "about to be finished" and "on hold" projects! 

We Then went to Bhatia to buy silk, and although they didn't have exactly what we wanted because they had a very low supply of Dupioni silk, we managed to spend a chunk of money in the store.  We purchased a lovely very fine open weave cotton, silks, some trim, etc.

After the purchasing trip, we were hungry so we went to Notable for lunch.  While we were sitting at the restaurant, Lisa noticed the front of the desk, and mentioned what a lovely quilting motif it would make, so we took photos.  The manager was very nice and even gave me some free lessons on taking photos on my new iPhone.  Here's a photo of the front of the desk.  What do you think?  I believe I will play with this for a while, see what I can come up with.


And then we came back home and got ready to do some fabric dyeing.  First we cut the fabric off the roll:



then we divided some of it into fat quarters, and threw it into the wash to scour the fabric.  While that was going on upstairs, we chose the dyes, 


mixed them, always keeping safety in mind first, as the dye particles are dangerous if inhaled, so we used dust masks.  Don't we look great?  :) 


Then, we separated the fabric, folded fat quarters, 


and then we dyed.  Lots of fabric, lots of colors: 


The sequins that you see in Bev's pail are from a pillow cover we purchased that was white, and we thought it would be fun to see what happened if we dyed it.  I'll post a photo of mine later on. 


And here are some of Lisa's fabrics.  Don't they look great? 


 And now, I'm off to play some and maybe do some shopping.  I need chocolate! 

Keep quilting.  And remember ... practice does make perfect!



Quilting Arts TV - Series 1000 March 12, 2012

Good morning, A couple of days ago I got back from my trip to Cleveland where I taped 6 segments for Quilting Arts TV, and 1 segment for InStitches. It was a very short trip, basically less than 24 hours, but packed with activities and good times. Here are some photos:



I need to find out when and how to watch it here in Calgary, as somebody told me that KSPS doesn't show it anymore.  Otherwise, we'll have to wait for the DVD to come out.

Off to do some work now.  I am making a small present for an 8-year old girl whose birthday is tomorrow, based on a Barbie drawing from a coloring book.  I'll post some photos of the finished product.

In the meantime, keep quilting.




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