Saturday, March 31, 2018

Finally Finished


This work was begun about 2 years ago - and thee beads turned out to take WAY longer than expected !!!  Oh my aching back I am glad it is done .

Saturday, March 17, 2018

It's Spring !!

Hi -

It's Spring in California - everything in my yard is beginning to blossom, bud, or bloom - even though some of the days are still cool, you can feel the summer coming.

In higher education, that means SPRING BREAK !!  and yes, I have holiday next week - much needed.

I'm beginning my holiday by mailing off these two quilts, both scrappy and made from leftover bits and pieces that long ago went into other quilts.

These are my quilts for the Hands2Help program, online.  I make two quilts each spring and send them to a charity chosen from the H2H website.  You can read about it here 
You can still be involved if you want - it's not too late at all - just sign up, make a quilt, and send it when it is finished -
an there are PRIZES, TOO !!!
Happy St. Patricks Day

Friday, March 2, 2018

Oh My Goodness Gracious

I haven't posted since NOVEMBER ??? no, say it ain't so........

I don't know how that could have happened, but, here goes.........

I have been happily sewing along on my vintage linen pieces, but when I saw an online class with Katie Pasquini Masopaust, I jumped in, despite the fact that I don't do improvisational work - AT ALL.  But, how to learn except to jump ????

So far there have been Three Assignments:

Assignment One was a Color Exercise.  Easy - peasy, right?  oh no.
I submitted:   nothing.  Just couldn't get it done, curled up in a ball of non-creativity.
Goose egg for a grade !  (she doesn't really give grades)

Assignment Two:  make a piece emphasizing two different shapes... oh maybe i can do this..
let's see - rectangles and circles?  ok, here it is........  it hurt me to be this creative.....

Assignment 3:  make a fabric still - life, with an interesting background:

Not until I read Katie's feedback did I realize the antique doilies were 'standing in' for the typical flowers in a still-life - - duh, well of course I meant to do that !
I think I will finish this one.....

Assignment 4 ????  underway - - and i know you just can't wait !  


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Look Who Came Out to Play

Happy Thanksgiving - - and safe travels to everyone...

An old friend came out of hiding to play with me during the Thanksgiving holidays... and probably the Christmas holidays, and every holiday after that.

This piece is made from a vintage pillowcase , opened up and laid flat on a piece of cream dupioni silk.

As I worked on it, I wanted to highlight more gold, so I decided to hand-embroider around all the quilting in the borders - oh my that took a long time, but just yesterday I finished that..

Then I decided to add a "few"  gold beads.... oh I liked that...

 So I added some more.................................
 Still lots more beads to go -  perhaps I will finish this by NEXT Thanksgiving ??? 
keep busy...  and have a great holiday,

Thursday, October 26, 2017

And a Beauty it is........

WOW, WOW, WOW.....  I just had the opportunity to see a truly masterpiece quilt.

This is "Eternal Beauty"  by Sherry Reynolds.  It won Best of Show at the Pacific International Quilt Festival last week...  it is truly amazing.  These photos from my phone do not do justice.

Search the web and you'll find better photos..... I hope you have the opportunity to see this in person sometime.

It is dedicated to her mom, it took her four years, and she quilted it on a Domestic Sewing Machine.


on that amazing note, I'll just say 'til next time,


Monday, September 4, 2017


Hello friends; 

This post is WAY OVERDUE.  I've just not been able to focus on my projects in the past few months...

But - last week I went to a fabulous four-day retreat, and had the opportunity to pull out some ongoing projects and fall back in love with them. 

So -  here's the original piece of linen - it wasn't even ironed for this photo, just spread out on a table.  It is most likely a piece of Madeira embroidered linen, most likely from the 1930s, and was hand - embroidered.  Where did I find it ?   Well,  eBay, of course.

 And here's a little more close up of the details.
 and the cutwork................

The first stage is always drawing a quilting design - but sorry, no photos of that process.  

But, with a few stops and starts in between, I do have a piece that is now in what I call the "finishing phase"................... 

The linen has been mounted on a piece of Dupioni silk, and quilted within an inch of its life.  This photo is not a good one, but I'm not ready yet to hang it and take a proper photo, so this will just have to do for the moment.

And here are some closeups:

There's a good deal more work to do - in my next post, I'll show you the parts that still remain to be stitched...................... 

The finishing phase is my least favorite part of the process...  nothing new, no new decisions - just stitch out the design that I planned so long ago, until it's done.

Onward.  I'd really like to finish this work.  I wonder when that will happen???


Thursday, August 3, 2017


Well - I decided to venture out of the COMFORT ZONE........ and play in the Cherrywood Fabric Van Gogh Challenge.

Was it fun ?  Well..............
Was it challenging?   yes........
Was it easy and quick?   no.........

So - I thought it was only 20 by 20, it would be easy and fairly quick.


Every step seemed to challenge me.

First step:  finding inspiration.  I chose Van Gogh's paintings of almond blossoms.  Simple, easy peasy.

Step Two:  Making a background.  I decided to try a woven background in blues and blacks, trying to get the feel of Van Gogh's heavy brush strokes.  I didn't want it to look like a plaid, so many of the strips needed to change color.... oh i wasn't sure about this - looks so choppy... but I kept going.

This weaving took FOREVER !!!  I was amazed.

I covered it with black tulle, and it calmed down..... NOW it is starting to look like Van Gogh's brush strokes.  See how much better it is?  And, it has a branch and some lovely almond blossoms.  They are made of white felt, since Cherrywood doesn't make white fabric.  The branch is brown Cherrywood with black thread scribbles on it.

And here is the final version, cropped to 20 by 20, with a black "frame".

so, that's my Van Gogh.

throughout this whole process, I must tell you I felt like a fifth grader, with my scissors and my glue.  It was fun.  Maybe I'll try improvisation again..... or maybe not...

don't think Van Gogh has to worry too much about me taking over his place in art history !!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...