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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Sunday, August 9, 2009


I love to spend time up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. That wondrous place of clear blue water, heavenly pine trees, and glorious fresh air were the inspiration for these new items listed in my shop:
These mini quilts would compliment any decor where warmth is wanted: cabin, den, boy's room, or basement.
What a sweet little cabin nestled among the pines on a starlit night. This 18" square scrappy quilt is made from 20 different cotton flannels and evenweaves.
The trees, cabin, moon, and star are appliqued and finished with a button hole stitch. 15 buttons are hand sewn in the corners of the squares.
The branch is included.

Who wouldn't love snow with this happy little snowman smiling back at them. This 19" X 11" scrappy quilt is made from 16 different cotton flannels and evenweaves.
The letters and snowman are appliqued and finished with a button hole stitch. French knots make up the eyes and mouth.
The Snowflakes are hand embroidered as are the snowman's arms

This richly patterned 20" X 13" wall hanging contains about 25 different cotton flannels and evenweaves. Although the quilt does not have batting, it is flannel-backed to give it stability. All the seams have been machine embroidered in different stitches with gold thread. Two large buttons set off the centers of the blocks.The wall hanging is finished in pillow case style with no binding. The branch it is hanging on is included.

This little darling will keep watch over home and hearth.
The angel is paper pieced in cotton evenweaves. The body is a blue batik with embroidered flowers along the bottom. The hair is jute with two french knot eyes. Two vintage buttons finish.
The 8" square mini quilt includes the birch branch hanger.

Lots of stars at night, especially with a crescent moon, with deer rustling in the pine forest.
This 21" X 15" scrappy quilt is made from 21 different cotton flannels and evenweaves.
The trees, deer, moon, and stars are appliqued and finished with a button hole stitch.
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

ANGEL OF HOPE, mini quilt

I made this little quilt to give hope to those in need of it. The angel will watch over those in dire need from illness, death, divorce or anything that seems, at present, quite bleak.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
-Alexander Pope,An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733

Hope springs eternal when this darling is in the room. The background fabric is hand dyed muslin with tea to give it an aged look. She is machine-appliqued with a button hole stitch. In her arms is a hand-embroidered wreath of french knots.

As she floats among the stars, her golden metallic halo shines.

The word hope has been stitched by hand.

This 11" X 16" mini quilt would be perfect by a child's bedside or hanging above a crib. She would also make a great table topper at Christmas.
It is for sale at
If you would like a hanging sleeve attached or a personalized label, please let me know.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

SALE - Quilted Fabric Postcards

Quilted Fabric Postcards lets someone know you care.
When you figure the cost of a regular greeting card that gets thrown away, a "OOAK" (one of a kind) mini quilt will be treasured. There's not even an envelope! What a great way to go green by reducing waste.

It can be sent through the mail as is and arrives in perfect condition. I know, I have sent many out to friends and family. I have seen them as magnets on their refrigerators, hung on bulletin boards in dorm rooms, or framed on their desk.

Keep it personal with those that are important in your lives. Show them you are thinking of them with a handwritten note. That never goes out of style.

In honor of that, I have put 21 quilted fabric postcards on sale. Here is a sampling of them from my shop,

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Monday, July 20, 2009

FISH with personalities...quilted art panels

This is the way to catch fish. No worms, no hooks, no mosquitoes to mess you up. Not only are this great to look at, each fish has its own personality. One of these quilted panels would look great in your cabin, bathroom,or child's room.

Each panel is 11 inches square ready to be hung with a dowel inserted in the back. Check them out and others on my site:

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Personalized Quilted Tags

Here is the perfect foil to finding your luggage on the busy turnstiles at the airport. Whether you choose to use your college initials in the school colors or your favorite sport's team name and colors, you will add real pizazz to your luggage.
One side of the tag has paper pieced initials of your choosing.

Everyone loves to show their pride by displaying their school colors.

The other side can have your name embroidered on it.

I made this one for my daughter's college roommate. And by the way, don't you love the it from my last "buying" trip to Harwin Avenue in Houston. But let's not let the college kids have all the fun, you can have your own initials, sorority/fraternity, baby...the possibilities are endless.

Can be ordered from my shop:

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

PRIMA BALLERINA, Quilted Wallhanging

My oldest daughter requested ballet lessons at the ripe old age of 3. I acquiesced and continued on for the next 11 years with classes, costumes, and recitals. This wall hanging emulates her style when she was little in the ballerina panels and the modern sashing represents her style today 20 years later.

I really enjoy beading and adding dimension to my quilts and wall hangings. Each panel has been echo quilted to signify movement. The three yoyos add a bit of whimsy. It has a hanging sleeve on the white and red toile back. Please check my etsy shop to purchase:

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