Thursday, June 30, 2016


Bird in progress









I'm the guest host this week for 52 quilters and I've been posting these pics this week and will keep posting them as I move along with my BIP ( bird in progress)

If you're on Instagram, check out the 52quilters. Each week a new quilter takes over the Instagram feed and blog. I'm enjoying seeing so many quilting posts since 52quiters has over 5,000 followers so someone is always posting some bit of quilting goodness every minute of the day world wide.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Osprey fabric art

A few weeks ago on a hike we came upon an osprey nest high up on a dead tree and the mother was circling and yelling at us. She was none to happy. It was quite a site. So for my next bird quilt I wanted to do an osprey - a truly magestic bird.

Here is the photo I worked from

A line drawing from the photo


Applique added


Inktense pencil touches (still wet here)


Finding a background


Quilted and finished.

I shall call her Olive ;-)


Thursday, June 9, 2016

WIP 6/9

I took that landscape seasons row quilt that was not playing nice off the shelf and adjusted things.


I'm liking it much better now.


I'm almost finished quilting it.


Since I need to have at least two projects going at the same time, I started an osprey. Here is the pattern.


This is as far as I got so far. I love that beak fabric!

Do you like to have numerous projects going at once or are you monogamous with your quilting?

I guess I'm a quilting slut because I jump from one to the other without a second look back ;-)

For the last two years I've had my eye out for my favorite mushroom in the woods and on today's hike I came across the mother load! Oyster mushrooms! I just cooked some - sooooo good!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Alabaster lotus bud

What happens when you throw your used tea bags into a bin with scrunched up white cotton fabric?


To it looks like Alabaster - that white marble looking stuff.

So I decided to make it into an alabaster lotus bud - a symbol of purity and the journey to enlightenment.


If I try this again I will soak the fabric first in soda ash. When I rinsed the fabric, a lot of the colt came out. I had some tea bags that left a nice pinkish reddish stain but it all came out. I'm

not a dyer but I think the soda ash makes dyes adhere to the fabric better. You should try this - just throw the fabric in a box or bin and every time you have a cuppa just throw the bag in - what have you got to lose?

I would love to see what you end up with :-)


Oh! And I want to wish my parents who are in their 80's and thankfully still going strong -

A happy 60th wedding anniversary!

60 years of marriage - and still in love - WOW!