March 15, 2017
We are swapping post cards in Layton Quilt Guild this year… I wanted to show you what I did for the “It’s not easy being green” theme.
And here’s what I wrote on the back…
I found the frog image online and drew him out with pencil. I used “Inktense” pencils to color him with and then added “Textile Medium”. I finished him off using a Micron pen to outline him. I made the 3-D leaves using 2 pieces of fabric with fusible web between them and then stitched the edges. I pulled them into a tuck to give them dimension! 3-D is so fun!
And last, but not least, I am working on this little “Triptych” quilt for a swap in the MQTS swap on flickr. Now to get them bound!
Thanks for stopping by!!!
March 7, 2017
I have some quilts hanging at Union Station in Ogden this month…. I thought you might enjoy seeing them!
Here is my funky hand-dyed piece, “Steam Punk Milkyway”. I dyed the fabric, and then quilted the heck out of it, (shocking that I would do that right?! LOL!), adding some eyelash yarn around one of the “planets”. Then I painted some un-quilted areas using “Lumiere” metallic fabric paints by Jacquard. Lastly, I used some thin wire I had left over from my beading days and created swirls which I added to the un-quilted squares sandwiched between the “stairs” and hung some more tightly curled swirls on the moon.
This piece is called “Crayon Canyon”. I designed it from a photograph. This one hung in Padukah at the “National Quilt Museum” as part of the “Simply Southwest” exhibit. The picture doesn’t show the colors super well. They look like crayons! (That melted when left in a hot car all day.)
And last but not least, “Little Garden Beauty”. I used Kaffee prints on a neutral background. This is one of my faves!
Meanwhile, up the road at the Brigham City Museum, the Utah Quilt Guild’s Ruby Jubilee is in full swing! I have 2 quilts that I quilted for Roy, and Layton Quilt Guilds…
This one was titled, “Royal Stars” and was pieced by Roy Quilt Guild members, and designed by Patsy Shelton. I love this pattern!!!
And here comes Layton Quilt Guild’s quilt…
It was designed by Lorri Bashein, pieced by members of Layton Quilt Guild, and the center was hand embroidered by Brenda Sacher.
Thanks for visiting the exhibits with me!!!
March 4, 2017
I have been crazy busy! Story of my life lately… I rushed to get things done before I went to a quilting retreat at Bryce (which I’ll try to post on later). I didn’t quite get this done before I left a couple of weeks ago, but finished it within days of being home.
I’m going to enter it into a couple of shows, so I won’t show you the front until it goes “public”. (Although I have shown a few sneak peeks…)
Here’s a close up with a little more detail… I love the dyed back!!!
And I worked on 3 UFO’s while at Bryce. Here I’m auditioning a bird in the center… He made the cut! More on him later.
When I returned from Bryce, I received 8 customer quilts to quilt. Yikes! Guess what I’ve been doing?
This one is hanging at Union Station in Ogden right now. Pretty funky! I’ll be there tomorrow and will show you the whole thing.
And this guy is finally made in fabric. I designed the pattern last year but didn’t have time to work on it. It’s a long way from finished, but I imagine down the road he’ll be a finished pattern in quilt form.
And last but not least, another client quilt I’ve worked on. There are others as well, but I forgot to take there pictures! Poor neglected things…
I’m hoping that things will slow down a titch, but I just sent in my contract to teach at Quilt Fest. Guess that means I’ll add “whip up a pattern” to my to-do list!
Thanks for stopping by!!!
January 22, 2017
And it’s not getting ready to slow down anytime soon!
I have Bryce Winter Retreat coming up in a few weeks and plan on trying to get all of my client quilts done before I go…
Here is a quilt that I quilted for Lisa S. What a fun quilt!And the back so you can see the quilting a little easier….I’m also working on a 50 Shades of Red swap on Flickr in the Mini QT Swap.
I found the center heart image on Free Heart Clip Art. Love it!!!And I finished the Wonky House Quilts that we made in Roy Quilt Guild using mine and Silvana’s Patterns that were featured in The National Quilting Associations, “Quilting Quarterly”, although we did ours in 6 inches instead of 4.
Guild Members had to bring in their finished house block and they got a freebie tree block! It really encouraged people to get their houses done!
And last but not least, I quilted this gorgeous quilt for my friend Susan H. It was too mucky outside to get a picture of the whole thing, but I quilted all 5o blocks with different backgrounds. Talk about challenging!!! Susan got these blocks at a yard sale. The blue border fabric had bled onto the light backgrounds so the owner got rid of them. Susan removed the offending fabric and was able to get out the blue coloring. Didn’t this come out great?!
December 21, 2016
Dye lots swell…
Mama’s got blue hands!
The weather outside is frightful, but the dyeing is delightful!
Gifties for the Tuesday girls!
Thanks for visiting!!!
December 2, 2016
Well, I had to try it… It fell from the sky like manna from Heaven. (Although I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated it as much until today!)
Snow melts much faster than ice cubes and I had to go out back and collect several buckets full 4 times in a 24 hour period.
But boy, oh boy… I loved the resulting dye!!! For more information on ice dyeing see Sondra Millards blog: https://shesgotmojo.com/
I’ll never feel quite as grumpy towards the white stuff again!
It did dry a little bit lighter than this, but it is really stunning.
I made caramel yesterday and added chocolate to my turtles and pretzels today. It was a very productive day!
Thanks for stopping by!
November 28, 2016
Well, here I am again! Between customer quilting and preparing for the Holidays, I’ve been out of touch. But that means I’ve been doing lots of fun stuff! Still dyeing for more color. I went with blues this time… I really love the way this one came out… It looks cold!
Plus I needed some ornies for a swap on flickr. I saw these fab ornies on FB and decided to give them a go!
Aren’t they fun? Here’s the link that I used if you want to try them as well…
Thanks for stopping by!
November 10, 2016
Hahaha… Pun intended! I am working on a quilt that will be in several shows next year.
I figured what better backing for it, then to make my own?!
Here’s a sneaky peaky of part of the quilt…
And here is the dyed backing waiting for ice… Again, my powdered dyes came from Dharma Trading Company, http://www.dharmatrading.com/dyes/dharma-fiber-reactive-procion-dyes.html and I used Sondra Millard’s technique that I learned in her book “Having a Meltdown”. https://shesgotmojo.com/And the final result! (Drum roll please… DAdaddadadadadaddada)
Thanks for stopping by!!! I’ll be back later to show you the whole quilt when it’s done and hanging in it’s first show!!!
October 25, 2016
Because I don’t have enough hobbies, I decided to try my hand at fabric dying!
(Always useful for a quilter no doubt…) 😉 I have a FB friend Sondra Millard who has published a fabulous book on ice dyeing. It can be found here: (Click on the “Home” icon to go to Sondra’s site.)
I had to give it a go!!! My, my… Not much to look at here…
Throw on some ice and…
I think I’m in love!!! Oh the projects in mind, the ideas racing through my brain!!! A special thanks to Lisa Chin http://somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com/
for my first foray into dyeing fabric, and to Sondra Millard for the courage to continue!!! Sondra’s book, “Having a Meltdown” tells you step by step how to do it. I am soooooooo happy with the results!
Thanks for stopping by! Smooches…
October 23, 2016
Well, here I go again being too busy to pay my blog much attention. We did something so fun today I just had to share!
My family took a drive out to the Spiral Jetty on the Northern end of the Great Salt Lake. The Spiral Jetty was created between 1938 and 1973 by Robert Smithson. It is only visible when there is extremely low water levels in the Great Salt Lake.
There were so many things that called for photographs, I couldn’t help myself!
Somebody set this battered old chair on the swirl of the Spiral Jetty. I’m not sure I’d dare sit in it!
The salt crystals were incredible! The look like ice, but they’re salt…
There were these cool crater things that had salt crystals growing in the bottoms of them… We wonder if they’re formed by some kind of mussels?
What an incredible view!!!
There were numerous fields of salt that seemed to flow into the water. I almost expected to slip!
And this is what salt does to metal… There are old remains of a pier here that are being ravaged by salt and weather….
And what could end the day perfectly?A very cooperative juvenile Golden Eagle! We saw 2 or 3 on the way there and back. Definitely at least 1 adult and 1 juvenile. What a great day!!!
Thanks for visiting the Spiral Jetty with me…