Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Black Friday Chaos

The first thing that came to mind when I heard Chaos was the inevitable shopping I had ahead of me for the holidays.
I tried to use warm colors to give the feeling of movement and pandemonium but I'm now not sure if I put too much chaos into the piece.  ;)

Nature's Chaos

Yeah, I'm with you Beverly. I wanted to get away from the obvious. With the Christmas season coming on, and a timely walk in the woods, I began thinking about Nature's Chaos vs Man-made Chaos and found a lot of beauty in Nature's way.

I took several pictures and found myself rearranging the leaves to fit just so. This piece is the first photo I took (before I thought to rearrange), and guess what, it was the photo that looked the most natural and that I liked the best.

The center is a photo of leaves, printed onto fabric, just laying along the path in Nature's way of chaos. I've machine quilted over some of the leaves and added rock-like beads. The fabric border was painted using whatever leaf-like stamps I had. For the added leaves, I sewed onto stabilizer and organza.

Chaos: Beverly H.

When I started thinking about how I would interpret this word, I knew I had to go beyond the dictionary meaning. I chose to interpret something that I find chaotic-probably a sign of increasing age! As I thought about just what it would be, freeway driving was the first thing to pop into my mind. I grew up learning to drive on the freeways of Southern California, and I've come to this- I hate it!

I used discharged and overdyed fabric. It's machine pieced, hand embroidered and beaded, and machine quilted. I'm pleased enough with how this came out that I've decided to expand on the idea, maybe in different colors. Once I got started, it just seemed to take on a life of its own.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Finally the frog.. I knew I wanted the woven background. I was going to first do a threadplay frog but realized that would never happen. Looked for frog fabric.. that was not easy .. the one I found is good but the colours are not what I really wanted..but so be it..

now on the COLD my word as for chaos... I have been living that so might be easy..oh sure..


Friday, November 13, 2009

First Snowfall

My first craft was crochet. I have wanted to crochet snowflakes for a long time.
By Sylvia

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cold Margarita

"Cold Margarita"

I love cold weather better than the heat. (I know, I know...why do I live in AZ?!) When I saw the new word, "Cold," I thought not of being cold, but how to get cooled down in the heat. Hence, a frozen margarita! I had a lot of fun picking out fabric pieces. I happened on a sale on metallic threads and bought several. My Mother makes beaded bracelets, so she invited me over to look through her stash. White beads for the salt on the rim of the glass was my first thought. Once I saw all she had, I chose and sewed on more! The straw is made of clear, tubular beads. I had never used metallic threads, so that was an education in itself. As usual with this group project, I learned a lot by doing this one. Cheers!!

By Nancy

Friday, November 6, 2009

Chinese Frogs, a little late

I got the idea for the Chinese jacket almost as soon as we got "the word." I had some beautiful silk brocade left over from making a Chinese-style jacket for my niece a couple of years ago and figured that would be perfect. Well, it would have been, IF I could have remembered where I had stashed the fabric. I finally gave up and made it in other colors. In retrospect, I wish I had made the jacket in the red border fabric, and used the floral for the border--the frogs don't show up well. The quilt said it wanted a beaded border, which annoyed me, but it didn't take as long as I thought it would. But then the jacket looked bare, so I added some beads to that as well--mostly little red sparkly ones. The jackets opens up to reveal a fun red cat-print lining. I couldn't find any frog prints in red.

Not my favorite of the the ones I've made for this project, but at least it's done. Now on to Peace and I'll be all caught up.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Frosty Bridge

I didn't notice until AFTER I looked at all of yours (and had already started mine), that all of us used a blue background-HONEST! and interesting...

So, this is my COLD piece. I'm not an artist, so the bridge is questionable; thank goodness for titles. My vision is looking under the bridge, so you don't see the top of the bridge. (If you have to explain your joke/art, it isn't a joke/art.) sigh...

I wanted to play with mixing machine quilting with hand embroidery. If I really wanted to do it justice, I would have piled on more handwork over more machine work, but I wanted to keep things simple, and quick.

As much as I love quilting, and especially handwork, I have to repeat to myself always...enjoy the process..., but I'll tell you, working small is great!

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Here is my "Cold" quilt, actually finished on time. Now I have to go back and do "Frogs" and "Peace." Sigh. You can't see from the picture, but the white snowflake fabric is sparkly with silver metallic. It's quilted in sparkly thread as well.

My first idea was to do a sunprint of snowflakes, inspired by a quilt in "Quick Strip paper Piecing" by Peggy Martin. I took a week long seminar from her in late August/early September. However, things got crazy when I got home. Had to get ready for Quilt Fest, and then we left town in our RV for a month. When we got back (a week ago), the sun-printing season was definitely over!

The quilt I ended up making is one of the blocks in Peggy's sun-printed and paper-foundation pieced quilt. I wanted it to evoke snowshoeing in the Uintas on a sunny Sunday morning, right after a snowstorm. The sky is so blue it almost hurts, and the snow just sparkles.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cold Night in Maine

Yea! My first project finished. I started this yesterday morning and couldn't stop until it was finished! The snow is batting, wool felt pine trees, cardinal button and white metallic thread for the quilting.  We spent many winters in rural Maine and there were many nights that looked like this.  It's so quiet that you can almost hear the snowflakes hit the ground.  The cardinal is there because I love them and the quilt needed a dab of color.

Cold Night in Maine

By Bev D

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Baby it's Cold outside!
I suppose today is an appropriate day for my "Cold" quilt to make it's debut because we had our first snowfall.  My yard is covered with about an inch of the beautiful stuff but it won't be there for long since it is warm enough that everything is melting already.

I had many ideas go through my head for Cold: cold turkey, cold shoulder, cold feet, snow, ice, icicles, and snowmen to name a few. I sketched out many of these ideas but when it came down to the wire this frosty face was the image I decided to go with. My son says it looks more like an image of warm than cold because of the big puffy coat. However my thinking was more along the lines of a cold so frigid that even a big puffy coat will not keep you warm. A chill so cold that you don't want to open your eyes for fear of freezing your eyeballs. Perhaps I need to add more frosty bits (glitter perhaps?) along the scarf and face to better convey a more frosty image?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fire and Ice or Chill Flashes

My first thought with the word ”cold” was of Superman’s icy lair from the movies. So lots of sharp angles of ice. And since I knew I was taking a foiling class at Quilt Fest I thought the silver foil would make it look icier. And then there’s the issue of hot flashes which seem to be coming regularly these days. And the cold feels good then. I have even been know to duck into the produce or dairy rooms at Costco for relief.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


When the word was pulled for this month and I heard "Cold", I immediately knew that I wanted to make a snowflake from that word. Knowing that I am still computer challenged, I had my wonderful son, Jer, bail me out again. He took the word, reversed it, rotated it, mirror imaged it, and whatever else he had to do to get it to look like this. We then copied it onto freezer paper, ironed the letters onto white wool felt, and cut them out, and machine appliqued them onto the blue background. The polar bear completes the image I had invisioned. I hand beaded the background with small seed beads, gave it a binding and labeled it. It meets my expectations, and thanks again Jeremy.
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Monday, October 19, 2009


Frog by Anne
I had this piece of fabric that I dyed and thought I saw a frog in it. Especially the yellow eyes. He emerged from the background but still remains hard to see. Which makes him smile.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Frans Frog

I thought a little humor was needed when I created this frog quilt. The "self portrait" is inspriation from Yvonne Porcella. The quilt is fused, machine quilted and embelishments added.
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Chip's Frog

This depicts the frog of a horse's hoof. Chip was my once-in-a-lifetime horse. He was a Thoroughbred, off the track, and had been abused. Once Chip figured out he had his home for life, he stuck like glue to me - he preferred his mom to the herd! He was a show hunter and we won a lot together. When he retired from jumping, we dabbled in dressage and went on trail rides. My trainer used to call us her "Black Beauty" story because Chip never settled down at the show grounds until I arrived.

Chip's Frog Redux
I felt that my 1st attempt at Chip's Frog wasn't so good, so I redid the whole thing. I like this better.
(I am really starting to get in to making pictures with thread!)
Anyway, again, Chip was a horse; this is my depiction of his "frog."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nite Frogs

Nite Frogs

I couldnt pick which frog was my favorite, they are all beautiful and bright so I thought what the heck, why pick? I have never used angelina fibers before and intended for it to look like clouds in the night sky..Not so sure about them. Overall I had fun doing this. I like to applique.
By Brandy

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Music Man

Finally have Sandstone completed! My husband helped draw the figure, I had technical assistance from Anne with the freemotion quilting.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Well, Here is my Frog quilt, titled: "FROG: What's red & green, & red & green, & red & green?" Yes, I know I'm sick, but I have been going with the first thought that enters my mind after I see the new word. I tried to think of something else, but it just kept coming back to this.
This was a single piece of fabric that I painted with Setacolor paints. I cut it up & sewed it back together multiple times & ways. Trimmed it to about 12 x 12, and quilted it.

Midge Meditation

As soon as I saw Maria Elkins' on Quilting Arts TV demonstrating how to make portraits I knew I had found a way to make my frog. And with my children off to school once again I finally had the uninterrupted time to make her happen!She is made from fabric I dyed and is quilted with rayon thread. I am feeling very good about the quilting on this piece because of all the instruction and practice I received in Lisa B's class. Thank you Lisa!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Peace. Always in Fashion.

This was 99% finished for a long time. I wanted a special peace quote for the label. Instead, it is better that I waited, the right words came to me this afternoon. Blue background and tie dye shirt were done in Anne's batiking class this summer. Mini clothespins were courtesy of Kaye. Now to frog.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Personal Peace

By Nancy
I call it "My Personal Peace" because it depicts where I go in my head when I need a little peace: Flagstaff, AZ (San Francisco Peaks) where I went to college, and Alpine, AZ (The Escudilla Mountains) where we had acreage for many years. And, of course, horses! Nothing fancy - I used fabric with the scenes already printed on them, cut them up and stitched them down.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Unregulated Stitch Revolution

So, I started thinking about the word “peace” and I saw a peace symbol (of course) and a dove. Ho-hum. . . Then I thought about “white” - the color of peace. Then I just stopped thinking about it - for now.At the same time, I recently received three quilts back from two shows with evaluations. The only criticisms were “uneven stitches”, “irregular stitches”, etc. They loved the fabric, the design, even the finished edges. Frustrating, because regular, even stitches have become the standard now that their are so many stitch regulators on so many machines, including regular home machines. But to me that takes the art out of what I’m doing. I’ve heard that the stitch regulators are even frustrating to those people who care about even stitches. So, it came to me - make a piece that has purposefully uneven stitches. The image came right away. . . To be fair Sylvia and others have not taken these judges seriously for a while. They do what they like and what they want and just laugh at the criticisms. And rightly so. It’s just taken me longer to realize in my heart that it’s just a bunch of baloney. I feel free. I’m at peace. Oh! That’s our word this month! Revolution can bring about true inner peace. So that is why my “peace” piece is called “Unregulated Stitch Revolution.”

By Anne Munoz

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well, did decide not to continue with the "faces" I had thought of putting a 'ho-hum' dove on a hat but was not able to make the 3-D idea work.. then when I started thinking about peace I thought of water. This piece of fabric is very strange... got it from a fabric is sort of transparent and very stiff... I thought it would soften after I washed it... well it didn't.... what I did was use two layers to give the feeling of distance and then did some thread play to create the land (horizon) and added bushes to the water...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sandstone - finally

Here is my sandstone piece finally. I was originally going to try to dye fabric with sandstone, kinda like those red dirt shirts, and do a 'shades of sandstone' quilt, but as you can see that didn't workout too well. How do they do that? I wound up with a couple pastel pieces of fabric. I used one of those pieces on the back. Then I thought I would do a sandstone border for a photo I took of some flowers growing in sandstone. The finished piece I have here was to be the border only, but I liked the way it came out, so here it is, no flowers. It is a piece of ultra-suede that I used variegated thread on. It originally had square corners that looked terrible after I tried to miter them with a zig-zag border stitch - works well when you are doing it in the middle of a quilt, not so well on an edge, at least for me. So I cut them off and rounded them, now I can sleep at night. Below are some detail photos. Now if I can only get to 'peace' and 'frog'.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Symbolic Peace

This project started as a turquoise piece of fabric that turned into a symbol of religion that was totally unexpected. It took on a life of its own as I started assembling it. Each part has a specific meaning to me. The color represents peace, the universal symbol of Christianity is the fish represented in thread. The double crossed lines in raw silk threads symbolizing the cross. I made the background (top and bottom) to be the Sea of Galilee while the dotted strip is the calming of the sea by Jesus. I chose to use the three long beads as the 3 members of the Godhead. The silver beads is Jesus as the light of the world. I then decided to place the beads around the border as the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus was in the wilderness. I decided to place the heavily beaded bottom as the Seed of Abraham as Numerous as sands on the the shore. The cream back ground silk is the Shroud of Jesus placed around him after his crucifixion. Netting found on the quilt is to symbolize Jesus telling the apostles to be "fishers of men," with the 12 beads hanging in a row as the 12 disciples of Christ. Finally, I made this quilt in 6 days and on the 7th day I rested (with mild celebration). The quilt is machine quilted and all embellishments have been completed by hand. As I said, I did not intend for this to take on the life it did, but it means a lot to me as a symbol of my faith.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

For my "Peace" quilt, I chose "COEXIST", as is seen on bumperstickers and on Bono's headband in the excellent "U2/3D" movie. I decided to do it in in a rainbow of colors on plain(ish) grey background. Symbols are fused on.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Price of Peace

Thought Process: When I think of Peace the word seems to morph into "peaceful" and when I think peaceful I think trees, forests, nature and cemeteries. It may sound morbid but let me explain. Cemeteries are quiet places where one can think without much interference. Also my mother and I have always enjoyed going into cemeteries and looking at the names, dates and inscriptions on the tomb stones. We wonder about the people each tombstone represents. Who were they? How did they live? How did they die?

Recently my family and I went to Washington DC. While there we visited Arlington National Cemetery. The Cemetery is 200 acres of grass, trees and white tombstones and although the surroundings are very peaceful, the immediate effect upon entering the cemetery can be anything but a feeling of peace. Despite my facination with cemeteries and wanting to know about each person who lies buried there, I couldn't help but remember that each person is buried there because of our nation's search for Peace. And no matter how you might feel about the subject of war I think you can't help but feel the irony in this. As a result I felt this image would best represent this month's word.

How I made the quilt: I cropped a photo I took at Arlington and then used photoshop to superimpose the word "Peace" into the grass. I printed the photo in reverse and then took the print to a copy shop to be enlarged and color copied by a copier that uses toner. I then used Citrasolv to transfer the image onto a cotton fabric. I enhanced the image using colored pencils and Paintstiks. As I quilted the image with my friend Juliette's really cool Bernina, I did a bit of threadpainting on the trees & grass and then quilted around a number of the tombstones and the word "peace." Next I used a homemade foam stamp, which I learned to make when I read the book Inspired to Quilt, to put leaf images across a piece of silk organza. I placed the organza on top of the piece and quilted more. Lastly I cut the organza off of the main tree, the word "Peace" and the foremost tombstone. The edges are left unfinished.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

OK Finally, I was having computer issues. I don't think I'm going to continue with the faces... can't think of anything to do for the next WORD... it seemed to me that doing faces with hats would be a good idea...but maybe not..


Monday, June 1, 2009


Updated photo of Anne's Sandstone piece.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sandstone-Delicate Arch

Sandstone....what images this word evolks. Southern Utah with all its beauty. Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Zions, Bryce, and all the red rock elegance. This quilt is a pattern by Carol Johnson from Nibley, Utah. The top was given to me by Martha Dickey. I decided to finish it by adding the borders, and quilting it. What memories I have from the many trips I took to Arches National Park with my husband and two children. Now in cloth I can perserve one of them.
Kaye Evans

Monday, May 11, 2009

My version of Sandstone comes from a photo I took of Uluru, or Ayer's Rock, on our last trip to Australia. I used curved piecing with freezer paper, ala Caryl Bryer Fallert, and stitched like crazy (!). Except for the little insert of stripey fabric on the right side of the rock, all other color variation on the rock was done with thread. The only things missing from the photo/quilt are the flies that continually buzzed around our heads, which were protected with nets.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


I must say that this 12x12 project has been a real challenge for me. Working "fast" (yes, 2 months is fast for me) and "small" puts me out of my comfort zone. Which is good! I will definitely learn from this experience. I've already learned that I shouldn't care too much about deadlines where art is concerned. Right? Is that a good excuse? And to simplify!!!! I love what Lisa Chin did with the chennile technique. And Leslie's wool roving was beautifully done.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Leave No (Sand)stone Unturned

Was the back, now is the front.
Was front, now the back.

Like others, I Googled "sandstone" and also looked up some of the formations in a book, found a couple pictures I liked, chose the fabrics and threads, then just messed around with it. I was disappointed with it until I turned it over and looked at the back more carefully. The back actually looked better, I thought, so it became the front. And that also inspired me to call it "Leave No (Sand)stone Unturned."

Sandstone in Wool

Looking at pictures on the internet, I came across a very colorful sandstone picture that I tried to emulate with my quilt block. I used wool roving in several colors and hand felted it on a wool background.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A glorious Week-end

Having just returned from Arches National Park in Moab two weeks prior to our chosen word it was easy for me to paint a picture of one of the arches there. Acrylic paints were applied to muslin fabric and it was machine quilted with coordinating thread. I straight-stitched several times around the edge for the binding.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kolob Canyon

When we got "the word," I immediately got an image of what I wanted to do and how to do it. I wanted to make stack n slash blocks, or what Sylvia calls EZ Crazy, but decided to sew two fabrics together with curved piecing before I started slashing and rearranging. When I went to my fabric stash to pull fabrics from my orange bin, I found leftover strata from my Beach Party Strips and Curves class that I took from Louisa Smith at Empty Spools last spring. The colors were perfect, so I paired them up with batiks. I had some pictures of what they looked like before I started slashing, but they got lost in the camera or something. I added some deserty green browns for the canyon floor, and a few bits of blue because I love the sosuthern Utah combination of water and desert. The blocks ended up being quite small, so the curved piecing doesn't show up as much as I had envisioned. So I curved the outside edges of the quilt instead. And then added some blooming desert plants.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Many Sandstones

When I first heard the word for this challenge, I thought of Delicate Arch in Moab, and I thought most of us would think the same thing. Also, knowing what beautiful Batiks Anne has done on the subject of sandstone I felt a bit intimidated. I tried to "mix it up" by thinking of crazy things I could do to make Sandstone really different: make layers of sandstone in blue, or make the layers using zippers, or something not natural like a building made out of sandstone but in the end one of the things that kept calling me was petroglyphs. I found this cool petroglyph of Ghanaskidi, the Hump-backed God and really fell in love with the image. The second link is of the actual petroglyph and the first link is of a replica someone made which I translated into this reverse applique.

I really like how this turned out with the curls of the Batik behind the hand dyed fabric but I haven't quilted it yet because after talking with my son another idea kept bugging me. My son told me that sandstone wasn't an image for him, but rather a texture and so I played in my mind with different ideas of how I could create sandstone texture without actually glueing sand to the fabric. I came up with this:

Basically it is the same idea as that used in making faux chenille. I layed a large number of small scraps onto a piece of batting creating about three layers. The scraps were arranged in random directions. I then put a solid piece of fabric on the top and back and stitched lines all over the fabric in a pattern I had seen in many sandstone pictures on the internet. After I stitched, I cut between the stitches and viola! multicolored layers of texture. They are soft layers, so maybe not the rough texture I was looking for tactilly but more visually rough.
Here is a close up of some of the cut through layers.

I really, really liked this idea and decided to try to take it one step further by making another layered sandstone quilt and then "carving" an arch from it and placing it on a sky:

I don't like this quilt as much as I like the plain sandstone because I used a printed batik for the outerlayer instead of a solid. The underlayers don't seem to show through as well, and the dark outerlayer and dark blue background isn't enough of a contrast in value so the whole thing is reading dark to me. If I decide to do it again I'll change up the values. This might be something fun to try in a bigger size!

I can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with!