• My Show at Latimer Textile Center

    I must apologize, it’s been a while since I posted anything. I am not very computer savvy to begin with and lately there have been a lot of updates to WordPress that have changed the way of adding content making me feel like I’m back in first grade and… well… frankly… I’d rather be quilting.

    Enough whining (you want some cheese with that whine?), what I want to talk about tonight is my solo show at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center that started in March and will run through April. I know many of you will not be able to go see it so I am posting some photos I took of my quilts hung in the show; the layout of the room makes getting a shot straight on a challenge so many of the pictures are shot from an angled perspective. I do hope you can make it to see the show, photos never do justice to a quilt. Tillamook is an easy day trip from Portland and while visiting you can do a little shopping at Jane’s Fabric Patch (in the pink house at the southern edge of town) and grab some lunch – or at least an ice cream cone – at the new Tillamook Creamery, it is just around the corner from Latimer Textile Center.

  • Upcoming January Classes

    I have some upcoming classes in the second half of January that still have seats available.

    Batik Snowflakes: A quick EASY machine applique method of making intricate snowflake blocks that can be made into pillows with just one block or into a quilt with multiple blocks. Friday January 18, at Montavilla Sewing Center – Gresham.

    Batik Snowflake in the layered technique.

    Button Fantasia: A lovely combination of wool applique and embroidered medallions made on 4-Patch blocks to showcase buttons (vintage or just leftover strays). My first sample was made with Taupe Yarn Dyes, my second with Woolies Flannels and I’m starting a third one with base blocks made from denim. This class is almost full. Sunday January 20 at Sharon’s Attic in Aloha.

    Button Fantasia: A sampler of pieced blocks with wool applique and hand embroidered medallions to create a setting for buttons

    From Photo to Fabric: Design your own landscape quilt from a photo in this two session class on January 22 & 29 at Cedar Ridge Quilts in Oregon City (the photos I posted are quilts made by previous students).

    A Room With a View: Part of my Journal Quilt class series. You will find a beautiful scenic print (or print a scenic photo on fabric) and frame it with one of a variety of architectural window styles. January 23 at Montavilla Sewing Center in Gresham.

    A Room With A View – Gothic Style

    Technique Toolbox: This is a new ‘series’ of short classes I am offering that will cover a useful quilting technique every month. Though geared towards novice quilters, it also would benefit more advanced quilters looking to expand their quilting skills. This month’s technique is Partial Seam Construction; this method is necessary for some traditional block patterns and also helpful to know for some quilt layouts. The pattern we will use creates a woven ‘trellis’ and is an easy introduction to this technique. Thursday January 24 at Montavilla Sewing Center in Lake Oswego.

    These easy ‘trellis’ blocks require partial seam construction

    Design Elements: This is a design class that will show you how to map out a pattern that utilizes blocks, borders and fields of pieced fabrics to create a unique composition of your very own. It’s a great way to create a ‘home’ for orphan blocks or you can choose a sampling of your favorite block designs. Saturday January 26 at Cedar Ridge Quilts in Oregon City.

    Design Elements Quilt – Contemporary Sampler featuring several star blocks in varying sizes surrounded by pieced panels and fields and borders.

    Contact the individual stores to enroll; you will find links to each store on my class schedule page

    Sakura – a Design Elements Quilt

  • Coming in March – Art and Soul Retreat

    On Wednesday March 13, 2019 I am offering an evening class on using natural objects to print fabric and/or paper. Nature offers a variety of source materials – plant materials such as leaves and branches (bare or leafy) and some vegetables yield wonderful designs.

    My favorite nature prints come from leaves. There is such a wide range of shapes, sizes and sometimes intricate details; leaves offer an incredible range of design potential. You can focus on the leaf forms themselves or play with simpler shaped leaves in a variety of arrangements.

    I first experimented with stamping leaves in my younger years, printing them onto exotic Japanese rice papers. I would stamp and press merrily away using the successes to make handmade cards while the ‘rejects’ were chalked up to the luck of the draw. Speaking of which, nature printing is serendipitous, you don’t know how well your impression came out until you lift away the leaf and see the results so it pays to do some test prints to check the viscosity of the paint and how to apply it correctly and keep an open mind enjoying the process. Some prints will be drop dead perfect while others… Even the failures might have a bright future, This collage bird was made onto a backdrop of one such ‘failure’ but look how perfect it was as a backdrop.

    Red Bird collage on maple leaf background print

    It can be fun to play with different textures of fabric, trying everything from flat goods to fabrics with a nap or nubby silks and linens… Once done the prints can be cut up for collage (paper or fabric) or you can print your own yardage. If you are adventurous, you can even press leaf prints onto garments or pieced quilt blocks. If you love applique, you can print leaves to cut out and applique onto your projects for an unusual take on the ‘fussy-cut’ applique method.

    Whether you are a paper artist or fabric artist this will be a very fun class and you will leave at the end with some new ideas as well as some nature prints to play with.