Friday, December 22, 2006

Unphotographed quilt projects

Have you ever sent off your projects before remembering to take a photograph? I made postcards for Virginia Spiegel's FFAC project in Houston, and because of the deadline, packed them up and shipped them off before it occurred to me that I hadn't taken any pictures.

Well, now I've gone and done it again. I made a bargello wall quilt for my relatives in England, and with all of our storms and power outages, let my husband take it to them without thinking about pictures. Hopefully, when he returns, he will have taken a picture for me, and it can be uploaded.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Crazy Quilt ATC

When I made some fiber postcards for the FFAC booth at the Houston Quilt Festival, I mailed them so fast that I forgot to photograph them. This is a fabric ATC that I made for a friend, and it is only 2-1/ 2" x 3-1/ 2".

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Forever project final update

Well, since the signature on my project kept bothering me, and I thought I wanted more contrast, I just had to mess with it again. Other than being able to make the signature blend in more, maybe I shouldn't have messed with it again.... Anyways, I thought the title blended in, and the whole piece was too gold, so off to the paint shop I went. Since there wasn't any lighter bronzy color, I added a pearl white and pearl shimmer to my bronze to add more lights, removed the original signature as much as I could, then re-signed it, ending up with the upper photo. Now it felt too silvery - I guess I was just getting picky, but I decided to thin out some darker colors that I had used when I had painted the background with gel medium, then shaded around the corners. I also added more bronze (with less of the pearls) to the ladies to tone them back down a bit. It's finished other than adding varnish to protect it - finally!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Forever art project done???

Well, I've added several metallic highlights, and I liked it until I signed it - the signature came out too large, and now I'll have to try to fix it, if I can - if not, I'll have to live with it.

Forever art project update

Right now it's looking dark and dingy, but I'm only finished distressing it, and now have to wait for it to dry again. Once it's dry, I intend to add layers of highlights.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Forever art project

I've taken a little sidetrack, and am working on an art project for the Inner Child online class at So far, I am finished with the preliminary painting, paper clay faces, body shapes, and have done some work with some light molding paste and dipped laces into paverpol paste to apply. After it finishes drying, I will be able to finish with more layers of paint.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Floral Trellis Table Runner

Well, while I was in the mood I created another table runner. This one is faster and easier than the Jewels table runner, since it has fewer pieces, and no "Y" seams!

Jewels Table Runner Available

I just wanted everyone to know that the Jewels Table Runner pattern is finished, and available. If your local shop doesn't have it, you could always ask them to contact me and get them for you.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Jewels Tablerunner

I just finished this tablerunner yesterday, but had to wait until today to photograph it. A pattern is in the works that will include rotary cutting diagrams, and should be available soon.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Fall Basket

This fall basket wall quilt was designed to go with a technique class that I'm teaching at a local quilt shop. The basket is woven and painted, then I added flowers and beads to make the flower centers sparkle. I'm going to be teaching all the techniques that I used, including the quilting.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Stars 'n' Stripes

Well as they say, "necessity is the mother of invention", and this quilt really proves that point. It's been really busy around here, and one of my son's teachers had a baby - so as a quilter, I felt I needed to make her a quilt. Since I wanted my son to be involved with the project, he helped choose the fabric, and when I asked him about the design, he said he wanted curves and stars, and this is what I came up with. I've cut two quilts in under an hour, and the last one I made was finished in about 7 1/ 2 hours, including quilting and binding! My local quilt shop saw it, and had to have the pattern - so it's now available.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Mukilteo Lighthouse

I just finished my Mukilteo Lighthouse quilt and pattern!!! It is a local landmark that I pass everytime we take the ferry to Whidbey Island, and of course I took a few creative liberties in making the quilt (hopefully not too many for those who know it). Also included are some dungeness crabs that are trying not to be caught for dinner;-) Some mother of pearl buttons were added to give it a little sparkle.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Playing Card Tote

This tote was made from my Terrific Tote pattern, however, I appliqued cards to the pockets that had been printed on fabric.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Terrific Tote - Western Washington Shop Hop

Well, I've finished my shop hop version of the Terrific Tote. On one side is the railroad block, and on the other is the tulip block. The inner pockets are out of the print, but the lining is the blue ticking that I used for the straps.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Sunflower Garden - in batiks!

This morning I finished a batik version of my Sunflower Garden pattern. I really liked the way it came out, and along the way, I made a few changes in technique. The original was only quilted using fancy stitches from my sewing machine, but this time, I used wavy stitches for the applique, then quilted the blocks with free-motion. More fancy stitches were added after the blocks were put together.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tote pattern now available

The Teriffic Tote pattern is finished! There are five pocket designs which you can choose from - grapes, cherries, tulips, a crab and a railroad crossing sign. I've posted pictures of the totes and blocks previously, so if you'd like to see them, just scroll down a bit further.

Teriffic Tote - Pastel Tulips

Here is a totally diferent look from the same tote design. The tulips are from pastel dot and check fabrics that coordiinate with the main fabric. The floral trim was couched onto the handle webbing before it was attached to the tote.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Teriffic Tote - cherry and another crab tote

I thought the crab needed a better background, so after finding the water and rock fabric, I made another tote, and I think I like this one better!

I really love this cherry fabric, so of course I had to create a cherry pocket to go with it. So far this is my favorite tote!

Friday, March 31, 2006

Teriffic Tote - with grape cluster pocket

The grapes are another pocket choice for the Teriffic tote. These pair up with the grape and wine fabric that I found at my local quilt shop, and will be included in the pattern.

inkjet transfer

I finally took the time to play today, and these are my very first inkjet transfers! Thanks to the inkjet transfer group and Lesley Riley's book "Quilted Memories", they turned out great. They are still drying, but I was so excited, I had to take a picture right away. The only acrylic medium I had was Jo Sonja's Textile Medium, so that was what I used. It is in a squirt top bottle, so I just squirted some out and used a sponge makeup blending sponge to spread it evenly, adding more until I thought it was larger than my printout. The transfer was printed with durabrite inks on Apollo inkjet transparency sheets, and trimmed a bit larger than the design. I laid the printout, ink side down into the medium, and used a brayer, working from the center out, and then back and forth. After a few minutes (about the time to rinse the brayer and get another print onto the fabric), I gently peeled the transparency plastic away, and all the ink had transferred to the fabric. I still cannot believe how easy, and how nice it came out!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Shop Hop Block for Gathering Fabric

Since they opened, I've been creating the shop hop block for Gathering Fabric. The first year's block and quilt is the reason I opened my pattern business. This year they decided they wanted to have a railroad theme for theWestern Washington Shop Hop, so the above block will be it! The block will also be one of the pocket choices for my Terrific Tote pattern, along with three more, for a total of 5 pocket choices. I'd better get back to finishing the others, so you will be able to see them too!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Terrific Tote with Crab Pockets

This is my newest tote! I'm working on a pattern for this one, and will also have 4 other pocket choices. I'll post pictures as they are finished, and the pattern will be ready in time for our Western Washington Shop Hop (of course, one will be my shop hop block on the pocket, and the main fabric will be the shop hop fabric). The tote is about 18" wide and 12" tall.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Wild Waves New Version

I saw the border print at the quilt shop, and decided I needed to make another Wild Waves quilt with a black background and bold stripes. I've added another fabric (green) to make the points stand out and changed the inner border from black to red, so that it didn't dissapear. The quilt was almost finished, but due to technical difficulties that I did my best to work around, I finally had to decide to start over and am in progress of cutting another one out. Hopefully, it won't take long - it's foundation pieced, so that helps!

Harvest Gathering - batik version

I realized that I had never posted a picture of the batik version of this quilt, even though it really was the first one I finished.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Heavenly Hearts IV - in pink!

This pink version was started during a demo that I did at Gathering Fabric earlier this month. Now it is finished, and I'm having a difficult time deciding whether I like the pink or purple best. What do you think?

Enjoy browsing my blog,

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Heavenly Hearts - in purple!

My original Heavenly Hearts quilt was made mostly from a variety of pastel pink batiks, so when I decided to make a purple version, I first thought it would be more of a lavender color. However, once I started combing through my batik stash the deeper purples called to me. It isn't calm and quiet like the pink version, it is definitely more vibrant!

Beading Kits Available

Some of the shops that carry my patterns also have my bead fringe kits that I developed to go with the Awesome Amulets pattern. They have beads for the main fringe, and larger, or drop beads for the ends of the strands, as well as beading thread and a needle.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Hexagon star quilt design

During a recent discussion on the info-eq list we were talking about different ways to create a hexagon block with a star inside like one someone had seen (I think on Fons and Porter's site). This is my re-creation using a square block set into the 'baby blocks' layout in my Electric Quilt program. The blocks get skewed when they are placed in the layout.