Thursday, February 2, 2017

Catching Up

I'm laid up at the moment after a bad ankle break that occurred while I was dog sledding in Norway.

It seems to be a good time to post some of my relatively recent work.

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In August, I was part of an exhibit with Sisters in Cloth, Seasons on the Shoreline.

Each of us was given a piece of Carol Ludington's grey hand-dyed fabric, which was to be incorporated into our piece. The dimensions were unusual: 15-18 inches wide and 40 inches high.

For my piece, I used a photo I had taken of roses.

Its name is Rose Season.

The grey was perfect for the sidewalk.


I seem to have chosen my outfit to coordinate with the quilt.

Some of the other quilts made by my talented friends:

Saturday, September 3, 2016

My granddaughter Anna recently graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in psychology. Anna and I spent many crafting hours together when she was younger. One week, while on a week's visit when she was maybe nine, we embossed velvet, marbled fabric, tried our hand at flower pounding, and got started on a quilt, which we finished. Oh, and we did some paper piecing. It was a very full week.

Because she has cystic fibrosis, which is nicknamed "sixty-five roses," the term being coined by a child who had the disease and mispronounced it, I wanted to give her something with a rose. I have many photos I've taken of roses, but I chose this one to give her.

No, I didn't just print the picture. Well, yes, I did print it, but on fabric. With my ink jet printer, I printed one copy on cotton, and another on silk organza. When the two are layered, the result is shimmery, almost 3-D.

Next I put together both prints with batting and backing, tacking the layers together, and then quilted.

After writing a personal note that I sewed to the back, I framed it.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Baby quilt becomes a 2-year birthday present

I've not been completely idle as far as quilts are concerned. (But nearly.) In April I gave this baby quilt to a dear little boy that I love. The quilt had been in the works for the two years since his birth, but I think it's still appropriate. Doesn't every child like animals and farms? I hope so.

I had a limited number of intact squares of the farm fabric, but managed to do some invisible piecing so as to have enough to make a quilt large enough for a toddler bed. One of the blocks in this detail is pieced.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Here's my most recent work. I painted this scarf during a fun day at Karen Loprete's house a few summers ago. Sisters in Cloth members were invited to join the CT Fiber Arts Collective members for a silk painting "play date."

I never felt the scarf was finished, and left it in a pile of UFOs. Last week I decided to try the Sharpie marker and rubbing alcohol technique on it. 

If you aren't familiar with this, here's  how it works:

Make marks on your fabric (I've done this with paper, too) using Sharpie markers. Next, drip 91% rubbing alcohol on the marks. That's it. I love the outcome.


The next scarf started out white. I made short strokes on the scarf, 1/2 to 2 inches long, using four colors of fat-tipped markers. I love the way the alcohol drops make the colors spread out into floral looking designs.

This is a perfect scarf for spring.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

On the Fringe: Explorations in Fiber

Two of my older pieces have been juried into this exciting exhibit--the first for the Connecticut chapter of Surface Design Associates. The group first met in May of 2014 and has been meeting about every three months since. I'm fortunate to be part of this very talented group of artists. Although everyone works in fiber of some kind, the work is varied and ranges from weaving to dying to painting and so much more. I recently took a workshop with Leslie Giuliana on working with encaustics.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Graphic Patchwork Table Runner completed

Vivika DeNegre, in her Quilting Daily email this week, showed a tutorial for a simple but beautiful table runner. I needed a house-warming gift in a hurry, but I usually get too stressed to start and finish a project in a few days (and I usually try something too ambitious). However, my studio was finally in good enough condition to work, so I thought, Why not? If something went wrong, I'd have to go to Plan B, whatever that might be.

The design, Graphic Patchwork Table Runner, is by Amy Ellis.

The charm square packages that can be purchased would make this even easier than it was. I didn't have any, so had to pull fabrics that would go together and cut the 5-inch squares.  Some of my Kaffe Fassett fabrics seemed perfect for this project.

For quilting, I used my walking foot and the serpentine stitch. Although I've used this stitch before, I was inspired by my recent download from Interweave, Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford, to use it here. My machine and foot allowed the width to be 5mm, and I lengthened the stitch to a 3. Starting in the middle, I made my first row of quilting down the center seam, which I had pressed open. For placement of the rest of the quilting, I used the edge of the foot and stitched back and forth until done.

I really like the look of this quilt and may have to make something similar for myself or other gifts. I hope the recipients of the this gift will like it as much as I.

You can see some of Amy Ellis's other designs here.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tag Sale Results

Barb and I sold some items at our tag sale, but we still have plenty to work with. We may do another sale, but not at my house. I had lots of bags of scraps that didn't sell and have been trying to decide whether to try and do something with them or to toss them. As someone who can't stand to throw out anything that might possibly be used, the latter action was going to be painful.

But, good news: I learned that someone who works with autistic persons will take the scraps, along with my bag full of empty thread spools. I've got both the small cylindrical kind and the cones. I feel so much better to both learn that I don't have to make something out of these items and that someone else will.

I kept looking over at Barb's things, thinking that she had things I could not live without. In the end, we did trade a couple of things.