Friday, April 20, 2018


do you use Pinterest? If you don't you should although I warn you it can be addicting and a time suck but so many ideas! so many beautiful things! It's like a magazine that is tailored just for you.

My favorite board is the free motion quilting one and I actually do go back and look at the photos I have pinned sometimes when I am quilting something and am stuck on what to  do. Here are a few of my favorites.
 I love how she did the parts that are sort of dark very densely and it really makes sort of a trapunto effect - really amazing!
 Leah Day - you can tell her designs a mile away
 who doesn't like swirls and curls
 Leah Day again - I do love her stuff
 love this sampler - love everything about it

If you are on pinterest, follow me so I can follow you back and then I can see the cool stuff that you have found. I am here on pinterest.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Let it be

Here is another let it be quilt. Being a simple design it’s easy to plan ahead and leave enough fabric all the way around to wrap around a canvas for hanging. I left a good 3inches all the way around to wrap a canvas for hanging.

Look at my island counter top! It is truly a work of art made by nature. They cut these big slabs from rock and you can see the shifting of the rock or earth whatever it is that makes that swirly ripple. Reminds me of a stream. 

I didn’t put anything on it for a couple of days so I could could bask in the glory but of course now it’s got all all sorts of crap everywhere.

Not much quilting going on because I am installing a vinyl plank floor my self which is a job. I had to take down my sewing machine set up to do it and that is really motivating me to get it done. 

I’ll leave you with this cool inspirational photo I took last week after a freezing rain night with lots of wind. These ice covered sticks look like women rising from the deep to invade the world! 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Nature journal

Not much sewing going on because of my kitchen being renovated and the chaos that creates. Fabric shopping has been replaced (temporarily, I haven’t completely lost my mind) with Home Depot and Lowe’s. I am going to do the floors and paint myself so that means tools. I see why guys have so many tools. You need a special one for every little thing you wanna do. 

Anyway, I can’t just not quilt - just not in me. So I took some fabric that goes together and sewed it randomly together .

And made this journal cover. I love the pine cone fabric.

Here’s the back.
Right now I’m waiting for the granite counter tops to be delivered - so exciting! I’ll show you pictures next week πŸ˜‰

Friday, March 30, 2018

Angela style quilting

Angela Walters has her own style of quilting and every once in awhile it’s good to watch her videos to buff up on her techniques. She does a lot of swirls and echos and her quilting is beautifully done. She’s been having a quilt along this month so I’ve been getting her videos sent to my email but she has lots on you tube that you can go anytime to check out. I like to put her on my iPad sometimes and practice.

Yesterday I used this gorgeous pine cone fabric to make a small quilt for a journal cover and quilted it “Angela style”. 

The thread matches so you can’t see the front but here is the back. Not great but then because the thread hides the quilting you don’t notice. Good practice but I did learn that when the thread matches so well it’s hard to quilt since it’s hard to see what you’ve done and where you’ve been. That’s why my quilting isn’t very good. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it). What is that tan piece of fabric doing there you ask? There was a scrap under the quilt sandwhich when I was putting it together using the sew and flip method and it got sewn in. You’ve never done that have you. Luckily for a journal cover you don’t see the back, which is why I don’t even use a backing so I simply cut it off and left it. No problem.

Here is a really good video that shows just quilting and shows what a master Angela is at just making different designs flow into each other.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Let it be

First let me get on my soapbox and say how appalling it is how humans are destroying the land therefore destroying the wildlife. Why do we have to chop down trees and bushes. Why build all the huge houses I see all over the place. Every year I see forests and fields cut down. 
Why can’t we just

They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot
Joni Mitchell

Friday, March 16, 2018

Collaboration quilt finish

Look at last weeks post for the details but basically the message here is that we are all halves of our family members through time and that makes us all unique. I had lots of fun embellishing all the figures to make them all different.

And different they are!

Remind you of ant family members? If so, God help you! Lol!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Collaboration quilts

I joined a small online group that is doing a project. It goes like this. We each make a small art quilt depicting the word half in any way we wish. The person that started the group sent us all a package of fabric to use. We make our quilt but don’t finish it because we then send to another member who works on it some more, adding her own twist to the theme. Basically each quilt will be made by two people each with ideas and talents of their own adding to the final piece. It then gets sent back to the originator who gave us the fabric and she will mount and display somewhere.

This is what I came up with - my first thought was half moon although this looks more like a planet so I call it view from the planer cirbaf. Note the Star Trek words quilted on it. I’ll be very interested to see what my partner comes up with.

This is what I got this week from the person I’m doing the second half with. Her idea is that she is half her mother, half her father, who is half of their mother and father and so on. She stamped all those cool looking figures on , of course half of the piece. 

It definitely has a circular feel to it so paying homage to the circle of life, I quilted concentric circles. I then cut it into a circle and am doing the binding now. I did not use bias binding (pain in the ______ ) so I hope it will work by just clipping the corners. So far it seems fine. 

Next I plan to add something different to each figure since all those halves is what makes us all unique. That will be really fun. I’ll show you the finish next week.

I also spent a lot of last week putting my IKEA drawer set together. Not an easy task but worth it. 9 drawers for storing and organizing fabric and “stuff”.
 I love it!

Friday, March 2, 2018

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist

While this quilt is relevant to today’s turmoil in our country, this quote from Indira Ghandhi is what came to my mind when thinking of a quilt for a show at a local bird sanctuary. They have an art show every year and the theme this year is the migratory bird treaty act of 1918. Basically this treaty brought countries together to agree not to kill off all the birds that migrate to their country from another. 

At the turn of the 19th century in the U.S. and Europe, it became wildly popular—and that’s an understatement—for ladies to wear feathers and whole taxidermied birds on their hats. One ornithologist reported two walks in Manhattan in 1886 and counting 700 hats, 525 of which were topped by feathers or birds. Can you imagine walking around with dead birds on your head! This is one of the reasons a lot of birds were massacred back in the day causing some to become extinct and others to come close. Which is why the migratory bird treaty was so important. 

Thank God our forefathers (and mother’s) thought enough of our environment to put this plan in place. Now if we could just change our current evil ways, the planet would be a much better place.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Mindless sewing

Not feeling particularly creative this week probably due to the February blues. This part of winter is the worse part for me. No real snow but rainy mushy icy crap and everything is ice and mud. But sewing does make me happy .

So I took some scraps. Threw them in a pile and just sewed together at random. Then quilted it. Not a very good job but remember this is mindless feel good sewing. Binding? No, to much work so it got the pillowcase treatment. (This project is only about 11”x 7”) turn it inside out. Now what? 
Well it could be a large mug rug or a clutch bag type of thing. I can always use another tote organizer.

Sewed up the sides after adding strips of Velcro. In true mindless sewing style, the Velcro is crooked and the sides are uneven. The sides are so thick because I used flannel I couldn’t go to the top end as you can see on the top photo but it will work.

Ta-da! Not that bad and it feels good with the quilted flannel.
And yes, it made me feel good to make something quilty.

I have started a new project here but it will involve writing with free motion so I have to have my wits about me. 
Hopefully I will show you progress next week. If I screw up the writing I’ll show you that too. I do know from experience to write out the words to look at while quilting even if they are simple words. Something about writing with free motion my brain doesn’t associate it as writing.

Do you get the winter blues? How do you combat it?

Friday, February 9, 2018

Downey woodpecker

 Finished! I love how it came out
 Wrapped around a canvas

 The back. Wanted to cover up the staples so glued down some ribbon
 I’ve only done the wrapped canvas thing once a long time ago and don’t remember much about it and was concerned about the thickness of the batting and 3layers but I use a really thin batting in mostly everything and it was no trouble at all. I just had to cut out a little on each corner and it came out fine. Not being a very good planner there wasn’t enough to wrap around the top and bottom so I added some fabric the same colors a nd it seemed to work. I should do the canvas again. I really like the look and it’s so easy to hang.

Have you ever put one of your quilts on a canvas or stretcher bars?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

WIP downy woodpecker

Nothing finished this week but I am in the quilting stages of this Downy woodpecker.

They have pronounced black and white speckled feathers on their backs. To make that I took a black fabric and pounced white pearl fabric paint on it.

I walked by this yesterday. It looks like a rusty waterfall but it’s ice. The iron in the rocks must get mixed with it.
My friend Glen loves to take rusty things and use it for surface design on her fabric. I can see her running to the top of this impressive sight and attaching fabric at the top, having it cascade down and leaving it until spring. How cool would that be!  

Stay tuned next week for the finished woodpecker πŸ€—

Friday, January 26, 2018

Yellow lab quilt

I’ve been working on him for awhile and I think he’s done. I’d like to say he is my dog but honestly I just licked his beautiful face at random from a public domain photo sharing site. Let me show you some photos of the journey.
 From drawn pattern to fabric. Mostly freezer paper appliquΓ©.

Quilted on a nice lush green background which is something we are lacking here in the northeast right now.

Shaded with fabric pastels. After this you can see from the finished photo that I ended up making the eyes blacker. These eyes looked more human than dog and also darkened up the edge of the ears so you can see them. All in all I think it came out pretty good! 
I may try another in black but might try all fusible to see if there is much difference. Do you prefer fusible or turned under applique?

Friday, January 19, 2018

I give a hoot

I made a fabric quilted owl for a friend for Christmas and it was a challenge but thanks to some paint and “stewing” on the design wall I it came out ok.

Bottom left is starting to pick fabrics - so far so good. But then look at the next stage top left. It looks like two feet stomping on the poor owls face!
I trudged on and why I didn’t get rid of that dark blue is beyond me. At that point nothing was sewn or fused down. Adding the eyes helped draw your eye away from that in your face go awful blue. By this time I had glued the pieces together. I still could have taken out that blue legs but no, I left it.
Finally I came to my senses and tried to cover it up by brushing white fabric paint on it.

Here it is finished. If hadn’t seen the blue eyesore already I don’t think it would bother. The quilting also helped. 
Sometimes I think part of the fun is getting yourself into a corner and then figuring out how to get out. 
That’s why I don’t do commissions because if the project just isn’t working I can just say “ well I don’t give a hoot”
And try this and that- if it’s ruined so be it. Usually I find a solution. Paint, pastels and inktense pencils are usually involved. 
Have you backed yourself into a corner lately? How did you get out? Or are you still in the corner waiting for help to arrive to your brain?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Beach idea book / flexible curve

Have you ever used a flexible curve?

I found mine in the back of a bin the other day. I forgot I even had it, which is why when I spotted a second one in another bin while cleaning yesterday I knew it was time to organize. I must have bought another one not being able to find the first. (You never do that, do you?) so I set about using it to see if I remembered how.
What ever it’s made out of it lets you bend it to a shape or curve and it stays there. It’s really good for piecing gentle rolling landscape curves. 
See the photo above- you lay it out to the curve you like then draw a line on the bottom with chalk or your marking device of choice.

Then you take your next fabric move the flexible curve to the top of your fabric and draw a line there like you did before. As long as you don’t change the curve you will have the same exact curve that you can now put right sides together and sew with a quarter inch seam. Remember these are gentle curves. You don’t want to be sewing any roller coaster curves.

Here it is - all  pieced with the flexible curve. A nice beachy landscape.

Good size for an idea journal cover.

And I had this in my stash for the inside flaps - perfect!

Do you have any long forgotten favorite tools that need to be brought to the surface?

Friday, January 5, 2018

Birding journal

Like most of the country, we are in blizzard conditions today. Minus 30 wind chills.  Not fit for man nor beast. 
I find making a warm quilted project quite therapeutic. 

I was listening to Oprah ‘s super soul podcast the other day (which I highly recommend btw) and a woman said something that stuck with me.
“Simplicity and order creates Serenity 

I think this piece illustrates that. I’ve been trying to de clutter my house and life for the past couple years and it does bring me a sense of serenity not having so much stuff laying around. It keeps creeping back in because I am a pack rat by nature but am realizing that simple is better. 
Now if I can just incorporate that in my quilting life. I doubt that is gonna happen 😏

Have a good week - bundle up and stay warm,