Thursday, March 23, 2017

Joan's Quilts

My sister, Joan, has been busy quilting up a storm! This first one is part of a series. She will send photos when the others are finished.

This is a cute Christmas Quilt. I love the colors. The yellow is Kona Cotton's color of the year 2016, Highlight.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Temari Ornaments

Verna has been busy. She's added several new Temari Balls to her ever growing collection. Quite a number of Verna's ornaments will be on display at the EAC Seminar 2017, here in St. John's, NL.

Aren't these just gorgeous!!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Stained Glass

This is a continuation of more of my brother, Don's, stained glass. I have a few of his pieces, one of which is a fish similar to the one below. Beautiful work, don't you think!
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Monday, March 20, 2017


The beginning of SPRING in Newfoundland!

My brother, Don, makes fabulous stained glass. He sent this photo to me of this beautiful butterfly. It's going to be awhile before we see the real thing around here.

Have you ever thought of using stained glass patterns for your quilted wall hangings, hand stitching? There's lots of inspiration out there. Check these below:

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday!!

Six years ago, I was in Chicago welcoming our granddaughter, Gale. Today, she is celebrating her birthday in Nova Scotia. For her birthday, Gale asked for a game called Lollipop Hunters. After a quick online search her dad discovered that no such game exists. Well... it does now! Her dad designed the game for her. While he was here with us last week, he and my husband, using our CMC machine, made the game board on 9 pieces of wood. As you can see, they fit together to form the board.

Gale's dad finished it when he got home. I think he did a fantastic job!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fantasy Fabric Workshop

My Fantasy Fabric Workshop was today. It had been cancelled last week due to the horrific wind storm here in the city and around the island.

It was a great day. Lots of conversation about colour, decorative yarns, threads, decisions on which colour tulle looked best on a piece . . . the results are below. Such fun pieces!!! Isn't it great to experiment outside your comfort zone.

Great job, ladies. I can't wait to see what you will do with your fantasy fabric!
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After stitching

Friday, March 17, 2017

Finally Finished

I finally finished the two scissors fobs I blogged about HERE. However, on second thought, they are a bit big for fobs so I think they will be much better as ornaments. Fobs need to be a tad smaller in my opinion. There are clear glass seed beads on the surfaces but are very hard to see. Guess I need to redo the photos to show them. The stitch used is Smyrna Cross and beads were added with cross stitch. This was a very easy piece to embroider. A You Tube video of the Smyrna Stitch is HERE.  Other names for this stitch is double cross stitch or snowflake stitch.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Free Weekend Viewing

Celebrate International Quilting Day at The Quilt Show.  It starts tomorrow, March 17 to 19th. 2017. You can watch over 220 free shows and enter to win some amazing prizes! You can view the first 17 series, shows 100 - 1713 for the whole weekend. See your favorite quilters, quilting tips, quilting techniques and quilting tutorials.

See you at The Quilt Show!  (I have no affiliation with this show). 



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday Links

Please check out Wordless Wednesday at Hands Across the Sea Samplers. Some beautiful beading and embroidery! Check out the Sewing Basket & Tools in the tool bar. (Thanks, Jo, for the link)
I spent some time scrolling down through the various posts. This one caught my eye, Are You Sitting Comfortably?  It's worth reading! Wait until you see the baby carriage and old typewriter!  I love the clothes sketches using fruit and vegs. Flamenco dresses are gorgeous. Did I pique your interest? I will have to grab a cup of something and continue to explore.

I also linked up with WIP Wednesdays on The Needle & Thread Network, where Canadian textile/fibre artists post what they are working on.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Have you ever made any miniature quilted pieces?  Back in the late 90's, our guild had a challenge to create a very small quilted piece. I made two.

This one is 4 1/4" x  5 3/4" and was hand stitched.
The heart block mini is 3 1/2" square. Each block is less than an inch and consist of 9 pieces. I would never attempt doing that today - I think I have more sense (Grin)!!

Other miniatures:

Monday, March 13, 2017


Today my embroidery machine stitched out 20 new Viking Shimmer Ornaments to add to the 30 Stitched yesterday. The Viking Ships are part of an order that I just received.  I figure I'd better make as many different shimmers as I can before the beginning of June. I will have a booth at the (EAC) Embroiderers' Guild of Canada Seminar to be held here in May, so Shimmers will be available. Also, I won't be making shimmers during the summer and I will need more for early fall.

I didn't have any birthday wrapping paper up a present for my granddaughter's 6th birthday on Sunday (her father is flying back to Nova Scotia tomorrow) so I stitched up a bag for the gift instead. That's what happens when you aren't permitted to drive until arm heals!. Now she will have a drawstring bag for some small objects. It's also another way to use up scraps of fabric.

I found this one in my cupboard that my sister, Joan, made years ago as loot bags for one of her children's parties. Both bags have something in them for Gale.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Bit of Green!!

March 17 (this coming Friday) is St. Patrick's Day. As I was reading Wikipedia information on that day, I was a bit amused to note that the Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol were lifted for that day. I'm not Irish but many of my friends are. I hope you enjoy the following links:
Enjoy the rest of your day.
 A four leaf clover picked last summer by my granddaughter, Gale.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wind Storm

We had a terrible wind storm today. Most of the island was affected. Power outages all over. Our loss of power lasted about 5 hours. I'm having my first cup of hot tea since breakfast. In fact, I was wondering if I would even get a chance to post today.

I couldn't do much in the studio with the power gone so I cleaned out the big cabinet which holds a lot of my supplies. I'm getting ready to sell it as it's just too big to move with everything else I have.

Now take a look at these posts:

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Finds

It's Friday again and I have found some interesting Friday Finds!
The wind outside is quite high and tomorrow's forecast doesn't look good wind wise. As the old folks say, 'batten down the hatches'!


Another of my miniature embroidered gardens! 

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Not much new is happening in the studio these days. I'm getting ready for Saturday's workshop and hoping that the weather cooperates - it doesn't look too good at the moment. I'm keeping all fingers crossed.

I had the embroidery machine stitching out lighthouse shimmers this morning. For some reason (probably me not paying close attention) the machine did not stop after each colour change and used whatever threads were on the needles. Needless to say, the lighthouses were coloured wrong. I'll try again tomorrow.

Here are a few links to check:

      These beauties are hidden under the snow! Can't wait for their arrival this spring!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fantastic Fabrics Short Course

Saturday I will be teaching another session of my Fantastic Fabrics Short Course. This morning was spend getting my handouts in order and taking a look at the things I need to take.

Course summary:

Students will experiment with sheer fabrics and other materials such threads, decorative yarns, sequins, paper and glittery fabrics such as lame, tulle, organza etc., to create their own fantastic fabrics. This playful technique results in a new fabric that can be used in applique, in piecing, as a background fabric or as framed pieces of art. To create this fantastic fabric, students will be using free-motion stitching on their sewing machine.

The focus of the course will be on techniques and procedures.This fun, stress free course usually takes about 5 - 6 hours!

I provide a lot of the 'glitzy' stuff to turn an ordinary piece of fabric into a 'glamorous, run-way' piece!

Here's an evening purse, made in 2007, that was made out of a piece of 'fantastic fabric'. The red and black fluffy piece is a wearable art pin that can be kept on the purse or attached to your outfit. 


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Getting There . . .

Today was a busy one. We got 16 plastic boxes packed with books from my studio. The books reached to the ceiling. Now the shelves seem soooo empty! As you can see, I kept out a few until the last minute as I'm still in work mode.

Last evening I stitched some more of my scissor fob. The clear glass beads are stitched on both of them (difficult to see in the photo).

Monday, March 6, 2017

Eye Candy and More . . .

I just spend some time looking at a bunch of fabulous winning quilts from the Road to California 2017 Show Quilts. More images HERE and Applique Quilts HERE. This was posted by About Quilts.
I also found this fabric basket tutorial. This might be a nice way to showcase some of your decorative buttons.

The Row by Row Studio has some interesting quilts to use in a project.

For the embroiderers out there, go HERE. You will need to translate this site.


Thinking SPRING!!!!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

2017 Quilts of Savannah QuiltCon - and more . . .

Aurifil has a short video and photos of quilts from QuiltCon 2017, Savannah, Georgia, in the  Piecing Category. This show was presented by The Modern Quilt Guild. The link is to their gallery of quilts - a must see!

I quite liked this second place winner, Vertigo by Elaine Poplin.
Vertigo by Elaine Poplin
Aurifil is going to have a full recap of the show tomorrow so that should be interesting!

Other 'stuff'

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday Stuff: tutorials. freebies . . .

There were quite a few patterns listed on Facebook and blogs the last couple of days, so I decided to list some here.

Here's a Journal Cover I made a few years ago.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Finds . . .

This has been one heck of a windy day! Cold & sunny too. It's the kind of day to spend inside keeping cozy - which I did. Since I haven't been very productive today, I thought we'd look at some Friday Finds.

A look back at a commissioned piece I did for an Inn at Rocky Harbour, NL called Western Brook Gorge. It's 1 foot x 4 feet. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Scissor Fobs

Yesterday I stitched for the first time since fracturing my right arm. Since I didn't want to have anything heavy in a hoop, I decided to dig out a small embroidery project that I started several years ago. It was a Floating Beaded Ornament. This was a guild program piece that we turned into scissor fobs.

For those of you who aren't into hand embroidery, you are probably wondering what that is. Well, a scissor fob is a little ornament / pincushion with a cord or ribbon attached, that slips onto one side of a scissor finger ring. This pincushion is the perfect place to put your needle when you are cutting the next length of thread. It is also a way to identify your scissors when out stitching in a group.

These fobs are usually about 2 to 3 inches square but what shape you use is entirely up to the maker. You can make them to suit the season or your personal taste. Just have fun with it.

The green one still needs tiny glass beads in the spaces. I started the red one yesterday. It is stitched on 6" x 6" Dublin 25 count linen.

Here is the 'lazy' gal's fob made with beads and a lobster hook to attach it to the scissors. Mine is a purchased one that I got on one of my trips. The scissor's case is made from my own embellished fabric.

This small pair of Gingher scissors needs a fob!

You might find a fob to make in some of these links: