Sunday, November 04, 2018

November Madness

I don't think that I have more going on than usual, I just seem to feel more scattered 😕 Not sure what's happening there, maybe a little grounding is called for, anyway, I have a whole bunch of things to catch up on in this post, so let's get started!

Throwback Thursday

I don't have many quilts that I haven't blogged about yet. There are quite a few that were made PBE (pre-blogging era 😊) but I've slowly been including them in my posts when I can. I have a great PBE quilt for next month, when I host Throwback Thursday for Sandra, but you'll have to wait for that one!
Woven cotton runner
This month's project is a hand-woven runner. It was made in Timmins, Ontario, where I lived for a few years in the late 1980's and early 1990's.
Details of the trees on the edges
I learned to weave by taking night classes from Sylvia Martin at the Porcupine Campus of Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology. She was a wonderful teacher who encouraged me to use colour - if you can believe that!

This would have been one of the last things that I wove in Timmins. It was woven on the school's 8 shaft table loom, which took me a while to get the confidence to use. I wove mostly with cotton since I'm allergic to wool - nothing serious but it's hard to handle when it makes you itchy!

I gave this runner to my mother as a Christmas gift (since the trees look like Christmas trees). I know that she used all of the woven things I made for her. She also took great care of them, which is why I now have most of them.

I love this little corner of my dining room - it's the only area not covered in arts, school and computer  supplies :-) This area is full of art. Along with the runner, two of the planters were hand-made by my grandmother. You may also recognize the painting that was the inspiration for my first art quilt. If you don't recognize it, the link to the art quilt is below in Related links.
An area full of art in the dining room

FMQ bubbles for the dolphins
November's One Monthly Goal (OMG)

My October OMG was to create the quilt top for Charlotte's T-shirt and dress quilt. I got the quilt top finished and partly quilted, but haven't touched it since. There is still a lot of quilting to be done, but I'm going to try to finish it by the end of the month. I know that Charlotte would be thrilled to get the quilt sooner rather than later.
FMQ on one of Charlotte's dresses

Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Fall 2018  

The Art with Fabric Blog Hop begins tomorrow. This time the theme is colour.

As I mentioned in a previous post, "My piece is based on a BBC documentary series called A History of Art in Three Colours. While the first two films were interesting, it's the third one that caught my attention. My piece will feature white and its role in the evolution of art history, particularly in contemporary art."

Sneak peak at A White History of Art
Please come back on Wednesday, and in the mean time, go over to Alida's blog (see Related links) to see everyone's art work. It's always amazing!

What I learned
  • I loved weaving. It was my first fibre love 💖. At the time, I didn't think that I would find anything that I would ever love to do more that weaving. Once I left Timmins and the Porcupine Hand-weaving Guild, weaving just wasn't the same. I did continue to weave for a while in Ottawa but as the children were growing up, it felt that there wasn't time for weaving. It's only after I had my burnout that I realised how important creating with textiles was to my sanity and well-being. I've also come to realise that if I don't quilt or do some textile work during the week, that I'm a basket case by the weekend. It's a lesson that I forget from time to time to my detriment.
Related links

Linking Parties

I'm linking this post to Sandra's Throwback Thursday at mmm! Quilts. Don't forget to come back next month (December 6th)! The linky party will be here :-) I'm also linking up to the November One Monthly Goal (OMG) Setting post with Patty at Elm Street Quilt. Check out what's happening at all of these great parties! Slow Sunday Stitching, Monday Making, What I Made Monday, Design Wall Monday, Main Crush Monday, Moving It Forward, Tuesday Colour Linky Party, Linky Tuesday, Silly Mama Quilts WIPMidweek Makers,


  1. Fun dolphin panel! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly goal and good luck with your project.

    1. Thanks Patty. I sure hope I get it done too! Thanks for doing the link-up. It's always fun and motivating :-)

  2. Weaving was my first fibre love as well although I don't have time for it these days.
    Good luck with your goal.

    1. Hi Lisa, it's been a very long time since I wove but I really hope to incorporate weaving into my fibre art - when I retire. That could be lots of fun.

  3. thanks so much for sharing and linking up!

  4. Oh, I love the Art with Fabric blog hop! Guess where I'm browsing to next.... Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday!

    1. Thanks Becca! It's one of my favourite events of the year!

  5. Fascinated to see your weaving. Of course I need another hobby like a hole in the head, so I am not looking too hard! :) It is a lovely piece though.

  6. Thanks Dione. Weaving was my first love and at the time I didn't think that I could love to do something more...and them came quilting! I do want to go back to weaving to make fibre art pieces one day.


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