Monday, September 1, 2014

Machine Knitting

Here's the second Charity afghan I knitted on my bulky machine using 2 yarns together. It finished up the cone of the lighter pink. Next I think a blue.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mixed Media

At one time I saw a book that had the most interesting cover with bugs on it. I've taken it apart and put in my painted papers decorating them gradually to reflect the bug theme. I love bugs. They are so varied and often with the most unusual color schemes.

This page was done by using a bug stencil from Diane Erickson and put molding paste through it. When it was dry, I colored the bugs with a green Gelato-a new art tool for me to play with. They look like lipstick tubes and have yummy colors.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Since the quilt group meets at my house today, it seemed fitting to show a quilt. This one is almost traditional but started from a block drawn as pre-work before a Nancy Crow retreat. The fabrics are my hand dyes. It 45" square and will go to the nursing home. 

Monday, August 25, 2014


More circles. I haven't done much else except harvest. It's that time of year. The quilt group comes here this week, so cleaning is a must.

I do like what happens when part of the design peeks out through the cutout circle.

Friday, August 22, 2014


One of our Guild's past presidents said she organized her scraps by cutting them into strips to sew together for scrap quilts. I've cut mine into 2", 1 1/2" and then 1" and sorted them by color.

Quilters use a scrap of fabric to start sewing so nothing goes down the throat plate of the machine. I've been using the scraps that way starting with a 2" center and doing Log Cabin blocks. It's amazing how fast you end up with blocks. Each stack has at least a dozen blocks. The random piecing of the strips adds to the design. These just have the 1" then the 1 1/2" strips on them.

 I love using up bits and pieces to come up with something but somehow the stack of strips never goes down.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


More cutouts to see what happens. The bottom design is on the page but seems to relate to the cutout version.

I didn't like what I did on this page but with the cutout the penciled circles seem to fly off the ones in the window.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quilt Show

Quilts, Inc. brought their quilt show to Portland, OR and added stitching and knitting. We had a good time looking at the exhibits and, of course, helping the economy by checking out the vendors. I bought this stamp set from the British company  I get their email and have some of the DVD's they produce. It's fun to see how others do things. The hummingbirds are what I wanted, the rest a nice bonus. They are about 3" beak to tail.

The background is a charity quilt I'm working on.