All things appliqué

August 26, 2011 § 4 Comments

I’ve got the bug again. The appliqué bug, that is. I’ve “ummed and ahhhed” over Kim Mclean’s patterns and various Baltimore lovelies and I can’t decide. However on my journey through all things Baltimore I came across some interesting sites that I thought you might like. I have no affiliation with any of them. Have fun!

Take a look at the design gallery here

So many different Baltimore Blocks of the Month

The Queen of Appliqué

Appliqué Avenue

The Appliqué Society

Kim McLean related sites:




From Stonework to Appliqué?

August 24, 2011 § 4 Comments

When I was wandering around Washington DC I noticed lots of beautiful stonework. I thought some of it would make great appliqué patterns. What do you think?

Sacred Threads Part 2

August 22, 2011 § 4 Comments

Just a sidebar here in relation to Part 1. I said that Suzanne Mouton Riggio doesn’t have a blog and that is true but one of my readers, Trisha from Port Augusta, told me that there is someone else’s blog that gives more details about her work. Here is the link if you’re interested to learn more and thanks Trisha.

Now, back to the exhibition. I had hoped to be able to show you pictures of a quilt called The Cross which has a cross very cleverly emerging from some storm at sea blocks but I haven’t had a reply to my request for permission so I’m afraid I can’t show you. However I do have two more beautiful quilts that I can show you and here they are.

The first one is  In the Beginning by Kit Tossman

Kit’s artist’s statement

“In the beginning when God created the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep … then God said let there be light.” According to Scripture, God went on to say let the waters under the sky be gathered together, let dry land appear, let the earth put forth vegetation, let birds fly, let the earth bring forth living creatures, and finally, let us create humankind in our image. And God saw that it was “very good.” Actually, it is way more than good. This is an astounding planet, full of astonishing creatures that are all intricately interdependent and ultimately reliant on clean soil, air, and water. To ensure the earth’s survival, we must make it our mission to be good stewards of creation and peacemakers among its people. And that, in the eyes of God, would be good.

Kit has a blog which you can visit here if you’d like to see some more of her beautiful work. Believe me it really is worth a visit.

The second one is called Currents and is by Mary Carol Bunte

Mary’s artist’s statement

Just as autumn winds blow leaves across open spaces and corral them into corners or crevices, so the winds of change move our souls along life’s path. On occasion we find ourselves alone, caught in a swirling eddy; other times circumstances bring us together with people for a short time or a specific purpose. Some are fortunate enough to have a lifelong friend who moves along with them, whether they are floating on the crest of good fortune or careening through precarious events. In whatever way we come into contact with others, we need to touch them with our kindness, because our paths may not cross again. This piece is dedicated to dear friends who have been swept away from this changeable world.

Unfortunately Mary doesn’t have a website at the moment but I hope she’ll let me know when she does and then I’ll pass the link on to you.

More Sacred Threads Images

If you’d like to explore this exhibition for yourself you can purchase a CD of all of the quilts that were displayed at the exhibition for only US$10 plus $2.95 postage from the Sacred Threads website. I’m not sure if that $2.95 is for US only. To check on international postage contact either Lisa or Christine and I’m sure they’d be only too happy to help you out. [Update: Lisa says she is happy to ship to Australia too for the $2.95. What a bargain!]

I hope you’ve enjoyed this taste of what was a wonderful exhibition. We spent several hours there just marvelling at the diversity and the creativity that was on display.

Sacred Threads Part I

August 19, 2011 § 5 Comments

As I mentioned in an earlier post my good friend Fran came and took me to the Sacred Threads exhibition in Herndon, Va. It was a really wonderful exhibition of quilts from people of all faiths. There was one interesting quilt which had quotations from the scriptures of all the major faiths, all of which espoused the same philosophy – do unto other as you would have them do unto you – but in different words. The Islamic version was a saying of the Prophet Muhammad which was “He is not a Muslim who does not wish for his brother that which he wishes for himself”.

I now have permission from several of the wondeful fibre artists to show their quilts. So, without futher rambling from me, here they are.

The first one is Barbara Curiel’s beautiful Fall Madonna.

Barbara’s artist’s statement

I work a lot with images of the Madonna, and especially of the Virgin of Guadalupe. To me she is an image of holiness in the world. I have adapted her traditional clothing to reflect her presence in the beauty of the natural world. While in the traditional image Guadalupe stands on a crescent moon, in my adaptation, that moon is made of sunflowers. I have used a vintage napkin as the background of this piece to remind myself of the holiness in the everyday and in the domestic.

If you’d like to see more of Barbara’s work then please visit her blog here.

 The second quilt I’d like to show you is Jamie Fingal’s Spilling Over

Jamie’s artist’s statement

A vibrant orchestration of colors, shapes and texture. Like in life as we find ourselves overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings…they dance and spill over into a symphony of color.

You can see more of Jamie’s vibrant work on her blog here. Be warned Jamie’s a self-proclaimed “rebel quilter” and from the looks of this quilt I imagine that can become quite addictive.

The third quilt is Suzanne Mouton Riggio’s Garden Gate

Suzanne’s artist’s statement

After designing this peaceful garden and finding the right florals, I only undertook the couching of the gate (rattail) as hand work in medical settings. It took me 12 years. Spinal surgery and a long convalescence allowed me to complete the couching. Because I was now a paraplegic, I had to use my right hand to work the machine pedal and my left hand to guide the fabrics for the binding installation. In spite of using a zipper foot, I was unable at first to close the gap between the outermost rattail and the binding. Hooray for perseverance and seam ripping!

I don’t know about you but that inspiring story of perseverance coupled with her amazing creativity makes this quilt seem extra special. Unfortunately I don’t have a blog address for Suzanne so I can’t point you in the direction of any of her other work.

These are the first three quilts but wait! There’s more. In my next post I hope to be able to show you another two or three of these amazing quilts.

Sacred Threads

If you’d like to know more about Sacred Threads and their biennial exhibition you can find all the details on their website here. Their next exhibition is in 2013 and so you’ve got plenty of time to enter your own quilt. Do let me know if you do.

Stay tuned for more lovely quilts…

A clever idea

August 16, 2011 § 3 Comments

When I stayed with Sylvia she gave me this very clever project carrier. It’s made from a placemat and uses zip-lock bags. I’ve found it very useful. If I were making one I think I would add a strap across the back and front. The reason – I use cork-backed placemats when I’m piecing. I have one that I’ve glued sandpaper to to allow me to draw around templates when I’m cutting out shapes.The other I use to lay out the pieces I’m currently working on and I use the cork side. If they were slipped under a strap on this project carrier it would also give the carrier a bit of stiffness which would stop it from collapsing on itself when it has heavy items like scissors in it.

Thanks Sylvia. A very cute, clever  and useful gift that I’ve been using to take to sit and sew since I came back from the USA.

Felt iPouch

August 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

The other day I made an iPouch for my iPad from some felt I had. I’m very pleased with it. What do you think?

By the way, I contacted the Sacred Threads people and they kindly offered to contact the artists of the one’s I want to show you if I can send them a list. I haven’t made my final selection yet but when I do I’ll email them back and hopefully if I get permission I’ll be able to show you some of these beautiful works.

Have a lovely Sunday!

I was going to show you…

August 12, 2011 § 4 Comments

Well I was going to show some images of stunning quilts from the Sacred Threads Exhibition that Fran took me to in Herndon, Va. However, when I started looking through the CD of images there was a statement saying I need written permission. Now I did have verbal permission as I asked the on-duty official at the time and she said that it was fine as long as I included the artist’s name and statement. However, I don’t want to infringe anyone’s copyright so I have emailed the person concerned to see if I can get permission to show you a few images from this absolutley stunning exhibition. So stay tuned.

In the meantime here are some progress photos of my “In a spin” quilt.The first shows the first two rows I have completed. I’m hand-piecing so it’s taking a while.

Here are some close-ups.

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