Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thank You Everyone

Thank you to everyone (old friends and new) who visited my blog today. I only had time to take a quick visit to the blogs listed yesterday and today as I'm gearing up for setting up tomorrow for the Christmas Craft Fair at the Arts and Culture Center. Hoping to be able to relax on Monday, revisit all the fabulous Canadian bloggers who are participating in this Blogathon and reply to comments received.

New Sterling Silver Fibre Art Pendants
Here's a peek at some of my new Sterling Silver Fibre Art Pendants.  They will be at the craft fair this weekend.

Bolgathon, Canada - Maritimes

Welcome to the second day of Blogathon Canada! Thanks to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop for sponsoring this event and to Linda at Scrapmaster, and Linda at Stitch Lines, for co-hosting the Maritimes and Newfoundland Labrador.

A little about myself:  I live in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. I've been retired from teaching 17 years (I can't believe it) and having a great time creating with all kinds of fabric, threads, and yarns. To find out how I started creating textile art, please go to a previous post from 2010, Voyage of Discovery.

Since 1999, I have created many textile pieces portraying Newfoundland landscapes and seascapes. I have won several awards for my work, have been published, and had a gallery opening in Chicago, IL. Several pieces of my art have been purchased by the Government of Newfoundland Labrador and by the City of St. John's as part of the art procurement program.

I wasn't satisfied with the commercial fabrics printed with rocks (we have a very rocky terrain) so I researched how to print on fabric from my computer. The discovery of Bubble Jet Set 2000, saved the day, and I have been using it until pretreated fabric became available. I was printing on fabric long before it became popular with many textile artists. The rock fabrics I use are printed from my own photos. I usually cut up a printed sheet and applique the rocks to the background.

In All It's Glory is an example using 'rocks' printed from my computer. This piece was on exhibit at the Grand National Quilt Show, Ontario in 2002. The sky and ocean are hand dyed. The rocks and beach are printed on silk, cut out and each piece appliqued to the surface. The foliage and flowers are stitched onto organza using free motion stitching, cut out and stitched in place.
The other photos are samples of the textile art I have created. I thoroughly enjoy what I do. 
Check out my other photos and please visit my Website and things I have saved to Pinterest.
At the moment, I am getting ready to participate in the annual Christmas Craft Fair sponsored by the Craft Council of NL. This is the first time in four years that I will have a booth at the fair so needless to say, it's been a busy fall. Since my previous display was dismantled, my husband has been working overtime to get another one ready for set up Wednesday afternoon. The fair opens at noon, Thursday, Nov 20th and runs until Sunday, Nov 23. Maybe I'll see some of my local visitors to my blog there. Please drop by and say hello!
Thanks for visiting!
Click on the Blogathon Canada logo to the right of my post for the lists of hosts for the week. Lots to see and lots of quilters to meet.
There will also be some great giveaways!
In All It's Glory
Treasures of the Sea, Award for Innovation and Design

Calm (private collection, California, USA) 

View From The Rooms

The Deep

Quilt for granddaughter

Western Brook Gorge (commissioned piece)
The mountain is dyed cheese cloth.

Gower Street, St. John's (commissioned piece)

Fishermen's Museum, English Harbour West
 (Part of the City of St. John's art collection)

Fishing Stage, Quidi Vidi, St. John's (commissioned piece)

Tea Cosy (private collection)

Pisces Fantastica
Garden Sewing Box (published in magazine, A Needle Pulling Thread;
also won award for Technical Mastery, NL; and Original Design, EAC)

Back Garden (commissioned piece)

Saturday, November 15, 2014


We just finished framing twelve 5" x 5" textile pieces, for the Christmas Craft Fair next week. All my smaller work has black metal custom frames from Image Fusion, Mount Pearl.

Here's a sample:
I'm not happy with the photography as my lightning wasn't good. Usually, I take photos of my work in daylight but time was the issue tonight.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blogathon Canada is almost here!

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop in Toronto, Canada, is again, hosting Blogathon Canada.

There are host bloggers for each province and each host blogger will have links to other great blogs for you to visit. There will be lots to see and new friends to meet. And who doesn’t like a giveaway! Well, each host will have some wonderful prizes that have been provided by Sew Sisters and by the sponsors of Blogathon Canada: Aurifil Threads, Northcott Fabrics, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Camelot and Timeless Treasures. I hope that grabbed your attention!
I have been invited by Sew Sisters to link up with this blog hop! See you on Tuesday!

Here are the hosts:

Monday, November 17BCStaceyStacey in Stitches
Monday, November 17BCJessicaMomiji Studio
Tuesday, November 18MaritimesLindaScrapmaster
Tuesday, November 18MaritimesLindaStitch Lines
Wednesday, November 19ABKelseyEveryday Fray
Wednesday, November 19ABLeanneShe Can Quilt
Thursday, November 20SKHeatherPeace.Love.Quilt
Thursday, November 20MBLoriNight Owl Quilting
Friday, November 21QCJoséeThe Charming Needle
Friday, November 21TerritoriesJanetCaribou Crossing Chronicles
Saturday, November 22ONLorna Sew Fresh Quilts
Saturday, November 22ONSandyUpstairs Hobby Room

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Great Day!!

Happy Birthday to my mother who is 93 today. We are celebrating tomorrow.

I had a great day at Some Good Market! Now I have to make a few more fibre lace scarves for the Craft Council Christmas Craft Fair. That's a good thing. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table. It was great to see friends and to make new ones.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Local Craft Fairs

Tomorrow, I will be attending Some Good Market, 8 Military Road (Canonwood Hall, St. Thomas' Church), St. John's. Drop by if you live near by. I heard there will be about 40 vendors so you will have the chance to seek out those Christmas gifts that have to be mailed early. Did I mention that all my work is light weight and inexpensive to mail?

I will also have a booth at the Christmas Craft Fair sponsored by the Craft Council of Newfoundland Labrador. The fair dates: November 20 - 23, Arts and Culture Center, St. John's. Drop by to see my newest Shimmer Ornaments, Fibre Lace Scarves and Fibre Art Pendants.

Last but not least, the Anna Templeton Annual Tea and Sale takes place December 12, 13 & 14.  I will have a table at this event. Yah! I am hoping to have a new product ready for sale too. Guess my sewing machine will be working overtime!

In any event, I hope that wherever you are, check out the local arts and crafts in your area. You might be surprised at what you find. Good hunting!

Look for my quilted sign at the above venues. I'd love to see you.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November 2nd.

October just flew by. My posts were sparse as I am getting ready for two major Christmas Craft Fairs. As I write this, I am listening to the rain with lots of thunder, accompanied by some lightning. To have this kind of weather here in November, is quite unusual. In fact, the temperature forecast for Tuesday is 21C - I'm not kidding! However, it will only be for a couple of hours and then it is suppose to drop 8 degrees.  

In between work in my studio, I have been looking at some of the quilts on exhibit at the 2014 International Quilt Festival in Houston on Facebook. However, I finally found the official site of the winners! The quilts are fantastic. I envy those who were fortunate enough to attend. I was there in 2001 and it was fantastic.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Mitten, Mitten, Whose Got The Mitten?

Yesterday, I went to a Mitten Knitting Completion and Exhibition, at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. This completion was put together by Christine and Laurie Legrow of Spindrift. Please have a look at their website.

All the mittens were fantastic! Lots of creativity!
Needless to say, these are just a few of the ones that were on exhibit. Enjoy!

Knit by Mary Nippard

Knit by Laurie LeGrow 

Knit by Cathy Simpson

Knit by Denise Moss

Knit by Ivy Acreman

Knit by Shirley Anne Scott for Laurie LeGrow

Knit by Donna Clouston

Knit by Sossel Marit Jensen

Knit by Sossel Marit Jensen

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Few More Fibre Art Pendants

This week has been taken up with finishing the Christmas Shimmers, and packaging them. Four more new scarves have also been added to the list as well as lots of Christmas Wearable Art Pins. Last evening I did get started putting the finishing touches on more of the fibre art pendants. I have been adding a few stitches to some of the bases, using my new Valdani Silk and Perle Cotton Threads, . It's very subtle, so look closely at three of the ones below. Any pearls used are either glass or sterling silver.

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