New work in Inverness show

The “Structures” show is now open at the Inverness Centre for the Arts in Inverness, Cape Breton ( If you haven’t seen the show yet, this would be a wonderful time to see it. We not only have the “Structures” show in the main gallery, but some other fibre art exhibitions showing at the same time. In the middle of the gallery is a large 3D fibre installation by Maria Doering ( It is called “Inside Me” and complements our own exhibition perfectly. In the hallways is a solo show by Penny Berens “Scratching the Surface” ( Wonderful work showcasing Penny’s extensive and expressive hand stitched pieces. Also, there is “Structures Expanded”, more work by the “Structures” artists. This is a mixed show, with finished work, free standing work, in process pieces, design drawings and so on. It gives visitors a glimpse into the work process of textile artists. I have a new piece there, plus some in progress work.

This is “Feather Fantasy”:

Feather FantasyI made samples to show how I paint the feathers onto the background fabric. These are done with a freezer paper stencil that gets ironed on and this gives me the outline for the feather. I painted it with oil paintsticks.

Feather Fantasy processI really like the finished artwork, it was fun to do it.

The whole space looks just wonderful, it was a very special opening last Sunday. The show can be seen until October18.

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UPDATE: This piece sold during the show, as well as several others! The buyer even wanted my progress samples…

A forest piece

A while ago I was asked to participate in an exhibition at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in Inverness, Cape Breton. The theme was “The Forest”, the show opened on August 2nd and will run until August 23rd. I had no finished piece available but a design idea in mind, so I set to work and finished this piece within 2 weeks. Must be a new record.

Anyway, I was really pleased with the result. Here is “Crown, Branches, Root”. The lighting in the gallery wasn’t the best for taking pictures, so please excuse the bad quality picture.

Crown, Branches, Root

Crown, Branches, Root

And here a detail shot:

Crown, Branches, Root  (Detail)

Crown, Branches, Root (Detail)

I worked with a stencil on hand dyed fabric and quilted it very densely. The border is also done with overlapping stencil images and all kinds of leaf shapes in different colors.


If you are in the area, please visit this wonderful exhibition, the Inverness County Centre for the Arts ( is always worth a visit!


Opening of “Structures” show in Antigonish

So, on June 5th we had the grand opening of our SAQA Atlantic Canada “Structures” show – one down, four more openings to go! It was a fabulous event, with lots of visitors and seven of the 19 artists in attendance. My friend Chris Nielsen spoke eloquently as she always does about SAQA, the term “art quilt” and the three juror’s choices for the best pieces in the show. We heard lots of enthusiastic comments, answered many questions and  had a great time.

Here is Chris, in front of 3 artworks (left to right: “Dancing Neurons” by myself, “Banded Echo” by Penny Berens and “Out of Chaos, Order” by Susan Lilley):

Chris Nielsen speaking at the StFx Art Gallery opening

Chris Nielsen speaking at the StFx Art Gallery opening

Here are some more pictures, before the crowds moved in. Actually, I took these while hanging the show, so they don’t have the identifying tags next to them yet.

"Structures" at StFX Art Gallery

“Structures” at StFX Art Gallery, left to right: “No Visible Means of Support” by Sandra Betts, “Redesigning Duckworth” by Linda Strowbridge, “Family Tree” by Susan Tilsley Manley and “Garden Song” by Ann Schroeder

Exhibition pic

“Out of Chaos – Order” by Susan Lilly, “Ships of the Desert” by Linda Findly (Best in Show) and “Snowbound” by Ann Schroeder

If you want to see this exhibition, it is at the gallery until July 15, 2015.

StFX gallery invitation

StFX gallery invitation

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“Structures” exhibition coming soon

Ever heard of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)? It’s a world wide fibre arts organization that promotes textile art through a variety of exhibitions, catalogs, publications etc. I belong to the regional chapter for Atlantic Canada, and we have a brand new regional show coming soon. 25 amazin textile art pieces by 19 artists will be shown. Here is the schedule for the show:

Art Gallery of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish Nova Scotia, June 1 to July 15

Gallery at the Guild, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, August 19 to 30, 2015
Inverness County Centre for the Arts Gallery, Inverness, Nova Scotia, September 27 to October 18, 2015
Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John New Brunswick, January 15 to March 4, 2016
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth Branch, Nova Scotia, March 15 to April 30 2016
My piece “Dancing Neurons” will be included in the show. Here is a detail picture:
Dancing Neurons, detail

Dancing Neurons, detail

The opening night will be on June 5, 2015. Hope to see you at the St.FX Art Gallery in Antiognish!

Upcoming market

I’m excited to be part of the Windfall Fine Art and Hand Craft Market in Antigonish, NS, September 27 & 28 at the Keating Centre.


This will be Northeast Nova Scotia’s biggest fine art and craft market, with exhibitors from the Maritime provinces and beyond. Check out their website

I will have lots of fabric postcards, pins, notebooks, art quilt wall hangings and mixed media pieces available.


Start your early Christmas shopping or get a gift for yourself! Hope to see you there

Two commission artworks finished

I worked on two commissioned pieces for a family in Ontario over the last year, on and off. Now they are finished and will be shipped off to their new home. I’m very pleased with how they turned out and hope the clients will be happy as well. Their reaction to the photos I sent them was enthusiastic, so all is good!

The family has a strong connection to the loon bird, so they wanted something with that bird on it, but gave me no other parameters which was great. This is what I did:

Loon Ascending

First Outing

Both pieces feature commercial and hand dyed cotton. The birds are painted and appliqued, the stitching is done by machine. It was a lot of fun and a good challenge to work on those pieces.


New work

After not posting for a while I have at least to show something for it. I have been busy getting new pieces ready for the Inverness County Centre for the Arts shop. They will be on sale there throughout the summer, and I hope they will find a good home!

Here are some of the new pieces. I mounted them on painted canvasses to give them a more polished appearance, I really like the effect.

Butterfly Dream (Triptych)

Moonlight Shadow

Earth Story

African Sun

Inverness Beach (Diptych)

The gallery also carries my postcards and pins, lots to choose from. It is a beautiful spot, overlooking the Inverness coastline, so if you are in the area, check it out!

Bye for now


My first quilt

Often people ask me how I started to quilt. Coming from Germany I had no contact to handmade quilts at all, never seen one and also had not learned how to sew, though my maternal Grandmother tried to teach me knitting without much success. So, here is the story.

Our family immigrated to Canada from Germany in the fall of 2003. We lived in Calgary then, just starting out and finding our way around. My son started violin lessons in early 2004, and I usually took his little sister, three at the time, for a little walk around the strip mall where the lessons took place while we waited for the lesson to end.

One day it was raining very hard, so we walked along the storefronts and decided to go into a quilt store to get out of the rain. It was my first visit ever to a quilt store and I was astonished at the sight of all the bolts of fabric, the beautiful finished pieces hanging on the walls and balconies, the little folded pieces of fabric (fat quarters of course) and I felt overwhelmed by all the colors and textures. My little girl found a play area set up with toys under a stair, and next to it stood a basket with scraps, cutoffs which you could put in a small plastic bag and buy for $1. She wanted some of these scraps so I helped her to pick out some and we stuffed our baggie to the brim. We took it home and I decided to make her a small quilt with the scraps. I went to the public library, got a beginners quilting book and started to hand-sew my first quilt. Now, I never did sew before, never learned to quilt, so it was something very unexpected and new for me. But, how I enjoyed it! I was hooked and haven’t looked back since. I bought a sewing machine some months later and I’m quilting now for 10 years, having moved into art quilting and doing my own designs. I’m so lucky to have discovered the wonderful artistic possibilities of textiles.

Here is the picture of my very first quilt:


I show this small quilt (16″ x 16″) at my trunk shows and tell the story how it came about and the audience just loves it! I guess I have to thank my daughter for my career as a fibre artist.

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Exhibiting in Edmonton, Alberta

The “Focus on Fibre Art Association” FFAA inEdmonton, Alberta holds a biannual themed fibre arts exhibition. Their goal is  “to promote fibre artists, to create an awareness of fibre as art and to highlight the benefits of creating fibre art” as  stated on their website

So far I took part in two exhibitions, “Wild Thing” in 2008 and “Green” in 2010. This year the theme was “Prairies”, which did not sound appealing to me at first. Though I have lived in Calgary for 5 years, I never really did warm up to the prairies. But then I came across the perfect fabric and the ideas began to flow. So I finished the new piece in time to enter, and I got accepted into the show! I’m glad I got inspired and am once again part of this wonderful exhibition.

The opening takes place Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 7 pm at Enterprise Square in Edmonton, AB. In the fall the exhibition will be shown in Fort Saskatchewan, AB.

Here is my entry:

“Barn Boards”, 32″ x 18″

On the detail picture you can see the stitching mimicking the wood grain on the peeling barn boards and the wheat photo printed on organza.

“Barn Boards” detail

I wish I could go to the opening, but that is not happening!

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An update: I got the great news that “Barn Boards” got first prize in the medium original quilt category. What an honor and thanks to the judges!

“Rusty Things” Fibre art exhibition in Antigonish

Susan Tilsley Manley with one of her “Rusty Things” art pieces

My good friend Susan Tilsley Manley shows her stunning and meaningful art in the Antigonish Library during the month of March. Her pieces are mindblowing, her artistic sense and craftmanship impeccable. If you have a chance to stop by, come see this exhibition! The opening night is this coming Friday, March 7th, 6-8pm in the Bistro Area of the Library.Her technique to rust fabric and reproduce photos with rust is so interesting and new, the resulting pieces are very detailed and moving. I hope many visitors can see the show, it’s a great show in a public space.

I will be at the opening on Friday, hope to see you there!