Friday, October 24, 2014

From Quilt Inspirations!

I don't know about you, but I love to see the photos that are posted on the various blogs and websites. Since I live on an island in the eastern part of Canada, travelling can be a challenge. We don't have the luxury of spontaneity by getting in a car, taking a road trip to the next province or state and attending quilt exhibitions without enormous planning. We have to get off the island first. If you live on the eastern part of Newfoundland like I do, that means a day's travel just to get to the gulf ferry. Then another day to cross the gulf to Nova Scotia and more driving! So it's wonderful to see the photos that are posted by various people without having to leave the house.

So get a cup of something, sit back and enjoy the eye candy from Quilt Inspirations, as we get a glimpse of quilts from the Pacific International Quilt Festival! At the bottom of the page, click on older post to go back to see day two and day one. I tried to copy and paste the link but it always reverted to the page linked above (day three).

The quilts are fantastic! Thanks to Quilt Inspirations for sharing these wonderful pieces of art.
You might also like to check out the free patterns listed at the side of this site as well as the quilts on Pinterest. You may need a second cup of something!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trick or Treat!! Cabot Quilt Guild

The Cabot Quilt Guild program committee presented four Halloween projects at the October meeting. Here they are:

The mug rugs are quick and easy. Fusible web and stitching was used.

The table topper spider and web was cut out, fused and stitched to a background. The spider can also be hung in a window.

The triangles for the banner are sandwiched, stitched on two sides, turned to the front (left open at the top). Wide fold over bias tape is used to hold the triangles. The top of the triangles are put between the fold over tape and machine stitched. A knot was tied at the ends. Voila! Ready to hang. Put Christmas / Autumn fabric on one side so that the banner can be used for more than one occasion.

The pumpkins are so simple to make! All you need for the center is a roll of toilet paper and polyester stuffing to go around the toilet roll. A fat quarter can be used for the outside. Put the toilet roll / stuffing in the center of the fabric. Then start with the corners and bring them up over the inside. Stuff and tuck the end into the top of the toilet roll. Continue with the outer three corners. Next, bring the rest of the fabric sides up and tuck in too. For the stem, use a piece of a branch and stick into the toilet roll or roll some fabric and poke that in instead (roll around a length of cardboard to keep it stiff, tuck in one end). Curl some wire for the top and cut out leaves. Glue in place! Simple!  I like the ones with the glitzy fabrics.  After writing all this out, I found the tutorial.

Thanks, ladies for a great program!
Mug Rugs

Table Topper



Garden Snapshots

We have been having record temperatures the last few days. In fact, Sunday, October 19, it was 21.3 C and broke the record from the late 1800's. At midnight, it was still quite warm, which is not the norm for this part of the country.
The colours in my garden are quite gorgeous! I use the colours from nature in my work.  
My new Valdani Threads will be quite useful in my next small pieces.

Taken just after midnight on October 19 /14


Monday, October 20, 2014

Finally! Valdani Threads Have Arrived

My order of Valdani Threads finally arrived!! As you will notice, I ordered lots of greens. As this was my first order from this company, I ordered samples from all the different categories they offer. I have used some of their threads before so I knew the quality of the product. Of particular importance: the colours are hand dyed and guaranteed colour fast. Visit their site to see all the luscious colours and threads as you won't be disappointed.


Perle Cottons and Floss

Polyester and Machine Cottons in various weights

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Fibre Lace Scarves

I will be attending two Christmas Craft Fairs this fall. Below are three different scarves. No, I didn't count incorrectly! Each scarf is reversible so you are seeing both sides of the three. I had fun playing with design. At the moment, I have 15 made. My goal is 25!

Friday, October 10, 2014

To Market, To Market . . .

Here's some new fibre art pendants. These will be at Some Good Market, St. John's, tomorrow!

The stems are embroidered with Valdani Threads.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Owl Wall Hanging

My sister, who lives in Tennessee, got into the spirit of Halloween, and made this nifty wall hanging! I love the fabrics she chose for the front and back. The owl design came from a supermarket display that they were throwing out last year after Halloween. She is quite talented in finding ways to recycle stuff! Me, I would just take a photo of the display and file it away as inspiration for future use.
You should see her garden decorations. Maybe she will send me some photos to share with you.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Shimmers

I am not really into the Halloween scene! However, lots of people are, so this weekend I made a couple of new shimmers for Halloween. Have a look!
These will make their debut at Some Good Market, St. John's, this Saturday.
Now, if you are in the mood to make something for Halloween, check these sites below:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jewellery Supplies

It's a beautiful day here in St. John's but I haven't had time to really appreciate the outdoors. However, the sun just pours in my studio window. That's good most of the time until I just have to pull the shades across. I can't work well when it's hot.

I just received a new shipment of the fibre art pendant trays and chains. I'm looking forward to designing new art pieces to fit the circle and oval. The rectangle is slightly shorter than the ones previously used. I like both sizes. I still have an assortment of bronze, copper and black on hand.

Have a look at some finished pendants HERE, HERE and HERE.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Work, Work, Work!

For the last two weeks, I've been busy working in my studio. I expect to be burning the midnight oil a few times this fall because I signed up awhile ago to have a booth at the Christmas Craft Fair. I haven't done this fair for a few years and I wanted to do it again. For this fair, you have to be a member of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, which means your work has to be juried before it can be displayed.

I opted to have a slightly smaller booth this year (4 x 8). One of the products I will have on display will be my Fibre Lace Scarves. I'm also hoping to have a few new shimmer ornaments for the Christmas Tree. It's nothing like working under pressure to get things done! I still have to get my fibre art pendants juried in October. I do have a few other things in mind but that's for another time. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Good News to Share

I have to share some good news with you.
The city of St. John's, NL, as part of its art procurement this year, is purchasing a piece of my art: Fishermen’s Museum, English Harbour West.  That’s the second piece of my art that they own.


Friday, September 19, 2014


Last Sunday, I took a drive out to Brigus, Conception Bay. There had been a promise of some sun but that didn't happen. However, I did get some nice photos around the community. My concentration was on closeups as I was thinking hand embroidery. I can see using dyed cheese cloth for the rocks with lots of embroidery threads and other embellishments. What do you think? As you can see, that's what I did in this commissioned piece of the red fishing shed. It worked quite well.

Here's some of the photos I took!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

From My Garden

Sometimes I don't have to go far to get inspiration for a piece of art. My back garden still has lots of colour. Have a look!

Don't forget to visit The Needle and Thread Network this week. Lots of great blogs! I just added my link.