Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Embroidery Galore

Last month, I taught a class on Victorian Crazy Quilting.  In order to demo piecing and embroidery, I made up four sample blocks.  I've finished my embroidery and put the blocks together into a sweet little table topper (17" square).  These fabrics were all batiks, so I guess it's a new slant on an old idea. 

How about a couple of close-ups?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Yes, I'm still alive.  What have I been doing???

Last weekend, at a meeting of Artrageous Quilters at Cotton Fields Quilt shop, I got to try out ice dyeing with silk scarves and Procion dye.

While still wet after soaking in soda ash, this scarf was crumpled into a lump and placed on a bakers rack suspended over a dish pan (high tech operation). Crushed ice was placed on top and then 1/2 tsp. of dry dye powder was sprinkled on top.  That was Saturday.  I waited until Tuesday to rinse, dry and iron my scarves.

I tied off little bundles on both ends of the scarf on the left.  I soaked it, then placed it in a colander suspended over a bucket (more high tech!)  The scarf on the right was pre-treated, then dropped in the bottom of the bucket.  Ice and dye were added on top like before, the scarf on the bottom was darkest, after it absorbed all of the excess dye.

What else???
More baby socks, of course.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Yes, I have been sewing

Sorry I've been MIA for so long.  I do have some show and tell for you.

Here's the first bed quilt I've made in a while.  It is the traditional "Patience Corner" pattern.  I pieced the quilt, taught a class and my good friend Lilly Lucier machine quilted it so it would make it onto my bed this decade.

Here's another traditional design that I've played around with.  I've found various names including "Roundabout" and "Big O".  I named mine "Around the Square".  It is small and I am currently big-stitch quilting it with pearl cotton.

Then, our annual shop hop came around in February.  I created a variation of one of the quilts in Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah.

Before I made that quilt, I made some test blocks to check the size, etc. and it would have been BORING to put it together the same way.  So, here we go:

I just can't say enough for the fun I have had making quilts from Cultural Fusion Quilts.  This is the first one I made, using red and yellow fat quarters of French fabric that I had been saving for JUST THE RIGHT PROJECT.

I don't know about you, but I love left-overs!  I had another idea and bought a few more French fat quarters to carry on.  Here is the second creation.  It took a little more brain power than the first project because all the blocks were not the same.  It's next up on the machine quilting list.

And, there are still a few left-overs!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Take a look WAY back at my July 24 posting.  The little Peppermint Pinwheels project is finished.  18.5" x 36"

I started with a fat quarter of muslin with leaf prints (acrylic dye, real leaves).

I was inspired by the book Cultural Fusion Quilts.

Hand quilted with big stitch and pearl cotton.  Batting used was Quilters Dream "Dream Orient".  Accented with polymer clay buttons made by ME. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Store Anniversary Sale

On August 1, I will have owned Cotton Fields Quilt Shop in Washington, NC for ELEVEN years!

There's a big sale going on Aug. 1-8.  If you are interested, all the particulars are on my store blog.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Peppermint Pinwheels

The colors I chose don't look much like peppermint, but that's the name of the pattern in the book.  I finished the two blocks that I made using the leaf print fabric.  Fun and easy.

I'm planning on making some sort of small composition with just these two blocks.  I needed to audition some fabric.  

I just LOVE this book!  There will be more "Peppermint Pinwheel" blocks in my future and at least one more pattern in the book that I plan to explore.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Slowly but Surely

Remember this one?

It started as woven strips.  Then I designed the overlay to expose as much of the "weaving" as I could.  NOW it's finished!  I added red zigzag around all of the green edges, some red paint, and quilted with yellow thread.  I finished the facing this week.  It's title is "Now and Venn".

The weaving began as an exercise at our "Artrageous Quilters" meeting.  We were challenged to make something and bring it to the next meeting.

At that next meeting, we made leaf prints, using real leaves and acrylic INK (not paint, not dye).

I printed one fat quarter of muslin that day.  It has been sitting around ever since, waiting for inspiration.

Last night, I decided to try out another pattern from Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shaw.  (I am a huge fan.)  I found a batik to pair with it, that had similar colors and a leafy design!  I cut and sewed, cut and sewed.

The fat quarter was only enough to make two blocks like this.  I need to press each section, trim and sew.  Fun to do, I will explore this pattern again. Wonder how long it will take me to get things ready for the next showing here?