Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Virtual Fibre Art Show and OMG

I hope that May is treating you well. It's still cold and rainy in Ottawa but then it is only May 😊 

Fibre Fling 2021 Virtual Art Show

The Out of the Box Fibre Art Group is proud to present our first virtual art show. I really hope that you will visit - the art is really amazing!

Here are the posters for the event. Does one of those pieces look familiar?

Fibre-Fling 2021

Fibre-Fling 2021

Fibre-Fling 2021

Fibre-Fling 2021

The posters may feature art from previous shows but I think that this year's show is one of our best. Of course it's not the same as seeing everything in person, but then I wouldn't be able to invite you all to attend!😊 

As usual, I have entered the maximum number of art pieces that we are allowed. If you check it out, you will see my latest piece, After the Storm. I'll write up the post in the next week or so. It's one of my favourite pieces. (I think I often say that after I finish my latest!)

I hope that you'll go visit. It's well worth it!

May One Monthly Goal (OMG)

I've had a lot of fun posting on Instagram, but it's time to get back to work! I'm sure that that is what my son is thinking.😁

My OMG for May is to finish piecing Version 2.0 of my Mother's Quilt to my Son.

Ready for the borders!

By the end of the month, I want to: 

  • Add the borders (figure out exactly how big I want it to be, cut and piece);
  • Sandwich it (that is one huge job and the kitchen floor needs to be clean to do it!)
  • With my son, discuss and plan the quilting of Version 2.0 based on my mother's notes to my son

If I can start free motion quilting (FMQ) it, that would be a bonus!

Front page of Notes from my mother to my son
A story about his quilt

Translation: The Stéphane Quilt by Thérèse Lamontagne in Kirkland Lake June 2000. Story written by a grand-mother that explains the quilt that she made for her grandson when he turned nine years of age.

With my son's permission, I will share some of the story as I FMQ Version 2.0

I'm not adding a What I learned section because I haven't seemed to learn it...I think that this quilt has been an OMG at least 2 or 3 times....let's see if I can do it this time! For added inspiration, I'm pulling the quilt top and the border fabric and hanging them on the banister! 

Related links

Linking parties

I'll be linking up to the May One Monthly Goal (OMG) with Patty at Elm Street Quilts, as well as other fun linking parties. Let's check them out! Monday Making, Midweek Makers, Patchwork & Quilts, Off the Wall Friday, Put Your Foot Down, Design Wall Monday

Monday, May 03, 2021

Week 5 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art)

Last week was the end of the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art). It was a great finish, even if I was less organised as the month went on. I want to thank Frédérique of Quilting Patchwork Appliqué for a wonderful challenge. I really learned a lot and am so happy to have participated. Here's a look at the last week's post.

V is for Village

This project, Amalfi Coast Happy Village was one of my first art quilts, although I didn't realise it at the time. It was made during a workshop with the owner of a local quilt shop and based on Karen Eckmeier's book, Happy Villages. The image is loosely based on a postcard that I bought in the Amalfi Coast in Italy. 

Amalfi Coast Happy Village - my first art quilt

Putting Amalfi Coast Happy Village together 

Happy Villages by
Karen Eckmeier

W is for Weaving

This piece is called Ciboulette Stitches. It was created based on a workshop with Sue Stone through Weaving was my first passion and it was great to incorporate it into my art. BTW ciboulette is chives in French. 

Ciboulette Stitches on a woven background

Lovely ciboulette flowers

The real thing in the garden

X is Xerothermic

Xerothermic is an adjective used to describe dry and hot climates. Isn't Google amazing? I actually learned a new word 😊! 

This piece is called South-West art quilt. It was begun at a workshop at my local quilt shop, Quilty Pleasures, in 2010. I had done what I could, but had no idea how to finish all of the grasses in the foreground. Finally it came to me – couching! So the piece was finished in 2015 as part of a UFO challenge. 

The quilt hangs in my daughter's room as a reminder of our wonderful vacations in the American South-West.
South-West Art Quilt

Couching was the solution that I
was looking for!
Lighting up the sky

Y is for Yellow

This piece is called “Keep Calm and Stitch”. I stitched and beaded the word “Calm” since it’s my word of the year - I didn't realise until then that my unconscious word of the year for 2020 was Frenzy. That's why I consciously chose Calm. 

This piece was made in January for the first challenge of the year of Project Quilting 2021. The theme was to use the Pantone colours of the year – Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. To avoid last year's Frenzy and to remain calm, this is the only one of the Project Quilting challenges that I did this year. I did enjoy it and hopefully it's something that I will continue to participate in, at least occasionally. 

“Keep Calm and Stitch” - for the Project Quilting 2021

Details: buttons, couching
and stitching

More slow stitching to remain calm 

Beading and various
embroidery stitches

Z is for Zigzag

This practice piece is zigzag crosses. It is a Sashiko stitch that I learned from Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz in a virtual workshop. I also bought their book, Boro & Sashiko to keep on learning. Now that I know how to create the grids to stitch Sashiko, I really love it and hope to keep adding it to my art quilts. 

It's too bad that this last post wasn't an example of something in a real art quilt but the only other word that I might have used was zillion, as in a zillion beads in an art quilt. I am working on a project that feels like it has a zillion beads in it but when I looked at it, it didn't look like it even had tons of beads, let alone a zillion 😁.

Sashiko stitching zigzag crosses

What I learned
  • Although it required a lot of preparation, this was a great challenge.
  • I think what I underestimated the most was the time to prepare the posts since I didn't want to just put in what I had said on Instagram.
  • It was a great experience to see most of the art quilts that I have done over the years. Many of them have been created since belonging to the's Stitch Club, for which I am very thankful.
  • I know that I've learned so much as an artist about colour, composition and techniques, but I'm pretty impressed with some of my earlier works. Most are pretty good!
  • Now that this rush is over, I'm looking forward to reading some of the other participants' posts 😊
Related links
Linking parties
I will be linking up to many fun linking parties this week. You can still link up to Free Motion Mavericks until Tuesday evening. After that, make sure to visit Muv and link up thereMonday Making, Design Wall Monday, Oh Scrap!, Patchwork & Quilts

Thursday, April 29, 2021

An Out of this World Finish on Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks, week 329. After making the Pinwheels and Stars blocks years ago, putting them together to make a baby quilt and then using it as my free motion quilting (FMQ) project for almost a year, it's now finished!  

Pinwheels and Stars baby quilt

It's finally over 😊. Although not technically perfect, I really love how this quilt came out.

Pinwheels & Stars  baby quilt finished!

The picture on the chair pose

Chevy's turn

As I mentioned in my #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) post this weekend, (under U for UFO), I added some swirls, loops and stars. I did it all in white Omni Thread from Superior Threads and my regular lilac WonderFil Konfetti in the bobbin. I did take the time to make sure that these threads worked well together...and they did!

Free Motion Quilting between space related objects

Free Motion Quilting between space related objects

If I'm a little late publishing this post, it's because it's too late to get good pictures of the finished quilt tonight and this is too important of a finish to settle for night pictures. I'm not sure that tomorrow will be much better with all the rain in the forecast, but at least there will be daylight.

Just to recap this project:

  • I introduced the Pinwheels & Stars Baby Quilt on May 13 of last year - so almost a year ago!
  • I drew some pinwheel FMQ designs that I found on the Internet and started quilting the next week.
  • On July 8 I finished FMQ the pinwheel blocks

    image of 7 FMQ designs for pinwheel blocks
    Seven FMQ designs for pinwheel blocks

  • By the end of July, I had found some star FMQ designs and started the quilting in August.
  • By the end of November, with a few weeks off for other projects, I finished FMQ the star blocks and started making plans for all of that yummy negative space.
image of 6 FMQ designs for star blocks
Six FMQ designs for star blocks
This was the original flexible plan.

Drawing of a possible FMQ plan for the negative space

  • I then started doing research and practiced drawing the important elements like the Earth and the Moon.
  • I also discovered on the NASA and the Canadian Space Agency websites, information about the Artemis Project. I practiced drawing and then in January, started FMQ and added the Earth, the Moon and these to the quilt. If you want to learn more, you'll have to go to the original posts (see Related links).
  • The Sun was added in March and then things got productive after that. In April I added all of the other planets of our Solar System as well as some funky and fun stars, nebula and even a UFO! 
Our far

What I learned
  • It's been an amazing journey. I found some great designs to FMQ the pinwheels and stars. 
  • Then came all of the space journey - Wow! 
  • The FMQ filler between the space objects was fast and furious. I loved it! I actually did slow down so that my tension would be ok but I just zipped along which was really nice after working so hard on coming up with different motifs for the rest of the quilt.
  • I wasn't sure how it would all look before I added the background quilting but I am so, so happy with it. 😁 It's exactly what it needed. 
  • I had a bit of a stressful moment when I realised that I didn't have any more backing fabric, which I was going to use for the binding. So I contacted my local quilt shop, Quilty Pleasures, and told the salesperson what I wanted - a very, very light mauve or purple, either solid or close to it. She had exactly what I needed. I ordered it online and picked it up that afternoon.

Related links

Here are the links that I mentioned, in the same order:

Linking parties

This is my April One Monthly Goal...Yeah it's done!!! I will also be linking up to all of those fun finished parties that I don't often link to 😊. Before you check them out, make sure to link up your own project to Free Motion Mavericks below. Put Your Foot Down, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Finished Friday, TGIFF!. Brag About Your Beauties, Let's Make Baby Quilts!, Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup, Off The Wall Friday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Peacock Party, Patchwork & Quilts, Monday Making

Free Motion Mavericks

Thanks to those who joined us last time. It was really great to see the SAHRR (Stay At Home Round Robin) Parade Finale at Quilting Gail's. I wish I had joined them in this very cool project, but I did hear that there should be another one next winter, so I'm going to try to plan around that! If you didn't see the great quilts, including Gail's lovely here, do check them out!

Quilting Gail's finish for the SAHRR

It's your turn!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, April 26, 2021

Week 4 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art)

Wow, I'm keeping up with the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) on Instagram. It's been a long, hard week but I managed it. This is the second last week of April and I'm going to show you what I posted, from P to U!

P is for Paper

The piece is Momigami tree and was created based on a workshop with Cas Holmes through in August 2020. Momigami is Japanese for cloth made of kneaded paper.  We adapted the process by using long-fibred paper and kneading it with a little bit of oil until it become more supple. This was hand-stitched onto fabric to create a small landscape. 

Momigami tree

Since I haven't written a post about this piece yet, I don't want to give it all away. Let's just say that along with hand-dyed cotton, tulle, cheese-cloth and yarn, there are also pages from magazines and a potato bag.

Building up the piece

Q is for Quilting Wholecloth

The piece is Flower of Life, created for Project Quilting 2020. The theme was Notably Numeric. This had me stumped because math is not my idea of fun, however there was mention of geometry so that wasn't too bad. I started one of those rabbit hole journeys on the internet and ended up with the Flower of Life. It turns out that it's a Sacred Geometry pattern and it was very cool to learn about it. 
I actually drew the pattern, which is a series of circles, onto the fabric but since I used a frixion pen, it left a shadow on the fabric. Not a problem - I quilted it from the back 😊. This was only some of the problem solving in this project. You can read more about it in the two posts found below in Related links.

The free motion quilting from the back

A series of circles

I added beads to the centre of the intersecting circles. It breaks up the pattern a bit but I love the orange peel pattern almost as much as I love hexies!

The Flower of Life

R is for Reverse Appliqué

This piece is called Funky Flower Mola, made for the Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop. The book was Molas!: Patterns, Techniques & Projects for Colorful Applique by Kate Mathews. In her book, Kate Mathews explains the origins of Molas. It's a textile tradition of the Kuna, an aboriginal people from the Panama area. You may not know what they are called, but odds are you've seen some before. The are colourful and joyful - everything that attracts me to textiles.

My version of a Mola. It has several layers of fabric.

Adding green to the layers
The idea is to layer fabrics and then cut through them to create the variations in colours. The square flower in the middle is made up of three layers of fabric. I added a green layer of fabric between the others to the right of the piece, and some yellow and lilac layers to the left.
Adding yellow
and purple layers

The square flower has a layer
of hot pink, maroon and pink

This was done in February 2019, before I started doing so much hand-stitching and embroidery. I think that if I made a Mola today, that it would be much better. It was a lot of fun and reverse appliqué is not that difficult - more fussy than anything. I'm actually working on a piece that will require lots of reverse appliqué so I'm bound to get better at it😊.

S is for Strings

This piece is called “Tries to play nice with others” and was created for the All About Strings Blog Hop. It has blocks that are string pieced, two layers of batting for extra fluffiness and a lot of fun free motion quilting. Of course, it also includes hexies. 

“Tries to play nice with others” 
This piece includes all of my favourite things! Easy piecing, great colours, hexies and lots and lots of free motion quilting!

Featuring bright colours, hexies and FMQ - my favourite things!

T is for Transparent or Translucent

Flower Impressions - Pink Campion was created based on a workshop with Vinny Stapley through I love the transparent look of textiles but didn't think that I would like working with it. I'm happy to say that I was wrong - I love it and it's really not difficult to work with, at least by hand.

Flower Impressions - Pink Campion

Using tulle and organza of all kinds and colours,
including hand-dyed silk organza

I really hope to explore transparency and translucence in the future. There is so much that I would like to try 😊
The inspiration for the piece,
pink campion in my garden

Playing with different types of embroidery stitches

U is for UFO

If you've been following my blog for a while, you will recognize my Pinwheels and Stars baby quilt. It was adapted from the quilt, Make a Wish, from the Quilt Almanac, 2011. In the centre of the quilt, I created a type of wholecloth negative section to quilt. Last year I quilted the pinwheels and stars and I’m now finishing the middle with free motion quilting (FMQ). This include our solar system, the Artemis project,  the Perseverance Rover landing on Mars as well as some funky space nebula, stars and a UFO. 

This is the annotated image of the FMQ with the names of the planets and the Artemis Project.

Our Solar System

The UFO on my UFO!

This is a preview of the FMQ around the planets, stars and other special objects.  

Adding swirls, loops and stars between the planets.

More swirls, loops and stars

I finished the FMQ and squared the quilt up. It's now ready to bind and post. The finale will be on April 29th in the Free Motion Mavericks' post - just in time for April's One Monthly Goal (OMG). 

What I learned
  • Not much to add except that this is all time consuming but I've learned a lot about posting on Instagram and to linky parties with my phone.
  • I'm pretty impressed with the number of art quilts that I've made. So far I haven't had to re-use any of the art quilts that I've featured.
  • I'm running behind...I haven't really prepared V to Z yet, but I'm sure that they will be posted more or less on time 😊
Related links
Linking parties

I'll be linking up to many fun linking parties. If you're interested in seeing the other participants in the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art), make sure to check out Frédérique's link ups during the week. There are some really great posts and participants! Patchwork & QuiltsFree Motion Mavericks with Muv,