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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…
😁

Maria Nunes and the art of crochet!

I am so fortunate to be collaborating with a local craftsperson – Maria Nunes. Her hand made crochet jewellery is beautifully designed and crafted. Maria learned to crochet as a child, growing up in Portugal at a time when there was still no television, not even electricity! In school they were taught to knit and would make simple scarves and hats. At home, Maria’s mother taught her to crochet to make doilies, table scarves and trim for her ‘enxoval’ or trousseau.

Hand dyed crochet cotton in fuchsia and green by Doris Lovadina-Lee Toronto Textile artist
Fuchsia Ombre and Blue to Green Variegated Hand Dyed Crochet Cotton

Maria has continued to crochet and over the years has made many household items using traditional patterns. Recently, she has changed her style to reflect modern tastes, creating handcrafted pillows, wallhangings and of course jewellery!

pair of indigo hoop crocheted earrings with blue glass beads on black surface
Indigo Hoop Earrings with Blue Glass Beads

Variegated, ombre, and with colour changes over very short areas have been a challenge for me. I have had to rethink my process as well as the amount of dye used! But it has been so much fun! I will also be indigo dyeing this spring and I can’t wait to see the jewellery she makes. I gave Maria all the indigo dyed cotton thread left from one of my projects. All of the pieces she made have been sold! It shows that blue and white is a much loved combination.

round crochet beige circle earrings with natural coloured beads on black background
Beige Cotton Circle Drop Earrings with Glass Beads

Magazines, and books are still places Maria finds inspiration, but more often she finds herself turning to Pinterest. Inspiration for her designs also come from working with the materials. A bead, the colour of the hand dyed cotton thread can start her on a new design. More and more often her jewellery includes beads, they really excite her with opportunities!

Crochet cotton round earrings and snow dyed scarf in fuchsia
Fuchsia Hand Dyed Round Earrings by Maria Nunes Designs on Snow Dyed Wool Scarf by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Maria believes that crochet is a dyeing art. She has tried to teach the next generation but with the competition for TV watching, and the internet with its so many social media outlets, it is a hard sell. Maria finds that crocheting is a relaxing and imaginative art. It has a calming effect allowing room for imagination.

Maria Nunes of @maria.n.designs crocheting

I am collaborating with Maria on dyeing some new crochet cotton. More experimentation with colours, ombre effects, indigo and more. Follow Maria on Instagram @maria.n.designs to see what she is creating.

Crossing Borders Art Quilters Show

The invitation

I was invited to participate in an online art quilter’s group. Crossing Borders began with eight artists from Canada, the US and The Netherlands. Our goal was to share and learn from each other in a creative and non-threatening manner.

The eight artists:

The guidelines:

  1. Create a 12″x12″ finished piece of artwork
  2. Interpret a theme to create artwork
  3. Artwork to be revealed every 2 months on the last day of the month
  4. Post photograph and any explanation on private Facebook page
  5. Comment on each others work

The Themes:

  1. Crossing Borders
  2. Reflections
  3. Roots
  4. Beautiful Chaos
  5. Life Cycle
  6. Crumbling Support

The Show

Now, after one year, we are ready to show our completed artwork. Jeanne Simpson has organized a show in her studio space at The Hungerford, Rochester New York on April 7-8 2017. I hope those of you close by will attend the opening reception on Friday April 7th from 6-9. Seven of us will be in attendance. We would love to speak to you and show you our artwork.

Little houses – quilted art postcards

I’ve been creating more quilted art postcards with tiny, quirky houses. Each home has it’s own unique personality.

pstcwovenroof house

I especially like the woven roof of the postcard above. The embroidered flowers were begun one day when my niece was visiting. She showed me how to embroider – she had just been taught at her school!

pstcyellow walk house

The houses are fused using hand dyed and commercial cottons. I’ve used some of the techniques taught by Laura Wasilowski.

pstc tassel house

I was also influenced by some quilts I saw this summer at the Paradise District Quilters’ 30th Anniversary Exhibit. One of the members is Celeste Thibodeau-Stacey from Paradise, Nova Scotia. Her work was cheerful, happy and quirky.

Thibodeau-Stacy_Rooted on the Rock
Rooted on the Rock, St. John’s, Nfld. by Celeste Thibodeau-Stacey

This piece is a town in Newfoundland, hugging the “rock”.

Thibodeau-Staceuy_Storm at sea
Storm at Sea by Celeste Thibodeau-Stacey

The lighthouse is bending with the prevailing wind and the houses too seem to have been sculpted into shape by the winds!

pstclemonslice house

Hand dyed perle cotton in a couple of different weights have been used to add fun details.

pstc evening moon house

This house has settled down for the evening.

 

TMQG Postcard Swap – Part 2

The presidents of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild suggested we do a fun min-activity since the guild doesn’t meet during July and August. I signed up to make three postcards and will receive three back.

The second postcard I created for the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild swap also used the hand dyed fabric scraps from Laura Wasilowski of Artfabrik.

Tiny House in process
Tiny House in process

This tiny house emerged from the scraps with a trellis waiting for flowers.

Tiny House with embroidery
Tiny House with embroidery

Embroidery floss and hand dyed perle cotton stitches are added to bring out the personality of the house.

Tiny House postcard
Tiny House postcard

The finished pieces is layered with a stiff fusible interfacing and finished with a satin stitch around the edges in a variegated thread.

The next postcard for the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild swap uses a different technique and I know my recipient will recognize the fabrics. Stay tuned for the next quilted art postcard I made for the swap,

 

TMQG Postcard Swap – Part 1

The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild doesn’t meet during the summer months, but to keep us active our Presidents have organized a Postcard Swap. Interested members of the guild have signed up to make and receive up to three postcards. This is a casual no stress activity with no themes or restrictions, we could do whatever made us happy. I signed up to make three postcards and  will receive three in return.

TMQG postcard flower top
Flowers postcard in process

The postcards only need to be received before August 31st and the participants are asked to bring in the postcards they will receive to the meeting in September.

Flowers postcard with embroidery
Flowers postcard with embroidery

I decided to use some of the beautiful hand dyed fabric left from the Tiny Homes – Fusing Workshop I took with Laura Wasilowski of Artfabrik. I haven’t yet finished the piece I started during this workshop and have small pieces of scraps fused and ready to use.

TMQG Flowers postcard

Once the pieces were fused, I began to add detail with embroidery. I enjoyed this part of the process much more than I expected to. I used embroidery floss and perle cotton, including some I hand dyed! To finish this little flower garden, I embroidered my initials, added a tiny bumble bee and satin stitched the edges with a variegated thread.

I will be posting photos of the other two postcards I made for the swap in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

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?

Pieced – embroidered and beaded quilt

This is the improvisationally pieced top I created using an embroidered and beaded sample I made years ago. In an earlier post I showed some of the fabrics I pulled. You can see below that not all the scraps made it into the top. I love having a large selection of fabric to choose from. I didn’t sketch out the top, but I knew that I wanted to have the sample in the lower left corner and the blues at the top.

Embroidered quilt top
Embroidered quilt top

I began hand quilting the top without putting the quilt in a frame. It’s a small piece and I like the softness and texture that the hand quilting gives to a quilt.

Embroidery detail
Embroidery detail

Above is a small detail and just the beginning of the quilting and beading process. I have used hand dyed perle cotton thread and added 3 glass beads. I plan on using more beads on the top. I collected up a variety of items that I might incorporate, as well as threads in different weights.  I love having a small project I can work on while still spending time with the family. Do you quilt or work on your projects while spending time with your family?

Embroidered and beaded quilt

Even though I have a couple of deadlines looming, Christmas presents to wrap, baking and cleaning, I began another project! This small wall hanging will be the second in a series using some embroidered and beaded samples that I created a many years ago.

Embroidery
Embroidery

I’ve pulled some fabrics that I used in the previous wall hanging and added more. I will be improvisationally piecing the top.

Embroidery with fabric choices
Embroidery with fabric choices

I plan on hand quilting with hand dyed perle cotton, adding more beads and using some beautiful silk ribbon created from recycled saris. I want to have it pieced before Christmas so that I have  a project I can pick up and work on while still hanging out with the family.

 

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