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Our Baby Girl Forever memory quilt

I happily delivered a modern memory quilt commissioned as a Christmas gift. Mom had carefully stored a selection of baby clothes that she wanted me to incorporate into a lap sized quilt for her daughter.

baby clothing, onsies, knits for memory quilt baby quilt by doris lovadina-lee toronto

I separated the baby clothing into pastels and bright colours. It became obvious seeing the clothing that the quilt was going to be double sided.

bright t-shirt onsies and knits from baby clothes cut up for lap quilt

I cut the largest size squares or rectangle possible out of the clothing.

Baby's first christmas hat for memory quilt dorislovadinalee.com

Since most of the clothing was made out of stretchy knits, each piece was interfaced to stabilize it.

pastel pink knits from baby clothes repurposed in lap sized memory quilt by lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada

Pastel side of the quilt with embroidered collar, yoke and appliques, carefully cut out and positioned.

toronto maple leafs onsie for Our Baby Girl Forever Quilt by doris toronto ontario

Bright side with a note to myself pinned to the onesie, not to iron on top of it!

baby flannel for quilt binding Our Baby Girl Forever made by doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada

A flannelette baby blanket was put aside to make the binding.

modern memory quilt baby quilt doris lee toronto ontario canada

Mom’s side of the quilt featuring pinks and pastels.

detail of t-shirt quilt memory quilt baby clothing handmade doris lee toronto ontario

Detail of a beautiful embroidery.

back of marisa's memory modern quilt from baby clothing by doris lovadina-lee toronto canada

Dad’s side of the quilt featuring a Toronto Maple Leaf onesie, christmas hat and brights.

modern memory quilt first christmas baby quilt made toronto ontario canada dorislovadinalee.com

The idea for this quilt really came together after hearing the story behind the very diverse selection of baby clothes. When the baby was brought home from the hospital, they realized that most of the clothing was too large. So, the new mom asked the dad to go out shopping for some smaller sizes. You can see from clearly which ones were purchased by the dad! I am happy to have been able to make this memory quilt.

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Vista artwork from the Fineline Series

This series of textile paintings are the first three I created and set on canvas. The canvas was originally painted medium blue. Once the pieces were attached, I found the background was too dark and the quilted artwork did not show well. So, I repainted the canvas white and I am much happier with how the quilted pieces look.

Vista 1

Indigo textile painting on white canvas by doris lovadina-lee for sale, vista

Vista 1
2017 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

fineline series textile painting vista 1 detail doris lovadina-lee artist
Vista 1 detail

 

Vista 2

indigo textile on painted canvas by dorislovadinalee.com artwork for sale
Vista 2
2017 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

Vista 2 detail
Vista 2 detail

 

Vista 3

Vista 3 textile art from fineline series artwork for sale by doris lovadina-lee toronto canada
Vista 3
2017 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 16 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

close-up textile painting Vista 3 on 12 x 16 inches indigo for sale by doris lovadina-lee toronto
Vista 3 detail

 

detail of vista 3 fineline series artwork by canadian dorislovadinalee
Vista 3 detail

 

detail of Vista 3 fineline series artwork by doris lovadinalee indigo blue and pale blue
Vista 3 detail

 

Fineline Series

The Fineline series of quilted textiles was an attempt to incorporate some new ideas and techniques. I had:

  • read Gwen Marston’s book: Minimal Quiltmaking
  • dyed some beautiful indigo cotton
  • read Jean Wells book: Intuitive Color & Design
  • attended a quilt retreat with a very small amount of my hand dyed fabrics
  • used canvas to frame quilted pieces

The quilt retreat was the perfect time to play with the ideas of minimalism and experiment with the technique of inserting narrow strips. There was no pressure to create a finished piece. But, I was so happy with the works I created, that I did finish all three!

Inserting very narrow strips of colour into the pieces was very satisfying. Continuing my experiments with this technique, I created tiny pieces of quilted art: Fineline Brooches and recently made: Lipstick and Mascara. I am not finished with the Fineline Series of textile paintings, there is still so much more to explore.

 

Vistas on blue canvas textile paintings by toronto artist doris lee
These are the Vista textile paintings before the change of colour in the background. What do you think of the colour change?

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Lipstick and Mascara: textile paintings

I have recently completed four new textile paintings. This series called: Lipstick & Mascara are a part of the Precious Snowflakes Holiday Art Sale and Festival. The Yellow House Gallery on Kingston Road in Toronto with the Cobalt Gallery and Clay Studio are hosting this event. Small pieces of original art  will be on display at these two venues and available for sale from November 17, 2017 to January 20, 2018.

original textile painting made by doris lovadina-lee with hand dyed fabric

Lipstick and Mascara 1
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 8 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

Lipstick and mascara2 an original textile painting by dorislovadinalee.com available at yellow house gallery toronto

Lipstick and Mascara 2
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
8 x 6 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

lipstick and mascara detail of quilting and fineline piecing of quilting cottons for the Precious Snowflake art show and sale toronto

Lipstick and Mascara 2 – detail
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 8 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

pink and black small artwork by dorislovadinalee.com called Lipstick and mascara made with hand dyed fabrics for the 2017 christmas art show

Lipstick and Mascara 3
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
8 x 6 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

Yellow House Gallery on Kingston Road Toronto hosting a holiday art show and sale with Doris lovadina-lee's piece: Lipstick and Mascara

Lipstick and Mascara 4
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 8 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

detail of lipstick and mascara4 with hand dyed cotton and velvet made by doris lovadina-lee

Lipstick and Mascara – 4 detail
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 8 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

This is a great opportunity to purchase original works of art from local artists.

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Verona Tessile 2017 – Part 1

The International Textile Art Contest

Early in the new year I began working on a new piece for the International Textile Art Contest, held in Verona, Italy. My piece, The Fever was accepted into this juried show. When I was notified of my acceptance, I decided to attend Verona Tessile 2017.

Palazzo dei Mutilati Verona, Italy
Palazzo dei Mutilati Verona, Italy

Verona Tessile is organized by the Ad Maiora Association, in collaboration with the Verona Municipality to promote textiles as an art form. This year, the theme of the International Textile Art Contest was: Love, the red thread that unites. Thirty-four works were accepted into the show, one of which was my piece: The Fever.

Entrance to the International Textile Art Contest in the Palazzo dei Mutilati Verona, Italy
Entrance to the International Textile Art Contest in the Palazzo dei Mutilati Verona, Italy

The international exhibit was held at the Palazzo dei Mutilati in the historic centre of Verona, steps from the Verona Arena a Roman amphitheatre. Eight other exhibitions were held around Verona, highlighting quilts and textile arts. More photos on these will come later!

THE FEVER

The Fever at the Palazzo dei Mutilati, Verona Italy
The Fever at the Palazzo dei Mutilati, Verona Italy
The Fever in progress
The Fever in progress

Last year I made Spiral, a small quilt for the Crossing Borders Art Group. I knew I wanted to try the same technique to make a larger work. The Verona Tessile International exhibit provided the perfect opportunity. I began with a selection of fabrics in black to grey, burgundy to pink in hand dyed and commercial cottons, linens, and silk and pieced a large log cabin block.

The Fever laying out the spiral
The Fever laying out the spiral

Once the log cabin top was completed, I drew a spiral freehand, coming out of the centre square. With my hand dyed cotton, I made a narrow bias strip which was pinned and pressed into the spiral shape I had drawn.

The Fever cutting spiral
The Fever cutting spiral

Next was the scariest step – cutting the spiral!

The Fever inserting bias
The Fever inserting bias

The bias strip was carefully stitched from the centre square out. I love how inserting the bias strip caused the log cabin to twist around, distorting the block. The central portion was layered with wool batting over cotton quilt batting and machine quilted in a spiral.

The Fever detail
The Fever detail

In submitting my piece into the Verona Tessile show, I need to write a description of the techniques, materials and motivation behind the work. This is the what I wrote:

In my piece, The Fever, the bright red thread of love emerges from the central square of a log cabin block. Traditionally this center square was made out of red cloth representing the heart and hearth of the home. In The Fever, the central square contains both reds and black because love can be pure and selfless or false and egotistical. The block was constructed with strips of fabric ranging from pale pink to deep burgundy and from gray to black. As the red bias spirals through the log cabin quit, it cuts through the dark shadows and the bright sunshine, just as love changes and evolves. This piece continues my exploration of the symbolic log cabin block to make a piece that is modern and contemporary. The Fever is machine pieced with hand dyed fabrics, commercial cottons, silk, and linen. It is machine quilted with a walking foot in a spiral pattern through three layers of batting in the central portion of the quilt.

The Fever by Doris Lovadina-Lee
The Fever by Doris Lovadina-Lee

It was exciting to be able to attend the Verona Tessile show in person. So many talented quilters created beautiful pieces with the theme: Love, the red thread that unites. The next post, I will highlight some of these spectacular quilts.

 

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Cosmos quilt

I have fallen in love with dyeing fabric! Each time I dye fabrics I am amazed at the results. Each piece of hand dyed fabric is unique. This beautiful mandala was snow dyed along with a few other pieces of cotton and I wanted to use this piece without cutting into it.

minimal modern mandala art quilt by doris lovadina-lee
Cosmos fabric selection 2

I auditioned a variety of hand dyed fabrics for the outside edges. I decided to quilt as you go, keeping the borders separate from the mandala.

Cosmos fabric selection using Doris lovadina-Lee's hand dyed and snow dyed cotton quilting fabric
Cosmos fabric selection 1

The mandala was machine quilted in a spiral with a walking foot, once I got close to the edge, I stopped, added the borders and continued with the spiral.

Cosmos detail of spiral machine quilting with Bernina sewing machine by doris lovadina-lee
Cosmos detail stitching

I also quilted the corner block in a small spiral, echoing the larger mandala.

Cosmos detail of corner of mandala art quilt with Doris' snow dyed cotton fabric
Cosmos detail corner
snow dyed fabric created by doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada
snow dyed fabric

This is one of the snow dyed shibori fabrics that was dyed at the same time as the mandala, so the colours worked well together. I cut into this piece to make the corner block.

Cosmos mandala art quilt by doris lovadina-lee

Cosmos
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
45 x 50 inches
Hand dyed fabric, thread
$1,200.00

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Atmosphere – Indigo dyed quilt

Earlier last year, I dyed some cotton fabric in indigo. The texture and the colour changed from pale blue to a deep indigo. I really liked the design of this piece and I wanted to keep it intact as much as possible. My inspiration to use this indigo fabric was a modern painting I saw in a decorating magazine. The artwork had three large bands of colour running horizontally with the colours blending together.

I pulled a deep indigo piece of fabric and a pure white cotton pique to use with the ombre. I took many photos while deciding on the proportions of the white pique. Some of the photos were taken in the evening as I was working to create this piece for a deadline.

My first attempts had the darker indigo on top. I tried many positions, folding, pinning and moving the white pique until I was certain of the final size.

During this process, I tried rotating the fabric so that the darkest indigo was on top, bottom and either side. Initially, I thought that having the piece run from dark at the top to light on the bottom worked the best.
You can see that I finally decided to orient the fabric so that the lightest colour is on top, moving down toward the darker.

Atmosphere
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
49 x 42 inches
hand dyed indigo, commercial fabric, thread
$1,200.00

I am happy with Atmosphere. It reminds me of water. For some, it reminds them of snow falling. What does it remind you of?

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Fineline Brooches – quilt jewlery

I have been obsessing with creating tiny minimal modern designs with my hand dyed fabrics. The smaller the tiny strips I insert, the happier I am!

Fineline Brooch_red-indigo

Each brooch is machine quilted, a layer of Peltex adds firmness, satin stitching frames the piece and a pin back is added.

Fineline Brooch_red-indigo-green

I love these pins, they are like wearing your own mini works of art.

Fineline Brooch_grey-pink

Fineline Brooch_Black_purple

Fineline Brooch _purple-green

They are so versatile,

Fineline Brooch_black_fuchsia_green

Fineline Brooch_turquoise-purple

It has been so much fun creating these pieces.

Fineline Brooch_Fuchsia-green-cord

With this piece, I added a loop to make this into a pendant.

Fineline Brooch_fuchsia-green

Which one is your favourite?

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Fineline Series – Sight

Sight is part of my Fineline Series of textile paintings. In this series, I have been exploring abstract minimal design.

Each piece is refined to capture the essence of my idea.

Thin strips of fabric are inserted in various configurations to create linear designs.

Machine quilting adds a layer of texture.

The simplicity of the art piece belies the amount of work that goes into the design itself. As in a good recipe, the fewer the ingredients, the more important each one becomes to the successful outcome of the dish.

Sight
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
16 x 20 inches
cotton, linen, silk, thread, on painted canvas
$125.00

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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.