Tuesday, January 16, 2018

UP TO MY ELBOWS

You are being spared the dozens of audition photos I've taken while struggling to find the right combo of fabrics and positions for my new ongoing project.  It's a sunset, ocean, beach scene....... in case you can't tell.....which I don't blame you..... 
 After wasting some precious indigo fabrics for the sky portion, (thankfully it was only basted), this top section was totally rejected. Why couldn't I see it didn't work before taking up so much time?!?
New fabric options for the sky....again lots of cutting, pinning, basting since what I felt would work were only small pieces.  Seriously, I've worn a path from my fabric closet to the design wall, to the work table and back.  

I'm determined to 'get it right'.......some more progress has been made and I'll be reporting back very soon.

Friday, January 12, 2018

FELTED COASTERS

Sometimes after completing a brain teaser quilt, it's enjoyable to switch gears....  These coasters are new additions for my space at Woolworth Walk, downtown Asheville.

Despite being fairly putsy to make, they are good sellers.  For whatever reason the colors are not very true.....both sets are far brighter, bolder.....

Linking to:  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop, Whoop Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SUPERMOON - first new work 2018

 I don't keep track of the number of pieces I create in a year.....but I will note that this is the first for 2018.  Talk about great timing....with the fabulous show the Supermoon provided for all of us several days ago.  

However, that was not the inspiration for this piece...just a coincidence. My idea came after seeing a photo my childhood friend Doris posted on her Facebook page.  She takes the most beautiful sunrise/sunset photos I've ever seen.  Though in the end, my piece is really nothing like her photo....but the fabric choice was based on her picture!
Ice-dyed silk noil, stabilized with lightweight non-fusible interfacing, sheer over cotton - hand appliqued moon.
Process of trees being appliqued.....
SUPERMOON  20.5" x 18"
Ice-dyed silk noil, cotton and Ultra-suede hand appliqued, machine quilted.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

SEWING CENTER RECOMMENDATION

Let me start by saying I'm not associated with this company......just a very satisfied customer.  Living in a rural area....I'm so very limited in regard to service and supplies for my sewing equipment.

Brubaker's Sewing Center in New Holland, PA makes it easy to do business with them, no matter where you live.  Expert repair service and very knowledgeable owners.  They have great buys on machines and can efficiently take care of your current ones. Their shipping policy is fantastic!

  Click here for a link to their website.....or call and speak to Amy or Glenn Smith with your questions. 


Thursday, January 4, 2018

FORGET THE COLD SNAP - SPRING COMES TO WOOLWORTH WALK

It might be freezing in most of the country....but Judy and I braved the weather and revamped our Woolworth Walk booth. Out with fall/Christmas pieces and in with bright cheery looks for spring.  It really is just around the corner you know!
 This is the new look of my space.
 And here's Judy's....I didn't capture her lovely scarves which always look like spring is in the air!  Be sure to check them out if you get to downtown Asheville....we are in booth 235, lower level.
We also changed out some of our quilts that greet shoppers as they enter the gallery.
 This is one of my newer pieces...displayed for the first time.
"Oriental Dreams"  60" x 60"  
 Judy added these two great pieces.....both so very cheerful and good additions for some lucky shopper.

There are over 100 artists' work on display in the store.....stop by if you are in the area and prepare to be inspired.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

NEW YEAR - NEW WORK

A new project in the works....what a great way to start the New Year!
I've had this piece of ice-dyed silk noil (left) on my design wall for a couple of months, along with an ice-dyed linen napkin and eco-printed silk motif (right). The later came together fairly quickly and is already in my online gallery for sale.  However, a design for the other piece kept eluding me.
 After following many dead end paths, I'm now on a roll.....
 Of course a roll doesn't mean the construction is going quickly....hand appliqué can be so tedious when sewing through a stabilizer, not to mention the 3 layers that make up the moon.
Instead of tackling the many year end tasks every household must face, not to mention my little cottage industry, I spent the first day of 2018 happily stitching away while binging on episodes of "Vera".

Sunday, December 31, 2017

HERE COMES 2018!!

As we welcome 2018, we also say goodbye to 2017.....before it passes into memory, I want to thank all of you for spending the year with me as I babble on. The focus of my blog is fiber.....you won't find political or other social statements here....there's more than enough whinning about that already.

So...here's wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2018. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

CROSSROADS TO THE EAST - new work

Our quiet Christmas gave me plenty of time to finish this Japanese fabric inspired wall quilt.  Time is as good a Christmas gift as any fiber artist would like!
CROSSROADS TO THE EAST  49.5" x 49.5"
Cotton fabric, machine pieced and quilted.

Monday, December 25, 2017

MERRY MERRY

FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS.....

MERRY CHRISTMAS
&
BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY & HEALTHY 2018

Homes For The Holidays
32" x 32"

Friday, December 22, 2017

TOP COMPLETED

Here's a quick follow up on the Asian theme quilt shown in my last post. The top is finished......naturally being as mathematically challenged as I am I made it difficult for myself by selecting a finished 3/4" width for the red sashings. So as the quilt sections grew, so did the difficulty of cutting accurate sizes sometimes dealing in 1/8" fractions.  If I ever do another, I'll plan that better, even though I really think the red sashing is the perfect size.
Next of course comes the basting and quilting, then binding, labeling and making the hanging sleeve......  Our Christmas is rather laid back this year so I should have ample time to put in a couple of hours each day.  

I'll attempt to post a better quality photo when it's finished!


Visit these links to see if other artists have had time to create anything this week except Christmas gifts?  Nina-Marie Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop whoop Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts.
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