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More hand dyed fabric for quilting

Here are the rest of the hand dyed fabrics that I dyed in Malka’s workshop.

hand dyed fabrics folded

These were also stamped with a variety of tools to create the designs.

Hand Blocked Fish
Hand Blocked Fish

The fish were stamped with a woodcut block from Malka’s collection. The purple fabric below was stamped as well.

Hand Blocked Cross
Hand Blocked Cross

The following two pieces were created using a small paintbrush dipped in wax.

Hand dyed stripe
Hand dyed stripe
hand dyed pink fabric
Hand dyed pink stripe

This green hand dyed fabric had the wax applied with a plastic comb. It didn’t work out like I thought it would, but I like the effect anyway.

hand dyed green fabric
Hand dyed green fabric

Now they are ready to incorporate into a quilt!

Hand Dyed Fabrics For Quilting

I have finally gotten around to washing out the wax from the hand dyed fat quarters I made at Malka Dubrawsky’s class at QuiltCon in 2013!

hand dyed fabric folded

Malka taught a full day workshop teaching wax resist dyeing. You can see some of the beautiful pieces she creates on her website: A Stitch in Dye. All the information on creating your own hand dyed fabrics are available in her book.

Colour Your Cloth
Colour Your Cloth: a quilter’s guide to dyeing and patterning fabric by Malka Dubrawsky

These are just a few of the fabrics that I dyed that day.

hand dyed fabric for quilting

Can you guess what was used to make the designs?

hand dyed fabric for quilting

Potato masher

hand dyed fabric

green pepper

hand dyed green fabric

silicon barbecue brush

hand dyed fabric for quilting

cardboard tube

The rest of the fat quarters are in the wash. I’ll post these once they have all been prepared.

Inspiration – Whimsy Quilt

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Inspiration as:

  1. A breathing in or infusion of some idea, purpose, etc. into the mind; the suggestion, awakening, or creation of some feeling or impulse, esp. of an exalted kind

“inspiration, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2014. Web. 13 October 2014.

This sketch drawn by my 7 year old niece was the inspiration for my Whimsy quilt.  I knew immediately that I would use it in a quilt. I loved the design, it was fun and playful. With a minimum of lines a flower was suggested by a spiral in a circle.  Triangle shapes became leaves. I loved the curlicues sprouting from the hearts, they were so whimsical.

Pollys sketch

The sketch suggested many design opportunities.  Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s book 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts, gave me many ideas to use in making the quilt.

15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

I had a lot of scraps and this book gave me the inspiration to use them. Sorting through the scrap bins (yes plural!), I separated my scraps into reds, greens, and black/white piles. Using Victoria’s instructions I began to create pieces of fabric in each colour way. I enjoyed the process of playing with scraps, creating new and interesting pieces to work with. Once I had the centre portion completed, I auditioned fabric for the background. I had an idea of what fabric I wanted, but my first few choices didn’t really work.

Whimsy detail background 5 Whimsy detail background 4 Whimsy detail background 3 Whimsy detail background 2 Whimsy detail background 1

Some of the background fabrics were too close in colour to some of the elements and they disappeared into the background. Some fabrics overpowered the design. In the end I found a polka dot piece that seemed just right. It was colourful but with a white background, the centre portion stood out.

Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee

I added more black and white pieces in each of the corners and bound it in black. The entire quilt was free motion quilted. I really like this quilt, it is a different look for me. It was challenging to work outside of my comfort zone.

The original sketch is still pinned to my design wall and inspiring me. There are more ideas to extract from this sketch: more creativity, more quilts!

It’s Time For Colour – CQA Travelling Quilt Show

Chrysalis Awakening

The Canadian Quilter’s Association has asked award winning quilters to donate a small quilted piece to their themed show: “It’s Time for Colour“. 40 pieces will travel across Canada and be displayed in local venues from January 2015 to May 2015, ending in Lethbridge, Alberta for Quilt Canada in June 2015. Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase these beautiful 12” x 16” quilt hangings for $200.00 each (plus tax). The proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

You can sign up at the CQA blog to get more information and view some of the other pieces that will be included in this show. The quilters who are participating will be blogging about their  inspiration and techniques for their submissions.

My piece, Chrysalis Awakening is improvisationally pieced using a “wonky curves” method. My first step was to select some fabrics. I pulled the small print (Kaffe Fassette, I think)  and then fabrics to pick up on the colours of the  print. I knew I wanted to create a flower and a leaf.

Chrysalis Awakening fabric selection

I taught a tutorial at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild on piecing circles. One of the techniques I demonstrated was piecing ‘wonky circles’. I really enjoyed making the samples and thought I could use this technique to create a colourful flower for my design.

Chrysalis Awakening flower

In this process you layer 4 fabrics right side up with edges aligned. A quarter circle is cut out of one corner of the stack. The fabrics are shuffled and stitched. You continue in this manner until the four blocks are completed. I originally saw this technique on The Quilting Edge Blog written by a very talented quilter Marianne. She has a great Wonky Curves tutorial that explains the process. For this quilt, I made the shapes very curvy to look like a flower.

Chrysalis Awakening Flowers

Every flower needs a leaf, so a selection of green fabrics were pieced to create the leaf. I layered batting, backing and machine quilted it to create a three-dimensional leaf.

Chrysalis Awakening Leaf Sandwich

The completed leaf was inserted into a beautiful piece of cotton ombre. The colours of the fabric change from red to purple.

Chrysalis Awakening leaf

 

The flower was appliquéd to the background.

Chrysalis Awakening Flower Applique

A surprise is hidden underneath the leaf.

Chrysalis Awakening Detail

The finished piece!

Chrysalis Awakening Quilt
Chrysalis Awakening Quilt

I love that there is a little surprise hiding behind the leaf. There are three flowers left and three other stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. I am going to have fun creating three more quilts to illustrate the other stages – look for the surprises!

More Quilts from Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Show

Celebrating Toronto – President’s Challenge Quilts

Manhole quilts_YRQG
“Celebrating Toronto” Manhole Cover Quilts
Top row from left to right:

Scarborough Bluffs                                      Joyce Forsythe
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse                             Claudette Morrison
John Willard Visits the R.O.M. Crystal             Coral Jewel

Middle row from left to right:

Toronto Inukshuk in Spring                           Isabella Garrigan
Neighbourhoods                                          Joanne Clement
The Queen Streetcar                                    Virginia Keast
Evolving Mosaic                                           Doris Lovadina-Lee

Bottom row from left to right:

Twelve Degrees Off North                             Helen Garland
Portals of Toronto                                        Carolyn Loewen
Toronto City Hall                                         Suzanne Neilson

A Selection of quilts from our members:

When the Snow Melts by Clare Kirby
When the Snow Melts by Clare Kirby
Spring Slice by Carole Tullis
Spring Slice by Carole Tullis
Snowshill Lavender Garden by Helen Garland
Snowshill Lavender Garden by Helen Garland
Shibori Indigo Blue Shadow by Coral Jewell
Shibori Indigo Blue Shadow by Coral Jewell
Giant Monstrosity by Karen Howes
Giant Monstrosity by Karen Howes
Montage of African Wall Quilts by Ann Howes
Montage of African Wall Quilts by Ann Howes
Garden for Grandma by Carolyn Lowen
Garden for Grandma by Carolyn Lowen
English Country Garden by Helen Garland
English Country Garden by Helen Garland
Elegant Baskets by Eva Heyd
Elegant Baskets by Eva Heyd
Diamonds are Forever by Jane Barbeau
Diamonds are Forever by Jane Barbeau
Japanese Taupe Half-Square Triangles by Coral Jewell
Japanese Taupe Half-Square Triangles by Coral Jewell
Midnight Blooms by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Midnight Blooms by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Plumage by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Plumage by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Of course there were many, many more quilts in the show. I hope you enjoyed viewing a small selection.

 

 

 

 

A Glimpse of the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Quilt Show

This past weekend I attended the quilt show hosted by the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto. The show was a great combination of traditional, modern and art quilts. Here are just a few of the quilts in the show:

White Labyrinth
White Labyrinth by Maria Ellis
Cambrian Sea
Cambrian Sea by Jane Barbeau
Banners by Helen Garland
Banners by Helen Garland
Jack by Karen Howes
Jack by Karen Howes

It was great to see so many talented quilters putting their works on display. I’ll post more photos of quilts from the show soon.

 

Evolving Mosaic Quilt – President’s Challenge 2014

The outgoing president of the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto issued a challenge to the guild: make a manhole cover quilt! Guild members were challenged to create a circular quilt the size of a manhole (around 24 1/2 inches) to celebrate Toronto. The design and technique were left up to each individual.

The mosaic quilt process:

My entry into the President’s challenge is created using a mosaic technique. I selected a variety of colourful scraps, ironed a fusible web onto the wrong side, cut the scraps into 1 inch squares and arranged them onto a solid grey.

Evolving Mosaic squares
Evolving Mosaic Quilt squares

I arranged them in a curved pattern, fused them to the background.

Evolving Mosaic in progress
Evolving Mosaic Quilt in progress

Each square was machine stitched 1/8 of an inch around the edge. The backing and batting were attached using the pillowcase technique. I under stitched around the perimeter, which helped to keep the backing fabric rolled towards the back.

Evolving Mosaic quilted
Evolving Mosaic quilted

Each section was machine quilted in a curved spiral.

Evolving Mosaic Quilt detail
Evolving Mosaic Quilt detail

All the quilts from this challenge will be on display at our quilt show Sept. 20-21, 2014. Visitors to the show will vote for their three favourites and the top three will be unveiled at our October meeting.

Artist’s Statement for Evolving Mosaic:

Toronto has been called a “Cultural Mosaic”. Almost half of the over 2.8 million people living in Toronto are immigrants. They speak over 140 languages and dialects. This quilt celebrates the diversity of Canadians that comprise our city.

The squares of the mosaic represent the more than 200 distinct ethnicities that make up Toronto. The quilt is a swirl of three primary colours, some squares are solids while some are a combination of colours. They symbolize the people of Toronto, all Canadians while still maintaining their rich ethnic, racial and linguistic heritage. We are fortunate that all the ethnicities have retained their uniqueness, contributing to, and strengthening the fabric of our community. The motto for the City of Toronto describes our rich culture: “Diversity Our Strength”.

Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Quilt Show 2014

YRQG of Toronto Quilt Show

I hope you will join me on Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st for the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto quilt show.

Yorkshire Rose Quilters' Guild of Toronto 2014 Quilt Show
Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto 2014 Quilt Show

The quilt show will feature quilts from our very talented guild members. There will be both traditional and modern quilts featured. I have seven pieces in the show, including Icterine Strata I blogged about here. This piece won third place at the Canadian Quilters’ Association Juried show earlier this summer!

Here is a glimpse of some of my quilts you will see at the show:

Midnight Blooms is an original design. It is machine pieced and long arm quilted. Large stylized flowers are raw edge appliquéd to the top. The design was inspired by a piece of Art Deco wallpaper.

Detail of Midnight Blooms quilt
Detail of Midnight Blooms quilt

Plumage is based on marble tile design that my sister used in her renovated bathroom. The quilt is machine pieced and long arm quilted. The focus fabric is fussy cut to showcase the beautiful birds.

Detail of Plumage Quilt
Detail of Plumage Quilt

Floral Bouquet is a small wallhanging. Three dimensional flowers are arranged into a lovely bouquet hand tied with satin ribbon. It is machine quilted.

Detail of Floral Bouquet quilt
Detail of Floral Bouquet quilt

Village at Dusk is a triptych arranged onto a quilted mat. It is improvisationally pieced and machine quilted.

Detail of Village at Dusk
Detail of Village at Dusk

Morning Meadow wallhanging is improvisationally pieced and machine quilted. The piece is beautifully framed with a quilted matting.

Morning Meadow Quilt
Morning Meadow Quilt

These photographs are detail shots of some of the pieces I have in the quilt show. In order to see the quilts in their entirety, you will need to come out and visit the show Saturday Sept. 20th to Sunday Sept. 21st.

Quilts for Purchase

Some of the quilts on display are being offered for sale, (including a few of mine). This is a great opportunity to purchase a one of kind quilt for yourself or as a Christmas gift.

Bring a friend, enjoy the quilts, have a lovely tea, browse the merchant’s mall, and be inspired!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sow’s Ear Challenge Finished

 

From this…

Sows Ear Vintage Fabric
Sows Ear Vintage Fabric

 

To this!

Sows Ear Purse
Sows Ear Purse

The three pieces of thrifted fabric from the Sow’s Ear Challenge plus a solid green resulted in this easy to piece bag. I used Peltex, a heavyweight firm stabilizer and did a little free motion quilting around the flowers and some straight line quilting on the solid base. I interfaced the handles to give prevent them from stretching. The pockets are made up of one long rectangle folded in half and topstitched.

I still have a little of the blue floral print and 1 entire pink/green pillow sham that I haven’t taken apart and 1 side of the one I did use. I will make another bag featuring the pink/orange/green fabric on the outside and incorporate the ruffle too. The exact design will be dictated by the amount of fabric I have leftover.

Sows Ear Purse Interior
Sows Ear Purse Interior

I like the firmness that the Peltex stabilizer provides, it has more body than just a regular quilt batting would give to the project.

Flora’s Baby Quilt

I like to try new techniques, so when I saw the title: Sliver quilts: 11 projects easy technique for dynamic results by Lisa O’Neill, I had to try it.

Sliver Quilts
Sliver Quilts

In this technique narrow strips of fabric are encased in a fold when stitched so that there are no raw edges. Very fine points are achieved by using this technique. The ‘slivers’ of fabric can be made with fabrics that fray such as silks, rayons, and sheer fabrics like organza. Beautiful effects can be created with decorative trims such as rick rack and ribbons.

Flora's Quilt layout
Flora’s Quilt layout

I used slivers to make a special baby quilt.

Flora's Quilt
Flora’s Quilt

It’s bright, colourful and happy!

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