Happy Hallowe’en!

And a very festive Samhain to you all. Today is the day many things happen. First off, and I guess most importantly, today is the day that we take over John F. Dawson Law Office (we’re purchasing it) and it becomes John Taylor-Hood Law Office, PLC Inc. I don’t have a picture of that for…

Birches

Update: these pieces are sold, but I have others here that are similar. Please contact me using the contact form below if you are interested. These are among the batch that is foiled and ready to go off to shops (on consignment). They also come in golden, wintry light blue and autumnal russet backgrounds. If…

Quick Preview – Craft Seconds Sale

If you are in the St. John’s (Newfoundland) area, a crafty sort and like a good deal, be sure to drop by Devon House (Duckworth Street) tomorrow morning. The Annual Seconds Sale is on and there’s plenty to see! There’s about one hundred pounds of this stuff, dyed in marvellous colours. I’ve had to sit…

Workshop approved!

Just got word that my workshop (details below) for Quilt Canada 2008 has been approved! Yay! Another proposal pans out! If you’re interested in taking it, it’ll be on June 4, 2008 at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information, you can check with the folks at the Canadian Quilters’ Association (although…

Wearing my 'art on my sleeve

A recent studio play session yielded a personal frivolity: an mp3 player case for my personal use. I’ve fitted it with a piece of velcro for an adjustable armband, but one could just as easily make a belt loop. Did I mention that I made myself a matching coffee cup sleeve? Nice to have time…

Why stop now? More holiday craziness….

Yes sir! When you already have more projects than can reasonably be accomplished before the 25th, add one more! These mug holders are taken from D’Arcy-Jean Milne’s article in the most recent edition of Quilting Arts (Winter 2006, Issue 24, pages 68-70) and are a rather fun way to use up some scraps. I’m also…

"It's like some kind of torture,"

“We’ll have to start to sew.” (with sincerest apologies to fans of The Muppet Show) This project was started with the best of intentions a little over five years ago. It’s a wedding quilt for my sister and her husband who are (fortuitously) still happily married. I worked frantically at it for some time and…

Christmas break

I’m more or less signing off on work and work-related blogging for the next two weeks. I have a few Christmas gifts to finish up by Sunday night, one of the most elaborate of which is the quilt below. Katherine asked for a new quilt for her bed made with my own dyed fabrics and…

And the winner is…

This is probably the closest I’ve ever come to buying myself a Christmas present. It’s mainly the timing of the purchase that makes it so, therefore I can absolve myself of the feelings of guilt that go with spending money on oneself in December. Meet my Pfaff 2027. Purchased from Joan MacNeill in Springdale, who…

Test-driving

My husband (a man of great learning, wit and possessed of an appreciation for good tools) thinks that “Pfaff” sounds like the German onomatopoeia for a sneeze. This has somehow stuck in my mind and I kept having to refrain from saying “bless you” around the dealer whenever she used the P-word. Thanks, dear. I…

The search for a second machine

I’ve written about my tribulations with my Bernina. Suffice it to say that they are ongoing, but this time it is the repair person and not the machine with which I have certain issues. The machine was improperly fixed and is now worse than it was when I first had problems. It is soon to…

New toy

Much of my smaller work involves cutting squares, rectangles and strips of fabric, some of which is attached to stabiliser and some of which is not. I also produce my own tags, business cards and custom-fold and trim my brochures. Doing those things by hand, with a rotary cutter and straight edge is not difficult,…