Welcome

23 09 2009

 

 

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Welcome to the journal of my work.  I’m looking forward to chronicling both the old and the new.   All ideas, inspirations, mistakes, and progress will all be celebrated.

Click on the tabs above to view galleries of my work.

 

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New Kitty Stockings–‘Tis the season

18 12 2015

Well, it’s happened again.  Hang on for the story of Cat Stockings Numbers Ten and Eleven.

In 2015 I welcomed two new members to my extended family and here they are:  the charming brothers, Joliet Jake and Elwood, who are fortunate enough to live with my brother Dave and his wife Wendy.  They have been best buddies with each other since day one.

JakeElwood

So, of course, they needed stockings for the Christmas holiday.  Luckily for them, I love to make these.

JakeStocking2015

Love Jake’s font, just perfect for him.

Jake Detail2

And a special stocking for Elwood, or Woody, as he is known in his territory:

WoodyStocking2015

Woody’s detail:

WoodyDetail

 

JakeWoodyStockings

Happy Christmas to all the humans and the wonderful animals they invite into their families!!

 





Fabric Postcards: more new ones

15 12 2015

My guild members of East Bay Heritage Quilters are again taking up the task of making fabric postcards for the show in March of next year, and some of the finished ones are already coming in.  I LOVE seeing what other fabric artists will do with this same 4″ x 6″ empty canvas.

I hope you are inspired by their work.

Here are six by Orna Pascal:

OrnaPostcards

 

And seven from Claire Sherman:

ClairePostcards

ClairePostcards2

And just a few of the ones I am playing with.  I have had barrels of fun using this pre-WonderUndered fabric donated by Marion Ongerth.  I think they were the leftovers from her projects, and I LOVE leftovers, even those from someone else.

SDThankYou

 

I can barely begin to describe how much I love this cat fabric!

MoreSD

And sometimes the fabric speaks for itself.

SDGetWell

HOT TIP  for making the postcard process easier:

My new favorite sewing machine foot, called an Open Embroidery Foot, which makes applying decorative stitches to the body of the cards and the zigzag stitches to the edges of the cards SOOOOOO much easier.  You can actually see exactly where you are sewing.

The foot for my machine looks like this:

OpenButtonholeFoot

 

Have fun making these yourself.

See the Postcard Gallery tab at the top of my Homepage and/or click Here to view the postcard tutorial.





Get a Clue with Nancy Drew

11 12 2015

Any Nancy Drew mysteries fans out there?  My sister, my cousins and I would gobble these books up when we were young.

Now my daughter collects all the ones we threw away, and also the ones that were published before even I was born!

So when Moda produced a line of Get a Clue with Nancy Drew fabric a few years ago, I was intrigued.  How could all these brights work together in a quilt.

This quilt is made from the leftovers from making Maggie’s quilt.  Yes, another where the leftovers were finished before the major quilt.

Nancy Drew II, 2015 44.5" x 44.5"

  Nancy Drew II, 2015
  44.5″ x 44.5″

 

Simple quilting in each of the blocks in the center part of the quilt.

Nancy Drew II, Detail 1

Nancy Drew II, Detail 1

. . .  and a red diamond quilting pattern in the border.   I’m getting good enough to be able to do this one without marking the lines.

Nancy Drew II, Detail 3

Nancy Drew II, Detail 3

I still have plenty of this fabric left, so I will make a few more small ones like this, and they all will be available in the Marketplace of the Voices in Cloth 2016 show in March of next year.  Click here for more details about that show.

 





One simple quilt

27 11 2015

But first—

Last week I forgot to include a picture of the back of the Indigo Study quilt (#250) in the post.  Although nothing like the Japanese style of the front of the quilt, the colors of this piece were so perfect and the fabric was so wonderful that I thought it would be fun as a back.

Indigo Study, Back

                                          Indigo Study, Back

And now a super simple quilt, just the thing for someone getting started, since four patches combined with whole square blocks are an easy pattern to sew in this straight grid.

This is also the perfect quilt to use up all those 2.5″ squares I keep cutting from leftover scraps of finished quilts.

In this case, however, the Leftover quilt was finished before the original one, perhaps because it was so much smaller and that much easier to quilt and bind.

Turquoise Four Patches, 2015 44.5" x 44.5"

                                 Turquoise Four Patches, 2015
                                                    44.5″ x 44.5″

Here are two detail photos showing the quilting pattern in the body of the quilt and in the borders.  This is an easy pattern for me to quilt using the walking foot and not marking before I start the curves, mainly because I have done soooo many quilts like this.  I like how it looks complicated but is quite simple, sewing each row of the curves twice, from top to bottom and side to side.

Turquoise Four Patches, 2015 44.5" x 44.5"

                               Turquoise Four Patches Detail 1

 

Turquoise Four Patches, Detail 2

                                      Turquoise Four Patches, Detail 2

This quilt will also be available for purchase at the Voices in Cloth 2016 quilt show this coming March.





A new quilt–#250!!

20 11 2015

Ever since I started keeping a list of my finished quilts  (including  recreating the items finished before I started the list), I have been pleasingly amazed at the count.  I thought 200 was pretty good, and here is Number 250!  And still going.

Indigo Study was made from a huge pile of yukata strips that came to me from another quilt guild member.  I did not intend to spend time with these, but then my daughter sent me a link to a YouTube video that demonstrated the Jelly Roll Race quilt top technique, so I thought I would try it.  See the Jelly Roll demo here.

Indigo Study, 2015 32.5" x 43"

Indigo Study, 2015         32.5″ x 43″

I worked until I ran out of pre-cut strips, so this is how big it got.  Turned out as this random mess of boldly designed fabrics all mashed together–just my type of quilt.

I  thought these fabrics looked better with the strips running vertically, rather than the horizontal presentation in the video.

The technique was simple, fun, and perfect for those times when you just want to sit down and sew, without too much planning.  Instant quilt.

Here is a detail of the quilting, a hanging diamonds pattern.  These quilts are so scrappy that ornate quilting might not be seen, so I stayed simple.

Also, perhaps more importantly—there is something rewarding about “finished”.

Indigo Study, Detail, 2015

Indigo Study, Detail, 2015

This quilt and a few of my others, both small and large, will be available for sale in the Marketplace at the upcoming East Bay Heritage Quilters Voices in Cloth 2016 show in March of next year.  All the proceeds from these sales will be donated to the Deanna Davis Community Quilts Project.

Click here to find out more information about this Show.





Two new works-in-progress

9 10 2015

I have a pile of quilts that I have almost finished quilting, just a few more finishing touches.  Since I can’t showcase them here yet, I will show the two projects that are just getting started, always a fun part of the process.

The first is another of the Pyramid block quilts that I really love, having made a lot of them using many different sized triangles.

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I don’t know where this one will end up design-wise, but I know this is how I wanted this part to be—-a big jumble of all these yukata fabrics smashed together.  Half triangles will finish off the ends of the  rows so that this center will be a straight rectangle.  What comes next is TBD.

 

And the second WIP (which will be immediately followed by another similar one) is the beginning of the lettering on a Christmas stocking for one of the two new kitties in my extended family.

“J” and padding for “a” are completed.

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These are so fun to make.  Stay tuned to see the finished products; I think they will be special.

 

 





Time for some cuteness

28 08 2015

I just finished working on the quilting of a small piece for the Children”s Quilt Project of our guild.  Someone donated these super cute pets and their friends panels to the Project, and I could not resist sewing them into a top.  I think that I am drawn to this imagery because these pets remind me of the children’s books I checked out of the Ida Public Library when I was much, much younger.

BabyPetsQuilt

I’m continuing my venturing into the arena of free-motion quilting, and these smaller pieces are perfect for practicing.  I decided to put just a little  quilting into these blocks, and I like the way it turned out.  Hope it makes someone else happy, too.

Kitten Block

 








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