Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Snow Days Quilt _ adding the border

While I still really like this quilt I decided it was just too small.

So I spent a long time deciding how I wanted to enlarge it only to come to the realization that I didn't have enough of any of the fabrics. I had worked primarily from fat quarters or single yard pieces, (and shirts).

I went back to my quilt store, Caroline's Quilts in Cambridge and came away with almost the same materials AND some WOOL batting. With the cost of that batting I committed to hand quilting this guy.

With the addition of the three bands, white, grey and brown, the size went from 64 inches square to 86 inches square.
Now it's definitely a bed quilt.
And Now it's on the FRAME. All set for winter mediation. 😌

Friday, 27 October 2017

Children's Art - Day 3

So here's where I'm heading;

            a narrow, 1 inch border, random arrangement of 1 inch squares.

My intention is to sash between each with black wool, in keeping with the original art.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Childrens' Art

All of us have been delighted and amazed when our wee one brought home school art. Some delight us with the colour and some amaze us with the interpretation of subject. Some display them for the appropriate time or until they are displaced by another equally wonderful picture. Some of us keep them forever.

I happened upon this picture when visiting with a relative. It was crayoned by a 4 yr old and held a place of honour, on the wall under glass.

I'm sure you'll agree the colour blocking is wonderful and the lolly pop red of the Balloon and the colours in the basket just draw the eye. So I decided to gift them with my rendition of their grandson's work.

However........what size?
The same size,.. 8x12 might be interpreted as a replacement for the original. That's not my intention.

This is enlarged to 36x48. With a suitable border it will be large enough to be useful as a lap quilt as they watch TV.

The basic outline is very simple so the fabric choices become very important.

I tried to use only my own material as some of it had the scribbly and patchy look I wanted to imitate.
And seeing as this quilt will be washed I rewashed all my own painted and dyed material with sythropol.

Using the master outline I quickly cut the different shapes.

The basket material worked up a bit TOO regular, but I can live with that.

So here are the colour blocks in place.

They're only glued at this point while I decide the rest.
The heavy black lines?
I have several choices. I could satin stitch or I could couch some stands of wool in the place of the rayon marks. That's the way I'm leaning at the end of this day.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

My Mother was a Coho, my father.....................

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.