Friday, July 3, 2015

Artist in Residence - Pamela Allen

Canadian textile artist, Pamela Allen was Artist- in-Residence at Kent Cottage at Landfall, Briggs, Newfoundland, in June.  She gave a workshop on June 27 called, My Quilt My Rules. Since Kent Cottage has no electricity, it was a hands on workshop. The focus was to have fun making a picture out of fabric. There were no rules, just "drawing with scissors" to make an image. A fabric collage was created by freehand scissor cutting, layering of different fabrics, mixing unlikely combinations of fabrics and adding any other techniques to make an interesting piece of work.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this workshop but a couple of my friends did and reported that it was a very interesting day. Please check out Pamela's work

Here's a sample of her art:

Halley's Comet

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It's Sew Time

I hope everyone enjoyed Canada Day. I took a road trek, did some walking and had lunch at a lovely outdoor café. Then there was a BBQ at supper time.

Tuesday, I posted about It's Sew Time, located in Elemsdale, NS.

Today is my follow up with photos of the smaller quilted pieces hung around the shop. These are beautiful!

I noticed a Long-Arm machine with some quilts on it. I didn't ask about it but I'm assuming you can get your quilts quilted there too. The shop also has patterns, fat quarters, all kinds of interfacing, Steam-a-Seam lite, Aqua Magic, batting, notions, sewing and embroidery machines .  .  . As I said previously, it's got one stop shopping for the quilter. If you are in the area, drop in.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day

mug rug


Happy Canada Day!

I would like to extend a Happy Canada Day to all my relatives and friends living outside this wonderful country of ours and to those of us who live here!
Enjoy your day wherever you are.
You can find this cute mug rug HERE.

I've also hooked up with The Needle & Thread Network

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Another Road Trek

Today, I made a trek out to Elemsdale, NS, to visit It's Sew Time. It was a 25 minute trip from Lower Sackville out the highway toward Truro. I met two lovely ladies who are members of the Martine Modern Quilt Guild.

I had a great chat with Suzanne, the owner. she gave me permission to take photos around her quilt shop. There were also some quilted pieces on the wall but I will post photos of those another day.

Have a look at the fabrics! One stop shopping. Everything is there to start a project - big or small.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Nature Walk

As I have written before, my camera goes with me all the time. I'm always looking to nature for inspiration.  I see lots of potential in these photos. I like the daisies growing beside the house. In fact, I've made similar pieces using 3-D miniature daisies.

When I was a small child, the purple flowers below, were referred to as 'toothbrushes'. I don't remember their name. These would look lovely in a small embroidery piece.

There are lots of places to find inspiration for quilting and embroidery, for example: nature gardens, beside a pond, seashore, neighbourhoods, books, magazines, the internet . . .

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Road Trek

Friday was a beautiful sunny, warm day. As I was left to my own devices, I decided to take a road trek! My first stop was to Avonport Discount Fabrics in Nova Scotia. I wasn't looking for fabrics but I did spy some 100 % wool felt. Some of my future ideas will be using different coloured felt.

Wolfville was my next stop. This is a pretty little town and the home of Acadia University. I walked along the main street dropping into many shops. Lunch was eaten on the patio of a Greek restaurant. Delicious!!

Windsor was my final destination. The shopping was good there too but nothing craft related.

Bay of Fundy, tide is out!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Jill Thirza Cooper - Artist

Today, I'm highlighting some of my daughter's paintings. Jill Thirza Cooper lives in Chicago, IL with her family. She has a framing shop and art gallery called Forte Framing and Gallery. Jill is a design professional with an undergraduate degree in computer science and environmental design and a graduate degree in Architecture.

She has painted the Chicago skyline in various sizes and different times of the day and night. This past week, she posted the one below, on Facebook, and it sold. This one has a very colourful sky - a happy piece!

The swimming woman is my favorite. I saw it when I was in Chicago in April.

Jill Cooper's photo.
Most recent and just sold as well as a print of it.

'Sunburst! More sky highlights to happen and then boat tweaks and then a pass or two at the water shading.'

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sea Shore

Colour and texture is every where. The other day, while iceberg watching, I happened to look down at the water near the shore. The colours and textures were amazing.

I can see a bit of stump work in the first photo. Maybe a bit of textile painting on linen or muslin for the background and some stitching added, in the second one. A combination of stitch on organza might translate well for the other two. What do you think? What would you do?

Thursday, June 25, 2015


A couple of days ago, we went to Harry's Harbour to see the icebergs. What a sight! I put in a couple of shots of the large berg. Icebergs are fairly common during the month of June and sometimes into July. Tourists travel to the island during this time frame just to see these massive pieces of ice.

Check a previous post to see my iceberg art cards.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I've linked up with The Needle & Thread Network this week. Please check out the work of Canadian bloggers who also linked into this network.

Check out some of these other links:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stained Glass

My brother does stained glass in his spare time. Here's a few pieces around his place. I left the view out the window, as it's spectacular!

Have you ever thought of taking a stained glass pattern and doing a quilted piece?

Monday, June 22, 2015


As I mentioned yesterday, I'm focusing on the natural world for a few days. Think about what you could do with some of these photos or parts of them. Maybe a small framed art piece or a quilted one, maybe an embroidery piece . . .

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Inspiration From Nature

I don't know about you, but a lot of my inspiration comes from nature. My camera goes with me at all times, whether it's my phone camera (which  has a 41mega pixel camera), my pocket size Canon or my tablet. The pictures below were taken with the tablet.

The lilacs are just starting to bloom. Just see where the tiny maple tree decided to grow (potential art piece ???) - maybe!
These plants are in my sister-in-law's garden.

I will be presenting some nature photos over the next few days.
Have a look around your area. What might inspire you. Take photos, sketch a bit, add colour, transfer to fabric but most of all, HAVE FUN!!