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This and That

Monday, January 26th, 2015


I have neglected to mention that my little Fiesta quilt was featured in this Quilting Arts Magazine article on using hand stitching in quilts, written by Jane Davila.

I am sitting here, icing my knee. I think I have tendonitis or bursitis in my knee. It is painful and so I am trying a home remedy of icing, ace bandage and Aleve. I am also limiting my walking because, well, it hurts when I walk!!

I did manage to get some stuff done today after spending the morning on SDA work. I got started on quilting the leaf quilt for the EB master class. I quilted the dark background and edgestitched the leaves. Tomorrow, I will turn them into leaves with veins.


I also did some photoshop work to create some thermofax screens for this months Printed Fabric Bee project. Tomorrow, I will limp on down to the studio and do some printing.



Science Themed Printed Fabric Bee

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014


October’s theme, chosen by Jackie Lams, was science. I was a bit baffled about what to do. All I could think of was the atomic symbol. So, I did a search on science clip art and came up with DNA strands.

DNA Strands

I drew them with india ink pens and made thermofax screens, but the screens burned too much and the screens started disintegrating. So, back home to regroup. This time I took the drawn screens and made photocopies on my old Canon copier and got much better screens.


I played around with different colors and background fabric and ended up using chartreuse for the background. Here is the 12 x12 piece for Jackie.


And here is the 6 inch piece for the give away.


After doing the dna strand printing, I thought the piece needed something more so I used one of my little stencils and added the red squares.


For a chance to win this fabric pack, go to Jackie’s blog, our FB page and the Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment.


Here I Am!!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014


It has been a week since our critique group met. I have been busy, busy. Here is Taking Leaf of My Senses redux. I like it so much more. I need to take some yellow paint to the fall leaves as they are not showing up as well as I would like.

Here is Flight Through Sky Blue Pink redux. I lopped off the top so that the pink cheesecloth area is not in the middle. I think it works much better. You can click on either image to see them larger.


I met with the church ladies in Albany on Monday. I thought I was a go to get the commission and then I got an e-mail from them saying that the church requires to submissions so they were meeting with a second artist this week. Then they will take both proposals to the board  next month to make the final decision.

I received my copy of Women Who Come to the Table this week. It is a book about the Dinner at Eight exhibits that Jamie Fingal and Leslie Jenison have curated for several years. It is a nice book of images of all the quilts and photos of the dinners that have taken place in Houston.


I was honored to have my Hugs and Kisses quilt introduce the section about the An Exquisite Moment exhibit, last year.


I have been in 3 of the exhibits. I never got anything done for this year since I was busy moving.


I have been working on printing fabric for this month’s theme for The Printed Fabric Bee. The theme is science. Here is a sneak peak:


We just got home from a wonderful concert by The Oregon Symphony. Time to call it a day.

The Printed Fabric Bee – June Edition

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014


Another month has come and gone and we have a new collection of fabrics printed by the members of the bee for June’s Queen Bee, Susan Purney Mark. She chose an industrial theme with neutral colors.

Here is my piece for Susan:


Here is how I created this. I started with a piece of hand-dyed gray fabric. I looked through my thermofax screens for a particular screen which I made a while ago and looks like steel girders, but I couldn’t find it. I did find my screen of stacked chairs that I had used for my Twelve by Twelve chair quilt. You can see it here. This is the screen smudged with black paint.


I got really messy with the black paint and I even spilled half a bottle.


Here is the first layer.


Next, I found a stencil with random squares that looked like it could be a good counter point to the thermofax screen.


I found some LiquiTex white paint which I mixed with some textile medium.


I just hit the stencil with a paint sponge in random swipes.

Here is the 6-inch piece which will be part of the giveaway. I am really happy with how this turned out.


To have a chance to win this collection, you can comment on Susan’s blog (link is at the top) or leave a comment on the Printed Fabric Bee blog or FB Page.

Printing Text

Friday, May 30th, 2014


This morning, I awoke, feeling like the crappy virus had left me. By late morning, I was up for a walk with Scooter and Mr C. After lunch, I headed for my studio to get the printing done for this month’s Printed Fabric Bee Queen. The criteria was – text based, favored color – turquoise and other bright colors, 12 inches square.

I found a turquoise fabric that I had painted a while ago.


Lisa said we could use any kind of text, real or imagined. I have a stamp with fake handwriting. I used purple dynaflow paint.


Here is the base printing on the fabric with the stamp and purple paint.


For the next layer, I used a thermofax screen that I made some time ago. I used chartreuse screen printing paint.


I was disappointed that I did not get a sharper print with the chartreuse. My test on plain muslin was much better. But, it has a nice subtlety.


I got a great idea for my What’s Blue to You quilt for High Fiber Diet. It has to be 24 x 60 inches. I printed out a rastorized version of my idea and pinned it to my design wall. I think it is going to work. So that is my project for next week. Stay tuned for the fun.

I snapped a photo of the street car that rolls by my studio. Love the sound.