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.
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.


Fall is coming ... September 19, 2010

The rain has been falling here in Calgary for a couple of weeks now.  Somehow, when we were not watching ... Fall arrived and is here to stay.  It even snowed during the night on Thursday, so we woke up to houses covered in a sprinkling of snow, and cars covered in white ...

I looked out of my studio window yesterday and noticed that the trees in my backyard have started to turn color,  I have one that is totally red now, and the trees behind the houses, on the side of the hill are turning yellow.  The colors are gorgeous, despite the fact that it means that winter is coming ...

I worked on a new small quilt which is almost completed now.  I still have to finish beading the binding, but ... here are some photos for you to see it.  It follows the subject of the painted pear.  I thought I'd create some new samples with the same subject for my new classes. 

The quilt is made of silk.  The small pears are painted on three different colors of silk.  The letters behind the large image were stamped with vintage wooden letterpress letters.  Here's a photo of the quilt, minus beaded binding:


The next photo is a detail of one of the small pears. All the quilting has been done using Wonderfil threads and Deco Bob in the binding:


Oops!  There is a thread in there that needs clipping!  But ... you get the idea.  The last photo I have to post right now is a detail of the large pear, which has been thread painted.  This is what it looks like:


I promise to post another photo of the finished quilt with the beaded binding as soon as I am done, hopefully in the next week or so.  I will also post photos of the other two projects soon.

I wanted to tell you about the quilting.  The feather design was inspired by Leah Day's design 189.  If you've never heard of Leah, I invite you to visit her website.  She has committed to creating 365 free-motion quilting designs.  She still has a few to go.  Her website is and click on the red link on the right hand side that reads "Check out all of the designs".  Her website is well worth the time it takes to go through the designs.  She posts a video of each one, so you can see how to go about creating it.  Amazing designs, amazing lady ... Hope you pay her a visit!

But, for now, I am off to work on two new projects for which I have very tight deadlines.  I'll tell you all about them in another post.

In the meantime, with the rain falling gently, and the leaves turning yellow, it is a good time to quilt, finish an old project or dream of new ones.  Until I blog again ... keep quilting.


Canmore, The Sugar Pine ... and crepes September 08, 2010

Hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend.  The weather sort of cooperated (at least part of the time) so it was a good weekend all around.

 I decided to take a break from the city yesterday, and drove to Canmore.  When I got onto the highway, and started heading west, I realized that the mountains were covered with snow!  And it’s just the beginning of September … oh, well … they looked lovely.  So I am sharing a photo of the snowed mountains taken from the parking lot in Canmore. 


Of course, once I got into town, I had to visit The Sugar Pine, the quilting store.  They organize Quilt Art Rockies every year and have two sessions, one in February, and one in September.  This year they invited Carol Taylor for the September session, and she’s in town now.  So The Sugar Pine is having a special evening presentation with Carol Taylor on Friday, September 10, on “Working in a Series”.  This is what the description says:  “An entertaining description of Carol’s processes to create art quilts in a series, detailing how she made the 39 quilts in the Gong Series, and then went on to her Confetti, Linear, Arc-i-Texture and Foliage Series.  Enjoy Carol’s stunning quilts!”

 As mentioned, the presentation is this Friday, September 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Canmore Rec Centre Community Hall (2nd Floor).  The cost is $15.00 + GST.   I don’t have anything to do with the presentation, or the Conference; just thought I would mention it.  I might be making the trip myself on Friday.  We’ll see.

 Of course, once at The Sugar Pine, I found some fabric I couldn’t live without and some fabric paints in colors I didn’t have, and now I do!  I went for a walk, did some window shopping, bought a book at the Rusticana.  I still get a kick out of seeing the Quilting Arts Magazine with my quilt on the cover sitting among all the other quilting magazines.


Then I went for lunch.  I had a lovely crepe, filled with chicken and spinach and two cheeses.  The best part is that it was gluten free!  I couldn’t resist and took a photo, which I am including below.  The downside is that they are so big … I couldn’t have one for dessert! 


By the time lunch was over, it was starting to rain, so I got back to my car and headed back, with a small detour to Cochrane to look for embroidery thread and beads.  I found the embroidery thread, but no beads that would work for what I had in mind … so I will be off to the beading store in town.

 So … I hope everybody is gotten over the going back to school days and shopping, and are getting ready to take some classes, finish some UFO’s, start some new projects … I have been working on some new ones myself, and I will post soon.

 Off to get beads now … and in the meantime … while you help the kids with homework and reading, writing and arithmetic … keep dreaming about new quilts to make, new fabrics to buy...  Until next time I blog …

I leave you with a photo of the rainbow that greeted me on the way into town.



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