Saturday, December 31, 2011


  Yes it's Scrap-a-mania!  Yipee!  I am making all kinds of lap quilts for kids to enjoy.  Right now I have 3 that are alike that are all done except the binding.  Those are pictured here.
The three quilts are alike with respect to design.  The printed fabrics are placed randomly and all three quilts are bordered all around in white as are each of the blocks.

The quilting was done on my sewing machine in sets of three rows with about an inch and one half between each set.  Here is also shown the backing on two of the quilts.

Here you see the backing on the third quilt - it is a solid yellow- it is what I had on hand, remember I am stash busting!

This shows a portion of the overall design of the three quilts.  These quilts were fast and easy.
   Started are at least 7 others which I will employ half square triangles.  The half square triangle always does a great job because you can play with them endlessly to create a mountain of designs that will please almost any quilt enthusiast.  Color is the secondary consideration with those.  I will be sewing them ALL together before I bind them, that way I can sit at the end of the evening and hand sew the binding on.   I can't wait to see what direction the half square triangles lead me to.  It's very exciting.
  Once the tops are all sewn together it's onto the machine for them and I will do some simple quilting.  What I have not decided to do is quilt in the ditch or do some square stitching to accent the square design that will come out of them.  I will photo them and show when they are completed as well.
  Then I will move on to a different pattern - I think maybe a "braid".  We'll see.
   Another year is about to come to an end - the goals that I had set for myself of finishing some of the UFO's that are flying around in my sewing room were met, well at least some of them and I am glad about that.  I also did manage to do some more dyeing than last year.  And also though try as I might I started a few more projects that are now in the near finished stage - NOT the UFO stack.  So for the next couple of days I will be thinking about what goals I will set for myself for this coming year frolicking with fabrics.  What goals are you contemplating for yourself?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Handmade Christmas!

Seinfeld fans will recognize this borrowed idea - we all had a great laugh over this.  Great job Sarah.

Something for me to knit!  I plan to use a fork!  Yummy!  Thanks Sarah.

From an old B movie - Manos the Hands of Fate!  A family favorite on MST3000!  This must have been a little tricky to do!

The SS Sousa!  Mmm a chocolate boat!  Even the fish in the ocean want a bite of this.
Christmas was wonderful!  Money was in short supply but creativity was abundant! Look at these great handmade things that were given. Without planning it that way, much of Christmas was based around food this year.  Of course who doesn't like to eat! But primarily handmade was the idea. Above is a sampling, some of the ideas were created.  Sarah had so much fun doing this that she plans to do it again next year!  I can't wait to see what she makes.  Thanks Sarah - you did a great job. 
Michael made a music CD that made us all laugh hysterically, we had tears rolling down our faces.  He did the cover of the CD with famous celebrities that he did impersonations of.  We laughed so hard our sides were hurting.  I will post pictures later during the week here of that. 
All in all we all had a great time, a great meal and lots of fun.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas To All

 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inns (Luke 2:6-7). 
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were afraid.

 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 

 (This small nativity set is from a kit/pattern that I purchased many years ago and cannot remember the name of the company that made this.  If I find the kit or remember who is the creator of this I will certainly credit them. The fabrics used are from Cranston Printworks.)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

“A Visit from St. Nicholas" or Twas the Night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

by Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863)

Santa and his sack full of toys.  This has been set out each year for Christmas at our house.  I love the little doll that sticks out of  Santa's sack.  The "kit" was a printed piece of yardage made by Cranston Printworks (if memory serves).  Just cut, sew and stuff, of course you could embellish any way you like.   I think it is out of print now.  

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Wonky Leaf

The Wonky Leaf
  Some time ago I decided to do some stitching, a lot of stitching.  I can't quite remember how exactly I did this little piece but I do remember that I did not use a hoop, hence the wobbly wonky-ness. (I just made that word up).  In any case it is heavily stitched and feels much like a fabric patch that one might sew onto another item, maybe a tote bag or even a denim jacket.  Maybe one day it will end up on one of those items when the mood strikes me.  It measures just under 6 inches long and about 4 inches wide, is beaded.  The threads used are Sulky brand, except for the black - not sure what I used for that.
  The lesson here is USE A HOOP to obtain a flat piece.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Half Square Triangle FUN !

 So I have lots of half square triangles now and am playing!  Just thought that you might like to see what I have been up to with them.  Here are a few pictures of layouts that being contemplated for you to look at.  Enjoy!  I don't know if I will actually use these layouts but it is fun rearranging the pieces.  I take photos of each layout so that I can compare each layout to see which one or ones that I like best.  None of these fabrics are from my own dyed stash, all are purchased fabrics and you may recognise some of them as they are from a years old collection.    I am attempting to minimize my stash somewhat! Ha.  Then I can proceed on to my own hand dyed fabric collection.  I am imposing this upon myself as a goal to the treat ahead.     

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Half-Square Triangle

  In trying to use up some of my fabric stash I have been sewing up a storm of half square triangles.  If any of you have ever worked with half square triangles before then you know that they can be tricky to make and time consuming to sew.    But I found a web site that offers a free pattern in different sizes of these little gems  ( You just have to print it then cut and sew!  You will have lots of half square triangles at your disposal...along with lots of fun and creativity to boot.  You could even join a half square triangle swap to add variety to your project.  The possibilities are endless! 

hanging rows of half square triangles
half square triangles
random layout half square triagnles
directional layout half square triangle

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blue Green Line - Spirals, Stripes, Salamanders and Dots

  Now showing the Blue Green Line set of fat quarters hand dyed by yours truly.  Though the colorway is limited and the designs are simple, but the techniques were varied in creating this grouping.  I used mono-printing, stamping (with my own stamps that I designed), painted on thickened dye, dye paste and over-dyeing.   The designs are spirals, stripes, salamanders and dots.  Again I have used fat quarter sized pieces of 100% cotton fabric.  This is an easily managed size to work with, although larger pieces of other designs and colors are in my stash that I have also designed, you just need more room to spread out! Here are a couple of views.  Have a look, hope you like what you see.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Some of My New Fabrics

Here are just a few of my newest fabrics.  All are 100 per cent cotton, hand dyed and printed by me!  Hope you like seeing them. 

These are fat quarter size.  They have been dyed at least once, then over dyed for additional texture (fish fabric).  Then each was printed using fabric print medium using my own designs. 

They were very much fun to make.

Watch for more next weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Disappointing Results

The results of the Rhode Island Small Quilt Challenge are disappointing as there were no entries.  I thought there would be at least a few entries, but I guess with the economy and busy lives of people there just was not enough interest.  That's okay though - I am onto my next project that I may include on this blog at a later date.   I haven't any pictures to show at this moment - but check back this coming weekend and I will have some of my hand dyed fabrics to see.  Have a great day everyone.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Through the Window

Through the Window is made using all cotton fibers.  The center motif is made using cotton which has been slightly felted so it tears apart rather easily.  "Inside" you see bright colors depicting warmth and comfort,"outside" the night is dark and cold.

This piece was made using a vinegar dye bath and the microwave oven!  The color saturation is intense and the vinegar neutralized any odors that were lingering in the kitchen!  Though this method resulted in brilliant color, I would not use it in a sewn item that might need to be washed at some point as the the color bled out quite a bit.  Seeing as my plans for use were only ornamental no harm done. 

In subsequent experiments I tried other pieces of cotton fabric using more heat, less fabric, more vinegar, less vinegar - the results were pretty much the same.  My thinking there was to leave the fabric in heat longer to set the dye better - well that didn't work very well as the fabric charred (caught on fire) in areas where it had folds.  That left some interesting patterns in the fabric.  Those fabrics did not go to waste though as the blackened areas added some interest and I will find a purpose for them as well at some point.

So be wary when using vinegar dye bath, it does work to dye fabrics -but be cautious what you use that fabric in!

Friday, September 16, 2011

RI Mini Quilt Countdown !

"Shades of Blue" mini quilt unfinished today, maybe I'll finish it tomorrow, maybe.
This is indeed a mini quilt - only about 5" or 6" square.  It isn't quilted yet or bound.  You would think that a thing so small would be finished before I start showing it off.  Soon, but I wanted show something of interest rather than just a bunch of words to remind everyone that the Rhode Island Mini Quilt Challenge deadline is only 27 days away!  Yikes!

Need some more ideas?  How about the beautiful Block Island, you can rent a bicycle and ride the entire island.  There are 20 lighthouses of historic value.  There is an island off the coast of Jamestown that is covered by a house that can be rented out - you get there by boat!  How much fun is that?

In Providence on Federal Hill you see a great pineapple overhead welcoming you as you enter the area.  Some good food there.  In fact through out the state you could "travel the world" via a culinary experience - restaurants that feature foods from near and far.

Hope this is of some help.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Some Simple Stitching

Free motion attempt, click to enlarge and click again to see a detailed view.
  Here is my attempt at free motion stitching on a small scale.  I wanted to try out some different design work on a small piece with small areas to stitch in.  I carefully measured each area on a scrape of fabric, placed a piece of cotton batting between each fabric and then put the fabric into an old wooden embroidery ring (because I didn't want to go out and buy one).  The feed dogs were lowered on my Janome sewing machine and a dark purple thread was used and I closed my eyes (not really) and let the needle do it's magic.  Here is the result.  The big circle that you see is the impression of the embroidery ring.  Not too bad for a first attempt, can only get better with practice and maybe a larger piece of fabric scrape.  What do you think?

By the way ONLY 28 days left before the Rhode Island Mini Quilt Challenge deadline. .  . October 13th.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Update on the Rhode Island Mini Quilt Challenge

Only 29 more days left until October 13 as of today!  Is anyone having a hard time with subject matter, or have any other questions?  Feel free to contact me  through this blog, I will try to help.

There is much to see in this small state!  Of course a familiar thing that is heard quite frequently in Rhode Island is "That's too far!" or "Way out there?"  "Oh, that's too far!" - and that is traveling within the state!  LOL   The state is only about 40 miles long and 30 miles wide!  About 1000 sq miles of coastline.

There are mansions there and not just in Newport, home of The Breakers, but also Blithewold Mansion, which has an impressive bamboo garden on it's grounds.  The Tennis Hall of Fame is in Newport.  The capital building has one of the world's largest unsupported domes.  The biggest "bug" is seen off of Route 95.  The famous Dell's Lemonade, coffee syrup, Pawtucket Red Sox -the farm team for the Boston Red Sox, Providence Bruins, Waterfire ( a great event that happens during the summer months multiple times).  Home to Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design of which many well known textile artists have been taught at. 

Benefit Street is a lovely street of Victorian and Colonial era homes that you can go on a guided walking tour.  It is quite charming.  The famous poet and writer, Edgar Allan Poe, spent some time there.  H.P. Lovecraft was born in Providence.

Gilbert Stuart Museum is in RI - you know the artist that painted George Washington.  And much much more.

If you need any more ideas let me know- I'll be glad to help.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2001 Quilt

This wall quilt was made shortly before the events that took place on September 11, 2001 but it is reminiscent of that terrible day.  As we mark the 10th year anniversary of the fall of the Twin Towers, The Pentagon, and the heroic actions that took the lives of a plane full of, at the time, anonymous heroes on United Airlines Flight 93, I would like to share my 9/11 Quilt with you.

The two white sections represent the innocence of the victims, while the pieced border represents all the races of man as none were spared.  The blue blocks on either side are the darkness we all were in watching the catastrophe unfold.   Another surround of colorful strips borders the entire piece as we hold together as a nation and a family in support of one another, no matter our walk of life.  The final border is red velvet which binds us all together in love and tenderness for one another on this haunting day.  There are tiny stitches of metallic thread throughout the solid blue sections and all around the red velvet representing stars of hope in the darkness.

                                                          WE ARE STILL HERE.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Textured Fabric - make your own

I thought it would be nice to show some textured fabric that I made some time ago.  It was a piece of fabric that I did not particularly like and decided to change it.  So I put it on the sewing machine and put the pedal to the metal going back and forth with a couple of different color threads.  In doing so the fabric itself has become somewhat of a back ground and the texture is the design part.

To accomplish this all you need to do is pick out one of the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, a thread that appeals to you in colors you like, a piece of fabric, a good, if not new, needle in your machine.  Set your stitches close and start stitching.

Click on the picture above to get a close up view.  Have fun with this - there are NO mistakes.

Just a reminder for those of you who are doing the Rhode Island quilt challenge, there is just over a month before the deadline.  See previous posts.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Irene - The Univited Guest

So we are in the midst of rain wind and dark skies as Irene comes to dinner later this evening.  I have to say that I really don't welcome her to the table.  She has no manners first of all coming uninvited and she breaks wind almost the whole time she is here.  How rude can you be? 

Anyhow the Rhode Island Mini Quilt challenge is progressing nicely.  I am looking forward to showing/ posting what I have received once the challenge is over.  Just a reminder that the deadline is October 13, 2011.  I am also considering having a vote for "Best in Challenge" with a fat quarter set as an award.  Let me know what you all think.

Stay safe if you are to be visited by Miss Irene otherwise have a great day.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rhode Island Mini Quilt Challenge

For my 100th post I am inviting viewers to a small challenge, if you are not a viewer you can certainly join in on the challenge - all are welcome.
   Have you ever been to or lived in or perhaps vacationed in Rhode Island?  Rhode Island is the smallest state of the United States.  It is also the 13th state and one of the original colonies.  Rhode Island was also the first state to declare independence from England.  For such a tiny place there is so much history.
There are also things that are indigenous and unique to RI.  It really is a wonderful place to be.
   The subject of the mini quilt is Rhode Island.  You can base your quilt on facts or fiction, a vacation memory or just a drive through the state.  The small state has many sites historic and otherwise as well as many interesting and little known facts.   There are many possibilities.
So the challenge is:
                                       To make a small quilt
                                        with three layers
                                        (top, batting and backing)
                                        measuring 13" by 13",
                                        which is bound
                                        either by fabric
                                        or stitching.

  Send to: Dyeing For You, 275 Harris Avenue, Unit 221, Providence, Rhode Island, 02909.  Please send with return postage so that you will receive your quilt back.  I will try to use your packaging if possible to return your items. Please insure your quilt item if you want insurance.  If you would like to inform me that your quilt is in the mail that is fine, that way I can be on the lookout for it.  I will also send confirmation of receipt via this blog.  All correspondence is through this blog.  Your mini quilts will be displayed on this blog after the submission deadline.

Deadline: October 13, 2011
Your quilt must have a sewn in or sewn on label on the back of your entry with your name and address on it.  Also, if your piece has a title this would be a good place to put it. 

I can't wait to see what everyone sends!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bye-bye Butterfly

  Oh well, I missed the big event.  I knew something was happening to the chrysalis - that the time was drawing near.  It was nearer than thought.  Only an empty shell remains.  So yesterday was the birthday so to speak of the black swallow-tail butterfly, though I did not see one floating around the yard.  Maybe it will come back if there are any goodies for it to feast upon.  Of course the dill that it may have come in on has died but that is okay, I kind of expected that to happen. It was given to me with very few roots. It does feed upon flower nectar.  And the larva stage only lasts 9 - 11 days which I mistakenly thought was 3 weeks.  Better luck next time - get the facts Jack!

  Yesterday though to make up for not witnessing the emerging butterfly, while at a local hardware store I happened to look down to the ground and spot a dragonfly.  It is a beautiful dark blue color, with wings spread out as if resting on a plant of some sort.  It is dehydrated from being on the concrete and in the sun, it now is here and I will post those pictures as soon as I take them.

  So it is a tradeoff!  Good for me  : D

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Baby Birds and Baby Bugs

  While weeding last weekend in the front yard a little bird flitted about.  It was incredibly hot and the little raptor was just sitting in the ferns with it's mouth agape.  Presuming that it was hot I provided a small shallow container of water which it did manage to take a few drops of.  I continued weeding as the mother bird, a chickadee chirped and flew here and there landing on the electrical wires, the nearby bushes and trees.  Keeping a close watch was she.  The chick did not even have it's tail feathers fully grown yet.  Here are some clips that I took of it,  I actually could have picked it up in my hands, that's how close I was.

  Also, something is happening to the chrysalis. A definite change - see for yourself in the two bottom pictures..  I don't think it is going to be much longer before the metamorphosis is complete.  I hope that I don't miss it.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Chrysalis Progress

Here is the little guy - if you click on the picture you can see it very enlarged and there is evidence that changes are happening.  It seems much shorter than it was a few days ago but maybe it's my imagination.  And the picture is sideways - not what I wanted, but you get the idea.
It doesn't appear that much is happening with this small critter though there are some changes.  It appears shorter and the color and texture are different, not as smooth I suppose.  Here are the pictures that were taken just a few moments ago so that you might see for yourself.  After the deluge and thunderstorms we had last night I am surprised that the creature is still there at all, which just speaks to its delicate strength. 

I am hoping to be able to see the completed metamorphosis.  Reading from different sources that the butterfly emerges in about three weeks time.  This usually happens in the morning so that it's wings can dry and become circulated.  I am toying with the idea of throwing a cheesecloth over the entire pot so that I might at least be able to see it, and possibly get some photos before it flies off on it's own.  We'll see.

         Well I guess the pictures will have to wait - I'll try to post them later.  For some reason the program is not responding to my commands. (*&^$  I tried one more time before I logged out and was able to download the pictures, however they are sideways - what is going on #$%&.  oops sorry : D

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Is It a Boy or a Girl? No, It's a Chrysalis!

Camouflaged by it's color and somewhat hidden location.

Here is the chrysalis that just this morning was a brightly colored larva
  At first I thought that maybe some small animal had come and eaten the larva (shown in previous post just three days ago), but upon further inspection I found that it has dramatically changed from just this morning.  It had let go of the cabbage plant stem and was only holding on by the top and bottom and it's middle "legs" were seemingly diminished.  I took a look at it before going out to run some errands around noon time and you could still see the vibrant coloration of it's body - nothing had really changed at that time.  (I should have known that something was happening when the only anchor was top and bottom.)  
   These are pictures of what I saw now known as a chrysalis, the pupa of a butterfly.  This is the third stage of the insect that goes through a complete metamorphosis also known as holometabolism.
  If you click on the bottom picture you can see that even the insect world knows how to use fibers!  You can see the very thin line of silk anchoring this pupa in place on either side.  Just how amazing is Mother Nature?!  (Actually all silk comes from the silk worm.)  

Take a Look at This

"Twists and Turns in the Road" 
  Indigo is one of the more time consuming dye methods and takes patience as you must prepare your fabrics for the dye process, have designs in mind and if necessary stitched or drawn out on your fabric, and  have your dye vat ready to go.  It sounds like much work but it is all well worth the extra effort.  As I have said previously indigo is one of those dyes that is seemingly "magical".  When you first put your beautiful white fabric into the dye vat you are soaking it for only a couple of minutes to achieve a pretty blue color.  When you remove it carefully from the vat it is green - not just any green but a yellowy-green that might be somewhat disappointing but only wait a few seconds as the dye oxidizes the color become more of an emerald green and eventually turns to blue.  With each successive dip it becomes deeper and deeper until you feel that the fabric has the color depth you are looking for.  Above you can see one of the quilts that I made a few years ago using a shibori method and indigo. The variations in color depth show that the more times the fabric is dipped into the vat the deeper the color.
  Have a look at this website, Carol Anne Grotrian has some fabulous quilts to show you.  There are some pretty impressive indigo quilts on the site.  The stitching itself tells the tale of time as well as some of the subject matter she uses as inspiration.  They are well executed with beautiful detail and depth allowing the viewer to have the feeling of being there.  She has captured the Japanese style quite well using shibori methods and indigo.  If you like indigo and shibori you will love this peek into her world.
  Also on her site are other quilts from earlier periods of her work. Please have a look there is much to see.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Another Inspiration!

Black Swallow Tail larva just hanging around my cabbage plant - which the little guy can have!

Same larva, just another view from above capturing its head, I don't think that it is eating the cabbage though.  

Here is the topside of the same larva.  I love the rows of black against the green and yellow.  It is a quite striking pattern.  Do Black Swallow Tail  butterfly larva like cabbage?  I can't say that I blame them if they don't, even if it is good for you.
  So this year having decided to plant cabbage, only because of the color of the foliage as it will not enter this body (bleh), I came across a brightly colored caterpillar.  Into the house I ran (as if the little fellow was going to run away with all those legs!) to grab my camera.
  When I came back outside it was still there, whew!. So snap snap snap, once again mother nature has provided an incredible sample of just what she can do!  Identifying it as a black swallow tail butterfly larvae with my handy dandy high tech library (computer) was very time consuming, it took around twenty point nine five seconds, but I did it.  I was determined, by golly.
  So here are some of the snaps that I took.  Click to enlarge them.  If it is still in the same place I will take some more pictures to see if it is planning to make this spot it's home while it turns into a butterfly, hope so.  Don't know if it needs protection, but mother nature has planned all that out I'm sure.  My plan is to make another quilt using this small insect as my inspiration.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Around the World

  One of the things that I love about blogging is that the world is so near.  I see that people from all around the globe have visited, some from very unexpected countries.  There are so many things that unite us, many more than separate.  So I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have visited my blog, with all of the countless blogs I am grateful that you have stopped in to take a gander at what I am showing you.  Please come back soon for another view of more of my artwork.  Peace to all of you.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

What's In A Name?

In the Stairway 
   Well here is another small quilt recently finished, bound and sleeved.  It is not pieced but rather painted and then quilted by machine with hand embroidery enhanced into the rows of machine stitching using black embroidery floss.  Binding is black, corners are mitered.  Cotton batting is used with a plain white backing.

Digital Splash
   Looking at it in a vertical versus horizontal orientation my desire to give it a different title is dependent upon that orientation - go figure.Pictured here with both titles you can see that it is a graphic design with bold color.  It is actually part of a series that I am working on, being the first in the series.  The rest of the series is only on paper at this time and will present at a later time before this year is out.  Enjoy!


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