World Wide Whispers

I have been part of Team Canada for the World Wide Whispers Project. In a nutshell it’s a bit like the child’s birthday party game where the leader starts by whispering a sentence in the ear of the next participant and then it continues around the room, evolving and changing from the original sentence. Kim Caskey, the Team Canada leader produced the first quilt inspired by a photograph by Lesley Zwaal of Edmonton Alberta. Artists from each province and territory of Canada (13) were sent a photograph showing only the most recent wall quilt and given a one month time frame to create a 18 by 24 inch wall quilt inspired by that photograph.  I was the New Brunswick representative and created the third Quilt in the series. It has been a long 13 months when we were not allowed to reveal our involvement and saw only a photo of the quilt that inspired our piece. Finally on January 6, 2019 Kim sent us a wonderful power point presentation showing us all the quilts, artist statements and more.

 Also involved in their own World Wide Whispers were teams from Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, USA.

The Canadian collection will be shipped to Scotland where it will hang, along with the other 4 teams, at the Scotland Guild’s AGM event in Glasgow in March. Following that, they will travel to The Netherlands for a show in April. The most exciting part is that all quilts from the 5 teams will be displayed at The Birmingham UK Quilt festival in August 2019.

Looking In Looking Out is my piece. In a separate post I will show my inspiration piece by Pat Findlay.

FAN craft sale

FAN will be holding a craft sale  Saturday December 15, 2018  at Knights of Columbus building 170 Regent Street (near Boyce Market) from 9 am-2:30 pm.
There will be weaving, felting, thread paintings, eco printing  and much more. I will have thread paintings, bookmarks, cards etc. 

UK Trip Fall 2018

I just returned from a lovely trip to the UK where I did some touring, spent some time with my daughter, Lisa, who lives in Portsmouth and also had the opportunity to meet a number of quilters and embroiderers. I delivered  slide/trunk presentations to the Portsmouth and District Embroiders Guild, the Southampton Quilters Guild and the Roundabout Quilters in Basinstoke. I also met with quilters from the Norfolk Quilters. I am happy to say that there was interest in having me teach on my next trip to the UK. My husband joined me for the last week of my 23 day visit and we enjoyed day trips by train from  a lovely inn in Thetford.

View from the train near Penrith
View from the top of Ely cathedral which my husband and I visited. Not for those afraid of heights !!

Commissioned Thread Painting

Today I finished a thread painting of the Keswick River in autumn which was commissioned this summer. My process is to paint the background and then enhance the detail by adding texture using the needle on my sewing machine like a paint brush. 

The first photo shows the scene as I finished the painting and the second reveals the finished piece before it goes to the framer for stretching, matting and framing.