Mug rugs and Fabric Postcards

November 22, 2012

I’ve been making some small items for holiday craft shows that are coming up. Having fun with Mug Rugs

Some have images from the barn quilts of Osceola Quilt Trail.

Some are images of my vegetable medleys wall hangings.

And some are kaleidoscope type images I created in Electric Quilt.

Fabric postcards

also featuring images from Osceola Quilt Trail.


Heart of my Heart

April 30, 2012

I made this little quilt a while ago, to use as a class sample for a class that never made it off the ground. So it’s been waiting it’s turn for quilting and I finally got around to it last week. More practice on my new Tin Lizzie quilting machine.

Vegetable Medleys

April 18, 2012

I belong to a small art group called Northern Michigan Art Guild (NMAG for short). At a recent meeting, we set up some vegetable still life scenes. While the rest of the group painted and photographed, I made some drawings and translated them into small wall hangings. They will be offered for sale at the Earth Day event being hosted by the Cadillac Transition team on Sunday, April 22 , at the Rotary Pavilion in Cadillac, from 2-5 pm. If you’re in the area, please stop in and see us.




Celtic Vest

February 25, 2012

I don’t do a lot of wearable art, but came across a Junk Jeans pattern I had bought several years ago, and acquired some not too worn jeans, so I thought I would have a go at it. However, I do not care for western style, which the pattern showed, so I adapted it to use some Celtic designs. The back motif is from a quilt I made a few years back, called Twist, which featured several Celtic-style appliqued designs. The front is a basic 4-strand Celtic braid. I took it to my quilt guild meeting before I had the applique stitched down, or the vest sewn together, and sold it!

On the Way to Charlie’s Bunion

January 15, 2012

That’s the title of my latest quilt. I went hiking a few years ago with my son and his family. We were in Tennessee for my niece’s wedding, and the next day we hit the trail. From the trailhead, it’s about a 4 1/2 mile hike to Charlie’s Bunion, a rock formation on the Appalachian Trail (and another 4 1/2 miles back!). Somewhere along the way, we encountered this old tree, twisted and gnarled from years of weather, so we stopped for a photo-op. It’s been simmering in my mind for a while, and I finally got around to making a quilt based on the photo.
The techinque I used is freezer paper piecing, which is how I make my pictorial quilts. I didn’t take any photos of the quilt in progress. This method is a class that I teach. That’s my son and grandson posing for the camera.

After I got the quilting done on this scraggly pine tree, I thought it needed a little “something extra” so I free motion embroidered some needles on the branches. I don’t normally do much embellishing, but this quilt just called for a little bit.


May 26, 2011

I just recently made this little tree–only 8.5″ x 11″. These little quilts could become addicting.


March 18, 2011

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a site called then saw a couple of quilts made in that vein. So I had to try my hand at it. Tangled is constructed by fusing shapes of black and white fabrics onto a base fabric, then satin stitching over the raw edges.


March 18, 2011

For my Hoffman Challenge entry for 2011 I used Ricky Tims’ Rhapsody technique.  I really intended for it to be much simpler than it turned out.  It’s one of those things that once it was started, just kept evolving.  I hadn’t planned to do any quilting on the applique, but it looked sort of bland, so I tried just a little bit, and what a difference it made!

Boxy Stars

March 18, 2011

I’ve been downsizing (cleaning out) my stash this winter. One of the patterns I chose to make was Boxy Stars, a block by Bonnie Hunter. It’s an easy block to piece, and makes a wonderful scrap quilt. I added the 6″ border of “piano keys” . Quilted on my Tin Lizzie 18.


January 29, 2011

I’ve been finishing up some ufo’s lately, and came across this block which was started in a class with Debra Danko a couple of years ago. I went into my basket of 2 1/2″ scraps for the border. Of course I had to cut more! I really like the way it turned out. I did a little thread painting in the flowers, and machine appliqued them with a double blanket stitch.