Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto

Yorkshire Rose Quilt Show 2018

Join me at see an inspiring display of quilts made by the members of the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto.  Over 100 quilts will be on display Saturday and Sunday September 22-23, 2018.

Yorkshire Rose Quilters' Guild of Toronto Quilt show poster 2018

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.

Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Holiday Market 2017

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.

 

for sale hand dyed scarves Yorkshire Rose Quilters' guild of Toronto holiday market doris lovadina-lee

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

Hope to see you tonight!

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!)

Some Kind of Blue – President’s challenge 2016

My quilt for the Yorkshire Rose Quilter’s Guild of Toronto president’s challenge is a reference to the best-selling jazz record recorded by Miles Davis: Kind of Blue.

Previewing indigo fabrics for the president's challenge
Previewing indigo fabrics for the president’s challenge

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.

President's challenge quilt top: pieced
President’s challenge quilt top: pieced

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.

Some Kind of Blue - detail
Some Kind of Blue

The quilt top was heavily quilted with straight lines using a walking foot.

YRQGPresident's challenge detail 2016
Some Kind of Blue – detail

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?

Fuchsias – a flower quilt!

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.

Fuchsias
Fuchsias

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.

Fucshsia pattern
Fuchsia pattern

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.

Fuchsia patterns
Fuchsia patterns

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!

 

Indigo obsession!

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!

Pillow stack

Indigo Itajime Shibori pillow back
Indigo Itajime Shibori pillow back
Indigo Itajime Shibori Pilow top
Indigo Itajime Shibori Pillow top
Nui Shibori Pillow top
Nui Shibori Pillow top
Nui Shibori Pillow back
Nui Shibori Pillow back
Indigo Itajime diagonal pillow top
Indigo Itajime diagonal pillow top
Pillow_Indigo Itajime quiltedback
Indigo Itajime diagonal pillow back
Indigo ombre pillow top
Indigo ombre pillow top
Indigo Ombre pillow back
Indigo Ombre pillow back
Indigo Ombre angle pillow top
Indigo Ombre angle pillow top
Indigo Ombre angle pillow back
Indigo Ombre angle pillow back
Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow
Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow
Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow
Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow back
Indigo velvet pillow
Indigo velvet pillow
Indigo velvet pillow back
Indigo velvet pillow back

President’s Challenge Quilt 2

I was inspired to create another President’s challenge quilt after reading Gwen Marston’s new book: Minimal Quiltmaking.

Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston
Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston

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: Turquoise on 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.

grass
Improvised grass

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.

grass detail
Grass detail

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!

grass closeup
Grass closeup

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).

grass blocked
Grass quilt being blocked

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.

Do you talk to yourself when you quilt?  :o)

Spring in the City – President’s challenge quilt 2015 completed!

Spring in the City

I’ve completed the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto President’s Challenge ahead of the deadline. I really enjoyed quilting and embellishing this piece.

Spring in the City Quilt
Spring in the City

This miniature quilt finishes at 12″x12″. I free-motion quilted densely in some areas, leaving other areas unquilted.

Spring in the City organza flower detail
Spring in the City organza flower detail

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.

Spring in the City flower detail
Spring in the City flower detail

I added some hand dyed thread to the centre of the orange flower and quilted them into place.

Spring in the City flower detail
Spring in the City flower detail

The beginning of quilt started with this fabric: Always Blooming by Susy Pilgrim Waters. I can see so many more possibilities with this fabric.

Always blooming fabric by Susy Pilgrim Waters
Always blooming fabric by Susy Pilgrim Waters

I will be bringing Spring in the City to our next meeting for show and tell. How many of you are finished your President’s challenge?

President’s challenge quilt 2015

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.

Always blooming fabric by Susy Pilgrim Waters
Always Blooming fabric by Susy Pilgrim Waters

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.

Always blooming fabric by Susy Pilgrim Waters
detail from Always Blooming fabric by Susy Pilgrim Waters

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.

Always blooming selections
Always Blooming with fabric selections

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.

Quilt top in process
Quilt top in process using Always Blooming fabric by Susy Pilgrim Waters

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!

 

QUILTsocial – a new Canadian ezine, blog and more!

QUILTsocial Fall 2014 Premiere Issue

QUILTsocial is a new Canadian eZine for all of us obsessed with quilting. It’s a blog, a weekly bulletin, a monthly newsletter, and a quarterly e-magazine, from the publishers of Needle Pulling Thread.

QUILTsocial emagazine
QUILTsocial emagazine

 

The editor, Carla, asks: When does an obsession become therapy? If quilting is one of the releases we have from the stresses of life, it’s therapeutic isn’t it? Doing something creative takes us away from our ourselves and let’s us concentrate our energies into something we enjoy and gives us pleasure.

QUILTsocial magazine is for all levels of quilters, with patterns, tutorials, and showcasing new techniques.  Regular contributors as well as guest bloggers will share their knowledge and love of quilting.

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.

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