A detail from one of my textile paintings is visible in the lower right corner of the postcard. To see the entire piece and the rest of the quilts I have in the show, come to the Ellesmere Community Centre, 20 Canadian Road, Scarborough.
Hope you can join us and view the quilts, shop for fabric and rest and enjoy some sweets in the tearoom.
Finish up, or start your Christmas shopping at the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Festive Market!
A selection of beautiful hand crafted items will be available from our members.
Hand dyed scarves, pyjamas, knit clothing for American dolls, soaps, pillowcases, book covers, preserves, cat toys, knit socks, and Christmas ornaments are just a few of the handmade gifts available.
Admission and refreshments are free for everybody, so bring a friend or two. Enjoy delicious Christmas goodies provided by the Guild Executives. Pick up a complimentary ballot to win a door prize. Bring your cash, as most vendors won’t have machines to accept credit or debit.
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 to 8:30 pm Location: Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue
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:
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!)
This year, the president asked the members to create a 12 x 12 inch quilt based on a song or song title. The quilt could be made with any technique, with or without embellishments. I pieced the top using my hand dyed indigo fabrics.
The nui shibori strips were fussy cut from a piece of indigo linen that I dyed in the summer, while the rest is cotton. I added a hint of gold to reference the trumpet that Miles Davis plays.
The quilt top was heavily quilted with straight lines using a walking foot.
Kind of Blue is a great album that contains a couple of songs with blue in the title including: Blue in Green and All blues. What’s your favourite song?
I took the photograph of the fuchsias a couple of years ago with the idea of using them in a quilt design. I took a workshop taught by Helen Garland through the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto based on Ruth McDowell’s art quilting techniques.
In the class we learned to how to draft a pattern from our own photograph using Ruth McDowell’s technique. Helen was an excellent teacher, explaining the concepts, design and sewing techniques that make Ruth’s quilts so original.
I’ve focused my design on three of the larger fuchsias and the three small buds on top. I’ve eliminated extraneous leaves and flowers to focus on the elements that I thought would make a good design.
You can see my original design and the enlarged copy. The finished piece will be about 48″ x 56″. I am excited to be trying Ruth’s techniques. She has written a few books explaining her design and piecing techniques. The books are available on her website. The next logical step is to trace the design onto freezer paper. But, my next step is to pull fabrics from my stash – I can’t wait!
I have been on a fabric dyeing binge since I took an Indigo dyeing workshop in May. I have been obsessed with creating patterns, colour and texture with Indigo and fibre reactive dyes. The fabrics I dyed in September are now stitched up into the pillows below.
I will be bringing these indigo pillows, Shibori scarves in wool, silk and cotton and selection of quilted art postcards to the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Festive Marketplace next week. Come and see the results of my Indigo obsession for yourself!
I love the quilts in her book, they look simple and spare, yet the designs are powerful. There is something very interesting going on in each quilt. Sometimes it is the colour combination used like in: Turquoiseon page 47. There are only four colours but the composition makes the quilt glow!
Other quilts have a very strong graphic quality, like: Winter Beech on the cover above and on page 56. Gwen has distilled the idea of a tree into its simplest form.
Spring is the challenge word and bright green grass sprouting through snow was the image that came to mind. I wanted the grass to be a small rectangle floating on top of a 12″ quilted square that would act like a mat.
I roughly sketched out the different grass shapes on paper so that I would get the proportions correct. The finished grass piece needed to be about a 3″ x 9″ rectangle. Hand dyed green cotton was improvisationally inserted into white linen. I started piecing from the left side, cutting and inserting and pressing as I went along.
I auditioned the grass strip on a 12″ square, trimmed the top and bottom and added a 1/2″ strip along the bottom, this was the snow that still covered the ground!
The blue/grey linen square was finished using the pillowcase technique and then machine quilted with a walking foot. I used a lovely metallic mauve thread to quilt the lines. Even though I cut the square so that it would be 12 1/4″ finished, the quilting process shrunk the top a little. Next time I think a scant 12 1/2″ square would be better (bigger if the quilting is denser).
The grass piece was also finished using the pillowcase technique and then hand stitched on top. Blocking the quilt was necessary to make the piece square and flat. The finished size is about 11 3/4″.
I am very happy with this quilt. Creating a minimalist piece is more difficult than you might imagine. While I was working on the quilt, I would constantly ask myself whether I could eliminate anything from the design and still maintain my vision. What were the very basic elements of the design that needed to be included in order for the quilt to work? It was this constant dialogue that helped me throughout this process.
This miniature quilt finishes at 12″x12″. I free-motion quilted densely in some areas, leaving other areas unquilted.
The large red flower at the top needed some embellishment. Red organza ribbon that had beautifully wrapped a gift was perfect. I gathered the ribbon and quilted it into place with a zig-zag stitch. The center of the flower was outlined with a row of yellow silk ribbon. It nicely finishes the edge and draws the eye to this focal point.
I added some hand dyed thread to the centre of the orange flower and quilted them into place.
The president of the Yorkshire Rose of Quilters’ Guild of Toronto has issued a challenge! We are to make a 12 in square quilt using the world Spring as inspiration. I selected a beautiful fabric I purchased from Country Clothesline online store. Sylvia the owner has a wonderfully curated shop.
I was attracted to the large scale print and bold colours of Always Blooming. It came home with me even though I didn’t know what I would do with it.
When the President’s Challenge was issued and the inspiration word spring was announced, definitions of the word were given to expand our ideas beyond the obvious. I must admit that the season was the first thought I had. Later, I looked up spring in the dictionary and thesaurus for inspiration. I wanted to create something beyond the obvious but when I looked through my stash and came across this piece of fabric, I knew I had the beginning of my quilt.
I isolated a small section of the print and pulled a selection of fabrics from my stash. As you can see below the piece is a rectangle, I inserted too many strips. The piece only needs to be 12 inches square when completed. I will be doing a bit of quilting, so that will shrink the quilt a bit, but I will need to crop off some of the outside edges.
I’ve pieced the top and the next step is to quilt it. I plan on adding some embellishments, such as organza ribbon and maybe some beading. This challenge is due in May more work is needed before its done!
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I have already used the tutorial by Elaine Theriault: Crazy about zippered pouches to create a couple of bags for the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild pouch swap. It’s a three-way across Canada swap with the Victoria and Maritime Modern Quilt Guilds. I will also be using Jennifer Houlden’s On-the-Go place-mat tutorial to create some placemats for the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Christmas outreach project for Meals on Wheels.