Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Punk Vest Part 1

This vest is going to be my walking Artist's Statement. I will fill the pockets with business cards. It's a work in progress, and will be for a while. I'm quite proud of the back piece.

Punk Jacket in Progress

It bears more than a passing likeness to my machine, don't you think? Real punks use dental floss to attach their patches, but I had more white embroidery cotton than dental floss in the house. I'm sure you will also excuse my neat and even stitching.

Workspace and Work in Progress

This is where I work these days.

My Workspace 

I took this picture at the beginning of a new quilt. This is the stage where I put all my fabric out of the floor and leave out everything that catches my eye for the piece. Here's the quilt in progress:

Dragon Art Quilt in Progress 

It's inspired by this drawing and will include the words 'You're nothing but the truth'.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Finally Finished my Stage Crew Quilt!

It hibernated for months, but I finally finished it. This is the largest art quilt I've made, and I'm pleased with the results.

Stage Crew Art Quilt 

Another dream, another set of shadowy figures. This wasn't a chase; they were working backstage. Maybe they were monsters or maybe they were people in costumes and masks, but either way they were doing their job and not bothering anyone. 21.5" x 43.5" Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Now that I'm doing quilts full-time, I am building my fabric stash more seriously than before.

New fabric!

The holiday weekend sales (combined with special discount days) were good for me. I am particularly excited about the jogger print in the lower right. How cool is that?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hookah Cat Art Quilt

The fez didn't have a place in The Smoking Jacket, but was the natural starting point for my next smoking cat quilt:

Hookah Cat 

17" x 22". Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting. More calm in his face than sass, and of course a great hat.

Photography Setup 

Here's how I'm photographing my quilts these days... that is, with a cat sticking his nose into my business whenever he can!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Here's a little heart art quilt for Valentine's Day. The perfect piece for a cloudy afternoon.

 Little Heart 

8" x 8". Machine-appliqued cotton, cotton batting. Hope you're having a good time today with the people you love. Thank goodness for Skype!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Smoking Jacket

You may remember these antimacassars. Here, I've repurposed them for a little more texture in my most recent quilt, The Smoking Jacket.

The Smoking Jacket

Machine-appliqued cotton, vintage crochet, cotton batting. 19" x 22.5"
The Smoking Jacket (Detail) 

 Much like my own cat, this one has no sense of humor.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Gallery of Personal Trophies

Small trophies for those everyday victories...

Blue Personal Trophy 
Notice the empty plaque underneath each cup- that's to add whatever little (or not-so-little thing) you're proud of at the moment. 

Green Personal Trophy

It's about celebrating accomplishments that don't usually get celebrated and never overlooking what really matters.

 Tall Trophy Art Quilt 

You can see them all on my Flickr page here..

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Another Trophy

Hey, you.

Yes, you.

You look like you deserve a trophy.

Personal Trophy

Enjoy it, friend.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Two Color Brioche Mitts

I found the pattern in "Knitting Brioche". It's a good pattern for practicing two color brioche. The mitts match my Londinium Scarf.

Brioche mitts

I wasn't sure if putting all three primary colors together in one item was a good idea, but this reminds me of a super hero. Maybe Wonder Woman.

Brioche mitts close up

Yes. Wonder Woman.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Finished Cabled Scarf

Scarves are long and this one took me a while to get through. I wasn't a fan of the pattern because it required stitches on two cable needles at a time, which could be tricky.

Finished Londinium Scarf

It was worth the effort, though, and I regret nothing. The color is a little more teal than the picture shows.