December 5, 2011

Christmas Craft Bazaar 2011

Posted in People of Satin Moon, Special Events tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:23 pm by satinmoon

Our stellar galaxy of  talented designers, staff and customers

bring to you outstanding

creative collections

of dolls

children’s delights

and knits

beautious bags



table dressings

tea cozies

home accessories

and of course quilts

Enjoy Christmas at Satin Moon



November 29, 2011

GIVE AND TAKE Fabric Applique Trunk SHow

Posted in People of Satin Moon, Special Events, Techniques and Materials tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:43 pm by satinmoon

You are invited

to enjoy the spectacular new 2 part

DVD and BOOK   trunk show  by Patchworks Studio Divas

Susan Purney Mark

and Daphne Greig

 Give & Take Appliqué™

is the “no waste” fusing method

that takes advantage of positive/negative design,

and  a fusible like Steam a Seam 2.

It is a ‘two-for-one’ technique with perfect curves

and sharp points , guaranteed.

Daphne and Susan’s DVD shows you the simple steps for fusing,

cutting,  machine appliqué and

decorative stitches  .

Enjoy 2 hours of information and inspiration ,

including a trunk show of 30 of Susan and Daphne’s quilts,

and endless design possibilities  with

EQ7 files and pattern PDFs.

completely different

Give and Take  quilts

are featured in the companion book by Susan and Daphne .

New York Beauty Runner

is the suggested first project  to make .

It is  small  and the best way to learn the Give and Take Appliqué technique.

French Country Danse

is a  bed-size quilt using  the same block design as the table runner, in a slightly larger size.

It  is a great opportunity to use a coordinating collection of fabrics.

Chutes & Ladders 

  happens when a New York Beauty square block is turned into a rectangle.

This contemporary and intriguing asymmetrical block with many colour possibilities.

Grandma’s Pawpaws and Sweet Mixed Pickles

was inspired by a traditional Pickle Dish block,

Daphne first chose  border fabric that she liked, then built a palette of fabric and colours .

The smooth curves and sharp points are  easy to achieve  with Give and Take Appliqué. .

Lupine Rings, a variation of

  Wedding Ring made  easy  with Give and Take Appliqué  is a lovely tradition to  commemorate a special event-

like a spring wedding .

Citrus Salad

uses a  ‘juicy’ colour assortment reminiscent of a traditional Drunkard’s Path block.

Like Susan, try  it in your  favourite colour, choosing values from light to dark .

Still a little unsure ?

Stencils  by Daphne and Susan make it even easier and faster !

Friend Sharon Pederson, another Island  author and designer, will give you even more

applique guidance and inspiration.

 to come into Satin Moon

and find  what happens when you take six classic quilt patterns and create two fusible appliqués with one cut.

This Saturday only Daphne will be here to answer your questions and autograph your books an DVD’s.


Give & Take Fabric Appliqué – 11/14/2011
Reviewer: James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief from Oregon, WI, USA

“Give & Take Fabric Appliqué” presents a fine two-for-one technique that offers hand or machine-friendly appliqué techniques perfect for all kinds of projects – and presents 12 different projects for using them. Patterns can be adapted to numerous patterns, traditional patterns can be used with the fabric appliqué approach, and full-page color photos and patterns make for a collection easy to duplicate. Any beginning quilter or newcomer to appliqué will find this a fine starting place! –James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch, November 2011.

Give & Take Fabric Appliqué – 10/19/2011
Reviewer: Patti Ives, The Appliqué Society from USA

Authors and quiltmakers Daphne Greig and Susan Purney Mark have been working on their “Give & Take Fabric Appliqué” design concept since 2006. This book is the result of their thinking about traditional quilt patterns, commonly constructed with traditional methods, and wondering how they can make these designs using their “Give & Take” appliqué technique. Give & Take appliqué is a method where patterns are created using fusible web. As you cut out the pattern you find a positive image and a negative image. Both of these images are then used to create the blocks. By combining this two-for-one technique you are able to make tricky shapes super easy to appliqué. The appliqué method of choice is of course machine appliqué and you are encouraged to use the decorative stitches on your machine. You will find a comprehensive section on fabrics, tools, materials and techniques. Start small with the table runner project and before you know it you will be creating quilts using long-time favorite block patterns such as New York Beauty, Double Wedding Ring and Pickle Dish with ease. Many of the 12 different projects in this book are fat quarter friendly and all result in spectacular finished pieces

Give & Take Fabric Appliqué is a beautiful how-to book that belongs in every ser – 10/19/2011
Reviewer: James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review from Oregon, WI, USA

“Give & Take Fabric Appliqué” is a sampler quilter’s workbook about using a new technique called Give And Take Appliqué. Using fusible web and a Teflon appliqué pressing sheet, along with an assortment of preferred fabrics, the quilter is taken step-by-step through the process of choosing design and fabrics, cutting pressing and stitching. The first two chapters deal with fabric fundamentals and tools and technique. Complete patterns for tracing appliqués are enclosed for a variety of beautiful appliqué projects. This book contains a plethora of creative appliqué quilted projects that can be tackled at the reader’s choice or discretion. Stunning full-color photos, clear concise instructions make the projects accessible to the aspiring, determined quilter. James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Midwest Book Review, Wisconsin Bookwatch, October 2011, The Needlecraft Shelf.

Waste Not, Want Not – 09/06/2011
Reviewer: Anonymous from Marietta, GA

Such a fun technique. I am always up for trying something new yet often it takes too long to do it perfectly. This fun technique brings fairly instant gratification. The play of positive and negative gives a graphic dimension that makes even the least talented at choosing fabrics successful. Try it!

Give & Take Fabric Applique – 08/02/2011
Reviewer: Vivian Benton from Pittsburgh

I had the opportunity to take a class from Daphne Greig and Susan Purney Mark at Quilt Market a few years ago where they taught this technique. I love the fact that there’s no waste—what you take from one block, you give to another. So I’m happy to see a book dedicated to this technique. Originally based on the New York Beauty style quilt, they have expanded to designs using the Double Wedding Ring and Pickle Dish! And you can certainly adapt the projects in the book to other patterns. Nice book!

November 28, 2011


Posted in People of Satin Moon, Special Events at 6:25 pm by satinmoon


what with the big 40% off almost everything sale at Satin Moon

Chico’s dancing lessons

Change of hands of store ownership and location

a Stuart McLean Christmas performance tonight

and work tomorrow

I plumb forgot to finish this week’s blog about GIVE AND TAKE  APPLIQUE

trunk show

and book signing  with Daphne Greig  this Saturday at 11:00 o’clock

Check back here November 30   for the preview – promise !

November 20, 2011

5th year Mystery Quilts Revealed !

Posted in People of Satin Moon, Special Events tagged , , , , at 10:41 pm by satinmoon

Sherri Hisey


Border Creek Station

designs our favourite mystery quilts

Sarah, one of the younger quilters

tackled  last year’s in flannel  to create this  dynamic

interpretation of  QUILTERS JOURNEY

Christine  worked in cotton and also used the light accent, dark background

for a very different mood and effect in her queen size  interpretation.

Marsha worked in subdued  flannel ,

with the opposite light value scheme

for her airy and delicate rendition.

Marsha loved the way the complex border came together just like magic .

Cathy used batiks

in her ethereal  creation called Lily Pond ,

complete with

signature dragonfly button.

Cathy likes the geometry and complexity of Sherri’s mystery designs.


created sophisticated

drama  in flannel .

Susan enjoys the rigor of not being  able to second guess the outcome of the mystery.

Judy once again

stepped outside the colour box

in K Fassett shot cotton and batiks .

Judy loves the surprise of the Border Creek Crossing Mysteries !

Coach Gordon appreciated the clear  and easy instructions..

not that he didn’t manage a couple little errors,

and Chico REALLY like the cuddly flannel .

It’s not too late to join in our Canadian FUN,

and join this year’s mystery!

October 24, 2011

Journal Journeys, the whole cloth story of Karen Killins- Robinson

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Round Robin in Blue

The center is a paper pieced pattern and the remaining borders were added by my Monday quilt group (Pam Brown, Kim Hicks, Gaye McKissock, Tracy Scott) Each step was a mystery until our final reveal. I was delighted with the result and used the star as a template to echo quilt more stars in the corners.

Won an Honourable Mention Ribbon in the 140th Saanich Fair.


Doorway to Imagination

In 2007 Quilting Arts Magazine issued a Reader Challenge “Doorway to Imagination”.  While my entry was not published, it opened the door to the possibility without crushing my enthusiasm.  I created the door using snippets of rocks and inside the door is a ruin of a Irish church whose headstone date in the 1600’s


A Little Crazy Silk Ribbon Embroidery

This piece started with a pieced crazy block. Using embroidery stitches (blanket, feather, x’s and of course French knots) a journal sized sampler was created. There is no such thing as using a few embroidery stitches – it is addicting! A dragonfly, fish and spider wander among the silk ribbon flowers and grapes and there is always room for a few beads.


Sun Printing

Most of my small pieces are creating for my Fibre Arts Journal Group and sun printing was no exception. We meet once per month and teach each other various techniques.  This piece was sun printed using metal words as a resist and results are unpredictable.  Organza Ribbon placed over top plastic netting, stitched and burned. Rummaging through the embellishment bins for beads and brass washers is half of the fun.


In my Sea Sole 

Experimenting with fibres is all about exploration with different techniques and products available. The background is a scrap of satin from my mother-in-law’s blouse and fabric resembling sand that are both free motion stitched. The fern and starfish are made using Puff Paint which was applied to the sole of my shoes, dried, removed and then painted with acrylics. Shell embellishments and glue beads have been added for sparkle.


The Octopuses Garden – Velvet Embossing -Discharging

It was difficult to resist a second piece using the embossing velvet technique. The navy tencel background was discharged with a brush and stitched with variegated thread. Iridescent fish beads swim under a net. Rock beads imply a sandy bottom under the lacy coral.  An experimental binding using a net type fabric was used. Antique linen was used for the backing and label.


Rust – Can’t Hack it

Upper left corner piece started as a white piece of fabric and was rusted in the sun. This process is not for control freaks as the outcome is unpredictable. The black borders were discharged and pieced to commercial fabric. Strips were raw edge appliquéd on top. Embellishments include buttons, red netting and a rusty hack saw.


Heron by the Seashore – Velvet Embossing

The heron and flowers are embossed & burned velvet stitched with metallic thread. The background fabric was discharged to mute the colours. Practice free motion circles over organza ribbon and a feather embellish the piece. Old linens were used for the back of this piece.


Holy Cow Button Tornado

Pieced strips of blue fabric were used for the background sky with a white fabric tornado raw edged overtop.  80 plus white buttons of various shapes and sizes make up the button tornado. Seed stitching helps the upside-down cow button stay afloat. The binding is applied back to front and hand stitched with embroidery floss.


Clematis Leaves – Timid mixed media

In this simple piece, I used Judy Farrow’s technique of burned organza, painted paper and stitch combine to make the leaves come alive.  Burn the organza with a soldering iron (but not too much).  Fussy cut pink dogwood. The grey background was minimally quilted.


Wool Felted

Wet, dry and knitted felting has shown up on the Fibre Arts scene in a big way.  Ten years ago there were 2 or 3 books on the subject and currently there is an entire shelf dedicated to felting. Flannel background; Felted wool embellished with buttons and felted ball.


Letters from Grandpa


Flour paste resist bits, commercial fabric, pieces of an envelope and letter from grandpa Killins were combined to make this memory piece for our son. The photo was printed on Printed Treasures™ (fabric for ink jet printers)

Personal letters have been replaced, first by phone calls, then by email and now it is texting, tweeting, instant messaging and Facebook.


Chocolate Infusion

The background piece was dyed with chocolate when our chocolate fountain was bumped at an outdoor party. It is seed stitched with 3 shades of embroidery thread. Mixed media samples are hand stitched to 12 blocks of black tencel* (a regenerated cellulose fiber made from dissolving bleached wood pulp).  Samples include bark, buttons, rusted ring, felted piece and texture magic.


Where the Poppies Grow…

Shaving Cream Marbling with black and red paint inspired this remembrance piece. The background was cut with pinking shears and raw edge stitched to a pillow case background. Raw Edge rectangles frame a handmade clay button and the poppies were fussy cut and fused.

Lest We Forget


There is Something in the Autumn

Oak leaf – paper, paint, and thread on organza burned with a soldering iron. Fall leaves stamped using Jacquard’s Lumiere® paint and outlined with metallic threads and background quilted with black thread for texture.

Gingo Leaf – copper Shiva stick and texture plate. Painted foam fern and curved piecing – an experiment in fall. Judy Farrow taught this class.


Do you see what I see?


A tone on tone black synthetic background was used to enhance coloured threads and beads. Hand dyed cheese cloth combine with beads, curly metal a bit of knitting and ribbon (taken from Mary Anne’s share pile). The binding is an experiment with “unknown” fabric to continue the metal theme of the piece.


Foiled Again

The background has been painted using Jacquard’s Lumiere® paints, pieced, quilted and overlaid with organza.  Copper foil was added and then echo stitched by both hand and machine. The letter K was embossed onto foil and antiqued. Embellishments are foil buttons, vellum and batting squares, brass washers, beads cap top and copper piping.


Don’t Leaf Me  

The background is commercial fabric, quilted echoing the leaf patterns.  Embellishments include Model Magic leaves painted with Lumiere® paints over hand dyed cheese cloth.  The yellow leaf is a photo printed on Tissue paper – secret ingredient to preserve it, scrunched and quilted onto the piece with Free motion quilting. The binding was left raw edge with a thick wool ribbon stitched over top.


Lenny & Me

The background is free motion leaf stitched by Lenny De Groot who generously sells snippets of fabric to the guild.  Shiva Sticks were used to blend colours of the background and center piece which I wove using various yarns. The leaf was created using a white fabric base, bits of thread waste and fabric snippets overlaid with a net and stitched echoing the leaf shape. The bead is from Button, Button – Vancouver


Silk Fusion – Illusion

The rough texture of the background contrasts with the delicacy of the silk fusion. Long Stitches of ice blue thread give the illusion of movement.  Coloured pencil overtop free motion stitching added a false border. When the binding doesn’t quite have all the colours of the centerpiece add a little paint. Lift the lower left corner – the backing is a left over paint pad with a few hand stitches added for surprise.


Purple Tea

There has been a renewed interest in loose tea with many shops popping up throughout Victoria which was the inspiration for this piece.  Thread writing using free motion stitching made this whole cloth sampler fun – my handwriting using my sewing machine – a novel concept.  Tea is always served at our monthly Fibre Art explorations and is one of my favourite beverages. Oh, and there is a difference between decaffeinated and herbal!


Inspiration pin

This flower pin belonged to my husband Doug’s grandmother, Margaret Robinson.  I echo quilted around the pin adding some leaves to pop the hand  dyed border which was left not quilted and cut on a curve.  Pink / Red tones are outside of my colour wheel comfort but I enjoyed working with this inspired piece of memorabilia.



West Coast Winter


This piece incorporates thread painting, piecing, raw edge appliqué, quilting and a photo of Vancouver.  The photo is printed on Printed Treasures for ink jet printers.  My fibre arts group each did a panel of their own  using 5 of the same fabrics.


A Touch of Mexico

A remnant of polyester reminded me of Mexican tile work. This piece was machine quilted then hand stitched during our vacation in San Jose del Cabo.  The fabric is reminiscent of the sun drenched colours of Mexico.  Beads stitched around lace, also echo the raw edged fabric and French Knots were added when I ran out of beads.


Do you know the way to San Jose Del Cabo?

Adobe houses on the hill covered in bougainvillea are very representative of this part of Mexico.  The yellow and orange blocks in the piece were the wall colours inside of the condo where we stayed.  The batik sky is the unbelievable colour of both the sea and sky.  Every other furrow in the hills is quilted with matching thread for added depth.



My Malahat Mountain Landscape

Straight stitching cover this layered landscape bound in pillowcase style.  My view is down the Central Saanich valley toward the Malahat and because my fiber arts group produces a piece each month, it’s usually not about making a masterpiece but just getting it done.

Malahat view = escape from reality


A is for Apple – An apple a day


Fabric Painting taught by Ana Buzzalino at Quilting in the Trees, Victoria Quilters’ Guild’s annual retreat held at Pearson College. An alcohol print of apples and leaves was painted and stitched in the upper left corner.  What fun stitching words about apples with variegated thread. A thin slice of Red Delicious apple was used to stamp this piece – it was a yummy part of my lunch.


Duct Tape Quilt

Made specifically for the Duct Tape Contest at the Saanich Fair sponsored by Jack FM (103.1) this piece is made completely out of duct tape and not quilted at all. My “unquilt” won second price in the household items category.


Paint & Play – Coreen Zerr’s class @ Quilting in the Trees

On a day of fun, at Victoria Quilters’ Guild retreat we created our own painted fabric using various paints for effect.  My photo of Mt. Baker was in the same colour family and is printed on Jacquard’s Extrav Organza®.  Coarse salt sprinkled on wet paint creates the starburst effect. Free motion stitching, pencil crayons and beading were applied.


’57 MGA Bits & Pieces Landscape 

Landscapes are very popular in the quilting world right now. The layered background has been raw edge pieced and quilted. The car is made up of snippets of fabric closely resembling the tyralite green of our MGA (currently being restored).


Silk Fusion – Angelina Appliqué

Black as a background always works for me.  The inside is a piece of fabric that I call faux French Knots. I have used over ironed Angelina as the shadows for my velvet, organza and funky foil circles which were hand appliquéd. Laine Canivet, made the beads and silk fusion bit – a gift at our yearly exchange of embellishment bits.


Who Can Resist – Flour Paste Resist?

Remember playing with flour paste as a kid? It is still just as fun and messy! The top half of this piece is muslin experimenting with black ink and flour paste resist; stamped with copper coloured paint. The bottom half is ugly upholstery weight fabric that has been Gessoed. Pieced together these were heavily stitched with Orange French Knots added for colour. I can’t seem to resist those model magic, Lumiere painted soles for embellishing the piece.

Round Robin –It’s Not All Black and White! 


The black and white center with copper mesh and organza was designed and pieced by me and the remaining edges and border by my Fibre Arts Group, (Satellite group of the Victoria Quilters’ Guild). Embellishments were added by others with some hand embroidery, beads and bits of coloured fabric. I thought it needed a red binding to enclose all of that Black and White loveliness.

Impress Me Now


In a class with Sherrill Khan this piece began life as white cotton. Layers of paint are added using Sherrill’s colour pallet.  Objects were scraped into the wet paint creating a textured surface.   Pieces of fabric and paper are raw edge appliquéd on top.  Her Impress me stamps finish the piece which is bound with fabric from Sherrill’s line of Kaufman fabrics. The felted balls made by my friend and felt artist Karen Yearsley.




through this Halloween!

October 16, 2011

Karen Killins Robinson: a preview of Journal Journies by the Victoria Quilter’s Guild President

Posted in People of Satin Moon, Special Events tagged , , , at 8:19 pm by satinmoon

Enter and enjoy

the collection

of exquisite journal


and  journeys

to exotic

sacred and

private places.

Enjoy the collection

and stories in detail

here next week.

September 4, 2011

Jennifer Watson: dressing the naked quilt

Posted in People of Satin Moon, Special Events tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:43 pm by satinmoon

For many of us the most perplexing words are


Some prefer to do it themselves.

Some of us receive the most pleasure from piecing

 and collecting the tops .

Then we entrust our labour of love to a professional long arm quilter,


Jennifer started out sewing pajamas , but art was her real cat’s pajamas,

nurtured by a  a family of highly creative people .

Most of her life she has been an

educator and foster Mum , as well as an artist and quilter.

Jennifer is well qualified to  transform  the frazzled quilter,

and her naked quilt.

Jennifer’s personal quilting room

with its soothing view,

and work in progress, is a good place to start your  discussion,

and view  Jennifer’s impressive samples .

Jennifer will have ideas ready, if you send her a photo ahead of time.

You will contemplate the  many options  that change the mood and look of the quilt

with different block emphasis , texture and pattern.

This will include  the selection of thread, yours or Jennifer’s.

She has a expansive collection of sheens , weights and  colous .

More options will be discussed in the quilting room.

Edge-to – Edge/ Hand Guided Pantograph,

and custom combinations of laser and creative designs  to enhance the individual blocks, borders and style of your quilt maybe  including  a hidden image or a “secondary story” .

You may consider  Heirloom  for a traditional quilt  and  an exceptional finished product.   Feathers, cross-hatching, echo-stitching, extensive stitch-in-the-ditch and micro background filler  and

McTavishing  may be selected.

Prices for professional long-arm quilting by Jennifer  range from $.02-.08/sq.inch.

Jennifer is also proficient withdistinctive finishes

such as  couching,and  thread painting Prices will vary depending on the technique and size of each piece.

Likely  she will graciously offer you a cup of tea and some garden time as you think.

When you say I love it, Jennifer will be ready to transform your quilt.

Like any great couturier she will camouflage your little flaws.

This Sunday  September 11,  from noon to 1:00pm

to meet Jennifer and her amazing quilts in person.

These images are just a teasers

not the actual quilts

but just the inspiration

that created the  jaw dropping quilts

 and  stunning quilting

that will dress Satin Moon

and delight

and inspire

your autumn quilting adventures.

Treat yourself  next Sunday!

August 14, 2011

Joanne Tompson – alchemist to quilters

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To feel  the magic

 see the wonder

and be moved by the

spiritual connection


Joanne Thomson, artist, illustrator, teacher.

“I use my art to explore the experience of being a person interacting with the world around me.

I play.

I think.

I cry.

I laugh.

I experience life and then I try to capture and communicate

some of this experience using colour and line on paper.”

Joanne gives permission  to explore  and embrace

your inner child

with joy.

Let her share her wealth of  imagery,

interior exploration,

colour wizardry,

 spirtitual interpretations
and  Intuitive Composition insight .

Come and celebrate your creativity,  with Mood, Colour and Contrast

at her Satin Moon workshops  this fall .

August 7, 2011


Posted in People of Satin Moon, Special Events tagged , , , , , , at 10:49 pm by satinmoon

All across north America DRAGONBOATS are gathering

to be raced by survivors

and supporters .

Come join us( Brenda and Gordon)  again this weekend

and watch us race ( with the The Snogard Dragons)

and make the dragons  fly in the inner harbour.

3 Days of Unique Culture & Sport
with Something for Everyone!

Thrilling Dragon Boat Races
Live Multicultural Entertainment
Fun Crafts in the Children’s Tent
Forbidden City Food Court’s Tantalizing Cuisine
Lights of Courage Lantern Campaign
and when you are ready for fabric therapy
SATIN MOON is  just a stroll up from the harbour.

July 24, 2011

Beading Fantasy with Eileen Neil

Posted in People of Satin Moon, Special Events, Techniques and Materials tagged , , , , at 10:40 pm by satinmoon


Eileen Neil, Vancouver Island’s own

bead diva

orchestrated a delightful and comprehensive day

for eight

talented and enthusiastic


Eileen loves to  explore surface design with unusual materials and  beads

so of course her store

accompanied her

to charm  each person

with  their heart’s  desire .

Patient demos were supplemented with extensive notes

nurturing guidance

and individualized attention.

Participants were

especially intrigued

 and excited

by the many




on all the tables

around the classroom.

Further inspiration

and challenge

was provided with

advanced technique samples.

Eileen shared her

favourite books .

She even treated herself

to some of our holographic, Krenink threads!

A very happy day for all!

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