Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hot Days of Summer

Being inspired means keeping your senses in good working order! All 5 senses!

How about this amazing tea as an inspiration for a quilt? Why not?

Queen West Tea from Tealish
It has a great smell. It tastes amazing as an iced tea, which is what I have been drinking. It is so hot here in the south of Italy. It hit 39 degrees Celsius today!

Check out the amazing colour combination!


Blue, yellow, different shades of orange, dark brown (don't forget the tea leaves!)

You decide what shape to create, which block best tells your story.

When you use that quilt, you'll be remembering the time you made that tea, the hot days of the summer you spent in Italy.... or wherever you are.


Going back to the beach. Can't wait to get in the water and cool off!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Canada Day

Happy 150th Canada! What a great country!

I will be giving a few of these pins out to my Italian friends today.

I am in Italy right now so I won't really be celebrating like I would have been in Toronto.

Our beach without umbrellas

Our prime minister Justin Trudeau was in Italy recently and people here are still buzzing about him!

More coastline of the province Basilicata

They are so impressed with his ways, ideas, public speaking themes...

Our town from above

...and of course his looks!

Down the coast a little

There have been several articles in the Italian papers about our fine country with comments on our immigration policy. We are really such a good role model for the world.

(photos of the region by local resident, hobby photographer and friend, Domenico Vittorini. You can find him on Facebook)



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Back in Verona

It feels good being back in Verona.



In the evenings, I am home and can do some quiet stitching.

I prepared the cloth and printed it before I left Canada and am now making marks on those fabric pieces with embroidery thread.



I noticed that because I travel often my art production has dropped off significantly. I definitely don't want to stop travelling so the only solution is to find a way to 'work' while I am away from my studio.

I do use this time to journal and collect ideas and I am still going to do that.


I love the way my life is going and don't want to change anything about it right now.

You yourself might like to consider travelling to Verona with me for my ten-day Italy Textile Trip. Next one is in Spring 2019. Click here for more details.

(the photos are old ones taken over the last years... I have had camera problems, iphone problems and internet problems)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sense of Touch

I went to the Ontario Craft's new location on Queen Street West, Toronto.

My Light Green Heart, Judy Martin
2017
22.5"w x 29"h  /57cm x 74cm
To see the entire work click here.
(artist's post from February 17)
I apologize for these pictures. I took them with my cell phone and the colour isn't quite right!

I went to see Judy Martin's work that was exhibited in their gallery.



I entered the gallery and walked right by the work. I guess I was expecting My Light Green Heart to be much larger.


The warn linen looked so soft. You really did want to touch it and feel its softness and the folds and the texture of the layered hand-stitched circles.

Quoted from the gallery label:

Judy's work is grounded in the phenomenological idea that sense of touch is the most effective way to make an emotional connection with others and her surfaces are covered with hand stitching.



She used vintage Damask linen which she dyed.

I just received some antique italian linen which I printed on. The design of the weave shows through the printing and gives a lovely texture.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Downtown Toronto

I was downtown yesterday so didn't stitch at all.





Sunday, April 16, 2017

Labels

It is important to 'sign' your quilt.


You can do that in many ways.

A label is one way.


Here is a paper-pieced bunny I made in 2004. Love the ear!


Happy Easter.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Con Affetto

I sometimes give titles to my quilts.... a friend of mine thinks it is awfully pretentious!  :-) This one is called Con Affetto.

my latest scrap quilt

It means, with affection and comes from the note my Veronese friend wrote me. She is the one who gave me the hand-dyed heart I inserted in this quilt. Marina Tavella is an accomplished textile artist and teaches the dying workshop for my Verona Textile Trip.




The title also worked as over 100 half-square-triangles were 'by-products' from the Valentine's quilt...with affection. By 'by-products' I mean the secondary pieces that came out of making the X's and O's.

Con Affetto, 32" x 40"

The back will be "quiet". Simple.


I will be teaching triangles at Eweknit next weekend. (April 22, 2017)