Sunday, September 30, 2012

Design couch: treat or trick + MMQ part three

It's a Design COUCH! not a wall!! I even managed to keep the felines away for five minutes! Of course, food was involved...

Part Three of the Modern Mystery Quilt is back to rectangles. Does that mean part Four will be circular again??? who knows, thus the mystery!
Eighteen blocks: 2.5-5inches by 14-18 inches.


I haven't decided what to use for the binding.
I will add a photo once it's on the wall later this week.

PRQG Quilt Show 2012

Some of my favorites from the show [with prejudice of course, The photos are wonky: the aisles were narrow. A very nice show!

The guild challenge: A River Runs Through It.

Christmas Snow Linda Baker

Butterflies Are Free Peggy Jones

Ruffled Roses in Red Linda Baker

Wonky Weeds and Flowers [closeup] Wendy Bissinger

Sunset at Lake Mattamuskett Wendy Bissinger

For the Beauty of the World Wendy Bissinger

A Million Circles Debby McCuloough

Tree Frames Debby McCullough

Beach Ex Cape Sally Hamilton

Fern Fish Karen Kovaly

Blondie's Castle Lori Richardson [from her blog, my photo was blurry]

The Gee's Bend Tradtion Jackie Boykin [hand quilted no less!]


Friday, September 28, 2012


Don't forget to visit Off the Wall Friday at Nina-Marie's blog:

Sunday, September 23, 2012

MMQ 1 + 2

30 HALF CIRCLES IN OUR FIELD [BACKGROUND] FABRIC. Plus 15 skinny strips; I'd like to find a solid? I looked for an orange and blue in may stash, but only found orange and purple. Thought I found blue and brown, but it looks purple next to the blue background. I'm thinking a brown orange, blue and green leafy batik, maybe.

SO here is half of the circles and the rectangles from part one. The other cirlces repeat the same fabrics. The colors are a little washed out in this photo.

Here is the piece I'm considering for the skinny strips. Of course we don't know where they go in the quilt...

AND just for fun, a quick baby quilt: a large striped print on one side, and soft (green) flannel on the back.

Friday, September 21, 2012


HONEYBEES in my [empty] flower pots?
Are they drinking?
there is plenty of water around....

MMQ part 1 [b]

OKAY...I wasn't happy with the other choice [see previous entry].
So I went back with my original color scheme.
Here are my fabrics:

The blue batik is the background, or "field" fabric,

Here are my Blocks:

...not a great shot of the second set.

I've started Part 2.
Hope to finish it tomorrow, but the weather is too nice not to spend most of the day working in the yard...

Check out off the Wall Friday:

I will make the other set into something later.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


AQS is sponsoring a modern mystery quilt:
Designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, it's FREE.

So I originally planned to use batiks with a robin's egg blue background, but decided instead to use the modern approach; white background with oranges and reds. [I don't remember when I last used a white background!] I did use an inspiration fabric to pull colors. Amazingly, it was not a batik. I don't remember buying it.

So here are my fabrics:

and the inspiration fabric:

And the first ten blocks:

I may take out one of the skinny long orange ones and add another fat red block.

Friday, September 14, 2012

It's Friday!

two small batik quilts.
I'm going to mount them on foamcore.
here is a tutorial:

It's a little messy, and time intensive, but fun.

See more from Off the Wall Friday here:

Monday, September 10, 2012

skinny rules

thanks to Melody Johnson for posting these again

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Emerge Gallery show

The reception for my art quilt group at Emerge Gallery in Greenville, NC was last night. The show runs through Sept 29.

I will post more photos on the group site later today.

Monday, September 3, 2012

silk scarves

I have been dying silk scarves with Procion MX Dyes. There are several online classes. Marjie McWilliams teaches one [Silk Dyeing] at It is well done and very reasonably priced.
Here are some close ups:
Colorhue silk dyes are an easy way to dyes scarves. They set instantly. Less mess. Marlene Glickman sells these [] as do several other vendors such as Dharma trading []
Which do I like better? They have advantages and disadvantages. I always have Procion MX dyes on hand. And for dyeing yardages of fabric, I would choose Procion. And I now feel comfortable using them on silk. Colorhue dyes are great. Quick. Less mess. Instant gratifcation. I have a little trouble creating deep saturated colors with the Colorhue dyes. I'll probably continue to use both!