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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

My Sweet Maritimes :)

This post is for Monika Kinner-Whalen of My Sweet Prairie. Monika is a quilter, artist and photographer whose blog I read on a regular basis. One of the things I enjoy most is how Monika sees beauty in everyday, ordinary things which most of us miss. Monika often photographs grasses, wildflowers, and fields of flax on her beloved prairies and then translates those photographs into exquisite thread painted works of art. Earlier today, hubby and I visited the beeyard and the gate at the end of the lane made me think of Monika.
Goldenrod, white asters, mountain ash berries, spikes of Timothy and a myriad of things I can't name spilled over an old section of fence.
Unfortunately, I didn't have my big camera with me but I plan to revisit and take some more shots.
My favourite was this part with dead, almost silver branches reaching over the red berries.

During this year's Fibre Arts Festival, I am enroled in Kathy Tidswell's "Painting With The Sewing Machine" and I hope to stitch this out a la Monika.


  1. Oh that sounds wonderful Karen. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  2. Oh dear Karen! That was REALLY sweet of you! geeze I'm blushing lol. I love those photos! They are fine - sometimes before I stitch mine, I hike up the contrast so I can see the dramatic colors that are in there. Works like a charm. I love them all! that last one is very interesting! And that second one has an explosion of grasses near the bottom... so neat. : )
    I hope you have the best time the festival!

    ~Monika Kinner-Whalen
    sewing in Saskatoon

  3. These are really lovely pictures. Wild flowers make lovely shots.

  4. What a fabulous scene - it will translate to a Monika style work of art beautifully! I particularly like that last image with the dead branches.
    That looks like a fabulous workshop - oh I wish I was in Nova Scotia this October!

  5. Great photos and I hope you do translate them Monika style they would be terrific!

  6. Obviously, you live in a beautiful part of this country, too, Karen.

  7. I am looking forward to the festival and see what all the other quilters are doing. As I am new to the maritimes it will be great to talk to others that enjoy the east coast and all it has to offer.