Saturday, June 30, 2012

Summer is here!

 It's too pretty to sew!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Taking a CLass

Taking a workshop is a wonderful thing. I'm taking Judy Robertson's Innovative Dyeing Technique, I'll keep you posted!
The beginning of the day

She is teaching us the techniques that she has developed to make and sell under the business name of Just Imagination.  This class will focus on the following:   
    Trying at least six different cotton fabrics for different results.
    How to create your own dyeing palette.
    Produce saturated colors.
    Make several values of the same color combinations in a very simple way.
    Use a low water method to dye many different styles of fabric.

The end of the day

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lazy Sundays

Sundays are just made to be spent winding down from the week before and getting recharged for the week coming.To me this means a trip to the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market. After strolling through the market a trip over to the Ballard Locks for live music and a leisurely walk through the garden ends a perfect day.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Very what do I do with it?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Forty-eight APNQ members from all over the region were invited to create, in fabric, their interpretation of Living Colour. Artistic expressions and construction techniques of unlimited variety were used for this theme of "Living Colour". Their creations became APWQ's seventh invitational traveling exhibit, which made its debut at Quiltfest 2008. All quilts are 24" x 36" in either vertical or horizontal format.
The auction closes on Friday. This is a wonderful chance to purchase one of my quilts and donate to a great organization.
Artist Statement
My quilts are colorful, graphic, vibrant and joyful!! Realism or abstraction are used as befits a theme or concept. I enjoy the challenge and excitement of translating my vision into quilts.
Techniques & Materials
My own hand-dyed and painted fabrics, machine pieced and quilted.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I am pleased to announce that I am a finalist in the Pacific West Quilt Show to be presented August 24-26, 2012, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, Tacoma, Washington. The piece titled Queens Court will compete with 200 quilts entries from the 18 US states and Canadian provinces of the Pacific West region: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, The Northwest Territories, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Yukon. Over $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in ten categories.

The Pacific West Quilt Show is open to the public from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. For more information, please visit the website at

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Quilt Show's at Island Quilter

Katie Pedersen, Modern Quilter was the featured quilter in the Island Quilter's Gallery in May. Katie is a Modern Quilting Instructor at Sew Katie Did. She says "I enjoy creating bold, colorful and functional quilts to be used and loved. I alternate between improvisational and traditional techniques to fuel the creative process. Each quilt is a learning experience and impacts the creation of the next. I feel like I have a few lifetimes of quilt designs in my head... probably because I sew faster in my head than in real life!
When I am not sewing, I teach local quilting classes focusing on improvisational technique and the importance of color value."

Check out her book: Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

PS. More quilts done in the modern style are featured in the gallery in June.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Saturday classes at Quiltworks Northwest

Spaces still available at Quiltworks Northwest

Borders: The Final Chapter - June 16 from 10:30-1:30 PM
Pieced borders add something special! They can change the look of a quilt and add a wonderful finishing touch. Learn to add grace, spontaneity or sophistication or any effect you desire to your quilt. Solve the mystery of designing and sewing borders to fit your own quilt. Remember that with good planning a pieced border can be less work!

A Fine Line: Creating the Quilting Design - June 16 from 2-5 PM
Do you have a project that could use help with the “what, why & how” of quilting? Discover the elements of winning quilting designs and how to apply them to your tops. We will explore whether to hand or machine quilt, selecting, fitting and marking quilting design, all about thread, and the basics of batting and basting. The emphasis of this workshop is the creative use of the quilted line. Learn to successfully finish all your projects. This informative workshop is for both traditional and non-traditional quilters.

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Lecture with Gwen Marston

 Recently the quilt shop, Quilted Straight, in Port Gamble hosted a Gwen Marston lecture. Traveling from here to there is a bit of an event so I gathered a few friends and we mad the trek. Great lecture, a good time was had by all!

I love the way Gwen quilts her quilts!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

APWQ - Living Colour Auction

The final 21 quilts of the  Living Colour Traveling Exhibition will be offered and sold to the highest bidder.  From the comfort of your home, you'll be able to bid on this final group! 

Living Colour is the seventh traveling exhibition by The Association of Pacific West Quilters. This collection has traveled the country and been viewed by thousands of quilters, quilt-appreciators, and art lovers.  The entire 48 quilt collection can be seen on our website.
Confetti By Melody Crust

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Artisans at the Dahmen Barn

Artisans at the Dahmen Barn is an organization that cultivates creativity on the Palouse by providing studio space for artists to work in and sell their creations, a place for local artists and fine craftspeople to sell their work on consignment, a venue for local performing and exhibiting artists. The state-of-the-art facility has been transformed from a former dairy barn.

Loved the 'fence'! What a great idea for a quilting design!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Eastern Washington, Idaho have a lot to offer

 Visiting quilt shops out of my own area always offer surprises. Like the poster for the Clearcreek Quilters Quilt Show in Orifino Idaho.
Raffle quilt Assembled by Julie Huffman (hope I win!)

The Wild Hare Quilt Shop in downtown Orifino, what a treat! Nice shop, friendly staff, and lots of fabric!
Wild Hare Quilt Shop
222 Johnson Avenue
Orofino, ID 83544
(208) 476-3358