Friday, July 20, 2018

Party Report

I showed you the fabulous find of the shibori printed boxes that I found at Joanne's a few weeks ago, but forgot to post how I used them for my party.

 I put them on the side table in the dining room, large dinner napkins in the bigger box and smaller napkins for dessert in the smaller boxes. I put the utensils in glass tumblers with blue rims. Another amazing find was the Melamine Tommy Bahama dishes on sale at Marshall's. I bought all they had. Don't they also look like shibori?

The table also had a shibori runner and placemats that I had made. This was a part of the entree: medium rare cold filet, homemade potato salad, green salad (with beets, goat cheese and walnuts) fruit salad, and shrimp. Not out yet was the salmon baked with pesto butter (served hot) and baked beans. Everyone said it was delicious and I agree.
Appetizers had been served earlier. Dessert was to come later.

Red and white fresh roses for my centerpiece. I thought that the stitched circle shibori on the table runner looked like fire works.

It was a fun party and I was blessed with an absolutely perfect weather day after a week of very hot and humid. Everyone wanted to stay outside on the deck, which is where we ate.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Mother Said

The theme for my FireWorks exhibit this fall is Inspired by Word. That gives us a lot of leeway since your piece can be inspired by the words in a song or poem or anything, but I decided to take it literally and really have it be inspired by words, this time words that your mother said. I have found that so many of the things our mothers have said to us growing up were universal.

I made this piece in the same style that I made my Presidential Fabrications. That one was meant to be strident and I use colors accordingly, vivid oranges, lime greens and gray. This time because it was about our mothers I used pretty colors in Dupioni silk, most of which came from the stash of a departed fiber friend. I also used what I think is a feminine font, Lucinda Handwriting, for the words that I printed on the computer.

The background words were free-motion quilted using a heavy black jeans thread.

My mother was a warm and caring person and although she may have said some of these things, she never said the somewhat snarky things that are on here. But I bet you can find something that your mother said. Each of the sentences in the background are different as are each of the printed sayings on the appliqu├ęd pieces.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday. Go see what some talented fiber artists are doing.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


If you follow my blog you know my fondness for shibori. I've made my fair share of fabric to use in art quilts, the velvet shibori pillows I made last year, and the many, many vintage napkins I made last summer. It seems like shibori is ubiquitous these days, in clothing and decorating, but I still could not believe my eyes when I saw these storage boxes in Joanne's the other day. I didn't know what I would do with them but I knew that they had to come home with me. I bought the only two they had, one sightly larger that the other.

Here they are, one stacked on top of the other.

They have grosgrain ribbon tabs to open them on the top.

Surprise, surprise, they are the perfect storage place for SOME  of my napkins. And look how pretty the boxes are inside.

I was planning on using my napkins for a holiday party I am having this weekend and was wondering how to put them on the buffet table. Now I know. I am going to put the whole opened box on the table with the silverware tucked into glasses on the side. 

 Happy Fourth of July!

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday

Saturday, June 16, 2018


I don't know if it is an especially good year for geraniums this year, but I am loving mine.

On the front porch. Everything in the front of my house is pink or white or blue because I have pink knock-out roses and pink spirea as part of the permanent plantings. This color in person is just knock- your-socks-off magenta.

Same color in pots on either side of the garage.

I am having a big Fourth of July party this year so everything on the back deck is either red, white, or blue. There are three of these railing planters.

Some of these plants have some growing to do, but I know they will fill out. The geraniums are in a big pot with white diamond frost and blue salvia.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


I was at a Woman's Club luncheon yesterday and sat next to a friend that I don't see very often. We chatted about this and that and then she asked me if my  Favela quilt that had hung at my one woman show three years ago was still available. She and her late husband had lived in Brazil for a few years and she thought it would be a good gift for her daughter. I still had the quilt so now it is going to a good home.
I had made the quilt after a trip to South America a few years ago. The favelas are colorful slums built into the sides of the hills and I knew I had to make a quilt of them. I blogged about them here.

It is a small quilt, only 14" x 18"

 I usually use a backing to coordinate with the front, as I did here. The front of the quilt uses all my hand dyed fabrics, but the back was a purchased fabric that looks hand dyed and looked so good with the front.

I finished all of my little box people and put them in their permanent place. I did a lot of shifting around before I was satisfied. The black background measures 14" x 24".

It is somewhat serendipitous that my Favela quilt came to light right now. Can you see the similarities?

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The last of my box people

I finished the last of them today. It has been a lot of fun but I am ready to move on. I took several of your suggestions as to what they could be doing. Some are even related to fiber. Someone asked me if I was going to make any women. I like to think of them as androgynous, but some of them do suggest  men or women. You decide.

These tiny cards are some of the miniatures I found at Michael's.

Same for the umbrella and box of tiny spools of thread in the next one.

My friend, Paula, gave me a tiny tea set from a doll house. I only used the cup and saucer.

The washtub came from Michael's and the bubbles are bubble wrap, of course.

The sewing machine is from Michael's and the small quilt was made from a bag of pieced scraps left from my Big Green Diptych quilt.

Paula knitted me this itsy piece. She knitted it on tiny metal needles and transferred it to plastic toothpicks.  I cut them down and glued the kitting in place so it wouldn't fall off.

Several people suggested that I have a dancer, so here is my ballerina.

Now I have to decide how I am going to put them all together on one big black background. I'll be sure to show you when I do.

I'm linking up with Off The Wall Friday.

Friday, June 1, 2018

A few more box people and a wedding

I know I haven't posted in awhile and I hope you haven't given up on me. I was in Florida for a week getting more furniture delivered and shopping, shopping, shopping for house things. Since this is a brand new empty house I had to get EVERYTHING from potato peeler to vacuum cleaner and everything in-between. We got a lot accomplished and had fun doing it. We still will have a bit more to do when we go back in January, but the house is very livable for now.

Then last week I went to the wedding of my great niece, Allyson in Baltimore, MD. Since I got home I have been gardening.

I did manage to get four new box people made. I found some fabulous accessories for them in Michael's in the miniature section and was given some cute things by friends. I still have to make several more people to use up the accessories.

Susan, in my FiberWorks group, gave several delightful little things to use, including this golf club and the tennis racket below. The size got distorted by the photo. They are pretty good to scale in person.

These two have to go together. The flower pot and watering can were found at Michael's. I have quite a few more things to use, so stay tuned and come back for more......real tiny knitting by my friend, Paula, a sewing machine, a wash tub, tiny thimbles, an American flag, and more. 

Here is the beautiful bride and her handsome hubby. He graduated from the Air Force Academy and thus the military uniform. They will be deployed to South Korea in August.

She wore her grandmother's gown for the ceremony. That's her mom, my niece, Diane, buttoning her up. She changed into a gown more suited for dancing for the reception. You can see it hanging on the wall. It was equally stunning. It was a stellar affair, held at an elegant old hotel in downtown Baltimore that is now only used for weddings and other affairs. It was gorgeous!

This was taken right before we left the hotel for the rehearsal party dinner at a different fabulous restaurant. That's me in the middle with assorted nieces and great nieces.

Here I am with the mother of the bride right before the wedding ceremony. This was all on my late husband's side of the family. They are so good about inviting me to everything. Next will be a baby shower at the end of June in NYC.

Please come back. I promise to be more productive in the future.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

More Box People

More fun this week with my box people. I'm trying to do something different with each one. Any ideas for me?

I think this one is my favorite....marching right out of the box.

I don't know why the boxes look so wonky, because they are not.

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.