Tuesday, July 27, 2010

well it has taken me way too long to get these three done - Winter has been done for a bit.. my word BTW- Green is a leaf all done in Photoshop.. took a picture of ferns used a cookie cutter shape of a fern and there you go.. and the Chaos finished it today - it has a name.. There is no Black and White in Chaos..

Monday, July 26, 2010


Matinee had me scratching my head. Do I go literal? So I took my inspiration from "One Blue Tulip" after I realized that my private matinee had been the nest building, egg laying and hatching of robins in my backyard evergreen tree. Every morning, every afternoon, I checked on them. I was anxious when it snowed in SLC so late in May but they all hatched and went their merry way. The quilt was from a class I took at Quilt Fest a couple years ago by Jeanna Kimball. I love the English method of applique and hope to use it more. What is this bird, who knows. But I got to practice free motion quilting, some embroidery with the machine and was very glad to have something for this word.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Joni Blue

My first thought upon hearing the word "blue" was Joni Mitchell's album cover for "Blue." I wasn't sure I could do it but came pretty close to what I envisioned.

Ken's Green

My husband loves to golf, so this is my "green." Added a sand trap for him, too!

Trash Heap

I saved the threads and fabric scraps out of my sewing room wastebasket for this one. It was fun to do and, once again, I learned how to use something new - Solvy!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Green is Done!

I've included a pic of the label, so you can see where I'm coming from with this idea. The song kept running through my head when I was thinking of this word. Yay for tree & rose fabric!!

Monday, July 5, 2010


My husband has always wanted me to make a pineapple quilt.
I can’t decide what color family he would like – we don’t agree on color. But I like black and white anything. I hate it when people feel the need to ‘put a touch of red’ in a black and white quilt – to liven it up. Ick. Anyway, I remembered seeing an old Fons & Porter show about a simple, no-paper-piecing method of making pineapple blocks. I thought this would be a good opportunity to experiment with this method because I think a single pineapple block looks like a big old movie reel or those old test patterns from the ‘50s and ‘60s on TV screens in the middle of the night. Again, I have tons of black and white fabric; the Fons & Porters method was fun, but I messed up measurements at some point, because it didn’t end up being symmetrical. No matter; it’s just a test. It’s fine for this purpose. I found the little Guatemalan dolls from an old broken pin, and figured they would make an appropriate embellishment. But they needed a red curtain for their stage.
Ta dah!

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Matinee with a Manatee

I have to admit, this one was a little tricky. I looked up the definition hoping to find a new angle, but there was none.

This is hand dyed fabric appliqued, then machine quilted. I forgot how much I suck at applique, but like I promised--it was real sewing this time :) I used gel medium to transfer a picture of a manatee.
Is Praire supposed to be any easier??? Maybe I'd better go back and do some of the words I thought were hard to do...they've now become not so hard!