Sunday, July 24, 2011

dividing my time

I've been working on some new Murphy Bags!

I bought that funky buckle on etsy, so cool! This bag is a messenger/shoulder bag. It has an adjustable strap for flexibility.

We rearrainged the deck so the bench now faces the photo below

I've been trying to make it a habit to come out and sit for a little bit whenever I can. I love to be in my studio but I don't want to miss these beautiful days!

My potted plants are loving this shady corner.

Check out the morning glory taking over the side yard...I planted a little packet of seeds next to the house about 4 years ago and it has spread like crazy...we have eradicated the worst of it but I thought it was cool covering this weedy slope.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Departure of the Sun

The word chosen for this month's Fiberactions challenge quilt is Departure... the sky fabric was the inspiration...there was a patch of yellow in the fabric that looked like the sun setting....departing for the day.

 Departure of the Sun 16" X 20"

I used my own purple hand dyed fabrics with the sky piece made by my friend Sue.

I used some of my variegated threads for the applique and quilting.

The house quilt below is another departure quilt of sorts. I was commissioned by a friend to make it for lovely family who just move to Missouri. I took a picture of their house and printed it onto fabric, then created the patchwork watercolor border using some of the leftovers from the Massachusetts Historical Quilt in the last post.

Departure from Massachusetts 16" x 13"

You can check out all the other Departure themed quilts on the Fiberactions blog here

Thursday, July 07, 2011

summer 2011 styles

My most recent Murphy Bag, I love these fabrics...

Here is Jill the day of her graduation party, I love that Maxi dresses are in style!

Here a are a few shots from Jillian's graduation party. Below is a table we set up on the porch to display some of her High School accomplishments.

The black boxes are a gift from me. They are filled with all of her athletic certificates, dance recital booklets, report cards, medical forms, birth certificate, memorable school work from pre K and up, and even the winning ball from a field hockey playoff game against Uxbridge (her old school mates) where Jill scored the winning goal in overtime 1-0! It's laid out on the quilt she started at 14 and I finished for her to take to college.

We had a lot of family travel long distances to be here and it was awesome to see them. We also loved seeing local friends and family, it was a great time!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Massachusetts Historical Landmarks Raffle Quilt Part 2

Massachusetts Historical Landmarks Raffle Quilt(s) made by members of the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild.

I just finished piecing the top of ONE of our TWO raffle quilts! There are Eighteen different Massachusetts Historical Landmarks . We divided the blocks  into TWO wall quilts that will be raffled off on April 19th 2012! 
Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5 and you can contact me at if you want to buy a chance to win ONE of these quilts.
 It measures  39" x 41" and will be ready to hang.

We had 18 members of the guild make one block for this quilt. They used a photograph and replicated it with fabrics. Each one is amazing! I only have half of the blocks in this quilt. This quilt has The Boston Public Library, Nobscot Lighthouse, The House of Seven Gables, The Merwin House, The State House, The Grist Mill, The Franklin Public Library, The Robert Paine House, and The Paul Revere House.

I'll try to get a photo of the other quilt with 9 different Massachusetts Historic Landmarks; the New England Quilt Museum, the Mayflower II, The Trinity Church in Boston, Bunker Hill Monument, A covered Bridge, The Wayside Inn, Foxboro Memorial Hall, Martha Mary Chapel, The John Farnum House.
We are very lucky to have Kathy Sperino in our guild and she has agreed to quilt them for us.  Check out her blog and see her gorgeous quilts.

 A small group of us got together and made and added the watercolor pieced border around the blocks. I loved making the borders. It was a super challenge to get them to line up together!
The Robert Treat Paine House, Waltham, MA made by Sharon Morris

The House of Seven Gables, Salem, MA made by Annie Bosma

The Merwin House in Stockbridge, MA  made by Jane Metzger

The Paul Revere House, Boston MA made by me :)
The State House, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA made by Sandy Davidson