a new experiment

I’m trying something new.   Well, I’ve painted a quilt top before, but this one is on silk!

Yes, it’s a bit different, but I’m hoping it will be useable when the painting is done.

The subject is a bit weird too – it’s a last year’s artichoke flower…I found it in the garden before it was cleaned out this Spring, and it looked interesting to my eye.  Here are a couple of progress shots…more to come.



This is one of those pieces, that I put up on the shelf.  Yesterday, I pulled it out.  I’m working on the quilting today.

Spring News

Today I was excited to see that my tiny quilt “Day in the Forest” was featured by the National Quilt Museum.

Day in the Forest nqm









A Day in the Forest quilt: This tiny quilt was made as a donation to the Studio Art Quilt Association and traveled extensively to various places and shows.  It was chosen to be part of a further donation to the National Quilt Museum.  It is an honor to have it there.

The picture is one taken when my husband and I walked through the Arcata Redwood Forest.  It was a walk specifically done looking for quilt inspiration.

Fall of 2020

Oh, my – haven’t we had a challenging year!?  I hope you have been producing lots of new projects and enjoying the “at home” time with your family.

I’ve made 3 quilts during this Covid at home time.









the 2 art quilts were commissioned pieces and the Irish chain was made from blue and white scraps.  I’m trying to keep busy.

Blessings to you! – enjoy your day

Paducah quilt show

The Paducah show was postponed until September. –

Recently it was cancelled – so sad that we can’t get together for fun events.

My “Crescent View” quilt will be a semi-finalist at the Paducah, Ky show.

If you are going to the show, you should be sure to stop by the National Quilt Museum.  I have been told that “Forest Walk” will be hanging in the museum during the show. But anytime you can go, it’s worth a trip to go to the museum and browse the wonderful pieces there.


Upcoming Event

March 5 – Trunk Show/Artist Talk  –Annie’s Star Quilt Guild evening meeting

March 6 – Workshop Mosaic Picture Quilts


This week we will begin a New Year, a New Decade, and a New Quilt!

The working title is: Pathway to the Forest.

Hear I’ll show you the way I start.

1st– I select a picture – that takes some computer time digging through the archives of our many photos.

2nd– I decide on the size.  In this case I’m starting with about 35 x 45″ – I can alter that smaller as I go if desired.

Prepare grid
Grid preperation

3rd–I cut and mark the foundation grid.  I use Pellon 820

I also cut newsprint to go under the foundation – and choose a transparent grid to go over the picture.  These things give me the “map” I will use to enlarge and create the picture out of fabric.

4th–Then I pull out bags of squares already cut – in the colors that I expect to need.  I’ll cut more as needed.  At this point I’m trying to decide whether to use the small (1/2″) or larger (1″) squares….what do you think?





Tis the Season

I’ve enjoyed displaying some of my Christmas quilts during the month of December – always fun to look back to some of my projects.

I hope you are busy with celebrations with friends and family.

Here’s a small piece that I designed.