My Gallery

Most of my art quilts are stitched entirely by hand - using raw edge or needle turn applique and embroidery, embellished with paints, inks, paintstiks, gems, sequins, yarns etc.  Some of the fabrics are hand-painted with setacolours, watercolour crayons and water soluble pencil crayons. I have added machine stitching to some of my work and love combining fabric strips with appliqué.

Freeform hand embroidery on satin, cotton, wool or felted backgrounds is my true love.   See Wildfires; a Terrible Beauty and The Sheep are in the Meadow.

My work seems to be moving away from larger hung hand stitched quilts but I still try to do one or two each year.  Sometimes they end up mounted on canvas however:)

 For a close up view just click on the photos. 

My pieces are for sale unless otherwise noted.  Prices are in Cdn $$ and do not include shipping.  If you need more information or wish to purchase an item, please email me at  jrsquilts@gmail.com 
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Thank you for your interest in my work. 



Wildfires; a Terrible Beauty
 This piece is presently exhibited at the Focus on Fibre Arts Climate Change exhibition (till July 3, 2018) where it won two awards - a second in its specific felting category and Best of Category for overall Felting.

Sunset Reflections  12 x 12"    NFS
I love sunsets!  Designed by placing strips of fabric which are then machine stitched to create sky and water.   Appliqued rocks and trees.


Forest Fantasia 11" x 14"    $350
 Painted satin background and hand stitched gnarly trees give this piece a Japanese print look.  Mounted on a painted gallery canvas.


Ultraviolet Ocean 11 x 14"     NFS
 Needle felted sky with stitching and angelina fibres.  Sari silk ribbon, hand stitching, tulle and angelina ocean.



Where There's Smoke, There's Fire  12 x 12" NFS
 A look at the political situation in the USA, with its swirling, heated rhetoric.  Hand stitched on snow dyed fabric (dyed by Pat Hardie).  Mounted on canvas in a gold floating frame.  This piece is presently being exhibited at the Focus on Fibre Art Climate Change exhibition in Edmonton (till July 3, 2018) where it won 3 awards - first in its quilting category, Best of overall Quilting category and Best of Show!



Windswept 8 x 10"    $250
 Hand embroidery on painted satin background, this piece is mounted on a stretched canvas in a black float frame.

Northern Nights   11 x 14"  $250
 Needle felted with hand embroidered trees.  Mounted on a painted gallery canvas.  Presently exhibited at the GNAG Art Show at the Glebe Community Centre in Ottawa for the month of May, 2018.


The Sheep are in the Meadow   framed to 10 x 10"        SOLD

Lots of hand embroidered grasses and french knots, fittingly stitched on a herringbone wool background.  Inspired by a photo taken in Gros Morne NL.


Oh Starry Night!   framed 11 x 14"
 This piece is felted and stitched then mounted on mat board and framed in blue barnboard style frame.



Look Up; Autumn's Last Hurrah!   12 x 12 "
 I love to look up at the sky surrounded by trees.  Appliqued leaves and hand embroidery on snow dyed fabric (dyed by Pat Hardie).  This piece was inspired by Pat's hand dyed fabric and was exhibited with Fibre Content in Burlington in fall 2016   SOLD




First Blush    9 x 12"     $300
  Dawn on the prairies, inspired by my hand painted satin fabric.  Embroidered by hand.



Sentinels of the Forest in Spring


                                                                            $280                                                                    
 This piece is 12" x 14" when matted and framed in a natural wood frame.  Machine stitching and applique with tulle overlays.





Sunset Over Cavendish Beach


                                                                         $450

This piece is 12" x 16" and is mounted on a slanted stretched canvas.  It is pieced and machine stitched with angelina and tulle overlays.   The figures are appliqued by hand.  This piece was exhibited with Fibre Content 2016 at the Art Gallery of Burlington and was part of a travelling exhibit throughout Ontario.   It is featured on the Fibre Content Poster for 2018.




Votes for Women: The Women's Mock Parliament
                                                                        $375
I had fun researching this piece which is dedicated to the suffragists in Winnipeg in 1914 who turned the tables on those who said women should not have the vote by putting on a play asking the question  "Should Men Have the Vote?"  all very tongue in cheek.   This piece is 16" x 20".     The background is hand stitched.   The pictures and text are photo transferred and documents some of the struggles of women to get the vote.  In the centre is some very humorous text from the play itself.   I mounted this piece on a stretched canvas which was covered in bits of text, writings and quotes.  I placed the text boxes on the background in the shape of an X as a symbol of the vote.  This piece has been exhibited at the Stittsville Library, Focus on Art Exhibition in Alberta, and the Vardera Cafe.  This piece is presently being exhibited at the GNAG Art Show at the Glebe Community Centre in Ottawa for the month of May 2018.   An article by Taymaz Valley in the online publication Apt613  described this piece as the Piece the Resistance of the show!!  Thank you to Taymaz!




Red Sky at Night Sailors' Delight 

This piece is 12 x 12" and is mounted on a stretched canvas.  Exhibited with Out of the Box Fibre Artists' Colour Challenge Exhibit and Colour Unboxed at the MVTM.  SOLD



With Eyes Like Diamonds in the Sky
                                                                            $400
This piece is 10 x 20", mounted on stretched canvas and is entirely hand stitched with beaded embellishment.  It was part of a beading challenge and was exhibited at Fibre Fling 2 and at Canada Beading Supply where it tied for first for Viewer's Choice Award.


A Tree in the Yard
                                                                            $325
 This piece is entirely hand embroidered.  The inspiration came from my giant ash tree which is undergoing treatments to prevent the emerald ash borer which has invaded our community.  So far it is fine.  The piece is 6`` by 9`` matted and framed under glass to 9`` x 12``.


Prairie Dawn
$250


 This special piece is 6" x 12" and mounted on a stretched canvas ready to hang.  The sky is hand painted satin and the fields are machine stitched.  The piece was created last fall (2013) for an exhibition at our local library and the theme was first lines of a book.  I chose W.O. Mitchell's 'Who Has Seen the Wind` - ``Here was the least common denominator of nature, the skeleton requirement, simply, of land and sky - Saskatchewan Prairie``.   More recently this piece has travelled to the FFAA show Prairies where it is currently being exhibited in Edmonton.  Prairie Dawn won second prize in its category of Mixed Media.  It will be for sale upon its return late fall 2014.
IT'S BACK!


The Conversation - $350 SOLD


This 12" x 12" piece is completely hand embroidered on a photo transfer.  It is mounted on a stretched canvas and is ready to hang. The grouping of the tiny red/orange/yellow mushrooms reminded me of two families out for a stroll and stopping for a chat, hence the title.  This piece  was part of  Fibre Content, an exhibition in Burlington, ON in September 2014.   It is now available for purchase.




Fields of  Gold

$250    SOLD
This piece is a combination of fabric, paint and hand stitching.  It is 8 x 10 inches, framed to 16 x 18 inches.  Another in my Prairie series, this one focuses on the golden fields with a stream running through it under a clear blue sky.





Pitcher Plant 5 x 7" matted and framed to 12 x 10"     $240



Background is hand embroidered.  Pitcher plant is painted, appliqued and embroidered.   A colourful piece inspired by photos I took of pitcher plants nestled in ground cover in Newfoundland. Matted and framed in a barnboard style frame



Underwater Reflections
$300
12" x 12"


Applique, free motion machine stitching, hand embroidery, covered in tulle, mounted on fabric-covered stretched canvas.  Inspired by rainbow reflections on underwater rocks at Fishing Cove, Cape Breton


Algonquin Bull Moose 21" x 18"
$990
We saw this magnificent creature grazing in Algonquin Park.   His expression seemed to say "Please just go away and leave me alone".    So we snapped a photo and left him to his business.   This piece is completely hand-stitched and appliqued.




  
                                                        
 
Birds of Paradise  26" x 20"
$980
I just love the striking colours and bold design of a Bird of Paradise flower.  Stitched and quilted by hand with cotton batiks.



Puffins 10" x 12"
  $210
Hand-stitched and hand-quilted







           Heard it Through the Grapevine      11.5" x 14"         
 $230 
I appliqued each grape leaf by hand unto the background and spilling over the black frame.   The tiny bunches of grapes just starting to form and the curly tendrils are embroidered. 





   



                Amaryllis - 4" x 6" matted to 8" x 10"   $70 unframed SOLD
Flower is hand-painted on fabric and embroidered, fabric-backed and mounted in a 5 x 7 mat - ready to frame.


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The Earth is a Woman - 34" x 25"    $1200  SOLD 
Hand-stitched, handquilted, with applique, embroidery, gemstone stars, sequins, gemstones 






Dancing in the Clouds - 28" x 27" - $800
A whimsical look at a herd of elephants dancing among the clouds - and hardly a pink elephant in sight (well maybe one or two).  Inspired by seeing a galloping herd of elephants on TV raising a cloud of dust behind them.   This piece is raw edge and turned applique and is hand-stitched and hand quilted.   I added some African batik as an inner frame.  





Beach Huts at Suffolk - 6" x 24" -$90
This piece was completed as part of a challenge triptych but it stands quite well on its own.   


Reflections in a Swamp - 11 x 14
                                                                      $250
This piece is mostly machine stitched torn fabric strips with some hand stitching added.  Mounted on a painted stretched canvas


Motherhood - 11 x 14

                                                                             $300
Hand embroidered - inspired by a photo I took of a mother raccoon and 4 little ones.  It was a hot day and she was tired of them jumping all over her so she threw herself over a branch and fell asleep.


Water Lilies in a Marsh

Mostly machine stitched with water lilies and lily pads added by hand.  I mounted this onto a painted stretched canvas.  To purchase this piece, please see my ETSY shop link on sidebar.