Friday, February 25, 2011

One Simple Way to Alter Fabric

I love fabric, I collect fabric. So why do I like to change it so much? I guess because it’s fun? I love the individuality of it? Or maybe just because I can? Who knows or cares!!

One very easy, inexpensive way to play...

Dye-Na-Flow is a free flowing, transparent, textile paint. Dampen the fabric with either a brush or a spray bottle. For a blended effect, mix your fabric paints right on the fabric, applying one color over another while the paint is still wet.

Rainbow started it's life with a black and white fabric very much like this one. Dampened the black and white flowers and dropped paint until I liked the look.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


About Doors:
From Wikipedia: A door is a movable structure used to close off an entrance, typically consisting of a panel that swings on hinges or that slides or rotates inside of a space.

When open, they admit ventilation and light. The door is used to control the physical atmosphere within a space by enclosing the air drafts, so that interiors may be more effectively heated or cooled. Doors are significant in preventing the spread of fire. They also act as a barrier to noise.

They are also used to screen areas of a building for aesthetics, keeping formal and utility areas separate. Doors also have an aesthetic role in creating an impression of what lies beyond. Doors are often symbolically endowed with ritual purposes, and the guarding or receiving of the keys to a door, or being granted access to a door can have special significance. Similarly, doors and doorways frequently appear in metaphorical or allegorical situations, literature and the arts, often as a portent of change.

Friday, February 18, 2011

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Paducah, Kentucky,
one of its 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations! Paducah (home of the
National Quilt Museum) was selected for its rich heritage, its vibrant
historic districts and its commitment to celebrating its past and culture.

We we need your vote! Let's make Paducah the #1 Fan Favorite! From
February 15 to March 15, Paducah will be included in a public online voting
contest to select the 2011 Fan Favorite, from the list of the dozen
destination that have received this award. VOTE early and often!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quilting the Quilt

American Pie, un-quilted top. The issues of quilting method, skill level, time available, function of the quilt, and style all need to be considered before designing can begin.

This quilt could be made to feel informal by using an allover pattern such as the fan for the quilting design. (Black lines are hand quilting; blue lines indicate machine quilting.)

On the other hand, the quilt would appear more formal if the quilting designs were contained inside the red blocks and the blue blocks.

American Pie, Melody Crust and Heather Waldron, 39” W x 52” H, machine quilted. We decided to stitch by machine. Neither time nor skill level were limiting factors. Thinking about using long lines for continuous machine stitching and repositioning the placement of curves and angles over the blue and white blocks led to this pleasing design. The quilt is stitched using both the walking foot (even-feed feature) and free motion.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a day set apart for thinking of those who are closest in heart, and that's why this message is coming your way on Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Indulge at the Bellevue Art Museum

Indulge the Jewelry Market place took place over the weekend at the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue. Great opportunity to see the work of 25 contemporary jewelry makers from around the country. To see some great work check out Maggie Meister.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Quilt Show

Roses are Red
Flowers are a significant visual influence in my daily life. I can almost feel the warm summer sun and smell the fragrance of roses from my quilt garden. This is a glorious sensation.

100% cotton materials were machine pieced & quilted for my rose garden.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fun Office Stuff

I have what I consider an odd passion for office stationary and other office gadgets. Obviously my friends know this. First it was the rhinestone studded memory stick, then the alligator staple puller, the rhinestone studded stapler. None of which I thought couldn't be beat. But now there is a purse post-it-note dispenser! Who thinks of this stuff?