Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Quilt #117

Tango is an original design and came about as a result of a doodle on a small scrap of paper. It is a zentangle in fabric and thread with a lot of the quilting designs inspired by Leah Day.

The background fabric is my own hand dyed with a pieced inner border of black printed fabrics. The back of the quilt is a hand woven Thai silk.

Top and silk for back

After enlarging my design, I copied it onto my prepared background and stitched the outline. All the designs in the leaves were free motion quilted on a domestic sewing machine.

Both the top and back were very distorted after quilting the centre. 

distorted top

distorted back
At this point I had to block the quilt in order to be able to do the background quilting.  I blocked it two more times, once after quilting the background and again after the binding was on.
ready for background quilting 

Quilt blocked after background was quilted

I used Wonderfil Razzle thread to outline the design and Sulky Sliver Metallic for the rays in the background.

Here are some close-up of quilting:

The undersides of the leaves were painted with a mixture of Fabric Painting Medium and Jacquard Powdered Pigment in silver.

Tango - back
It measures 28” x 40”.

Creativ Festival - 2012

I entered this quilt in the Designer Style Challenge at the Creativ Festival being held in Toronto in October, 2012

Tango was a semi-finalist in the Quilt category. The Theme was “Celebration” with a touch of silver because it was the Creativ Festival's 25th SILVER anniversary. Otherwise the challenge was open ended to encourage creativity.

Tango is presently with Janome Canada Ltd., the sponsor for the Quilting category, for one year to display and promote the pieces and their respective designers.

Label on sleeve

Taken at Creativ Festival (Oct 2012)

Quilt Name: Tango
Description: free motion quilting on bordered background
Pattern: original – stitched zentangle
Size: 28” x 40”
Fabrics: 100% hand dyed cotton, black commercial print
Predominant colours: orange, black
Construction Techniques: pieced inner border - free motion quilting
Back: Thai silk
Batting: wool
Edge finish: single fold binding
Quilting: Free motion quilted on Domestic Machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: yes
Label: on sleeve
Date completed: 2012
Quilt History: Semi finalist in Designer Challenge at Creativ Festival 2012
Maker: Terry Whyte

Friday, January 4, 2013

Travel Projects

 I'm leaving next week for a trip that I've dreamed about for a long time.

At this time next week I will have landed in Australia for a quilting cruise with Debbie Roberts Tours. It is a two week cruise along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand with one stop in Tasmania.

On the return, I will be spending a week in Vancouver with my son and family.

There might not be much blogging going on, but I will post some pictures if I can.

Since it will be a very long trip, I thought I would make a few projects to keep myself organized and comfortable.

Remember this!  This was my first attempt at Diane Gaudynski's feathers in Free Motion Quilting Challenge at SewCalGal.

Feather Sample

After cutting it down to size, I added some hyperlinking as per Patsy Thompson's tutorial in same challenge and  and stitched on some bias binding,.

Stitched up the sides, added a big button from my mom's button box and a ribbon, and voila!  a little travel bag.

Travel Bag

With enough room for my new headset,  Blackberry Playbook and a couple of puzzle books.
with contents

I need a little pillow for my lower back when sitting for long period and saw a "Dog Bone Pillow" in a store but it was really firm and too big, so I decided to make my own out of a nice soft brown corduroy.  
It also make a great neck pillow.

Dog Bone Pillow with carrying handle and luggage tags

Before Christmas, I made a bunch of these leather luggage tags for stocking stuffers, and a few for myself.

close up - leather luggage tags

Almost ready to go, just need to finish packing.