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.
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.

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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.



SAQA Benefit Auction 2010 August 22, 2010

Good afternoon,

 SAQA's benefit Auction 2010 is just about a month away.  There are 288 gorgeous works of art up for bid at prices from $750 to $75. We need to let everyone know!  So I am doing my part by posting it here.

 Go to, and click on "News and Events" at the top of the page, and to SAQA 2010 Benefit Auction.  There you'll be able to see all works, and make a list of the ones you'd like to bid on.  Some of my favorites are:

This one is by Carole Grant; Cala Lillies, of course!


This one is by Genevieve Attinger.  I love her images


 The next one is by Heather Stoltz; I like this one becauses of the writing and the ghostly image of the eyes:


The next one is by Jean Jurgenson; it appeals to me because of the old piece of architecture and the fact that it is in black and white.  Do you see a theme running through all these pieces?


The next one is by Mary Pal; she does amazing work using cheesecloth.  I really like this ...


Jette Clover's:


And now a very fun and colorful one by Terri Stegmiller, one of the founders of Three Creative Studios.  If you've never heard of them, give them a try and sign up for their newsletter; it's well worth it.  They do amazing work and offer classes online.  They also have the most wonderful tutorials.  A sample below:


This one is by Jenny Hearn; when you go to the website, click on it, and zoom in, to see the amazing stitching throughout the piece.


And one more.  Not that I don't have others I like, but ... can't post them all here, otherwise there'd be no reason for you to go to the website and check them all out.  This one is by Linda Colsh.  I've admired her work for a long time, and never tire of looking at the images:


I hope you've enjoyed a sample of the amazing pieces of work available at the auction.  Go to the website and see how it all works, and bid on one of the pieces.  Drop me a note and let me know which ones you like best. 

And in the meantime, with all that as inspiration ... keep quilting.  Until I blog again.


The cat's out of the bag July 23, 2010

So now I can tell you to keep an eye on the next issue of Quilting Arts Magazine (August / September 2010).  I believe it will be on sale on August 3rd.  There is an article by me titled "Creative Play with Discharge Paste", and I found out the other day that I am the cover artist!  That was a nice surprise.

 Here's the cover:


The article is about the technique I used to construct Two Pears, the art quilt that was selected for the Month of January in Quilting Arts Calendar 2010, and "The Blue Door" shown on my website.

I hope you find it of interest.  Drop me a note and let me know what you think.  

I am going to work on my next piece or two now, and then I'm off to lunch with friends.  It's back to work on Monday for me. :)

Keep quilting ...



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