Sunday, May 30, 2010

Tidal Force

I created this quilt for the SAQA show called Creative Force. What is more creative than Mother Nature at work? I used two photographs that I took while on the Oregon coast as my guide. The quilt did not get into the show but only 50 quilts were chosen from more than 350 so I don't feel too bad.
I did a lot of intense quilting on beautiful hand dyed fabric. I used Angelina fiber to get the splash of the waves and added seed beads by hand.
Here you can see the Angelina better.
It took me 12 solid hours to quilt the whole thing but I listened to some good books on CD in the process and I truly enjoyed watching the quilt unfold before me.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


This is a close up of the quilt that I did for Kreinik using their blending filament and braid. I wrapped some metal washers with the braid to get those perfect circles.
I used the blending filament to couch down the braid and because the colors match, it was perfect.
Here is the whole quilt....looks like outer space to me.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


The art critique group chose compartments for the next challenge word. We revealed them on Friday and these are the results. Sadly once again blogger has decided to tilt some of my pictures and I don't know how to correct that. This is Nancy Pagani's wonderful quilt made out of tea bags. I wish that you didn't have to tilt your head to the left to see it correctly.

This is a close up of Tina Somerset's Kangaroo quilt.
Luckily the full size is the right direction.

Shirley Snowden opted to create bowls and they remind me of Chihuly's glass pieces.

Rona Barnes made a purse with lots of compartments.

Lola made this container using wire and beads.
My piece is made out of wool felt.

Here is Elaine Turcke's piece using photo transfer and a 3-dimensional apron.

Debra Wolfson used her own dyed fabrics and thread.

And Betsy is our painter in the group. We certainly have a wonderful mix and I love the way we all processed the word in different ways.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


I have been making pillows using some wonderful thread made by Kreinik. The kitty was drawn by my friend, Jayne Wangen years ago and we made patterns for hand embroidery from it. It is called Purr-fect Pillow after our cat by the same name. For this pillow, I sewed every line twice using Kreinik's blending filament.

Sunny Smiles is another of Jayne's designs. This time I used braid and sewed it down with the blending filament. I love the thickness of the braid and the sparkle in all of the threads that I used.
I found the threads to be strong and easy to work with. I have a small art quilt to show you using these threads in the future!
Happy Mother's Day everybody.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Dunderhogan #9 - Flying High

My latest challenge was to create my own fabric and use it in a quilt. I stenciled with Lumiere paint and rubber stamped with paint to create the texture on the bodies and the borders. I used embroidery floss wrapped around those white plastic curtain rings to create the eyes and I used wire for the balloon strings.
It was fun to return to the Dunderhogans again.