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Unless you are a self-avowed curmudgen, you can’t help but admire these birds, and because I happen to have a free pass to one of their breeding grounds (Sauble Beach on Lake Huron), it was love at first sight for me.

Source: Why the Piping Plover is the ultimate emblem for World Shorebirds Day

Loving something, and then adapting it into a piece of textile art is another thing! But it’s a challenge that I welcome.

I used my own photographs of the plovers at the beach for guidance, and found fabrics that would convey the elements of the plovers’ habitat (lake, shoreline, beach grasses). The background is pieced, and the bird is machine appliqéd on top. You can see that I used a piece of driftwood as the hanging device.

I donated this piece to the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory‘s silent auction fundraiser that year (2007).

If you’d like more information about the Piping Plovers at Sauble Beach, visit this website: http://ploverlovers.com/.


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Coming up fast – the York Heritage Quilters Guid show and sale for two days only: Friday, Nov. 14 (10 – 6) and Saturday, Nov. 15 (10 – 5). A Celebration of Quilts only comes around every three years, so you will have to wait until 2017 if you miss this one! I can guarantee that it will be a dazzling display of all sorts of textile creativity.

The location is Toronto Botanical Garden (Edwards Gardens). A Celebration of Quilts event postcardIn addition to the 200 quilts made by some talented people,  there will be a marketplace featuring 16 vendors (fabrics, books, patterns, etc.), two café locations to grab some lunch, plus a boutique filled with unique one-of-a-kind handmade items just in time for the holiday gift-giving season.  In addition, for a very reasonable price of $24, you can purchase a 12”x12” mini-quilt made by one of the Guild members.

See you there!

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Well, I made it through that wicked heat wave we had last week here in Toronto! Several days of 35C temperatures and humidex scores in the forties. There’s no way I could have got any sewing done this weekend if that had kept up. Luckily, the humidity broke Friday evening and we had a gorgeous weekend.

Today was a perfect day for hanging out the laundry: sunny, dry and breezy. Also perfect for sewing!

First 4 Amish Pinwheel blocks

However, if I only get two of these blocks done every weekend, it’s going to be a looong project!

The block is called Amish Pinwheel. At least, that’s what Mary Ellen Hopkins calls it. There are 4 half-square triangle blocks in each block, and each block will measure 18″ finished. My plan is to make a summer coverlet. Not sure yet whether I will put any batting in at all … perhaps flannelette?

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My sister and I were transported to 1880’s rural Ontario recently. Well, we drove to Fergus but once we got there, we were immersed in 1880’s culture at the Wellington County Museum & Archives. We were there specifically to see the exhibit of log cabin quilts. Some gorgeous examples in this collection, on display until May 25, 2012 and they were well displayed.

One of my favourites was made in the 1880s by a 12-year-old girl, Agnes Miller, from the vicinity of Clifford, Ontario. I kept saying to my sister – this looks so contemporary! The colour sense and the design really impressed me.

Agnes Miller's log cabin quilt - zig-zag pattern

The border of this quilt is dark red velvet. I can’t imagine creating something like this when I was 12 years old!

We also learned that this museum, a National Historic Site, was built in 1877 as a House of Industry and Refuge, which provided shelter for the “deserving poor,” the aged and the homeless.

My sister and I both adore log cabin quilts, so we came away with renewed appreciation for the talents of our quilting ancestors and lots of design inspiration. We highly recommend this exhibit!

close-up of Agnes's zig zag log cabin blocks

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… until our fabulous Art for the Body & Soul – Celebration of Quilts! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to soak up a torrent of colour and creativity in textiles! It takes place Friday, Nov. 11 through to Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. See you there!

This show happens only once every 3 years!

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Early warning – it’s only a month away – the most fabulous quilt/art show in Toronto! The dates are Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13 and the venue is the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, near Don Mills Road and Eglinton Ave.E.

This show & sale is mounted only every 3 years, and  I think that’s a perfect interval. The volunteers from the York Heritage Quilters Guild really put a lot of effort into organizing a fantastic show.

I’ll have two recent works in the show: a bed quilt that I have titled “There are always flowers for those who want to see them”, which is a quote from Henri Matisse and my “Did you see that?” wall quilt inspired by Charley Harper. When I get the binding on the bed quilt, I’ll make sure to get a photo posted.

Did you see that?

But that’s not all! I will be donating a small wall quilt to the silent auction, which is a great fundraiser for Sketch. I blogged about this little quilt on March 28 – Charley Harper’s Gray-crowned Rosy Finch.

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Quilts animated

I came across this great little animated video (about 5 minutes) on the National Film Board blog site and had to share! I suggest you watch it in full screen mode. Kaleidoscope-like effects show traditional quilting motifs transforming into blocks, all choreographed to music. Sit back and enjoy!

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