Thursday, 8 October 2020


A few innocent sun prints turned into a full-on painting binge, and before I knew it I was signed up for a table at the museum's Fibre Arts sale!

My husband sprang into action to make display racks - if I can dream it, he can make it! He added a few touches of his own, surprising me with engravings of my business name, and even a funky handle on the turning rack!

Everything fit on my assigned table except for the pillows, but they're okay tucked underneath.

Things are selling, so I'm still printing and stitching up a storm. More pillows, postcards, greeting cards, another bag, and some small art pieces will be added tomorrow afternoon. 

The sale goes until the end of October, so I have my work cut out for me. It would have been ideal to have a stock built up PRIOR to committing, but where's the fun in that? 😜 

I've chased many a squirrel in my time, but this one really has me scrambling!

Where I Paint

Doesn't my Mexican lamp look fab? Cleaning it made all the difference! My grandmother brought it home in the 70's, and now it's my task light. The old chair was in my grandfather's lapidary studio forever. I'm not sure if it's from the 30's or the 50's, but I do know it belongs in a creative space.

I've already managed to splatter paint on the raw drywall. Shh. My husband doesn't need to know. Yet. ha!

This . . .

To This . . .

To This!

And, REPEAT until I run out of steam! 

Fresh off the Frame

This custom job was my client's FIRST quilt! Here's a shot that shows the quilting.

And here's the entire quilt, sunshine and all. I can't always catch the best light before a quilt has to go home, but I feel like this quilt deserves to be shown off. So much piecing for a newbie, and it all fit!

Speaking of piecing - I KNOW how much work this Gypsy Wife was for this client, having just finished piecing my own. This stunning version is quilted with the Bubbles pantograph.

The Amour pantograph and some binding finish up this client quilt:

Kandinsky panto for this one:

Ladybugs panto, here:

When not chasing squirrels, I've been chasing grandchildren! 

I have yet to get all three in one photo, but two out of three ain't bad.

When I look through my photos I'm always astonished by how busy we've been. The variety of activity is the most fun! 

An art gallery visit, cozy back yard fires, harvesting garden eats, celebrating birthdays, a photo shoot (and a paint night) with my daughter, soaking up the sun while the kids play, watching cranes, geese, and robins head south, reviving almost-forgotten pool playing skills, chasing grandchildren - and chasing SQUIRRELS in the studio - all add spice to my days.

I'm intensely thankful, and wouldn't want things any other way. (Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!)

Linking up with:

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

Try, Learn & Grow!


Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Paint, Prints & Pebbles

One fine day in July I thought it would be fun to make some sun prints, so I dragged everything outside and got busy. Turns out it wasn't so fun.

A frustrating, intermittent breeze lifted my boards, flipped the fabric edges, and blew my leaves out of place. I was forced to use rocks as weights to hold things in place, which I thought would be a fine solution.

Turns out it wasn't as clever as I'd hoped. Some of the rocks printed, too. Doh!😖

The second print confirmed the rock printing phenomenon. 

After much swearing, chasing of leaves, and stomping around the garden, I packed it in and moved to the basement. No wind there!

Weirdly, some of my fabrics didn't feel like 100% cotton. I'm not even sure why they were in my stash, but I decided to paint them anyway. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

As I was taking pictures I had a monumental slip and fall, thanks to a piece of waxed paper that got away from the pile of pressed leaves tucked under a table. 

My poor tailbone smashed onto the concrete floor! OUCH!!! An abrupt end to my play day.

The next day, I limped downstairs to see the results. 

Some prints were successful, and others - well. They'll make great supporting players in my work, but are rather disappointing on their own. Not really a surprise. These paints don't do well on poly-cotton blends.

I used an unimpressive print as a background to help show off a better one.

You may have noticed that several of the fabric pieces on the painting table were odd shapes and sizes.  I figured I might as well paint everything, and figure out what to do with those bits later.

While looking things over, I noticed that a few bits looked rather pretty together. I sewed them into a little composition that makes me happy. (If you weighed in on the purple/pink placement, thanks!)

I'm now considering this batik for an accent - somehow, some way - maybe. We'll see.

Despite my unfortunate injury, I've been able to stand without much pain. Client quilting goes on!

Fresh off the Frame

First up - pebbles and swirls for days! (daze? ha!)



After: (Whew!)

Next up - pantographs on pretties!

Whirls pantograph:

Modern Twist pantograph:

Dragonflies pantograph:

Memory Quilt #1 - Hearts in Bloom pantograph: 

Memory Quilt #2 - Modern Twist pantograph:

Memory Quilt #3 - Techno pantograph:

Knowing the reason for memory quilts is emotionally taxing for all involved. It helps ease my own heart to imagine how these quilts will offer immediate comfort, and I hope they will eventually trigger happy memories when the time is right. 

Linking Up With:

Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

Try, Learn & Grow!


Friday, 14 August 2020

A Little Flock of Fun!

This small wall hanging was prepped for stitch before I remembered to grab a before shot. It also sported some chalk lines - drawn to see if an idea for the birds would actually fit the space.

Spoiler - it did!

My client suggested that perhaps grass could grow up around the birds. I went a step further into the land of whimsy by adding folksy flowers and leaves.

Looks like a little flock of fun to me!

Client Quilt Gallery

Whether quilting is custom or done using pantographs, I'm thrilled every single time a beautiful quilt is Fresh off the Frame!

This one was finished with the Halcyon pantograph:

Spring Garland panto:

Wrought Iron panto:

Bountiful Feathers panto:

Giant, custom swirls and pebbles finish the next quilt: it was challenging to keep such large swirls looking circle-ish, but I'm really happy with the result!

The owner of the next quilt plans to quilt it herself on her domestic machine. To help her with that task, she had me stabilize the quilt by ditching around all the main sections. Smart!

Linking up With:

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

Free Motion Mavericks @ Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Whoop Whoop Friday @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Longarm Learning @ Cheeky Cognoscenti

Try, Learn & Grow!


Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Poppies and Leaves

I love watching a quilt come alive with quilting, don't you?

Working from the center, out, made sense for this project.

Crosshatching in the center is repeated in the next section to be quilted, but in a slightly larger scale to complement the large poppy motifs.

You may have guessed that this is a quilt of remembrance. Twenty two names were quilted into the yellow and green center sections. Coming from a direct line of farmers, I can't even imagine a family tree so full of veterans.

The writing on the quilt follows the orientation of the poppies as they rotate around the quilt's center. 

In Flanders Fields begins its flow around the quilt in the first, yellow border, and finishes in the accent border near the quilt's edges. I like the idea that these somber words embrace the veterans' names.

At eighty seven inches square, this quilt makes a huge impact whether it's hung or laid on a bed. 

And, that's a wrap!

Rather than lumping everything into a mammoth post - as usual - I'm stopping here with the intent to show less, but post more often.

Oh, who am I kidding??? I've gotta show you just one more thing!

I've been making sun prints, and think these bits will become a collage, of sorts. Which version do you prefer? Keep the pink/purple together, or separate them?

Linking up with:
MCM at Cooking Up Quilts 
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole (who can also be found on Instagram as Fresh off the Frame)