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.
Quilting Arts Magazine - December/January Issue November 23, 2010

It is  -30 degrees Celsius in the city, very, very cold.  Looking out my window I can see the sun is coming out, although it is not going to get much warmer until the end of the week.  It has been snowing a lot too, so everything is white, and sparkly which is good to remember when you are shoveling the snow every night and/or morning (I've been doing it twice a day to try to stay ahead of it).

Despite the cold, I am smiling:  I just found out that my art is once again featured on the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine, on the December/January issue, which also happens to be the 10th Anniversary Issue.   There is an accompanying article on using tight quilting to create a canvas.  It is a lot of work getting ready for publication, but when you see the proof, it is well worth it; especially once you receive the magazine, and see it on stands all over the city.  It still gives me a thrill. 

So, here is the new cover ... look for the magazine at the beginning of December (I think it will be on sale on December 7th), and let me know what you think.


In the meantime, stay warm ... and keep quilting.



Working on a New Quilt November 16, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I started working on a new quilt.  Pieced this time, which I haven’t done much of in the past few months.  But, of course, me being me, I couldn’t just decide to piece squares or triangles.  Nope, not me.  I had to design this really complicated quilt with all kinds of curves and small pieces.

 It’s a tulip quilt, designed around a photograph I found.  I isolated three of the many tulips on the photo, enlarged them a bit to make it easier to design, and traced them onto mylar to get the first pass at the design.  Once I was happy with it, I photocopied it onto paper, designed the background, and enlarged it as much as I could onto an 11” x 17” piece of paper.

 Then I trimmed the paper to size, folded it in 4’s, scanned each quarter design, and printed it on a plotter as large as it would go.  I ended up with my original design enlarged to approximately 80” x 80”.  Quite happy with the size, although some of the pieces are still small.

 Next came the shopping.  I decided I wanted red tulips, and I don’t have that many red fabrics, so I went from store to store gathering different reds, and some pinks for the lights.  I realized that it is difficult to work with reds, as you have red, and then you have either burgundy or pink.  But … after many trips to the stores around town, I gathered enough to begin. 

The photo below shows some of the reds I used for the first flower I pieced.


 After a few days and many fabric trials, I started work on the first tulip.  This is the first petal I worked on. 


The next photo shows the first and second petals.


 When I finished the first tulip, and started on the second one, I changed the fabrics I used.  Once the second flower was half done, the first one I made didn't look good anymore, colorwise.  I decided I had spent too much time on it to just discard it, so I designed another quilt around the flower and plan on turning it into a workshop. 

This is the complete first tulip:


The photo below shows the flower and the leaf.  I will work on the background next.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like once it’s all put together. 


I will post more photos soon.  Keep reading.  In the meantime, I hope you keep quilting.


Daylight Savings November 07, 2010

Welcome to day 1 of daylight savings time.

Woke up this morning to a beautiful sunny day, although the rooftops are white with frost.  It is going to melt, as the weather report forecasasts a high of 12 degrees C today, but ... snow tomorrow, on Tuesday and on Wednesday.  We shouldn't complain though, it's the middle of November after all.

What's new with me?  I taught an "Introduction to Fabric Painting" class at Out of Hand the past two Saturdays.  We used Liquitex soft body acrylics with fabric medium.  Had a full class, 13 ladies who did a wonderful job the first day painting the pear, and the second day they did the quilting.  I look forward to receiving some photos of finished projects! 

Here are some photos:


Judy and Charlene hard at work.  For a while there you could hear a pin drop.  I had to keep remind them to breathe!

Look at all those luscious fabrics behind.  I kept thinking of things that I could make to use them all.


That's Effie with the red T-shirt which matched the fabrics in the area she was sitting in.  The pear you can see on the left is a color copy of one of mine, which they get as a guide for color placement.  I am happy to say that we managed to finish painting without getting any on the fabric bolts.

The next photo is of Maureen's second painted pear, which she did after the class, using a piece of commercial batik.  Isn't it lovely?


I realize now I don't have a photo of a lovely painted pumpkins and crow.  I'll have to wait for a photo of the finished product.

One last photo of Charlene's quilted pear, almost finished. 


Lovely job ladies, thank you so much for a great class.  I hope to see photos of finished projects.

I am off to work on my new project.  I am back to piecing for a while.  I promise to post some photos later.

In the meantime, enjoy the nice weather, and until I blog again, keep quilting!


Quilting Arts Magazine - October/November Issue October 02, 2010

Good morning from a beautiful morning in Calgary,

It is the beginning of October in the city; the leaves are changing color, turning the city into a golden spectacle.  At home, the trees have gone from a deep red to gold to oranges, ,and all the colors in between.

It is a lovely day today, and I sit here in my studio looking out the window and see the sky is blue, no clouds in sight.  So, I will work some and then go and mow the lawn for the last time this summer.  On Tuesday they are coming to winterize the sprinkler system, a sure sign that fall is coming.

But .. in the meantime, I am planning on enjoying the nice weather.  I will go sit in the sun and listen to the birds, go for a walk and take my camera to capture some of the colors and textures around.

I have been working nice and steady these past few weeks on two new projects, which I am happy to say are finished, bound and sent on their way to Quilting Arts Magazine for a new article that will appear on the December/January issue - their 10th Anniversary Issue.  I am very excited about it.  I hope you will be too.  I can't tell you any more about it,  you'll just have to wait to read the magazine.  It was so close to the deadline when I finished the quilts that I didn't even photograph them!

On another note, the new issue of Quilting Arts Magazine (October/November) is out.  Look at page 53 and you'll see a photo of my art quilt "Sopa Rosita", a finalist in the Quilting Arts Calendar Challenge 2011 which received a Judges' Choice mention.


And now, I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Robert Fulgum:

"Be aware of wonder, live a balanced life, learn some, and think some, and draw and paint and sew and sing and dance and play and work every day some".

I love reading comments, so feel free to send some my way.  And ... once again, thanks for reading.

Until I blog again ...


Pacific International Quilt Festival XIX September 19, 2010

Latest news:

 "The Blue Door" was accepted into the Pacific International Quilt Festival quilt competition in Santa Clara.  The festival runs from October 14-17, 2010.

For more information, go to

Keep quilting.


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