Friday, March 30, 2012

Mom's Tote

My mom needed a tote to carry a blanket in. Apparently their "darling" Westie had chewed off the handles on the one I previously made for her. She sent the ladybug fabric and I selected the rest, choosing polka dot fabrics from my fabric collection (oops! I almost said stash!). Here are some pictures.
This is what I get for asking my husband to take a picture of the tote for me. He hung it on a frog in our garden. Yes, it's cute, but you're supposed to notice the tote, not the frog!

Here is his next attempt. Notice how he couldn't resist getting the iris in the foreground? He's such a sweetie!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Two-Fer Again

There is a reason I named this jacket Two-Fer. Here is the reverse side of the jacket.

The squares are paper foundation pieced, although they don't have to be, I just enjoy that process. The centers are dupioni silk backed with a woven fusible interfacing to prevent fraying.

This is a very quick and easy jacket meant for beginners, as is the other side. I wanted to show everyone that a jacket doesn't have to take a month and a half (or more) to complete.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Here are a couple of pictures of my latest jacket. I've been concentrating on jackets lately that a beginner could make without too much time invested in the process.

Hope you like it!

Friday, March 16, 2012


Last night we went to CSULB to watch my daughter perform in their spring concert. She was wonderful, as always and we were extremely impressed with the guest soloist, Alan Baer. He was incredible! Elisia was fortunate enough to have a 45 minute master class with him this week. After her master class last week with Roger Bobo I have to say she's certainly rubbing elbows and getting instruction from the best of the best!

And Pierre refinished this desk for me. It lived for years at my grandparent's summer cottage on the coast of Maine. Sun in the summer and no heat in the winter had done a number on its finish, but Pierre worked hard and this is the result. I am so lucky!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Orange Line

Awhile back I blogged about the Orange Line quilts I made. They are now together with the others at the Rancho Penasquitos library (upper floor south wall). Don't they look amazing? And of course they look even better in person. Stop by and check them out!

By the way, two of them are mine: the one on the far right "In the Reeds" and bottom row, second from the left "Germ Warfare".


Thursday, March 08, 2012

Long Beach Fashion Show

My car is packed with my favorite jackets and coats (such a difficult choice and I never do the same show twice) and I'm ready to head up to Long Beach for a fashion show tonight for Quilters by the Sea There will be 42 jackets and coats in one hour narrated by me featuring models from Quilters by the Sea.

I have, as usual, a brand new jacket that I will be debuting tonight. If you're in the area stop by and check it out!


Sunday, March 04, 2012

March Snowmen

Veronica's snowman by me
I was inspired by the 3-D quilt that Thelma added in February so I made a kite stuck in a tree. Since all of her blocks included writing I added "The luck of the Irish" and the bird is carrying a shamrock in its beak.

Thelma's snowman by DorothyDorothy also chose to make a kite and dressed her snowman in a shamrock adorned hat.

Pat's snowman by VeronicaVeronica also chose to use a St. Patrick's Day theme and a wonderfully roly-poly snowman

Marlys' snowman by ThelmaThelma made a snowman flying a shamrock kite, carrying a sign AND continued the theme of skinny trees

My snowman by PatPat was totally unconventional with a lamppost-leaning drunk-on-green-beer snowman and added a triangle tree, harking back to my January tree. And instead of a kite she included a flag that says "Kiss me, I'm Irish".

Dorothy's snowman by MarlysMarlys made a happy snowman with a birdhouse for all the birds we've been seeing on Dorothy's blocks.

I hope you enjoy seeing these blocks as much as we have enjoyed making them and sharing them with each other. Soon the real fun will begin because what do you do with a snowman in the summer?