“Beach House” Finished for Summer

“Beach House” is another new piece I’ve finished just in time for summer. I tried something different with the improvisational piecing for this one, creating just one band of color set against a yellow and orange background. When it was finished, a small house shape appeared almost in the center–a blue body with a green…

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Back on Track

Thanks to all who commented on my last post about creativity and chaos. I think the secret is to just show up in the studio and put something together, even if it’s just “therapy sewing” of random pieces. That’s what I did in the piece at right–its temporary name is Wonky Square.  For the interior,…

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Thoughts on Creativity and Chaos – New Quilt Finished

I got the photos back from my photography session last week and I’ll be sharing the images and posting them to my website this week. I’m having a little trouble coming up with a name for the quilt at right, which is unusual for me. It’s pieced from purchased hand dyed fabric and hand quilted…

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“Jazz Rhythms” Accepted at Denver National Quilt Festival

Wow–I didn’t realize I’d gotten way off my posting schedule–sorry about that! The Great Falls Studios Spring Art Festival was tons of fun last weekend, but the people in charge of scheduling the venue accidentally overbooked it, so we had to take the entire show down Saturday night and put it back up again at…

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The Power of Sketching – New Work

I finished and delivered the commission piece I’ve been working on for the last couple of months–that’s a great feeling. On the list I belong to for members of Studio Art Quilt Associates there was a thread not long ago about the power of using a sketchbook to record ideas and thoughts for times when…

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An Unexpected Surprise

I was just notified that “Parcheesi” was chosen to be included as one of 55 pieces archived as part of the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I’m thrilled to be selected to be part of this collection. I created this piece as part of the Studio Art…

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QAWM Update – Almost There

After several false starts, this is my quilt in progress for the QAWM – Quilt Along with Melody challenge.  I used scraps of the bright novelty fabrics I’ve been collecting for some time–bits and pieces left over from other projects. I made wonky log cabin blocks with black and white centers, then cut them in…

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New Color Block Quilt

The beginnings of this piece had been up on my design wall for a couple of months patiently waiting for me to decide how to finish it. But life kept getting in the way–shows, the holidays, my son home from college, the winter doldrums–until a couple of weekends ago I found myself with about 24…

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QAWM Update – a new plan

I found that the blocks I was working on for the Quilt-Along-With-Melody challenge were too regular and predictable for me, so I’ve decided to take another route. I cut 4.5″ squares of black and white fabrics and dumped out all the scraps I’ve been saving from the bright novelty prints I initially said I wanted…

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