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.

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

 

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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..

 





Fabric Postcards–Voices in Cloth 2018

25 08 2017

The Postcard Group is gearing up for helping our guild members make at least 2000 postcards as a fund-raising effort for our guild’s upcoming quilt show in March of 2018.  Previous East Bay Heritage Quilters Voices in Cloth shows have been fabulous (of course I say this, but they really are!!), and our postcards have been a big hit.

Two new updates to the postcard-making process for our guild members.  We have listened to you and are hoping to make this effort easier in the following two ways:

Starting:  We will begin to provide pre-made bases for your designs, since some members had difficulty getting started.  We hope these will appeal to you and inspire further embellishment, stitching, or whatever you feel like adding.

Some of these bases look like this:

Sample bases

Finishing:  We will fuse and edge-stitch your postcards for you if you like.  Simply turn in the finished postcard tops, and we have volunteers who will do the rest.

Here are a few of the cards that have been turned in so far:

By Susan Peck

By Susan Peck

Made by me.  As usual, I could not resist making as many as possible from a small scrap of donated fabric:

 

And other anonymous ones;  if you are the artist, let me know and I will included your name here.

Much more to show you in the weeks/months to come.

 





Procrastination

21 07 2017

I have been so good at putting off my major projects that I have three more donation quilts to share.

Yup, it’s sheer procrastination, but still a lot of sewing fun.

Let’s start with some purple squares, leftovers from previous kits and other projects, collected until there are enough to fill a whole child-sized quilt:

All Squares, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

And more purple squares . . . .

All Squares, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

And my new favorite, made from a donated Dr Seuss fabric that was a true challenge to work with.  I love this one.

Dr Seuss #1, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

These three quilts are important in one other, personal way;  I have been keeping track of the number of quilts I have made and the tally has just exceeded 300.   Pretty cool.

 





Fast and easy quilts for donation

14 07 2017

Working on major projects is laborious sometimes, so I’m showcasing here all the little projects I do to help me keep my sanity as I work through the larger endeavors.

Yup, more child-sized quilts for donation to EBHQ’s program that distributes quilts to a wide variety of worthy not-for-profit organizations here in the Bay Area.

Here’s what has been made in the long hiatus I have taken from this site:

 

Lavender Cats, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

A kind EBHQ member donated this fabulous red fabric, covered with different black and white lambs, all of whom are knitting.  I could not resist finishing this kit myself.

All Red Squares, 2017
36″ x 42″

I was equally inspired by this crazy cat fabric, although it took a little while to figure out how to use this one.

Purple Cats, Detail

 

Purple Cats, 2017
36″ x 42″

The leftovers from another project . . . .

Yellow Triangles II, Leftovers, 2017
40″ x 41.5″

And then another guild member donated a huge piece of this fabulous baby animals fabric:

 

The fabric piece was large enough for me to make all five of these.  Sooo fun I could not stop.

#1

#2

#3

#4

And #5

That’s it for now.

 





In the meantime . . . . .

31 03 2017

While I’m in the process of quilting recently finished quilt tops and planning new projects, I fill the time when I just want to sit down and sew with these simple quilts for  EBHQ’s donation programs.  This helps give me the feeling of getting things DONE, since some of the other quilter tasks take quite a while.

Here are a few of the latest crib quilts:

Just because I loved putting these happy fabrics together—–

Just because I love purple and all these scraps from previous projects seemed to jump together—–

Just because someone donated this marvelous Keiko Goke fabric—–

(Yup, love it!)

Just because I found this great cat fabric on the sale table—–

Crazy cats!!

That’s all for now.

Just because.