Month: August 2016

Look up – Ceilings as Inspiration

We don’t often walk around looking up to see what is above our heads. If we looked up more often we would see some beautiful and inspirational ceilings.

Ceilings as inspiration for:

  • applique
  • shapes
  • blocks
  • block settings
  • quilting designs
  • colour palettes
  • textures
  • layouts
Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario, cupola made with stained glass
Stained glass cupola in Casa Loma
Cupola design of Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal
Cupola in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal
painted medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal
Medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal
ceiling squares in the Cathedral: Mary, Queen of the World, Montréal
Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal
detail of wood ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal
Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal
stencilled and painted wood detail from Notre-Dame de Montréal church ceiling
Wooden ceiling detail in Notre-Dame de Montréal
Stenciled ceiling designs in Notre-Dame de Montréal church
Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal
Wood ceiling panels hand painted in Notre-Dame de Montréal
Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal
Notre-Dame de Montréal painted square wood panels
Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal
Notre-Dame cathedral in Montréal's diamond shaped woo ceiling
Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal
underneath walkway with metal supports and planks
Wood ceiling

I love the colour and texture of this ceiling. It is the underside of an outdoor warehouse structure in the Port of Old Montreal.

Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain domed ceiling in hallway
Ceiling of Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

So, look up! You never know when something will spark an idea for your next project.


AQS 2016 Quilt Show: My Favorites

I didn’t photograph every quilt in the AQS quilt show in Syracuse but I was tempted! So many outstanding quilts were on display, it was overwhelming to take them all in. Of course, I did take some photos.

My Favorite Quilts (in no particular order):

AQS_Beavers_The Whole
The Whole is Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts by Cassandra Ireland Beaver

I love that Cassandra changed the colour of the thread as she quilted through each segment of the circle. There is a very subtle shadow of colour on the white fabric.

Shelter by Ann Horton

I love the beautiful soft colour of the eggs against the graphic black and white of the quilt.

Shelter (detail) by Ann Horton

Ann’s quilt is beautifully quilted with leaves and branches supporting the nest.

AQS_Nufer_Mimi's View
Mimi’s View by Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick

My photograph doesn’t do justice to this amazing vista created by Beth and long arm quilted by Clem. It looks like you could walk through the archway into a beautiful summer day.

Nighthawk by Marilyn Badger and Claudia Clark Myers

Claudia’s great sense of colour and design are apparent in this skillfully  pieced quilt. Marilyn’s long arm quilting adds beautiful depth to the design.

AQS_Taylor_Trois port de
Trois Port De (aka 3 doors up) by Chris Taylor

I really liked Chris’ improvisationally pieced log cabin blocks in turquoise interspersed with purple and red. They really pop against the black background.

AQS_Taylor_Trois port de_detail
Trois Port De (aka 3 doors up) detail by Chris Taylor
AQS_Griner_View from the microscope
View from the Microscope: Pickled Paramecia by Connie Kincuis Griner

The name of the quilt made me laugh! Connie, seems to have a good sense of humour and definitely a good sense of design. The machine quilting added visual interest and lots of texture.

AQS_Sobotka_Silk Road Sampler
Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka

Melissa’s quilt was absolutley amazing to see in person. It appeared as if you could pluck one of the pillows off the shelf!

AQS_Fulton_Loving Laszlo
Loving Laszlo by Charli Fulton

Charli’s quilting highlighted the strong design.

Baubles by Cassandra Ireland Beaver

Cassandra’s quilt was whimsical, fun and amazingly machine quilted!

AQS_Esch_Abandoned in long valley
Abandoned in Long Valley by Carol Esch and Lois Walters

I really loved this quilt, the texture and colours really gave the impression of faded wood. Gorgeous work by Carol and Lois.

AQS__Bower_ Dottie's lament
Dottie’s Lament by Sue Bower

This quilt made me smile. Sue has certainly written a great caption for her version: FIRST KISS #20 (1961) by Vince Colletta.

I encourage everyone to go out and visit quilt shows in person. Photographs don’t do justice to the amazing pieces of art on display. Go and visit a show soon!



Primroses and Blueberry Green Teas in Syracuse

I attended the American Quilter’s Society quilt show in Syracuse this July. There were many beautiful quilts on display including two quilts made by my friends Helen and Marcia.

Primroses by Helen Garland at the AQS Syracuse New York show
Sign of Spring: Primroses by Helen Garland

Helen is a quilter who loves piecing. She has designed, pieced and quilted beautiful art quilts using photographs she has taken. This quilt  was designed from a photograph she took of yellow primroses. All of her quilts are machine pieced with no applique. They are all truly stunning, with lots of details and beautifully machine quilted. Sign of Spring: Primroses is her first entry into an AQS show.

Blueberry Green Teas by Marcia DeCamp at the Syracuse quilt show
Blueberry Green Teas by Marcia DeCamp

Marcia is a contemporary quilter who uses her hand dyed fabrics to create beautiful abstract quilts. Blueberry Green Teas is part of her Geometrics series. It is created using her hand dyed fabrics, some commercial fabrics and skillfully machine quilted. Blueberry Green Teas won an Honorable Mention in the Small Wall Quilts Longarm Machine Quilted category at the AQS Paducah show in Paducah, KY, in April of this year.

American Quilters Society quilt show with Marcia's blueberry tea, Helen and Jeanne
Helen, Jeanne and Marcia in front of Blueberry Green Teas

Jeanne Simpson is a contemporary fibre artist who designs abstract geometric quilts. She and Marcia attended the show and we were fortunate to be able to meet in person.

Helen, Doris, Marcia and Jeanne with Primroses at the AQS show Syracuse
Helen, myself, Marcia and Jeanne in front of Signs of Spring: Primroses

It was wonderful to meet up, take some photos, talk about art, and quilting. Plans are being made for us to get together at another art show early this fall. How often do you meet with your friends and enjoy seeing some amazing art?

Toronto Modern Quilt Guild summer 2016 Retreat

The new president of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild, Adrienne, invited members to spend a couple of days at her parent’s cottage in Georgian Bay. A few of us packed our sewing machines, projects and swimsuits to take advantage of this generous offer.

TMQG2016summer retreat

The weather, the view and the company were great!

TMQG2016summer retreat_boat

Everyone pitched in and brought food, food and more food!

TMQG2016summer retreat_food

Everyone had a space to work.

TMQG2016summer retreat ladies

Time was spent laughing and sharing.

TMQG2016summer retreat_sewing

Dia brought cake to celebrate all the July birthdays.

TMQG2016summer retreat_cake

Sunsets were photographed.

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More amazing photographs were taken.

TMQG2016summer retreat_sunset

Some projects were begun and a few were completed. We look forward to our next retreat. A huge thanks to Adrienne and her parents, the Van Halems for allowing us to share their beautiful place.


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