I don’t know if it is a new trend or just something that I have recently become aware of in magazines and online articles but I have been seeing more discussions describing ‘improv quilting’ as a style. It seems to me that that it is more accurately described as a process than a style. To me, it makes more sense to think of it as a way to create, try new approaches – and mix things up a little.
Organizing a creative work space can be a challenge. Keeping it organized even more so. Even when everything has its place, there are often times when not everything is in its place. At any given time there might be projects in different stages of completion, tools that were recently used Continue reading WIP: Studio (re)Organization →
I have long been fascinated by the life and work of Leonardo Davinci. So, when my wife and I traveled to Italy in 2015, we sought out opportunities to explore historic sites that were connected to the maestro. This renaissance painter, sculptor, mathematician, physician, builder, inventor and philosopher (among other talents) is an inspiration to me. My own Portfolio speaks to my curiosita and interest in numerous fields inspired, in part, by Davinci and other renaissance men. But recently, I came to wonder if I (and the maestro, for that matter) are actually renaissance men, or simply suffering attention deficit? Continue reading Renaissance Man or ADD?→
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.
Warren Ervine may not look like a legend, but thirty years ago, he did something extraordinary – something that only a few Canadians will ever do. Warren ran a leg of the Olympic Torch relay for the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988. On February 20, during our country’s sesquicentennial birthday celebration he will relive that event at the annual Sackville Business Association Snow Days Parade with a replica of the torch that he held high in ’88. That’s where I came in… Continue reading Work in Progress: Passing the Torch→
This week, I am finishing up a lap quilt made with mainly reclaimed materials. I have been saving discarded jeans and other clothes for some time specifically for a project like this one. It is a perfect opportunity to use up some previously ‘well loved’ items that are really too worn for donation.
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→
During the Holidays, the subject of acquiring a laser cutting/ engraving system came up several times and it has me thinking about technology usage in artisan work. As a woodworker, I work wood. But to make wood into something functional or creative or artistic, I need tools to help with that conversion. Continue reading Tech Tuesday: Technology – Tool, or Toy?→