Thursday, September 30, 2010

Little Crazy Quilt - CD Release!

I'd like to introduce my special friend, Cathy Miller and tell you a bit about her. I first met Cathy about eight years ago when she and her husband, John Bunge, moved to Victoria. We crossed paths in the local quilt shops and became friends and kindred quilters. We've travelled together on several quilt cruises and meet once a week in our little satellite group. Cathy always has great stores about her adventures, travelling and singing for quilt guilds and shops around the world.
Now her latest CD (fifth in the "quilting" series) has been released and I've heard several songs. I think its absolutely dynamite! Here's a little bit of the promo "blurb" and a picture of the cover art that Cathy sent me:

This CD features an eclectic mix of songs in the folk/blues/rock and Celtic music realm. There are some history songs, some sentimental songs, and some hilarious songs – the winning mix that has made all of Cathy’s recordings so popular. Once again, she has recorded at The Millstream in Toronto, and the songs are enhanced by some of the best session musicians in that city, under the guidance of Paul Mills, producer.

Because this is Cathy’s 10th solo CD (there were 5 before she started writing about quilting), she has slipped into the mix a couple of “pre-quilting” favourites: one about a small cove near Halifax, Nova Scotia, and one that was sung at their wedding -- a love song written in Calgary. She’s also found two old songs: “The Sewing Machine” from the movie “Perils of Pauline” which Betty Hutton sang so lustily from her sweatshop; and the title track, “Little Crazy Quilt”, a gem from the Patti Page songbook. The rest are penned by Cathy herself.

If you'd like to learn more about Cathy and her music, check out her website: . If she travels to a guild near to you, don't miss a performance!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One Word Wednesday


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Books on Sunday

I collect books a bit like I collect fabric....I admit to being a bit of a book junkie, not as much as some friends but my library is growing at a rather disturbing rate! So I thought I'd introduce you to some of my collection.
I'd like to tell you a bit about the book, where you can find it and whether I'd recommend it to my friends and perhaps this can turn into a regular series of posts.
So, the first book has sat beside my bed for a couple of weeks and I read a few of pages every night.

Contrasting Elements by Jae Maries
ISBN: 978-0-9555371-6-5

The back blurb says:
Well respected textile artist Jae Maries shows how to bring dynamism into your textile work with the use of contrast: contract in colour, contrast in materials and contrast in imagery.

The techniques explored are very simple and are described through step-by-step instructions which can become the basis for work in greater depth. Paper techniques translate to fabric and stitch and the book's concentration on contrast will electrify your work.
Discover contrasts, by painting, cutting, knotting, knitting, weaving, wrapping and stitching.

What I like about this book:
  • Like many books published in the UK, the photos are fabulous, lush and dynamic.
    The book layout is very good, its an easy book to leaf through with a cup of coffee.
  • The content is laid out as a series of lessons or exercises with Extension Exercises and Exploring Your Work with good explanation of design elements.
You might have issues with this book if you were expecting to work just on fabric, many of the exercises are with paper, bits and pieces and stuff.
You can find the book at Amazon, but its out of stock, try

Definitely read Jae's article in the Embroiderers Guild website:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Batik Workshop!

Surface Design Class

Resists, Rubbings
and Repetition
with Soy Wax

Susan Purney Mark

Learn three great techniques to apply colour to cloth with
thickened dyes and soy wax. Students will experiment with
painted batik, soy wax crayons and screen printing while
learning design principles, mark making and colour theory. Soy
wax is biodegradable and easy to remove with washing!

Students will make a variety of samples which can be used for
further exploration in quilting and stitch.

November 9-10, 2010
$130.00 (includes kit fee and snacks)

Studio G Art
7298 Somenos Road
Duncan, BC V9L 5Z9

Call 250-595-4374 to register

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

One Word Wednesday


Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Work

I have some pieces going into an Exhibition next week and I've just finished the mounting. A long slog, it took me most of the afternoon in the midst of making a couple batches of Salsa. That'll teach me for planting 25 tomato plants!
These two pieces are a departure for me, as they were worked over a couple of months, they were portable fabric collage work that I took with me on road trips, planes, waiting rooms and such. I used a variety of fabrics from vintage damask, linen, silk and dyed cottons. I dyed all the fabrics, screen printed and stamped and then hand stitched everything. It became a meditative exercise and entirely enjoyable!
I was inspired by Jude Hill at I greatly admire her work and the philosophy she uses in her work. Check it out.....

12" x 22"

close up

 a soma dos dias
19" x 19"

close up

Visit the Exhibition at the Loft Art Gallery
260-2720 Mill Bay Road, Mill Bay, BC
from Sept. 28- Oct. 28th

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

One Word Wednesday

Just Seedy!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

One Word Wednesday

Summers End