Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dyed Paper Towels

I save not only my paper towels from dyeing, but I'm not too embarrased to ask fellow dyers for theirs, even at a Carol Soderland workshop as these were from. They are fused to Timtex.

I haven't had a lot of time to play with this as I'm working on my big wall art, but I can't wait. What fun!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Sometimes lemons make lemonade. After a nasty fall yeaterday, I had to kick back and let my head recover. So this morning I shot some of my garden. My back yard includes lovely wisteria.

The daffodils are long gone, bue they were a cheery site.
Pride of Madeira is the common name for these coastal beauties. They line the bank along my dreveway. Also drought tolerant, they require little care unless frozen. That happened many years ago when the temp dropped to 13 degrees. The seeds survived and they came back beautifully. I am going for a no work garden, hence the flagstones and cactus rose, also drought resistant. I would love to have acres of lavender, sweet smelling and it definitely attracts the bees.
tomorrow a trip to the ocean and then a Liz Berg lecture and trunk show. Inspiration!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Crime Scene

The back story:
Four local (SF Bay Area)police officers were shot and killed one day last month. It is a real tragedy and affected me personally because I have several family members in law enforcement and public service. A cousin is a police sargeant. My sister works
in the behavioral unit, my father was a deputy sheriff, a nephew is in the
police academy, and my brother is a firefighter. So this story made me think of the dangers public servants face every day.
I overdyed commercial fabric for the background. I then discharged the scope
sight in the center. I stamped the crime scene letters on hand-dyed fabric and
foiled the police badges. I then fused the black "grieving" strips over the
badges and printed the names (with paint pens)of the four officers after
stitching them down. I used Fabrico pens to write around the scope sight "I saw
the news today, Oh Boy."

I hope to complete this piece tomorrow. And as you can see, I am so encouraged by all your wonderful words. I'm also sending my congratulations to a fellow guild member Vicki David who got a second place on her first try at Padukah. Her piece is exquisite.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


This is one of the pieces I've been playing with this week. Hand-dyed fabric, paint-stamped images, foiled. I like the way this turned out although I have to clean up the exterraneous foiling.

It took me all day to load this on my longarm. I really need this other arm to come to the party! I actually quilted 2 small quilts last week for our community service project and have a couple more to finish. But this is a piece I've been working on for a couple of years. It is painted silk, with appliqued images--- so far. I wanted to add texture to the background before appliqueing my other images. Stay Tuned!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Success! not the transfers, just the ability to post them.

I'll try again another day. I used hp premium inkjet transparency film cause I had it on hand. And Golden regular gel medium. I'll get some help from somewhere...

The day wasn't a total loss, I made my chocolate coconut nests for Easter.

Happy Easter

With all the talk on the quilt art list about blogging, I figured it is time to post. So Happy Easter and if you don't celebrate, then, happy day. These postcards are going out in today's mail to family and friends. They are fused with Liquifuse on Timtex.

I tried inkjet transfer today and wasn't satisfied with the results, but it was my first attempt.

I tried to post the inkjet pics but there's a problem uploading. I'll try later.