Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lots of Love

 St. Valentine's Day is coming up.

Scrap quilt in the making.
I will add a border to make it larger and frame it
but haven't found the right fabric.
See how the X's make a larger X and
the O's make a larger circle around the  outside.
Clever setting of the blocks!

We don't really celebrate the day at our house but I do make a heart-shaped cake for dessert.

"O" symbolizes hugs

We try to have that feeling all year round.

"X" symbolizes kisses

All that lovin' and appreciation for one another is important every day.

Notice all the different fabrics used for the foreground and the background

Hugs and kisses are always good, anytime of year!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Umbria awaits

I am excited about the Umbria textile trip. Even though it isn't till August I have to confirm all the events by mid-March.

There are still places available. Sign up soon.

What you need to know:

The trip starts at Fiumicino airport (Rome) so people can arrive from anywhere not only Canada!

Participants need to understand (some) English as all the events are in English.

The focus of the trip is to create an art journal where from ideas can be extracted and new works, either traditional quilts or contemporary work, produced upon returning to a home studio.

We will be visiting five small towns in the province of Umbria.

The town of Trevi where we will be staying is 300 m above sea level so even though we will be there in summer, the evenings are cool.

The trip fee for Canadian participants is in Canadian dollars so the exchange rate, or low dollar, should not concern you. (travellers from outside of Canada pay in Euro). The trip fee is $2599.00 Canadian. Travellers are responsible for their flight.

Think of the trip as an inspirational retreat.

What could be better?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Early Spring Cleaning

My annual Spring Cleaning quilt class will be held a little early this year. It is in late February.

Sunday, February 28 from 10 am to 4 pm at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto.

This quilt tells a story- a story of my travels.
Besides the techniques of cutting and sewing
 I also teach HOW to start this quilt
from a design point of view. How to make it personal to you.

By 'spring cleaning' I mean clean out that fabric!

Students make the quilt top using mostly fabric from their stash. That is a good thing to do now that our Canadian dollar is so low!!

For the beginner quilter, there is the option of purchasing a few fat quarters. And that also goes for those 'sensible' quilters who have not accumulated metres of fabric...bought for a future project!

It is a fun day with other quilters in a gorgeous space with lots of natural light. The projects are always simple to sew up.

There are 2 spots left! Register NOW.

Click here for info.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Warm colours of the 'red' sand on this cold snowy day.

Be warm.

(photos of the red sand dunes in Phan Thiet, Vietnam)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Lace Shapes

I have always liked hand crocheted doilies. I have collected a few myself from Italy and a special one from Austria, a gift.

I don't know where to put them because they don't really go with my decor but they are special to me.

I appreciate the time the nameless women took to create each little stitch to make the intricate pattern.

This one was made by my Italian friend, Liana,
from the south of Italy. It was a gift to me last summer.
UPPERCASE magazine issue 26, has a selection of beautiful pictures of different kinds of lace and doilies. They were made popular in the 17th century by a cloth merchant named Doiley.

Hand made by Liana, another gift.

They were use in Victorian times. They were displayed over the backs of couches and chairs to protect the couch from men's oily hair products. They were sometimes placed under cups or pastries . The latter eventually replaced by paper ones.

Tile maker, Jane Sheppard, obviously feels the same as she uses them to imprint her tiles. You can see their influence in her Lace Series.

Photograph of article in House and Garden Magazine (UK)
Guess who else likes doilies this season?

I photographed this purse in a store window in Hong Kong.

I wonder how much Chanel sells it for?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


RE- solution
RE- think
RE- charge
RE- set
RE- fresh

(photo taken at a coffee shop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where we are celebrating the holidays together- all 6 of us.)

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Fabric Markets

The fabric markets I've seen in the past ten days have all been colourful!

Ribbons in Hong Kong

When there is so much choice I often can't buy!

Fabric Market in Ho Chi Minh City


Beads at the fabric market in Kowloon.
A fabric stall in Kowloon.