Archive for March, 2006


Fiberart International 2007

March 30, 2006

The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc., announces the 19th triennnial jured exhibition, “Fiberart International 2007,” at the Society for Contemporary Craft and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; April 14 – August 19, 2007. Slide deadline: August 18, 2006 ( Two slides per entry: one full, one detail). Entry fee: $35 for up to three entries. $4,000 in cash prizes. Visit


Tax Time!

March 28, 2006


Kiddie Quilt

March 27, 2006

The kiddie quilt is finished. The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild will give it to one of the children’s charities in the area. It is made from a cute novelty fabric and has 2 borders.
I used a pantograph called Waterworld for the interior. In the borders I freehanded a maze and some wave shapes.
It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to doing another Kiddie Quilt!


Victorian Fashion

March 24, 2006

Last week I was browsing through Dover Publication’s online catalog of goodies when I came across a book and CD of Victorian fashions. Well, somehow one of those same books ended up in my mailbox this week and I was able to do a little more browsing.

How ornate the fashions were; ruffles and ribbons, trims and buttons, fringe and lace, flowers and beads , veils and feathers and balloon sleeves and bustles. I probably don’t know the names for half of the decorative devices that they used.

I think had I lived during that time period, I would have wanted to have been a dressmaker. It seems it would have been very similar to what quilting is today; playing with beautiful fabrics and embellishments.

The nagging question in my mind, though, is, “Is it physically possible to have a waist that small?” In my case, I know it is highly improbable, but is it even possible?


JQC 2006 March Reveal

March 22, 2006

This month for my Journal Quilt page I was focusing on three dimensional form. So in my rendering of the house I was trying to make it as solid looking as possible. I think I was fairly succsessful in that. Through the use of values, shadows and perspective I think that this house looks solid enough to touch. Some of the areas look solid enough to fall down too!! (There were so many seams in the second floor that it grew a little wider than the first floor and looks a little top heavy. That gives the house character, right? 🙂 The tree even turned out three dimensional.

Overall, I am very happy with how this page turned out. Through out the month I kept thinking, “How would this look if it were bigger, say 17″ x 22”? Hm-m-m. I may have to try it some day.


Design Wall Tour

March 20, 2006

Today’s post will be an addition to the Design Wall tour featured on Delphi Forum’s Quilt Studio. Members are posting photos of their design walls and giving a little tour. I tack a lot of things other than current projects on my design wall so there is always lots to look at, even if I have nothing in the design stage.
There are only 2 projects in progress on the wall right now. The largest, the blue and green wallhanging I have blogged about before. My son designed it and I am making it. It is next in line to be loaded on the longarm so I am trying to decide exactly how to quilt it. I ordered a ruler to use with it so I will probably be doing some stitch in the ditch and echo quilting with straight lines. The second project in progress is my March JQC page which I will be revealing in a few days.
Then there are some finished or “no plan to finish” projects:

Past JQC 2006 pages

Jalapenos; I played around with these probably about a year ago. It is fused with machine satin stitching to cover the edges. It is one of the “no plan to finish’ projects.

Strawberries: This was an experiment in 3-D modeling through piecing.

Artist Trading Cards I’ve made

I also sometimes tack up found objects and pictures that I find interesting. This is a dead, dried up leaf from a poinsettia . I am fascinated with how it curled up; it looks like a sea shell.

I saw an exhibition of Pat Drew’s paintings last summer and am very interested in her work. She takes photos of families and combines them with quilt images in her paintings. So I tacked up some photos of her paintings. If you visit her web site click on “Portfolio” and then “Families”. These paintings are huge and were quite impressive in the gallery.

Thanks for visiting me and my design wall. 🙂


Romance in the Garden

March 18, 2006

I am looking forward to the New Braunfels Area Quilt Show in July. The theme of the show is Stitching in the Garden.

The guild has assembled a beautiful quilt to be raffled off at the show. The quilt, titled Romance in the Garden, is 84″ x 108″. The flower blocks are hand embroidered and have the name of each flower. The whole thing is then pieced together in soft greens and pinks and was machine quilted by Terrie Alexander. Click on the photos for a closer look.

Raffle tickets are $1.00 each. Let me know if you would be interested in purchasing one… or a hundred! 🙂 And…enjoy your walk in the garden.


Kiddie Quilt

March 17, 2006

My main project this week is machine quilting a Kiddie Quilt for the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild. It was pieced and then given to me for quilting and binding. This project is helping me get more familiar with my longarm machine.

I wish you could see the quilting a little better in the photos. I am using a panto called Waterworld by Jodi Beamish for the interior of the quilt and I am freehanding some curly-Q’s and mazes in the borders.

Happy St. Pat’s Day!


JQC 2006 March 2

March 11, 2006

Here’s what I’ve been having so much fun with this week.


Bluebonnets are Blooming!

March 11, 2006

I saw bluebonnets blooming on the freeway today!