I come from a long line of sign writers and am happiest with a brush and some paint! Add
paint to fabric and I get really excited!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sew Sister Blogathon Canada 2014 hits the Atlantic!

Welcome Blogathon readers!! This week Sew Sisters is celebrating Canadian quilters!

This week is the third Blogathon Canada sponsored by Sew Sisters, a brick and mortar quilt shop located in Toronto, Ontario. I have ordered fabric online from Sew Sisters and found them to be very prompt and efficient. I really enjoy how they wrap all fabric securely in plastic before they box it up to mail. It is great service because this is how Canada Post handles parcels being delivered to me: if it is raining or snowing, parcels are left it in the middle of my driveway and if the sun is shining, parcels are bent and folded and shoved into the mailbox..Fortunately fabric is forgiving!

There are two Maritime hosts today, and both happen to be Linda's! There is Nova Scotia's Linda at Scrapmaster and New Brunswick's Linda at Stitch Lines. Check both of Linda’s blogs out for lots more East Coast bloggers and be sure to comment on both their posts - Sew Sisters has generously provided some great prizes! Thanks Sew Sisters!!

I refer to myself as a "person of fibre"..I love it in its many forms and love working with it any way I can. I quilt, I paint fabric, I surface dye it, I have sewn lots and lots of clothing and household items over the years, I have built costumes for the stage, I can weave and felt, I knit, I can crochet. Breathing does become an issue around sheep (and horses, too, but that's irrelevant here) so I sold my spinning wheel early on in my weaving/spinning career.

As well, I am a sign painter. Hence the name of my blog, Sister of the brush. Sign painting tended to be a predominately male occupation for many years and when I studied at George Brown College (yes, there are legitimate sign writing courses...), we were told the secret to running a successful business was a supportive wife. A wife. No, they never said, supportive husband, spouse, partner, it was wife..Well, that left me and other females in our class high and dry, so it was there and then that we dubbed ourselves, Sisters of the Brush and swore to be our own support system!

I still love wielding a brush. And I incorporate paint and fabric all the time. Painting fabric is soooo much fun! I especially like low immersion dyeing, discharging, sun printing and soy batik and combinations of all techniques!

I am also a longarm quilter. I use pantographs to quilt edge to edge designs, but especially enjoy quilting my own designs.

Thanks for visiting and welcome as always to my regular audience! I appreciate you taking the time to see what I am up to, what I am currently ranting about or seeing what photos I am sharing. Please continue to comment and if you have any issues doing so, please email me. My address is available via my profile which can be found on my sidebar.


  1. Hello Jennifer! Dropping in from Blogathon Canada. Love your hand dyed fabrics... Especially the one with the grasses. Your quilting is very beautiful, too! Nice to meet you!

  2. Hi Jennifer!! Thanks for taking part in the Blogathon today. Hope you get lots of visitors! You are one talented lady - learned lots about you I didn't know. Love the "Supportive Wife" thing...lol I have a great article I'll email you about how we all "need a wife"... I love love love the second piece above, on the red cross-hatched backgrnd. Gorgeous!

  3. Thanks for showing your lovely work! Hopefully times have changed from the dreaded wife comment!

  4. Andrea @ Tideline QuiltsNovember 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Your painted fabrics are magnificent! They have left me drooling... So nice to meet you on this hop - your blog is just great! I'm now following you on Bloglovin' as well.

  5. Pretty fabrics.

  6. Love your use of paint and fabrics, your art work is stunning.

  7. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog, Lorna! And thank you for your kind words! This Blogathon is a great way to meet new to us quilters across Canada, isn't it?

  8. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Thanks so much, Linda! Each year I find more new to me quilters via this Blogathon. I am really impressed with the number of younger quilters that are out there creating great stuff! It is very encouraging! I appreciate your kind words - I love creating fabric! And I will watch for that article - Thanks!

  9. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Thanks for visiting, Margaret! I also hope times have changed...I was quite outspoken at the time and told them exactly what I thought of their comment. Not that it changed their minds..

  10. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Thanks so much, Andrea! I really enjoy creating fabrics. My recent "retirement", which is just another way of saying I gave up a job I hated, will hopefully give me lots more time to play in the new year. Welcome to my blog! Lovely to have another reader - Hope I don't disappoint, or scare you away with some of my rants! lol

  11. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Thanks so much! I am even at a point where I cut them up and use them! lol

  12. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Thank you so much, Rhoda! That is very kind of you!

  13. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Thanks so much, Linda! I appreciate your comment!

  14. Beautiful work. And imagine, I can say I knew you back
    when you put your creativity into wall murals and the high school decorating committee!

  15. Beautiful fabrics and great quilting! Love that piece in the 2nd photo!! Pretty cool!

  16. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 20, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Thanks, Lorette! Soy batik is loads of fun and has endless possibilities!

  17. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Wasn’t I a tyrant back in high school? The things I put people through all for decorating a gym and dining hall!! And those murals...now that was fun!! I miss being able to paint up a whole wall..Thanks for commenting!!

  18. Gorgeous work! Did you ever get a wife?

  19. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauNovember 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Thanks, Janet! And no, I didn’t get a wife, but my husband has proven over the years to be very handy and helpful! He painted my plywood and delivered and installed signs and is always there for me when I need help with anything. He cooks and cleans up (because I quit when the kids left for University...lol) and he is an awesome chef! I don’t know how people get anything done without a support system! Lucky, lucky me!