Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Hi everyone i'm from northern ontario canada. the winters are very long, our summers are great and full of bugs. id love to make a mosquito wall hanging, maybe just one large one for the camp. anybody have ideas? ive been making quilts since i was 10 years and still have lots to learn. very limited on fabric up here, mail order may be my next bet. anyways hope to hear from all of you .
Sheila, while my spot in this wonderful part of eastern Ontario does not look out over Lower Beverly Lake it is still beautiful and I am so willing to share it with others. At night you can hear the sounds of Loons in the distance, sometimes when it has rained you can hear the crickets and frogs all singing in unison and I am simply enthralled with it all. Any time you wish to experience this, then bring a friend and come on down, nothing here bites other than the mosquito's LOL. I remember my First retreat in Minnesota, I drove there by myself from Saint John, NewBrunswick, and believe me that is a long journey and people were aghast that I would do this. To leave my home alone and go amongst people I had only met over the computer, well, no one took a Rotary Cutter to me, I was made welcome as I visited other members of the quilt community along the way and on my return home and it was the first and best experience I ever had travelling. I have been on several retreats since and with the same happy conclusion. Quilters throughout this beautiful world of ours are a special breed, generous to a fault. I have yet to have made the acquaintance of a quilter who didn't live up to my beliefs of the community. The more you meet the happier your life is, especially as I am a single pensioner and while careful, I have no paranoia with Quilters. Thanks for your lovely comments, they are much appreciated.
What a laff! Are you sure that the characters portrayed aren't the black flies which populate northern New England? When those guys bite, they take out a chunk of skin!
I guess you aren't new here any longer (I am) but I thought I would offer this up - Though there is a fantastic and huge quilt shop just 10 blocks from my home (and I do shop there) I buy Pima cotton PFD (Prepared for dyeing) on-line (Dharma Trading) and paint what ever I need for my quilts. And if a commercial fabric isn't quite right, I paint that too!
I know that idea isn't for everyone but it works for me and it is so much fun!
Welcome Ann Scott, your not going to be new for very long, and you PAINT? Now you cannot tell us this and not share some of your work, can you? Seriously, you do paint on your fabric, I cannot even paint my nails properly, painting fabric would be a disaster for me, but I have several years ago now taken part in a huge painted fabric mural....but nothing too demanding because it was at a show where everyone could participate....I got myself a few daubs on that mural nothing more. So your statement about painting fabric is of interest, won't you tell us and share some photo's?
See no longer are you NEW....WELCOME
Well, I don't make (and never did paint fabric for) large quilts any longer. Lap size some times but I don't usually paint fabric specifically for them. I have looked at your quilts and we are talking about a lot more yardage!
I think if you click on my name it should take you to my profile and there you will see some of my work - Or stop by my website - Fiber Designs by Ann for my art quilts/mixed media/Blog and videos. That should give you some idea of what I create. I hope you won't be sorry you asked and if there is anything in particular about painting fabric you'd like to know (at least the way I do it) please ask away.
Quilting Away, (Actually, right now I'm off to bed!)
Thank you. I think I may scan some (before digital camera) quilt photos. It is fun to be able to look back and see how I've grown (or should I say "How I've spread!").
I have done some fabric painting in the past, but it does not draw my devotion as highly as does composing fabric picture quilts utilizing the compositions on fabrics found here and there. Years ago I painted on porcelain, and was fascinated with that form of painting. Porcelain artists have more surfaces, and a greater number of techniques with which to work than do those who work on canvas, paper, or fabric. Resuming my quilting activities after a fifty, plus year hiatus, due to the demands of a large family, a farm, teaching, running a fabric store, quilting has lured me as strongly as an addict to drugs! Oh, I always had quilts started, then had to relegate them to the status of stored UFO's to make clothing for the kids, and to take part in too many activities, I began to seriously quilt again. Always, I had planned upon finishing the quilts which had been started long ago, but were destroyed when my home burned to the ground. I lost quilts made by both grandmothers, as well as the ones I hoped to finish--sometime.
Most amazing was seeing all the tools quilters have which had never been thought up when I began quilting at the age of nine. Back then scissors, tape measures, wooden rulers, thimbles, home made templates, pencils, a paucity of any kind of fabric, were the only tools available. Most usually, quilts were made by old ladies down at the church, or, in whatever space for sewing of any sort at home was done--after the day's household duties were an accomplished fact. My mother would watch me as I cut out quilt pieces. She never cared for quilting, but her mother was an expert. Mother would say, "Oh, what my mother would have given to have had all those tools!" Gram made her quilts out of whatever fabric she could find. Each one a work of art.
I have little patience with people who sit around complaining of nothing to do! There is never a lack of things to do, merely the time to do them in! Quilting is an excellent activity, and if quilted items are given as gifts, the quilt-giver knows that the recipient has a unique treasure to be cherished for life. Best of all, if the quilted item has been carefully cared for, it will see several generations of heartfelt joy.