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.
There's a new magazine in town November 22, 2011

Good morning,

October marked the date of the premier issue of a new magazine called "Fiber Art Now".  The following is from their website:   Each issue will include four or five feature articles that seek to inspire, connect and inform fiber artists, enthusiasts, educators, learners and collectors of the fiber arts.  We are a worldwide community and will keep that in mind with each issue.  You will also find:

  • Photo Essays
  • Artist Profiles
  • News & Notes
  • Gallery & Exhibition News
  • Calls for Entry
  • Classifieds
  • and more!

And the best part? When you read something interesting, you can come to to ask the author questions, write a comment, or see what others are saying about the topic.

You can subscribe to the print copy or a download.  Four issues a year.  It looks very interesting.  Especially now that Fiberarts magazine is no longer being published.  Go, take a look and let me know what you think.



Free Motion Quilting Challenge November 21, 2011

Good morning,

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I taught a Fabric Painting class to a lovely group of ladies on Saturday, and then it was so cold I went home and hibernated for the rest of the evening.  I will show you photos next Saturday, when they quilt the piece, so you can see what they produced.

I follow quite a few blogs, and one of my favorites is Susan Brubaker-Knapp's.  You can find her here:  Today, she has posted a link to SewCalGal's very interesting challenge for 2012:  A Free-motion Quilting Challenge:


You can go to to sign up for it, and see a list of experts who will be sharing their expertise and tips with those who sign up for the challenge.  There will be prizes to be won.  Go to the blog for more information.  It will be updated soon with a schedule.  Below is a list of quilters who've agreed to help with the challenge:

I am thinking of joining the challenge.  Care to do it with me?  We can compare how far we've come in 12 months.  Hope you'll join me.  Drop me a comment and let me know if you are planning on doing it.  We could organize a get-together every few months to practice!  And we could have our own give-aways! 

That's all for today.  I'll blog more soon.


And the winner is ... November 20, 2011

The winner of the DVD is Cass.  Congratulations.  Please send me your address so I can mail the DVD to you.

Thank you all for participating.  I will have another giveaway soon, so stay connected.  In the meantime, keep quilting!


International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene 2011 November 15, 2011

The new issue of International Quilt Festival has been out for a few weeks now.


Don't miss my article titled "The Big Decision - How to Quilt your Quilt", where I talk about the process I go through to define the quilting designs on a quilt.

I am off to practice some new ones to add to my design sketchbook.  And remember that quilting, like anything else, is a matter of practice. 

Keep a fabric sandwich with your favorite batting beside your sewing machine so you can practice 15 minutes every time you sit down to work.  Try new doodles, something old, some variation of the ones you like.  Remember to draw them on paper first, so your brain and your hand get used to the movement.  Then, when you go to try them on fabric you are already familiar with the movement and how the design flows.

If you have any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to help.  In the meantime, keep quilting.


A Reminder November 07, 2011

Don't forget to go to the November 1st blog and leave me a comment for a chance to win my DVD (as soon as I receive the copies!).




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The cat's out of the bag Thr3fold in Vancouver Victoria - Quilting in the Trees - Part II Victoria - Pearson College Quilting Arts Calendar Challenge 2010 - Part II Quilting Arts Calendar Challenge 2010 Technical Difficulties I'm Back Warm Temperatures and Sunny Days Felted Soap Good Morning from Calgary Once Again 1st Day of 2010 Merry Christmas to All! Making Progress The Quilting is Finished