Monday, October 31, 2011

I took a class from Christen Brown through several years ago and liked the concept of beading on ribbon to make a bracelet.

I decided to try my own version by making a narrow one and doing the closure differently. I also made it more geometric. The ends lap over and snap together. The big snap is very secure, believe me. I have trouble getting it off!  I used some of the buttons from my collection and am pleased with the result.

I tried to take a photo of it on my wrist, but it didn't work at all. It's too small to fit anyone else. I also forgot to take the camera to my quilt group, so one of them could take the photo. So this is what you get to see.

Friday, October 28, 2011


This was a piece I'd started ages ago and found in a pile of fabrics. I decided it was worth finishing, so here it is.  It's about 20" by 40". The grays are hand dyed but the rest of the fabrics are commercial. I like the red stripe.

Here is a detail of "Marching Along". No matter how I tried to give it another name, this one was insisting on being the name.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Journal Quilt

Another weekly Journal quilt for   This one uses some leaves that had fusible on the back. They are machine embroidered using a straight stitch then echo quilted. The edging is a Chenille yarn couched down.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Here is the piece I did in Kari McKnight's class  at Portland's Art and Soul. What a giving, fun teacher.  It is on a stretched canvas which is something I haven't done much of. The scenes are copies of photos I took from a canoe on a river in central Oregon. Leaves and Nature-always my theme. The writing is my motto-I am of the Earth.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Quilt, Gift

This is about 30" square and the strips are from leftovers. I've been organizing scraps by cutting them into strips and joining them. I decided I needed to see if I could make a quilt with them before I put more effort into the project. I use the cut strips as the starting piece when I strip piece a top and in between sewing sections of it, so I'm not using creative time on this.

My Journal Quilt number was drawn to receive the prize this month at , and I received this beautiful packet of hand dyes from Vicki called Rosebud and also a package of Misty Fuse. I love getting things! Thank you Vicki.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I had tried felting scraps of fabrics of unknown fiber content to a piece of craft felt to see what would happen. The finished piece sat around for ages when inspiration hit-a book cover! Because the fabrics were assorted, I machine quilted a wonky grid on top of them to make sure it didn't fall apart. It's tied with a leather strip that had also sat around for years. It's so satisfying to be using things that I couldn't part with but had not found a place to put.

The signature covers are painted papers. The two toned one is embossed wallpaper from a sample book.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Journal Quilt

MaIrish Annie sent me the center piece for this Journal quilt when we exchanged things. It is so pretty that it needed little else. I bordered it with painted fabric and edged it by zigzagging yarn to it.  The buttons are from my collection.

This is another Journal Quilt for  It's been a good exercise to do one a week and get a chance to experiment with some ideas.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Art and Soul

I took the Letterpress book class at Art and Soul given by Sharyn Sowell  She had so much to share, so I made lots of printed images. Here are just a few.

Of course, I had to do the chickens. Now I have quite a stack to use in projects.

This is my version of the book. I liked the idea of a button closure.

This is how one side looks opened.

And I put decorations on some of the pages with tags in the pockets created by the way we folded the paper.

A fun class and teacher. I'm looking forward to seeing her again.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


A while back I made this purse from a piece I had felted on the embellisher. It's machine quilted with metallic thread.

The closure before was a pin from my collection. When Sue sent me buttons she had made in a pottery class this summer, I knew this was a much better closure. Here is a detail.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bead Journal Project

This 4th year that I am parat of I decided to do a Journal sized crazy quilt piece. October to me means Halloween and orange, so here it is.

After piecing the background, I sewed on braid, then stitched over the other seams and added beads.

This also meets the Journal Quilt a week challenge at

Friday, October 7, 2011


 These are four small collages I did in Jane Davies Class on Scribble Collage. What a fun lady.  If you get a chance to take a class from her be sure to do it.
We decorated papers with paint in the morning to use in our collages after lunch. There were lots of methods for texturing the paint. It was nice to see what everyone was doing, because other people have other ways of looking at things.

The first three are sort of a series, since they are all geometric and use green.

This one is so different. It was the end of the day, so I was tired and just sitting and playing, but I think it is probably the best.

Five years of going to Art and Soul and taking 4 or 5 classes each time with never a bad one!   

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Journal Quilt, gift

Art and Soul is over for another year. I'm pleasantly tired and will show things once I get organized. Another year with 5 great classes.

This journal quilt-on its side thanks to blogger, too tired to mess with it-started with the Challenge of the month from  It is fused triangles on a marbled background. I machine quilted to echo the spiral and edge it with satin stitch. I seem to still be doing spirals.

Vivika from the Fiberactions group sent each of us a Prayer Flag. Isn't it wonderful and so nice of her? I'm hanging it in my studio.