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

Thursday, October 3, 2013

                     As promised, here are the Journal Cover samples for the Journal Workshop

 The tiles are simplified for the workshop. This one includes raw silk for the tile background and in some of the pieced sections.

Both these covers employed added metallic gilt to the tile surface.  My picture doesn't do it justice.

My blue journal has two tile sections.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

My return to teaching has been gradual this last couple of years.  I had taught many years ago but children and work had made the schedule crazy and I had to set it aside.  I hadn't realized how much I had missed the process.  It is such a thrill sharing and watching students gain skill and confidence.  Some days I learn as much from my students as I hope they learn from me.  

 Free Motion Quilting Workshop
based upon a drawing from my sketchbook.
Dad's Pineapple
The city cousin of log cabin quilts
French Braid Christmas Tree Skirt
from French Braid Obsession by Jane Hardy Miller
Paper Pieced Mariner's Compass

There is one other workshop for this fall:  Journal Cover based upon my medieval Tiles series. (Photo to Follow)  For Dates and times of all workshops please contact the Covered Bridge Quiltery,
Everyone who knows me, knows it usually takes an international flight or emergency to get me out of bed at 5am.  This past Saturday saw my husband and I not only up but on the road to Sussex, NB before the sun had risen.  We finally went to see the sunrise lift off of the Balloons in the annual Balloon Festival.  Why it took us so long is beyond me.  It was amazing!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Medieval Tiles

Sometimes in our lives we have those perfect moments of intersection between our dreams, reality and artistic expression.  I love to travel and tread where generations have gone before.  A perfect day sees me meandering along ancient walkways and absorbing the atmosphere of times past.  When my husband and I travelled to Italy with friends, they came back exclaiming all their pictures had broken buildings.  I dream of walking along the tiled pathways as well in other parts of Europe.  There is an awe in touching something that was created by hand centuries ago, delighting in the design and beauty produced by another.  In our quest for  creative inspiration we often look to the past and build upon it.  Working on my medieval tiles is just such a journey.  I saw a short vidcast of Yvonne Brown and it was like a jumpstart in my brain. She also creates textiles using ancient stonework as inspiration. Thus began my exploration in the use of felt to emulate the designs on medieval tiles in Ireland and Wales.  The process involves colouring the felt by either dyes or paints, drawing the designs on tearaway stabalizer, creating a sandwich of drawing, background fabric (wrong side to stabalizer), and wrong side of felt to background fabric.  The drawing is then stitched through all the layers.  I then turn over my sandwich and burn away the felt where I do not want it.  I have found that Kunin Felt burns away with less fumes and smooth edges.  I then piece borders around this prepared tile piece, layer and quilt as any wallhanging.  Some pieces are then distressed with a heat gun to further the appearance of age, embossed and possibly touched up with paint.

Medieval Tiles 1
Tiles from Welsh Archaelogical sites
Detail of Medieval Tiles 1

Lions Rampant
Currently part of the Atlantic SAQA Trunk Show
San Marco Stonework is influenced by stonework
found on the side of San Marco Cathedral in Venice, Italy
This unfinished piece is at the stage for layering and quilting.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I don't know where the time has gone!  How many of us have cried the same lament?  My son's step son the other day looked at me with his beautiful eyes and neverending questions and said "what does  life mean".  There's nothing like a 3 1/2 year old  to cut to the core of things.  Now granted he wasn't really asking the meaning of life.  He had just heard the word and wanted to know what it meant.  My reply was life is what you are doing every moment of every day.  So with that wisdom  we once again can ask "Where has the time gone?"  I've always loved the mental picture of the three Fates, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.  This Greek mythology lesson teaches us of spinning, drawing and cutting the threads of life which form the tapestry of our life.  So every moment of every day counts!

Having come to this conclusion I need to look over the last few months and decide what have I done.  Yes like everyone, I've been involved in family threads both woven and cut and everything this entails.  I've been involved in my day job and my fun job of teaching quilting.  Both these jobs soak up time like a sponge and give us fodder for our tapestry and it's how we face these threads which determines the beauty of our weaving.  I have been able to take some time for me.  I like to think there's a golden thread of design weaving through my picture as it forms. Surrounding ourselves with others who are weaving their own designs in fabric and art stimulates that desire to produce.  Such a group is the Atlantic region of  SAQA.

I finally was able to attend a general meeting last week and truly feel part of a group which "gets it" when we talk about the need to design and play and work with fibres and paint.  The need to create sits apart from the  process of doing.  Therein lies the difference between a group such as this and our Quilt Guilds. Don't get me wrong, I love the interaction of our quilt guilds, however to often they are geared to the beginner and one can only grow when they are challenged by the energy and creativity around them.  There is definitely room for both in my tapestry.