Three more

30 08 2013

As I make my plans for another visit to Sibila’s studio, I will show here a few quilts that were given away before I had the chance to have them photographed professionally.  I’m so glad they are on their way to being wrapped around a special, appreciative someone.

A Walk in the Garden, 2010-–I had fun making these crazy blocks from a collection of Jane Sassaman fabrics, and as soon as I did, I found it almost impossible to find a way to get them all into the same quilt comfortably.  The crosshatched print was a great find for the sashing, and then this quilt waited a while until I tripped across the wild green and black print for the large borders.

A Walk in the Garden, 2010 51" x 62.5"

A Walk in the Garden, 2010
51″ x 62.5″


Garden of Blue and Green, 2010–I only got a picture of the finished top of this quilt, but I still thought it worth catching.  This quilt was made entirely from the leftovers from the previous The Light Shines Through series (seen here), and using the brown prints really seemed to help the colors work well together.

Garden of Blue and Green, 2010 52.5" x 64"

Garden of Blue and Green,
52.5″ x 64″


Lavender Garden I, 2004–Like its cousin Lavender Garden II (seen here), this quilt was made using the piles and piles of 2.5″ squares cut from the leftovers of various projects.  This quilt came about just as soon as I found this wonderful grayed-out printed plaid border fabric.  This border made it possible to include a wide variety of colors into the piece.

Lavender Garden I, 2004 58" x 65"

Lavender Garden I, 2004
58″ x 65″

Vegetable leftovers and two works in progress

9 08 2013

Just a few more items I worked on during the “sewlessness” period to get myself back in my artistic groove . . .

But first, let me describe how much I LOVE LEFTOVERS ! ! !

Here’s why:

—The fabric goes together because I already used it in a quilt I like.

—The fabric is already cut, a big bonus.

—The fabric is just sitting there screaming to be used.  What am I gonna do . . . throw it away??????

—(Perhaps most importantly) I get to work on the puzzle/challenge of making something new that works in a different.  Perhaps this is why many artists work in series.

Eat Your Vegetables II (see the first in the Vegetable series here)


Eat Your Vegetables II, 2014               47″ x 55″

I was very pleased that I got to play with this group of fabrics again.  Usually, when I work with the limited group of fabrics all in the same coordinated line of one manufacturer, the quilts can seem dull or boring.   I love that these particular fabrics do not seem boring to me.  I think I like them because they are in the cartoonish style, a particular favorite of mine.

Here’s the close-up:

veg2detailEat Your Vegetables II, detail

There’s one more in this series, which is in the process of being completed.  I don’t have the right borders yet, if this is where the quilt is supposed to end.  I may have to add a few more pieced borders before this is complete, just to exercise the medallion quilt skills I’m learning to incorporate into my repertoire.

veg3Eat Your Vegetables III—work in progress

Since the sewlessness has passed, I’ll share this pic of the larger project I am happy to be working on again, the project on which I became stumped.  It is now just the perfect hand sewing project for the next thousand hours.  See the end of this post from a year ago for a view into how this all started.

wipSlowly this will take shape.  I am fortunate enough to have taken an EBHQ workshop with by Becky Goldsmith, who taught us the Piece O’ Cake method of hand applique.  I had tried applique before and had been frustrated by the imprecision I could not seem to control.  Using these new techniques has made me a happy quilter.

Postcard play

2 08 2013

I don’t think it’s procrastination, but I got stuck in the vortex of a postcard binge this week.   I couldn’t get out until I finished these, and I had fun all the while.

Leftovers from my current project:


The fruits of my most recent vintage fabric / embroidery marathon:


And my current favorite:


(If you haven’t silently said, “Awwwww . . . ”  yet, you’re having a really tough day.)


I also include one experimental card, using a technique that I want to try a bit more:


For first-time viewers, these postcards are being made for the Voices in Cloth 2014 quilt show that our East Bay Heritage Quilters guild hosts.

For instructions on making your own cards, click here for a tutorial, and to see a gallery of more postcards samples, click the tab marked “EBHQ Postcards” on my home page.