Monday, 25 January 2010

Merlot and other great volcanoes :-)

This quilt was finished last Friday, but I had to wait for weather to cooperate for a photo opportunity. I am submitting the quilt to be included in an exhibition called GeoPhysical held in May as part of Quilt Canada. The Fibre Art Network (FAN) of which I am a member, is putting together this particular exhibition. It is great to have it finished. I really enjoyed machine quilting this one... a more manageable size and maybe some of my practising is paying off.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010


Penguin has a new friend. King Penguin that is... or mini-Giraffe. I made this Giraffe over the weekend with instruction from Wool Pets by Laurie Sharp. Turned out kind of hairy. Maybe in the olden days, giraffes were hairier? Or maybe this is a Northern Alberta Giraffe. And must admit Giraffe is kind of buff... more like horse muscles than giraffe :-)

My quilt is now listed on CraftHope for Haiti... hopefully it will sell and the money can go to help people. CraftHope is close to raising $10,000 in three days for Doctors without Borders. Kind of exciting to help by sharing a skill.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Craft Hope for Haiti

A little post :-)

Craft Hope for Haiti is an Etsy Site that is selling handmade items to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. If you would like to donate some handmade items, please visit this site and learn how. There are some excellent items for sale, so if you don't have anything to sell, you may find something to buy!!

If you have a blog, put up the Craft Hope for Haiti Button to help generate traffic to the site.

I have donated my little snowflake quilt... Snowflakes for Haiti.

Wild Roses

Here are a couple of photos that I took near my home in the forest. I edited them in Photoshop. Possible quilt ideas??? Maybe.

One of my goals for this year is to create a body of work. A series. I've never done this before. My theme is going to be Wild Roses, which I have been photographing since last May. I have a LOT of reference material now...

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

January - I'm Back

It's mid-January almost and I've decided to come back to blogging. I needed a break from the electronic world for a few weeks... and I now I'm re-energized.
I've joined Creative Every Day 2010 to keep focussed on creating. I will share a lot of my work during the year, but I won't be able to share everything! I'm looking forward to being part of the Creative Every Day community of artists and seeing their creations during the year as well.
I'm starting today with my little felting penguin. This little guy is not my original idea... I made him after reading Laurie Sharp's Wool Pets. Making him was fun and not so hard. He went together quite quickly once I got the hang of needle felting with one needle. And I only poked my finger ten or fifteen times, so the pain was minimal :-) I am a slow learner!

I'm also sharing my GeoPhysical Exhibition Quilt that is almost finished.

The quilting is done, the binding is on, the hanging sleeve is on and I am adding beads. I don't really know if I like the beads yet, but I'm not nearly finished with that part. The beads are all made from real stones, shells and gems... obsidian, pumice, shells, garnet, jasper, etc. I am using beads that would be part of a real volcano landscape process. The machine quilting went very well. It is the first time EVER that I have been satisfied with and enjoyed machine quilting. I think partly it was because the quilt was a manageable size, and partly because my confidence level got a little better.