Art Exercises

Did you have a creative week? Were you artistic?  Is there a difference?

I have always considered myself creative, but not artistic. It is something I have wanted to improve, so I made it one of my New Year’s Resolution for 2016. I simply said I was going to search for ART every day. Art is a little vague, and every day may have been a little ambitious, but I figured it would take an ‘everyday’ type of approach for it to become habitual.

Since focusing on art, I have become aware of a number of different strategies a person can use to exercise the right side of the brain. A friend suggested looking for letters of the alphabet in architecture and nature. She looked for letters that spelled the word L O V E, then took pictures which were framed and given to grandparents as gifts from her children. What a great idea! Check out alph_love. (used with permission)

Looking for letters of the alphabet in nature has become one of my favorite activities. Even dear hubby became involved, pointing to patterns in plants, rocks and trees. And a neighbor must have wondered what I was doing on my hands and knees taking a picture of something that looked like a letter.

Here are a couple other strategies I have heard about:

  1. Take an art walk. Schedule it once or twice a week, in the same way you would schedule any other exercise program. Look for anything that interests you – textures, patterns, lines, colours.
  2.  Map out a daily diary in pictures instead of words. This was very difficult for me and didn’t last long, but I think it could be a useful exercise. One I should think about doing again.

The great thing about any of these strategies is that you can do them anywhere, anytime. It doesn’t matter what kind of house you live in, what your neighborhood is like, or where in the world you live. And best of all, they are fun and FREE!

cornbreadFinally, here is a recipe for cornbread from Ken’s kitchen. This is not just ordinary cornbread. It is cornbread with JALAPEÑO, BACON AND CHEDDAR.

Have a great week! Thanks for reading my post.


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Christmas Contest!

Someone gave me this fabulously fun fabric yesterday. I just can’t wait to make postcards out of it! I might even start today.ladies

My paper pieced Judy Niemeyer Log Cabin quilt blocks are coming along.
There are 80 different fabrics in it and she has a system for ‘shuffling the deck’ so that no 2 blocks are the same. But it means that I don’t always love the combinations, or the pieces that end up as neighbors. They tell me it will all come together in the end. I hope so.pp1

Going from paper piecing a log cabin to paper piecing a New York Beauty is something else. Does ‘Confident Beginner’ sound familiar? How about reckless? Our Satellite Group is responsible for Quilt Reflection’s 2018 raffle quilt and I only have to make 3 blocks. They have been the bain of my existence the last 3 Tuesdays.

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? How would you like to win a gift package of fabric and sewing related items?

In September our quilted postcards on the theme ‘Back to School’ went 16,200 miles, bringing our total to over 600,000 miles! I have not yet announced the theme for the November postcards, but I am giving you lots of time to prepare for December.

The theme will be ‘Anything Christmas’ so get your Christmas card list ready and start planning your quilted postcards. The gift package will go to the person who gets the most miles in December. All you need to do (besides making and sending the cards) is:

  • send me a comment to register your intent anytime between now and December 15th
  • send me a picture of the cards you make along with details- the number of cards sent, locations and miles. This does not have to be elaborate but simply a note such as: “I sent 3 cards to Toronto, 1 to Arizona, and 2 to New Zealand for a total of xxxx miles”. The picture and note must be sent to me by December 31st, 2016.

Now how easy is that?!!! Have a great week.

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Things That Last

Last weekend we traveled north to celebrate the 65th wedding anniversary of my Father & Mother In-Law, along with their 90th birthdays -one in October and one in November. With this in mind, I thought a short story about the legacy of quilting from their perspective might be appropriate.

Living “off the grid” sounds cool.  It represents freedom, anonymity, self sufficiency.  Yes.  When you can drive half an hour to a city.  When you can communicate instantly with the world via i-phone or social media.  When you can visit family, shower and eat a nice meal in a local restaurant.  Then living off the grid may be cool.  Even fun.

Not so much in the 1930’s when my mother-in-law was a child.  Coming from Eastern Europe, my mother-in-law along with her sister, 2 brothers and mom were deposited on a farm in Central Canada and left to fend for themselves.  Being 3 miles from town didn’t matter.  Few people there spoke their language anyway.  Her dad, the only one who spoke English, left home for days/weeks/months on end in order to work in a distant mine.  He did what he could to provide for the family.  He was the one who did all of the monetary transactions.  When he was not around, they just had to make do.

Over time, they cleared land to convert it from bush to farm land.  Over time they added animals.  Anything to move from the random provision of hunted animals to the self-sufficiency and the dependency of domestic animals.  Cows meant you had meat, milk, cream and butter.  Pigs provided meat, sausage, and lard for baking and making soap.  Chickens gave meat and eggs.  And from geese you collected feathers.

Survival in a foreign land required adjustment.  Everything revolved around the 4 seasons – planting, growing, harvesting and winter.  Very, very cold winters.  Storms where you did not leave the house for days on end except to feed the animals.  Nights when the temperatures inside the house were so cold the water in pails turned to ice.

But winter evenings in Northern Canada are not only cold.  They are also long, with almost 18 hours of darkness.  Going out?  That was feared.  It was much safer inside.  And there was always something to be done.  After supper, bags of geese feathers collected from the fall ‘harvest’ were brought out.  As mother/children sat around the single source of heat for the house – a wood-burning stove, they stripped feathers until mid-night when the last person to go to bed would put a stick of wood on the fire.

At first, the feathers were put into empty sugar or flour bags and sewn shut.  These were pillows.


Down filled pillows

Later, the family became friends with neighboring Dukabors who showed them how to sew rows on sheets of fabric and stuff channels with feathers in order to make down comforters.

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Down comfortor

At some point feathers were replaced with wool.  Bags of wool were taken down to the river to be washed.  They were then carded and rolled into sheets.  A quilting frame was set up in the living room where it took up almost every square inch of space.  It remained there for weeks until the quilting was done.  In this case it was hand stitched (loosely) so that the tops could be removed periodically to be washed or replaced.


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Wool quilt -front & back, loosely hand stitched

Remnants of this life remain.  My mother-in-law still has the treadle sewing machine, her spinning wheel, wool carding equipment, down filled pillows, wool quilts, tea towels made of recycled flour/sugar bags circa 1950’s, hand embroidered pillowcases and cross stitch done on hand made linen fabric.  She has passed on to us feather pillows that are the most comfortable ever, down comforters that are way too hot in today’s world of central heating and wool quilts that keep us warm on winter nights.  The down and wool provided by geese and sheep who lived 75 years ago still provides us with warmth and pleasure!

For my MIL, the legacy of quilting was simple and very traditional – you made what you needed, but nothing extra.  The ‘nothing extra’ applied to everything.  There was no time for the extra stitching of blocks.  There was no waste of extra fabrics and there was no waste of energy/time making quilts you did not need. This quilt, with a little more planning and stitching came into the family later but the history of the quilt has been lost. All I know is that we used it last weekend.

Have a great week. For my Canadian friends, happy Thanksgiving!

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Back to School – September Reveal

My grandson went into kindergarten this fall.parker

He knows his ABC’s and I hope they still practice handwriting.

We practiced in a lined scribbler. That’s what came to my mind when I considered a ‘back to school’ theme for the 1 million mile postcard challenge. ABC’s and handwriting.

My September cards were done in a series. There are 8 cards that cover all the letters of the alphabet from A-Z with several art and/or quilting words for each letter. Instead of practicing handwriting with a pen, I was practicing handwriting with needle and thread.

Here are the cards. sept-all

Many words were left out because of space, but I still like the list so I’m publishing it here. My favorite these days is ‘nap’. Of course its a great textile word, but the other meaning is pretty sweet too. Are there words you would like to see added? You could help make a more complete list. Just give some suggestions…

  • Art, aesthetic
  • Beauty, balance, believe, background
  • Create, contrast, culture, contemporary, concept, colour
  • Design, define, decorate, document, dance, detail, dream
  • Energy, elaborate, eliminate, end
  • Form, function, finish, focal point, fabric
  • Gallery, give, gather, goal
  • Harmony, history, hue, HST
  • Imagination, illustrate, interpret, image, inspire
  • Journey, junk
  • Knowledge, knot
  • Line, light, label
  • Modern, meaning, meter
  • Name, nap nature, needle
  • Others, optics, ornate, original
  • Picture, poetry, photography, plan, perspective, pattern
  • Quilt, quarter-inch
  • Reason, raffle, realism
  • Space, search, spiritual, share, square, shape, size
  • Time, tone, text, title, triangle
  • UFO, undo, useful
  • Video, vision, value, vintage
  • Window, ward, work, weave, word
  • X-treme, X-citing (yes, it’s a stretch but can you think of anything else?)
  • You, yardage
  • Zigzag

This time I only made the 8 cards. If you received one you will be the only one with those letters of the alphabet. You don’t know the other recipients, but you are connected to them in this A-Z series.

The rest of my quilting was limited this week. I picked up some 100% wool duffel in a clearance bin that will be added to the mad scientist dye pile, and I worked on my 3 blocks that will be part of a 2018 raffle quilt. A very good quilter from our satellite group is in charge of the quilt and we are privileged both to learn from her and to contribute to the quilt. I may be able to show you a finished block next week. Today though, its back into the studio to work on my Sacred Threads quilt.

October’s theme for the 1 million mile challenge will be food related – “Fruits of the earth”. It’s appropriate for harvest. It’s appropriate for Thanksgiving. It’s appropriate for anything food related.

I happen to have an old cookbook of my mom’s. It has no cover, is well worn, stained and maybe even slightly burnt from the time it spent close to the wood stove. It is the Blue Ribbon 21st edition Cook Book (1905). The Foreword has this quote:

We may live without poetry, music and art;

We may live without conscience, and live without heart;

We may live without friends; we may live without books;

But civilized man cannot live without cooks.

-Lord Lytton

This could certainly make for some interesting conversation. Fortunately we don’t have to live without art. It is all around us. We have friends from around the world that we have never met. And cooks (both men and women) can be honoured, but they need the food that is grown in order to cook anything.

Have a great week. Look for something artistic today. Maybe its a colour (like red leaves), maybe its texture (like bark), maybe its a shape. And consider participating in the quilted postcard challenge in October. We would love to have you!

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The Mad Scientist (#4)- Going for Green

Will Hydrangea flowers give us a green botanical dye? How about these Juniper berries? You may recall last month I tried Juniper needles on the assumption that we would have better luck with an evergreen plant than with annuals. At the time I did not consider the results ‘green.’

First, this is a quilting blog, and I do quilt although at times it may not look like it. This week – what was I doing starting 3 (yes, three!) new projects? One project moved from the ‘cut’ stage to the ‘piecing’ stage. It’s my first log cabin & my first paper pieced project. It’s my Tuesday quilt group project and the kind friend who taught me the basics said I would not be able to let it sit for a week. She was right. Every morning I did 2 blocks just to get the day off to the right start. And every night I would do another 2 blocks to top the day off on a high note. Here I was sorting the pieces. That is always fun.sorting

Another project went from the ‘block’ stage to the ‘top finished’ stage. Now it’s in the ‘quilting’ que. And another went from the ‘concept’ stage to the ‘trial’ stage to the ‘trash bin’ stage. Oh to go through that again! That’s a story for another day.

September postcards were also in the works and should be in the mail this week. I love how they turned out! Next week I will do the big reveal, and announce the theme for October.

Back to the Hydrangeas, here are my jars sitting in the sun. hydrangea-jarsSee the Hydrangea flowers in the background? One jar has lemon and one jar has iron. Does it look like anything is turning green? A friend suggested that I take a look at Pioneer Thinking‘s website for a list of plants that dye green. Hydrangea flowers were on the list, and I happen to have them in my back yard.

In Mad Scientist Fun and Slow Textiles (Episode 2) I talked about the slow movement. As an interesting note, the BBC recently announced a new television series of ‘slow television’ after almost 1 million people watched a bus driving a 40 mile route around Yorkshire Dales for 2 hours. According to Wikipedia, the latest evolution of the concept (of slow tv) started with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation‘s coverage of a 7-hour train ride, followed by the live coverage a 134-hour ship voyage.

I find this interesting considering all the quilting magazines available in the stores make excessive use of the words ‘quick and easy.’ Mind you, even with ‘quilts in a day’, 7 hours will not get you all that far. What kind of quilt would 134 hours give you? Someone should suggest it to BBC.

My Mad Scientist experiments could give you about 12 hours of viewing relaxation for each experiment. What I cannot transfer to you are the smells. After my kitchen experiment of hosta leaves (think wet green grass), saskatoon berries (think Knott’s Berry farm), and curry, -well you get the picture! I started to reconsider the logistics of these experiments and now try to do just one at a time. The people I live with now make plans to leave on cooking days! We had visitors the day I did the experiment above. I still wonder what they thought!

Now, the results you have been waiting for. First, the Hydrangeas and then a comparison of the 3 plant materials we started with…hydrangea


So, what do you think? Did we get green? Isn’t it interesting that three plant materials which are so different, produce results that are so similar. You may notice that I have added to my supply of experimental fabrics. I actually considered winding up my Mad Scientist Series for the year until I came across a sale I couldn’t resist. 70% off. And there was a nice supply of natural white fabrics, so I have plenty to keep me busy until the snow flies.

garlic-and-ginger-pork-chopsAnd now, another recipe from Ken’s Kitchen. This time it’s ginger-garlic-pork-chops. An easy grilled recipe, served with a garden salad and applesauce.

Have a great week! A special thanks to those who make the effort to leave a comment.



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Times change. Quilters change. Locations change. Recipients change. But in the end, one person(s) gives to another person(s). In that sense, nothing changes. Quilting has always included giving. Just ask anyone involved in fires, floods, natural disasters, hospitals, armies, fundraisers, families, historians. Just mention a need, and quilters embrace the cause.

Yesterday, my local quilt group sewed 19 pillowcases thanks to a purchase of fabric made possible by St. Benedict’s Table, and fabric brought by some who wanted to clean off a shelf or two. Here are a few pics of them hard at work. Aka play.

We had a fun day and ended up with 19 completed pillowcases by the end. More will trickle in over the next few weeks.

These pillowcases will be included with other donated pillowcases and quilts to form a backdrop for CRAFTED at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. CRAFTED is a juried show and sale at the end of October that highlights local artists.

After the event, the pillowcases will be donated to children and teens at CancerCare Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital. A bright pillowcase not only brings a little cheer to someone going through a difficult time, it helps to personalizes their space and gives them a place to put personal possessions when they go for treatment.

Thanks for reading this post, and thanks to those that made these pillowcases possible. Have another creative week.

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Quilted Postcard Stories

August’s theme -‘Go Vintage’was an interesting one!  Continue reading. I am sure you will be entertained. The theme for September in the 1 Million Mile Quilted Postcard Challenge is ‘back to school’. Not very original, but appropriate. It’s not too late to join the fun. Maybe you have a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter or other special person entering kindergarten, university or anything in-between. Wouldn’t they love a few words of encouragement from you? Why not send them a card – snail mail style. Then tell me how many you sent and what the mileage was, so that they can be included in the 1 Million Mile challenge.ruth-aug

One of the first cards I received in August was from Ruth, and it’s a good one! I have to laugh every time I look at it.
What is more vintage than an apron? Ruth hit the nail on the head with her vintage fabric, apron lines and busty woman, but it was the flower that really sets it off. Can’t you see the wife in the kitchen making supper, all dressed up for hubby when he gets home? At least that’s the movie version. Ruth is a long arm quilter and also has a blog you might want to check out called Stitching Impressions.

marnie-augMarnie did a log cabin block. The log cabin block is about as vintage as the crazy quilt block. I had considered it but decided not to do the log cabin because of the small pieces that would be required. Marnie actually tackled it and then made me chuckle when she said she used fabric she thought replicated vintage fabrics. They were found in her stash under ‘ugly’ fabrics. Don’t we all have some of those?! Marnie has been participating in this challenge since Month 1 and at one point was running out of people to send cards to. In August though, she had a personal best of 10,000 miles. Way to go, Marnie!

verginia-augVirginia sent me a card from her trip to ‘the rock’. I was thrilled – not only to get the card but that it came from Newfoundland. There were 2 provinces that had not sent/received a card in the 1 million mile challenge – Newfoundland and PEI. Now only PEI is left. Does anyone know someone there that could use a card? Virginia says her husband didn’t think they could make a trip there just to mail a postcard! LOL

Back to Virginia… she was one busy lady once she got home. virginia-1First she made some vintage cards in order to keep up with the theme. Here is the one I received. It uses some vintage lace she had saved for some special purpose. Hard to get that these days!

Then Virginia made another 20 postcards for the people on her bus tour. She was kind enough to send me a picture and share her story…

“They are for the other travelers on our tour of Newfoundland.  The plaid is the Newfoundland tartan.  virginia2The fabric was given to us as a little bag with candies in it in our hotel in Gander. I gathered up enough to make them part of the postcards.   The mayor of Gander who was the mayor in 2001 came to speak to us about what happened (in 9/11) when a large number of planes and 4000 people were diverted there when the US airports were closed.  The people of the town and surrounding area welcomed these people and fed and clothed them for 4 days.  A heartwarming story.

The card with the car and road and highway sign is for our driver.  I couldn’t find any fabric with a bus on it.  They will go in the mail on Wed so the mileage will be in Sept…”

Her mileage in August alone was over 28,000! And that did not include the 20 cards that will be mailed in September.

A little closer to home, my niece’s daughter is a sweet 11/12 year old girl who loves to correspond with her Compassion Care sponsor child from Indonesia. One of the cards I made with a Canada flag was sent to her. Earlier in the summer she had a lemon aid stand where she raised over $100 selling lemon aid and cookies to construction workers so that she could sponsor more children. Another sister-in-law also took cards and mailed them to family and friends in places like Alaska and Romania.

Another chance meeting with an old friend happened recently when the topic of my 1 million mile challenge and quilted postcards came up. He is a member of the local Philatelic Society. He loved the postcards with stamps from Brasil, China, and Singapore. Are there stamp collecting clubs in your area? I didn’t even know they still existed. He took cards to mail to his pen pals in Japan and the Philippians.

Go here for a complete list of all the places our postcards have gone. 20 countries, and 589,300 miles. Here is the mileage by month…

  • January, 2016 – 33,000
  • February, 2016 – 37,400
  • March, 2016 – 94,300
  • April, 2016 – 160,900
  • May, 2016 – 45,900
  • June, 2016 – 7,200
  • July, 2016 – 133,500
  • August, 2016 – 77,100
  • TOTAL YTD – 589,300

steak-saladFinally, here is a recipe from Ken’s Kitchen for grilled-steak-salad. It is a nice light meal we enjoyed during the hot days of summer.

Have a creative week!


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August Reveal – ‘Go Vintage’

A challenge is not a challenge if its too easy. This month the postcards were a challenge in more ways than one.

The theme for the 1 million mile postcard challenge was ‘Go Vintage’. This time I had too many options and couldn’t decide.

I had fabric with pictures of vintage cars. This would have made easy postcards. Too

I had fabric with pictures of traditional nursery rhymes. Cute but again, too easy. And not enough presence.nursery rhymes

I had 3 nails reclaimed from church pews (you can read more about that story here). They date back to 1882 and must have been hand crafted. It would have been nice to honour them. My thought was to transfer a picture of the nails to fabric and make postcards out of it. However, the picture did not transfer well so this idea was abandoned. The nails will be kept for another art project.nails

I do not really have any fabric that qualifies as vintage but found some crocheted doilies at a second hand store and I had some battenburg lace (used in heirloom sewing). Then I came across a few silk ribbon embroidery pieces I made in the 1990’s. It is often used in combination with crazy quilting and what is more vintage than crazy quilting! The decision was made.

Here is what Wikipedia says about crazy quilting.

Because the careful geometric design of a quilt block is much less important in crazy quilts, the quilters are able to employ much smaller and more irregularly shaped pieces of fabric. In comparison to standard quilts, crazy quilts are far more likely to use exotic pieces of fabric, such as velvet, satin, tulle, or silk, and embellishments such as buttons, lace, ribbons, beads, or embroidery. Crazy quilting as a textile art is extremely creative and free-flowing by nature, and crazy quilters will often learn as much about specific embellishments as they will about crazy quilting itself.

Crazy quilting became fashionable in the late 1800’s. Wikipedia credits an art show that combined English embroidery with Japanese art. Another popular theory is that women rebelled against the Victorian era that preceded it and felt liberated to use a variety of materials and stitches to create a quilt without any specific pattern. It began as a fashion but its popularity spread as women were free to use a wide variety of materials and scraps in their quilts. Even rags look better with a few embroidery stitches!ribbons

With a wide array of quilting scraps, ribbons, threads, beads, doilies, silk ribbon embroidered pieces, and a few specialty fabrics, I set out to make my minimum quota of 10 cards. And I almost didn’t make it. Some came close to hitting the circular bin, but perseverance paid off. All I had to do was make the cards and embroider a few seams. Wikipedia was right when it said that crazy quilting is very labour intensive.

I wish I could have made and sent everyone a card with silk ribbon embroidered flowers but according to Canada Post they were too thick to mail. At the last minute, I took a chance and mailed these 2 cards to In-Between, for a pop-up art show and sale sponsored by the Swiss Hand Embroider’s association. With a little luck they might make it there.august2016

The rest of the cards are a combination of fabrics, embroidery and lace. The one thing they have in common is that they all employed the crazy quilting technique. Interestingly enough, the ‘Go Modern’ cards in July and ‘Go Vintage’ cards in August were all primarily solids. What is old is new again. As for the fabric with the nursery rhymes? I couldn’t quite give up on the idea of using it, so they went on the back.

Next week I will show you some of the wonderful cards I received in August. They will make you chuckle.  There are also some interesting places and people the cards are being sent to. Stay tuned for that.

As for September – the theme will be ‘back to school’. Not very original, but appropriate. Maybe you have a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter or other special person entering kindergarten, university or anything in-between. Wouldn’t they love a few words of encouragement from you? Why not send them a card – snail mail style.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a creative week!

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The Mad Scientist, Episode 3

Organic plant dyes are not predictable.That’s what makes them interesting. In experiment 1 and 2, we got some blues /purples, a very pretty yellow and lots of brown – apparently nature’s favorite colour. This time I was looking for red and green.

imageI was hoping to get red from pincherries – a pretty, little red wild berry.
Pincherries make excellent jelly if you can find enough to give you at least 6 cups of juice. I only had 3 cups. Not enough for jelly, and barely enough for this experiment.

I divided the juice into 3 one cup portions. The first was left without additive. I added lemon to the second and iron mordant to the third. My expectation was that the one with lemon would be a lighter red (maybe even pink) and the one with iron would be darker. Here is the result. Pretty, but not much of a difference.pincherry

If you remember in my last mad scientist experiment, I used Hosta leaves in hopes of getting a green dye. That didn’t happen. What happened was that the Hosta leaves turned brown just like they naturally would at the end of a growing season. It made me wonder…

juniper plantWould a plant that does not die over winter, such as an evergreen produce a green dye? To test this theory, I used juniper needles. Another interesting smelling kitchen – just a little too early in the morning for the strong gin smell!

This time I divided the liquid into 2 batches; one with iron mordant and one without. The change was instant. But not very green. The juniper with iron is the closest – almost grey/green. Unfortunately, it was the batch that had the least fabric!juniper

imageStill searching for green, I found green tea leaves in a kitchen drawer.
Not being fond of green tea, it wasn’t much of a sacrifice to use for the tea

It looks like my search for green will continue. The reference material says Fennel, Olive leaves or Fig leaves make excellent dye sources for yellows and green -not like we have any of those available. It also says red cabbage is fun to experiment with so my next question is: if red cabbage is a good dye source (for blues and lavenders), will green cabbage produce a green dye? It just might be worth a try.

Have a great week. Look around and tell me what natural plants might produce a green dye.


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Tina & I on retreat

This week I hung up the paint brushes, tile cutters and anything else construction related. It was bonding time with Tina (my sewing machine at the lake).

Before we get to quilting, here is the vanity I was working on. It was inspired by an antique store I visited in Singapore where they modernized antiques with chalk paint and glass. This piece was a sideboard made with reclaimed wood. It was the right size, and had a drawer that could be removed for a sink, but was the wrong colour. A perfect piece to personalize! Chalk paint is easy to work with – it goes on anything without stripping or sanding first. Instead of glass, I used epoxy as a sealer for the top. It gives it a high gloss thick finish. Not quilting but still fun.

Tina helped me put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Once the front was done we had lots of little pieces left over and since we don’t like to waste fabric, we left Humpty Dumpty in pieces on the back. This one is going to be quilted by someone with a long arm so you won’t see it again for a number of months. (Sorry for the quality of the photos. The black really did not want to transfer well)

You voted, and the winning layout is done. I will quilt this one but the ideas have to perculate for awhile. Right now I am seeing (moving upper left corner down) pink sunsets, blue water, green grass, brown earth. Hopefully the quilting inspiration doesn’t take to long…image

In the spring I pieced Grandson No 2 a quick and easy quilt for his visits to the lake. Last year he was still using baby blankets. This year he will be 2 and needs something a little bigger. Lake season is almost over, so it is definately time to finish! I sure am glad boys get cheerful colours these days. It is a panel with a piano key border using fabrics from my stash – a mixture of cotton and flannel. It was a good quilt on which to practice free-motion embroidery.image

Next on the agenda are August postcards. It’s not too late if you want to participate. Just let me know by the end of this week. The theme is “Go Vintage’ so think of your favorite vintage anything and put it on a card. I have already received one that made me chuckle. I loved it and am looking forward to showing it to you the first Wed in September.

Be creative, and have a great week. Thanks for stopping by.

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