Sunday, May 17, 2009

Trendtex challenge for CQA

Have you ever finished a piece so fast you don't get a chance to live with it. This was the case with this Trendtex challenge piece for CQA
The challenge is to use the 5 FQ of fabric and the theme 'Roots'. Mine is number 80 in this list of over 100 pieces. It is amazing to see what people will do with the same ingredients. Common themes included root vegetables, family heritage and those nasty roots on our heads. I'm off to do some dying - hair not fabric!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

spring has finally

arrived here. The birds are tweeting are u?
flashes of red as the cardinals fly by, that blur was a hummingbird at the apple blossoms and the robins are busy listening to the earth.
But when is a robin not a robin?
It could be this robin, a wonderful blog. There is such a sense of peace & joy of life in Robin's words.
or it could be these robins spotted in a park in Edinburgh, Scotland -

a much tinier bird than the North American robin with a lovely roundness that makes them a favourite motif at Christmas in the UK.

Thursday, April 09, 2009


finished a quilt I started for Spot AKA Sputnik, babydoll & my yungin'- who turned 22 recently.
started oh about 10 years ago.
had some help - I sent it out to be quilted - I love it. Tracey from the Ultimate has a Gammill Long arm. I even got to drive it - that is quite the quilting machine!!
I love the quilting she did. It looks like doodling on the back. It is also lovely to sleep under (Shhh, don't tell Spot - but it is on our bed for now!)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Project Improv

I've made 6 blocks each 12.5" square for Project Improv. They are on the way to Kansas to be included with other blocks. check 'em out here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

we have a show

'We' are Fibre Arts Toronto - sounds special & we are FAT for short!
Four people with a common interest in all things textile. Our show is at the North York Central Library of the world's largest library system -Toronto Public Library - up the stairs to the meeting rooms.
you can see some pictures here

things I learned hanging our very first show.
Hanging stuff with fishing line is crazy - don't try it.
bring a level - everyones' idea of straight is different.
that blue sticky stuff teachers have works wonders.
things will take about three times longer than expected!
people will touch your work - doesn't matter how many 'DO NOT TOUCH' signs you put up!
people will think you are wonderfully creative and talented and brilliant!! and isn't that the point!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

messenger bag

I made this cute bag from a felted sweater & navy wool felt. The pattern is from Betz's Warm & Fuzzies. The felt is fused to the sweater bits on the strap & flap. This gives the strap real body & should stand up to real use & abuse!
she also has a new book coming out any day now called Sew Green
I love all things green!!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

mountains of snow

that's what's outside our home. Mountains of snow. piles of it. what's the best thing to do?
Make something bright & cheery & floral.......
like this.
A tote with lots of outside pockets. Pattern from Quilting Arts - Stitch magazine.I made one before Christmas for our guild secret Santa exchange but didn't get a picture of it. This one is made with a heavy treated cotton one of my fibre art friends was passing on! Lucky me!

Monday, January 19, 2009

cyber Fyber

see my fiber postcard on display at the Cyber Fyber . It is the middle one in the row to the left in this photo.