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.

(photo of the red sand dunes in Phan Thiet, Vietnam. I was there at Christmas)

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?