November 29, 2010 10 comments

Blogging Break

still life

As you may know, I'm going to be participating in my first show and sale this coming Saturday.  Unfortunately, I've had a set-back in this six week long battle against a cold I've been engaged in, and have had to spend the weekend in bed.  (Could this have come at a worse time, I ask you?)

I've been tucked up under my quilts reading when not napping, but that hasn't furthered my cause.

Consequently, I'm going to be working like a crazy person this week at night and won't have time to blog.  I'll miss you, but I'll see you next Monday.

And that book?  I highly recommend it!

See you next week!
November 24, 2010 6 comments

Wednesday Not-A-WIP

It went from a balmy 15 degrees yesterday, to a blisteringly cold minus something or other in a 24 hour period, which highlighted for me the need for a winter coat. Why am I telling you this? Because instead of quilting in my sewing room, I've been sewing in my sewing room - i.e.; making myself a new winter coat.

Of course, it's not like I don't have a winter coat - in fact I have several; it's just that they're all in storage at the moment, and I don't have access to storage until our car is available, and that won't be for another couple of weeks.  (Long story, I'll share another time)

So, I'm showing you this, I think, quite cute little quilted tissue cover I made to add to my bird theme cubicle decorations.

Also, a couple of weeks ago, I won some really lovely loot, and it arrived in the mail last Friday. 

Hand made cards, a "leaf gatherer" pouch and assorted deliciousness from Heike Gerbig, a textile artist who blogs at Gerdiary (and has recently been published in Cloth Paper Scissors and 1000 Artisan Textiles.) In  addition to being a maker, she also produces beautiful hand dyed cloth.  I already know exactly how I'm going to use this fabric - it's perfect for a piece I've had in mind. 

Speaking of how I'm using it:

It's the perfect size to drape around  my neck while I'm working in order to hold all the little things I use frequently - instead of putting them on my sewing table where they (singly or collectively) manage to fall to the floor several times per session. 

Lucky me!

Thank you Heike!
November 22, 2010 5 comments


So, as you may remember, I'm going to be part of a group show and sale taking place in two weeks.  I've been very busy getting ready for that, and realized today that I have a paltry five tote bags and six lunch bags to offer.  I hope I'm going to be selling more than THAT.

So, earlier this evening, I whipped up a couple:

You may remember "Oscar" - this is a blue/green version.  And the back:

That's a pocket on the back there  - and the inside follows:

I LOVE that quilting!  I may have to do a whole quilt like that some day.  And then I made a chenille and velvet tote:

The inside is a solid golden mustard colour and it's quilted very simply - just the vertical runs up.   The sides are the velvet and are quilted in diamonds:

I think I should have at least 20 tote bags and 20 lunch bags, even if I don't sell them all in addition to my quilts.

Stay tuned, as I become superwoman, if only temporarily, what with making quilts, tote bags, lunch bags, praticing for choir, spending time with my family, and, oh yes - working full time!

November 19, 2010 4 comments

Friday Flickr Faves

I love this photo by Luisa Puccini, in Cambodia in 2005, is one that I come back to again, and again.

The colour pallette, the subject matter, it all lends itself beautifully to a textile art piece.  Some day....
November 17, 2010 8 comments

Wednesday WIP

So, I had this idea: make a luxurious, elegant monochromatic quilt in a luscious range of silks - an homage to a 12 patch, with a tiny linen seam to break up the silks.  Given that those silk fabrics cost close to $500, I thought I should do a trial run with something much less expensive:

All I had to do was perfect a quarter inch seam!

It's not going so well, actually...

November 15, 2010 10 comments

Midas Touch

I think I first showed you  this top about a year ago April/May - it's a string quilt made with copper and brown lame, burnt orange velvet and burgundy silk. 

This quilt was a pain in my posterior extremity if you know what I mean - because of the fragility of the fabrics, I first foundation pieced them.  At the time (I've only been quilting for two years now!)I thought it would be better if the seams were large.  So I had thick, heavy seams, on a foundation fabric that was too heavy.
November 12, 2010 7 comments

Friday Flickr Faves: November 12, 2010

If Salvadore Dali and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had a love child...

S/he might take photographs like this.  And I would make quilts inspired by them!

1. inner strength, 2. communication, 3. communication, 4. The lonely tree thing
November 10, 2010 0 comments


Tote bag by Kit Lang

I've been busy working on stuff, but I'm trying to get my current WIPs done for a group show and sale I'm going to be part of next month - and you've already seen all those WIPs, so I've got nothing new (in progress) to show you which is why I'm showing you something new but not-in-progress, anyway, here's this cute bag I made; it's made of faux fur in a cow print and satin scraps and  it has a big inner pocket on one side as well as three smaller inner pockets, and is lined with a black/white pinstripe wool gabardine.  The end.

Happy hump day everyone! 
November 8, 2010 10 comments

Islands in the Stream

If you're here for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, the entry is HERE

Happy Monday, everyone!

You may remember this from a WIP back in September,  I was just playing with some fabric remnants I had.  Because I got them from a friend who often gives me her scraps I'm not sure whether they're nylon, or parachute silk, but I like to think of them as having been intended to float lightly through the air, gently landing on the earth.
November 5, 2010 4 comments

Friday Flickr Faves - November 5, 2010

If you're here for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, my entry is HERE.


Wouldn't this be an amazing quilt?  It would, wouldn't it?  I'm definitely going to have to do it!
November 3, 2010 6 comments

Wednesday WIP?

If you're here for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, my entry is HERE

Not sure where I'm going with this.... I've done six or seven iterations. I have an idea, but can't make it happen. 

Stay tuned...
November 1, 2010 2 comments

Time to Face The Music

For those here for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival - the entry is HERE: 

Regular Monday post below:

I know I don't usually post my textile art pieces on this blog, but I've been so busy I didn't have time to finish a traditonal quilt for my usual Monday post. 

This was the 5th piece I made for the Three Creative Studios Challenge. Our word was "music". I decided to interpret it as "time to face the" music, and make my quilt about the ecological disasters we inflict upon our home and the culpability each of us holds in that.

On the left is smoke stack from a factory with an oil rigging juxtaposed on the front of it, a miasma of pollution surrounding it and the scorched sun, while a toxic sludge pours out of it running beneath the earth and seeping into our ground water.

On the right is a scarecrow, traditionally something to terrify without danger; however, you will note that the scarecrow has become a skeleton - a warning to us all.

Details on construction at textile art blog if you're interested: Coneflowers in Leslieville