Monday, August 5, 2013

Recycled Sari Silk used in Art Quilts


Recycled Sari Silk
Cone Flowers

I discovered recycled Sari Silk on skeins a few months ago and challenged myself to use this fibre in my Art Quilting techniques.
To create the Cone Flowers I prepared a free motion quilted background of torn strips of batik fabric (8 - 2 1/2" wide strips over lapping each other 1/4") on batting and backing fabric.
Take a picture of cone flowers for reference.
The internet is full of images that may be used for reference.
It is not the intention to copy any photograph exactly. 
With a non permanent marker, mark four stems, the flower center, the flower petals and the leaves.
These marking are a general guide for proportions and placement.
I used my favourite invisible thread to free motion couch the petals in place.

I used the same methods I had learned earlier for "Machine Silk Ribbon Work."
Free motion straight stitch the stems, which are twisted as they are stitched in place. See below the Cone Flower "work in progress."

The recycled sari silk strips can be up to 2" wide. Flatten the sari silk when stitching the leaves.  Start at the tip of the leaf, having trimmed the flattened silk to a point, Free motion stitch the leaves in a back and forth manner, twisting the sari silk into a stem at the base of the leaf.
Recycled Sari Silk Skeins
Recycled Sari Silk
Rolled into Balls
Work in progress
The Cone Flower centers were made with dark brown perle cotton (#5) in the bobbin.
This is called Bobbin Work. Wind brown perle cotton on the bobbin.
Free Motion Bobbin Work is done by bypassing the bobbin tension (or loosening it almost completely)
Matching colour thread in the needle.You will work from the reverse side, free motion, straight stitch. Stitch in a circular motion round and round until the flower centers are filled.
In my next post I will show you two flower quilts free motion couched in the same manner using haboti silk and bias cut batik strips.
Be inspired, play, create and remember, artistry is not a gift, it is learned.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Quilting Arts at Carola's Quilt Shop

Quilting is so much more than a soft and cozy quilt.
Quilting can be an artistic expression of our creative side.
There is an artist in all of us.

Everyday we see beauty around us and wish we could capture it and interperet it in cloth and fibre.
A sunrise bursting with magnificent colours, autumn leaves, a flower bouquet or a photograph of your grandchild, all can be the inspiration for your next sewing project.
Our Quilting Arts groups are exploring the capabilities of our sewing machines. Our machines are "tool boxes" full of stitches.
Simple stitches (straight and zig-zag) can used in combination with everyday and exotic threads, needles, presser feet, notions, fibres and fabrics can create texture & three dimensional effects.
Have you ever wondered if you will ever use all those "fancy stitches" that came with your sewing machine? A wall hanging or even a baby quilt is the perfect place to test them out.
Along the journey you will discover which threads, needles, machine feet and tension settings make it all so much fun.
In our Quilting Arts Group we work with silk ribbon in the bobbin, attach free motion, beads to the fabric, create wavy seams with ease, "no stuff" trapunto and make cedar boughs with only thread on water soluble stabilizer. And that's only the beginning. Best of all are, the friends to play with, who bring their own ideas, encouragement and support. Yes, Quilting Arts is a passion. Join us!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Alphabet Fairy Panel from Michael Miller

This Fairy Quilt was pieced and quilted by Sherri Coulthard of Roberts Creek BC Canada.

Alphabet Fairy Panel Quilt

The Alphabet Fairy Panel by Michael Miller has been our favourite so far. From A - Z this panel has 24 blocks (UV and XY share a block). Sherri used a wide assortment of different green fabrics to sah the blocks with floral corner stones. She added a Alphabet Fairy fabric as the border. The panel $10.99 and the border fabric $15.99 per metre is available for purchase at Carola's Quilt Shop. Email Carola to order

Check out the closeup to see Sherri's
petite stipple quilting in the back-ground
of the fairy blocks. The sashing was quilted
in the ditch, the border was quilted
with "Continuous Line" butterflies

Close up to show scrap fabric sashing and corner stones

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Aurifil Designer Thread Collections

If you are a fan of Aurifil Mako Egyptian cotton thread then you will love these new designer collections. They come in an attractive plastic storage container which holds 12 large spools of thread.
The collections retail for $104.95 It like getting two spools free! Includes Shipping for the month of April 2011. Sorry Canada and USA only. Call toll free1-877-886-0033 ask for Carola and
she will make sure you get the collection that suits your needs.
Happy Stitching

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chinese Puzzle Quilt for Christmas

I discovered a wonderful versatile project called the Chinese Puzzle Quilt. The recipe is simple, each block requires 5 - 5" squares. Four of the five assortment fabric prints are folded in half diagonally and are placed one at a time on the fifth unfolded square, basted in place one at a time. Below is a photo of my "Christmas" Chinese Puzzle Quilt.
There are several layout possibilities. I made a small pillow using this technique. A great project if you like to add dimesion and texture to your work. (Psst, I rate this project as "super easy" with stunning results
 Contact us if you would like the pattern. The cost is $11.00for the pattern or $50.00 for the kit tax & postage included.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Getting back to sewing this fall

Is it time to think about Christmas gifts to make this fall? We have more Christmas fabric lines at Carola's than we've ever had before! Below is a picture of a very popular Christmas Tree Skirt. We offer it as a pattern or kit. It is easy to make and a simple style for most tastes.

Below is a snapshot of some of our Christmas fabrics and two lines of Autumn themed fabrics too. Do you already have plenty of Christmas Fabrics? We just might have "the right" fabric that will help you pull your project together.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Travelling Bear

I would like you to meet Marion, visiting from Germany. Do you see who we are holding? That is Marion's Holiday Bear. She takes one of her handmade bears along on her world travels. Marion picked up some Canadian Maple Leaf fabric to make him a vest, I think. Marion will forward a picture as soon she has stitched it up. If you would like to see some of her other mohair bears:
Marion's website is
Thanks for stopping by Marion!