Archive for the ‘freezer paper piecing’ Category

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.


A Special Memory

April 4, 2009

It’s been a while since I posted anything.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy.  Like an old friend of mine once said, “The older I get, the longer it takes me to turn around!”  I did get this little quilt finished recently for a guild challenge.  It’s from a photo I took of the lighthouse on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan.  My husband’s cousin and her husband were volunteer “lighthouse keepers” there for a couple of summers and we visited them.  The island is part of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, and is being allowed to revert to a natural state.  No wheeled vehicles are allowed.  There are some camping areas, but everything must be packed in on foot, and everything packed back out.  (No trash pickup)

Anyway, the quilt is freezer paper pieced (a technique that I teach) in the pictorial part, and the rest is traditional piecing.  Quilted with Wonderfil’s Invisafil thread (100 wt. polyester).

In the Shadow of the Sleeping Bear

In the Shadow of the Sleeping Bear

On another note, I’m off today to help with cleaning up an old store building which our local arts group is taking over.  The space will be used for gallery, classes, meetings, etc.  The group is Osceola League of Arts and Humanities, and covers all areas of art:  performance, fine arts, craft, etc.  We’ll be doing a quilt show in June in Evart, MI.  If you’re in the area, email me for more info or visit their website: