Monday, February 29, 2016

Work in Progress

I'm trying to complete a few UFOs during the winter. This piece of Sashiko was started several years ago. I made a plastic template and drew it out on the fabric. The stitching was just completed! YAH! Now I have to finish it for my coffee table. Here's a sneak peek at the piece:

I have a variety of Japanese fabrics but mostly in fat quarter sizes but I found this blue piece with koi fish all over it that will work perfectly for the back.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Linked to Crazy Mom Quilts!

I've linked up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Finish it up Friday.  I'm # 93. Please drop by and check out all the other posts. Grab a cup of something and enjoy!!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Iceberg Shimmers

I now have three different Iceberg Shimmer designs completed. Actually, it's a team effort! My husband creates the images in Corel Draw and then they are converted into stitch (in another program) to be used in my embroidery machines. That's the quick explanation. It takes a bit more work than that to get from sketch to stitch.

The middle shimmer was blogged about earlier this month.  The other two shimmers were worked on in between house renovations.

I'm pleased with the results.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Modern Quilting

Are you into Modern Quilting? It sure has evolved big time in the quilting world! Personally, I like the minimalist look of many of the modern quilts. Fussy doesn't appeal to me, nor does many of the traditional quilting patterns.

KISS - Keep It Simple & Stunning is how I feel about it.

My sister just sent me the link to QuiltCon 2016 with the winning quilts displayed. Also have a look at their tutorial page.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Remembering the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Devon House to see the exhibit, Remembering the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, an embroidered history of the French in Atlantic Canada. This set of embroidery was stitched in Conche, Newfoundland, under the sponsorship of the French Shore Historical Society. Since 2006, the French Shore Historical Society has supported the idea of representing history in the tradition of the 11th c. Bayeux Tapestry in France.

This exhibit features 8 embroidered panels done in bold colours and a classic design that presents the events surrounding the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. This particular event had a profound effect on the future of Canada.

I had permission to photograph this exhibit at Devon House and present it here on my blog.

The embroidery design of these panels was created by Cynthia Colosimo Robbins and embroidered by: Ruby Brenton, Anne Byrne, Lucy Byrne, Dorothy Loughery, Joan Simmonds, Daphne Symmonds and Doris Randell.

The French Shore Historical Society is also interested in exhibiting around Newfoundland and the rest of Canada. If groups are interested in having this exhibit, please contact The French Shore Historical Society, P.O. Box 29, Conche, NL A0K 1Y0, CANADA or via email:

Please enjoy the exhibit (each piece was accompanied by a written account of its historical significance which I did not include here).

Revival of French Culture in Atlantic Canada

The Acadian Deportation and the Destruction of Louisbourg
The French in Labrador

The Treaty of Utrecht 1713

D'Iberville's Avalon Peninsula Campaign

close-up of above embroidery
Plaisance, France's Colony in Newfoundland

Newfoundland Cod Fishery

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Blog Hop over at Island Batik

A new blog hop started yesterday on Island Batik called Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Thought you might be interested.

I'm also getting ready to post photos of some fantastic hand embroideries done here in Newfoundland. Photos are still on my phone which I have to download to my computer. Stay tuned!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Linked to Crazy Mom Quilts

I just shared my blog post with Crazy Mom Quilts! The link to my Fibre Art Pendants is # 106.

Please check out all the blogs listed there.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Fibre Art Pendants

I just finished a few more of my Fibre Art Pendants. These are for display / sell at the Wholesale Show next month.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Iceberg Shimmers

My newest Shimmer is an iceberg. At the moment, I have one view stitched with a possible two more in the works. This one is based on a real iceberg.

 A few facts about Icebergs:
  • Icebergs are large pieces of freshwater ice that have broken off a glacier or an ice shelf and floats freely in open water
  • Iceberg facts are also found HERE
  • Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to view Icebergs 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

1st. UFO for 2016

I finished my first UFO for 2016 today. This small hand embroidery was started just before Christmas. The pattern is from Redwork, Winter Twitterings by Pearl Louise Krush. Valdani thread was used for the tree and birds with silver metallic for the tree trim and snowflakes. The blue border is a royal blue batik but shows up much darker in the photo.

Redwork Winter Twitterings

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Links!

I met a friend and avid reader of my blog at the supermarket this morning. She misses my daily posts. Thanks for saying that. Well this one is for you, Paula! Happy reading.

Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away. While I'm not into decorating or doing anything special for this day, many of you out there are. If my granddaughter lived near me, then that would probably make a difference. In the meantime enjoy my links:

Monday, February 1, 2016


Thimbles! Well, if you are like me, a thimble on the finger just does not work as I will ignore it and use a non-thimbled finger. Go figure! I have tried on many occasions to use them. The only kind that works sometimes is the stick-on thimble pad.

A bit of history on the thimble can be found  HERE


free clip art