Saturday, 21 October 2017

My Father was a Coho, my mother.....................




I just couldn't leave this unfinished!!!!
A good 6 hours yesterday and another five hours today. I'll have to think on how to mount and finish this.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Fabric Collage with the Girls

I had long admired from afar the collage works of some very familiar artists who are working and publishing today: Laura Heine, Susan Carlson, Joan Colvin, Dale Fleming, Ruth McDowell and David Taylor, to name just a few.

More than one of my small Fibre Arts group had taken a workshop along these lines so we decided to "Wing It' with our own compositions/patterns. After one afternoon gathering to make sure we were all on the same design page, we had our day at the quilt shop, Creative Sisters in Kitchener, where we rent their classroom work space.
What could be better? Lots of space, light and conveniences and if you need fabric?...it's ten feet thru the doorway.
Just a few finished and some will be a long time completing their work but here's the results of about 6 hours of HARD WORK. At times it was so quiet..........😊

I grouped the progression of each member's piece. Some seems to hardly change and other flow to a colourful completion. Some day in the future, I'll revisit these in their finished and mounted form Enjoy!
















Monday, 9 October 2017

She's FINISHED! Jane is completed

I can move on with my life.
The weather has been too iffy around here so an indoor shot is what you get.
The scallops were an interesting challenge. I think I will avoid them in the future,..... or at least ones that are so tight.



Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Sorry. Not Been Posting....Not Creating.....I've been distracted.

By this....

Davyn Coen Davey Vogul, our first grandson.

We haven't been into Toronto to visit yet as baby is doing "daycare" in the NICU with lingering jaundice issues. So we chat with mom daily and OOOOOOOOOOOOOooo over the pictures but Grumpa (short for grumpy Gramps as he's decoded he should be called) is getting antsy and we will likely wake up one morning soon and GO!

So its been hard to focus....I'm sure you understand.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Jane has her Ruffle

I completed attaching the bias binding by hand, this morning. Now I can spend leisure? time finishing the binding around the scallops for this quilt.It took me a few minutes to work out how to neatly finish that inner corner, but we're good to go now.



Sunday, 24 September 2017

Weekend Past with Maggie Vanderweit

What with all that's happening in our house lately, it's taken me a while to process all the information I gleaned from my Natural Dyeing course from Maggie Vanderweit of Stone Threads Studio in Fergus Ontario

www.stonethreads.ca


The new background of this post is one of the jaw dropping pieces I created on Saturday past. While I've dabbled in this for a while, (I like cheap and dirty), there were a few nagging "hows and whys" that I couldn't find the answers to. I have those answers now and can move forward with this 'new' medium to play with colours, my garden and the surrounding countryside.

I had lots of fun with 10 other like-minded ladies. It's a little late in the season and right now my plate is so full, but I will get back to this.

In the meantime here are a couple of my "keepers". I have lots of time to decide how to use this new source of interesting fabric.





Saturday, 23 September 2017

Snow Days Flimsy Assembled

I've had to make a list.
I was juggling so much in my head that I wasn't being very efficient ( Oh my mother would shake her finger.)

So first on the list was to assemble this quilt top.
I placed a safety pin in every location that needs some additional embroidery, either into the quilt blocks or to link two scenes together.
Now, this is evening hand work, so it will be a few weeks before I consider the quilting.
I was toying with hand quilting this one as I did enjoy working on the "Stickle" quilt, but there are some rather daunting corners with a lot of material so I'll have to think about it for a while.

In the meantime here is the layout.


There were times I was a little leery of my fabric choices but I think the balance worked out. This is sideways so my shadow didn't fall on the top. The rest are shots moving around the quilt CCW.








Friday, 22 September 2017

A Knitting Gem in Perth Ontario


I slipped over to Eastern Ontario this week to give my Niece, Alison Manning, a hardy congratulations on the purchase and reopening of Unravelled, her yarn shop, in Perth Ontario.


http://unraveled.ca/


She left an IT job in Ottawa to follow her dream (and reclaim her life and family). Thanks to an awesomely supportive husband and wonderful teen age son, her commute to "work" now takes......15 minutes??!! .......instead of 2 hours.
I had to inspect and touch all the wonderful products on display. I ended up bringing home a luscious box of Merino wool roving samples.


These will end up in my future felted offerings.
Here's a quick look at the rainbow of awesome wool. Check out her website and plan a trip!



proud mother Judy Manning



Now the pressure is on for me to FINISH my current knitting project and hurry back. New stock is coming in all the time and a lot of it is from local sources.

Visit when you can. Perth, Ontario is charming and so representative of an early Canadian town.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Snow Days - Centre Block


This went together rather slick. I did change out some single 3 inch blocks ( lighter or darker ) but I left the rest as they happened.
Random and scrappy is always interesting.

Monday, 11 September 2017

First Prize Surprise

I received a call last night from a member of our Quilt guild. We had collaborated on a piece. This was over a year ago, so I was surprised when she told me she'd entered it in a local fair.. and WON. This was the Tandem class, HER quilt and my quilting and leaf embellishment.

The photo is not the best, but I remember it was a lot of fun.