Thursday, September 19, 2019

What Was I Thinking?

While looking for something else in my studio I came across a zip lock bag stuffed full of dye cut triangles. I remembered that I had bought them many years ago when I was still making traditional quilts. I had seen a cute quilt in the Quiltmaker magazine and ordered these precut triangles. Obviously I did not make that quilt and I have no idea where that magazine is or what the pattern was.

I first thought that I would give them to a friend who makes charity quilts and then thought that it might be fun for me to do. I have a HUGE stash of traditional printed fabrics that I no longer use. They are stored in big bins under the guest room bed and in the guest room closet, sorted by color. I do love blues and teals and I have an abundance.

There were a lot more darks than lights in the bag and I sorted them accordingly. Then I sorted them into teals and blues. There are countless patterns that use HST and most rely on combining darks and lights. I knew I would have to cut more lights, so out came those tubs from under the bed .

 I played around with several different patterns, including these two stars.

 I really liked this pattern and I started piecing, alternating blue blocks and teal blocks. It's been a long time since I've done any traditional piecing. Matching points.....oh, my! I have made a few baby quilts but I just do a simple nine-patch for them, relying on very cute fabric for the impact.

After piecing together these two rows, I decided to make it 4 blocks across and 6 down for a nice lap quilt size. The blocks sew down to 11 inches. I quickly ran out of triangles and had to start cutting more triangles and more triangles and more triangles. What was I thinking? But I don't have much else going on in the studio these days and it gives me something to do and maybe I'll make a little dent in the stash.

I went to a friend's house the other day and she had the prettiest paper napkins. I took one home and printed it onto white fabric. Ta dah!  It's going into the quilt.

So now it's back to work. I just finished piecing the blocks for row three and have to sew them together.

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Friday, September 13, 2019

SAQA Benefit Auction

It's that time of the year again, where you can bid on and purchase some fabulous small quilts at the SAQA Benefit Auction online.  All 443 pieces are available today for $1,000. Bidding on Section 1, where my quilt is, starts on Monday, Sept. 16 and runs for a week, ending on the 22nd. The prices go down everyday.

Please go to this website to read all the particulars. Here is the quit that I have donated. Like all the others it is 12" x 12".

Here is a better picture. The one above I took from the SAQA website.

So go take a look. There are some fabulous pieces there and you have a chance of getting a piece of art from some very big names in the art quilting world and some not very big names, like me. 


I was pleased to see that my piece was used in an advertising banner. There I am, fourth from the left in the top row.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday. Go see what some talented people are up to and leave a comment. We all love comments.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Monthly promts

I just realized that I never showed you the small pieces that I made for the last two monthly prompts, so here they are:

RAIN.....I searched all through my photos and I couldn't find anything. I guess I don't take pictures on rainy days. I found this one online and thought it was perfect. The misty flowers and the rain lines were already there. I just stitched over them by hand, some with two stands of pale gray floss and some with a sliver metallic thread.

REFLECTION.....When we went to Tuscany last fall one of my favorite places was the small island of Burano, part of Venice. It is known for the brilliantly colored buildings. Supposedly they were painted those vivid colors so that the fishermen could find their homes after their fishing expeditions. Now the island is known for their lacework. I just did minimal machine stitching on this one.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Protest #2

I just finished my second piece for the Tiny Pricks Project. If you don't know what I'm talking about, please scroll down to my last post which will give you all the details.

This quote was directly from his Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago and is so typical of his rants and  his being more concerned about crowd size than anything else.

I was happier with the lettering on this one. I originally had printed the words on graph paper, then transferred to fabric. After stitching a few words I realized that my spacing was very uneven so rather than beating my head against the wall I thought I would get much better results if I used the computer to print the words. Why hadn't I thought of that before? I chose Helvetica Neue pt. 38 since it was the same size as my hand printing and looked very much the same.

I used a vintage heavy linen luncheon napkin and two strands of embroidery floss. So much better than my last one on a thin linen hanky. My carry-overs do not show on the front, a big plus. I used three strands for Fake News and the Twitter bird.

I think this is my last one, although it was fun and cathartic to work on. Has anyone else been inspired to join me in this stitched protest?

I will be joining up with Off the Wall Friday.

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Anyone who knows me well, knows how unhappy I am with our present president. I stopped watching CNN because I usually would end up with knots in my stomach listening to the outrageous things he had said. Some nights I couldn't fall asleep. And it wasn't CNN making up Fake News about him. These were videos of him speaking, usually sounding like a fifth grade playground bully. He has sided with our enemies like Putin and Kim Jong Un. He has alienated our long time allies. He has taken away regulations that were put there to help with the climate crisis that we are in. But then he thinks that's all a plot against him and big business. He daily tweets things that are insulting and demeaning to anyone who doesn't totally agree with him. He exaggerates and lies about everything. I could go on and on but then I just make myself more upset.

I should also say that I have never been political before. I am neither Democrat nor Republican, but this last election pushed me over the edge.

I did make one political protest quilt, Presidential Fabrications.  I felt so good making it and it went to a good home. I had no intention of selling it, but someone fell in love with it and it is now proudly hanging in her home.

Sooooo, when I heard about this project started by artist, Diana Weymar, I knew I wanted to participate. She started embroidering Donald Trump's most outrageous quotes onto vintage fabric. Now it is a constantly growing textile protest immortalizing the president's words in stitching. It is called "Tiny Pricks Project" (a wonderful double entendre) and you can read all about it here, and at  the Tiny Pricks Project website , and in this article in the New Yorker.

I didn't think that I had any vintage fabric and then I remembered a stash of old handkerchiefs tucked away in the back of a drawer. I had several to choose from and picked this one with crocheted lace. I had many false starts with the embroidering before I settled on using one strand of #5 perle cotton. I am not happy about the way you can see my thread carry-overs on the front and I think I will use a different thread on the next one. Yes, there will be another, a quote directly from his Twitter a couple of days ago. Stay tuned. I hope to have it done by next week.

If you share my political views, please participate. She hopes to have 2,020 by 2020.

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Fun Collage

I had fun using some new-to-me techniques, namely alcohol inks on Yupo Paper. It is actually a synthetic paper that works perfectly with these inks because it is nonabsorbent and you can really play with moving the inks around to form new patterns. The hard part is knowing when to stop. There are numerous videos on YouTube.

One of my fiber groups, FANE, made several of these 4" x 12" boards. I can't remember what the boards are called, but they are a hard smooth surface on a wooden frame. Perfect for gluing things down.  I was away away in the winter when they were being purchased so at the last meeting when I saw the cool things people were doing I took one board home. Now I wish I had taken more.We could do anything we wanted and some people used fabric, but mine is all paper, metal, and buttons. I should have shown you the two different Yupo papers I used before I cut them up. They are both in shades of blue and green, but one is a denser pattern than the other. I also used some pieces of metal that I had embossed on my embossing machine and then treated with alcohol inks. I used sections of a tree die cut and some buttons from my stash. Click on the picture for a bigger view.

Below are three other Yupo papers in different colors and patterns. I'm hoping that they will find a way into my cards or other collages. 
The sheets that I purchased are 5" x 7", but it comes in several sizes. It is rather pricey, so from now on I will use one of those great 50% off coupons from Michael's.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday. 

Friday, August 16, 2019


When my order from Spoonflower arrived last week I was delighted with the true color. It is exactly like the image I sent them. I enjoyed quilting with various colored threads to match the fabric. This was done for my Fiberworks monthly word challenge, this time Radiant. I showed my smaller version last week, a 4 x 6 piece that is all hand embroidered.

You can't tell from this photo, but hung now on my design wall it almost seems three dimensional. It just leaps off the wall. It is also a tad brighter than this photo.

I will be putting both of my pieces into our exhibit, Inspiration-Exploration, which will be hung at the end of September. I like my Escargot Begonia piece, shown last week,  because it is interesting and different and I like the Hibiscus for the vibrant colors. Now I have to attach each of them to a 30 x 30 black canvas, which will be painted first with black gesso since we could not find that size canvas in black. All quilts in the show will be displayed on said canvases. We did this last year and it gave a nice cohesive look to the show. More about the show when we get closer to it.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Pleasant Surprise

I have been a member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) for many years and a JAM (Juried Artist Member) of same group for several years. One of the perks of being a JAM member used to be that you would have one full page of a quilt of your choosing in the annual Portfolio book. It was a lovely, large soft covered book that was distributed to galleries and museums and was available for purchase. I was so pleased to be in several issues.

A few years ago the powers that be decided to discontinue the annual Portfolio and replace it with Art Quilt Quarterly. As the name suggests it is a magazine that comes out four times a year. It is also distributed to galleries and museums and can also be acquired by subscription. I was in issue 14 with my political statement quilt, Presidential Fabrications. 

Issue 16 arrived in the mail yesterday and as I was browsing through I was thinking of which quilt I would enter for the next issue. Much to my surprise my quilt, All the News That's Fit To Print was on page 91. I didn't think I was eligible so soon, but apparently I was wrong. 

This quilt was made for an exhibit put on by my FiberWorks group. I copied several pages of the local newspaper onto fabric and then cut it up and sewed it with fine line piecing. I got most of the newspaper headings online and tried to have a wide variety. It has been a favorite piece of mine, so I am glad that it is "out there". The red in the quilt is actually a bright red, not as dark as shown in picture. The whole quilt reads a little darker than it is in person.

Being in the Portfolio and the Quarterly have been instrumental in my participation in an invitational show at an important museum and being asked to enter another prestigious show. 

In addition to the Portfolio section of the magazine there are several interesting articles and spotlights on different artists in the art quilt world. You can buy it at Barnes and Nobles, but I don't think they carry too many issues or you can buy it online or subscribe at the SAQA website, given in the first paragraph.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

New Work

I know, I know, I haven't blogged in two weeks, but I did finish a couple of things. You may remember this small piece that I made from a close-up photo of my Escargot Begonia. It was made for the prompt for that month, Curve.

We have to choose one of our small pieces to enlarge into a bigger piece that will be mounted on a black 30" x 30" canvas for our exhibit in September. I sent the photo to Spoonflower and had it printed at 24" square.

I was very pleased with the true color that they achieved. I had altered the photo in Photoshop Elements with a  Posterize filter. I free-motion machine quilted it following the blocks of color and changing thread colors as I went.


Last month's word was Radiant and I chose this picture of a Hibiscus flower taken at my friend's home in Florida. The colors were amazing.

Again, I put the Posterize filter on it. The colors really were this intense.

My interpretation on a 4" x 6" piece. I enjoyed doing the  hand embroidery on this little piece, even though it took a long time. I decided that I want to made this one larger, too, and Spoonflower is printing it 26" square, so that I don't have to chop off the top and bottom as I had to do here. I'm hoping that the colors will be as dynamic as they are in the photo.

I am behind on my month's words and have to make it up and do two this month, Rain and Reflection. I am using my own photos for all of them, but I may have to cheat a bit with rain. Don't think I took any rainy day pictures, but I will look.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Thursday, July 11, 2019


I finished up the quilting on my stained glass window. Now all I have to do is bind it. It will have a very narrow black border, narrower than you see here.

When this was hanging on my design wall with the lights on you could see all the quilting lines and it looked terrific, but to take a picture with the lights on you get a spotlight affect. 

Here you can see some of the quilting. I mixed up the designs as I went along, just having fun. I changed the thread colors, top and bobbin for all the colors, even the two shades of gray. I did this on my Bernina because of all the thread changes. That would have been a pain in the neck on my Sweet sixteen. Also the size, 18" x 36" was very manageable on the Bernina. 

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.