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Inspirational Fibre Art

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I went to my 15 year university reunion this past weekend in Kingston, Ontario. In taking a walk with some friends through the campus and some of our favourite haunts, I came across this wall hanging in the John Deutsch University Centre. It's always been one of my favourite pieces of art.


The workmanship is incredible. I don't know who made it, but I always loved that the graduation stoles of all the faculties were represented. Regardless of faculty or year, we are all a part of the tapestry of Queen's University.

I must say that the tapestry has seen better days. It made me sad to see the dust and light damage on this beautiful piece. I'll be sending the university an email to find out if they've got a plan for fixing it or protecting it from further damage. I know they probably have more important things to address, but it's a real shame to see this prominent piece of art deteriorating like this.

Otherwise, it was a wonderful weekend with some fabulous fri…

My Memories of Australia are Even Sweeter Now

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Our Guild had it's biennual quilt show earlier this month. Normally I'm there a couple of times during the weekend to volunteer and drool over the quilts, but I could only go on the Friday this year. The quilts were so beautiful and inspiring! I like to volunteer to do 'white glove' because I get to answer questions from attendees, study and touch the quilts, and catch up with fellow members.

I was particularly excited about this quilt show because I feel like I've had a breakthrough on free motion quilting, thanks in a large part to Leah Day and her Free Motion Quilting Project. I had submitted three pieces to the show, all of which I'd sat on for a few years because I couldn't free motion quilt (FMQ) well. I'm still not great, but at least most of the fear is gone.

One of the pieces was a Magic Tiles quilt done with Australian fabrics. I went to Sydney, Australia in 2001 for a business trip and fell in love with the country and the people. The weathe…

Works in Progress Wednesday #2

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We've had a lot of visitors this past week -- yay! -- so most of my quilting time was spent cleaning -- boo! I really wish someone would invent a self-cleaning house. If they can do it with a stove, why not a house? ;)
Current Projects:
Value-able Colours/Project X? - Finished piecing the back, sandwiched and pin-basted the quilt and began FMQ-ing it. Hopefully, it will be done by next Wednesday.


On last Wednesday's WIP post, Cindy from Live a Colourful Life kindly asked to see the Fibonacci's Not Random quilt. In 2004, I was reading The Da Vinci Code, which featured the Fibonacci sequence, when low and behold, my May issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine arrived. It contained an article about using the Fibonnacci sequence in quilts. Hmm, serendipity! This is what I came up with. I used only Fibonacci sequence numbers in designing this quilt, so the blocks are 1", 2", 3", 5", or 8" or some combination thereof. I couldn't quilt it the way I w…

Tulip Festival Community Quilt Project

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Happy Victoria Day!

My cousin and her family came down for the long weekend so I finally had an opportunity to check out the Canadian Tulip Festival downtown. Because, really, you can't come to Ottawa in May without seeing the Tulip Festival, right? I'd heard that they have a community quilt project this year that will be displayed during the festival in future years. Needless to say, I was keen to see it and participate if I could.

Well, I wasn't disappointed. The Kaleidoscope community quilt is being made under the direction of textile artist Gabby Ewen and is going to be gorgeous! Participants were asked to sign their names on green brick-sized blocks, and then write a message about peace in a notebook and on a ribbon. The ribbons are being used to make the tulip. The tulip petals are all sorts of shades of red, orange, pink, and purple. The background is made of diamonds stitched together with different crazy quilt stitches. The older boys and I participated by signin…

Bucket List o' Quilts

Alright, here's my bucket list of quilts I'd like to make at some point. Some are just in my head, some in my sketchbook, some spread out around the Internet, but now they are finally listed in one spot. And since I see such great quilts all over the place all the time and I think about quilts all the time, I have no doubt that this list is going to get longer and longer...

Lone Star
Gnome Quilt à la Artisania
Ruth McDowell-style forest scene
Bottled Rainbow
Green king bed quilt
Boys' twin bed quilts
Patrick's sports quilt
Stained glass panel and apex quilts for family room
Chenille quilt
Living room throw with upholstery fabrics
Denim picnic blanket
Value and colour circle
Black wholecloth quilted in colour similar to Emma's from Sampaquita's Quilts
Seasonal wallhangings (Easter, Spring, Canada Day, Summer, Fall, Winter, Christmas)
Maple Leaf quilt
Group of Seven-style quilt
New Zealand quilt
New York Beauty
Give and Take Appliqué
Flannel rag quilt
Haida-style quilt
Snowflake quilt

Works in Progress Wednesday #1

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No, I'm not going to post something everyday, but I love Lee's idea of WIP Wednesday so I wanted to start right away. What a great way to keep track of projects!

New Projects:

Value-able Colours - I don't think this is the right title, so I'd welcome any suggestions. I bought some Nature's Palette by Lyndhurst Studio because I loved the value changes in the fabric. But then, what do you do with it? After sitting on it for a year +, I finally had an idea and this is it. Next up is finishing up the back.




Ongoing Projects:
3 Wee Spy Quilts - Layered and quilted. Now I just need to bind them and finish their complementary bags. And get them to their new owners!

Completed Tops Awaiting Quilting:
Landscape quilt
10X Leaves
Fibonacci's Not Random

On Hold:
Red and Tan Amish Wedding Ring
Stained Glass Lillies
Micah's Fire Growth Chart
Converging Stars
Tangled Garden
Red and Tan Bargello in the Round 2
Chop Suey
Green Bed Drape
Christmas tree skirt
Wedding quilt
Linus …

Welcome to my blog

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Welcome to my blog about quilting and other things. I'll be sharing things that I've found on the Internet, things I've made, tips or tricks I've learned along the way, and probably some recipes here and there (because a great recipe must be shared!). Please feel free to comment, share your ideas, and disagree (respectfully please!) with anything I've posted.

I made the bed so why not make what goes on the bed?So how did I start quilting? Well, my first memory of quilting was helping my friend across the street make her first quilt when I was around 7 or 8. I clearly remember her explaining to me that she was marking squares on an old sheet that she was going to cut up and then sew back together. I thought it was weird, and a lot of work. I don't know if she ever finished it, but I hope she did.


Fast forward 12 or so years, and I'm in university. I had a tiny room, but I wanted a double bed and needed storage space for my clothes and ringette equipment (yes,…