Thursday, May 21, 2015


Not much happening in the sewing room these days.....working in the garden and drawing.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Blooming right on cue

The trilliums are in full bloom....One of my garden favourites.....given to me many years ago on Mothers day.

Enjoy YOUR Mothers Day!!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Recently, I was contacted by Paige Zeigler,  Managing Editor of  CREATIV Magazine, Paige offered to send me a copy of their upcoming issue (she actually sent me issues for April and May)

Let me tell you....this is one slick publication.....CREATIV  is a magazine like nothing I have come across before

When I first picked up the magazine, I was immediately struck by it's tangible quality, CREATIV is substantial and impressive, in content, appearance, size and feel.

Each gorgeous page is filled with stories about all types of inspiring, creative minds ....musicians, artists, photographers, innovators, modern day explorers, inventors, and people dedicated to making a difference in lives throughout the world.
The brief text is succinct, providing just enough to leave the reader craving even more ....which we are invited to explore further online. Each story is accompanied by stunning photos printed on high quality, glossy paper..... bringing print and social media together ...a captivating combination.....a perfect match  for our connected world

here is a quick peek at a couple of pages

Check it out for yourself..... CREATIV Magazine is available by subscription as well as at Barnes & Noble stores & other retailers .....learn more  at


Monday, April 27, 2015

Stash Busting

I have not really been doing a lot of textile work lately and don't plan to enter any competitions. I decided I need to do a little stash busting, so I have a fun, colourfull bed quilt on the go.

Now, I must tell you I do not have what most quilters call a "stash". I rarely buy yardage, I buy almost exclusively fat quarters...usually just ones I see that I am drawn too. I don't buy with specific projects in mind. So my stash is limited to small amounts of each print/colour.....this is how I store my small dresser...3 drawers.  I am on a mission to use some of these up.

I am working on a modified version of a quilt contained in Kim Schaefer's book Flower Festival. The piece I choose should work extremely well for the sorts of fabrics I have and will definitely eat into those drawers. These blocks are not pieced, they are appliqued which means I will also be putting a dent in my stabilizer, fusible and thread supply.

The one pictured in the book is only a lap size, I wanted something closer to an oversized Queen,
so I scanned the image from the book...printed a couple of them in greyscale...cut those blocks up and made my own arrangement...this just may, will change again before I am done, but it gives me a good sense of where I am headed.

I love these wonky flowers, but they can be fussy to place. Even though they are wonky...I still want them all placed in the same position. So I created a template using clear plastic. I can lay the flower in the correct it on the block and by laying the template on top, I can immediately see if it requires adjustment.

Good thing, cause there are lots and lots of them. oh....and since I am machine appliqueing these, I am gonna be a while    :-)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Doodling and Stitching

Sometimes I use a pen to doodle...and sometimes I use thread. Making simple lines and dots with thread through wool is just as relaxing as doodling on paper.
This is a small piece I did a while ago......I think it started as a test of the visual impact my hand dyed thread would give.

Recently, I decided to make some cards and thought this "look" would be perfect for creating many small one of a kind pieces

In an earlier post I showed the beginning of this project

Each little stitched section measures 2 inches square, once cut apart, each of them was then stitched onto a piece wool that had been given added texture with free motion quilting

those units were finally stitched on to some purchased blank cards

A closer look at the detail

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thread doodles

While I have been very active creatively, it would seem that I have been rather unmotivated to take photos and do much "posting" lately
I thought I might try to correct that I just took this photo of a small project I am working on (in between others)
My own hand dyed (snow dyed actually) thread is being randomly stitched onto a piece of felted wool. The colours of this 1 skein of variegated thread, wander from palest blue to indigo to a fun apple green, I am enjoying the effect that is happening.  Like doodling....letting it flow and simply making decisions as I go along. ....each "square" will eventually be separated...for now I have partitioned off some segments giving me small "frames" to work within so that I will end up with lots of different stitched pieces (each square will finish at 2 x 2 inches)

Relaxing and meditative....Yes!.....but I do have a plan for them as well, interested? will just have to check back later to see what these tiny stitchery(s) will become

See what others are stitching.....I am linking up to Kathy's Quilts   Slow Sunday Stitching  here

Monday, March 16, 2015

Searching for Spring

Signs of Spring are slowly starting to emerge....but since my gardens still have quite a bit of snow cover, it will likely be a few more weeks before the Crocus begin to show. Until then, this will have to do.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


There seems to be a fair bit of interest in my paper snowflakes, but you doesn't always have to be a snowflake shape, how about a simple square?
I used some of my designs (drawings) to see how they would look as papercuts and have posted lots of photos so you can see the progression.
I started with a 12" square piece of paper....folded in half, then in half again twice more, resulting in a triangle of folded paper (8 layers)
The next step is to unfold the paper, draw the design lines on to one segment (triangle) and refold being sure the drawn lines are on the outer layer
I use lots of staples to hold the layers tightly together. A hole punch and an awl are used to pierce the small closed areas so that I will be able to then begin cutting with tiny scissors
here you can see a few designs prepared for cutting.

I don't cut in any particular order, but I tend to cut the smallest, trickiest areas first and the larger, open areas last....this allows me to always have something fairly solid to hang on to.
In the photos below you can see the progression of one of the designs. Notice that I leave in place, as many staples as possible as I go along ( the secret, is to keep the layers held tightly together)

here is the design, carefully opened and pressed flat using a dry iron

and here are a few others I did, it is a fun way to be creative without investing a lot of time, materials or planning. I could imagine these designs as whole cloth stitching, painted cloth, stained glass, embroidery, stencils....all sorts of things

what will you create today?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Stitches

As I excitedly announced in an earlier post, Trish Burr had recently requested permission to turn one of my doodles into her magical Shades of Whitework pieces. That particular one (she calls Katarina) is now available in kit form in her Etsy shop.

 I am thrilled to tell you that she has come back to me for a few more designs (you can read what Trish has planned for them here)

I want to give her technique a try, so I have begun with a small "learning" piece. Armed with one of her digital download patterns, I decided to start with just a few of the flowers to practice getting my stitches just right.

 Wanting a lovely mottled grey fabric for the background (and not finding it) I decided to simply create my own using a piece of muslin and fabric paint.....when I want a fast way to get just a small piece of fabric in a particular colour, paint is quicker and easier than dye. ( I showed how I do this a number of years can find that post here)

Creating a small composition, I traced some select flowers and with a "transfer" pencil I drew the design in reverse onto plain copy paper. With a hot, dry iron, the image is now in place and ready to stitch.

I decided to start small, I am certain my stitches will improve as I continue. Hopefully by the time I finish this small bouquet, I will have the confidence to tackle one of her gorgeous designs and do it justice.

Copyright Jill Buckley