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.