Thursday, June 22, 2017

Journal week #24

The quote this week is 'Coffee soothes the soul and is always the answer'.  I didn't agree with this quote and changed it to art.  Art does sooth my soul but it isn't always the answer so I left that part off.  I used a coloring page as my background.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am so happy with my bead journal project for May/June.  This mixed media kaleidoscope will likely end up in a quilt but it is finished for now.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

I heart Macro

Capturing beauty with my camera is so satisfying.  This path of creativity is pure joy to me!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Funky Flowers

I love how one idea can lead to another and another.  I am working on a workshop sample for a fibre class I will be doing with some seniors next month.  We won't have any sewing machines available.  Also,  I expect there will be limited abilities due to dementia, stroke or other age related issues.  I am planning to do a collage style class and we will be using a watered down white glue to hold our pieces together.  My sample isn't ready to be shown as yet.  However, when I have some leftover glue mixture I try to use it up.  Pictured above are some fibre/yarn 'flowers' I have created with that glue mixture.  They will be going into an altered book that I am planning.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Journal Week #23

A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life.  That is the quote this week.  I believe attitude is super important.  Learning to be happy and have a good attitude in any circumstance is a fabulous skill to have.  Not always easy though.

I made a colour copy of a bead journal I particularly like and used that as my journal page.  I love two for one!  Getting extra mileage out of a piece is good in my books.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am loving my stitch a day project for June.  I have utilised some of my hand dyed fabric, a paper cut out (kirigami) and holographic threads.  It kind of looks like spirograph to me.  I wish I was better able to capture the sparkle of the threads.  They just make my heart sing!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Laced Herringbone Square Stitch directions are provided by Sharon B.  She really is the best.  I tried this stitch on handmade paper.  It looks very different from Sharon's done on fabric.   Possibly doing it smaller and using ribbon floss would have yielded similar results.  Nevertheless, I think it looks kind of cool.  All the stitches I have done on handmade paper are done on single sheets of paper.  Eventually, I will have enough to put them into an interesting book form.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I heart Macro

Years ago a friend showed me her very expensive macro lens.  Something went off inside me.  I knew I had to get a macro lens.  It took me a while to save for it but it was worth it.  It is my most used lens.  I am amazed and captivated by the beauty and detail in our world.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

May/June bead journal

I am happy with the way this bead journal is coming along.  I excuse myself from producing two bead journals for May and June.  I really do like to stay on top of projects but I don't want to rush this one.  There is still a bit more to do on this one, almost there!
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Journal Week #22

The quote this week is 'Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.'  I love this quote but feel a lot more could be added to it.  What would you add to the list?
I used pastel pencils to draw these calla lilies.  I have never considered drawing to be a strong skill of mine but these aren't half bad.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Possibly I have posted about this little quilt previously.  If I did I probably called it finished when in reality it still needed a binding.  Proper quilt bindings are just not my thing so sometimes/most times I struggle with that bit.  I am super pleased with the idea I came up with for this quilt.  This quilt is fabric and paper and paints so using paper as the binding makes perfect sense.  I used unryo/mulberry paper and glued it.  Unryo is fibrous, strong and flexible when wet.  I love it when an idea works out so well!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I thought the Knotted Cable Chain would look good on my under the sea crazy quilt.  I am not thrilled with the way it turned out.  I should know better than to stitch a new stitch to me when I am tired.  I actually do know better but I wanted to get it done.  Oh well, there is a lot happening on this crazy quilt so not likely anyone will notice the not great looking stitches.  Thanks to Sharon B for the instructions.

Monday, June 5, 2017

I heart Macro

Some water droplets seem appropriate on this rainy day.  The sunshiny yellow adds some cheer to the day and that makes this photo perfect for today.
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Stitch a day

Stitching with silk ribbon is such a treat!  I really enjoyed my stitch a day project for May.  I am still really enjoying this fun tree shape.  I am taking a break from it for my June project but will definitely be returning to it again.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

Crazy Quilt Project

Some progress has been made on my May Crazy Quilt Project.  It is now June and there is still a lot to do.  This will be a two-month project.  I will not stress about it.  This about enjoying the process.  Adding more color and beads is next on the agenda.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Journal prompt week 21






Interrupt anxiety with gratitude, empathy, and mindfulness.  That is the quote for this week.  I think I would add and art making.  For me, art making is a balm for my soul.  I forget all troubles when I am creating.  I printed this quote on one of my favorite photos.  It is going to look good in my journal!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Work in Progress/completed

Last week was a good week!  The St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival was a success.  This is the Grand Guild of Fibre Artist's 'sinchie' (easily created 6-inch block)display.  We had so many wonderful comments about it.  I had a lot of participating in this challenge.  I hope the guild does something similar next year.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

This is my Breton Stitch done on handmade paper.  Sharon B showed us this stitch back in March 2013 and it has been that long since I have tried.  I really do wish that stitches would stick in my head!  I think it looks super interesting done in a circle.

Monday, May 29, 2017

I heart Macro

There is so much beauty to be found in a flower.  It is so fun for me to find it.  Such a lovely way to spend one's time.  My macro lens has opened up a whole new world to me.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Altered Book Escape



This is my altered book entitled Escape.  I created it last year and it was accepted into the show Transformations in Georgetown.  I was extremely disappointed in the way the book was displayed there.  I can understand that the curator was a bit intimidated to extend the pages.  But extended they needed to be!  Anyway, I have this book on display at the St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival.  There is a lot of fibre in this book.  The cover (which you cannot see) is a quilted butterfly.  It was great to be able to extend all the pages since I had enough space to do so.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Journal page #20

'Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.' is the quote I used this week.  It has more meaning to me than the quote that was sent.   The quote that was sent was  'Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.'   That may be well true but it didn't particularly inspire me.  Maybe, because I think I am a mostly honest person, not that I haven't ever been less than honest!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I finally got started on my bead journal for May.  The substrate is a painted coffee filter adhered to fusible interfacing.  There is still a lot to do and I am not sure if I will get this completed by the end of May.  May is such a busy month!

The Grand Guild of Fibre Artists has a marvelous display at the St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival.  Yesterday was the first day of the show.  I wasn't there but I have heard that our sinchie display is a big success.  I will have to remember to get a photo before it comes down!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B. shows us the Woven Cross Stitch this week.  I tried it with silk ribbon.  It looks okay, how bad can anything be when done with silk ribbon!

Monday, May 22, 2017

I heart Macro

Oh, how I enjoy photographing flowers!  Their beauty is limitless.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Painted Silk

Oh, silk is so luscious!  I have painted some silk fat quarters to sell in St. Jacobs next week.  The St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival is such a fun and busy time!  I have lots of bits and pieces to sell.  The Grand Guild of Fibre Artists will have a fabulous display at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.  Come and visit us!
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Journal Prompt #19

The quote this week was 'Get up an hour early to live an hour more.'  It will be no surprise to anyone that knows me that I did not use this quote for my journal page.  I admit that when I do get up early I get more done.  However, I believe I am a productive person and more isn't always better.

I went with the quote 'Allow your light and vision to shine.'  I  am learning to do that more and more. For this page, I used a color copy of a quilt block I created years ago. The piecing is far from accurate yet I still think it is beautiful.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

It is a little difficult to see but there is a tree outline on this block.  It is the same tree shape that I have used in the past.  Working in a series never used to appeal to me.  You would think that all the french knots I used to fill in this tree shape last month would deter me from doing another.  Nope!  I am having so much fun with this shape and will definitely be doing more.   This is my stitch a day project for May.  I am using only silk ribbon this time.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Here is my Beaded Oyster Stitch.  I think it worked quite well to add to my crazy quilt journal project.  Thank you, Sharon B for the excellent instructions.

Monday, May 15, 2017

I heart Macro

I can't imagine that I will ever tire of looking at flowers and photographing them.  Such beauty!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Last six inch square for the guild challenge

Our guild has really enjoyed working on these six-inch blocks (sinchies).  I took a mixed media approach to mine and have really had fun.  Tuesday the guild will meet to put together a display of all our pieces.  We plan to adhere them temporarily to a large piece of black fabric that will hang at the St. Jacob's Quilt and Fibre Festival.  I am pondering what I will do with mine once the display comes down.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Journal Prompt Week 18

The beautiful thing about life is you can always change, grow and get better.  You aren’t defined by your past.  You aren’t your mistakes.  Such a great idea.  I like to think that it is true.  I hope that even when I am very old I am still growing and getting better!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Oh, I am having fun with this one!  I have used some of my hand painted silks as the base of this crazy quilt project for May.  This block is bigger than my usual and therefore may take me longer to complete.  I may have to stretch it into a two month project.  I try to stay on top of the commitments I have made but I don't want to rush this one.  There is still a lot to do.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I am so glad that I always leave a comment on Sharon B's blog when I do a TAST.  I really had no recollection of doing the Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole stitch.  I stitched it onto a substrate of painted tissue paper adhered to felt.  My comment at the time was that I need more practice to make this stitch look good.  I have not practiced it at all.  However, I don't mind how this stitch looks now.  It isn't nearly as nice and neat as Sharon's.  That's okay as it is interesting.  I was just showing this piece to a friend a few weeks ago.  She absolutely loves it.  She is such a dear friend and always so encouraging to me.  I plan to use this piece in a quilted book.  That will be another one for my trunk show.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Making Progress

I will persevere.  I will get this little quilt finished.  I will make it look good!  I created some 'rocks' with tyvek and stitched a few of them onto this quilt.  I am pleased with the placement on the lower part.  The right side of the waterfalls isn't quite right.  I think the rocks need to be smaller and possibly lighter in color and the placement isn't quite right.  Good thing they are not stitched down.  I can make this work!
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Journal Prompt #17

The quote this week is 'Old ways will not open new doors.'  It is a good quote.  It reminds me of the Einstein's definition of insanity.  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  However, I believe. that one needs to persevere and stick to it when it comes to being creative.
Pansies are in bloom right now and they are one of my favorite flowers.  I had fun creating this page filling pansy.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

The sinchie challenge with my fibre guild is blue and white for May.  The silver transfer foil I used is close enough to white in my books.  I am adding some hand stitching with white and blue embroidery floss.  All of our sinchies will be on display at the St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival in a few weeks.  It should be a really interesting display!
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Stitch a day

For the month of April, I stitched french knots.  Oh, so many french knots!  Not sure why I thought that was a good idea.  I do like the way my little tree turned out so it was worth it.  I should have counted how many french knots I stitched while stitching them as it would be interesting to know.  Not interesting enough for me to go back and count them now though.

Monday, May 1, 2017

I heart Macro

Looking through my photos this morning this one made my heart skip a beat.  The soft blur is so dreamy.  It speaks to me of a Georgia O'Keefe painting.  There is a display of her paintings at the Art Gallery of Ontario right now.  I really must make plans to get there.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

April Crazy quilt Block

I am not completely happy with this block now that I am looking at a photo of it.  That lace is still bothering me.  However, I think it can be fixed.  Once this block is sewn to the other three blocks I think it will all come together.  On a positive note, these colours make me really happy.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

A guild member suggested to me that I mount my bead journals on something bigger and thereby making them more important.  I like her suggestion and I am thinking about applying this bead journal to this.  This was just a little experiment with my hand dyed pieces of cotton.  I think this could work.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge


Sharon B has challenged us to use three stitches in a project.    I decided to add the Fly StitchChevron Stitch, and Long Tail Chain to my bead journal for April.  All those stitches are beaded.  The top photo is the whole piece.  The bottom photo is a close up of the beading.

Monday, April 24, 2017

I heart Macro

Another beautiful hydrangea.  This one is no longer at its peak yet I still find it beautiful.  Finding beauty in the aged is a theme developing in my life.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Just needs a binding

I am quite pleased with this little quilt.  I hand painted the silk top.  I hand quilted the three layers together.  I used silk batting, silk backing, and silk thread.  So luscious.  In the last month, I have finished or very close to finished 7 quilts.  I am a machine!  It feels so good!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Journal Prompt #15




Life is all about balance.  I agree with this statement.  I like to think that I have a balanced life.  I have time for work, volunteering and recreation, exercise and mostly eating right.  I have time with family and friends as well as time alone.  I am very blessed.
I made a color copy of a bead journal and used that for the background of this quote.  Quick and easy as I have had a busy week.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

This landscape quilt needs to be finished.  I have had worked on it on and off for years.  Parts of it I like a lot.  Other parts not so much and those are the parts that are keeping me from finishing this.  The waterfall needs some sparkly threads (there are a couple but quite hard to see) and beads, that's easy.  The tree on the right, well the whole right side of this quilt is not quite right.  I am almost tempted to slice it off but then the proportions would be wrong.  I would love to get this done so I can include it in my trunk show.  Any advice?
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge

Sharon B is taking a two-week break from Take a Stitch Tuesday to give people a chance to get up to date.  However, she has offered a challenge to those of us that are caught up.  Use any three stitches on a small project.  This is just perfect for me.  I have been wanting to combine stitches on my seams in hopes of being a bit more interesting.  Today I used the  Berry Stitch,  Feathered Chain stitch, and Fern stitch.  I think it works and I am excited to try more of this!

Monday, April 17, 2017

I heart Macro

They hydrangea flowers in New Zealand were giant.  I love the mottled color on this one.
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