Friday, 15 May 2020

I made the short list in a writing competition!
Feeling blessed. Blessed. Blessed!
Who knew!

We have been swept into memories of water, mystery, and delight with the submissions to the 2nd annual Wind and Water Writing Contest! This year's theme of memory made for such lovely reading that our judges, Kelly Thompson and Dorian Widling, had a difficult task of picking those that they felt best handled the theme, while also using the skills a writer has available to them.

After copious amounts of delightful reading, and careful consideration by our judges, we're pleased to announce the writers who made our shortlist in each category.

"Dunes by the Lake" by Andrew Binks
"What I Must Remember" by Julie Turgeon Newman
"Water Lovers" by Karole Marois
"Some Thoughts About Our Past" by Arlene Vandersloot
"Morning Swims" by Shauna Haugen
"The Music in Their Words" by Brian L. Flack

"Swinging Sticks, Sliding Doors" by Nora-Lyn Veevers, Non Fiction
"Renewal" by Kim Fedor, Non Fiction
"Mona's Roadkill" by Andrew Binks, Fiction
"Coyote Walk" by Sheila Hannon,
"At Peace...A Memory" by Bill Stearman, Non Fiction
"Hope, Reincarnated" by Annette Snow, Non Fiction

Stay tuned for the winner announcement at the end of May! #countyarts

Monday, 20 April 2020

Reclaiming Pride: A Bed Spread

During the last week of July, I was scheduled to teach a class on using words in quilts at Halliburton School of Art and Design. I was also contracted to give the Wednesday evening lecture that same week. But the College cancelled the summer program.
That, combined with being in social isolation, and many days of cloud, sent me into a major negative spin for a while.
I’ve snapped out of it and decided that there is still life during quarantine, as long as I keep a positive focus.
The theme for my word quilt project for the class, was ‘Reclaiming Pride’. The idea was to celebrate and own the many names that I’ve been called growing up gay; to take words that were thrown at me as slurs and put downs, and present them as something beautiful.
The most hurtful of the words, I am choosing to present in Braille or Morse Code. 
My focus is on creating beauty from the hate.
Here’s the first one …
I left out the spaces between dots and dashes in the letters.

Quilted by Deanna Gaudaur,
Photographs by Mike Gaudaur,

Monday, 9 March 2020

Quilt Canada 2020 National Juried Show

I have three quilts juried into the National Juried Show at Quilt Canada 2020.
I am both humbled and grateful.
I can't give more info until after the judging in June.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Men at Work - and Play exhibit at MQX

This quilt was juried into the Men at Work - and Play Exhibit at MQX in April.
I am thrilled!  This quilt is incredibly important to me!

On November 28, 2017, in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered an apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians.
It was an amazing speech.
I wept as I listened to his words and I wept again as I read and reread them repeatedly in the making of this quilt.
With technical assistance from Carbon Art and Design, I had the text of that speech printed on fabric in a few different sizes and colours. I then sewed the fabric (the speech) into this quilt using a double disappearing 9 patch variation.
The words appliqued onto the quilt are the last three sentences of the speech. The faded letters in the last sentence are intentional, to represent the tears of our PM as he ended the speech.
This speech is a defining moment for Canada, and a defining moment for me.
After decades of feeling less than, of living in fear, of believing that I mattered less ... I knew that I was valued, accepted and OK in the eyes of my Nation.
I am so proud to be Canadian!
And I am so proud to be who I am!

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Surviving January is an MQX Finalist!

Surviving January has been selected as a finalist in MQX, New England.
I am beyond excited about this!

Resolutions. Plans.
But I’m stuck.
Starting. Starting again. And again. Until I can’t.
Fighting to stay happy; to see the Light; to know that I’m OK.
Always trying.
Using words to convince myself.
‘Life is good. Life is good!’
Until I believe that it is.
And I survive another January.

January is my worst month. 

I live with depression. Churchill referred to his depression as a ‘Black Dog’.  I like that analogy. A dog can be controlled and mine usually is, but in January, when the sun hides, I struggle.

In January I search for a quilt to make that requires no thought and that will lift me from depression with the joy that it creates.

Last year, it was colourful charm packs that inspired me.  How simple – half square and quarter square triangles of colour combined with black.

I wanted Deanna Gaudaur’s quilting to accentuate the disjointed aspect of my Januarys, so, with chalk, we drew in divisions between the areas and designed specific patterns for her to use in each section. I love the result.

Friday, 31 January 2020

My Right Brain

My Right Brain

This is my latest major finish!  It is part of a larger installation and about seven feet by eight feet.
I'll post pictures of all five quilts once they are installed in late February.
This is mostly freehand cut and hand dyed fabric.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

For ME ... So that I don't lose the link!

How to Become a Better Writer: 14 Tips to Up Your Writing Game in 2020 by Kevin J. Duncan

I found this blog post super helpful and I don't want to lose the link SO ... I've posted the link here.