Friday, February 22, 2008


Because it looks like this today...I got to stay home from work...yea!!!! It's actually the most snow we've had this complaints. Poor Terry had to go up to Columbia University in Harlem to ref a game tonight. He just left at noon for a 7PM game (normally a 1 1/2 hour trip).....fingers crossed!.

THis is what's on my design wall at the moment...I'm trying to use up some pieces of my dyed fabrics before I dye anymore in the Spring. The row on top is pieces from last year's Melody Johnson workshop...still need to be finished.

When in Florida last week Keri (she's doing great) and I went to Ikea...I loved this polka-dot rug and carried it back on the plane. We have an Ikea here but it is a trip to go there...and I didn't know if they would have sits in my sewing room.

Speaking of Melody...this small quilt/wall hanging was made from one 3 yard piece of her luscious fabric...stripped...pieced...stripped again...pieced again...all the while trying to get the design that I did end up with...her fabric makes my heart sing...and she's pretty cool herself, too :)

Aren't these rich primary colors just fabulous!!!!

Nothing but another piece of Melody's fabric would have been good enough for the back...I've had some of her fabric in my stash since way back when she and Laura we're first in Paducah...not in the main arena but downtown at an alternate site. I've been hooked ever since.

I sent the top to Eileen Keane at Designing Quilts and she did a wonderful job....I highly recommend her. This piece was quilted with variegated thread and I love the result.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Play Day

Last Sunday a group of six of us met at Val's house for a play share ideas, show and tell, and just talk about fabric, techniques, shows, books, quilting, and great classes we had taken...or want to take.

Nancy Bailey showed her beautiful sheers (silk organza and netting) that she discharged and/or dyed.
I played with a black sateen fabric and discharged it with bleach pen through a thermofax screen, and with discharge paste...same fabric...different results. I love the color this bleaches to.

Below are two small quilts by Diane Kopec...she does "Journal Quilts".....I love the size and all the feelings behind these very personal pieces.

Lisa Chipitene was working with linen canvas...she was expressing herself with red, white and black paint.

Nancy had dyed and made this jacket last year and wasn't satisfied with the way it turned Pat Rodgers took it home and worked her fabric and stitching magic and this was the result....beautiful!

Below is a piece by Pat...showing her savvy with threads, paint, needle felting etc.....she has many talents...we just sit and stare in awe.

Finally...this is a grouping of Val's work. Val does fabulous surface design...and she displays it proudly in her this ladder idea.

She paneled and fixed up her basement wet studio, and the six of us were totally comfortable working there. Stamps are easily accessible....

Dyes and paints can all be seen...a place for everything...she has at least six of these racks around the room.

I'm off to Orlando tomorrow to see Keri and Mike....that belly is growing and I don't want to miss it all...I think we'll start preparing the nursery, buy some furniture and set up a registry...can't wait!