Friday, June 23, 2017

Black Gold Tapestry

The Black Gold Tapestry is a stunning hand-embroidered illustrative tapestry that tells the story of how oil has impacted human civilizations around the world, from the beginning of time to present day (Calgary Petroleum Club). Calgary artist Sandra Sawatzky has been working on this 220 feet of stitched linen for almost a decade. It will be unveiled at Calgary's Glenbow Museum on October 7, 2017.
To get a glimpse of this tapestry, view a short video HERE.  
The Black Gold Tapestry Blog, started in 2009, documents the making and the ideas and the behind the scenes of the project.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Temari Ornament

Verna gave this Temari Ornament to our friend, Marilyn, for her birthday. Isn't it exquisite!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stitching A Canadian Memory

The theme for the 2017 Trend-Tex Challenge, at Quilt Canada, was Stitching A Canadian Memory. Trend-Tex donated these beautiful fabrics to be used in the challenge. It is interesting to see how these were used in each of the quilted pieces. The winners have been listed on the CQA web site and photos of all the entries can be found HERE. Grab a cup of something and enjoy the wall hangings and bags.
Trend Tex Fabrics for 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Strawberries = Jam

Today's post comes from my kitchen! Fresh strawberry jam! Mmmmmm . . .  Kitchen make-over is almost done (new counters, subway tile on the walls behind counters, new paint job, cabinets refinished - all that's left is the flooring). To celebrate, I made some jam! Actually, I found some nice strawberries at Costco this morning and had nothing to do with the kitchen. I was just glad to have a bit of free counter top space. Why is it that every surface gets used when working around the house! Nothing gets put away. My rant for the day.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Playing Catch-Up

Well, it seems the plants in my garden are playing catch-up. The spring plants are in full bloom. Have a look!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sewing Room Ideas - Links to Check

There's not much creativity going on in the studio these days. The room has to be painted so I'm slowly packing up my stuff  to be moved out. Big job!!! I have been looking at small projects and wishing I could get on with some of them. Shimmer production is still going on but that's not new.

Here's a few links to check:


Friday, June 16, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Winners . . .

Here are the 2017 National Juried Show winners at Quilt Canada, Toronto, Ontario. Amazing work by fabulous quilters!

The Best of Show was won by Colette Dumont for Fleur de glace. Please visit the Canadian Quilters' Association web site and click on each quilt photo to see the quilts.
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who had pieces accepted into the show - you are all winners.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Frogs in the Garden

My sister loves lawn ornaments! Let me introduce you to three of her frogs:

Frogs in projects:

Sunday, June 11, 2017


It's been busy here - packing up stuff, trying to tame the garden and still making Shimmers! The newest place to have my Shimmer Ornaments is Whink, on Water Street. I dropped off their order last week. If you are ever in the area, please drop into the store as it's lovely. It's brightly lit, inviting and has marvelous gift items.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Delivery to The Rooms

Today, I took some more art pieces to The Rooms Gift Shop. This is the second order in a month, which is great! I took these photos this morning. It was sunny but cool.
The Rooms
On the grounds of The Rooms  (spring is very late indeed)
New pendants delivered! Lots of Shimmers too.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Block Party

Here's a Summer Block Party to check out! For the month of June, two block patterns a week will be posted. Each block is made by a different designer. The first block is called Candied Pineapple by Eye Candy Quilts and can be found HERE.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This & That

Have you been checking out the Canada 150 - It's in the Bag Tour, that I posted about yesterday? The participating quilters are doing a magnificent job on their bags.

I have a few more links for you to check:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Canada 150 - It's In The Bag Tour

I missed the start of the Canada 150 - It's In The Bag Tour but that's not a big deal. Don't forget to check out any tutorials, patterns, etc. that the various links might provide.

Have fun!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Oshawa Fibre Art Show

The Oshawa Fibre Art Show was advertised on Face Book today. There are 63 Canadian fibre artists participating to date, however, only a few of them have links to a web site. A couple have a face book presence. Too bad there's not more links to all the others.

Check them out below:

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hello June!

After yesterday's warm, sunny day, I figured things were looking up. Not so - it was mostly overcast and 16 C but it felt cooler. Then my brother sent along the temperature showing on his truck gauge. He's out west. Just what I needed (GRIN).

Ok, when the weather doesn't cooperate, sew, quilt, stitch . . .
Here's a few summer sewing projects to check out:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

So Long May!!!

I have never been soooo glad to see the end of a month as this one. Weather wise - it was terrible! Today was 20C and sunny, so hopefully things are looking up.

These lilies are from my sister's garden in Tennessee. We don't even have the leaves out on the trees yet. Soon . . .

Here's a couple of links to check:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Stepping Stones

My brother, Don, besides stained glass, also makes Stepping Stones for the garden. I've received a couple as gifts over the years. The heart shaped one belonged to mom. They have survived many winters!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spring Has Sprung - in my Garden!

The sun is shining!!! Yes, that's a wonder as St. John's has had its fair share of RDF (Rain, Drizzle, Fog) this spring. And it's been cold so it's a wonder that any spring flowers / shrubs have survived.

 This old fella has survived another winter too. No, I didn't bring him in out of the weather!
Maybe things will begin to look up this week (weather wise).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Birthday Greetings!

Happy Birthday to my brother, Don, who is on vacation visiting his grandsons. As an avid Maple Leafs fan, it's not a surprise to see this birthday cake. I wonder if it's chocolate . . .


Friday, May 26, 2017

Underwater Fantasy - Finished!

Do you remember this one?  See the post HERE.

Well, I finished it this morning! I did not use the eyelash yarn shown in the left of the above photo. I stitched it on but it didn't work out. For the hand embroiderers, I used:
  • Stem stitch
  • French knots
  • Fly Stitch
  • Couching Stitch
The photo above is the correct colour balance. This one, I couldn't get it right.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


My studio is up to your eyeballs! The downstairs storage for my supplies is partly packed up. Hopefully I'll find everything when it's all unpacked - sometime in the future. Trying to decide if I'll keep something or not is a difficult choice. I don't know about you but the minute I get rid of something is when I suddenly have a use for it - AND it's too late! It's gone!

Here's a few links to consider:
This Sashiko pattern was just added to my stash and will be an easy summertime project. My friend brought it back from Australia with her. I think the photo of the Christmas Tree does not do justice to the actual colour of the fabric and some colour adjustments were needed.    

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sugar Free Quilted Designs

Do you have a quilt or some project in mind for the 150th Anniversary of Canada? I have thought about it but haven't got my act together yet. Renovations and getting ready to move have taken over my life. I picked up a needle last evening and managed a few stitches on a small seascape but that's it.

I have seen a few projects on the internet but the one that I really like is by Nova Scotia Artist, Karen Chase of Sugar Free Quilted Designs. My friend, Linda, at Scrapmaster, tested the pattern that I'm writing about. It has a definite "modern" feel to the design and would look good as a small wall hanging, in a quilt or as a pillow (which is what Linda created below).

permission to use photo from Linda

You can purchase the pattern HERE.

Other Projects:


Monday, May 22, 2017

Pineapples, Horses & Arrows

My sister, Joan, just sent a few photos of quilts she has finished this spring.

The pineapple quilt has vintage yellow backing from an estate sale. (Joan finds fabulous things at these sales). The flange and binding match the pineapple crown. The "Be a Pineapple" on the back, is a dish towel from Wal Mart.

The horses are for her rancher friend's birthday.
The arrows quilt has is bound in rainbow scraps from the arrows.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

EAC Banquet

Last evening was the closing banquet for the Rock, Needle, Scissors 2017 EAC Seminar. (I would have posted about it last evening but my head cold was really acting up). The meal consisted of salad, roast salmon with rice and vegetables and a rich, creamy, custard crème brûlée with raspberries and cream. Delicious!

As part of the banquet scene, the hosting guild has favors for each guest. Our guild, St. John's Guild of Embroiderers', spent the last two years making cute little pincushion puffins. This particular bird is the national bird of Newfoundland Labrador. Each puffin was hand embroidered and then stitched together. We made over 160 + (I did know the exact number but . .  .)! In any case, they were a hugh hit with everyone. These first two photos were taken a few weeks ago.

Photo courtesy of Mary Pippy
Photo courtesy of Mary Pippy
A bunch from our table
This one is mine!
My embroidery machine made the tags for all the puffins
A few leftover puffins were put on silent auction. For those of you unfamiliar with Newfoundland place names, the names below are actual places.