National Juried Show

Raining Cats and Dogs was shown at the Canadian Quilters’ Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe National Juried Show in Toronto Ontario June 14-17, 2017.

     
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Exhibitions

My Peaceful Oasis hangs at the Grand National Juried Quilt Show at Josef Schneider Haus in Kitchener Ontario from May 7 to September 3, 2017.

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Busy winter

My sewing room has not been busy this winter. We went to Antigua for 11 days in late January and early February. We were home for less then two weeks and we went to Kitchener Ontario for 5 days to celebrate the wedding of our son.  Below is a picture of my son and his bride, my  husband, daughter and myself. Then we were home for only 4 days before heading off to Nova Scotia where I was teaching and delivering a slide/trunk presentation for the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild and the Town and Country Quilt guild.

However my efforts of last year have been rewarded with my accepted entries( see previous post).

 
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Juried exhibitions

On Feb. 12 I was notified that I had two pieces chosen for the Contemporary Canadian Art Quilts video and one quilt chosen for the ” real show”. This show is being held April 8-May 30 at the Kitchener City Hall Berlin Tower Artspace  Kitchener Ontario. My great white egret in my piece entitled Majestica was chosen for the video portion and my Raining Cats and Dogs was chosen for both the video portion and the real quilt portion.

I had more good news when on Feb.28 I learned that I had a piece accepted into the Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried Show which is being held during Quilt Canada in Toronto June 14-17 and on March 7 I learned that I had a piece accepted into the Grand National Quilt Show.

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Commissioned Gift

I recently completed this cow portrait which will be given to a granddaughter on her graduation from vet school where she is specializing in large animals. It is a combination of appliqué and free motion stitching on my painted background. It will be framed under glass.  
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Commissioned Christmas Piece

My 50th wedding anniversary present ( appliqué of our family home) to my sister and brother-in-law must have made an impression on my great nephew, Brandon, because he approached me about making a matching one of my brother-in-law’s (his grandfather) homestead as a Christmas present. See post Oct. 26, 2015 for anniversary present. I was hesitant because Brandon had only a tinted black and white sketch of the house and general store. He wanted it as a surprise so I couldn’t ask for better photographs. I was worried my brother-in-law would say the details weren’t correct. Working in similar style to the anniversary present, I painted a background (using some artistic license) and appliquéd the house, gas pumps and telephone booth. I had it framed in an oval to complement the original piece. My worrying apparently was not necessary. Brandon said he was super happy with how it turned out and knew his grandparents would be too. He reported that their initial reaction upon opening it was awesome.
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Trip to Antigua

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We returned Feb. 4 from 2 weeks in Antigua West Indies. It is the 10th time that we have gone to Antigua. We love the people and the safeness of the Island so that you feel free to take the public transportation and hike to different spots. The scenery is spectacular. Although we are not traditional lie on the beach people, we enjoy walking on the beautiful beach at Jolly Beach resort in the early morning and evening. The staff at the resort are extremely friendly and always welcome us ” home”. We love the food at the various restaurants and try to walk off all those extra calories.

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Thread applique Pet portrait

I made this thread appliqué pet portrait of Bruno for my son’s 29th birthday. Bruno has captured the hearts of my son, Tristan and his fiancé, Erin. The fur was a bit different from other animals I have done so it posed a bit of a challenge but I was pleased with the result. I chose to paint the background in muted greys so as not to compete with that sweet little face.   IMG_0723 copy web
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50th Wedding Anniversary Gift

    50th anniversary 1 copy web I wanted to create something for my sister and brother-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary but was stumped as to what to make.  Some friends in my garden club suggested I make a picture of the family home which we had sold in January after the death of our dad. My husband objected that this would have no significance to my brother-in-law but suggested  that if I included the car he would have been driving while “courting”, it would be meaningful to them both. With some help from my niece, I tracked down the year and model of the car (1956 Ford custom.) The internet made it relatively easy to get a picture although there weren’t many with the rear view that I wanted. I remembered the car and knew it was a light green. I painted some polyester fabric for the car so it would have a sheen. Using an older photograph, I tried to create the house and yard of our youth. I drew the house and made appliqué patterns. I painted a background which included a willow tree that had died many years ago and a snowball bush that my mother had loved and my father hated. I appliquéd the pieces using free motion embroidery and added a few flowers and the willow and snowball.  For the final touch I placed the car in the driveway. I had it framed under glass so the photo is before it went to the framer’s. footnote: The anniversary party was attend by a huge number of people so we decided to give family gifts at a restaurant the next day. I was pleased with their reaction although my brother-in-law didn’t have his glasses on so it was my sister, Karen, who first spotted his car.  Her reaction was heartwarming.  Karen said it showed how much he liked it when, after the meal, he  took it around showing it off to the waitress and the other people in the dining room.
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October and November Classes

The cool weather has arrived and it is time to get in your sewing rooms. See Studio and Gallery for the listing of October and November Classes. They include everything from making buttons to creating lace Christmas ornaments. Buttons for webshanked buttons copy web
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