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Switching Gears

Last week I started a new art quilt as I felt I wanted to have something different going as a project in addition to Seaglass.

I chose a photo of a hibiscus flower that I took in Hawaii last summer. This flower was one of many at a beautiful botanical garden we visited on Kauai. I cropped the photo and played with it in Photoshop to get a poster size version in black and white and one that had a bit more contrast in color.








I traced the basic lines of the hibiscus onto muslin with a Sharpie and a light box.







I pulled out scraps of fabrics that I’m interested in using for the background of the quilt and cut them up with a rotary cutter.







Next I started my favorite part…arranging the pieces on the background using a dot of craft glue to hold the pieces on the muslin.












Once all the pieces are glued, I’ll cover the top with a piece of tulle and then quilt it. This time around I’m going to layer it with black wool felt instead of a batting and backing.

I’m excited to work on this piece because I just love the photo and the beautiful colors of the flower. I enjoy the process of this type of quilting because it’s free form and relaxing to me. There are no rules and how it comes out doesn’t really matter. It’s the process and the journey and the remembrance of a special trip.

Happy Quilting!



Happy Thursday!

I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend! It was cold but sunny here and so the Easter egg hunt still went on! We had a great crew of cousins to find all those eggs. Here they are relaxing after the big hunt!







This was our family photo Easter morning before church…







And of course, this little lady stole the show all day long!! Nala enjoyed nosing around the eggs and we were delighted to love on her all day!









I was exhausted on Monday and didn’t do much other than take a nap and do a bit of cross stitch. Tuesday and Wednesday I really got back into working on the Seaglass quilt and this was totally my happy place on those days…







While I was cutting 7 million squares, I started thinking about quilting and being in a totally happy quilty state of mind. This led to thoughts about what kind of quilting and crafting really makes my heart sing. What am I most passionate about? And why am I not doing more of it? I started having major revelations about things on my to do list. It was freeing.

What I realized is that I am at my absolute quilty happiness when I’m combining my love of quilts with my love of pictures. I adore photos. I love to take them, touch them, sort them, and turn them into a quilt version when possible. I also love little fabric bits. When I worked on The Lindsey Project, I was in a super happy place most of the time. At one point, I was overwhelmed at which time, I took a break from the project.

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Taking a break was a good thing and when I came back to it a few months later, I was ready to finish it up. So having just come off Easter and feeling it’s a time for new beginnings, I think I need to return to turning photos into art quilts. Life is too short to work on things that don’t excite me. Combining my two passions is a thrilling thought!

That being said, I enjoy other types of quilting as well. Fusible applique is another technique that makes my heart go pitter patter. Finding a simple block that looks more complicated than it is, also excites me.

Take some time to think about work that excites you and work that leaves you bored or frustrated. Can you skip out on the boring and really concentrate on your passion? Absolutely!!!! Let’s dare to dream and do work that matters to us. Let’s do work that we truly care about that allows us to grow as artists.



And She’s Done! A Finish.

The Lindsey Project was started last year after I read about Susan Carlson’s method of painting a quilt not with paint but with fabric. It seemed like a fun way to explore a new technique and a great way to capture one of my favorite Lindsey moments when she was young and we were in Disney World. The technique was based on taking a photo, transferring the basic outlines to muslin and then using tiny pieces of fabric glued in place to make the project come alive. After the gluing came the thread sketching and then…ta da here she is!

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You might remember it started like this…

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I finished sewing the hanging sleeve on this morning and I placed it in the hallway for a little photo shoot.

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I had concerns about the face not looking exactly like Lindsey’s face but after working with some thread and paint, I got it close enough to be happy with it. Working on a very small face is difficult especially if you are not trained in art.

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As you can see in some of the detail photos, a layer of cranberry tulle was placed over the entire piece before the quilting to keep the tiny fabric pieces from falling off. They were glued but this project was done over a number of months and some pieces had just a very small amount of glue on them. The tulle made it much easier to glide around under the free motion foot without snagging the needle on unruly pieces.

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This piece will be entered in my guild’s annual show at the end of May. I think the Amanda quilt will also be entered.

So would I do this method again? Absolutely with one caveat. I would try it with a photo or drawing of a nonhuman. In Susan’s book she uses drawings of fish and of the sun and moon. I think it’s a fun and creative method of making an art quilt. The quilt has a water color like quality and it’s very pleasing to the eye.

I do have another technique I’d like to try with a human photo and that is the one that Twilter, Carol Woole, used on her art quilt of her dad. This is a technique shown on Sewing With Nancy by Tammy Bowser. It will require a software install that you can download for free for one week. After the week, you need to purchase it for around $100. I’ll think on which photo I’d like to use and then I’ll do the free download and give it a try.

Do you have a finish to share this week with us? We’d love to hear about it.

Are you looking for a quick St. Patty’s Day project? Try the Lucky mini quilt


Here it is shown with matching place-mats. Pattern is for mini quilt only, place-mats can be made with your favorite pattern or tutorial.

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A Wee Bit Of Progress

I made some progress on my art quilt that I call The Lindsey Project. I finished up the gluing of the little pieces and got the whole thing off the design wall and basted. So it went from this…

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to basically this…

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Once I finished gluing the background, I took it off the wall and trimmed it up. I tried gluing small pieces for the eyes and other facial features but it didn’t look good. The face is too small to do anything other than paint the features. Amanda told me it was looking demonic! LOL. Instead, I used my Intense Blocks with a very small round brush and ‘dotted’ on the features. I’m not totally happy with it though because I don’t feel like it looks enough like Lindsey’s true face. I tried thinking back to the quilt I did of Amanda and how much it looked like her but then I realized, she was wearing sunglasses!

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It’s much, much easier to make sunglasses and also that quilt is larger.

The easiest way to get the quilt to look like the photo is to use a photo transfer such as this quilt of Leah when she was younger. There was no piecing just thread sketching.

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The Lindsey Project quilt is basted and ready for stitching now. I placed a piece of cranberry tulle over the whole thing to help keep the pieces in place while I stitch. I have some reservations about how easy it will be to stitch through all the layers and the glue. This was Susan Carlson’s method and she doesn’t seem to have a problem, fingers crossed that I won’t either!

Happy Monday!


Fitness Friday & Art Quilt Progress

I kicked my walking up a notch this week. It was the first full week that I really tried to hit 10,000 steps daily. I managed to get over 10k five out of seven days this week. On the two days that I didn’t, I had 9K and 6k. I have even moved up on the Fitbit leader board by a spot or two and I dropped 2.5 pounds this week. I feel like it was a success even though I went out to eat for dinner one night and had frozen yogurt out with the girls yesterday.

I also made progress with The Lindsey Project. Yesterday morning was spent working on the foreground of the piece. The right side is nearing completion but I need more time in the sewing room to work on it. Hopefully this weekend I can sneak in there a few times and finish that part up.

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My mother and I are taking on an Advent calendar project for the church fair. We are alternating red and green squares with stockings that are open at the top so a candy cane or other small treat can fit in there. On Tuesday we sorted through our fabrics and made a practice block. My mother spent the rest of the week working really hard on it and sent me this picture yesterday. The blocks have not been arranged in the final order in this photo.

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I will work on the numbers for the stockings and the quilting/finishing. I think it’s going to be such a cute raffle in November.

How are you progressing this week?



Happy Sunday!

I spent the last two mornings completely engrossed back into the Lindsey Project art quilt. I had finished her arms and legs last time and needed to work on the water and sky next. I stopped work on this for a few weeks due to time constraints and not being sure how I felt about the arms and legs. I thought about adding more to them but then decided to let it rest and come back to a different part of the quilt. I’m so glad I did because now I see the arms and legs are fine and I’m having a BLAST working on the water and sky. Susan Carlson likens this to “painting with fabric” and I quite agree. It’s sort of like adding a dab of paint here and there, stepping away for a bit and then coming back at it with more dabs of paint. With it being the weekend and all, I’ve been in my sewing room in my pajamas with coffee and glue on my hands and it feels like utter bliss. I walk by the sewing room and sneak peeks throughout the day to see how the quilt looks in different light and from different angles.

I worked on the water most of yesterday morning and then this morning, I pulled out a bunch of sky type fabrics including some of my own hand dyeds.

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I realized things would go a bit quicker if I precut some scraps of each fabric instead of the “cut, glue, cut, glue” routine.

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This is where I’ve left off for the moment…the water is finished, the sky is being “painted”. I feel free and completely inspired by it today.

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Here are two close ups of the project so you can see how the pieces of fabric overlap and line up.

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Knowing that my hand dyed fabrics are going to get use in this quilt, it makes me want to dye more, of course. I think I’m ready to accept that I really just want to dye fabrics that can be used in this type of quilt and in landscape quilts. I like the blue/green and pink/yellow/orange combinations. These fabrics will be cut up for the most part so I’m not too concerned with learning to dye in every conceivable pattern. I don’t really even require large amounts of gradated colors either. I just like a lot of color blended together. When the kids are back in school, I’ll go through my dye bin and see what I can make with the dyes I have left.

What is inspiring you today?


Monday Musings

That was the best post title I could come up  this morning!! I thought about, “Hey, Has Anyone Seen June?” or “Where The Heck Did The Month Go?” but those didn’t seem very exciting. Lol!!

So, it’s Monday and in the face of a mountain of laundry after a super busy weekend and another week of errands, appointments and getting ready for the holiday, I feel like…well, like…I’m never going to quilt again (never mind podcast or design something new)! From the look of a few Twitter posts this morning from fellow small craft business owners/stay at home moms, I’m not alone in this feeling today.  It must be the summer reality hitting.  I read some other blog posts this morning on keeping up with social media and how to utilize every minute of the day and honestly, it just made me tired.  I know I’ll strike a balance somehow this summer but you’ll just have to bear with me for a bit until I find my summer rhythm.

The quilt I would like to work on the most right now is the Lindsey Project. I left off at this stage…

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I also would like to pick up the work on the Window Pane 9 Patch. This quilt will go into my Etsy store as a finished item.

I have several design ideas in my head and several patterns that just need to be drafted into the right format for pattern selling.

I am waiting to hear back on a few submissions. If accepted, I need to actually construct those quilts as they were submitted as ideas in EQ7 form.

The girls had their music show this weekend…It was the show where the Double Slice Layer Cake was raffled off…

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It went home with a happy winner!

The girls also came home as happy winners! Amanda was the winner of the Spotlight Award which recognized her many accomplishments at the music school as well as at the high school.

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Lindsey was the winner of the Student Of The Year award for consistently putting in extra effort all year long!

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Both the girls also received medals and certificates for the instruments they play and for theater.
It was an amazing and fun filled evening. Greg and I are so incredibly proud of them.

Have a beautiful Monday!


A Finish, Flower Beds & Progress

Wow, what an awesome long weekend we had around here!! The weather was perfect for gardening, grilling, swimming and stitching!

Greg and I spent a great deal of time in the yard getting the flower beds and the vegetable garden ready for planting. He did the very hard work of mowing, mulching and rototilling. I got the weeds pulled and everything planted. Lindsey helped with the veggie plants and seeds.

The front flower beds look so much better now that two or three dead Azaleas have been pulled up and out! I also pulled out a huge amount of perennials that have been taking over for 18 years or so. I would much rather a garden with space in between the plants but until all those perennials are eventually out of the flower beds for good, I’ll have to go about it by yanking plants out each year. This is how the front beds look now…nice and clean with space. I wish I had a before picture of how overgrown it really was here.

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This back flower bed now has a blueberry bush added to it. It’s our second blueberry bush in the yard. Lindsey is really the one into the blueberries and she wanted a second bush so she can eat more! LOL!

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I am going to add some marigolds and petunias in there too.

I managed to get in a few moments of Sashiko while the kids were swimming in the afternoons and I finished the piece I had been working on. Today I made it into a pillow for my bed and I’m really pleased with how it came out.

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My next Sashiko piece will be this panel that I picked up at the Maui Quilt Shop last August.

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I also spent a small amount of time on the Lindsey Project and now she has some legs going on…

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I hope your weekend was quilty too!


This Is Getting Hard & MDSI

I generally don’t post from my iPhone but this morning I need to get going on weeding so I’ll go the fastest route!

The Twilters are using hashtag #MDSI on Twitter for some fun quilting posts all weekend long. We sew a bit, post a bit and do whatever else needs doing! That hashtag stands for Memorial Day Sew In. Join us?

Here is my Friday progress on the Lindsey Project. Now that I’m on flesh tones, this is getting HARD. Don’t get me wrong though, I am loving it!


This will be the project for me any chance I get this weekend!