Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Totally Tutorials / Stuff!

Today was spent making a Sesame Street cuddle quilt for my granddaughter. Needless to say, it's not quite ready to show yet. I found the panel at Fabricville ages ago. As with most printed panels, nothing is square. I will try to straighten the sides as much as possible without losing too much of the edge but I think it will still be a bit wonky! But thankfully, two year olds don't look at these things! She will be more interested in Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Elmo. I am doing free-motion stitching on the top. It's not perfect but will have to do. My Husqvarna Designer SE complained about needing a firmware upgrade. The problem is, it had its final upgrade in November and there is not suppose to be another. Bummer! I will have to finish the quilt on my other smaller machine.

That's my little rant for today. I hope you have fun searching through the following tutorials:

Door Crown Pattern I designed years ago.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


A friend mentioned one day that she gets on pinterest and time flies. I now know what she means. Tonight I decided to figure out how to manage my pinterest account. I set one up ages ago but hadn't done much with it.

Pinterest is a visual bookmarking website that allows you to pin images and videos that you find online and want to save and share with others onto virtual pinboards. People can follow you or your pinboards on Pinterest. They can repin  any of the content that they like from your board. You can do the same from other pinboards. It's a great way to categorize items you want to save and reference later.

So far, I've created nine boards: birds, quilts, sewing kits, embroidery, felting, knitting, crochet, hexagons, and pouch/totes/purse. I'm sure more will be created. There's not much in the boards yet but I'm sure that will change.

Monday, June 24, 2013


A few days ago I purchased several pieces of chiffon at Fabricville. They had a sale of buy one, get two free. Not one to pass up a bargain . . . ! I bought several colours as I liked the patterns and figured they might be useful for foliage and flowers. I hadn't stitched much chiffon before with free motion and I wasn't disappointed as it worked the same as organza. It was also easy to burn with the stencil cutter. Now I have a wider range of colours to use for making foliage and flowers. I thought I had three pieces of green but when I got home the limy green I really wanted wasn't there. It had stripes like the pink in the corner of the photo. Guess I have to take another trip to the store. This time I'll make sure the bolts are left on the table before someone quickly puts them back. I usually check to see that I have the fabrics I want but this time I didn't! 


Sunday, June 23, 2013


I have been watching the poppies outside my studio window for the last week wondering when they would open. This morning I was finally rewarded with this beauty!

Poppies in textile art - eye candy for your pleasure!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Post 600!

This is my 600 blog post! I can't believe I have written that many different posts. Thank you to all my followers, readers and to those who have left comments. You are all much appreciated.

Now for some tutorials to check out!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Welcome Summer!

It's 8:00 here in St. John's, Newfoundland. I just opened my patio door to a beautiful 20C and wonderful sunshine - awe, Summer! I hope it lasts. Those of you living on the mainland and further south may be a bit puzzled over this but we live in the middle of the great North Atlantic and sometimes the weather is a bit crazy. It isn't often that we can sit outside at such an early hour.

I know I should be thinking cool thoughts and passing on some wonderful summer projects (I did do some of that yesterday), however, Freebies for Crafters just posted the latest freebie, Winter Seeds Table Topper. It is a very simple patchwork with machine applique. I think the shape was what caught my eye. This table topper is part of the Christmas Once a Month featured by the Crafty Quilter. Check them out! By using bright, summery fabrics you can change the Winter Seeds table topper into a Summer Surprise or Summer Delight! Have fun making up your own title for your table topper.

table topper quilt

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Tomorrow is officially the first day of SUMMER. We are just now starting to get semi warm weather and the weekend is suppose to be warm and sunny according to Environment Canada. All the rain we've had has been good for the plants. Look what's blooming in my front garden. I don't remember it's name but isn't it just gorgeous!

To celebrate the arrival of summer (tomorrow), check out two previous posts HERE, and HERE as they have lots of links for you to search.
Also, take a peek at these!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Totally Tutorials!

This is a very short post! However, I think it will take you some time to check out the 101 Sewing Tutorials for Summer in Everything Etsy.

As I've written before, I have spent some time exploring the internet for interesting 'stuff' for quilters, embroiderers, crafters, fiber artists . . .  You get the message. Enjoy exploring as you never know where it will lead.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

C & M Crafts, Carmanville, NL

Last year I posted about The Fabric Shop in Gander, NL. Well, this time, I visited the sister shop, C & M Crafts in Carmanville.

Wouldn't you know it - they are closed on Fridays! However, I did get into the shop to have a look around. Marion Gillingham, the owner, was in Gander at the other store, so her husband let me look around and take photos to share with you. As you can see, there is a wide range of fabrics, notions and patterns to choose from. The two shops have a different range of fabrics with very little duplication. I did purchase a few batiks at The Fabric Shop back in Gander.

Quilters in central Newfoundland are very lucky to have these two quilt shops!
Everything for knitting and hand embroidery

Hand Embroidery Patterns

Ribbons, zippers and fabric

Notion wall! Everything at your finger tips.

Lots of nice patterns!

Hand Embroidered Red Work with NL Tartan

I like the yellow tape measure fabric and would have purchased it but . . .

Monday, June 17, 2013

Road Trip

Last week, we took a few days and went to Gander. From there, we visited Twillingate, where I have some of my smaller pieces of art at the Driftwood Gallery. It was a cold, drizzly day so it wasn't really ideal for taking photos. We did visit the Longpoint Lighthouse which is located 331 feet above sea level on top of a cliff named Devil's Cove Head in Twillingate. The view, in good weather, would be spectacular. Here's a few photos of the lighthouse. Aren't the spiral steps interesting! We found out that this is one of the few manned lighthouses left around the island.

Check out these links:

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bloglovin and Other Stuff!

Things have been hectic since November and I haven't been able to do as much as I hoped in relation to my blog. I want to change this, If you look on the side bar you will see I have added a new button, Bloglovin, to make it easier to follow my blog, if you aren't already.

I have been doing a lot of on-line research and tagging lots of tutorials and patterns that I want to share. My future posts, will again, contain links for you to visit - of course they will be related to the topic of the day, which, as you see below, are Forget Me Not flowers.

Happy Father's Day, little brother, also to my husband, and to all the dads out there. Below, are my brother's favorite flowers, Forget-me-not. As you can see, I have been putting in lots of mulch! I hope the weeds stay away this summer.

Here are a few links for you to enjoy and they weren't in my saved folder either!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Woodlands for the Landscape Quilter

Last week, the Cabot Quilt Guild had a two day 'Woodlands for the Landscape Quilter' workshop with Nancy Bergman. This is a new class for Nancy. Twenty students were challenged to create their own woodland scene by playing with scraps of fabric and exploring the tricks of creating an illusion of visual depth resulting in a small art quilt. The background fabrics were provided as well as a selection of other fabrics to create tree trunks, ground cover and shrubs. As you will see in the samples below, each one was different. It was interesting to see the background fabrics quilters selected.


Nancy Bergman

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Part Three: Incorporating Paper into Wedding Decor and Gifts by Guest Blogger, Laura Holden

Paper Craft for Décor and Gifts

Perhaps a paper wedding dress or suit isn’t quite a good idea (although it has been done!) but apart from that, there are few limits on what you can create in the way of décor and gifts for weddings. There are so many ways to use paper—from quilling and quilting, to scrap-booking and paper-folding—that it’s possible to decorate an entire wedding simply using various types of paper. Starting with hand-designed and hand-made wedding invitations such as those by Kerry at Kerry’s Paper Crafts. Other decorative items that can be hand-made using paper include coasters, place cards, menus, and gift boxes. Tissue-paper-thin decorations can look ethereally lovely, especially when paired with well-placed spot lighting.

Even the bride’s bouquet (not to mention center-pieces) can be crafted from paper, and surprisingly enough, a classical, elegant look can be obtained using sheets from old books. These roses are made by paper-crafter Valerie Lloyd, and a tutorial for making these pretty blooms is provided by 100 Layer Cake.

Paper quilting and quilling both lend themselves to the wedding theme extremely well. Mixed media collage artist Michaela Laurie, has developed several paper quilting techniques which involve piecing together paper and sewing it just like a quilt. A quite different technique with a similar name, paper quilling is the practice of rolling, shaping, and gluing paper in decorative shapes and patterns. The technique was developed during the renaissance period and popularized during the eighteenth century. Recently rediscovered, the art of quilling has been transformed by the multitude of colors and paper types now available. Quilling techniques have become highly intricate, as seen in this example by Manuela Koosch of Quilling by Manuk. Both quilting and quilling can be used to create extraordinary works of art that make wonderful wedding gifts, and of course are perfect for traditional first anniversary gifts.

Part One HERE
Part Two HERE


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Embroidery Guild Show & Tell for May

Take a look at these lovely pieces from the May Show and Tell, St. John's Embroidery Guild.

Machine Embroidered Clutch Bag

Tree of Life was won by one of our members
at the Embroidery Guild of Canada conference.

A finished stump work piece!

Monday, June 3, 2013

June is the Wedding Month!

This is the second of a three part article by Laura Holden. Check HERE for part one.

Photo Quilts as Wedding Gifts or Favors

To recap:
June and July always seem to be the big wedding months—and wedding anniversaries too, of course—so it’s a good time to hunt down some inspiring ideas and patterns for gifts and decorations. You don’t have to work with fabric specifically to make some gorgeous wedding-themed creations.

For example, a quilt is a wonderful gift for a newly-married couple, but for an interesting twist on the idea, a photo quilt is a great way to make an already personal gift even more so. And it’s certainly less back-breaking work than the traditional double wedding ring quilt!

Melissa Mortenson of The Polka Dot Chair creates gorgeous personalized photo quilts for members of her family, and her site includes not one but two tutorials for printing photos directly onto special photo fabric. It’s also possible to use transfer paper and an inkjet printer to transfer photo images onto fabric. Idonette of D’Vine Living offers a tutorial on this method, which offers the advantage of not requiring dedicated photo fabric.

On a much smaller scale, quilted photo fabric, with photos of the bride and groom as children or adults might be used to create wedding favors such as place cards, small bags or pouches, handkerchiefs, or napkins.

I agree with Laura. Creating unique gifts using photo fabric certainly would make a statement!

For other wedding favors / gifts check the following: