Friday, June 12, 2015

Jane Dunnewold Quilt

My arm is better and it's time to get back to the sewing room......more specifically I now feel like sewing again.  First things first though...The reality of retirement, downsizing and relocation is getting ever closer.  I have to find new homes for some of my favorite things.

So last night I put my fabulous Jane Dunnewold Quilt (1996) up on ebay.

This quilt was made for and pictured in her iconic book Complex Cloth.  

 Jane wrote a nice blurb about making this piece.

Take a look...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time Out.....

I'll be taking a time out for a couple (or few) months....I took a bad fall on January 16th and fractured my elbow and ruptured my tricep tendon.  So my right arm is in a brace for 3 more weeks and physical therapy fills my days. Damn.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pillow #3

I have a funny need to make something....then change it a bit and make another....add another process and make another...and on and on until I find something uniquely mine.  I learned so many new processes over the years from myriad teachers....I need to put them into my work.  Time gets in the way and I lose interest fairly easily....but at least I'm making things that can be sold or I endure.

I'm enjoying the pillows....even finding time during my busiest work time of the I started pillow #3 the other day. 

The fabric is a linen from Miss Matatabi on etsy...also wanted to get more but not available.  It is a slightly heavier weight so worked nicely into a pillow.

 I screened some swirls with special foil glue and applied three different colors of foil.

 Silver, gold and bronze. The squares on the fabric provided a great background for the foiling.

Then I lightly quilted some straight lines both horizontal and vertical.

The back was left plain and the zipper installed. the ease of putting in the zipper.

Just received fabric for #4 from Miss Matatabi....couldn't resist...three of my favorite things....turquoise, crosses and metallics. Yum!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pillow #2...different.

Since I don't have a lot of yard pieces of fabric I have to use what I have.  This piece of Japanese dobby fabric was from Miss Matatabi on etsy. I went back to get more and it was gone.

I didn't put the binding around the edge...mostly because I just forgot and sewed right sides together! I like it though. Love the turquoise. The front is layered with batting and a muslin and quilted.

I needed to embellish a bit so I sewed on some delica beads to resemble a few snow flakes falling on the trees.  They catch the light without being so large that you would feel them when leaning back on the pillow.

I especially like the way the back zipper is easy and so nice looking when finished.

Very happy with this!  Excited to see what #3 will be.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Starting Early for Christmas 2015!

My New Year's resolution.....Start now and get some gifts completed that will use my stash. I got nothing done this past year in the "Homemade Christmas" category...very disappointing.  We'll see how I do this time.

I saw this pattern in Quilting Arts Gifts Holiday 2013-14 and decided to give a try.  I have many pillow  forms, and need to use them.  I'm really pleased with the outcome and will make many more with this pattern, maybe using different words, color combos or themes.  Who knows....

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

OOPS I did it again!!!

I should  have read my own posts and I would have seen that I needed to use a different browser...oh well.

 Anyway...I made this bag with a piece of cloth that was used as a dropcloth on my table during one of the classes I had taken in the last few years.  I would do practice stamping and discharge and dyeing on it and usually loved these pieces more than the ones I was working on.  So I made many of them.

And decided it was time to cut one up and make a bag for myself for a trip.  It has an iron-on fleece on each piece...outside and lining....and is then quilted.  So it has nice weight and body.

I also decided to make a small companion piece, and added an iron-on crystal and stud transfer of a pair of sunglasses....inspired by my trip.

I wasn't willing to cut into more special fabric for the inside, so I pulled out some old favorite polka dots in bright colors. 

As a side's amazing (and wonderful) that I now feel an urge to sew more since getting a clean bill of health....been a tough year.  Feeling grateful and blessed.


New Bag!

I can't seem to get pictures to load.  I'll try again tomorrow.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

LOVE the color...

The last of my finishes last week is this very colorful piece that hung on my design wall for a couple years, I think, in various degrees of done.  I just enjoyed looking at the explosion of colors when I entered the never hurried to complete.


This is mostly Brandon Mably and some Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

The quilting was done by Designing Quilts....always a beautiful job.

I couldn't bear to put anything but matching fabric on the back...but had to piece it.

I have a lot of strips and squares left...I see a jacket in someone's future.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

 The next quilt I completed was made with a tumbler kit from The Quilt Shop of Danbury.  LOVE these colors.

 And since I loved the quilting pattern on the previous quilt so much I repeated it on this one.  Eileen from Designing Quilts does a really nice job on the quilting.

 If my beach has a silent auction again this year I'm thinking this would be a perfect quilts have been a proven moneymaker in the past.

 These colors and patterns just make my heart sing...

Today I start on three new tote bags....I need to have some gifts ready for giving this summer.


Monday, May 5, 2014

 Last year I sent three pieces to be quilted by Designing Quilts....beautiful job as usual...and then they sat for the past year.  I machine sew all my bindings so it's a fairly fast process....just didn't feel like doing any sewing.

So last week I decided it was time...and I finished them all in a couple days.  This is the first, made with fabric from Moda.  Nothing fancy about the design...just love the fabrics and the quilting is so much fun.

These days I am MUCH less hung-up on points and more into the fact that I have a finished piece, made with love, that someone can now wrap-up in and enjoy


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Let's try that again...

I switched browsers and that seemed to do the trick.


So this is the diaper bag for my  niece's baby...they don't want to know the sex ahead of time....and she likes pale blues and greens....

I've made this bag many times, but I added outside pockets on this one.

I hope it holds up to all the demands of diaperbagdom.... :)

This will be my sister's first excited for her too!  And we got word last week that my brother Jim and his wife Pat will also be grandparents for the first time this year...yea!!!!  That makes all 5 of us grandparents....about time!!!!


Friday, May 2, 2014

I'm Back !!!

My desire to sew has returned....after 6 months of dealing with some medical issues (I'm feeling great!), I decided to get back into my sewing room and create....and I completed three things in two days.

The first is a diaper bag for my niece's baby, due in June.  She requested the colors and I used a favorite pattern but altered it a bit to add more pockets.  I included a Disney Bear.  My daughter illustrated the little book attached to the bear, and she designed the clothing.  My son-in-law illustrated the larger book. Makes for a very special gift.

I can't seem to upload pics to this blog....something may have changed in the year since I've posted.  I'll figure it out and post them next time.  Does anyone know why this is happening?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Latest Quilt

This quilt was made with 3 layer cakes of fabric.  Some, or maybe all, are from Amy Butler.

I just love the colors.  This combo would make great large pillows for the Cottage.

The wonderful quilting was done by Eileen Keane at Designing Quilts.  Thanks Eileen.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pics of dots quilt

Don't know if this will work but I'll's the baby quilt from my last post in April :)...all finished.

There's something about dots for me...

Where does the time go?

I'm finally back to some sewing...I have 10 projects cut and ready to go...quilts, jackets, toddler dresses and jackets, bags etc.

I finished the dots quilt, but blogger has changed since I last posted and I am having trouble figuring out how to post photos.  I'll get it at some point....have to put some time into it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


On one of the blogs I read I saw this stack of fat quarters....all dots...whole collection by Michael Miller fabrics...had to have it :)  I made a baby quilt similar to this about 40 years ago....gave it to my cousin for her new baby...I still have the pattern cut out from McCalls Needlework and Crafts craft bible in those days.

So when I saw all these dots, that's the first thing I thought, and immediately had to make one. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Yummy soft silk hand-dyed fabric....mmmmmm! I had to dye the fat quarters in plastic bags since the weather is not warm enough to dye outside in the pan....still turned out great.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Another Malka Bag

This is my third bag from Malka Dubrawski's hand-dyed fabric (along with some black & white prints from my stash). I just love her her fabrics are being manufactured and they are also great.

I'm trying to tweak this pattern to make it more my I made some mistakes and learned plenty from them.

Love the inside color combo....will pursue more of that.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Bag from Jelly Roll Strips

It's been a while! I only had a little bit of sewing left on this, so I grabbed a few minutes late last night and wrapped it up. I changed the straps on this one...I'm trying to perfect a pattern of my will take a few more trys and changes.

I ordered some custom cut acrylic pieces for the bottom but they haven't arrived yet.

And I used bias at the top of the pockets to strengthen them. Felt good to sew again.

Monday, November 14, 2011

lost iPad Southwest

On my last trip to Orlando I left my iPad in the airplane (Southwest) seatback. That was three weeks ago. On the chance that someone who found it is looking for the owner who lost it (google), I thought I'd post here and see if magic can happen :) My stupid mistake....whatever happens, happens.