Sunday, 30 September 2012


I've been having issues with iphoto - recently installed upgrade.  In the install, I lost a lot of photos and have been trying desperately to get them back.  After hours of work, I think that I've done it.  At the same time, I removed over 3,000 photos.  I mean really, who needs that many photos??  I did find, however, a photo of a wall quilt that I made for the Brampton Fall Fair (that never did get submitted).


Thursday, 27 September 2012

I'm totally stoked today.  I just found out that THREE submissions have been selected to hang in the Burlington Art Centre, Literary Arts Exhibition in the Perry Gallery from September 29th to October 28th.  "The Greats" took a long time to complete.  Why do I always underestimate the time each work takes??  It is machine stitched with white and grey threads on a whole cloth black silk background.  It was given an Honourable Mention by the judge, Janet Morton.

Here's a close up.

"Writer's Block" was juried in as well.  There are four blocks that are machine pieced, quilted, stretched over frames and embellished.  

The third entry was "Heidi".  The inspiration came from the book of the same name.  My mother had a copy while she was a child and passed it along to me.  I still cherish it.  This piece was actually completed a while ago as part of a Group of Eight Challenge.  Heidi is printed on hand-dyed fabric, machine quilted, and embellished. The edges were finished with a zig-zag stitch.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

The local fall fair is taking place this weekend.  For years I've been entering quilts into the "homecrafts" competition.  Every year I rush around at the last minute to organize my submissions and complain that I'm never going to do it again, until next year comes around and I do it all over again.  There are fewer and fewer entries into fall fairs so I have to do my part to keep the local fall fairs alive.  This year, the theme of the fair was CHICKENS.    Here is my contribution - "Chicken A-La-Carte".  The background sky is a hand-dyed fabric and the rest is mostly batiks using fusible raw-edge applique and machine quilted.   In case you want to make it, the pattern is from Bigfork Bay Cotton Company, artwork by Debi Hubbs.

I've finally finished a commissioned church banner that I've been working on for a couple weeks.  I was surprised that it took so long.  I guess I tend to under estimate the amount of time and effort that a project will take.  The upper part of the quilt represents the church building with the eternal flame.  The rainbow represents that this church is a safe steps congregation, accepting all peoples while the foliage below represents the new garden berm, complete with apple tree, wild flowers and a fir tree.