Friday, 23 June 2017

I know I'm a Hand Quilting Novice but.....

Is it normal to use a whole spool, 400 yd. of thread on the first half of the quilt?

Monday, 19 June 2017

Back to the Mundane

All the flurry over the CQA show is past, selected pieces are mailed out west, the garden has been returned to reasonable shape and Father's Day was a nice low key visit with our eldest son.


You can't suppress that creative urge for long. SO, it was time to catch up on some on going projects.

My Jane Stickle quilt has passed the halfway mark. Some of these blocks stumped me a bit, deciding how to quilt them. But it was nice to get back to it. As I worked I envisioned some of the awesomely small stitches in some of those show quilts. Inspiration !!!!

The Embroidery for another quilt needed a lot of light, so that necessitated me sitting in the garden. Such a hardship.

But OH NO!
I FINALLY succumb to the barrage of ultrasound shots of my grandson.......and started KNITTING.
I found one of my favourite patterns, one I had knit for my two boys thirty odd years ago. While my hands weren't too happy about this change of usage....... (I told them to toughen up and had some aspirin), I dove in with a lovely blue that is the same colour as Daddy's eyes.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

CQA 2017

It came..... and I went yesterday with some very good friends and creative buddies.
We were blown away. There were some old favourites, some awesome hand quilting, and lots of jaw dropping pieces. This year's strong presence was the use of heavy embroidery as an embellishment. It certainly added luxury and sumptuousness to pieces.
So here are some. The show runs till Saturday. Get there if you can. Next year it moves to B.C.


Selvage Art


 My two pieces above stood up very well. Birch and poplar seemed to be a favourite this year.

Confetti work on a large scale

detail of above


This is a sister to the Best of Show at the beginning, done by the same talented and patient woman.

Got a chance to chat with the creator of this one.

Detail of above

Blue and White reverse Applique