Friday, June 29, 2012

trying something new

I hope this works.  I made this slide show for my photography club.  Unfortunately we couldn't get it to work on any of the computers at the club.  So I don't know if this will work on my blog.  It does work properly on my computer so we can hope.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Work in progress Wednesday

I am really glad to be participating in the work in progress Wednesday at   I know for certain that I would not have worked on this quilt in the last week had I not been participating.  Having a deadline really helps me.  I added this plated or folded ribbon to the block.  I wish I would have been able to add more but one thing is better than nothing.  It is a step in the right direction.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TAST Palestrina Stitch

Okay, I have to say that I struggled with this one.  My first attempt is the top row in the top picture.  I just wasn't getting it, clearly.  So, I looked at another set of instructions.  Sometimes I need things explained in a different way.  The green stitching, the bottom row of the top picture shows that I finally did get.  I was then brave enough to add it to a crazy quilt block, bottom picture.
Thanks to Sharon B at for hosting this great learning adventure.

Monday, June 25, 2012

I find art supplies everywhere

I was in Bowrings on the weekend.  It is a home dec store.  I am still looking for the perfect mirror for my newly renovated bathroom.  Sigh.  I didn't get a mirror but I did find these two place mats.  Neither of which will be used for place mats.  The fancy floral one will make a nice page in a romantic fabric book I am thinking about making.  The green place mat has great texture and I will use it for rubbings and for sun printing.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The creative energy was flying

As was the fun and fibres.  Yesterday I welcomed some very creative women into my home.  It was my first in home studio art workshop.  For me it was a resounding success.  I believe my students felt the same as they were all interested in returning for future workshops!  Everyone created two fibre fusion pieces.  I can't wait to see what they do with them!

Friday, June 22, 2012

June bead journal

Well, here is the beading.  I thought a nice curving line would add interest. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

This is the photo

This photo of pealing paint is the base for my bead journal project for June.  I love this image.  It is definitely one of my favorites out of the hundreds that I took at the junk yard.  Such fun.  Tomorrow I will show the beading I did.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Work in progress

I can't believe that I have joined something else!  But it really does help me to get things done.  Sharon at is hosting Work in Progress Wednesday.  I really need the push to get my crazy quilt finished.  I have been working on it for more years than I care to admit!  It really is getting close to finished though.  This week I added the trim to this piece. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

TAST Cable Chain Stitch

Sharon at has been introducing me to many new stitches this year.  That is a good thing!  I don't always grasp them right away but generally I persist until I get it.  This one came fairly quick.  I am always grateful when that happens.  I stitched a sample on a scrap of fabric that I had previously experimented on, top photo.  If I keep adding stitches to that it could end up looking kind of interesting.  Once I felt confident in doing the stitch I added it to the crazy quilt block, bottom photo. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Crazy quilt project for June

I am loving the color combination.  Turquoise, aqua with tans and beige are quickly becoming a favorite of mine, at least for the moment.  I am not super happy with this block so I may add more to it at some point but not just now.  I have so many pieces to get finished as there are a lot of shows to enter in the next few months.  Fun!  It is good to have deadlines!

Friday, June 15, 2012

more from my challenge to the Grand Guild

I absolutely love how everyone can start out with the same basic materials (some fibres that I provided) and create something totally unique.  Kate created three pieces which are the top two pictures.  So bright and cheerful!  Sue created a sweet knitted bag.  So clever!  I am honored and thrilled to be in a group of wildly talented women!  Thanks to everyone who took part in the challenge.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Trying to catch up

Here is my May Crazy Quilt project.  It is a bit late but oh well.  It is done and that is the important part.  June is well on the way so hopefully it will be done before the month ends!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

TAST buttonhole wheel

Oh I love this stitch!  I have only done it once before and I wasn't very successful that time.  This time with the skilled instructions from Sharon at
I was more successful.  I guess I should have chosen a contrasting color of thread to make it easier to see.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Am I the only one who gets excited about garbage?

Check out all these wonderful gears!  I love them!  I am excited to use them to sunprint on fabric!  They are the coolest.  One of my son's friends works in a bike shop and got these for me.  They just throw them away!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Queen Street shopping in Toronto

Check out some of the gorgeous fabric I found in Toronto.  Shopping on Queen Street is so much fun. More fun when I do it with my sister mind you!  Last year when she and I were there I commented that it would be really cool to be able to purchase the samples they had hanging in front of some of the fabrics.  Well, this past week what did I find?  Some of those small sample packs were for sale!  So cool!  The sparkly lace in particular made me happy!  I don't use large amounts of fabrics in most of my art pieces so this was just perfect for me!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Corning Glass Museum

My dear hubby took me away for a few days for my 50th birthday.  A little shopping therapy goes a long way to soothe.  Really I don't mind turning 50.  I feel fabulous!

We stopped at the Corning Glass Museum.  I wasn't sure what to expect.  Hubby was the one that came up with the brilliant idea.  I was a little concerned that they were only going to have cookware!  Well, no worries.  The first piece we came across was done by Dale Chihuly, top picture.  Well, I adore Chihuly's work so that was a thrill for me.  We also work by Tiffany, bottom picture.  So masterful!  The whole exhibit was delightful to see!

I love that inspiration can come from anywhere.  I have a piece that I need to finish and I have been wondering how to finish it.  One layered piece caught my attention.  It reminded me a little of some work done by Picasso.  Anyway, I am thinking that I might be able to layer my piece in a similar fashion.  Maybe, some glass pieces will start showing up in my work!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Introducing my first in home studio workshop

I am excited to announce that I am starting to do some in home studio workshops!  They are going to be a lot of fun as most of my workshops are according to my students!
Friday June 22, 2012 at 1pm. Approximately 2 hours long
34 Rose St., Kitchener
$20.00 all supplies included

In this workshop we will create two pieces of fibre fusion.  We will be working with silk and wool roving.  As well we will be incorporating a variety of interesting materials that will add visual interest.  Class size is limited, register early!  

To register you can contact me through this blog or