Friday, October 20, 2017


This week I have another landscape to show. I just love making these. They are relatively easy and I get to okay with my “good” batiks. I tend to collect sky and water fabrics and this yellow is lovely. Remember when doing a landscape the sky and water should be similar. When you look at a lake from far away it generally reflects the sky whatever that might be. At least in my world it does. 

I’m off to enjoy the last of our beautiful fall days here in Vermont. The weather this year has been just perfect. We are truly blessed. The color isn’t as good as some years but sunny and in the high 60’s very day? What’s not to love.

Does anyone use blogo for posting on blogspot? I had been using it and loving it bu for the last two weeks it crashes when I add a photo. Has anyone else had this problem? I am using another app but it’s not very good. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mother Earth is in our hands

I am participating in the art to fabric blog hop where for a week lots of quilt artists are making an art quilt having to do with mother earth and it also being inspired by another artist. That artist can be one that creates art in any form.

My mother earth was inspired by this photo taken by the Deep space climate satellite in 2015 using a special camera NASA uses combining a camera and a telescope. So the artist here would be NASA and the scientists.
You can read about it here.
and if you ever want some inspirationor just enjoy looking at cool photos, go to the NASA images site here.

To make the earth, I took a couple different shades of blue acrylic paint and poured it over a scrap of fabric, then rolled it around so it mixed but not to much. Then white paint was poured from a small cup over it, then swirled and rolled until I like the effect.

It was then set out in the sun to dry. Being so thick it took a long time to dry - like days, but eventually it did.

The painted earth was appliquรฉd to a background fabric and the hands were cut from a suede like fabric and attached using a fusible. After layering with a cotton batting, the whole thing was then quilted with an airy wind like design. I’m very happy with the quilting.

After binding the edges, the back was cut behind Mother Earth and stuffed with fiber fill to make it puff out. All in all it came out pretty although getting the paint to look like earth had more to do with luck rather than skill. I doubt I could make another.

But thats ok, we only need one mother earth - let's keep it around for awhile

Here are the other quilt artists posting new today so go check them out. The hop started monday so click on the art to fabric button on the right to get a list of all the participants. Definately worth a look. I love seeing how everbody chooses different art and ways to convey “mother earth love” all creative and unique. Thank you Aida for getting this all together.

Friday, October 6, 2017

New idea book

After listening to the new zealand quilt show podcast interview with lisa calle I feel the need to start a sketchbook. Of course I had to make a cover for it and forgot how fun these are to make!

A great way to use scraps and the quilt as you go is easy.(although I am in the you can never have to much quilting camp, so quilted on top of the quilt as you go) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Note to self: when quilting words always write the word out on paper to look at . My brain can write with my hand but something about writing with the sewing machine - well things can go haywire. I first spelled sketch with a c instead of a k but saved it by putting in the k and making the word thick. You can see part of the c inderneath if you know it there.

Why I am calling this an idea book is where the lisa calle inspiration comes in. This is my book. It didnt cost alot of money so no need to be afraid to feel like I have to put some masterpiece of sketching or drawing in here. Nobody but me is going to see it. I can doodle, write notes,, write ideas, draw something crappy and unrecognizable, write quotes - I can write my grocery list if I want to. The point is to USE IT! Its small enough to throw in my bag so I will have a place to mindlessly draw or doodle when I want to rest my brain.

I hope you too will try having an "idea book"

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bye, bye!

Its the end of the summer and the campers and tourists are leaving.

We're glad to have you but happy to see you go!

This is the one I showed you the back of last week - the sailboat, car/camper and birches are cut from commercial printed fabrics and fused down then quilted. The bear is from an old McKenna Ryan pattern.
I just love that lavender sky!

Friday, September 22, 2017


Nothing finished to show this week but 4 in progress

adding a puffed out trapunto look to this one

A landscape with the quilting done ( here is the back)

A few more tablet pillow stands in the works

Another landscape being quilted

Well Here is something finished - a mug rug from scraps and practice quilting.
At least one of these will be finished to show next week - promise.

I also wanted to recommend a podcast that i listened to this week. Its an interview on the new zealand quilt show with Lisa Call. Lisa is a full time textile artist. She has inspired me to try to start a sketchbook.
Here is a link to listen

Friday, September 15, 2017

Giraffes with butterfly earrings

I finally finished this! It's taken much longer than it should have, more than a month now. Maybe because it's a purchased pattern and I dont usually follow directions but fly solo by the of seat of my pants. Maybe its because I used the colors that the pattern cover had so I knew what it would look like so had no reason to keep at it to see what it will look like when finished because I already knew? Phew! Long sentence but you know what I mean, right?

Anyway it is a cool eyecatching pattern that really caught my eye in a booth at a quilt show. The pattern is by Sandy Fitzpatrick called my favorite earrings.

Of course I had to quilt the background heavily so that took awhile but I am binge watching a show called A place to call home which I am obsessed with at the moment and so watched that while quilting this.

If you liked Downton Abbey you will love this. Its better. Takes place in the early 1950's and it beautifully made with lots of family secrets and lies, twists and turns. It airs on pbs and netflix or hulu doesnt have it but you can get it through acorn tv . its free for the first week and then is 8 bucks a month or something and you can cancel anytime. Its like netflix and they have all 4 seasons. I highly recommend.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sewing with Nancy

Before you tube, craftsy, blogs and all the online ways of learning, there was sewing with Nancy. She taught us how to sew and became our friend. Her program is by far the longest running sewing series on tv and still on PBS today started in 1982 - 36 seasons recorded! She also started a sewing supply mail order company called Nancys Notions back when you actually ordered and recieved stuff thru the mail!

Recently Nancy announced that she will be retiring due to health issues. Read about it here on her blog.
she will be truly missed.

If you are interested in hearing a really good interview with Nancy go to While She naps and listen to the podcast interview here. I highly recommend it as she talks about how she started out back in 1979 with Nancys notions and dealing with various hurdles along the way. You will leave with a huge admiration for the woman as I do.

On a higher note, the champlain valley fair was last week and both me and my mom both won one of these!

My mom for this beautiful lone star quilt - best pieced workmanship.

And me for my camels hump landscape - best machine quilting.

we each won a whopping 20 bucks ๐Ÿ‘€ But then its not about the money its all about the glory, right?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pour painting experiment

I've seen people do pour painting on canvas or plastic so of of course I want to try it on fabric.

I taped fabric on a plastic lid hoping to make it easier to turn to make the paint flow.

Now the people that do this alot use a product callled paint flow (or something like that) but this may be a one time thing so i found the cheap way to try it. You can use Elmers glue, so elmers is poured in 3 small plastic cups.

Then paint is added. They also say to add a bit of liquid silicone which is a lubricant that is supposed to create cell like bubbles. I added it but didnt see any cells.

Then one at a time pour the paint into a bigger cup kind of like in layers.

Then just dump it on the fabric. Its really thick so you turn the fabric so it flows and mixes sort of like a lava flow. Stop when you like what it looks like.

After it dried though there are alot of sort of nubby - ness. Probablly caused from the paint absorbing into the fabric.
So last night i tried ironing fusible web on the fabric first. Then i found some all purpose sealer and painted that on first and let it dry. Then did the same process as before.

This morning it is not dry since the paint is so thick but the results are much better.

We shall see once its dry but it looks really cool! I wont be able to quilt through this being so thick with paint but it was a fun thing to try. I have an idea on what to do with it so stay tuned ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now i just have to see if i can get the fabric off the plastic lid since i poured elmers glue all over it.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tablet pillow rests

I love these things!

They work perfectly for my ipad and i use it alot to watch hulu while sewing. Right now I'm working my way thru all 96 episodes of "the good wife" I am hooked.

This time because i knew i was going to make a bunch - instead of the usual rice or beans for weight, i went to a discount place and found a 20 pound bag of bird seed for 5 bucks. It works great!

Thye have just the right combination of machine sewing and sit on the couch hand work to make them very enjoyable for me.

Here's all 20 of them, ready to go complete with tags to tell people what they are for. I hope they sell because i have alot more fabric i would like to use up and lots of couch time to attend to ๐Ÿ˜œ

I also want to thank Swooze for her comment and suggestion to try blogo for writing posts on my ipad. I had tried it but didnt take the time to learn to use it, so went back to it and it is easy, intuitive and meets my needs. I bought blog pro and found it to be a waste of 5 bucks and blogo is free. Live and learn ๐Ÿ™‰

Friday, August 18, 2017

The rust diaries continue

  Glen suggested I try steel wool - why not? So I took an SOS pad that the soap was used up and wrapped it around a bottle.

 Then tied the fabric after soaking in vinegar and water.
 It works! Here it is the morning after.
 And here it is after rinsing. - nice! Thank you Glen ๐Ÿ˜

' The next thing was to try a bunch of big rusted things. I laid them out on vinegar soaked cotton that has a nice loose weave - kind of linen like.
 This was left overnight in the rain.
 And here it is after a couple days. It didn't really take the shape of the different items but I'm not really after that. I want some interesting mottled blobs of color.
 And that's exactly what I got. Nice texture to it. All and all I'm very happy with how they came out. I have no idea what I will do with it but it's sure fun to see how it comes out ๐Ÿ˜Š

If things look alitttle weird with my posts, I got a new iPad and the app I used before (blogsy) is no more so I cant use it and the only thing I can find to use is called blogspot pro and it is not the most user friendly even though it cost 5 bucks. I think google shows its feelings about apple by not allowing us a decent app to use with their blogspot. Do any of you use an iPad to post on blogger? If so, what do you use? I tried going right to blogger and that is frustrating as hell. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

The rust diaries

 Let the experimentation begin!

First after spraying with vinegar some rusty stuff was wrapped in white cotton.

I didn't like the stark white so decided to make a tea bath and let it steep in that for awhile.

It didn't take the tea like I had hoped so threw on some more rusty stuff and let it sit in the rain.

It turned blue !

Most of the blue went away after rinsing in salt and then water and soap. 
It was then laid out to dry.

Since the forecast called for rain (again) I left it for another rinse and what the hell, lets throw the leftover dark rusty water left in the container from the last rain in the middle.

This is what I ended up with, sort of looks like an old paint rag.

But if you break it up look! 
Good stuff!