Friday, December 17, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fabric Designs

I have created this group of fabrics by designing asymmetrical stamps. I then load the stamp with fabric paint and rotate it a quarter turn each time I stamp the fabric. This makes a beautiful, symmetrical design.

  1. Here are two different fabrics using the same stamp.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bean Bags

I made these bean bags with hand-painted fabric, fusible web, thread, and plastic pellets.
Happy holidays!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Another Oxford Shirt Quilt

Here is another quilt in my oxford quilt series. I manulated the image in a photo editing software program, printed it out on white cotton fabric, and embellished it with some Lumiere metallic bronze paint. To view my other oxford quilts, check out my post dated April 1, 2010 " Small Oxford Shirt Quilts".

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mom's Birthday Cake

I created this birthday cake from photos taken by my daughter Lauren. My mom asked her to photograph her garden while the flowers were in bloom. I used marsipan dyed with food coloring to make the flowers, leaves, and berries Here are the photos by Lauren E. Brown and the cake designed by me.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dish Towels using Rit Dyes

I bought a package of white dish towels from Target, and dyed them using Rit dyes. Here are the results.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Night Meadow

Another felted piece. I hand painted the background and used yarn, dyed cheesecloth, and cotton roving.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Here is a felting project I created. I started with a piece of white synthetic felt that I had painted with fabric paint.
Using a hand felting tool, I added some wool roving.

I added more wool roving, yarn and cheesecloth.

Finished Piece

Thursday, June 10, 2010

In memory of Judy Macks

April 7, 1954 - June 8, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tahoe Cedric

There is a scruffy blue jay that visits us on our pouch at our rented condo at Lake Tahoe. We (and everyone else in the complex) feed him scraps and he entertains us. Hence the name Cedric.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

This is a quilt I created called Summer Sweets. I used Setacolor paints, water-soluble crayons, cotton, buttons, ribbons, and fabric markers.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Small Oxford Shirt Quilts

Here are my individual oxford shirt quilts.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blue Oxford Qult

Way, way, way back in the day, when I was in college, I took a class in alternative processes in photography. We explored blueprinting (cyanotype), brown printing (using silver nitrate as a light sensitive emulsion), and gum-bichromate printing process. Though it was a photography class, I chose to do a few of my projects on fabric.
It was 1976(yikes!), the bicentennial year and there was a renewed interest in making quilts. So, I decided to make a quilt out of blueprinted fabric (see above). I used the pillowcase method to bind the quilt, by sewing the front and back together, leaving an opening large enough to turn the quilt right sides out. Then, I shoved the batting inside and sewed the opening shut. Making a quarter inch seam allowance on each of the blueprinted images, I pinned them on top of the quilt sandwich and sewed them on with my sewing machine.
I had already done a black and white photo project using a blue oxford button-down shirt. I had photographed it in as many different ways I could think of, including folded, crumpled, wet, draped over a fence, hung on a clothesline, etc. I recently found my original black and white photos, and scanned them into my computer.
Using an image editing program, I manipulated the photos to sharpen them and change the color. I decided to make small individual quilts of each image, which I will put in my next post.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Homage to Diana

One of my favorite photographers is Diana Citret. Some of my most prize photos of my kids when they were young were taken by Diana. She was able to capture the essence of who they are, and I decided to make a couple of quilts to show off her great work. So, with her permission, below are Diana's photos, along with the quilts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


This quilt was from a drawing I made of a tessellation. It is all curved piecing, and hand quilted.Very challenging, but worth it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

From Sketch book to Quilt

Sometime I get inspiration for my quilts from the drawing in my sketch books. Here are 2 quilts created from 2 drawings.