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Venetian Mosaic Block: shaping up

This is one of four large blocks I’ve been working on for a long time. That is to say, I started this project a long time ago and then put it away for a long time! I recently pulled it out again, last winter, and thought I could have it pieced and quilted by the end of March this year. As you can see, that did not happen!

Circular medallion design bordered by a striped fabric by dorislovadinalee.com

The quilt is based on marble mosaic floors I saw in Italy. I took many photographs and purchased a few postcards that inspired these original designs. And, because they are original, I am designing and drafting the quilt. Mostly as I go. I did have an overall plan, but not all the details.

detail mosaic striped border by doris lavadina-lee canadian artist

All four of the medallions are pieced and the circle into a square striped border have been stitched.

back of paper pieced mosaic block

Fabric still needs to be trimmed and some paper pieces can be removed. The four triangles for each medallion have been designed and colours chosen. To date, I have 2 and 1/2 triangles completed. The new deadline is still March, now of 2020. I am a bit more optimistic that the quilt can be completed. I plan on machine quilting it myself and will quilt each quadrant separately and then join the four together.

Large square with circular design bordered by 2 triangles

Wish me luck!

Stitch Meditation – Day 37 and 38

Working with little bits of textiles that would normally be discarded is immensely satisfying. A strip of linen/rayon torn off the edge, embroidered with French knots anchoring it to the blue and white fabrics. Random seed stitches in a cotton thread finer than the hand dyed perle cotton. Textures and colours, gauze, velvet, lightness and luxurious depth!

Day 37 stitch meditation using white cotton, hand dye blue cotton and indigo linen/rayon
Hand dyed cotton, indigo linen/rayon, cotton, thread, perle cotton
100 day stitch meditation piece hand embroidered gauze, cotton and velvet in shades of blue toronto artist doris lee
Hand dyed blue cotton, indigo dyed velvet, white gauze, perle cotton

A beautiful indigo dyed silk velvet strip was cut off to straighten the edge of a shawl. So silky and intense in colour, I incorporated it into this stitch meditation.

Stitch Resources

  • Article: Susan Ball Faeder: 100 days of amulets. Okan Arts Blog, August 22, 2019
  • Website: Quilter’s Express to Japan: Textiles & Fibre Art. Website by Susan Ball Faeder

Repurposing – One stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 35 and 36

Summer has just ended but the feeling of inertia has not! I have gotten out of the habit of quietly stitching.

Day 35 of the 100 day stitch meditation project a 5 inch square of repurposed silk, hand dyed green cotton and organza ribbon
Hand dyed cotton, repurposed silk, cotton thread, organza ribbon
5 inch light blue cotton hand dyed and white gauze attached with blue and pink hand dyed perle cotton
Hand dyed cotton, gauze, hand dyed perle cotton

These two blocks show that simple stitches and just a few of them can create a striking design.

Stitch Resources

  • Blog: Knotted Stitches. “Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, 20 Jun 2017. Web. 5 Sep 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knotted_stitch.

Creating, simply – One stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 31 and 32

The sunnier and warmer days have brought on a lull to all the busy activity of the spring. Slowing down and taking the time to do nothing has been important. A few pieces have been stitched but not all photographed. It seems to require a lot of effort that can be better enjoyed with family and friends.

Hand dyed fabrics embroidered onto 5 inch square by doris lovadina-lee textile artist Toronto canada
Repurposed silk, hand dyed silk, linen/rayon and cheescloth
white linen square with indigo strips of various widths couched and cross stitched onto fabric by dora lavadina lee toronto ontario
Repurposed indigo, indigo cotton and perle cotton

Stitch Resources

  • Website: The Seasoned Homemaker blog and shop by Leslie Rutland
  • Pinterest: Inspiration board with ideas from the web by Doris Lovadina-Lee
  • Blog post: Slow Stitching, No Bitching! by Anne Marie The Beadful Life

Staying cool and creating – One stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 33 and 34

stitch meditation day 34 on a five inch square of hand dyed fabric with various hand stitches created by doris lovadina-lee
Repurposed silk and linen, hand dyed cotton and silk velvet, hand dyed perle cotton and cotton thread
Repurposed linen, indigo dyed linen, perle cotton thread

Stitch Resources

  • Blogpost: 5 Tips for finding your creativity within the busyness of life by Ellie Beck of Petalplum
  • Blog: Mindful making: 5 ways to slow down and stitch from Simply Sewing Magazine
  • Blog: Quieting the Monkeys from Little Scraps of Magic

Creating – One stitch at a time!

Outdoor Metal Wall Art – Beach House Style!

Flora and fauna are the subject of two prints I photographed. This dragonfly with hearts was photographed at Sandy Lake in Nova Scotia. It hovered on this stalk of grass almost as if it was posing! I love this image so much that I enlarged and printed it on aluminum. The metal adds a depth and luminosity that is so different from a print on paper.

Dragonfly metal photo by Doris Lovadina-Lee on white shiplap wall with flowers

8 advantages of Aluminum Prints:

  • waterproof
  • durable
  • scratch-resistant
  • lightweight
  • heat resistant
  • longevity
  • fade proof
  • modern

There are so many places to hang these beautiful and durable pieces. With only one nail or screw required they are also very easy to install. The dragonfly and Queen Anne’s Lace metal prints be available soon in my online shop.

12 best places to hang Metal Wall Art:

  • outdoors
  • cottages
  • beach houses
  • pool houses
  • patios
  • lanais
  • courtyards
  • porches
  • decks
  • boats
  • bathrooms
  • kitchens
photograph of Queen Anne's Lace printed on aluminum by doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada artist hanging on white wooden wall with a planter of flowers

Queen Anne’s Lace is considered to be an invasive weed, but I love this flower. It’s so light and airy. This photo was taken in Margaretsville, Nova Scotia. I isolated the bloom from a large snowy white bank of them.


More of the Flora and Fauna series greeting cards available in my shop, have a look around!

Quilts at the Creek 2019!

Anne and I participated in Quilts at the Creek this past weekend. So many beautiful quilts, new, old, modern and traditional. I took a few photos in between selling hand dyed fabrics, scarves, presenting a trunk show and visiting with friends old and new!

Vendor's both for Doris Lavadina-Lee Designs and Anne Peters' Hand dyed fabrics at Quilts at the Creek Festival 2019

I had every intention of getting out into the show and taking photos of the beautiful quilts old and new on display. The reality is I didn’t even take these. I sent my son out to take some and he managed to take 2!  They were so blurry, I can’t use them!! LOL!

Our great aprons made by Anne blended perfectly with the fabrics and threads we were selling!

Atmosophere by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Luckily, the 3 quilts I entered were close to the vendor’s pavilion and so I did run out and he took a couple of me and my quilts. Just a tiny bit less blurry.

Transitions by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Traces by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Visitor’s at Quilts at the Creek 2019

The original title of this post was: Quilts at the Creek 2019 – last show! So happy to announce that this is not true. Seems that (TRCA) The Toronto Region Conservation Authority that manages Black Creek Pioneer Village know a great thing and they will be taking over from Valerie Prideaux. So contact Black Creek and let them know what you love and what you would change about the Quilt Festival. They are looking for suggestions and volunteers too. 
Here is to another fantastic quilt show in 2020! 

Perfect summer jewellery! Get it Quick!

Don’t worry there will still be an amazing selection of Maria’s jewellery available, but not at this price. Maria’s star is rising and so are her prices. So, the prices in my shop will remain only until the end of the month! Along with a new lower shipping cost!

Pick one pair for yourself and another for a gift! Christmas is coming…
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