I have mixed feelings towards making patchwork quilts. I enjoy the history and tradition of the art and it does appeal to my perfectionist tendencies. Ironically, these are the same things that can contribute to my more ambivalent feelings toward this type of work. Sometimes the number of traditional patterns generated makes it feel harder to do something new or unique. This, of course, is not true as talented designers are constantly created new approaches and new variations. Continue reading Patchwork Stories→
The Eastern Shore has a great new service for quilters. Wendy Pehrsson has opened Songbird Quilter in Lawrencetown. Songbird offers longarm instruction and rental services to help people finish their quilts without the expense of purchasing a longarm. After a short orientation session, quilters can rent Wendy’s machine by the hour to complete projects at a very reasonable rates.
The topic of today’s technology in art creation post is machine embroidery. Some people have pretty strong opinions about the look of machine embroidery and I didn’t use to be much of a fan myself. However, when I decided to invest in a new machine and started researching options, I became more interested and I purchased a quilting / embroidery machine. The embroidery offered opportunity to create patterns, customize gifts, and add simple designs for quilting on finished projects. Continue reading Tech Talk: Machine Embroidery→
Increasingly my quilting preference is realistic art quilts from photos. Photography has been a hobby since I bought my first SLR camera in high school. We don’t need to discuss how many years ago that was. I have progressed from that first camera, a well-loved and well used K-100 Pentax work horse, through a series of digital cameras Continue reading Tech Tuesday: Basic Photo Editing→
With the snow fast disappearing, I decided that I’d better get in another session of snow dyeing before I lost the chance for the season. I had intended to get into the city to pick up some more supplies but didn’t get the chance so I had to work with what I had around because the weather forecast was calling for more rain. I decided to experiment with what I had around the house. Continue reading WIP: Fabric Dyeing→
Here it is time for another tech Tuesday piece so I have been considering what I wanted to cover. This has got me thinking about how I use technology tools in my work, and about how these various tools influence my process and my projects. Continue reading Technology and Creativity→
For this week’s work in progress, I have chosen a quilt called Holly Lane, from The Quilt Company.
I have had this one packed away for some time. I took it out to cut and complete for Christmas 2017 but I completed only one block before I had to put it aside to meet demands of client work and gifts.
This summer, I designed a Japanese-inspired quilt as a wedding gift for a good friend. I chose a focal fabric with a large floral print (peonies – one of her favs) in the pinks and purples that I know she likes. For the center panel, I selected several Japanese embroidery designs from www.em
blibrary.com and stitched them in colours that matched the chosen border fabric. Continue reading Work in Progress and Scrappy How-To→