Friday, August 29, 2008

Class Tester

Here are two vases I made while testing Sueb's class. They are fun, easy, and everyone is impressed. To sign up for the class go to

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Take It Further, flowers

Here is the Take It Further Challenge sponsored by Sharonb all stitched. I must remember that it is hard on the hands to stitch Ultrasuede even with a leather needle.

The Star Gazer Lily is really blooming right now. It's such a beautiful flower.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Class Tester

Twice I've uploaded the photo which is correct in my file, but is on its side here. Oh well, you can see the top better. I'm testing the Silk Fusion class for Sueb. You can sign up at and should. It's a great class and silk fusion fabric shimmers. I plan to make lots of it.

My only problem is deciding which side to use! Both turn out so well.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Post card, Quilt

Recently, I traded postcard with Linda This is the lovely one I received. It is so much fun to "meet" artists from around the world and have some of their art.

One time that I visited Houston, my son took me to a wonderful fabric store where I purchased African fabrics. From the red and gold one, I cut a number of blocks which have sat around for years. One day I realized that I could use just some of the pieces to make a small hanging. The solid red has Sashiko type quilting; the solid black has machine quilting with a metallic black thread. I was going to add beads to it but decided that the simplicity was its strong point.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Before I went to visit family in Houston, I put together the batik blocks that were on the design wall. Here is the result. I like to play with simple shapes and arrange them in color/value designs. I also find that I have to finish things up before travelling, or I'll have a difficult time getting back to them later. My mind is in a different place when I return. Thanks for everyone who visits and especially to those who comment. I try to find an email, blog, or website to respond to but can't always.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Take It Further

I just finished up 3 postcards all of which were done with strips of fabrics and sheer circles over the strips. The sheers are positioned with straight stitch. Then I did machine embroidered circles.
It took me a while to get started on this month's challenge. I was visiting grandchildren and not near the studio. I'll be stitching Ultrasuede shapes on a wool background. I've been wanting to do hand stitching. The challenge was started by Sharonb

Friday, August 15, 2008

Calendar Girls

Here is the postcard I made for the August exchange for Calendar girls It goes to Carol T The flower pot is Ultrasuede, the flowers silk with beaded centers.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Gift, Class

This is my wonderful postcard from Sharon for July in the Calendar Girls group. I just love lace and the photo transfer is so nice.

Here is the first snowflake design I played with in Sharonb's Studio Journal Class from These are two journal pages using the design and include a diagram of the folds and cuts I made. It is quite addicting.

Monday, August 4, 2008


These are the wonderful butterflies sent to me by my friend Catherine to use in my work. They are machine embroidered lace done on Angelina. I have so many ideas on how to use them. Now to decide.
This is the quiltie I received from Jan as an exchange in the group Unlimited Textiles. The photo doesn't do it justice. It just shimmers.

Jan also included a small notebook-I love little books-and purple beads. I need bead soup for a class I'm taking this fall, so this is perfect. I like purple.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Painted fabric

When I was cleaning to get ready for the quilt group, I found a pile of painted fabrics that had been heat set and were ready to be washed. After washing and ironing them, I decided that these are my favorites. Now what should I do with them? Suggestions?