Wednesday, December 15, 2010

These are the three quilts that I have in a gallery show with Milwaukee Art Quilters at the Cedarburg Cultural Center.. Dec. 12, 2010 through Jan 24, 2010... 
If you get a chance go and check them out.  All of the gals quilts are pretty incredible..

Drazil and Zuri... both took second place!!

This quilt was made for the Ben Franklin Challenge. Above you can see the fabrics that we had to work with. I have always wanted to make a quilt of giraffes. So I thought this would be a perfect opportunity given the fabrics I had to work with.  While I was working on this quilt there was a giraffe having a calf in a zoo near Green Bay, WI.  Her name is Zuri. The calf was born weak and died 36 hours after birth. In tribute to that strong mother giraffe I named this quilt Zuri.  It is sad to think of what happened to this beautiful giraffe but, we have to remember that God has a plan for us and for all animals. 
These fabrics are all cotton.  All the fabrics are fused down. A layer of tulle was placed over the entire quilt.  The quilt was layered and free motion quilting was done throughout using cotton and polyester threads.  

Drazil ... my second place winning quilt from Ben Franklin Challenge 2009
 Back in Sept. 2009 I did a challenge with a pack of fabrics for a store near my home.  The fabrics were bright and cheery and I just loved the colors.  I knew that the brown fabric needed to be a reptile.So I decided to make it a gecko.  I named him Drazil.. which is lizard spelled backwards.. Gecko would not work... Okceg... not so good... Ha!!  He is 25" x 20".

Monday, November 8, 2010

Houston...International Quilt Festival

I was so fortunate this year to attend the IQF show in Houston.  We planned on going about a year before the show.. Like last November.  Everyone was so friendly and happy... it was an amazing experience.  The quilts were incredible.  Thought I would share a couple photos of my quilt "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not"... seeing my quilt in the show just blew me away.  Wendy Butler Berns exhibit was really beautiful and all of her students made really nice quilts. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Milwaukee Art Quilters Challenge "Estranged Love"

Months ago a challenge was proposed.  We each put a common object in a brown paper bag and put them in the middle of the room.. Then each of us picked a bag.  Whatever was in the bag was to be used to create a quilt.  It didn't have to be on the quilt.. And the quilt had to be mixed media.  I received a Lotus Pod.  I just loved it.. There were many different things like cotton balls, sequenced flowers, pen and paper, votive candle just to name a few.  I was in home group one night and sketched out my design.  Blocks, and rectangles.. and I knew I wanted to put a lotus flower somewhere in the middle.. Well, the Lotus Flower turned into a Lotus pod.. Three of them.  I bought a few more at the store and my husband cut them for me.. I used the original one to stamp paint on the fabrics. And I used the ends of the cut ones to stamp too.  I put in silk taffeta, dyed silk, cotton and made stems out of raffia, printed words on Lutradur and my snow dyed fabrics along with Wendy Richardson's  over dyes.. This was a fun quilt to make.. There is no piecing in this quilt it is done by using Wendy Butler Berns technique of using freezer paper templates.  I love her technique...!!  All of the quilts that the girls made were pretty incredible.  Amazing how you can take and object and use it for inspiration for a quilt.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I won!! Second place..

The Ben Franklin Store in Oconomowoc has Quilt Fest this weekend.. about 6 months ago they put together a package of 5 fat quarters together for the contest.  The contest is to use the fabrics in a quilt.  These are then judged before the show for first second and third place.  Last year I took second place with my Drazil quilt.  This year I took second place with Zuri.  I knew right away what I wanted to do with the fabrics.. I have been wanting to make this quilt for sometime.  I found the photo online and got permission from the photographer and the owner of the photo to use it.  It all worked out great.  I was done with the giraffe's and decided I didn't like the quilt.. I tweeked it a bit and lo and behold it was better.  I finished it and took it to the store.  While I was working on this quilt there was a baby giraffe born in Green Bay.  The sad thing was the baby died about 36 hours after being born.  The mother's name is Zuri.  So I decided to name this quilt after her.  The show starts on Friday and runs through Sunday.  I'm soooo excited.. here is a photo of the fabrics I had to use and my finished quilt. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Finished and moving on...

I just finished my quilt for the Ben Franklin challenge.. these are the fabrics we had to work with.  I will post a photo after the judging next week sometime. The show is the first weekend in Oct.

And now I am starting a new quilt using a photo of my poocher girl, Rosie.. she is a Blue Heeler Cattle Dog.  And this will have something to do with my quilt.. it is for a challenge.. here is the photo and I will keep you updated as I work on it.. After finishing my quilt of Jessi I feel as though I have lost something.. I had so much fun working on that quilt and now it is gone.. but, I will see it soon in Houston.  It's like a child moved out of my house.. Weird.. ( yes, I am)... I dropped off my quilt today for the Olbrich Garden show in Madison ( I just got it back from Quilt Expo last week in Madison).  And now am ready to finish my mixed media object challenge for the Milwaukee Art Quilters.  It is all ready to quilt.. So...I have a few projects in the works.. Oh and making a pair of "Loud Pants" for the Loud Pants Luncheon in Houston with a bunch of Loud Pant wearing quilters.  Thanks to Robbi Joy Ecklow for setting up this event.. I heard is a bust..

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Triple Trillium accepted into Quilt Expo and Olbrich Gardens

I'm so excited to say that my Triple Trillium quilt is going to be in Quilt Expo in Madison in Sept. and then later Sept. it will be in the Olbrich Garden Quilts in Bloom show.. ( at least I am pretty sure because they called me to use a photo of it in their brochure)... This same quilt won and award of excellence in the Wow art contest in June in Wittenberg Wi.  At the time I made this quilt it was the largest quilt I had made it is 36" wide x 34" high.  It is a mixed technique..Using the technique I learned from Wendy Butler Berns and the other technique from Katie Pasquini Masopaust.  It was a really fun quilt to make.. the background fabric is Laura Wasilowski's hand dyed.. I just love her fabrics.  I would love to quilt this quilt all over again.. Since I have done much more quilting with my bigger quilt.  I think I could do a better job on it now.. but, that is all part of my learning process..

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Milwaukee Machine quilting show.

This show was last weekend and I just wanted to share a photo of the Best of Show quilt with you.. it was made and quilted by Marilyn Badger.  If you are in the quilting world you probably know who she is.. she is an amazing quilter.. and a really nice gal... My photography is not the best.. The show was very good.. nice quilts and all the way from Germany...We are told they will have the show again next year... so go and get sewing and enter some quilts.. and remember.. in this show.. the quilting really counts..

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Quilt Show!!!

Hi all.. I have to share that my quilt.. Laura's Flower Garden will be the quilt of the day on The Quilt Show on Aug. 6... so go and check it out..It is a take off of Laura Wasilowski's flower quilts.. I took a workshop from her and actually finished the quilt right after the workshop.. that has to be a first.... Ha!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not

This is one of the best days of my life.. I have finished my all time favorite quilt ( so far). This has been a labor of love for about 7 months.  I will be handing it off to Wendy next week and the next time I will see it will be in Houston in Nov.  I'm so excited to be a part of her exhibit and to get the chance
( God Willing) to go to Houston this year.  My daughter and her cat have never looked better...The binding looks funny because I tried to remove the background in photoshop and it messed with the binding.. but, it is all good.. ha!!  I decided to show some close up too...The quilt is 51" x 63"

Friday, July 2, 2010

Thought I would change it up a bit.

No.. I'm not done with my "big" quilt yet.  But, a few weeks ago I went up north.  I usually take my sewing machine but, my quilt is way to big to take up there and try to free motion on a dining room table.  So I decided to take a project that I needed to get started since it is due in Sept.  Milwaukee art quilters have 2 challenges a year.  This one you needed to put a found or household object in a bag and we would swap out the bags.  I received a Lotus Pod.. I was sooo happy.  The quilt needs to be mixed media.. so right away I thought stamp with paint onto fabric using the pod.  So I did this.. I made a design and I used Wendy Butler Berns technique to make the top.. No quarter inch seams for this girl.  Glue stick and freezer paper.  You can see her technique in her book  Photo Album Quilts
It is the same technique I used on my quilt of my daughter, Jessi. I used some of my snow dyed fabrics and some of the overdyes snow dyed fabric and Wendy Richardson's overdyes.  I finished the top up north with time to spare.  I had my husband cut a few lotus pods to 1/4 " thick.. I am going to place them on the top like I did in the photo.  I sprayed them with a acid free fixative so they would not damage the fabric in time.
My next step is to use mono poly and zig zag my pieces together.. then of course the rest is sandwich and quilt.. I really love the colors I choose for this quilt.  And the stamping on the fabric ... love it..

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Coming Down the Stretch

I have about half the tree to quilt yet.. Tomorrow.. I'm using different threads.  I love King Tut and the Isocord.. I tried the rayon by sulky... it is not for me...unless it comes in a thicker thread.  So here are some photos of the quilting..I am doing basic leaves.. I am really getting comfortable with free motion quilting.. after this quilt I will have a lot of practice under my belt.. I feel that the sky is the limit...!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More Quilting on the Run

I decided I am not afraid of quilting anymore.  I am actually enjoying it.. Not sure if it is just the way I am thinking or because I love my new Babylock Espire machine.. I do know that with the technique I am using that I learned from Wendy Butler Berns seems a bit harder to quilt.  There is a layer of decor bond in the quilt.  And it is a bit stiff.  But in a weird sort of way it kind of keeps it from shifting too.. So here is some of the quilting I was doing today..

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Quilting has begun

Just wanted to show some of the quilting I have done so far.

Jessi's face is done.

That was one of the hardest parts for me.. I must have 6 faces that I practiced on.  I decided to paint her eyes and lips. 

Sunday, May 9, 2010


I am having some problems with the flower.. I don't want it to look like a pinwheel.. I have to add some petals and maybe put a little paint on it.  I have to finish her face.  I have been really procrastinating on doing any art at all lately.. too much going on in my life...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

What I am working on

I have a great opportunity to make a quilt for a friend who was one of my first teachers.  Wendy Butler Berns.  She won the Patterson Pierce award in Houston this past year.  So next year she gets to curate and exhibit of her work and her students work.  She asked me if I would like to participate.  Well, you know me.. I always love a challenge.  The challenge here is that this is the largest quilt I have every made.  On paper right now it ei 52"x63"... it has to end up with the smallest side 50".  I have to use a technique I learned from her.  I have used her technique in quite a few of my quilts.  So I took a photo of my daughter and this is what I am coming up with.  In the third photo I have the freezer paper templates ironed on the fabric.  So the fabric is behind the paper.  At the top I segmented 2 of the rays coming down on the paper but, then decided not to do that.. so the top 2 rays are just that..  If you hold it up to the light you can get a feel as to how it is looking.. When it is all assembled you take the freezer paper off... Wendy has a book that details this technique.  You can see the book on her website here  Of all the books I have this is the easiest book to understand.  The photos are incredible and the step by step directions couldn't be better..

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