Monday, September 24, 2012


This is my entry to Quilting Arts Magazine for their reader challenge, "What is your signature color?"
They told me I was a finalist and asked me to mail it in, but alas, they evidently did "not have room for all the entries" in their magazine. I was disappointed, but here it is. When they asked me for a title for it, I kept thinking about how small it was. The assignment, "create a 6"x6" "quilt" in your signature color, and I wanted to name it Topflappen, the german word for , oh yeah, potholder.
Hand dyed fabrics, oil pastels, water color crayons, bobbin stitching, machine quilting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Playing with watercolor crayons and pencils on stitched doodles.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Still Playing

Another project using leftover dyed paper towel scraps, neocolor watercolor crayons, oil pastels, acrylic fabric paints, and stitchery
 I could spend hours (and have!) making these projects. What to do with them? That is the question.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Let the Sun Shine

 This is kind of our school logo, the sun. Last year I made this quilt as a fundraising item. The kindergarten class drew the suns on paper, then they were traced onto fabric with fabric marker, and finally the students colored them with crayons. I touched them up a bit, sewed them together, and quilted the final piece. I love the variation of suns. They are super cute. Its about 35"x28".

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Baby's Birthday

My youngest turns 25 today! Here he is the weekend he graduated college, and that is the quilt I made for him.
 He is super talented and smart. I am so proud of you, Ryland. He makes his own beer too! Love you.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Details of On The Farm

 I forgot to mention that I added a stitching detail around the centers of those blocks. Those little pictures seemed kind of lost in all the busy-ness of the quilt in general, so I added a black border around them.

Here you can see the quilting on the back a little better in subtle light. Around the blocks, in the white sections, are quilted pebbles of different shapes and sizes.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

On The Farm

On The Farm is complete! It is based on the converging corners pattern from the film in the fridge blog. I used a line of fabric that was very "farmy" and some of my hand dyed fabrics. It is very intensely quilted. I really like it.
 Otis began enjoying it right away. He loves my quilts, in fact he is one of my biggest fans.  It is starting to feel like fall around here, but it is still hot! Southern California  stays hot well into the fall, and sometimes into the winter as well.

Otis is says, "Wake me up when you are done taking pictures......"

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Converging Corners Almost Done

Converging Corners, from htttp://, my version. I really like this quilt. I started quilting it with sort of a grid allover and hated it. I spent 2 days tearing it all out and went back to free motion quilting the straight lines, with pebbles in between. I need to figure out what to do with the little squares in the middle. Every time I try to do straight lines with my walking foot it looks terrible. Free motion is easier anyway. It looks really cool from the back. I'll photo that later. The fabric line is very farmy-gardeny, I am so bad at remembering fabric line names. I also added some of my hand dyes, of course. I can't make anything anymore without them.
My helper, Otis, doing what he does best, looking awesome.
 Who is creating the book, CATS ON QUILTS???