Monday, January 19, 2015

SUNBURST, 41 Inch New York Beauty Quilt for Sale

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Six months to create and loving every second. So many design, color and fabric choices,
 Pics Taken Outside
 The pure saturation of color is enhanced by the sun. The free motion quilting also shows up better outside than inside .

Back of Quilt

The quilt is heavily quilt, puckering it every which way.

The wall hanging has a wooden lath enclosed in a hanging sleeve ready for immediate display. However, the lath can be removed and the quilt can be used as a lap quilt, table topper, baby quilt, etc., making it even more functional.
Can be machine washed on delicate and air dried flat.

Designed and quilted in my smoke and animal free studio.

Inside Pics
Pics of Quilts are better if they are lain flat and taken from above.
The spiked border is also paper pieced.  The corner blocks were designed to fit in with the spikes.

Each square was quilted with sunburst free motion quilting.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Crabapple Branches Repurposed

When my husband had to cut down our flowering crabapple tree, I grabbed some branches with the dried apples still on. Added LED lights from Joann's with brown floral tape and, voila, romantic low lights. Much more natural and interesting than those found in stores today. The lights are plug in which emit a copper glow. Note the vase; I made it in a freshman ceramics seminar in 1970 at Barat College.

Quilting Cafe, where something is always brewing

Monday, March 29, 2010


For whatever reason, too many teachers are receiving pink slips. In other words, being terminated. We need to personally support these hard working souls with humor, caring, or just a quick thank you. Sometimes a teacher just likes to laugh. Here are some suggestions:

"You know how to tell if the teacher is hung over? Movie Day." Jay Mohr
"School is like a lollipop. It sucks until it is gone."
"I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom."

Gym Teacher or Coach

"As long as teachers give tests, there will always be prayer in school"

School's out for Summer!

Biology, Botany, Science, Ecology

"A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money."

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Friday, October 16, 2009

ANGLERS' DELIGHT, appliqued fish quilted wallhanging

Just finished another quilted wallhanging in my Wisconsin pan fish series:

Angler's Delight

Each fish is an original design.

Using my own design, I choose a fabric for each part of the fish.

The fish is then machine appliqued leaving raw edges for extra dimension.

Each fish block is paired with a plaid flannel.Black Kona Cotton is used for the sashing.
Each fish is then thread painted with variegated metallic thread.

Each background is tea dyed and stipple quilted which makes
the fish puff out, giving it added dimension.
The back of the quilt is a golden wheat flannel.

My favorite part is adding each fish's eye.
It's when they really get their personality.

This quilt is 39 inches square. It's hanging sleeve already has a wooden lat in it with a saw toothed hanger attached: ready for immediate hanging.
Wouldn't this make the best Christmas gift for that angler on your list or maybe someone with a cabin. It will be an immediate eye catcher and conversation topic.

It is sold on

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Friday, August 21, 2009


Isn't it just fabulous that we still can relate to Jane Austen today? Take look at my newest cards in my shop: Her words are still so true.

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them."

"A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of."

"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."

Jane Austen knew how to say it. Don't you know someone who would enjoy these gems. Mail them or keep it for yourself and frame them.
Three 4" X "6 Quilted Postcards. Raw-edge quotation is also cotton. Actual cotton batting used. I first made the mini-quilt and then attached it onto timtex stiffening and the cardstock. This process makes the card puffy and soft like an actual quilt. These mini-quilts are quilted with shiny variegated thread. Postcard is finished with fabric binding or overcasted yellow and orange thread.
Can be sent through the mail for 28 cents and arrives in perfect shape. Card Stock back for easy writing. If you have any questions, please contact me either through my shop or

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