Saturday, May 12, 2018

Solo Show

Need I say more?! I am in the middle of selecting work. Waiting for the Call will be the centerpiece since it is about Lorain County. Looking forward to seeing everything hung together.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

One Year Adopt-a-versary

What can I ay? So glad this little guy is in my life.

Ok, back to work!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

then again, flowers

Forget the dots, Joe wants roses. . . and other flowers! I had a piece of flowered Hawaiian shirt fabric but I needed a bigger piece. Off to JoAnns, lots of fabric on sale, it looked like they were clearing an old warehouse but I did find a nice new black background floral that looks good. It gives a nice contrast with the rose fabric underneath Joe. I'm thinking it will be the binding also.
Now to figure out how to stitch this. New needle for sure since this fabric is "tender".

Bobby is loving the warmer weather. Still hates the camera. He has a new neighbor, Chewy the shitzu pup. He looks like an Ewok but they had a fun wrestling session. They both needed to tussle and wear themselves out. Good times!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

dots and dots and dots

I'm thinking dots and patterns behind Joe. Being an appaloosa he can handle dots and patterns. Lots of dots. This shall be an adventure but I needed to think of something new, something to push the envelope. I have played with transparency before by using thinner material and letting the underlying fabric show through but this time I invested in a print on chiffon.

Time will tell what comes about. This is Joe on the patio window. I put tracing paper over him and made a pattern. I am contemplating whether to make pattern pieces to go behind him or to just piece random dot patterns and let it fly but it would be fun to have flowers behind the print also. Time will tell, I don't think this will be boring.

Stitching continues on Kitchen Conversation which is about 3/4 done.

And in the backyard there was a Mexican standoff. The squirrels are in to teasing Bobby. If he figures out how to climb trees they are in serious trouble.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Patchwork. . .sometimes

Ok, thinking about it I have done patchwork though I would not brag on it, it's not my forte.

I took this photo of me and Max from back in the day and changed it into this. See below. In 2015 I went to Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS) for a master class with Rosalie Dace with various graphic fabrics, an old ripped flag, several old pairs of jeans (Goodwill), a large print of the photo on fabric and my sewing machine. A week later American Dream was pieced together. I bought it home and quilted it on my Sweet Sixteen. It toured Ohio in 2016 as part of Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2016 show. It has a copy of Skittles AQHA registration and 2 plastic horses in the pockets.

The tail is made of silk sari strips. My thinking was that every American girl dreams of owning a horse some day. Dream accomplished!

Someone told me they thought I would get in trouble for repurposing the flag. Seems to be a good graphic element to me.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring – Finally?!

Let's hope spring is finally on it's way. Rain for 2 days, sometimes a really hard rain. It rinsed off the winter crud. Hmm, I should have parked my car out in it. I did drive it in the rain last night coming home from Holy Thursday mass. We have a really beautiful celebration of the last supper with washing of the feet, mass and a candle lit procession out of the church with the host to the "Garden of Gethesamane". Lots of singing and ceremony. Very solemn.

Kitchen Conversation is humming along under the machine. The stitching is being done along the edges, this is where it gets tedious and critical. It's a bit of a job to keep the bulk of the quilt under control so I can stitch the outside of it and not mess up the finish. I want to fold the edges over for the finish so I am constantly checking that I have trimmed it correctly, otherwise I will have to take stitches out so I can trim the backing and batting to fold over smoothly. I know, I know, it's hard to explain unless you see how I work it.

In the meantime I am planning the next piece. I like to have a backup plan for the next one. I sent this image to Spoonflower. It will be printed on chiffon. I want to play with the transparency more. I found this picture of Joe theAppaloosa looking all soft. He was very picky about his riders but when he liked you he was good. Fortunately he grew to like me. It didn't hurt that I brought the carrots!

Monday, March 12, 2018


A lot of quilters don't like quilts made from photos. They feel it doesn't reflect the past of quilts, no patchwork. I've put patchwork on some pieces, mostly it bores me unless it refers to the image. And I have to admit I'm not good at making patchwork. I'm just not interested in lining up seams, etc. I guess I spent my work life lining up things, especially when I did magazines, making sure columns of type were aligned, I was good at it and I was speedy. Not interested in doing it now. But sometimes I sneak some patchwork or cloth on the back of the quilt. I find the backs as interesting as the fronts, sometimes even more so. I usually use white muslin as the back, you can see the photo coming out in the stitching. I put pieces of fabric on the back of this to refer to the era and the kitchen in the photo, a fun surprise for the back.

The blue fabric is from an old tablecloth from the fifties, I can't find anything conquerable now. It reminds me of windmill cookies which we rarely had, my mother made cookies, she didn't buy them.

Look someone is out of bed. Well really he is just back from a walk around the block, headed back to bed to warm up. It's still cold out. 35°F. Snow tonight. Woohoo!