Eco-dyed Quilt

Posted September 14, 2015 by emprint
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I know. It’s been a long time no blog. I’ve been busy eco-dying. Sooooo much fun. Successes. Failures. Surprises. Love it.

Here is an entirely eco-dyed quilt of many samples. Hand quilted and tied. Tried to machine quilt it but lost all the lovely puffiness that only silk seems to avail.



Posted June 11, 2015 by emprint
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The Yellow Quilt was finished and presented to Grand Daughter Nadine for her high school graduation.Nadine-graduation


The butterflies on the focal fabric, circa 1950, were must too big to use  except as pieces but I appliquéd one to the back and used it as a label.



Posted June 9, 2015 by emprint
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On May 15, the Uncommon Threads Art Quilt group that I belong to, had the opening of our exhibit entitled “A Dozen Shades of Grey – The Art of Aging.” This occurred at the Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin MO and will stay up until July 6. Following is the cover of a small book that was put together showing all the pieces in the show. It can be purchased for $10 and if you are interested just email me.




This is my Life Line – BUCKET LIST






And you’ve seen this before – THIRTEEN MOONS

Four Yellow Blocks

Posted February 5, 2015 by emprint
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Since I was tagged on Facebook by Susan Leslie Lumsden to show some of my work every day for five days, it’s made me work. Good show Susan. Caroline S. Daley is the tag for today. Her work is such fun.

Yesterday I showed an old piece. Today I’ll show what I’m currently working on – a yellow quilt which will be a gift for someone who likes yellow. Here are the first four blocks, untrimmed. There will be a total of 16. Yes, it’s certainly YELLOW.  The squares that are off center in each block are from a vintage butterfly fabric. Each butterfly in the fabric is about 8″ square. Much too large so I’ve cut 6″ square out of it getting pieces of butterflies. Looking at them I think they are almost flower like. I’m not overly fond of yellow but I think it’s going to work. I keep trying to tone it down and I can see that one lighter yellow strip it too big so I’ll trim it down. This is a Quilt As You Go project and will have a narrow sashing of a darker, gray-ish color.


Art Challenge Day Two “The Gift”

Posted February 4, 2015 by emprint
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I’ve been challenged on FaceBook by Susan Leslie Lumsden to show a piece of my work every day for five days. This is day two and I decided to post it on my blog as this is an old favorite that I want to share.  Titled: “The Gift.” When it was made there were advertisements every Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Valentine’s day for this mixmaster which stated: “Don’t give her just one gift, give her five,” meaning it was a multi-task mixer. Remembering a Christmas when I was newly married, and I didn’t like to cook and didn’t do it well, I received nothing but KITCHEN gifts. What a disappointment. This art piece enshrines the damned thing with a party aporn made of hankies, a shiny metallic halo, and a velvet red roof. Along the bottom are images of a circa 1950’s housewife with her “beloved” mixmaster. Before I forget it, I challenge Ellen Eiford White.


Yellow Challenge

Posted January 29, 2015 by emprint
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My latest challenge is to make a yellow quilt. I’m not overly fond of yellow and have been dragging my heels but a day or so ago I ran across this yellow retro butterfly print in my stash and began to wonder if I could do something with it. The butterflies are huge, like –  8″ x 11″.


Yesterday, while at the Quilt Sampler shop in Springfield, MO I saw this batik and said to myself, “YES” and bought it.


Then came home and started pulling out other fabrics. I think I can make this all work together. and it just might be fun. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Stay tuned.



Posted January 13, 2015 by emprint
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this  title could also be titled”Determination” or “Hard-Headedness.” I have been trying to sew a piece of silk to a strip of velvet for a art quilt. The silk crawls and the velvet slithers. After two ripping outs I finally got it. Baste, baste, baste.




YES. And, yes, I will clean it up and remove the basting and the little stray threads. The black thread is not basting. It’s decorative.


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