Thursday, October 15, 2015

I recently heard the expression "salt and Light" referenced in regards to a philosophy of life.  What a wonderful use of imagery.  
I think this would be a wonderful theme for a series. Hmmmm

The Year of the Dress

The Year of the Dress

Sometimes a project takes over your life. My daughter married this past summer and asked me to make THE DRESS.
She didn't want any dress, she desired a reproduction design of 17th century with modern leanings. So began our odyssey first into historical costuming books, the quest for fabrics and finally construction and embellishments.
The finished Dress after the ceremony
Happy Couple

Design for the bottom front underskirt
(More photos to follow)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Intermediate Machine Quilting Workshop

doodlebird two

Doodlebird one
Another great group of machine quilters were in my Machine Quilting Level Two class yesterday at Covered Bridge Quiltery.
I was pleased to see nearly everyone choosing the DoodleBird 2 design for their piece.  These quilted samplers are based upon sketches from my sketchbook.  Each of the birds begin life as around 2 inches tall and end up fitting a fat quarter of fabric.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Greetings everyone.  Don't you love our spring weather, another 45 minutes of shoveling yesterday and today the wind sounds like a tornado out there as the wind chill harbors in minus digits.  The only good thing about the winter we've had in Atlantic Canada is that when the storms blow we don't feel any guilt at retreating into the sewing room while soup mellows in the crock pot.
I've just finished several great workshops at the Quiltery in Riverview, one in beginner machine quilting and the second in beginner thread painting. This coming Saturday I'm looking forward to teaching for the Sackville Quilt Guild "Dad's Pineapple".  Love this quilt and workshop.  I've worked with the Sackville Quilters before and haven't met a more delightful group to share the day with.  I believe there are a few spots left if you wish to join us.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Writers block.  We've all had it. In the ups and downs of our lives some things are pushed to the side. For me this year it was writing and new creations. Don't get me wrong I have never been prolific in blogging but had tried to be consistent throughout the year.  Creativity sometimes is hard. Ideas abound but I stopped sketching them and somehow they grew fleeting. I have taught many workshops this year, some new ones and as always take joy in them however have forgotten to carve out space for me. So now begins a new day.  I will take time to play.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I do believe this is my first post of 2014.  Welcome to the new year!   Once again I am astounded by the passing of time and how little I seem to accomplish.  I know I should never compare myself to the long lists of accomplishments of others but one can't help wondering just how they do it.  Every year I promise myself I'll be more productive and organized.  A new year brings new promises.  This year I'll clean out my storage closets and cupboards.  After helping my Mom move this year I've decided the kindest thing I can do for my children is to clean out my junk!  I know I'll be looking for each and every piece of whatever the moment it has left my stash but I must be brave and hold to a higher purpose.  

Now that I have shared my new purpose with the world, I'd like to share some more journals made as Christmas gifts this past year.
Okay, I know it's not a journal but what a beautiful sunrise!
Back to business!
Two more Christmas gifts and one for me
 This one is for me.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I had the pleasure of presenting my trunk show "Evolution of a Quilter" last night to the Fredericton Quilters Guild.  What a delightful group!  Many members offered to help hold up and display quilts and I have to offer a sincere thanks to my two Vannas. I know the presentation went a little overtime but everyone was involved and curious until the end.  Thanks again for offering me this opportunity to share mine and my family's quilts