Monday, May 25, 2015

kelp quilt

i love the ocean…do you think it is due to negative ions created by the wave action along sandy shore lines…cool crisp air…warm sunshine…shells…i love to walk the tide line and see what each tide has washes up…

floating through rafts of bull kelp in my kayak

we have spend several summers kayaking around coastal islands off our coast…the one thing which attracts me time and time again is bull kelp…i like to watch it move with in the water column…its fronds streaming out along the water surface…to just sit still in my kayak and watch the fronds move, is like lying under a palm tree and watching those fronds move in the wind…creates a sense of calm

rafts of bull kelp with "little sail" jellyfish

even when kelp has washes up and is left on stranded on the sand it lays there just as the water left it when it receded…still one can see the movement and imagine that kelp riding the waves which bring it up and strand that kelp in the sand.

i have little drawings in my sketchbooks of bull kelp and am ready to start a table runner based on these sketches... i think the hardest task will be to capture bull kelp frond movement…to translate the 3 dimensional movement into 2 dimensions 

older sketches from several years    


 more recent sketches from this year

 drawing from my sketchbook

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

giveaway day

this giveaway is brought to you by sherry and darlene…i blog here at adventures in life and my friend Darlene works as a long arm quilter at Lilac Lane Quilting here in vanderhoof…Darlene's quilting is simply lovely…
an image of a Darlene Wiebe quilted customer quilt
several years ago when i was off work on stress leave Darlene lovingly took me in when i "pitched up" at her quilting shed…i have tried to repay her kindness by working in the shed, cleaning labelling quilt, trimming quilts…she refers to me as "my shop slave" which i find a term of endearment…during on of our cleaning jobs Darlene gave me these panels to use for a giveaway on my blog so here we are folks…panels and fabric to make 4 different christmas stockings…yes i know it is early but really you will be finished well head of the deadline of December 25th if you start now...

enough fabric to make 2 stocking in this panel

flip side of the panel

two stocking panels with backing fabric... love the cute little snowmen on this stocking panel….
i will ship internationally so this giveaway is open to everyone…just leave me a comment and tell me something, anything what ever crosses your mind
this draw is open until monday at 9pm PST
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this giveaway is closed
the winner is Pauline who had this to say
Great giveaway - I make Christmas stockings for my local women's shelter and these would be great! Thanks.

Monday, May 4, 2015

19 dolls and counting

19 dolls and counting!!!!!!!!!!!! getting ready to sew sashing between the blocks…loving these little dolls…a great mess of colour…just how i like it…colour everywhere…not sure how i ended up in northern canada when i love all the colours of the tropics…did some one make a mistake…
  i made little bias strips using clover bias tape makers in four different sizes
 rather then make each strip separately which would have meant sewing 2 inch strip across each sash…i make each strip 4 inches and then cut them in half…once placed in between blocks there is enough variation to make each sash look different
 using my open toe appliqué foot and moving my needle position to the right i am able to sew close to each edge...
 the little strips create a look of dolls floating on a background of coloured lines
 each doll is so different but has common elements to tie her to the grouping
bring on this great "mess of colour"