Friday, February 26, 2010

spring dreaming

Last night I finished quilting this little wip. The top had been pieced some time ago and yesterday I embellished it. Once of the pieced components is a small crocheted piece since I was experimenting with incorporating different textures. The embellishments include beads, buttons and a tulle yo-yo.

It seemed to be a good piece to work on during a snowy day since it has a sort of dreamy quality with a punch of color. And I am ignoring the snow, which is still coming down, as long as possible.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

quilt flower thinking

This atc has an overlay of netting and is embellished with noro yarn and a small charm. The flower is appliqued.

It is still snowing here but I'm thinking about flowers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

endless possibilities

They are addicting. As I'm continuing to create them, I realize I'm not just making them for the workshop but because I enjoy making them.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

only one chance

I've been working on making samples of atcs for a workshop I am scheduled to teach next month. This one has tiny squares with raw edges and is embellished with beads.

This is not what today looks like, although this day does look a little blurry. Today it is raining and cold. I've returned from a memorial gathering for someone who was so kind and generous that when I try to write about her I keep rewriting everything I write because it sounds so trite.

I wish I had spent more time with her and had gone walking with her when I promised I would. She was only 63.  I regret that I was so distracted by my own losses and fears and issues that I did not and probably still don't adequately appreciate what I have. What I saw today was a glimpse of the sweet vision she had of her life and home.

Monday, February 22, 2010

embracing imperfection

The third of the raw edge small quilts, this one is comprised of small black background squares.
This was one of early improvisational pieces where I also practiced becoming comfortable with the idea of imprecise placement and angling of squares.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

intending to finish

The nine-patch ended up with only four blocks.

Here is a close-up of the full snow moon art doll.

I am remembering that INTENT is the word I selected for this year and while I INTENTionally have several ongoing projects, it is a pleasure to complete some of them.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

full snow moon doll

February's full snow moon doll is made of pieced fabric and embellished with lace, yarn, buttons, beads, wire and a yo-yo with a flower. I also added a sculpy face (my first) and a found object. The found object is a remnant of a spray from a floral arrangement that I found on the sidewalk.

Take a look at Bea's blog for more pictures of others.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

square series

Another in the raw edges square series. Similar to the one in the header.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

nine circles

A closer look at a series of circles started earlier. (They're still on the design wall.) I've done some "reckless embellishing," including adding a double yo-yo using a recycled produce mesh bag.

Mollie helped shovel the sidewalk.

Also, a  closer look at my Erosion Bundle.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

snow stitching

It snowed all day yesterday. I worked on a few nine-patch squares and the hearts from the illusion of love piece.

This is what my erosion bundle looked like after the weekend snow but before yesterday's snow.

Monday, February 8, 2010


"If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come." ~ Chinese proverb

Sunday, February 7, 2010

wheresoever you go

We (unexpectedly) went north for a couple of days and avoided the snowstorm.

This morning we went for a walk in the woods. Although the photo doesn't show it particularly well, this was a beautiful little natural ice sculpture with dangling crystals.

"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart." ~ Confucius

Thursday, February 4, 2010

snow-capped erosion bundle

This one will probably be made into a brooch.

A frosting of snow on my Erosion Bundle.

Rosemary. Bamboo.

Unidentified shrub with red berries.

"Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower." ~ Shigenori Kameoka

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

eyes of the heart

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. " ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

An unexpected drive out to Chester County to deliver a forgotten item.

While there, I took a photo of a quilt I made many years ago. It's a little faded but will be coming home soon since the office where it is currently displayed will be relocating in a few weeks.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

illusions of love

This is where I am on the project I started a couple of weeks ago.  I've added a row of paper hearts from a weeded novel rescued a few year ago from the discard pile. This isn't necessarily the final arrangement but I am inclined to place them in rows of similar hearts rather than mixing them up like regular patchwork. Interestingly, the title of the novel is Illusions of Love.

"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts." ~ Albert Einstein

Monday, February 1, 2010

stitching in red

I've practiced stitching in red on a couple of hearts.

Experimented with more paper-stitching, and have started making them full, dimensional, slightly stuffed hearts using vintage bits of fabric and buttons.

"One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heat that you can't utter.." ~ James Earl Jones