Saturday, November 12, 2022

Sunflower Quilt donation for ACQG Christmas Charity Auction

Last weekend my quilt guild held their annual Christmas Auction with proceeds going to charities and some funds to sustain the guild.   Last year I donated three large quilts, but this year had only one to donate.

I enjoyed the process of making this quilt.  More and more, I'm enjoying hand work and embroidery on smaller quilts rather than making larger quilts.

I haven't found out how much it went for but did hear that it was bought by a young man to give to his grandmother who loves sunflowers.  Other auction attendees were helping him out as the price rose, so he could win it for grandma. What could be better! Glad to hear it has a good home.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Presentation for Gold Coast Quilt Guild

      I'm very excited about the opportunity to present a a trunk show to the Gold Coast Quilt Guild August 8th at 1:00 in Morro Bay at St Timothy's Church.  In preparation for this event I've been going through all my quilts and wearables putting them in chronological order. I've been creating quilts since 2000 when I made one for my mother for her to take to the nursing home she entered.

After joining Frances Bailey's quilt circle in 1997 and the Almond Country Quilt Guild soon after, I learned about all different kind of quilts one could create. And then I learned a variety of methods to create unique fabrics for quilts.  I've had some wonderful teachers over the years share their expertise in dyeing, 
printing, batik methods, painting, etc. 

Here are a few more photos of quilts and wearables I'll be sharing at the presentation.

Above is "Entangled One" using my hand-dyed fabrics.

Above is "Helianthus" using hand dyed and printed fabrics along with 
commercial ones and a photo of mine
 that I printed on fabric and on organza sheer. Lots of fun improv techniques.

Above is Tsunami Sunrise using Fabric Manipulation techniques 

Below is Petalicious.  I learned how to create the center,  op-art-like circle, 
 in a class taught by Andi Perejeda.
 This picture was taken at Studios on the Park where our Cutting Edge Group had a show in 2008. 
This was the firs quilt I sold!

Above is Gothic Grace, a quilt I made for the Beacon show, which won first place and was purchased by the Church and is displayed inside it. Such an honor.  

Above is "Into the Redwoods" which I made after taking a class from Susan Brandeis at the University of Minneapolis in a summer workshop in 2009.  She taught us how to enhance and print photos onto fabric and then use hand stitching to embellish them. This one is printed on silk
 with a sheer overlay of organza in the center section.

Hope you'll be able to join me at the Gold Coast Quilt Guild meeting.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Entanglements Show at Cambria Center for the Arts

 I will have three quilts on display and for sale at the" Entanglements" show in Cambria at   The show will run from May 7th to June 26th.  The Gallery is located at 1350 Main Street in Cambria.  The opening receptions is Saturday, May 7th from 4:30 to 6:00.

For more information check out their website:

Below is a photo of one of my quilts that will be on display.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Fabric Postcard

                                                  I made my first fabric postcard using Timtex.

It's a fun way to use up scraps and just play. As long as it is 4 x 6 inches and addressed correctly on the stamped side, it will go through the mail. There's lots of you tube videos and tutorials online to guide you.

Friday, October 22, 2021

PIQF 2021 Part 2 - Some of My Favorites

 Here are a few of my favorite quilts from PIQF 2021. 

Great textures and colors.


Great color palette in the one above. 
 I'm a big fan of complementary color schemes.

Love the colors and textures in this one.

Check out how the artist used lace to add texture to the waves!

Love the negative/positive balance in this one and the watercolor effect.

This is called Missouri Barn by Le Ann Hileman.  She did a great job of 
choosing slices of fabric to show the colors and textures of aged barn wood.
Wonderful clouds too.

I liked these little compositions put together to create a larger one.

I apologize for not being able to credit all the artists who made these.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Pacific International Quilt Show

 My friend Joyce and I went to PIQF last weekend. Usually this show is very well attended, wall to wall people.  Instead of fighting crowds of avid quilters looking for  just the right fat quarter of fabric, there were hardly any people there.  It made it very easy to take photos of the beautiful quilts that are always in attendance there.

Our Cutting Edge Quilt Group had a special exhibit entitled "Personal Journey with Racism". Each member created a quilt to express their individual experience with encountering racism. Below are some pictures from that exhibit.

On the left is Gay's quilt called Boxes and Kathy's called "Strange Fruit", based on the song
 sung by Nina Simone and others about black bodies hanging from trees in the south.

Mine is on the left, entitled, "I'm Just Trying to Fit In" about racial integration in schools in the 70's. On the right is Jeanne S.'s showing the ratio of Blacks to Whites
 in places she has lived and hopes for the future.

On the left is Paula's Quilt about her growing up in racially mixed Detroit and on the Right is Andi's about Redlining, which is a racial discriminatory practice in which lenders systematically
 denied loans to people of color.

On the left is Sara's, which is a very moving piece regarding the discovery in old family wills,  that her ancestors owned slaves for generations.  
On the right is another one of Jeanne S.'s about Asian Hate.

Friday, September 24, 2021

More Sun Printing

 My good friend Phyllis sun printed over

 a blue and grey lovely printed top which had silver and gold

cranes images. You can see a little bit of one of the crane images

 poking through on the right top corner on the photo below.

She printed with some of her maiden fern leaves which created a lovely design.
You can see it on the left side of the neck opening in the photo above and
in the photos below.