Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Commission Quilts Completed!
These past several months I have been busy working on these two commission quilts. It has been an interesting project and one that I have felt honored to be included in. These quilts were made in memory of Walter S. Piskun, M.D., an amazing and gifted man from all accounts. He was a Colonel in the army, a neurosurgeon, an avid golfer, and a loving a husband and father to 6 children. I made these quilts for 2 of his children, from his shirts. They are lap quilts 50" x 74" designed with help from my client. It has been a long time since I have worked with traditional patterns, but I really loved the project. It was like returning to my roots, and had the added benefit of being rich with meaning and comfort. I hope they are well loved and well used in their new homes!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Yahoo!! My quilt, Building UP, won First Place in the Small Abstract Art Quilt category. I am thrilled beyond belief. It is a happy happy time!
And, Falling through the Cracks won Third Place in the Embellished category. Life is Good!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Big Seven in Houston

The big seven at the Houston International Quilt Show used to be the people who won the big prizes, I mean the REALLY big prizes, like between $10,000 and $5,000 in cash awards. I think there are eight prizes like that now. But for me, the big seven this year refers to seven of my quilts that will be at the show in Houston. I have never had this many showing at one venue, so it's a big deal for me. On top of which, two of them are winners! But, they won't announce the prizes until tonight, and so I wait, in eager anticipation........
Opening tomorrow night are:
Building UP: Quilts, A World of Beauty, small Abstract category
Falling Through the Cracks: Quilts, A World of Beauty, Embellished category
Group Conversations: Quilts, A World of Beauty, Group category
A Few of My Favorite Things: Edges (curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Jenison)
Duck and Cover: SAQA, A Sense of Humor
Red Legged Bird with a Tale to Tell: Tactile Architecture
Winter to Spring: IQA's Celebrate Spring

(Lucky number 8, is my Tote bag at Quilting Arts booth # 1244)

Monday, October 05, 2009

More Clothes for Olivia
I went shopping at the Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, TX and found so many wonderful fabrics, that I had to buy them. I knew they would be perfect for my daughter! Short on time, I decided to simplify my plans. That's when I went to the GAP to buy cotton knit shirts to go with the fabrics and hopefully matching tights. Perfect! The long sleeve t-shirts were plain to start. I simply took some of the fabric and made a simple design to applique on the shirt, and then for the first one, added a simple skirt to make a dress. Details...she loves the rhinestone heart at the bottom of the GAP t-shirt and was sad to see it snipped off in the process of making the dress. So, I cut it out and saved it for a little patch at the bottom of the skirt.

On the second outfit, I appliqued the white t-shirt with fabrics from two different skirts: the new brown and pink floral, and the older light blue and brown print. I love the hand stitching on the stems of the flowers on the white t-shirt.
The brown and pink skirt is a simple A-line style with a gathered waist. She loves it! And the best part, depending on how well these hold up, is that when spring arrives, I will cut the sleeves off and cut the tights into shorts so she can wear them for several seasons! Both outfits, the black dress, the white t-shirt and brown skirt were simple and quick to make. I spent all of one day on the project. LOVE IT! And so rewarding that they came out so well!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

500 Art Quilts

Yahoo! I just got the letter telling me that two of my entries will be in this book by Lark Publishers. I am delighted!! The winning entries are Little Cities and Vertigo, two of my all time favorites, both still in my collection!
This book will be available in spring 2010. Can't wait to get my copy and see the other 498!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Nine Dot Block
Introducing my new design, the nine dot block. Made from a square cardboard box and a wooden dowel. Stamped on white fabric and then dye painted. I LOVE this design, and the flower inspired color palette. I plan to try this design in a number of other colors. You may recognize this fabric from an earlier post on my quilt Planned Obsolescence.