Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quilt Show Free Draw Winner

The winner of the free draw at the Creston Quilt Show was Joan from Moyie, BC, Canada and as I was going to Cranbrook, I was able to drop it off for her at the Moyie General Store. Enjoy your Artisan Button Card, Textile Art Card, and Mug rug with hand dyed fabrics. There certainly were quite a number of people who wanted to buy the Textile Card out of that free draw.

The Textile Card that several people wanted to buy out of the free draw. It was on linen and for some reason the photo isn't great.
Now that I am finished with the Quilt show, I am getting back to working on my watercolour commission. Here it is started. There are several more glazes to go on the agave to reach the depths I want in the shadows. Can you see a few of the rocks are started in the foreground?

Agave plant. Isn't it gorgeous with it's strong lights and darks?

Note the iron wood snag and golden barrel cactus that are also being worked into the composition.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Creston Quilt Show

Creston Valley Quilters' Guild Show

What a successful quilt show this was on Friday and Saturday. This post will mostly be photos as I am rather spent from all the organizing that goes around getting to a show. Thank you Creston, Nelson, Moyie, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Idaho, Kootenay Lake residents for all the support you give me by visiting my booth and by buying my hand (dye) painted fabrics.
Stephanie Longpre (right) drawing the winning name for my free draw of a mug rug with hand painted fabric, textile card, artisan button card and package of hand painted fabrics. Stephanie was the event organizer and she did a fantastic job. One of her plans is to be an event planner for weddings. She will be great at it I am sure. Thank you Stephanie for your hard work organizing the show.

My booth of hand (dye) painted fabrics, textile cards, artisan button cards, mug rugs, and artisan pillows.

A few hand painted fat quarters. Win Dinn's mandala colouring book which can be ordered online here:

 Some of the Entries in the Quilt Show


This photo is especially for my friend Patty who also loves to use striped material.

This complicated colour combination delighted me.

The Quilt Group Challenge

Samples from the Quilt Group Challenge

Vendor's at a show develop a special connection and I met some lovely people this weekend. Here is one of the other Vendor's booths. Keith and Carol Kepke's sell precision wood crafted items for quilters. See you at the Canmore Show.

I love calendar pictures. One person did all these!

Wow what a wonderful organization that donates quilts for children. Take a look at that total.

Self portraits

The winner of viewer's choice. Such talent!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Creston Valley Quilters Guild Show

If you are anywhere near Creston, BC, there is a Quilt Show on Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18 that you won't want to miss. Cut-throat Challenge, I'm looking forward to finding out what that is. There will be a 'Vendor Mall' where I will be having a free draw and also be showcasing my new line of greeting cards with glass handmade buttons. Hope to see you there.

What's involved in being a vendor? Well there is lots of preparation beyond making the items for sale. Here is a peak at a few things being done this week.
Measuring and pricing new hand painted fabrics.
Getting my spouse to find the items need for the display booth. Not easy since the move.

Packaging and labeling. Oh yes, and of course you always run out of labels so there is stopping to run upstairs from the studio to print more labels.

Designing display stands. These are really cute as they are from my antique treadle machine.
Boxing the items ready to be transported to the Rec Center.

Organizing items for ease of the customers.
Pressing and hanging the hand painted panels. For the show's two days there is a very special market price for the original paintings on fabric.
My new greeting card line with my drawn designs and artisan buttons.

Frameable textile cards will be available at a special market price. Customers find they make a great gift and card in one.

A selection of mug rugs will be available for sale or pick a hand painted piece of fabric and have me design a mini quilt/mugrug for you. They are great gifts for mailing.
Be sure to sign up for my newsletter and enter the free draw for a selection of artisan made items.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Painting the Rocky Mountain Foothills

They are ready for framing. For those of you who paint, do you like to leave your paintings a bit before framing them? I painted these 3 watercolours last September on location and just tweaked them a little bit in the studio this spring. 'Fresh eyes' helps a lot for me. At a recent painting critique, after our West Kootenay Chapter meeting of the Federation of Canadian Artists, one of the artists mentioned viewing your paintings in a mirror to get another perspective for assessing your painting. A time or two I have done that technique but for me, waiting awhile to finish a painting before framing really helps. Perhaps I am not so emotionally attached to the painting then. How about you other creators of art, what do you do when assessing your art in it's final stages?
Now for the titles. Any ideas?

All the watercolour paintings are 7 1/2" X 11" and are $179.00 (unframed) plus shipping and handling. You can contact me at

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Handmade Buttons: A Card and a Gift in one.

Are you noticing lots of lovely buttons lately? I don't know if they are popular right now or I am just seeing more button related things because I am currently focused on them. What do you think?
A local artisan creates buttons from Italian glass and they are gorgeous. You can find her Facebook page here . Working with the individual glass buttons in my studio, I find the ideas simply flow when creating card designs for them. For now, I have focused on flowers, birds and birds wearing knitted sweaters. Yes, I said birds wearing sweaters. Okay, I am not sure why that idea popped into my head but it was spontaneous when I started sketching the sparrow. These buttons look fabulous on knitted sweaters and scarves so I decided to clothe an owl in a sweater too.

When my friend was picking up peacock feathers at a bird sanctuary where we were this winter, I wasn't thinking of buttons but when I was looking at some turquoise and green glass buttons I was reminded of the eye in a peacock feather.  

 I couldn't help thinking about owls when I saw this style and colour of button.
Look at this set of handmade buttons made by my friend Jenn that came in the mail for me recently. Aren't I the lucky one.  :)
Now I must get sorting my fabric and notions from our move as I've promised Win Dinn some metal buttons for her three dimensional mixed media work. Check out her blog here:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Two Mini Quilts to Mail and Dianne's Quilt to Show

 A complementary set of mini quilts/mug rugs finished and off to their new home.  One for him and one for her. The hand dye painted fabric was chosen as it reminded the new owners of their new home with the lake in the background and the flowers of their yard in the foreground. Rather than making the pieced work the same I opted for two harmonious colour runs. One with the warm colours of yellow through orange and the other from a cool yellow to green to greenish blues.

One day when we took a break from our carving group to have lunch at Dianne's, she showed us this quilt she was making. It was lovely of course but when she described it, her words flowed just as an artist might describe a painting. I will ATTEMPT to give you a few details of what she said.

Lunching at Diane's. Can you see the outdoor rug she painted.

I believe the quilt design started as a traditional pattern but the way Diane chose and placed the coloured fabrics made this a very original quilt.

Close up of the sunrise.

The beautiful sunrises of the BC coast is represented at the top with the three yellow, pink and orange blocks. The mountains in the background are along the BC coast shown as three blue triangles side by side. Below that is the blue of the ocean. And sticking up into the ocean you can see more mountains showing. They represent the islands that dot the BC coast. Diane used a variety of blues to show more water and then there is some yellow and green introduced that shows the life in the water next to the shoreline. The sand of the beach is shown with beige and very light blue.

A close up of the beach. The life along the beach is shown with a star fish.

The whole quilt is also a large fish and there is his eye appliqued on.

More shore life is appliqued onto the beach.

If you see the whole quilt as a fish, the fins are depicted with the triangles and tails on the left of the photo. Can you see the eye near the top of the photo on top of the yellow.
When you hear the explanation of why this quilter placed the fabric pieces of this quilt together in the way that she did, it makes so much sense. Just as a viewer looking at a painting attaches their own meaning, I think the same could be said for a viewer of  this quilt. Enjoy.