Thursday, April 19, 2018


I arrived in Paris early today.... Paris, France not Paris, Ontario!

I left my knitting on the plane! Very sad. Limited edition yarn, sock already started. Needles and pattern in a hand-made linen pouch.

Gorgeous summer day here. Everyone was out in the caf├ęs.

Did you notice the stone under the window sill is a measuring station! A metre marked every 10 cm. Not sure which century. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Baby Quilt

You wouldn't think this small quilt has 52 different fabrics in it.

baby quilt measures 30" x 42"

It is a simple, 9-patch construction, the centre square is the background fabric, here it is the colour Snow from Kona.......

and the alternate blocks are the opposite; the centre square being a fussy cut fabric- for storytelling!

The back fabric is shown below. The binding fabric is striped. I like putting stripes and florals together.

When I visit a quilt store I always look for a striped fabric to add to my stash, usually diagonal stripes which are difficult to find, and purchase a 1/2 m.  I use those for my bindings.

For this quilt, I bought the back fabric only. Everything else was selected from my stash.

My stash is primarily made up of leftover bits from other projects. Once in a while I purchase a fabric for something and realize when I get home that it won't work. That piece then gets put in the stash.

There were some leftover bits from the back fabric in this project. You know, the pieces you cut off after quilting when you square up the finished quilt.

This baby quilt is a gift for a new baby. I started quilting it by machine and decided it needed to be hand quilted.

Hope Lily likes it.

Monday, April 2, 2018

North of Toronto

I love walking in the woods when it is cold and fresh and there is no one around.

The "winter" air is energizing.

I stop often to listen to the silence.

People often tell me I have it backwards- that I should go to Italy in the winter and stay in Canada in the summer. But I love the winter!

It is maple syrup time. The days reach +5 C and the nights go down to -5 C.

(I hope my photographs are inspirational to you. Fabric ruffles. They were taken in several conservation areas outside Toronto)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Art and Science

Congratulations Lorraine Roy!

Her new body of work is entitled Woven Woods, a series of 12 circular textile works being shown at the Old Town Hall Art Gallery in Waterford, Ontario. The show is on until April 5, 2018.

It was nice the wall colour
complimented the work!
UBUNTU- Tree Rings

The works explore a thriving ecosystem that biologists discovered- Mother Trees and their vast communication system. She traveled to British Columbia for some of her research.

She said what helped guide her in this new direction was the Mineral exhibit (2014) I curated. Click here, here, here to see more about that exhibit. I was glad to hear that.

Below you'll see Lorraine's work from Minerals...

...and the similarity to Minerals from this show.

They really are spectacular LIVE. Go see the show!

UBUNTU- Germination, detail

The entire collection took 4 years to complete. Research, sewing, and living was in there too!

Textile Artist Lorraine Roy (left)
UBUNTU- Seasons

For more information about Lorraine's inspiration for this exhibit, click here.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Forever Scraps- yarn and fabric

Back on New Years eve, I made a resolution and gave myself a time limit. No new yarn purchases. The challenge is to end on April 1. I find making several New Year's resolutions that end in a month's time or so, helps me to accomplish them! And also remember what they are...I mean who remembers 6 months in what they decided as a New Year's resolution?

To make this, I selected my colour palette,
pulled out my leftover fabric, paid close attention to value.

YARN: I reorganized the chest of drawers I have for my yarn, placing the thinner weights in the top drawer and the bulky and chunky yarns in the bottom drawer and the in-between weights in the middle.

I put together yarn bits of the same value and am making socks with those. They are so lovely. A little bit of everyone's socks in one pair!

I put aside all the half-knit projects; a sweater that had no sleeves, a sock that had no partner, a shawl too complicated to finish...and decided to make finishing them my goal.

I have been very good at doing that! (so proud). It isn't that hard after all!

FABRIC: I also decided to use up as much of my quilt fabric as possible. I just have lots of fabric and am tired of looking at the same colours and designs. Fabric, like fashion, gets dated. You have to use up your scraps and make room for the contemporary stuff- fun to buy and fun to use!

So I whipped this up.

finished size, approximately 30"x 40"

I posted it on my Instagram account, handle sandrareford if anyone wants to follow me there.

Fabric: batik, men's shirt fabric, recognizable K. Fasset,
quilters cotton from more than 10 years ago,
a cool new yellow...
I got so many "likes"!!

It is really pretty.

I am going to purchase the back fabric, a NEW fabric that's fun and exciting and helps motivate me to quilt it.

Make a goal and go for it!

Thursday, February 1, 2018


What do you think? It's an old one found in my studio as I tidied up.

magazine paper and hand dyed fabric

 It needs to be stitched.

Not doing much this week. I slipped on the ice and my back is making me immobile.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The New Year 2018

Where are you going?

What path will you choose?

photograph taken in Verona at Palazzo Forti

What changes will you make?

What things will stay the same?

Wishing you good decisions and happy adventures for the new year!