I am inspired by nature. I am passionate about our environment and I feel an intimate connection to the landscape and wildlife of Canada. I have worked in textile arts for over 25 years and am drawn to fibre for the tactile nature and connection to the land it has. I use my sewing machine to build up layers of multi-coloured thread ‘drawing’ with needle and thread to convey the image. I begin with local wool from a neighbouring sheep farm, process it and create felted fabric to use in the detailed wildlife and landscape embroideries I create. I use combinations of local, recycled content, organic thread and materials, botanical dyes and sustainably managed, local wood in every original work. Depicting our Canadian landscape, the precious eco-systems and wildlife with eco-fibre art, I hope the viewer will take away an appreciation and connection to the beautiful, fragile aspects in nature.
The April meeting was all about quilts made by members. The thirty quilts were divided into styles,
such as American Country, Modern or Photo Transfer. A short commentary written by the quilter was out. The response was very positive, and we will definitely consider doing this again.
A sampler in the American Country Style.
This was made by Sandy White and is a picture of
her grand daughter. There must be 1000 pieces in this item!
Made by Ann Hedberg, this "One Block Wonder" was
so inspiring, we hope to have a class in this technique next year!
Another made by Ann Hedberg,
this was a Round Robin, done in Christmas Fabrics.
Made by Theresa McCaig for her husband,
this was a photo transfer quilt, of animals they have owned.
Made by Pat Kiteley, the circular parts were from
a Hey Day sale in Kemptville and are possibly from
the 1950's. The other colored fabric is 1930's reproductions.
Made by Sandy White,
this applique and kaleidoscope are a king size wonder!
Our March 14th meeting featured guest speaker Sherida Giddings from Ottawa. Her expertise is paper pieced quilts. Sherida is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Teacher and told us the story of how this came to be. Her trunk show featured many of the quilts that she has made in the last two years in order to achieve this certification; as well as a few others. She brought along a good selection of Judy Niemeyer patterns for sale as well.
The evening was spectacular with lots of praise for her energy, talent and accomplishments. Here's a few of the quilts she brought along.
What a fabulous way to start a new year! Elaine Quehl, art quilter, international teacher, fabric dyer, and instructor visited us to kick off 2016 for The Kemptville Quilters Guild. What a fabulous night, and what fabulous inspiration.
This piece is titled, Losses 2 and was even more impressive to see.
The Red Stool is one of three items Elaine made with the
theme of a stool in amongst the hosta leaves.
A very recent piece called Encore, is four views of
Our June meeting was a busy one; starting off with our Annual General Meeting and the Election of a new Executive for the upcoming year. Follow this, Victoria Vanderlinden gave us an informative talk about the terminology used in describing color; a trunk show to demonstrate these terms; and also a game to test our new knowledge of "Value" in color theory.
Here are a few pictures of the quilts that Victoria brought to the meeting.
Victoria with samples of how "value" can change what you see!
The "Forget me not" quilt which will become a wedding gift.
At our May 11th Meeting, we had a trunk show with the phenomenal quilter Martha Schellingerhoud. It was amazing to see the huge quilts she had designed, and made completely on a domestic machine. We were also fortunate to have her teach two workshops on Quilting in Sections. This was an opportunity to learn three different methods of quilting on a domestic machine that she has invented.
Here is a selection of the quilts she showed us during the trunk show.