On radio

There will be an interview about my fibre art work and my artist in residency at the Casemates  in Fredericton NB on CHSR radio 97.9 FM at noon on July 5.  It can be heard by podcast later. 

I’m working on a thread painting of the Saint John river.

Teaching in Ontario

I will be teaching and delivering three  slide/trunk presentations for the Oxford Quilt Guild and the London Friendship Quilter’s Guild for the first two weeks in April.  Hopefully spring will have reached Ontario.

Soon after I return to NB I will be attending the SAQA retreat May 4-6 in Debert NS.

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).

 

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.

 

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.

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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