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Wholecloth Experiment

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I've been mulling over an idea about doing a colourful wholecloth using the walking foot quilting technique I learned from Heather Lair, which I've decided to start calling Lair Quilting. I first used it on Heathia, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Heather was an amazing artist, who passed away in 2013. I took a class with her in 2011 in St. Andrews by the Sea, NB. She was very generous with her art quilting knowledge and I haven't seen anyone else do her quilting technique other than me. Now that I use it so much, I've decided to call it Lair Quilting after her. Hope she doesn't mind! :) It also looks quite labyrinthian and that fits with the name too, eh?

Usually when I do Lair quilting (Heathia, We the North Since 1867, Triad), it's using one or two colours and it's meant to blend into the background. This time, I wanted to experiment with making the design with the quilting.

First, I laid down some black guidelines, with a mix of straight lines an…

The Sights of Savannah

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My friend Kirstin (@aboutkirstin) and I went down to Savannah for QuiltCon and had a fabulous time. Wanna check out some of the sights with us?
First stop - Savannah's Candy Kitchen


S'mores rolled ice cream...mmmm


Seeing the sights, through the rain



Gorgeous ironwork





Ya gotta look up!








Curiouser, and curiouser. No, really...why?!



For my cousins


 Williams-Mercer House

More gorgeous ironwork

Fibonacci Twist - A Work in Progress

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I decided to take my love of the Fibonacci sequence and my love of solids and challenge myself to see what I could do with it using my scraps.

I made these Fibonacci blocks several years ago and it sat in my WIP pile.


I pulled that out, took off the largest squares and made more 8.5" by 13.5" squares from my scraps.


Playing with the layout. Hmm, no. 

That's a little more like it. Now for a background that would make those colours pop. 


Let's go with charcoal grey. Yep, that's it. A finished top! 

I could see making more quilts with these blocks and my scraps. 
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Canada by Code Block

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When Sew Sisters Quilt Shop approached me to design a block for The Canadian Sampler, a Block of the Month (BOM) Club to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial, it didn't even take me two seconds so say, "Hell ya!"

My block, featured for February, is the Canada By Code block. I wanted my block to have a modern look to it, but still pay tribute to our history. This simple-looking block uses Morse code to spell out our country’s name. Fitting too, since Canada’s primary long-distance communications method during the time of Confederation was the telegraph.

And while we don't use Morse code anymore, this 'code' block design is also a nod to our tech industry and lifestyle -- we're a pretty 'connected' society. Did you know that 82% of Canadians have high speed Internet connections? We are so connected in fact that the Canadian government has recently declared that high speed broadband internet should be considered a "basic communications necess…

Modern Block Monday - Transitions

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For September's Bee Sewcial theme, Anne from playcrafts chose the theme transitions. I decided to do an improv, bargello like block to mimic the colours in and the reflective water of her inspiration painting, Central Park by Leonid Efremov.

Getting started - lots of improv strips.


More progress. 

The finished block. 

Approx. 17" by 24".

Check out what my bee mates made for Anne in the #beesewcial feed on Instagram.

You are always welcome to follow along with the prompts and post your blocks to Instagram under the #inspiredbybeesewcial.