Monday, December 10, 2012

I always thought that I'd see her again...

A very important person to me, my aunt Aggie, passed away last month, buried on her 65th birthday. It's the hardest loss I've ever suffered. I'll miss her terribly, I almost feel like I can't breath when I think of the future without her. She was like a mother to me. She was like a grandmother to my kids, they'll miss her too. In between visits to the hospital (in Syracuse) I made this quilt for her. It had flannel on the back and kept her warm in the ICU. When she passed her husband Steve told me they would bury her with it....this was so comforting to me.

Aggie was a big fan of mine, I'll miss her cheering me on. I had planned an open house before her illness. It was hard to follow through with it but it was a roaring success!!!! Thanks to all the family, old and new friends who came and shopped. Below are a few shots of some of the goods. I'll be adding them to my etsy shop in the next few days. Key chains and iPad cases. 

We weren't all able to be together for a family photo this year so I did a collage of shots with the kids and two very special people we lost this year; Kevin's dad Ray Murphy and my aunt Aggie Glavin Parker. We'll cherish our memories. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fiberactions Neutral Challenge

Our Fiberactions challenge quilt had to be done in neutral colors. It took me a a month to come up with an idea. Neutrals don't appeal to me. 
 I have been driving in and out of Boston often in the last three years with our daughters both at Northeastern. I love the sky line - so many interesting buildings. I sketched this out freehand based on a photo and my own interpretation :) There are some errors which I will correct next time. I was chatting on the phone with one of the daughters while I drew and cut it out...lesson learned. 

Boston in Black and White
25" x 20" 

I have tons of black and white scraps from my Murphy Bags. I had fun choosing which one would be the windows for each building. 

I had the black and white dot background and was able to use it as a whole cloth that I appliqued the buildings on to using Mistyfuse and a free motion zigzag stitch.  

The quilting reminds me of the Lenny Zakem Bridge and of the steel frames that lie below each glass facade. 

 You can see more of the Fiberactions Challenge quilts on the blog here.....

Friday, October 12, 2012

Post cards for Pokey


 here is an article in the Houston Chronicle about the effort. My postcard (front and back) are in the photos.

I made the postcards below for Pokey's Pet Project, I took the pledge and made some. Fun and easy. You can make some too, here is the link Pokey's Ponderings - the deadline to get them in is 10/23/12!
I used my hand dyed fabric to make the cats. They're perched overlooking the cute bird fabric (I just had to have) I bought in Houston last year at the International Quilt Festival. 

Every year the International Quilt Festival - Houston has a celebrity auction during their show. It's an invitational auction for past winners. I chose to donate my latest Fiberactions Challenge quilt, I thought it was bright and happy, and who doesn't like fruit??? 

Triadic Fruit 17" x 20" 

I've been busy making bags for the fall, I'm planning an open house in early December, details to follow so stay tuned!

Cell phone or camera cases with an interior pocket with a snap for  security. 

You can see more of my bags 

Wednesday, October 03, 2012


I finished quilting Dusk - it took me a several hours but I'm pleased with the outcome. 
Dusk 32" x 40" 
I put my Bernina 440 on my Bernina quilting frame so I could stand up to quilt it. It made it so much easier.  I did all the quilting first and then the applique stitched around all the raw edges.

Choosing the fabrics (from my stash) was a pleasure.  I enjoy the hunt and the fussy cutting. 

I love the little bit of aqua blue on the stones....

Making the leaves was a new technique. I'll definitely use it again. I been taking photos of beautiful fall trees for inspiration.
I have to put the facing on and then it's done. I'm hoping it will hang in an upcoming gallery show. Still waiting for final details but when I know, you'll know :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Painted clogs for me!

I had a pair of plain black leather Dansko clogs and I finally had the chance to paint them...

I used latex paints and a couple of coats of  clear coat acrylic spray to seal the paints.
I taped off the bottom before spraying with the clear coat and I stuffed the shoe with newspaper to protect the interior. 

I used a black Sharpie Paint pen for the black swirls

This is my pallet, an old catering tray was perfect for mixing lots of different colors.

I painted one shoe, then the other, I wasn't careful enough to make them exactly
the same...I'll be more careful with the next pair :)

 I'm looking around for more leather shoes to paint, it was fun and I like having something unique.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Triadic Fruit - Fiberactions Challenge Quilt

  Here is my latest Fiberactions challenge quilt, the challenge was to use a triadic color scheme - three colors evenly spaced on the color wheel. I used my own hand-dyed fabrics with a coordinating batik. I loved fussy cutting the hand-dyed fabrics to take advantage of where the lights were. 

I did a little zig-zag with my feed dogs down to do the applique. I have a Bernina 440 QE so I use my knee lift to help around the curves. 

I used polyester threads to free motion quilt the fruits and bowl because I had them in the right colors, normally I use cotton. I used a tan and a white cotton, to try to show some shadow, to quilt the background. 

I sewed the sleeve onto the back before I attached it to the quilt when I was facing it. It was so easy, I'll definitely do that again. Hopefully I'll get it here on my blog as a tutorial. 


A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.
Triadic color harmonies tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.
To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colors should be carefully balanced - let one color dominate and use the two others for accent.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New pages from my journal

I have loved the online journaling class with Melanie Testa @ The Clever Guild! She is a great teacher; helpful and inspiring. It's been awesome to draw and paint again. My journal is filling up with pages that will some day be transformed into fiber renditions.
This is my perennial garden. I sat outside and drew it, it was a beautiful day and I chatted with a few of my kids while I drew. 
This page started with the yellow stamp in the top left corner. The magazine paper was the inspiration after that!
I used a pattern I love for this landscape. I used magazine paper for the islands.
not my favorite page, I'll keep working it....
I started with the sketch of a recently closed church. It's got beautiful architecture. 
I'm no where near done with the detail on the fence....
I decided to try to paint my kids using a photo from the first rainy day of school. I know they look like zombies but it was 8 AM :) I had some trouble with the paint...

I had started this page with the large blue overlapping bubbles and then added the kids. I used a stencil and some Smooch paints to fill in some of the circles. It was the perfect applicator for curves. 

I'm enjoying practicing in my journal and I hope I've inspired you to pick up a pencil and paper.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I'm participating in the Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways from the Quilting Gallery so at the end of this post there will be a chance to win this Murphy Bag!
It has a really fun mix of black and vanilla fabrics. 

I've been working on this quilt exclusively and I'm just about ready to start the quilting. It will debut at a gallery exhibit this fall. Details to follow but very exciting news!
Dusk 32" x 40"
I used only what I had in my batik stash so I had to make some questionable choices :) like the funky fabric in the rocks, but I think it works. The sky was a challenge to achieve that pink color. I ended up painting a pink batik with some orange watercolor paint (I soaked it in a zip lock bag) which was perfect because it kept its translucency.
This is the watercolor that inspired the new quilt. I've started painting again for my online journaling class with Melanie Testa @
I live near a Christmas tree farm and it made for a beautiful subject matter. I've altered the quilt a bit adding the birch trees and foreground. That's artistic license:)

OK now the fun part :) I'll be giving away this Murphy Bag....

There are 8 pockets and a zipper closure. It's Machine washable too!

The pockets are money fabric and a tiny little clock-tower fabric!
For a chance to win the Murphy Bag leave me a comment about a random act of kindness you have performed.

I'll choose randomly for the winner. 
The BHP is from August 26 - September 2, 2012.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by:) 
Check out all the other blogs participating in the 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Watercolor and window treatments...

I made some new window treatments to match the new paint color. I love the graphic pattern and the color scheme. 

The fabric was $4.99 a yard at Sewfisticated Fabrics in Framingham. It's been fun redecorating. I've been a blue person for a long time. 

I had a little watercolor class for my son and his friend last week. They are 11 and super talented. 

This one is Griffin's, he handled the paint so well and did a great job with his composition. 

This one was done by Griffin's friend T.C. he filled the page wonderfully and did a great job with his sketch. 

Here's mine....

Below are a few more pages from my sketchbook, they are assignments from the class I'm taking with Melly Testa. 

I'm working on some quilting stuff too, it's been a good, creative summer so far!