A Quilt for Wendi

100_0239In the mid 1990s (when I was working part time and had plenty of free time on my hands) I began piecing this quilt for my friend Wendi.  I worked on it right up until the time I came back to Oklahoma and resumed working full time.  I’ve always meant to get back to it, but never have.  To this point all of the work is done by hand.  The plan was to do everything by hand.  Even the quilting.  Well, times have changed and I no longer have that much free time on my hands.

This year Wendi will celebrate her 50th birthday and I would like to have this quilt done in time to give it to her.  Obviously, the only way that is going to happen is if I complete the rest of the work by machine, so that is what I’m going to do.

Time to get busy!

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A Quilt For Ken

A few days before Christmas Ken was purging his t-shirt drawer of shirts he no longer wears.  I noticed that some of them were shirts he still wanted to keep so I made them into a quilt for him. 



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The Muse Speaks

A few minutes after Darcy left from our last photo shoot for my book I decided the time had come to get back to work on my second One Block Wonder.  I had started this quilt several years ago, but never had the design wall free long enough to do the design work.  Before some other job had a chance to come along and claim the wall space I quickly put all the blocks up.  After that I spent about two weeks studying and rearranging them while working on customer projects.  Yesterday I finished sewing the blocks into a single unit that is now ready to go shopping for border fabric. 


I’m pretty sure I know what fabric I want for the main border, but it will have to wait until Wednesday when I’m at the quilt shop.

After finishing up this bit of sewing I moved on to a quilt top that I purchased at the Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show this past weekend.


The stars are nicely hand pieced, but the yellow triangles were poorly added by machine and the top was also assembled by machine.  That yellow fabric is also a cheap polyester.  Other quilters would have taken the thing apart, replaced the yellow with a better fabric, and then put it back together.  At the very least the blocks should have been separated, squared up, and then put back together.  But I’m far too impatient for that.  I’d rather make a whole new top from scratch that fix any existing problems.  Besides, I only paid $20 for it.  What I did do was stabilize the outer edge by adding a border.  Just the right piece of fabric was sitting on my cutting table waiting for a home.


I have a pretty good idea how I want to quilt this, but it will have to wait its turn.  I’m hoping it won’t have to wait too long.

Next up on the design wall?  I have purchased the fabric for this year’s Hoffman Challenge.  The second I saw the fabric I knew what I would do with it.  Now I’d best get to work so that I’ll have some time to play later this week.

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Fracture Frenzy

F.Frenzy_CoverIt’s been five years, but I’ve finally put together all of my new fracturing ideas into a second book.  It’s currently at the printer and is available for advanced purchase here along with my first book Fabulous Fractures.


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2014 — The Year of the Muse

2013 has been a busy year.  I’ve finished up my terms on the boards of a couple of local guilds and I’m almost done writing my second book which is due out in January.  I have promised myself a full year off so that I can follow the whims of my muse.  This could mean anything from finishing off some of the many UFOs that are calling my name to getting started on a few more.  I have some other book ideas I would like to pursue and I just might make a few test quilts for them during this time.  The key is, I’m going to take the time to do what moves me.  Well, at least when I’m not busy quilting for my customers!

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A Fair Showing

It’s state fair time again and this year I managed to come up with 10 quilts to enter.  I think I did pretty well.

I won five first place ribbons this year.


I also won three second place ribbons.


Followed up by one each fourth and fifth pace.


As usual, I apologize for the poor focus.  Those glass panels really mess with my camera!

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Time Off

Yes, I know today is the day I should be working on my Nearly Insane project, but due to poor time management on my part I’ll be working on my guild’s raffle quilt instead.  NI will return next month.

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The Insanity Continues

I skipped last month because I was at camp and forgot to take this project with me.  Oh, well.

This month I have completed two more blocks.

#23 - The Cat in the Hat

#24 - Goofy

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My small group’s current challenge word is “harmony.”  As I was driving home from our meeting I had two phrases pop into my head — “Harmony of the Spheres” and “Simple Harmonic Motion.”  After cruising around on the internet for a while looking at various images I decided to settle on simple harmonic motion (SHM).

At this point I knew pretty much what I wanted – several sine waves superimposed on each other with the sections colored in Mondrian fashion.  The next big thing was to determine what the frequencies of those sine waves should be.

I thought about using a fundamental frequency and its overtones, but instead chose three frequencies whose ratios, 4:5:6, represent a major chord in music.

Once that decision was made it was time to graph my waves and choose my fabrics.  I decided to represent the amplitude of each wave with a primary color and the regions where they overlapped with the appropriate secondary colors.  Since I had no regions where all three colors needed to blend I didn’t have to worry about how to represent that (though I had already decided to use a dark brown if I needed that).

I fused a piece of white fabric to a piece of Timtex, fused the colored sections on top of that, and satin stitched over the raw edges (including the outside edge) with black thread.

Now I simply need to decide which side I want to call “Up.”  Just for fun I think I’ll take a poll.  Please vote on which orientation you like best.





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Yes, I’ve been rather quiet lately, but I hope to correct that.  Last night was my small group meeting and our latest 12 x 12 challenge was due.  The word was bird.  We really outdid ourselves on this one.  Some of the girls even made more than one quilt.

First up to show what they had done was Debra.  She made two quilts.  Her first effort wasn’t working for her so she tossed it aside and tried a new one.  This is what she came up with.

After it was done she decided to revisit her first idea and made it work.  I really haven’t decided which one I like better.

Next we have Brenda W’s entry.

All five of those wings are double sided and really do button/unbutton.  That means you can change them around to suit your mood.  Too cool!

Next Brenda D. showed us a two sided quilt.  This first side is actually the back of the quilt.

She didn’t think anyone would really get it (it’s a statement on why birds should not be allowed to take vacation photos) so she did a second design which is the front of the quilt.Personally, I prefer the back of the quilt.

Alice took a completely different path and gave us a portrait of one of her favorite basketball players.

I took this opportunity to practice a little thread painting.  I tried to convert one of my quilted peacock feathers it something a little more interesting.

Janice gave us a beautiful bird of paradise.

Gailynn’s unfinished entry was a mola.  It had some real dove feathers attached to it.

Becky got really carried away with the theme and brought us three quilts.  The first one was supposed to have a crane’s shadow appliqued over the piece, but when she saw the perfect intersection in the center she just couldn’t bear to bring herself to cover it up!

Her second entry shows a view from above looking down into a bird’s nest.  Yes, those red diamonds are baby bird beaks.  THEY ARE HUNGRY!!

Those are real peacock feathers in this last quilt.  She covered them with tulle and then quilted them into place.Laura was inspired by the painted buntings who visit her bird feeder twice a day.

Sharon’s yard bird has real googly eyes.  I love googly eyes!

Debi gave us an owl petroglyph.  The leaves around the edge are silk leaves that fold over onto the back of the quilt.

Sarah brought us a toucan that isn’t quite finished yet.

Our next challenge word is “harmony.”

After sharing our challenges we moved on to the regular show and share portion of the program.  Debi brought in a piece she’s making for her husband Bart’s office.

Brenda W is tired of her relatives throwing away birthday cards that she pays a lot of money for so this year she decided to make her own cards in hopes they’ll hang on to them.

Becky created this flag as a retirement gift for one of the generals on base who will be retiring in November. 

Can you see the eagle’s head in the blue field?  That was really an accident, but we won’t tell!  8:-)

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