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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Obsessive compulsive bags
















I found this bag pattern in all the ones that I have bought in the past few years. It is fun to make and there are so many possibilities with it. It takes 2 fat quarters to make it. Fat quarters are another item that I seem to have accumulated over the years. Now I can use them without hesitation.

Lauren's Moon and Star Quilt







I made this lap quilt for my godchild. She majored in earth science. The seahorses captured her interest. I also included quilt squares that are called Moon and Star. I thought these were appropriate since her last name is Moon. I used some different techniques on this quilt such as silkscreen and spray dye.

Ann Marie's Tote Bag




This is a tote bag that I made for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Since she lives in south Florida, I made it more tropical looking

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Emma's Ruffled Sweater







Just completed this little sweater for Emma. I found some pink leggings and a matching turtle neck to wear with it. This is for her 4th birthday on November 20th.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Emma's Napper




Emma, my granddaughter, went to see Toy Story. She loves Woody and Buzz. So much so that while wearing her princess tiara insisted her mother buy her boots with the characters on them that were in the boys shoes. I made her a new napper for her naps at day care. It has a sheet attached as well as a pillow and it rolls up to tie for caring it home.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Three Cousins circa 1922


I have always loved this photograph of my mother (right) and her sister with their cousin from Virginia. I printed it on fabric. For the background I used some of my discharged fabric with leaves and evergreen needles on it. I added stamped images of leaves. On the left there is an orange produce bag with leaves "free-motion" sewn over it.

Peyton's Trees


This quilt is based on one of Peyton's paintings that he did for his senior show at Atlanta College of Art. I used the discharge method to create the negative space. Since this is an whole cloth quilt, I quilted in the negative space.

Amaryllis


My goal for the last couple of days has been to reorganize my studio. This led to the discovery of old projects that had not been finished. I have started tackling some of these UFO's. The Amaryllis quilt was the first one that I completed. I started it about 7 years ago and ran into some road blocks. I have learned what to do with those.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Castaway Critters


Purse made for the animal shelter in Hiawassee to use for their silent auction.

Bear Paw Quilt


This is the quilt made by the Pieceful Mountain Quilt Guild in Blue Ridge, GA. It is being sent to the Georgia Quilt Council to be auctioned off in January 2011. The center is the one that I created.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Before BP


I used some of my shibori dyed fabric for the background. Learned some new methods with different materials at a workshop this week with Fiber on a Whim. Love the results.

Journal





This is a page for my journal. The female face that is hidden behind the leaves is mother nature. The red buttons represent the alerts that we should be getting when we see what is happening to our planet.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Center of Quilt



The Pieceful Mountain Quilt Guild is in the process of making a quilt to donate to the Georgia Quilt Council. They will in turn auction it off to benefit the quilt museum. This projects has been in the works for the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum which under construction in Carrolton, GA.

I designed the center square for our quilt which will be surrounded by bear paw blocks. We should finish piecing it together by the end of August. One of the long arm quilters in the guild has agreed to do the quilting on it. I am so glad to be through with my part.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Spinning in Circles



This art quilt is a grouping of three small quilts (9"x12") I used pieces of oranges and reds on black background. I added circles of reeds and brass washers to create the movement that implies spinning.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Flight of the Butterflies and Dragonflies




This quilt has taken a long time to complete. I started it when we first moved to the mountains 5 years ago. I did not have a pattern so I was making it up as I went a long. I guess that is what took so long...my having to think.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Final stages of shibori






This shows the fabric drying in the driveway and then after taking off the threads that were sewn on to them.

Shibori











These are my first two attempts with this Japanese method of dyeing. These photos show the sewn fabric and then the fabric as it is being discharged (black) and dyed (white)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lauren's Quilt




Lauren is my god child and my niece. She is graduating from the Univesity of Tampa in May. The pattern for this quilt was called "It's Greek To Me". I used blue and white batiks to reflect the Greek colors. This is so much like the water and the sand. The quilting pattern is done in waves. I thought it would work well for a girl from South Florida. She is so special to me.

Hunter's quilt







Hunter, my nephew, is graduating from high school in May. He is headed to Tulane University in the fall. Although his quilt is not Tulane colors, I think I made it masculine enough to last for a longer period of time. Hunter is a pole vaulter like his dad. Last week he was at the county meet and qualified for regionals. I hope he makes it to state again this year. He is a sweetheart.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Flavor of the Month







Well I am so aggravated with myself. I made this small quilt for a Quilting Arts Challenge. Since i had sent the last one in with jpgs., I assumed that this one would be sent the same way. Wrong!!! Today is the deadline and it the photos had to be mailed in. The challenge was to illustrate a flavor of the month so this was my statement that was to be included with the entry.
I chose September when the raspberries are in abundance in our garden. It is a delight to go to the garden in the morning and gather handfuls of these jewels that are sparkling on the canes. The few that actually make it back to the kitchen are sprinkled over yogurt and drizzled with honey.
Using green and yellow cotton fabric, I pieced together a square with random sized cuts of cloth. I made rubbings of leaves and leaf stamps with oil pastels on voile. Wanting more texture in the leaves, I used green bags from the produce section of the grocery store. After assembling the pieced background, the voile and a cut out of a raspberry, I appliqu├ęd the red fabric to the others. Wanting more texture in the leaves, I used green net bags from the produce section of the grocery store. A satin stitch was used around the edges. Satin stitching was also used around the sections of the raspberry, to which seed beads were sewn to give the highlights. Shadows were made with oil pastels. An upholstery fabric was used to make the sepals on the plant. The stem was made by couching yarn under the thread.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Elizabeth's Quilt





Just finished the baby quilt for our niece. She and her husband are adopting a baby girl from China. They have been informed that they will leave sometime in March to meet her and bring her home.
In China babies are given quilts made with 100 small colored pieces of fabric. This represents 100 good wishes for the little one. At the bottom of the quilt I embroidered "100 Good Wishes"

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bricen's sweater




Just finished my grandson Bricen's sweater and hat. The blue is very vivid, but not quite as much as it appears in this photo. I had enough yarn left over to make the hat. When he has it on, the top flops down. It called for tassels on each corner, but I just could not see Bricen with tassels . We are going to Birmingham this weekend for his 3rd birthday. Should be fun!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Unleashing the Inner Animal Challenge


Quilting Arts magazine had a reader challenge to find your inner animal. I depicted myself as a white persian cat. The hair is the same color. Even though I may look sweet, I can be agressive when necessary as shown by the captured mouse. However, I was not selected to be a finalist in the challenge so mine will not be in the magazine.