• Good News and Upcoming Events

    Finally! I have bought a gallery and am in the process of preparing my photos to load into it and build my gallery. It will probably be a slow process but at least I’m one step closer to having something up on the site. Stay tuned for further updates.

    Onto upcoming events. I have a Totems class scheduled at A Common Thread This coming Sunday April 10. I LOVE this project and have created a virtual menagerie of animal totems for the class though I’ve only had the opportunity to make a few samples. The two  shown are the latest ones I finished and I have another two in progress.

    Deer Totem embellished with turquoise beads and copper pennies
    Deer Totem embellished with turquoise beads and copper pennies
    Lizard Totem with a Bold Over Batik insert fabric
    Lizard Totem with a Bold Over Batik insert fabric

    Next week I fly to Nevada to teach and lecture for the Desert Quilters, I will be presenting a trunk show and several classes on Landscape Quilts.

    Windswept Trees with Confetti Embellishments
    Windswept Trees with Confetti Embellishments

  • Color Talk

    Nothing like waiting for the eleventh hour to announce something but I still haven’t gotten a good handle on this Social Media stuff. Let’s blame it on tax time – yeah – that’s as good an excuse as any.

    Tomorrow I will be at the Milwaukie Airing of the Quilts and will be giving a demo/presentation in the library from 1pm – 2:30 pm. The presentation is on Color Theory and if you have ever felt intimidated by working with color or made a quilt out of colors you love but then did not like the finished quilt, this is the lecture for you.

    Extended color wheel of fabric
    Extended color wheel of fabric

    Learn what ‘value’ means and why it is perhaps the most critical factor in your quilt and how to troubleshoot your color choices BEFORE you sew them into your quilt – let’s face it – nobody LIKES to use a seam ripper. Learn the importance of color proportion and distribution and how you can control color to make your quilts spectacular.

    Included will be a variety of of ways to create color palettes beyond just working with formulas from a color wheel.

    The presentation will include a trunk show of my quilts where some of these methods were used.

    I hope to see some of you there.

    Picasso
    Picasso

  • Metolius River Retreat

    Just back from a weekend retreat at a friend’s cabin on the Metolius River. We had a great time and got a lot of quilting done. As usual, I brought far more projects than I could possibly wok on but then, I never know what I will be in the mood to do so I like variety in my choices which is not a problem given how many simultaneous projects and deadlines I have.

    Stained Glass Quilt Cyclamen design being quilted
    Stained Glass Quilt Cyclamen design being quilted

    I did make progress on two projects. One is a class sample for a Stained Glass Quilt class I have scheduled at Pioneer Quilts in August. The pattern of a Cyclamen is my original design and I have a couple of other floral patterns that will be available. The quilt top has been done for a while but needed to be quilted and I got most of that done at the cabin; all that remains to do is quilt the border and borders are always a challenge for me to decide on what to do with them.

    The second one I worked on is an ongoing foundation paper piecing project with small ‘medallion’  blocks that resemble those you see on Navajo rugs. I drafted the foundation patterns to use in borders on one of my Animal Totem quilts but I enjoyed the process of making them so much that I continued to crank them out for a future quilt. They are precise because of the foundation piecing and they use up lots of scraps. I’ve worked out how large each scrap needs to be for each part of the block and I assemble the fabrics for individual blocks while watching movies on Netflix. I can’t stand watching TV with idle hands and this is a great project to occupy me in the evening. After the pinned bundles of pieces are tossed into a Zip-loc bag, it’s a simple matter to pull out the color coordinated scraps to piece the blocks. These may end up as another border somewhere or maybe even a standalone quilt – who knows?