Saturday, August 31, 2013

Featured Artist

I am the September featured artist at Riverwalk Gallery in Washington, NC.
[Thank you, Debby McCullough!]

I'll even be on the front page of the Sunday Washington Daily News! []

So here are some photos of my quilts in the gallery:

There is a reception Sept 20, from 6-8 pm, which is also Music in the Streets.

And Sept-OCT, the Martin County Arts Council will have an show. More on that in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ice Dyeing and blog hop winner

First things first:
the winner of the Schnibbles Full House pastern is Sandy. Congratulations!

This weekend I decided to try some Ice Dyeing.
I really liked how my snow dyes turned out a couple of years ago. And I needed some red and oranges for a quilt in progress.

Here are two tutorials:

My set up:
soda ash soaked fabric on baker's racks over a plastic tub, I put a couple of small pieces in the tub to soak up the extra dyes.

I covered them with plastic, put them in the garage and let the ice melt and fabrics sit about 18-20 hours.

Rinse the fabrics, wash and dry the fabrics and magic!

One interesting thing which I've never had happen: an imprint of the grid was made on the fabrics[in center of photo]:

It is just in one spot. I wonder if it's something I can reproduce?

The small pieces are just what I need for my current project, and the larger ones look like a summer garden!...that sounds like an interesting quilt...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

HO HO HO blog hop and giveaway

It's my turn, well actually tomorrow is my day, but I'm posting a day early!

I LOVE Christmas fabric! Every year I say I'm not buying more, and every year I buy more.
I have one finished project and a couple of works in progress. Also there is a Christmas/winter top ready to be quilted is on last week's post.

First up is my version of the Scnibbles Full House pattern:

I used a charm pack of A Merry Little Christmas by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake, and yardage for the border. [Confession: I cut the roofs wrong and had to order extra fabric! so I used it in the borders too!}

NEXT: Christmas Ornaments

This is from Vicki's pattern: Texas Teardrops at Quilting Lodge
I made the blocks small and left more background space. I used a layer cake of Kate Spain's Joy from Moda [last year].
I think I will take this one apart and quilt it 1/2 at a time.

So yesterday, was my ArtQuilt group meeting, and the LQS {cotton Feilds, Washington, NC}had her anniversiary sale.
This fabric wouldn't let me leave the Store without it:

So I thought why not another house quilt?

BUT maybe it needs another border?

Of course it still needs doors on the houses, probably black on white, and maybe some beading after quilting.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Green tree border, or NOT?
Leave a comment, and I'll pick a random winner to recieve my Scnibbles Full House pattern
please make sure I am able to get in touch with you.

PLEASE visit the other blogs;

August 5
Cherry’s Prairie Primitives
Scraps of Life
Words & Stitches
Blue Heron Quilts--> you're here!
More Stars in Comanche
Handmade by Mama
Julie from Quilted Works (on my blog)
In Stitches and Seams
Scrapbook ChickADoodle
Jane’s Quilting

The complete list of blogs can be found here:

What's next you ask?
what about these fabrics?
I don't know what they will become...

Saturday, July 27, 2013

HO HO HO blog hop

HO HO HO BLOG HOP starts July 31-Aug 9

I'm not up until Aug 5, but to anticipate the hop, while I finish my project(s?),
I'm reposting my still unquilted Winter White quilt:

It was inspired by one of Amanda Murphy's Modern Holiday quilts:

Saturday, July 6, 2013

you can't make just one!

I love these free form quilts!

okay the grey WIP background is quilted.
It has to be pressed, then on to the foreground.

And the next one is started and put together.
Here is the progress:

It has one printed fabric in it, as well as batiks.
I think I will do a little stamp on the right side to darken the lights and lighten the darks, where they meet.

First I have to cut the weeds, er...grass!
and I need a couple of fall and holiday quilts for my exhibit in Septemeber, and some small pieces that maybe will sell[?].

Sunday, June 30, 2013

2 finished and new WIP

The two Rayna Gillamn workshop quilts are finished.
See the previous post for pictures in progress.

I'really like the quilting on this one: the top and bottom are quilted vertically, and the center is quilted horizontally.

I'm not sure which direction this should hang.

And the WIP:

This is the background for a piece I've wanted to do for several years. I've changed my mind about how to construct it multiple times, but during the workshop, I decided I wanted a pieced backgroung. I'm still debating about how to construct the foreground, so it may take another 2 years! I hope not! It measures 36 x 42.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Rayna Gillman workshop

Aretraqeous quilters hosted a workshop with Rayna Gillman [].
We had a blast!

I finished two small tops.

which became:

which became:

More pictures will be up on our blog later today.

And more photos on Lori's blog:

Washington waterfront:

across the street:


congratulations to Sylvia at!
She is the winner of People and Portraits!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits; review and a giveaway

The second book in a series on Art Quilts:
Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits features 21 artists with a detailed interview and multiple quilts, and shows work of another 120 artists in galleries by theme [happiness, contemplation, community, icons, family & friends, work, and play.
The book is a joy to hold as well as to read.
[The first book was Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World.]

Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of the book.
Leave a comment telling me if you've ever made a quilt featuring a person. I'll pick a winner on June 23rd.
Please make sure I am able to contact you by email!

other stops include:
June 3rd – Lark Kick Off!
June 5th – Sarah Ann Smith –
June 6th – Maria Elkins –
June 7th – Laura Wasilowski –
June 9th – Katherine McNeese –
June 10th – Cheryl Sleboda –
June 11th – Linda McLaughlin –
June 12th – Kathy Nida –
June 13th – Marilyn H. Wall –
June 14th – Janice Paine Dawes –
June 16th – Pamela Price Klebaum –
June 17th – Deborah Boschert –
June 18th – Lisa Chin –
June 19th – Sue Bleiweiss –
June 20th – Leni Wiener –
June 24th – Cheryl Lynch –
June 25th – Lesley Riley –
June 26th – Stephanie Forsyth -
June 30th – Pat Kumich –