Monthly Archives: May 2016

Fabric Fusion quilt finished!

Fabric Fusion is finished after three years! I began this quilt in a class I took at QuiltCon with  Weeks Ringle. The quilt is designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio.

Fabric Fusion quilt

Fabric Fusion quilt

I used a large variety of fabrics in this quilt: batiks, florals, tone-on-tones, modern, Kaffe Fassett, and traditional prints. They all “go” together because of the values I chose. Weeks spent a lot of time with us, explaining what to look for in our stash. Those of us that brought fabrics were helped to weed out those fabrics that weren’t appropriate and to incorporate others (sometimes from another person in the class!) that were unexpected but a much more interesting choice.

Fabric Fusion quilt back

Fabric Fusion quilt back

The quilt was machine quilted with a walking foot and a stretched out zig-zag.

Quilting with walking foot

Quilting with walking foot

First I quilted the vertical lines and then the horizontal. I like the texture that is created.

Close-up of quilting

Close-up of quilting

I didn’t measure the lines, I just estimated the spacing. You can see in the detail of the back above that the quilting lines are not perfectly spaced. Do you mark your quilting lines?

Flowers, leaves, berries and fungus!

Soon I will be attending Quilt Canada 2016. This year it will be held in Toronto and I decided to take some classes. Jane Sassaman is teaching a class called:  Abstracting from Nature (designs class). This class requires us to bring in a live bouquet or close-up photos of flowers including leaves, buds and so on to use as a springboard to design our own quilt. The design will not be a representation of the flower, rather the finished design will be a an abstraction. I am looking forward to taking this class, I love Jane’s bold designs and her use of colour.

Floral photos light pink

I looked through my photo album and pulled a few photos that I really liked in preparation for this class.

Floral photos yellow

Floral photos berries and leaves

This is my favourite photo of berries.

Floral photos berries

I like how the sunlight sparkles on the leaves and berries.

Floral photos red leaf

Gorgeous colour!

Floral photos leaf

I realized that these photos could also be used later in the summer for Helen Garland’s class: Quilting – Complex Design & Piecing. This one week workshop is being taught at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. Any photograph can be used in this class, but I especially like the idea of a floral piece. I talk a little bit about Helen’s process in this post.

Floral photos bark

This was an amazing tree trunk, it has so much texture!

Floral photos fungus

Plate sized fungi growing on a tree.

Floral photos red berries

 

Floral photos red berries detail

These berries look like grapes. Do you know what they really are?

Mini quilt auction by Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto

The Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto is hosting a Mini Quilt Silent Auction on Wednesday May 11, 2016 from 7-9 pm. at 2174 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Ontario.

YRQGofT Quilt Poster2016

YRQG of Toronto Quilt Auction Poster 2016

This amazing silent auction will feature many beautiful miniature quilts created by our talented guild members and donated to raise funds for: 416 Community Support for Women
I have donated 2 quilts to this worthwhile cause:
Grass by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Grass by Doris Lovadina-Lee

and

Spring in the City Quilt

Spring in the City by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Please come out to see all the beautiful mini quilts, start your Christmas shopping early and bring home a beautiful piece of art. Enjoy coffee or tea, dessert and the company of a fun group of people.
See you this Wednesday night (I’ll be helping serve coffee and cake, come say hello!)

Turquoise minimal art quilt

I took the opportunity to just play during the SWO Modern Quilt retreat.

turquoise art quilt in process

Turquoise hand dyed fabrics minimal quilt in process.

I took some hand dyed fabric scraps and let myself just stitch.

turquoise art quilt process

Turquoise art quilt straight line stitching

I tried adding some very narrow inserts and loved the look.

turquoise art quilt detail top

Turquoise art quilt detail of narrow line insert and stitching

I machine quilted using a walking foot and three different colours of thread.

Turquoise art quilt detail

Turquoise art quilt detail with narrow strip insert

l really like the results.

turquoise art quilt finished

Turquoise art quilt finished

I made a few more pieces during the retreat. It is really freeing just trying new techniques without having a firm outcome in mind.