I live in the Ottawa region where we have lots of wonderful greenbelt, bike trails as well as the Gatineau Park to hike, cross country ski, snow shoe and bike (and where I find lots of inspiration for art quilts). I must admit that my heart (and inspiration) lies also in the Atlantic Provinces especially Cape Breton and Newfoundland.
For new visitors, in the last month I have been taking a break from sixteen years of hand stitching and teaching myself to do free motion and machine thread work. This week I completed a couple of pieces (with some frustrations and foul language).
In this one I used a photo of Tenerife Mountain as viewed from Cabot's Landing Beach in Cape Breton. I had already completed a painted hand stitched version of this but in this one I layered fabric then machine stitched it all. In the foreground I added some hand stitched grasses for perspective. I added a bit of paint to the sky to reflect the pinks in the variegated stitches on the water.
|Original Painted Hand Stitched Piece|
Not that I don't have enough new ideas to work on. I can't seem to keep up with them. So I sketch them out and work my way through. This year I seem to be exploring water. I was in the middle of a performance with my women's choir earlier this week and an idea came to me right in the middle of a song about dreams and rivers and searching. I found my mind wandering and designing in my head. Talk about multi tasking!! Good thing our part was somewhat repetitious! So I hurried home afterwards and drew out some sketches......to be continued.
Here is another little piece (3 x 5") that I completed by machine stitching this week.
|Machine Stitched Mini|
|Hand stitched floral|
|Close up of stitching|
|Trend tex challenge fabric|
And a last piece of news that might interest some of you. A few weeks ago I received my package of fabrics for Quilt Canada 2013's Trend Tex Challenge. This year's theme is Sunshine and Vines. I have laid the fabric out on my dining room table to observe and think about and have sketched a few possibilities. I even worked one theme in a small piece but am not thrilled with it. I'd better get at it. For more information go to Quilt Canada 2013 and look for the Trend Tex Challenge. There may still be time to order a kit.
Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave comments or say hello (I love connecting with other fibre artists).