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Goodbye, Artisans.

Yes, the Artisan Showcase is over. Lots of work for a one day event, but I’ve been wanting to do this for years, so it was a pleasure to do the work.

Started out with some big, bare spaces and started filling them up a bit at a time.AS 1 AS 2 AS 3

The paintings arrived first, along with the felted items…

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and I started filling in with some of my stuff.

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Enter the glass and more mixed media…

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and we were ready!

I did not take one picture during the course of the day, but I talked to everyone who came in and enjoyed myself immensely.

Surprised by some of the people who did not show up as well as those who did. Like my daughter-in-law who came to help wherever she could, all day long! Very few people who came, left without making a purchase which surprised me even more. Many Christmas gifts were purchased and everyone seemed to like the opportunity to shop quality goods.

We ended the day feeling like a group of very talented women…compliments will do that! There were lessons learned about promotion and some initial difficulty getting wifi devices connected to my system! And then we didn’t need them–it was very much a cash/check day…so much easier!

Personally, I loved it and am looking forward to another show next year. And I’m very tired…looking forward very much to a restful day tomorrow.



Filed under Art Quilts, Life, Quilting, Thinking About Quilting!

All the hard work is done…

Since I’m still in a holding pattern for cleaning and arranging the Artisan Showcase, I got a lot more work done on Deb’s Map quilt. I couldn’t sleep last night so I started sewing some of the pieces together. AND I sat and studied what I was doing for quite a bit.

Deb's map 4

I made several decisions along the way. I felt that it needed to be longer before I even got the first row put together. So I needed to make some more blocks. That gave me more thinking time as I sewed them and also more variety in the fabrics I was using…both good things. I kept trying to break up the sameness of the rectangular blocks, but then I realized that that was actually what I liked best about this one!

Looking at what I had on the design board, I kept trying to figure out the assembly…the easiest way…the fastest way…the most complicated way! So…decision made NOT to simply square up the blocks and sew them together with straight edges. Nope–organic, improv lines all the way. A bit harder and more time-consuming, but a better look.

However, I’m not totally crazy! I am going to sew the ROWS together in straight lines. Could I do that improvisationally also? Yes, I could, but for a quilt that is intended to be a couch quilt? Don’t think the result would be worth the extra work.

And really–all the hard work IS done. Once the design and layout are figured out, the rest is just sitting at the sewing machine and getting it done.

That’s also sometimes the boring part and you need to keep yourself motivated. Perhaps that’s why I’ll be working on an art quilt design for my son and his wife at the same time…keeping both parts of my mind busy.

Ideas? I think that as long as there is color in the world, I won’t run out of them. Hope so, anyway!



Filed under Designing Quilts, Non-traditional Quilts, Quilting, Thinking About Quilting!

Map reading

A good map is almost like reading a good book to me. I like to study them before I go places, even though I still get turned around pretty easily in a city. I think the skill of a cartographer, especially in times long ago, is very impressive to me. My daughter loves maps, too, and several years ago I found some map fabric and planned on making it into a quilt for her. I’ve actually taken it off the shelf several times with good intentions, but I believe that this time I will actually get it made!

Deb's map 1

I’ve collected other fabrics that I thought would go well with the map material…so many that I tried to use some up in a class sample quilt. That quilt also never got finished, so I had a pile of ‘pieces’ ready to go. In a nice coincidence, at a retreat one of the ladies gave me a large stack of rectangle scraps that just happen to go with the map idea fabrics.

Deb's map 2

I felt as though all the pieces were coming together today. I threw the already completed blocks up on the design wall and the finished quilt plan jumped into my mind! It happens like that sometimes and I’m always reminded of the old TV show, The A Team…”I love it when a plan comes together.”

I started cutting and sewing large pieces together…it’s so fast when the pieces are big! After just a couple of hours I feel as though I have lots of the quilt done already! I do have to keep in mind that I want this to be a couch or bed quilt size and that it’s all right to let it grow and grow.

Deb's map 3

It’s practically making itself but I have to get things ready for my Artisan Showcase–in just 10 days! Yet a lot of stuff like cleaning and rearranging the furniture has to wait until the last minute. What to do in the meantime? Why sew on this, of course! Woo-hoooo!

And since my kids usually read this, and I do have two of them, and my son and his wife need a new wall hanging…I’ll be looking at the right fabrics for that, too. Blues seem to be difficult for me and that’s what they need…hmmmmm.

I love having several projects going on at the same time!


Filed under Contemporary, Designing Quilts, Quilting, Thinking About Quilting!


Wiring pictures up is my task for today. Booooooring, but one of those final chores that need to be done, like labels and sleeves. It just needs to get done!


Maybe there will be some fun sewing tomorrow, but since I’m getting ready for my little home art show, I’m betting more on floor scrubbing and dusting!


Filed under Art Quilts, Life, Thinking About Quilting!

I love a good finish!

Oh, yeah! My quilt for ME is done, done, done! That thing has a LOT of quilting on it, and it’s not far-apart-straight-line-wide-open quilting either.

Stop and Go 1

Took a bit longer than I thought it would and my body is not happy with hours at the sewing machine any more. I’ll have to try and remember how long it takes before I do it again.

Stop and Go 2

But it’s ready to use, just in time for a predicted colder weekend. Can’t wait to be snuggled under it.

Stop and Go 3

Now on to smaller, quicker little works…oh, and that Rain Storm project that is certainly not fast!


Filed under Contemporary, Modern Quilts, Quilting, surface design

Project update

Today was a bit frustrating for someone who loves to sew. I spent the entire day on the computer trying to get things updated for my quilt guild responsibilities. I’m even trying to get a little ahead, and I think that’s what takes a lot of time for me. I took a break to mow the lawn and only got the front yard done and the mower has something wrong with it again.

I needed a fix of something sewing related to make me feel good!

No quilting has been done on my latest quilt for over a week, so no luck there.

Some progress has been made on my slow stitching handwork project, though.

City rain storm 1

The hand stitched threads/embroidery part is pretty much finished. There may be one more line or two to add…maybe.

The beading is going just like the threadwork—the more I add, the more spots I see where it needs to be added. This could be never ending!

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Still trying to keep it a bit subtle, but I want enough on it to be at least visible!

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I remind myself that I want it to draw attention from far away and continue to interest someone with the details as they are seen close up.

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It’s slow and may seem never ending, but I’m really enjoying every moment I spend working on it. It seems to be developing a name for itself, too. Something around City Rain Storm…it will come to me eventually!


Filed under Art Quilts, Beading, Big Wool Adventure!, surface design

Ugly dyes

This has got to be one of the most ugly pieces of fabric that I have ever dyed. I really, really don’t like it.

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And there are MORE!

I selected a few to use for demo fabric for my class this Saturday…with an ulterior motive.

Ugly dye 1

Yes, ordinarily I would just overdye the uglies. But I’ve been wanting to play with painting over already quilted pieces, so that’s where this one is headed. There is no plan for how this fabric will go together and I guess it truly doesn’t matter. How’s that for total design freedom! Wowza!

I may not have time to experiment in the very near future, but I will find a way. I’m always excited when I’m playing with something new, so now I can’t wait to try this. Soooooooon!


Filed under Color, Designing Quilts, Dyeing Fabric, Quilting, surface design