Sunday, July 27, 2008


This is one of the faces that I made for the "Full of Smiles" quilt. A new line of fabric came out in skin tones so I just had to make a quilt using the different fabrics. My dear friend, Jayne volunteered to do all the hair and I think she did a super job.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rogue Art Quilters Beach challenge

Chuck Schulman took this beautiful photograph while on vacation in Italy. We chose to use it as our inspiration and we picked two fabrics that everyone had the choice of using. We also required some glitzy thread and a curve in the quilt somewhere. Here are the results:
Suzanne McBride calls hers "Life is a Beach" and she created that umbrella by covering one she found. It is a very 3 dimensional quilt.

Patty Duggan loves the human form and the string bikini is the challenge fabric. She calls it "Beach Plans".

This is my quilt. I used both challenge fabrics for the sand and I played with soy silk fiber to create the water and the waves. The umbrellas are also very dimensional.

Ellen Cholewa created "Sun Brellas" by playing with photo shop on her computer. I love the graphic design.

Elaine Turcke use rocks that we made in a Linda Schmidt workshop. They are created using puff paint and fabric paint. Very effective.

Cathy Lang painted her umbrellas and added beads for fringe.
She also played with soy silk fiber.

Carol Stocking calls her quilt "Beach House" and she used both the right and wrong sides of the challenge fabric in the foreground. She also used soy silk, fabric paint and cotton balls to get that wonderful water.
All of the quilts are on display at Quiltz in Ashland.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ole and Blue

I spent 5 days in Sisters at a quilt retreat this week. Two days were spent in a wonderful class with Gabrielle Swain where I learned all about design and hand applique. It will be a long time before you see the quilt from that class but I am inspired.
The second class was with Jane Davila for only one day but we played with fabric, paper and lots of found objects. I created these two pieces in her class with a little follow up at home. The first one is called blue because I focused on finding pieces in that color family including rocks, paper and yarn. I loved sewing on the letters to finish it off.

The second piece was inspired by the wooden birds that I picked up at a garage sale on my way to Sisters. They look like they are from South America so I wanted a fiesta sort of feel. I couldn't find the letters to spell out "fiesta" so I settled for "Ole". I used fabrics that my friend Joanna had given to me for the class and had great fun digging through her box of treasures. I couldn't have done it without her.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Locker Hooking

I started learning a new technique and got carried away. I had seen a piece at a show that was made out of one-inch strips of batik and locker hooked. I borrowed a book and taught myself how to do it and this tote bag is the result. I like locker hooking - it can be taken anywhere and you can see your progress pretty quickly....and it is a good way to use up some of the many batiks that I have been stashing away for so long.
Still working on a couple of black and white quilts in the studio as well as a cute kid quilt that I hope to unveil soon. Tomorrow I am going to Sisters for 4 days of classes. Can't wait.