Monday, August 15, 2011

Festival Of Quilts - UK

I've been looking for photos from the Festival of Quilts 2011, Birmingham, UK. Some of the bloggers have been posting photos from the festival. Here are the ones I've been able to find so far:

  • Kay in Scotland took the photo of the over all winner, Octopussy, created by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga of the Netherlands.
  • Drinking Fabric (unique name) showcases some quilts from the festival. She has two posts. Part two is here.
  • Some of the winners are also shown on A Quilters Journal. Have a look at the Wonky Houses. These are fantastic!
  • Here are recent quilts as well as quilts from past festivals. More here and here.
  • Dog Daisy Chains photos
  • More photos 2011 Festival of Quilts - these are stunning!
If you come across any other photos, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saidye Bronfman Nominee

Photo curtsy of Linda & David
Two craftspeople from Newfoundland and Labrador have been nominated for the Saidye Bronfman Award. This is Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in fine craft. Linda Yates and David Hayashida from King's Point Pottery, who specialize in salt / soda firing and high-fired functional stoneware, were nominated by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. Check out the media release here


Friday, August 12, 2011

What's In a Name

As the old saying goes: You can't tell a book by its cover. The same can be said for a lot of things. I came across some interesting names for quilting blogs. There are lots more but here are a few of them:

Molly Flanders
Blue Mountain Daisy
Pings and Needles 
Saints and Pinners
The Stitching Room
Mama CJT
Little Miss Shabby
Pink Penguin
Quilts a Lot
Freda's Hive
Ivory Spring

Thursday, August 11, 2011


I've spent the last couple of months (between been a gopher) painting! Don't get excited, as the paint was put on walls in my parent's house and not on fabric. However, now that I'm finished with that project, there is a bit more time to think of other things. Since our summer and spring has been so dreary with all the rain, drizzle and fog, I feel it's time to think about colour.

First of all, check out some Color Theory from Wikipedia and Tiger Color.
Then stop at Color Matters for more technical stuff. Click on the drop down menu.
Some Color Theory Lessons from Art Factory.
To find more information about colour, do a search for Colour Theory.

Now, on to Quilting and Colour:
Joen Wolfrom's blog is all about color for quilters. 
Leaves of Green from Blue Moon River
Patchwork Posse: Trunk Show Tuesday with the Color Wheel
Mingle Color Theory and Straight and Narrow from Craft Gossip
Color Beat Quilt from Robert Kaufman
Color your Way from Daily Craft
Circle Quilt Tutorial from Bijou Lovely


Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I have a little four legged creature visiting me this month. Pongo, my sister's dog, is a Papillon. Papillon is the French word for butterfly. Need I say more! The following links will have something to do with butterflies so enjoy! At the moment, our weather has been too wet and cold for butterflies to be out and about. Maybe I need to create some for inside.

To get you started, I found some free butterfly colouring pages and drawings.
This one is for inspiration. The colours are stunning. More inspiration.
Mug Rug Butterfly
Free machine embroidery Butterfly (scroll down)
Applique Butterfly Garden
Applique Butterfly Wall Hanging (inspiration)
Free Butterfly Quilt Patterns
Have a look back at The Butterfly Project on my site. Check out the Holocast Museum Houston

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Down Under Textiles

I finally got a chance to check my blog list. I'm sure I've missed a lot this past month or two but things are starting to settle down. Life will get back to 'normal' soon (I hope)!

I came across Down Under Textiles, an Australian magazine, launched in 2009. In it are the latest techniques, tools and products; instructions for making projects; colour, design and composition theory as well as galleries of textile art work. Issue one is available online for FREE. I had a quick look through it and was impressed! It just might be my next magazine purchase. Have a look at it here.