Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Ancient Art of Batik

I studied the ancient art of Batik this summer quarter through TESC. It is an art that uses cotton fabric, decorated with melted bee & paraffin wax, and then is dipped into a dye bath or is painted with dye. Here is a cute children's picture that I created using this method.

NOTE: If you decide to try this, use only paraffin wax, and a Procyon cold water activated dye, and 100% cotton, and a canting tool. I tried RIT dye, bees wax/paraffin wax, and boiling to remove the wax. My work was ruined.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sarah's Queen Sized Quilt

It's a good thing that I give myself 6 - 8 weeks to complete a large project, because I certainly needed it this time around. Life happens and when it does, you need to put the quilting on hold. I am however almost finished with the top, and it has taken about 6 weeks so far, due to a vacation out of state, minor surgery, a cold, and other issues.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Saki, My Student From Japan

Saki is my 4th exchange student. She came over from Japan and will be here studying Business for the next 6 weeks.

Since she expressed an interest in wanting to learn how to quilt, I decided to go ahead and teach her. She was a quick study and she fell in love with the art instantly. Saki picked all of the fabrics herself and she ended up making this beautiful quilted pillow in just 3 days.

Saki has already bought herself some quilting tools to take home to Japan so that she can continue quilting.

I LOVED having my first real quilting student.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My Birthday Dinner

Well, yesterday was my birthday... whoopdi do da! I am now a smidgen closer to being alive for half a century. Dinner was good... I met my friend GG at one of our usual places... Angel's Thai Restaurant, and I ate to much. Can't wait to do it again next year.

I counted out my quilt panels and yardage in my material stash, and I am easily able to create 25 fabulous quilts with what I have collected over this last year. I think it's time to build my website and get ready to start selling.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Twin Size Pig Quilt

Finished the Pig Quilt today. It's a twin size 100% cotton fabric with a 100% bamboo/cotton blend batting inside. Comfy and warm, well made, and should last up to 100 years with normal washing and wear.

I designed this quilt myself, and chose the fabrics. It took me about 18 hours to create and about $45 in materials.

If you would like me to make you a Pig quilt please visit my shop at

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fabric Illustration Using Photo's On Fabric

I'm working on a fabric art project using photos on fabric and three dimensional objects. Breanna and her friends have been the main characters in these. This is the 2nd of 3 panels that I have created so far.

Scandinavian Heritage Quilt

Well, here I am finally getting around to putting a new post up on my blog. Here is my finished Scandinavian quilt. My professor and also my neighbor have been trying to talk me into entering it into a quilting or fiber arts contest. I am considering it.

This quilt was designed by me, using the flags of all the Scandinavian countries as inspiration in the design. It is made with 100% cotton fabrics and 100% bamboo/cotton blend batting. This original took me 10 weeks to complete, and $40 in materials.

I am also working on a twin sized children's quilt for Breanna that features Olivia the Pig, a popular children's book character featured on Nick Junior. I have designed the quilt myself using red, white and black fabric. I will put the picture up on my next post. I'm almost done, I just need to sew on the backing. I love this Olivia quilt, it's fabulously fun.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Oil Painting on Fabric

Here are some fabric designs that I created myself using oil paint sticks and actual leaves from tress that I collected in the Evergreen Rain Forest in the fall. For the black and white painting I used freezer paper that I cut into shapes to make the tree trunk illusion. For the fall colored painting I rubbed the oil sticks over the fabric that covered the leaves. Maybe I should look into the Masters in Textiles program. That was fun! I may make a quilt out of these.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Swedish Dala Horse

After two weeks of designing, cutting, sewing and embellishing, I am finally done with my Dala Horse. This is usually made of wood and painted red; it is a popular Swedish toy for young children. This is not going to be a quilt, but rather a pillow or wall hanging. I haven't decided yet. Of course, my youngest daughter has already claimed it as her own, *chuckle* as she seems to do with everything I make. I'm glad someone loves my art that much.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

2009 Sewing Expo in WA

So this is me at the 2009 sewing expo. It was very crowded, and extremely boring; in other words, a complete waste of time. I didn't see anything there that I hadn't seen already, in either a magazine or at Joann's Fabric Store. I was pretty disappointed, but at least I will know not to go to a sewing expo again.

"The silver lining in every disappointment, is the lesson learned"____Myself.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dinner With The Girls In Washington USA

Here is a really badly focused photograph of my two newest friends (both writers) and myself at dinner discussing our latest ideas and efforts in getting our manuscripts published. I am about to send out my second mini mass mailing to publishing houses around the country.

Along with my love of art, comes my natural talent and love of writing. It's interesting that through my entire life people told me over and over again that I was a writer, and each time I objected and stated that I was something other... It took me over 40 years to realize that "YES, I am a writer... that is who I am."

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Scandinavian Heritage Quilt & Earth-Toned Quilt

These two quilts are my latest projects. I am making them both at the same time. These are the centers of each quilt, I will be putting on the boarders this week, and then I will be doing free-motion quilting on both.

I have designed the heritage quilt by using the colors and themes of the national flags in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. If anyone would like to buy any of the quilt patterns or have a similar quilt made for themselves, please contact me.

Quilting is such a great art form because it gives such an outlet to creativity and function. My youngest child Breanna is learning to quilt, and has just finished her very first doll sized quilt. She is so proud of it.

The weather here in Washington (USA) is so gray and rainy in January and February. It can be very depressing to be indoors so much. I am finding that I am one of those people that needs plenty of sunshine, even in the snow months. Gray just does not set well with me at all.