Friday, March 31, 2017

Stained Glass and Quilting!

The Pitcher Plant is the official plant of Newfoundland Labrador. 'As a carnivorous plant, it gets its nourishment from insects that are trapped and drown in a pool of water at the base of its tubular leaves. These plants, with their wine and green flowers, are found on bogs and marshes around the province.' Other interesting facts about this plant HERE.  

Don completed this beautiful stained glass Pitcher Plant yesterday. He's been posting his work on Face Book under CSE Glass.

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My friend, Judith, created these two beautiful quilted wall hangings of the Pitcher Plant. She enjoys working with fabrics: quilting, hand and machine embroidery, fabric dyeing . . . you name it, she has probably tried it. In fact, the light green fabric on the 1st photo, was dyed and rusted by Judy. The dark fabric is a commercial fabric by Carol Breyer Fallert. The fabric in the 2nd one is unknown.
Permission was given to show these photos.

  • Red Work idea HERE 
  • Alison Cole embroidery of Pitcher Plant (designed for a class at EAC 2017, Rock, Needle, Scissors, Newfoundland, Canada - scroll down)  
  • Pitcher Plants on Pinterest HERE & HERE
  • The Pitcher Plant Project HERE 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Don's Stained Glass

My brother decided to show off his beautiful work on face book so I'm 'showing them off' here.
Winter seems to be endless this year so this little angel is trying to hurry it along.

Praying the snow passes.

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Door panel to Don's glass studio

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His first lamp shade made around 1985. It has approximately 440 pieces. I think his daughter has dibs on this one.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Interesting British Site

 Are you familiar with the Sewing Directory?  It is a British site for finding local sewing shops, on-line fabric stores, sewing courses and sewing groups. They have hundreds of Free Sewing Projects, Sewing Techniques, How to Quilt Series (10 part tutorial series), Hand Embroidery Series
(learn hand stitching techniques), Fat Quarter Projects and Bag Making.
The site for finding local sewing shops, online fabric stores, sewing courses and sewing groups.  Please use the search bar above to discover new sewing businesses - See more at:

Check out their boards on Pinterest HERE.

Here's the Hand Embroidery 10-part Series.

Hand Embroidery series

I think you'll find lots of interesting things on the Sewing Directory. I'm not affiliated with this site. However, I am interested in presenting interesting links on my blog.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

More Stained Glass from Don

My brother, Don, shared more of his stained glass pieces. Hopefully, more spring like weather will arrive soon!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Which Would You Choose?

This afternoon, I packaged up some needle felted mitten ornaments. Of the two below, which do you prefer - the more abstract ones in photo one or those in photo two?

It's still "WINTER" here in spite of the fact spring came this month so please don't chuckle over my Christmas theme on this post!!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Three-D Thread Applique

I found this needle painted chickadee tucked away in a box with some other UFO's. It is the result of a Three-D Thread Applique class that I took with Kathy Tidswell, Candian textile artist. Free motion embroidery was used to create this black capped chickadee. It turned out better than I remembered. Maybe I'll put it into something when I get some spare time.

Kathy creates marvelous thread paintings, quilts, wearable art and wall hangings. Pieces of her work have been juried into the Canadian Quilters' Association as well as in various other shows. To find out more about Kathy and her work, click on the link above.


Saturday, March 25, 2017


I just downloaded this free pattern / tutorial from Michelle Patterns of this Dumpling Zip Pouch! It would make a nice gift for yourself or a friend.


Here's the front and back of my Professional Tote that I made a few years ago.

I hope the rest of your weekend involves your sewing machine!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Finds

Good news - The arm sling is retired and I can drive my car again! The arm is healing nicely and physio is helping bunches with extended movement. Isn't independence a grand thing.

Now for other 'stuff'!

Here's a peek at something I'm doing for the EAC embroidery guild seminar committee. I can't tell you what it's for but I can guarantee it's something fabulous! I have one more hoop to do. This one took 86 minutes on the machine.

Friday Finds

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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