Friday, September 7, 2012

Quilt on an actual Bed!

A wonderful friend/customer sent along this picture of a FINISHED quilt as soon as it was bound. Shocking, I know. Quilts look so much better on beds!

This reminds of my parents' bed. My dad would come home from his stressful day (elementary school principal) and want to take a nap. Instead of removing all the pillows, he would flip up the quilt on the end and lie along the bottom end. These power naps helped him quite a bit and mom never had to re-make the bed!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Practice Block A

When you get started with a new project and an unusual block, it is always smart to make a practice block with scrap fabric. This particular block is 27.5" x 10" so practice is definitely called for:

If you want to join us, click over to Lily's Blog and make a Jack or two!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fabric Shopping!

I've decided on my fabric for the Jack Attack and it's coming from Hawthorne Threads. Here are a few pictures of the wonderful prints Valori Wells created for her Wrenly line.

I can't wait to get started!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jack Attack!

Lilys Quilts

It's time to start quilting some Jacks! Since Katie will be coming home from England in just two months, I'm joining a QAL over at and would love company. Some of the coolest Jacks I've seen are in Kaffe or Westminster Fabric. Here is the Tutorial from Lily's Quilts:


Monday, May 28, 2012

A Week in Alaska

We had a great week in Alaska. And although we took pictures, they do no justice to the beauty of the place. The cruise ship took us through the Inside Passage: Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. 

We fished in Ketchikan and caught some Rock Fish.

It was the only rainy location on our trip, but still beautiful.

In Juneau, we visited the Mendenhall Glacier and bought some skeins of yarn.

After docking in Skagway, we rented a car to see the sights.

We drove to the Yukon Territory.

Stopped at Emerald Lake.

And found a bear next to our car. In town, we found a great quilt shop called Quilt Alaska and bought lots of Alaskan batiks. What a great trip!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jenny's Ruler

Jenny Pedigo came to Camano Island to showcase her new Quick Curves Ruler. The design possibilities are endless! What she has created so far is simply amazing and you can see more at her blog

Her Urban Nine Patch is starting to show up everywhere online.

Her quilting is beautiful. Part of her success is two layers of batting.

I can't wait to make my own! I even bought another Quick Curves pattern at Quiltworks Northwest last week. I have a retreat to attend!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tree #1

The combination of tree and dots worked wonders for this image. I liked the asymmetry as well. However, the commercial batik used for the background didn't have as much color variation and can look flat. Every fused dot is quilted (whew!) but without it, they would fall off. Although hand-dyes were used for the foreground, the commercial batik resists the fusing over the long haul.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tree #4

This attempt at Notan wasn't exactly symmetrical, but I found working in 40"+ was too much for me. These are commercial cottons, all fused. Lorraine's suggestion was to vary the black so the background could work better.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tree #3

Using the background fabric collage allows the positive and negative impressions to switch back and forth. All these little circles are cut via an Accuquilt machine borrowed from a very nice friend.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tree #2

With a challenge to create an image with positive/negative spaces, I began to work with this tree. This second attempt worked with hand-dyed fusing for the background and foreground. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Leaf Solo

I added a few little pieces to add color to create scale contrast. The background is important so it doesn't look like a leaf plopped on a piece of fabric.

Friday, April 20, 2012


This little sampler is perfect for showing customers when they are looking for ideas. The colors make me happy!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gum Drops

The Gum Drop Tree began as a challenge to incorporate a border before the fusing work began. Quilting followed, but with the circles a bit poofy, I chose to add beads. Hand-dyed cotton.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

East Bank

With the challenge to simply create art without fear, I began this piece by fusing various sizes and elements. I wanted to create the image of buildings.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Row Houses

Another in the series of Finishing Week! This piece gave me headaches for many months. To help correct the design problems, I added the two side borders, then the bottom. Created with hand-dyed cottons and commercial dupioni silk.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Week of Finishing

This last week was Finishing Week! There was no rhyme or reason to it, but I just had a compulsion to move my whole waiting list back. So for this next week, I'll be posting the finished quilts everyday!

This project was a challenge to find a microscopic image and reproduce it in fabric. This is a wholecloth piece with fabric created by Lana, a friend who passed away last year. 

I used 4 different colors of Isacord.

And Lana's hand painted piece was easy to work with.

This is the original digital image of a Tilia Tree cellular structure.
Try it and stretch yourself!

Monday, February 20, 2012


This is our neighbor dog, Romeo. He visits daily and lays his huge body in the middle of the kitchen floors. It is appropriate that Marnie took this pic on Valentine's Day. He's a lover dog!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

New Fused Work

I have been inspired by a quote from Laura Wasilowski, read at my last Design class. She simply reiterated the need to work. Get to your studio and put something together. I stew and draw and wonder before I start something. I think there is a place for that. Sometimes, however, it is great to just start putting fabric on fabric.

All fused, but not sure it is finished. Perhaps I should add a little more bright color out toward the border.
When I am not sure about a piece, I go cook something.

Something yummy, perhaps?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bunny Hunt

We went to visit my friend's to see bunnies this weekend. Hopefully, we will get a few next month when they are weaned. Marnie can hardly wait!

Monday, February 13, 2012


January's assignment was to take a panel and do something new and different with it. Often we just border the panel and becomes boring. I fused this piece, cut it, and satin stitched it onto a red background.

February's assignment was to find a pattern in your home and create a quilt. This was from the windows in my house. 

And finally, December's assignment was to create positive/negative images. This is #1 of 4 trees that I finished quilting. It is all fused.