Welcome

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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.

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Christmas stockings for the new cats

14 12 2018

It’s that time of year when I get to go bonkers over making stockings for the new kitty additions to my extended family. This year I have three new kids and three new stockings.  Still don’t know why this is so much fun to do, but it really is.  The hand-embroidery is a fun and relaxing part of the project, as is coordinating all the fabrics.

Firstly, two brothers, Bud and Lou, were brought into the Florida cat compound in 2018.  They were found in the wild on a movie shoot location and nurtured back to robust health by Dave and Wendy. Louie has turned into quite a rascal, and Buddy’s new nickname is Badass, a moniker that everyone hopes he will eventually outgrow.  Louie and Buddy are brothers, so their stockings are made with the same Christmas print in two different colorways.

Meet Louie

Louie, 2018

 

Louie Stocking, 2018

Louie Stocking, detail

 

Meet Buddy

Buddy, 2018

 

Buddy Stocking, 2018

 

Buddy Stocking, detail

 

Selene is the newbie in the Durham area, and she gets one of my favorite stockings ever, just barely beating out the stocking for one of her caregivers by just a nose.  Shannon’s was my former fave, and Selene’s in right up there beside Shannon’s.

And here is a pic of the lovely Selene, who has learned that there is warmth to be had when a human is using the oven.

Selene, 2018

Selene Stocking, 2018

 

Selene Stocking, detail

And we cannot forget to wish peace and joy to Lucy, now playing with all her heavenly buddies.

RIP Lucy.  Love you.

Lucy with stocking

Happy Holidays to all, including all the animal family members.





Swirly Pinwheels; Happy Quilt IV

5 10 2018

When I found this new (to me) pattern on Etsy, I immediately wanted to make another quilt for my “Happy” series using this pattern.  I have a large collection of fabrics in these bright colors, as well as tons of black and white fabrics, and love playing with them.

The pattern is named Swirligig, and is downloadable from the Etsy site Piece by Number, a seller with tons of foundation-piecing ideas.  Here’s a link to this pattern:  Swirligig   This pattern includes four different swirly variations, each in three sizes.  There are great instructions as well.

And here’s my version:

Swirly Pinwheels, 2018

 

Swirly Pinwheels, detail

Special trick about making this quilt:  The detail above shows two blocks with the arms of the swirls touching each other.  Though they are the same pattern, one is the mirror image of the other.   By making every other block a reverse of its neighbor,  the swirls connect to each other all around the quilt, creating a faux frame for each section.

I am very pleased that this piece was selected for display in the New Quilts of Northern California, an  exhibit sponsored by the Northern California Quilt Council (NCQC link).

The exhibit is on view at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara CA,  which will be open Thursday, October 11 – Sunday, October 14, 2018.  For location details, hours, and more info, click Here.

 





Florida Colors

28 09 2018

I had just returned from our two weeks in Ireland, away from my studio for all that time, so all I wanted to do was to sit down at my sewing machine and just sew and sew and sew.

I had found one of these on sale, a set of jellyroll strips that were just not rolled up.

I also had a few yards of a light and happy background fabric, so off I went to find a pattern and get started.

The pattern was quickly found on YouTube.  Fons and Porter have a gaggle of free video tutorials and quilt pattern instructions.  For this one, search Fons and Porter, Quilting Quickly: Twice as Nice.  The video takes a whole 5 minutes.

This is the resulting quilt, which arrived in a miraculously short period of time.  I added a couple of borders, some very simple straight-line quilting, and Bob’s your uncle.

Florida Colors, 2018

 

Florida Colors, detail

This quilt will go to my sister-in-law, whose house is wonderfully decorated in all these fabulous colors.

The only problem now is what do I do with both of these?????

 





Black and White All Over–foundation-pieced triangles

21 09 2018

I have written about this piece while it was in progress in two prior posts, and it was finally finished in time to be shown at my guild’s exhibit, EBHQ’s Voices in Cloth, 2018.

During the process of making this quilt, I tried numerous times to include color of any kind, and did not succeed.  Frankly, the result is super-pleasing, to me at least.  Seems not to have impressed many others.  But then we do what we do because we are following our own compass, not to please others.

Black and White All Over, 2017

 

Black and White All Over, detail

I started this in Ashland, Oregon, while on vacation at a great house, attending many plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  I wanted a portable project, requiring limited baggage, so I took only my Featherweight and black and white fabrics, just to get a new quilt started.

I made my own foundations on freezer paper using an unthreaded needle on my machine.  I do not include a seam allowance on my foundations.  I learned to love foundation-piecing a billion years ago in a class taught by Jane Hall and Dixie Haywood at Houston.  I’m so grateful to them for sharing their expertise.

Freezer paper foundations

Progress started out slow, until I got into a good rhythm.

Day One

And then it got easy.

Day five

 

I even found a beautiful bowl for the fabric trimmings, which became its own fabric sculpture after a while.

 

And here is what most people commented on about this quilt, since this fabric was used often:

ANTS!!

Still love it.





More yellow triangles: fun with leftover scraps

7 05 2018

It’s been forever since I put up new quilt pix.  The postcard project took lots of energy, but was very helpful for EBHQ, my guild.  More about that later.

Let’s talk yellow triangles, with which I was fascinated recently.

Having made this quilt for a friend, I made another just like it, since I had cut way too many triangles.See the post HERE for the whole story.

Next came a donation quilt for the Children’s Quilt Project:

Not surprisingly, there were still triangles and half-triangles (used for the sides) left over.  So I started to improvise a bit more, and I think I like this one a lot.  Hard to tell that it came from the same blocks.

Twisted Squares, 2017
45″ x 56″

I also got to practice my free motion quilting by quilting around the swirly curls in the border.  Very fun quilt to make.

And, yes, four quilts finished and all the yellow triangles are gone.

 





Postcards, postcards, postcards—-it’s that time again

22 01 2018

Yes, it’s that time again, i. e., time for our guild members to make 2000 (we hope!!) fabric postcards for the upcoming Voices in Cloth 2018 quilt show, March 17-18, 2018.  For a small donation, you can take these home with you from the show, a little reminder of the fabric arts that you have  seen on display.

Also, I have been helping people get addicted to making these beauties, since my addiction is pretty well-established.  The tutorial on the “Postcards” tab above will show folds how the cards for our show should be constructed.

Here are a few card examples, all made by ME!   I’m finally getting around to having fun with some of the fabrics and ideas that I have had since our last show two years ago.  Hope you enjoy.

 

My experimentation with hand-embroidered motifs.  I used small motifs from vintage embroidery transfers, sometimes even using the “test” motifs:

 

My favorite cats from prior years are still fun for me:

 

And now I have some favorite dogs:

 

And some very talented chickens:

 

Cards made from scraps from finished projects, both mine and those of others:

 

My experimentation with ribbons:

 

And last, but not least, the cool cowboy/cowgirl/horse cards, from fabric that I have had for many years and not figured out how to use on the small cards.  I am pleased with the finished products:

I promise you an update on the quilts, too, but this card phase is not over for me yet.

 





A ton more fabric postcards

27 10 2017

These fabric postcards are soooo fun—–both for me to make and for me to see what the fabulously creative people in my guild are working on.

Here are just a few of the many that have been turned in, all in service of receiving donations for these cards at our upcoming Voices in Cloth 2018 show in March.

 

Some new ones from Susan Peck:

   

 

The latest from Claire Sherman:

 

From Andrea Segall:

 

Top one from a demo that I did, bottom from Susan Peck:

One more, whose maker I forgot to note:

And the rest from me . .

I LOVE this cat fabric, and hope others do too:

Sensing a trend with cat fabrics?

I started playing with stitching on ribbon, and I think I want to keep working on improving/extending this idea.

Random cards inspired by the fabric:

And fun angels/fairies, also inspired by the fabric:

 

Speaking of being inspired by the fabric, here is one more pic.  These are the beginnings of a bunch of postcards, the background bases of which were made of the leftover scraps from some of Sandi Cummings quilts.  I can’t wait to see what gets added to or stitched onto these.  They inspiring to me.

Hope these examples give others even more creative ideas..