23 09 2009




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



Sewing for the Children’s Quilt Project

5 06 2015

I am soooo totally still into the just-sit-down-and-sew mood, and this time for a different reason.

It is because I am so busy organizing fabric donations and kit construction for my quilt guild’s volunteer effort, the Children’s Quilt Project (more info here),  and I have consequently felt as though I did not have time to work on my own quilts.

Since this other work in non-sewing, I have sneaked into the studio and grabbed time to sew on quick and easy projects that I can finish in a shorter period of time.

Here’s the gallery of items I’ve made since the last post:

From triangle scraps donated by EBHQ-er Judy J, an actual finished quilt—-


I quilted and bound this lovely top sewn (from a kit I put together) by another EBHQ member—-


Sorting through all the donations of fabrics to the Project, I found a large bin half full of 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.  I played with these for a while, and came up with a few quilt tops—-

A Christmas Chinese Coin Variation—-


A Sideways Christmas Chinese Coin—-


A Christmas Rail Fence—-


A Somber Rail Fence—-


A Purple Rail Fence—-


A Brickwork—-


Two Stripes—-



And one large Four Patches with Half Square Triangles—-


That’s all for now.



Just sit down and sew

13 03 2015

I am still in the mood of wanting to sit down and sew, life continuing to be a bit hectic.   And I have sewn a lot—finished one top and have it pinned and ready to quilt, almost finished with another top, and have finished these two lap quilts.  Done feels nice.

One made from my old favorites, the 2.5″ squares

Squares_RedTurqBlkWhtAnd one Rail Fence


A wonderful way to just sit and sew is by putting two fabrics together and sewing them with half square triangle paper.  Once you find the Triangle Zone, these things seem to make themselves.

Start with the fabrics—–


Cut apart the sewn triangle papers to make something like this—–


Pull off all the paper and arrange these squares in any of many, many different patterns.  These are just a few that I’m using in the piece that is almost finished.

Broken Dishes




Or Sawtooth borders


Soooooo much fun.


Fabric postcards: still going strong

27 02 2015

I have not posted anything recently about fabric postcards, even though I have made more than 250 of them since the Voices in Cloth 2014 Show last spring.  I found I could not stop making them.  It was way too much fun.

Here are a few of the couple dozen I made for Halloween.


I made approximately  35 for the Christmas season, and they were gobbled up by some guild members.  Soooooo, I made a few zillions more, but I made them in January, when I had plenty of time.  Here are a few of them.


More Santas . . . .


Vintage Christmas card images . . . .


A few more Santas . . . .


and more . . . .


And then I switched to  BACON, thanks to the leftover scraps from making a shirt for my brother.  Fab fabric!


And just a few more;  I think I want to make a lot of the “Thank You” cards.  What an easy way to send gratitude through the mail.


Work-in-progress; more leftover tales

20 02 2015

Do you have days when you want to sit at your machine and just sew and sew and sew?

At a recent retreat, I made tons of new “parts” for a fun and happy quilt, and these long strings of strata or piano keys leftover from my previous Freddy-Moran-ish venture looked as though they would not work in the new quilt, since they did not seems to play together well with the new creations.

I decided that I did not want to work right now on quilts that take a lot of brain power.  I have done enough of that recently, and I am meeting personal challenges right now, so my work does not need to be challenging, too.  It needs to be safe, fun, and easy right now.

Sooooo, rather than trying to find a way to make them fit, I decided to let them play all by themselves.  Here is where I am so far in this fun new project.  I’m fascinated at how much this modern version reminds me of my Yellow Rows of Seven, which is all vintage fabrics.

Have I started a series?


The only problem (so far):  there are now leftover leftovers, the strata that don’t fit into this new quilt, which would be huge if they did.  Wow, I guess I really did make too many of these.  Just couldn’t stop, since they were soooooo fun to sew.  These are the remaining strips . . . .


. . . and these are the remaining waiting-to-be-strata pieces.

IMG_0121Beginning to think this quilt may have some sort of a strata border??

To be continued . . .

Vintage Drunkard’s Path, a variation

13 02 2015

I fell in love with this quilt top when I found it in 1994 in an antique collective in Rockford, Illinois.  According to Barbara Brackman, this block is a Rob Peter to Pay Paul variation of the familiar Drunkard’s Path block.


All the very bright colors make this a very happy quilt, and it is one that we use.


I replaced five heavily stained blocks with ones made from vintage fabric in my stash.  Two of the blocks I replaced are pictured here, second and third down.


This 1994 quilt also represents the beginning of my long and still-continuing process of learning machine quilting.  I see here that all I was able to do at the time was outline each of these blocks in the ditch.  Gotta start somewhere.

Kitty Stockings at Christmas, again

19 12 2014

I have been back in the Christmas stocking business again, since there are two wonderful new cats in my extended family.  Although my brother Dave and his wife Wendy (along with me and many others) mourned the loss of the sweet Bozo this year, a new cat came into their household, the charming Griswold, known to his friends as Grizz or Grizzly.  Here’s his stocking:

Stocking for Griswold, 2014

Stocking for Griswold, 2014

And here he is with his stocking.


Griswold, 2014

Griswold, 2014


And my son Patrick and his girlfriend Shannon also welcomed a new cat into their family.  He’s the enigmatic Archie, who previously did not have a warm home to call his own.  Gotta have a stocking so that the Santas who take care of these kitties will know where to put the goodies.

Archie Stocking, 2014

Archie Stocking, 2014

And I cannot resist showing Archie with his stocking as well.

Archie, 2014

Archie, 2014

Since I am still asked how this lettering is done (and it’s not my machine that does it), here is a look at how the process starts.  I have a ball choosing weird fonts from Free Fonts, and use a light box to transfer the letters to my fabric.  For the embroidery, I first do some padding stitches running in the opposite direction of the eventual lettering stitches, then satin stitch once, and re-stitch to fill in any empty spaces.  Sometimes I add an outline stitch around each letter for emphasis.

Stitching in progress

Stitching in progress

To see the array of other holiday stocking creations, click HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Happy Holidays.



Autumn On Delancey

28 11 2014

Autumn on Delancey is a quilt I made for my father-in-law Ed Hennessey.  The inspiration for this quilt was playing in the huge piles of raked leaves with our son Patrick in front of the Delancey Street house in Mamaroneck NY.  This fun activity made our fall vacation very special.

Autumn on Delancey, 2001

Autumn on Delancey, 2001

Made from leftovers (as usual), this scrap quilt uses the Chinese Coins pattern, and I was elated to find the scattered leaf fabric for the columns and the borders.  This fabric pulled all the other fabrics together.


Autumn on Delancey-Detail

Autumn on Delancey-Detail

Nina Farrell long-arm quilted this quilt in an overall leaf pattern, using all different kinds of leaves. Click on the Detail photo to enlarge it and see the great leaves. She did wonderful work here, and Eddie loved his quilt.



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