Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Let There Be Peace

 Handmade "Copper Angel" created by John Ackerson from the years we lived in St. Martins, NB. it doesn't show in this black and white picture but the angel is patinated verdigris ... the rectangular base is a chunk of wood from a fallen down forgotten church. ... I love the connection. ❤ She looks over things from her perch on an upper windowsill

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Flying Geese and the 8 Pointed Star Quilt

1st finished block... 18" square

This is the process of designing the Flying Geese and 8 Pointed Star quilt... from the Start of thinking up the design to making templates, marking the pieces, cutting,  sewing, making the blocks and hoping the whole project would turn out the way I hoped. It was pieced on several vintage and antique sewing machines and hand-quilted and bound.

overall if my figuring is correct I will need 2,088 cut pieces.... all scrappy pieces from my odds and ends of fabric gathered from here and there over the years..

loved using the old 1936 treadle in part of the process. The amazing oil painting on the back wall was created by my talented partner John Ackerson

small and fully packed and stacked sewing room .. tiny but mighty

"Inky" the inspector at work... she must inspect everything I make very closely

the back is always cool to see ... never to be seen again once the layers are put together

into my grandmother's quilt frames goes the backing..

the batting needs trimmed a bit... lots left for another quilt

Ready to begin hand quilting.... I just absolutely love it

the quilt was hand quilted from the outsides to the middle.. the last stitches are being put in here... next it will be ready to remove from the frames... next is the binding phase with mitered corners. machine sewn to the front of the quilt and then it is wrapped around the raw edge to the back and hand-stitched down.

using my favourite pin cushion given to me by the amazing artist Morna Crites - Moore

"Baby Girl" kept distracting me as I stitched the binding by digging into a fluffy clean bag of sheep fleece... leave it to kitty to inspect everything and usually make a mess

I enjoyed every minute of working on this quilt.. it took a good long time to complete but that kept me from thinking about all the covid crap that was and still is taking place at the time.. 

I recommend everyone picking up some scissors and needles and thread and tackling a quilting project... feels so good to make things just the way you want.

Cheerio from the Desideratum studio in Douglas, New Brunswick


Sunday, November 01, 2020

Latest Desideratum Earring Designs

It's high time to update my blog..  a busy summer in the garden took precedence... the harvest was good and much was eaten and put aside to store for later use... since then I have been in the studio more often making sweet and colourful combinations of semi-precious stones and Sterling silver earrings.

 A selection of a few of our new designs... 

 Above is "Crystal Sparkles" $35. pair, sterling silver and crystal teardrop

"Amy" $35 pair. textured sterling disk with amethyst

"Carnelian Shimmer" $38. pair, domed hammered sterling silver with carnelian drop

"Ankh" $35. pair, Fresh water pearl, carved bone Ankh and Mother of pearl

"Amethyst Links" $35. pair, sterling silver links and amethyst

"Baroque Diamond" $35. pair. naturally formed baroque pearls with handcut sterling silver

"Caroline" $35.pair, facetted citrine crystal and hammered sterling disk

"Lavender" $35. pair amethyst nuggets with sterling silver oval and rectangular drop

"Crystal Dreams" $50. pair, crystal drops and hammered sterling tops

"Diane" $35. pair, Amethyst, peridot and spiral roses in sterling silver

 To see many more original designs, go to our Desideratum Art and Jewelry FB page and see all the photos,  please copy and paste the following link:

You can contact me from there or send us a message directly HERE 
Cheerio and the best of the coming season to Everyone

Friday, June 26, 2020

Tiny Scrappy 9-Patch

The scrappy " 9-Patch" in the frames... love using up small pieces..
waste not - want not...

my planning stage for the quilt top.. below are the steps it took to get to the first picture. 

using the 1963 Bernina knee controlled machine here.. she's a beauty, I found second hand. well all my machines are second hand.

each 9-patch block is made up of 9 1" colourful squares

making the window pane strips.. these strips finish at 1/2" wide. I like using the little squares on the corners as it helps the blocks match up easier when sewing the long panels together.

used several sewing machines during the making of this quilt top. here is the 1936 Singer treadle

think I am using the 1973 kenmore here

below I am pressing the back of the entire top... I pressed each block as I sewed them as I went along but this will be the final pressing before it goes into the frames.. The back is interesting to look at too.

a little up close view of the work

the frames I used.
 the ones with the green fabric attached were my grandmothers

these are the stands. very simple to make and they just slot together. we just made them up quickly from some old boards in the shed

pinning in the back... I used a red and white striped sheet.. no seams

antique clamps I found at a flea market

old pack of quilting needles I found in the drawer of a sec. hand sewing machine..
 only 47 cents for 20 needles.. quite a bargain.. never see that price again

when it was first put in the frames..
 now many hours of happy quilting. and trying to forget the crazy things that are going on in the world outside. and hoping for better things to come..
I love this simple patterned quilt
Cheerio All