Saturday, January 11, 2014

Fruit of The Spirit  Swap-Kindness

I found flowers to use in this swap.  Often the language of flowers was used by the Victorians to convey meaning when words wouldn't do.  The non-flamboyant flax flower stood for kindness.


Faithfulness in the flesh is how I have always described our dachshund, Pretzel.  She left us two years ago and this quiltie was in remembrance of her.  Faithfulness is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and this is how I interpreted mine.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013



This is a challenge from Project Quilting.  Annie Young's art was our inspiration.  While she uses canvas and oil, I used fabric.  I started with a base of batik and made this triptych in Annie's honor.
Perfect for this time of year, don't you think??

I participated in Project Quilting's Second Season Challenge this year.  One of our assignments was to choose a magazine, go to page 28 and receive inspiration from it.  The above is page 28 from Better Homes and Gardens, I think? and below is my interpretation of it.  For being a small quilt - just 8 x 10", I spent hours and hours on it!  I first graphed it out, then built it from the top down.  What a challenge, but I was totally pleased with the finished result!
Here's a mug rug I made for a bunch of ladies who I meet with.  We always have a lot of fun and I wanted to make the day extra special.  I found the bugs in a quilt magazine and made a portion of the vines.  The background is strip quilted.  Cute, huh?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Here is the LOVE  6x6" quiltie that I sent to Dawn in Canada.  I enjoyed coming up with things that we love, then wrote them onto fabric strips and put them into a heart with a pocket.  The reverse side is from I Corinthians 13, the LOVE chapter.
We held a long-running swap over at Art4Mail honoring the Fruits of the Spirit.  Here is a 6x6" quiltie that I made for Vickie in Canada.  The first fruit is LOVE and this was my offering to her featuring the language of flowers.  The anemone stands for unfading love, which is the kind that God has for each of us.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Where I live

Challenge 4 at Project Quilting was "Where I Live". It had a twist, however, in that you were limited to using 3 colors and they had to be chosen from the first letters of the street where I live, the city where I live and the state.  In my case I used "d" for Desert Highlands, "t" for Tucson, and "a" for Arizona.
I chose daffodil, turquoise and aubergine for my colors and since our geography is so unique in that we have the giant saguaro cactus as one of our desert icons.  Had to use it!  So I used our mountains as the background pulling in the aubergine (fancy name for dark purple), the turquoise is the cactus and daffodil, the gorgeous sunsets we enjoy so much in the Sonoron Desert. 
This was a fun challenge because of it's limits and I enjoyed making this 12 x14" piece for my entry.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Project Quilting - Challenge 3 - Tool Time





Here is my challenge answer to Project Quilting's third session - Tool Time.  I wanted to make something that is useful, as opposed to a wall hanging or some other curious thing that you need to think about in order to put it to use.  One of the girls at our quilt group brought her blocks in for show and tell and she kept them in a clever block keeper that her mother in law had made for her.  So I borrowed that idea and made a block keeper for the challenge.  I found a yard of floral in my stash and decided it would make a good background for the keeper.  I'd never done anything in redwork and thought it would be fun to give this technique a try as well.  I found images online of the four tools I needed.  The featherweight would be the leading icon with the other three a bit smaller.  I set the machine for a narrow zigzag satin stitch and, after tracing the images, just followed my lines.

The keeper opens up to about 27" long by 14" wide.  There are handles at the top and two ties at each side which will keep the blocks being carried in place.  This was a fun project and I ended up winning a prize when Kim, Project Quilting's Mom, drew names.  Well worth the effort!  Plus this will be for sale at our annual Christmas Boutique for Charity this December.

Hearts Mug Rug

Recently I made a one to one trade with Sandy from California and we decided our mug rugs would have a hearts theme, celebrating Valentine's Day.  I found a paper pieced heart pattern online and downloaded it.  Then I rummaged through all the scraps around the sewing room and picked out the pinks, reds, red-oranges, pales and etc.  The photo makes it look like it curls up on the lower left side, but it's actually quite flat and even!  Sandy emailed me to say that it had arrived and she was very pleased, making me very pleased as well.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Art4Mail's January Pin Cushion Challenge was to make a heart pin cushion and then send it on to your swap partner.  I wanted to do something a bit different so instead of using a heart shaped element, I fell back on one that I've been making for a long time.  This little cutie is made from recycled juice can and water bottle lids.  The juice can is the base and the water bottle lid is holding a ball of fiberfil stuffing.  Both are enclosed in 5" circles and then glued together.  Then I decorate according to the theme.  I added lots of flowers, ribbon and leaves.  Sure hope Cathy in KY loves it as much as I did making it!
Over at Art4Mail (find it here:  here/) I offered a one to one trade of a spring themed mug rug.  This one is going to Constance in CA.  It turned out so nice and I literally put it together with scraps and very little time.  I had some of the background patchwork already sewn together and was left over from another project.  I just added a few moore scraps to bring it up to our 7x10" size requirement.  I sketched a tulip and then used that pattern for three spring-y flowers, added leaves and fused them to the patchwork base.  I straggle-stitched around the whole thing, outlining each element 2 or 3 times.  Love this so-casual look!  It's great for those who don't want to 'stay in the lines'!  Plus it gives the flowers and leaves some added depth and definition.  Enjoy, Constance!

Monday, January 30, 2012

WAY MOORE FUN QUILTING: Project Quilting Challenge #2

WAY MOORE FUN QUILTING: Project Quilting Challenge #2

Project Quilting Challenge #2



This is the coloring page that I found out there online and used it as a model for Project Quilting's Season 3, Challenge #2 (here).  The theme was making music.  Since we've just come from enjoying The Christmas Season, I thought it would be nice to take on the challenge of interpreting a song title into a quilted piece, which is what PQ is all about (named so after years of watching Project Runway and enjoying it). 




Here is what the process looked like halfway through.  I did not want to reverse the image so using fusibles was not going to work, plus our scanner was not cooperating so mirror imaging wasn't available to me.  So I numbered all the pieces like the straw that the Baby is lying upon and cut them accordingly from different straw colored fabrics, likewise doing the same thing with the remainder of the characters and images.  I laid them all out, one of top of another and began to spot glue them in order to hold the applique together. 

I found the perfect batik background and placed them upon it.  While thinking that the applique would be the finished product, it was our daughter, Katy who suggested that I use jewel-toned batiks for the outside pieces of stained glass.  I was just going to bind the inside of the piece as is, but the point at the top makes it hard to hang, so her suggested was a very good one.  I began to loosly follow the outside stained glass from the coloring page and cut various colors of fabric and laid them around the inset, halo fashion.  I then glued them to each other and, after pinning well in each section, satin-stitched around each one with a wide black stitch, mimicking the leading that finishes each stained glass piece.

Here is my resulting piece.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out and while I did not win a prize in the drawing at the end, I will enjoy this piece in our home during Christmas 2012, and then perhaps offer it for sale at our charity boutique the following year.

Here is a closeup of the image center.  I probably used a mile of black thread on this one!  Four bobbins full were used and quite a bit of starting and stopping!

It is a14 x 16" rectangle without having to spend any money making it at all!  These are all pieces from my stash and a wonderful way to use them up!