Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Prayer Flags for a Friend

Prayer Flags for my friend

A dear friend of my was hit hard with some medical complications.
I painted the flowers onto white cloth and then added stitching lines to refine the shapes.
When she returned home from the hospital, these were hanging to lift her spirits.
They now hang in her amazing art studio. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop

Hello from the road...
I've been stitching across America again. 
I was in Cleveland for a week with Quilting Arts TV. 
My 3 segments will air next spring. More to follow.

Now I'm in New York for Quilters Take Manhattan
I'm catching up with great friends and learning new things. 

Then off to Connecticut to sew with Mom, 
and from there to Colorado Springs to stitch with Liz Kettle. 
I'll be teaching at The Thread Lab: Wonderfil Threaducation Center  
Colorado Springs Sept 21-24. 
Come Play with Me!

Welcome to Day 7 of the 
Batiks Gone Retro Blog Hop 
featuring the amazing fabric line by Tamarinis for Island Batik.
 Tammy Silvers is the quilter and fabric designer behind Tamarinis.
The collection includes a variety of whimsical and delightful, mid-century inspired prints. 
You can find Tammy and her entire line at: batiks-go-retro.

I stitched a tote bag for the introduction of Tammy's fabric line at Spring Quilt Market. I used a variety of this incredible fabric line without a pattern since I typically create as I go. 
I begin laying out fabric, cutting and stitching until a shape begins to form. 

In addition to the tote bag, I played with more fabrics to 
create 2 wall pieces with more vintage trailers in mind. 
I love Airstream trailers and had fun using my designs with Tammy's fabric. 

My technique is spontaneous and intuitive. I use MistyFuse ( to add a thin fusible layer to the back of my fabrics and then begin cutting shapes without a pattern. These are then ironed onto a background fabric.
 My favorite step is using free-motion stitching with black thread to add detail.
 My lines are quick and sketchy, random and imprecise. 

What a treat it was for me to experiment and play with this inspiring fabric line!

The entire Batiks Gone Retro Blog Hop schedule is below. 
Be sure to visit them all!:

Sept 11th: Island Batik, Aurifil Thread and
Sept 12th: Susan Emory Swirly Girls Designs
Sept 13th: Toni Smith Quiltoni
Sept 14th: Terri Sontra Purple Moose Designs
Sept 15th: Kris Poor  Poor House Quilt Design
Sept 16th: Tammy Silvers Tamarinis
Sept 17th: Libby Williamson
Sept 18th: Sandra Johnson  Sandra Johnson Designs
Sept 19th: Linda Pearl One Quilting Cirlce
Sept 20th: Kate Colleran  Seams Like a Dream
Sept 21st: Jo Hillstead Fat Quarter Gypsy

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Welcome to the the last stop on the 'hopscotch' Blog Hop

 by Jamie Fingal for RJR fabric

"Purple Joins a Flock of Orange"

My friend Jamie Fingal, who has her art studio a mile up the street from mine in Orange, California, is soon to release another fabric line which she has designed for RJR fabrics. This extensive line will debut at Spring Market in St. Louis later this month. Referred to as a super blender line, these 'tone-on-tone' fabrics, printed in Jamie's signature riot of bold color, 
will be prominently displayed in the RJR booth.

I was invited by Jamie to create an 18" x 18" sample quilt using fabrics I selected from her new line. It was a difficult job. There are over 80 choices!
I have been lucky enough to see Jamie's extensive journal collection that she fills daily with drawings in her unique and whimsical style. It was from these sketchbooks that RJR narrowed her designs down until 11 were selected, a difficult task as her collection of images is so vast. These 11 drawings were each printed in several color-ways, amounting to the full collection of 83 prints! 

Eighteen of Jamie's new fabrics have been incorporated into my sample quilt, 
allowing for a blend of rich color and a subtle variety of hues.



One proud purple bird is welcomed into a flock of orange and yellow.

I added a bit of fun to the back side. One more orange bird heading home to the flock.

This wraps up our blog hop for Jamie's new incredible fabric line, 'hopscotch' by RJR fabrics.
Amazing, right!
Thank you for visiting.