Having Fun with Squares

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I'm using scissors and hand stitching for all the quilting I'm doing these days.

Happy little squares cut from one cotton block is how all my squares are getting done.

Circles with tin foil completes the easy circles.

Hexie Flowers Sprouting

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I'm really looking forward to getting started on Karen's quilt along and I'm clearing the way.
I find Hexie Flowers very relaxing to do!

And you can see I've got a bunch to put into something funky.

Many Quilting designers are working on books, patterns, you name it.
Including some with free downloadable designs. I think this one is from last year's Katje Marek' new book and quilt along. But I am just not positive who this photo comes from, so forgive me. Please do share if you know. It's so pretty!

I will wait for Karen's quilt along, so I can have a little help along the way.

This is  what started to form a few months ago. Random scrappy chunks of fabric that called to me.

That is a poor photo on a rainy day. I continued. When time allowed, I took out my hexie bling bag, which simply is a "Very Bling Bag" that became my portable carrier for hexie supplies. I fit right in at any function in Victoria. I'm working on some very good workshops for guilds to promote myself as an instructor. 

This what I played with today!

I was taken with the sense of freedom I felt as I laid these blocks onto what was a slight pink print background.

Wild abandon comes to my mind. Something like getting wiser?
But I couldn't resist flinging open my fabric cupboards and found this IKEA brand new bed sheet in orangey red color.


Have fun folks!

Sewing slowly is very rewarding.

Circle Sharing for Quilty 365

Monday, March 21, 2016

I've been very busy these days and another fun project is coming along- my circles!

I'm just not staying with the exact version of a circle.

I am going to other versions of circles and I love the idea that someone else is doing this kind of free form circles in this Quilty 365 from Kaja of Sew Slowly Blog.

I'm even mining all my photos not previously shown online.

I am thinking about even photos into circles and placed in the quilt. I'm not sure on all parts of free form I'm leaning toward. I hesitate long enough to sleep on it.

This family photo from decades ago show the potential.

Even the simple wagon wheel goes doesn't it?

This can easily be made into a circle right?

Check out the patterns of circle quilts at Geta Gama.

And you can see her almost daily post at her blog.

The resulting quilt of your own ideas can be really special and why not make more quilts of your own design?

Taking risks and leaving yourself the freedom to explore ideas is the spice of quilting.

Happy Quilting!

Alberta Sunset Delivered

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Alberta Sunset art piece is complete, 44 x 38 inches, machine thread painting with hand dyed fabric, multiple threads some variegated and solid colors too.

Hand delivered to my client. She and her husband were thrilled, seeing their photo replicated in fabric.

I'll be assisting with the installation of this art  piece. I've been taken care of like a member of the family! My own suite, meals and getting to know my client!

They like to get to know emerging artists! What a treat.

Log Cabin- Hand Stitching Tutorial

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I just love to play with fabric and seeing that my life is swerving and growing faster than I ever thought possible, but I'm excited and want to tell you about it.

These blocks are a finished 12.5 in. square.

 This version is for hand stitching or machine stitching the fast and random way.

Start: various dark print or solid strips WOF x 1 1/2 in.

I leave all strips WOF throughout the hand stitching, I don't pre-cut into assigned lenghts.

Various light colored print or solid strips WOF x 1 1/2 in.

I cut random 1 1/2 in. squares in one color.

 Usually I use a red color print to pay homage to the original tradition of the red color in center represents the hot fire of the hearth of the home. Then light color prints in 1 1/2 in. sqaures to begin each block.

Stitch a series of two 1 1/2 in. squares together with a simple running stitch as shown in all photos.

Finger press or press to the dark side with iron.

Keep adding strips, light or dark to the next side of each of the blocks.

Rarely do I have this happen, but I did actually make two identical blocks.


Above, I was caught in this photo above hand quilting with a friend at the Nelson Waldorf School.

My first quilt showing of my work back in 2004 shows my first Log Cabin made from reused men's pants and men's shirts.

Then, once the blocks are all made up, I line them up on the floor and decide the final placement into the finished large quilt. This quilt was made for my youngest son Paul.

Hope you found this little tutorial interesting. I use this method when travelling or fishing/camping, its so portable with two bread bags full of darks and lights, needle, thread and scissors. Very useful and portable.

Happy Quilting.

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