Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NOFA Book Challenge

Quilt Documentation # 122

NOFA Book Challenge - Textures

This is another NOFA challenge, made in 2009.. (see previous post for Green Challenge)

NOFA stands for Northern Ontario Fibre Artists, a group of seven from 3 Northern Ontario communities, Englehart, Kenogami, and Timmins. We meet 3 or 4 times a year to exchange ideas, show and tell about whatever we are dabbling in at the time and enjoy each other's company.

We also like to challenge ourselves to try new techniques. There always seems to be a challenge in the works.

For the Book Challenge each person chose a theme and made a cover for the “pages” that were going to be made by everyone else. The size of the cover determined the sizes the pages had to be made.

My book measures 9” x 13” and the pages are 8” x 11”.

The theme for my book is Textures.

Textures Cover before assembly
For my cover I wove together 2 1/2” strips of fabric which I then stamped. I added loose threads, trims, even small crocheted flowers and covered the whole thing with tulle. I free motion quilted, outlining some of the stamped designs and filling in with as many designs as I could think of.

The inside of the cover is one my hand dyed. Two of the edges were shaped in a curved designs and zigzagged with variegated thread.
Inside cover - detail

I made a button from FIMO modelling clay and added a couple of beads to the end of a sparkly string to wrap around and hold the book closed.



made by Marie

made by Silvia

made by Karen

made by Kit

made by Jane

made by Marnie

I'm missing a couple, I'll update when I find them.

Window for Kit

Tree for Marie

Flowers for Jane

Doors for Silvia

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Needle and Thread Network.  Hope it is OK to link up as I feel that my whole blog is a WIP as I document quilts, etc. old and new.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Door #2

Quilt Documentation #121

Door #2 

This mixed media piece was made in answer to NOFA Green Challenge. Each person, in our art quilt group, brought in an item that had to be used in the making of our piece.

These were the items brought in:

cloth serviette with a raised pattern
aluminum pop can
long rectangular bead
silk leaf
large copper staple
wine cork

I used mine this way:

I made a rubbing (blue) from the serviette, for my wall background, on a piece that had previously been spattered.  I also painted the bottom part blue to match the top.

layout before stitching
I then quilted the whole piece, fused the “bricks” and stitched on the door and the steps.

The pop can was cut into a door and painted, the bead became the handle and the staple was cut to make 3 hinges.

I used the bottom of the pop can to make the vase into which I put the seashell and the cut-in-half leaf. I also added some of the curly cutting to the vase.

vase made from pop can bottom & hinges from large staple
The cork was cut into several pieces to build the sidewalk and I added clumps of “french knot” flowers to finish things off.

I wrapped the quilt around a piece of plywood and glued a ribbon over the raw edges.

Door #2 - back

This piece was made 2009 and measures 10” x 13½” .

Thanks for coming over,


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Quilting Books Organization

How is your quilting library organized?

Mine did not LOOK so bad but I could never find a book easily because I would just shoved books anywhere on the shelf.

So, on Tuesday, after spending a whole lot of time looking for a specific article but did remember which book it was in, I decided it was time to do something about it.

I pulled every single book off the shelf and sorted by subjects.

These were my categories:
Piecing Surface Design Free motion quilting Applique
Thread play Quilt Design Dyeing and Painting Patterns
Hand Embroidery Garments Miscellaneous

Back on the shelves.

So now books on specific subjects are all together and not all mixed together.

Looks about the same, but if I put books back in their section, I should be off to the races.

Here is the rest of the shelving unit.  Could use some help, too!  Not so neat looking but functional for me.


Just in case you think I'm getting spring fever, think again.

Either we're in the deep freeze or getting dumped on this winter.  We'll appreciate spring when it gets here!

Here's looking out my kitchen window.


Looking south over the lake.

Little feathered friends.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ocean Waves

Quilt Documentation # 120

Ocean Waves
Just a little quilt that I made to experiment with Kim Thittichai's techniques as shown in her book Hot Textiles – Inspiration and Techniques with Heat Tools.

The techniques I used were:
Painting fusible web and applying it to my background fabric (orange and blue).
Melted plastic shopping bags sandwiched with parchment paper and ironed until some melting occurred (grey near the botton edge).
Applied foil to the fusible web using the edge of the iron.'
Used puff paint to create the foam in the waves.

Ocean Waves - detail
I added some borders and quilted using metallic thread. It measures 13” w. X 11” h.

An orphan block that I added triangles and an edge strip to, became the the back of the quilt. I'm not sure when this was made as I had not signed or dated this quilt. I have now signed it. A good reminder to at least add your name and year even you don't have to make a label.


This was a lots of fun to make


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Work in Progress

This is what I have been working on this week and I hope to finish it today, but I can only show a couple of little peeks as this is for a competition.

This is what I started with:

Mono print, hand dyed, black solid and thread

Sneak peeks: it's a two-part thing!

Here is part 1

Part 1
And part 2

Part 2

If it doesn't get juried in, you will see it sooner than later.

Wish me luck!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Red Tree

Quilt Documentation # 119

Red Tree was made back in 2007 when I was experimenting with painting on fusible web with acrylics.

After the paint is dry, the fusible web has to be ironed on using a piece of parchment paper. A light hand is needed or the fusible web will go shiny. This method gets interesting results but the drawback is that once applied it cannot be touched with an iron (without parchment paper) or it will stick to the iron and melt.

In this quilt I applied 3 overlapping layers to get the sky section to go from light to dark.  The tree trunk was appliqued and the branches were thread painted.

The shadows on the ground are also made from using painted web.

I like the back of my quilts to look nice but also add a little surprise or something extra.  On this one I put a heavy thread in the bobbin at the quilting stage and outlined the tree and some of the background and borders.

This little monochromatic quilt measures12¾” x 16½”.

Sometimes it's just fun to play.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Nodding in the Dark

Quilt Documentation #118

This little quilt is the result of a monoprint made on black cotton using metallic paints. It measures 13” x 14½ “ and was made in 2011.

Nodding in the Dark

Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the print before stitching.

I stitched green leaves and stems over the splotches of brown and green and used a variegated yellow gold thread for the flowers. The background was stippled using angled straight lines instead of curvy stitches.

Nodding in the Dark - back
Once quilted, the piece was faced using bias corners, a sleeve and an label printed on ExtravOrganza .

label and facing

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Back Home & Postcard Fun


I loved New Zealand!  What a wonderful holiday. Cruising is great, no packing and hauling luggage around but still get to go on excursions and then, of course, all the good food. I met wonderful people and had lots of fun and even took quilting workshops on the days at sea.

And to top it all off, I got to spend almost a week with family in Vancouver on my way back home.


After being away on holidays for 3 weeks and the blog for a month, it is hard to get back in the groove.

I did miss my sewing machine, so time to play.  I decided to have some fun with postcards.

FOUR cards from one little kit!
I had made some kits (scraps) with the idea of teaching a class, so thought it might be a good idea to do a test run and see if the kits would work.

I chose a kit at random and these were the contents:

contents of kit

This is my first background, stitched with a decorative stitch and quilted:

background - decorative stitch and quilted

First card "Funky Flower":
Funky Flower

The second card turned into a little abstract. 
This was the process:



Still lots of scraps left:

Made “Swan in the Moonlight “ which turned out to be my favourite.

Swan in the moonlight
At this point I'm obsessed with seeing If I can squeeze one more card out of the little bag of scraps.
Tic tac toe!
Tic Tac Toe
I like to play with scraps and see what I can come up with.  I find that limiting supplies to use in a project can really get the creative juices flowing and  usually makes the results fun and interesting.

The results and left-overs

I had fun making these.
Hope you enjoy looking!
Thanks for coming.

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