Custom designed, raw-edge applique on pieced background. 63" w x 48" h. My goal was to show underwater scene along with the sea surface. Smaller appliques are fused, larger ones have dots of glue on backside. Black tulle over all the applique scene. Longarm machine quilted.
I found out about the IMQE when I attended one of Ricky Tims “days” on this side of the “pond” and I have been twinned with a quilter from Florida. Since we are both quilters one would expect to find common likes etc. but it has been quite uncanny…..we are both multi-crafters, we have both made teddy bears, we like the same colours, we have both made “Gypsy wife quilts” …just last week…..while sharing photos we discovered that we had both used the same, rather unusual fabric in family quilts! I could continue!
We write often…..and very early on we decided that we wanted to link our little quilts in some way. We narrowed our ideas down to 2…..but we couldn’t decide between them. Finally we went with both. We have been swapping blocks on a sewing/quilting theme…..4 so far, each time making identical blocks…one to send and one to keep! For the IMQE we took as our theme…..what turned out to be both our favourite poem….Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.
“The purpose of the International Miniature Quilt Exchange is to promote quilting across borders and cultures”……in our case it has done so much more…..we have become friends and this friendship will last way beyond the scope of this project. We have one final decision……will we meet? Maybe….I hope
The IMQE has been such a fun and delightful journey! In July of 2017 Rosemary and I started emailing each other almost daily, there were so many questions going back and forth as we tried to get to know one another. We could not believe how many things we have in common. From the teals, blues and green fabrics we both love, fabric designers we admire, patterns we have tried and still want to try, to the poems we both enjoy, even how similar our husbands names are. My husband’s name is Ken and Rosemary’s husband’s name is Len. After a short time we agreed to do a little block exchange to help us get to know each other better. The theme was a block for a sewing room wall hanging. Our only guideline was we would make 2 of each block, one to share and one to keep. It was like Christmas each time those little packages arrived. Oh, and all the colors are just lovely.
We really wanted our “little quilts” to be connected and as the weeks went by we discovered we both enjoyed a special poem by Robert Frost called “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. This was it, we had our theme and we were off and running. It was so exciting to be working on this project together, but keeping all the details and the design a secret. The best part is we each have a new best friend!
Holiday Vase This is appliques of the flowers in my gardens. I wanted a picture to put up on my dinning room wall for the holiday season. I painted many of the fabrics to get the blends that were needed. The candy in the dish is machine embroidery. On the flowers I did a lot of thread painting.
“G” is a quilt from the sub-series “Lemon- Aide with a Twist of Lyme” part of the “52 Yarns of Lyme – The Lyme Dis-Ease Series by Susan L. Jaenen-Griffin. Included in the sub-series are 26 quilts that utilize over 75 different techniques. I created these quilts while attempting to relearn the techniques that I had lost because of Lyme. Each quilt refers to myriad of treatments that I was undergoing at the time I created them. The following is the artist statement for the quilt “G”
“Garlic (Allium sativum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Glutathione”
Garlic is considered to be nutritionally complete with minerals, trace elements, provitamins, fiber and essential oils. Its anti-bacterial properties cover a wide range of gram positive and negative bacteria. It is also a strong natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-spasmodic. The rhizome of Zingiber officinale has pain relieving properties, digestive benefits and enzyme actions. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antimicrobial, anti-arthritic and an antioxidant. It has the potential to prevent Lyme carditis. The antioxidant action of glutathione removes the endotoxins secreted by spirochetes.
“Change” is one of fifty-two quilts in the series "52 Yarns of Lyme - The Lyme Dis-Ease Series" by Susan Jaenen-Griffin that includes traditional quilts, contemporary art quilts, 3d fiber pieces, abstract and mixed media pieces. The series tells the 'yarns' or stories of my journey with Lyme disease and how engaging in fiber art assisted in my recovery. The following is the artist statement for the quilt:
Diwali celebrates the good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance. The inspiration for this piece came from that philosophy and a gold coin by the Royal Canadian Mint. I envisioned fireworks sparking a change and the light outshining my brain fog. Dragonflies are included for their association with change and light. Rangolis are colorful designs that are drawn on floors to welcome guests during this festival of lights. I encompassed my healing mantra into the Rangolis.
"Erythema Migrans Rash" is one of fifty-two quilts in the series "52 Yarns of Lyme - The Lyme Dis-Ease Series" by Susan Jaenen-Griffin that includes traditional quilts, contemporary art quilts, 3d fiber pieces, abstract and mixed media pieces. The series tells the 'yarns' or stories of my journey with Lyme disease and how engaging in fiber art assisted in my recovery. The following is the artist statement for the quilt:
Fabrics are used in this quilt to express the rage of the EM rash which is only the beginning of worse things to come. Medical journals report that the presence of an Erythema Migrans Rash is “sufficient to make the diagnosis of Lyme” however; it is the controversy around the treatment and the bigger issue of the long term consequences of Lyme that is the real storm.
This quilt was a class on Craftsy. It is a Jinny Byer fabric and pattern. I change the basket blocks to a block using all my machine designs using a circle attachment. It was machine stitched and commically quilted. The backing had 5 of the basket blocks from Jinny Byers pattern and fabric. It measures, 85" square.
Flower garden center of quilt pieced by my daughter's great grandmother in 1930s and 1940s. Passed to me in 1977 if I agreed to quilt. With assist from my sister I found reproduction fabric for extended border with vines.