Wednesday, December 20, 2006

shades of green continued

a finished page for a fabric book - the best part of using a positive & negative image is I get the leftovers for an almost identical quilt for myself and it is journal size to fulfill another obligation!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


with gorgeous yarns, delicious thread, one brilliant sewing machine, a magic ingredient and you too can have lovely delicate scarves.

more totes

In total I made 4 large totes & 2 small ones. love them all. have sent them out to be sold and enjoyed.

Monday, December 04, 2006

totes for sale

I have my very own sweatshop. trying to produce stuff for a Christmas craft sale. and I decided on a tote bag, a very cool but definitely spring/summer tote. Or maybe I should call it a winter cruise/March break tote.
Pattern is Screen Play by Nancy Ota and is very well designed. I loved picking out the various colour combos.
Have made 2 sizes DH likes the small one but he has no concept of what might need to go into a ladies tote especially for lounging in the sun. water,sunscreen, chick-lit novel, magazines, cell phone, hat,hair clips,sunglasses, towel and those are just the basics. Add a whole other set of stuff if there are little ones involved.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

shades of green

what a wonderful colour. a cool technique from this book by Elli Woodsford. no seams because the pieces are just butted against each other on a piece of totally stable, zigzag over edges slice & rotate & repeat.
sort of like 'shampoo, rinse & repeat'!! then stich over the whole think with a fancy stitch I used one I call chicken scratch.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

sewing tour continues

books. I love books. they have a special place in the sewing room. My father caught the rainbow trout & I like having it keep an eye on me.

more storage

Some people has a hidden home for everything. not me
I like to see my stuff especially when I'm on a roll creating - so I've all my sewing accessories on a peg board. So no lossing the scissors anymore!! that's the plan anyway!

I pick door # 1

what's in your closet? Do you have a little door for a big space? I DID! Blew that door off & look what I found. Tons of storage space outfitted with Ikea wire shelves.
now when I want fabric I can pull out a drawer find what I want and push it back. no more stacks of plastic bins to pull from under the sewing table. I am thrilled with my new storage systems.the plastic tower in between the wire shelves hold thread, fabric paint, crayons, markers, pastels, pencils with room to spare. Remember H. when you & your sister thought going to a store called Solutions was soooooo lame?!! who loves Ikea now?!!!!
The only problem now is I have empty drawers to fill!!!

Monday, October 02, 2006


I had the perfect dyed fabric for this element so no painting. It is built up of layers of fabric coloured with marker & funky glitzy bits like angelina. many more layers to go.

painted fabrics

I can see how this can be addictive - to create your own fabric - to slap some paint on a damp piece of fabric - put it aside to dry & see what colours have mixed & migrated.
The blue/green piece is for quilt U element class - water. beside it are batiks destined to be rocks. It has wonderful fine irridescent paint on it to give it some reflection.
The other piece is quartered & bagged & headed to NYC for a sunset fabric swap hosted by Alma The colours are a littled blurred and light - too much water but not bad for second attempt.

Friday, September 29, 2006

is it too early to think of Christmas?

not if you are a quilter, knitter, sewer or somebody that likes to make personal gifts or items for your home.
I love these placemats based on tumbling block pattern. The Christmas cracker doesn't bang but could hold a silly paper hat and a small gift.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

play day

wet wrinkled painted fabric for the water element of the quilt university course. The colours are a little too bright for me at this point. may have to spritz over them with some blue/black colour. I like how the irridescent paint looks like hightlights on the waves. keep posted for the finished work. There are also two pieces of cheesecloth used to clean up the paint brushes and cups so not a drop of paint was wasted!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

another Marquee

I finished up the sample Marquee quilt top. Now to get it sandwiched & quilted. Any volunteers?

We had a very success workshop day for Twisted Stitcher's Quilt Guild. About half a dozen of us worked on the Marquee Quilts for charity. These are the tops we finished on Sat. Sept 16. I love all the different combinations of colours.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

You Are Iris

You are an interesting blend of fun and wisdom.

You definitely make people think about themselves and their place in the world.

But they'll have fun doing it. You definitely epitomize laughter therapy.

You are a very enriching and entertaining friend!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Quilt university class

September. The true beginning of the year. back to school after all these years. I'm taking another course through Quilt University. Linda Schmidt is a wonderful artist and teacher and will be guiding us in creating pieces to represent the elements.
The first element we are doing is water.wonderful waves crashing over rocks- memories of Ireland come flooding back.

Friday, September 01, 2006

pins in the mail

since joining Fabric-olics I have gotten some terrific stuff in the mail. I was in a pin swap and these are the pins I got. The one on the left is from Sandi, metal mesh and copper wire and little glass bulbs very modern and cool. the middle on is from the host of the swap, Jessica and has a gorgeous clay face, the corset came all the way from Australia from Marg and will finally give me some cleavage on my chest!
Thanks ladies.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Friday, August 18, 2006

Memories of Italy

We had many wonderful homemade icecreams when we stayed in Varenna, Italy.
I made a journal quilt to remember those sweet times. The ice cream cone pattern was one I had saved from Quiltmaker's for over 10 years. I just knew I would need it someday.
Someday arrived and I knew the lace from the Fabric-olics swap would make wonderful ice cream scoops. I used acrylic paints with a little fabric medium to get these lovely sherbert colours. As I put the scoops together I thought some beads would make wonderful sprinkles.
'I don't like sprinkles'
'I, you, WE DON'T LIKE SPRINKLES' said my inner child
' ya but they would look good'
right, no problem, no sprinkles - saves a lot of work anyway!
so smarty pants if you are in charge here what kind of cone do YOU want?
not one of those tasteless plain ones I WANT a waffle cone.
right lets go see what we can find
ah here we can use a piece of this paper stuff from Sammy - I love using the same materials in consecutive pieces - a sense of continuity yet totally different use
YA WHAT EVER she sighed
oh no can't use this there's a hole in it
we'll see......
the tissue wrapping the cone is a piece of stabalizer embroidered with 'Italia' then inked to highlight the words.
and a FQ of a Kaffe Fassett fabric was perfect for the binding .....sprinkles on the side!!
and I STILL bite the bottom of the cone!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

ArtChix quiltie

I received my quilt from the ArtChix quilt exchange hosted by Lenna.
I was made by Donna in California. I love the great humour in this little piece. The red checker tablecloth is perfect for a picnic. The ants look so sweet in their ArtChix hats and the cupcake looks good enough to eat. The balloon says Ant Party!!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

more from Quilter's playtime

this is from the game tiddly winks in Quilter's playtime by Dianne S. Hire. This one is broken so there are 16 pieces per block allowing for a lot of playing. I love the whole mix. the circles were covered with couched yarn and the straight breaks are ribbon.
Now just to decide on how to finish it. Borders? how wide, what colour?

Saturday, July 22, 2006

ArtChix quiltie

This is a little quilt I made for a swap being held by Lenna. It uses supplies from Artchix and the theme is summer. The butterflies and one pear are from the garden collage collection. Paper sewn on to the quilt. Obviously not washable!! There is also a little brass tag on the basket that says 'grow'. It is not really in the Artchix style so I hope who ever receives it likes it.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Marquee Quilt #2

My first series!!
I have another marquee quilt in various stages to use as demo pieces for the guild. We will spend a whole Saturday in September making these tops.
For any guild members who bought fabric at Joyce's recently this is for you.
After washing and before storing those lovely new fabrics consider cutting a few strips for the charity quilts. Cut them selvage to selvage and a variety of widths from 1" to 2 & 1/2". Remember yours don't have to go together we will be sorting the colours at the meeting. The more variety the better!
I like to sort them on a hanger with a cardboard roll it has just enough tack to keep the strips from sliding.
These strips are sewn together to make a strata about 12" wide.

I have 2 rows of the top together. The background blocks are quite a stretch from the solid type I used last time but I like the texture. I have just been careful making sure the pattern runs the same way. My inspiration for the colour scheme was a small photo of a pillow in a magazine that I have misplaced. But it will surface eventually!

I will post additional pictures of putting the block together using chain piecing soon.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Joyce's tent sale

I bought a few fabrics at Joyce's this week. I don't usually go for cutsey stuff but I like the rooster prints. I think I will use them for a wandering-style book for a round robin in Sept. I have 2 cross-stitched roosters that will never be the pillows they were intended to be!!

The other 2 fabrics are pots of flowers that have a very French feel to them. No idea what to do with them!!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Great Mail Day

I received the prize for my rooster piece I did for the Fabric-olic group. How exciting to get such a great parcel. The owner of our group is very generous. She send me all these wonderful yarns & beads and goodies. I was very suprised to also see 2 copies of ARTitude zine because I have always wanted them.
Thanks Sammy

Thursday, July 13, 2006

another challenge piece

I made another piece from the 12 swap challenge from the Fabric-olics group. Fancy, shiny sequined fabrics are not something I usually use so it was fun playing with these types of fabric. There was a nice little collection of organzas & chiffons from the packages which were perfect to try a new technique. I bought this book last summer when I was on holiday with Lisa. Lots of techniques to fuel the imagination.
Irregular shapes of sheers & metallics are sewn onto a background - i used felt here but any fabric would do - straight stitch first to tack everything down then cover with fancy stitches. I alternated sewing on the blue then the pink background to minimize thread changes. These are the new fabrics created before cutting into diamonds.
I wanted to create an argyle pattern with the diamonds but they didn't fit within the fancy lines I stitched on the background.

These diamonds can be rearranged endlessly. I know I played for what seemed like hours and finally settled on this pattern which I like better than the original plan.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

challenge piece

This is a small piece I made for yahoo group called Fabric-olics. We were sent a piece of fabric/paper, 3 buttons & some yarn & had to use all in any project.
I started by separating the material into 3 layers then folding & stitching it with no great plans. It eventually became the roof & door of a chicken coop. When we on holidays in France there was a gorgeous rooster roaming the grounds. He had the most gorgeous colours- oranges & blue. He became my inspiration. I used a small free embroidery design from needlepassion embroidery. The wire for the fence is the threads from the window on a bag of potatoes. The yarn is couched on the building & under the buttons. It was fun to work on this piece.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Long weekend

Ah! the first long weekend. Are there any sweeter words for Canadians? It's here. Victoria Day or better know as May 2-4!
For many people this is also opening weekend at the cottage. What do we do?-it starts early in the week- the chat 'are you going to the cottage?' then - the lists- things to pack, things to buy, food to make, toys to entertain children on the drive up. The drive-Oh yes a million of us will be leaving the GTA to head 'up north'. And all trying to beat their all time best for getting there-Hours of traffic, rising prices of gas, hundreds of OPP officers pulling over the stupidest of us- Thank you to those who have to work the 'long weekend'.
to find what? -that's the suprise element - large and small. From trees that have fallen to droppings mice have left.
how do we spend this wonderful time? raking leaves,cleaning, putting in docks, fighting to get the water running, entertaining restless children when it pours, cleaning up the mud those kids trapse in after the rain stops. hunting mosquitos, applying sunscreen. Convincing those men in our lives that yes they do need more sunscreen on their heads than last year!! counting blackfly bites. estimating the costs of long overdue repairs.
why? you ask why? for this-
Photo from Patti's entry in my Circle Journal - a Day in the Country -permission granted!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006



This is my entry for a new collaborative art journal called artwords.
The topic of a Circle Journal I'm participating in from Scraptivity is Indulge Me. Since that is the opening artword I've used my recent entry for the CJ.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Magnolia tree

Spring brings such fleeting changes. The colours change daily as the trees and plants grow & stretch from a long winter. I love the magnolia tree in our front yard. The blossoms this year just seemed to pop open overnight. They have been out for over a week and won't last too much longer. The lovely waxy green leaves will fill out the tree like an umbrella and shade the front of the house.