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Heron At Sunrise

October 29, 2011

The latest Uncommon Threads Challenge was “Peaceful Waters” which happens to be the title of a song written by Roberta Ranney’s husband, Bob.

I used this pictures of a Heron that I took at sunrise last year down at our neighborhood boat ramp.

I could have tried dyeing fabric for the background, but that seemed tedious so I found some hand dyed that I bought a number of years ago and have been saving  for a special occasion. This is the occasion. I printed the heron onto fabric and then machine embroidered all over it and fused “him” and the dock to the background.

You can see all the Peaceful Water challenges on the Uncommon Threads blog. Click here.



May 4, 2011

Since the last post, I’ve turned thebackground fabric 90∘and like it better. Then moved the apron and blouse toward the center. Now what will the apron “arms” do? I thought about butterflies, bubbles, and have settled on dandelions.

I’ve quickly sketched a dandelion on tracing paper and pinned it in the upper left corner.

Not sure How I will depict it but some inspiration will come along. So many possibilities. Machine embroidery, hand embroidery, silk screen, applique and embroidery. Ummmmm.

And then in the top picture you see a table runner pinned to the bottom. Those flowers along the borders look too much like dandelions making it impossible not to incorporate it some way. You might think it’s too pretty to cut up, but there are stains and besides, think of it as a beautiful piece of cloth instead of as a finished product.

Happy New Year 2011

January 3, 2011

Happy New Year to everyone. Do you make resolutions? I usually try to make one. So – here’s mine for 2011:


A baby quilt 60″ x 48″. It started out as a pink quilt but the red quickly took over. Oh well, I have to listen to the fabric.

What’s really fun is that I’m helping my friend, Sally, make a baby quilt. It’s her first experience  quilting so she knows no rules. Sally is a photographer and she is going to incorporate pictures of butterflies, AND, she’s willing to try Improvisational Piecing. Hooray! She made a strip fabric out of all these fabrics. It’s gorgeous and she says she’s having fun. I certainly am. You want to know what’s one of the best things about helping Sally? We’re both left handed!! Silly I know, but we don’t have to keep turning things around or getting in each other’s way.

New Chair/Old Chair

August 25, 2010

The slipcover is done. Note, I changed my mind for the stripe fabric. I saw this one on sale and loved the colors. The lighter one might have been better, but considering how fast the fabric deteriorates on furniture around here it won’t be on there for more than a couple of years. The chair sits by an east slider/window so it get all the morning sun and the dog and three cats love sitting on new fabric. If I could find a market for cat fur, I’d be a millionair!

Do you see the front door in the upper left side? I etched the glass pattern. One of my better accomplishments. And do you see a corner of the couch on the extreme left side? That’s also a slip cover I made fairly recently. Now, I should make a new dress for myself. Probably red.

Slip Cover

August 16, 2010

This is a photography of David Hockney’s living room published in the June 1990 issue of Metropolitan Home. It’s been saved for these twenty years in my inspiration file and from the looks of the fold lines it’s also been carried around. I admire the use of several fabrics on the upholstered furniture and have always wanted to try it. Now’s my chance.

This old chair was purchased in a used furniture store about six years ago. I made a slip cover for it which you can see on the cushion and on the foot stool. The cover is now faded and dirty and it’s time for another one.

The flower print was found as three remnants in one store. Not enough to make the cover so I’m going to combine the stripe and solid with it ala Hockney!

While looking for some fresh cording, I came upon all this left over cording from other slipcover projects. Can you think of a good use for them besides trim for pillow edges? I’ll give a prize to the best suggestion by August 31.

More Inspiration

July 11, 2010

Sally gave me the Guatemalan or Mexican shawl ( not sure which it is). She says it’s old and she’s tired of it. Oh, my! In addition she also gave me the Spoonflower image of one of her orchids. I put one on top of the other and WOW! Then I happened to pick up the leftover “fried eggs” and WOW again. Something’s happening here. Gotta listen.  Thank you, Sally. Now, I have three potential art quilts stacked up. Must get my duff out of the yard and get back to work in the studio! Just looking at this pictures gives me some ideas on where to start. It seems to help if I photograph things and see them more compactly in a small format. This composition of fabrics looks much different in a small photo than standing over them on my work table. Why is that?