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)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Working on another quilt now that my sewing machine has returned from its check-up.


I missed it! It is running so smoothly now.


More simple shapes.



The half-square triangles were in a box, most of them left overs or by- products from the Valentine's quilt.



I have a good start with the 128 HST already done.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Simple Shapes

You can make so many nice quilts ...


... using the simple shapes of squares and triangles.



I used this mini quilt (12" x14") as an example in the Binding Class I taught yesterday at Ewe Knit.


Students really enjoyed the class!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Winter Quilt Finished...or not

I did finish my Winter Quilt last week but...



I hadn't finished assembling it and decided to add the binding strip on the part that was already quilted (bad idea!) (In my defence, I was going to visit a friend and wanted to bring some hand sewing for our visit!)



Later, I wanted to show it to a friend and so I rushed the rest of the assembly.

The entire thing started to go wonky and I hadn't noticed!

When I finished the quilt I couldn't believe how UN-square it was!! (how embarrassing ...with my experience!!)



I am going to remove the binding and square up the quilt and then reattach the binding and resew it by hand. I will never be able to use it knowing it isn't square!!!


Rushing is never a good thing.


NOTE: I undid the binding and marked the quilt edges to be equidistance from the horizontal centre seam line and just before I got the rotary cutter out I realized that if I trim the edges, the vertical seams of the panels will not be 90 Degrees with the edge. Oh brother!! I know that will bother me even more and will be more visible to my eye so I have decided to leave the quilt as is (I need to resew the binding on!!).

The good thing is I learned a trick for when I teach this class. I should start assembling it from the centre outward. Then turn the thing upside down and work the second side upside down from the centre outward.