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Busy Busy Busy!

Aren’t we all? Let me give you a little rundown of what’s been keeping me away from my blog for the last few months, I mean the better part of a year…

This summer, as for the last 3 summers, I took part in a self-directed residency program run by Contextural, a fibre group to which I belong. We rent the textile studios at the Alberta College of Art and Design where residency participants can work for 3 months. It is heaven. The facilities, the freedom, the inspiration from fellow participants – all incredible.

I printed hundreds of quilting “fat quarters” with 2 or 3 different images screen printed in layers on beautiful quilting fabrics. For people not familiar with the term fat quarter, it is a meter (or yard, depending on where you live) of fabric which is cut in half lengthwise and widthwise. This gives a quilter a useable size of material to work with. I plan on using some of these prints in my own quilts, and I’ve photographed my favorites to use the images in other ways. That still leaves a very large pile of printed material that needs a home. They could be available for sale at some point, but the logistics need work.

Here are a few photos of the fat quarters pinned up to dry in the studio:

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I printed napkins, tea towels, place mats and gift bags for our annual sale in November. Of course that sale has long since passed, but here are a few of the products I produced:

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I started printing yardages with my multi screen multi layer technique. So much fun to be had!  Some fabrics were slightly altered while some were almost totally disguised. This will most likely be the focus of my work next summer.

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This smattering of work from the summer months is not really all that I’ve done since my last post in April, but I think it’s all I’ll share today. I’m hopeful that I can get back to blogging as I’m missing my blogging friends. I also miss the process of organizing thoughts and photos to record what’s happening in my part of the world. Here’s hoping for a renewed relationship with WordPress!

Terri

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I’ve chosen these photos in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.” Today is the first day after the summer residency program which I participated in. I must admit, I’m feeling a little lost. But here’s what a great day would have been over the last 3 months.

You can see a print table set up for work, samples of quilt fabrics and various table linens all printed. On a good day I would leave school early enough to catch the sunset, and be greeted by my lovable Kush the cat.

In truth I have included far more than anyone could possibly accomplish in one day, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if it could be done?

My Idea of a Good Day

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Quilting Fun

I am having a great time working on a couple of new quilts. I am using the same log cabin format that I used for the first 18, but this time I changed the scale to see what would happen. My first quilts were made up of 16 squares with various borders. The newest quilts have only 9 blocks with simplified borders. i need to carve a couple of new stamps to add some printed texture, and these will need to be larger than what I have made in the past. Check out timetobeinspired.ca you say? or quilt love to see some of the earlier quilts. You can see some of the circular images that are stamped on the surface. I want to explore some new designs.

The new quilts include a variety of fabrics from my extensive (yes, that’s a polite word for it) fabric collection, some of my hand silk screened fabrics and some of my designs which I had printed at Spoonflower. It was terrific using this assortment! I decided to only do 2 quilts at a time, and not 6 like I have in the past. This way I can test out different ideas more quickly. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Here are a couple of photos of works in progress. The tops are sewn but need more stamping. I did carve a square block to stamp over the center squares of the quilt, as I thought the centers needed more emphasis. It obscures the print that I used (my own printed fabric) but there wasn’t much to see in a 1 3/4″ size square. The quilt backs are sewn and when everything is ready I’ll have them layered and quilted. After that’s done I can choose the binding fabric and finish them. Nothing like a MULTI multi step process, right?

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As you can see, Kush made an appearance on quilt #2. I hope it doesn’t go to her head that she might become famous.

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Thank Goodness – my blog is still here!

I was afraid that after over a month of abandonment this page might have just disappeared. Luckily that is not the case. The first week of the new year is drawing to an end and I feel like I’m catching my breath. I’m making a concerted effort to clear space in my studio – an ongoing project that I’m getting tired of. I’m trying to get rid of some of the things I don’t need or will never use, but it’s tough going with my broad range of interests. I know I could be more productive if I could single out one technique or even one project and focus, but choosing one area of work is so difficult for me. Instead I’ll try to work one area at a time and not get distracted. Wish me luck!

My last post showed a few fabrics I’d designed and sewn into tea towels. Here are a couple more that were Christmas surprises. The first one was done for my son, Marc, who graciously brought Kush into my life. Since he won’t get his cat back, I thought the least I could do was give him something to remember her by. This is an overall view and a close up.

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The second fabric was my official “wedding souvenir” tea towel for the family. I loved working the photo into an overall pattern that isn’t obvious from a distance. The detail shows a close up of the six members of the wedding party. As you can see they were hardly having any fun.family tea towel detail of wedding party tea towel fabric

I still have 10 tea towels to trim and hem but I need to keep track of my time. Then I can decide whether they would be worth producing for sale. I’m setting them aside for now so I can get started on the design for some new quilts. One thing at a time, right?

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