Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Quilt, Postcard

I won a postcard from Deb Levy for the Technique of the Month at She does the quilting before painting the piece. Isn't it wonderful?
I found more leftover blocks/scraps from a very early Nancy Crow workshop and put them together to make this quilt. It's about 15" by 30". The machine quilting just needed to go lengthwise.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Journal Quilt has two challenges that this works for-The Journal Quilt and The Technique of the Month which is freemotion Couching.
I don't have a Bernina which has a special foot for this with a guide for the thread you are couching. I have a Pfaff which I love but this was hard without the guide. I kept trying to rig a guide up but so far none of my ideas has worked.

The leaf shapes are fused. Then I used a knitting braid for the couching which also becomes the quilting. I think this technique has lots of possibilities.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sketchbook, Quilt

The Sketchbook Challenge(see button at right) has Pathways as the word for this month. I love the word and idea but was having trouble coming up with an idea. Last night we were watching "Through the Wormhole" on the Science channel on TV and it hit. I'm fascinated by the concept of TIME, so I sat there and did a mapping of all the things time can be.

Years ago I did this quilt called Pathways and here is a photo of it in a gallery. Until now I didn't realize that they didn't hang it flat. It's from a piece of fabric I airbrushed. It is part of a series on the 5 stages of grief that I did during a challenging time in life. It is "Echoes of Rage" but the name I use for shows, so it is more socially acceptable is Pathways. It is the way I felt at the time. The strips are fused before having yarn zigzagged to the edges.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Journal Quilt

Blogger doesn't want me to add a photo this morning, and I'm heading off to Quilt Group, so I did a copy and paste. Sorry it's not larger.

This was done from some leftover quilt squares, machine quilted, and then the leaves were sewn down with metallic thread. The edge is a fuzzy yarn. I love weird yarns---fabrics, beads, buttons, trims.

It is going on the Journal Quilt Flickr album for  Check out the other there.

Monday, June 20, 2011


My name was drawn for one of the prizes at  and Donna Funnell sent me these things. The purse is very nice with lots of work on it. It's fun to have the magazine with her article in it showing how to make it.

Thank you Donna.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Here's the detail of a beaded and stitched design I did.

Now it is made into a quilted hanging.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bead Journal Project

Here is June for the Bead Journal Project. It's hard to believe we are half way through the year. Again it is Crazy Quilt with lace, stitching and beads.

It took me an hour to get online this morning, so the mood is NOT good. I think I'll sew-it always helps.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Look what the mail brought. Judy and I have emailed for a number of years and decided to do a trade. I love this fun piece that now brightens up my studio wall. is her link. She does fun creative things.
This is what I sent her.

Friday, June 10, 2011


I'm taking the Personal Symbols class by Susan Sorrell at  In this lesson we used some of the symbols we drew in Lesson l to carve stamps. Here are my test impressions of the 4 erasers I carved.  I need to lean harder on the stamp but like the images I carved. It's fun to do your own designs. It's also fun to see, if they create secondary patterns when stamped multiple times.

Thanks for all the comments on the Red chyrsanthemum quilt. It's always interesting to see which ones people like. This is not one of my favorites and will probably be the hostess gift when I visit my son and his family this summer.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


 Here is the detail of a Japanese print fabric that I machine stitched the main lines of.

Blogger is playing with me again and insists that the hanging be on it's side and won't delete it.

Here's the hanging right side up.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Here's the next Journal quilt for  I can't believe I'm actually doing one a week, but it's a good way to get to the studio and work.

The leaf is a commercial fabric that is fused to a scrap of marbled fabric that I did in California when we lived there. It  was then machine embroidered and machine quilted. The edging is fuzzy yarn zigzagged  in place-love that finish.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The necklace I posted on May 23 appealed to Ann at , so we did a swap and this is what she sent.
Sequin fabric, bias silk ribbon, yarn, lace, clock parts backed by a silk scarf.
More lace, Japanese fabrics, silk, and those cool needlelace flowers.

 Fabrics, especially the purple.

Hand dyes, beads, leaves.

I was overwhelmed and am going to have so much fun using everything. I love bits and pieces. What is it about getting something from someone else that is so much more exciting than buying something?  The anticipation, the seeing things in a new way, having things you don't normally think of. It really gets my muse going. Thank you Ann.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


I'm taking Susan Sorrell's Personal Symbols class at , and spirals keep coming up for me.
This piece is stitched on painted batting with gold rubber stamped spirals on it. The big spirals are also painted batting machine stitched down then the hand stitching was added. Standing in line at a craft store, I saw and couldn't resist the spiral sequins-now finally a place for them. They are hand stitched in place. Cross stitches fill the background.

No matter how I tried to bead the spirals, they just refused, so the beads hold the binding in place. It was a fun piece to do.