Monday, May 30, 2011


This piece meets two challenges on  The Journal quilt but also the Technique of the Month challenge. Deb Levy is the featured artist, and last week her video was on painting a piece and then quilting it.  Mine is painted, machine embroidered and quilted, then edged with fuzzy yarn.

Friday, May 27, 2011


Another no name quilt. It started as a piece of duck painted in a class with Elizabeth Busch-great teacher. We used tape as a resist. The turquoise strip pieced section are hand dyes.  It's about 24" square
Blogger loaded it this way first and now won't let me remove it. I want to create, so I'll quit fighting with it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Another Journal quilt for the challenge at   I've really enjoyed doing them and using leftovers for quite a few. It's a feeling of satisfaction to get things out of a box and into a piece.

The beaded cab is actually a tile glued to Ultrasuede and then beaded. I added another row of beads once I sewed it on the background to hide the edge. The background is a hand dye pieced with scraps from my marbling days. To tack down the binding, beads seemed to be called for.

Thanks to anyone who either left a message or tried to. I understand not all are being accepted. I checked the settings, and they seem to be OK.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Previously I'd tried to make a necklace using one continuous tube. It doesn't mold around the necklace nicely, so this time I made 3 smaller sections with a large glass bead between them to act as a hinge. This works. The tubes have beads filling the centers. It's the only way to have a good path for the thread, and you can use ugly beads as they are hidden.

Thanks for commenting on my last post. The Bead Journal Project has been a good one to be involved with.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bead Journal Project

Here's my May piece for the Bead Journal Project.I'm doing journal sized pieces in crazy quilt using mostly monochromatic color schemes. Additions are lace or braids, buttons, stitching, and beads. It's fun to use some of the things I've collected over the year.

 It also is a Journal Quilt for the challenge at I love getting two for one. Last month I won the Technique of the month drawing. This is the hand dyed fabric set that Vicki sent. It's called Key West and reminds me of the colors of the bay there.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Sue has written a new class; this one on design, and it's a great one. From one watercolor design I did quickly, I have 5 variations to work with!
Go to her site and click online classes to see the description and to sign up. It starts in a couple of weeks.

Here is the front of the journal I made from a painted fabric using one of the designs.

The back is another variation. The direction for the journal are included in the class.

Inside I used some of my painted papers for cover sheets on the signatures.

Here are two more.

Monday, May 16, 2011


The Fiberactions word this time is Embellish-one of my faavorite things. Click the button at the right to see the other pieces.

To me Embellish means over the top using lots of techniques together, so I felted the center rectangle then beaded it with pearls. I've collected pearls for a long time, but this is the first time I've actually used them, so that was good. They show up more than other types of beads.

The stripped piece is the leftovers from another quilt(still have more). The piece is machine quilted with the edge made by zigzagging a yarn to it. I always go around with the yarn at least twice, so it looks fuller.

 Here is the detail.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wool fleece

A friend was over last Friday, and we dyed wool and Alpaca fleece with food color. It's fun and easy. Here is just a small portion of mine.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I spent yesterday with a good friend who wanted me to take my choice of the things she was clearing out of her studio. What treasures I came home with!
This funky gold lace fabric. The metallic really doesn't show on the scan.

These laces and trims.

More trims and beads.

A pile of velvets in the jewel colors I love. Also Organdy, silk, and silk hankies(these we'll dye and use to make a felted bowl).

I can hardly wait to get to the studio and use my treasures. Thank you Lois.

Monday, May 9, 2011


For this is the next journal quilt. Just think at the end of the year I will have 52! What should I do with them? My pleasure in any of this is the creating. Once things are done I not as interested in them.
I had some crocheted motifs that I did with scraps of yarn and wondered how they would work on a quilt. The butterfly is one of the lace pieces I painted. More yarn zigzagged to the edge-I like this finish and like using the special yarns. It is machine quilted.

Friday, May 6, 2011


In going through old class samples, I found this piece and decided to finish it. I can't remember which class it was from but think it was a machine embroidery one.
The strips were fused to a background then edged with fancy yarns and threads using a zigzag. I machine quilted it with a variegated rayon thread. The blue fabric is kettlecloth, the red a silky polyester, the light blue is silk, and the blue print is a batik. How's that for mixing fabrics? It's about 20" by 16". I pictured it with the left side on the bottom, but blogger decided on this setting. No name yet.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Journal Quilt has an ongoing Journal quilt challenge. This one is from the leftovers of the quilt I showed on Friday. It feels good to use leftovers. I think scraps have always excited me more than large pieces of fabrics-must be the challenge to create something from little.

Monday, May 2, 2011


While running errands on Friday, I found myself close to the Meeting of the Guilds show in Portland, Oregon. This is once a year and features pottery, woodworking, weavers, beaders, and glass artists.I was just wondering around getting inspiration-I'm not much of a shopper-and found a booth of a glass artist who had lots of these glass pieces in a plastic pan for picking through. That's my kind of shopping-treasure hunting. I picked the quarter sized ones for jewelry so they wounldn't be too heavy and stopped when I couldn't hold anymore! Now to use them.