Monday, March 5, 2012

Under The Sea Blocks Home!

       My embellished blocks from Crazy Quilting International's Under The Sea Do Your Own Block round robin arrived back home today. What a great way to begin the week. They are very beautiful!  Thanks to Lisa, Nicki Lee, Roberta, Stacie, and Ruby. I love them!  
     Finishing the Under The Sea wall hanging is going to have to wait because I am a little "under the gun" with another project.  I have begun a three piece tree that I am making for a county fiber arts show in July.  I work kind of slowly and am busy caring for Mom and working full time so I need to really get going if I hope to get it done in time. 
      The tree is 30 inches high by 10 inches wide and is made from hand dyed silk. The background is also made from silks, including some sari silk from India. Next step is to add some background scenery on the bottom panel.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Craft Room Remodel!

Meet Delilah, my daughter's hedgehog
My husband has been helping me turn my craft room into a more workable space. As you can see I share it with the dogs.  He painted and ripped out the old, dirty carpet and put in these beautiful, heated travertine floors.
He even tiled the formerly ugly back of the fireplace- the walled area between the dining room and living room doorways. 
My sewing table is on the right.  Now I need to put my stash in tubs and put everything away! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

February Fabrics and Fur Friends

           I caught Pippin and Ace during a rare moment of brotherly love. 
   After I finish my last Basically Beaded block for the Crazy Quilting International round robin, I am going to begin a three piece fiber art collage of a Kapok tree. I am in the process of assembling blue, green, and brown silks for this new project.
The mail brought me these beautiful silks from India today.   I am becoming a regular customer of Fabricana on Etsy:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January Stitchery

 Under The Sea DYOB
(Do Your Own Block)
  Here is the last of my under the sea work for this round robin. I worked this block for Lisa.  This block is very sparkly- something my  photographic skills do not reflect here.

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I had fun appliqueing and embellishing the puffer fish.

 Basically Beaded block for Carol
This piece ended up looking more Victorian than I had anticipated. I liked doing the scallops and the silver crystals really shimmer. I bought them at the street fair last summer in Mount Shasta and next time I am going to buy the man out!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year's Doings

Have had a little time over winter vacation to work on my Crazy Cats quilt.  This is how it looks up on my inspiration wall so far.....   After I figure out what to do about the flowers (They need to be cut down and I don't want to chop off their points) I can add more fabric, stems, and centers to the flowers and stitch it all together.  No big deal for a real quilter but this is my first "real" quilt. 
An Octopus's Garden for Nicki Lee
Here is my work for Nicki Lee in our Under The Sea DYOB round robin. The blank blocks were really beautiful and a pleasure to work on.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

December Fun

My daughter Caitlin and her boyfriend Brandon came to school today to help me with our gingerbread houses. Lots of fun for my first graders.  If doing a project like this with cute little six year olds doesn't put you in the Christmas mood, nothing will! 
This crew was out in front of my doctor's office today when I went in to get my allergy shots. Since they were still there 40 minutes later when I came out I figured they needed their picture taken. That grass must be tastier than it looks.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fall Stitchery

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Everybody meet Teddy!  He is my friend Liz's new puppy- a terrier chiuaua mix - a terruaua!
      I embroidered this lionfish and seaweed for  Roberta. Her unembellished blocks were wonderful to work with. Usually I have a definite favorite but all of them were equally beautiful!

     Here is my Basically Beaded block for Arlene.  She said she is a very lacy person who loves gardens, spiders, webs, and butterflies. This was easy for me because I love all of those things too.