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!