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Those Bloomin’ Feathers

Finally…..finished this whole cloth quilt. Okay, actually a week ago and finally taking a minute before bed to post a couple of pictures.

The design is based on drawings I did about 4 years ago but this value gradations fabric was the inspiration to put it all together. This is a cotton sateen which runs from a light blue grey to almost blue at the edges. The vase of feathers needed a strong vertical element but I didn’t want it just “hanging” out there. I think of it as sitting on a little table in the yard, being visited by butterflies.

It is also almost impossible to get good pics of whole cloth quilts, at least for me. I will work on getting better ones but for now these will do. It has arrived at HMQS for the show, I will look forward to seeing it next to all the other beautiful quilts.



I love to paint whole cloth quilts.  I’ve posted about it before and you will probably see it again in the future.  In fact, I’m am actually trying to spend a bit of time each week playing and practicing with different mediums.  I haven’t actually gone to the schedule it all it routine but I should.

This picture is one small quilt I made a few years ago, and am currently working on an expanded version.


This one is a long ago abandoned project that has become my testing piece.  Wasn’t I smart to finally label the colors?  Some time when I truly have time to burn (wonder when that will be) I would like to put together a very comprehensive sampler of each color and medium  labeled so I can just grab the appropriate pencil and go.


For the January program with my local guild, the Santiam Scrappers, I shared my fabric painting techniques.  I quilted up a big pile of blocks for everyone to try out the Derwent Inktense pencils and the Neocolor II pastels.  Everyone said they had a great time and judging from the laughter and results, I think they did.  What better way to spend an afternoon than with quilting friends?

Do I like this color?

Do I like this color?

Students hard at work

Students hard at work

Finished blocks

Finished blocks

Finished blocks

Finished blocks

In the near future I am going to follow up with this by making some small table runner/dresser scarf whole cloth quilts that will be available for sale.  A small project that you will not be intimidated by and can finish in a short period of time.  I also hope to make this available as a workshop so you can use all my paints and not have to buy lots of your own.  One person asked about my quilting up a project from their drawings, happy to do that also.   If you want to know when this will be available, send me an email and I’ll make sure you are notified.


Eye Candy for Quilters

Here is a Grandmothers Flower garden quilt made in the 60′s or 70′s.  Lovely scrappy hexagons in no particular order.  The black solid adds a great touch.  A very large quilt, the hexagons are only a couple inches finished.  It was hand pieced and done extremely well.  The quilt was flat and square up to the borders.  The owner was able to pick out a few pieces of fabric that she knows were clothing of hers and her sisters.


This is a sampler with a unique setting.  We should remember these settings, sometimes simple sashing between blocks it just the ticket but with a bit of a twist the quilt takes on an entirely different look.  You do see the stars, right?

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Do any of you other quilters have to put marks like this arrow on your quilts?  You know why its there, right??


How about Princess?  What a fun quilt for a young girl.  Cathy used minky for the hair.



Pineapple Quilt with floral applique done in a brodiere purse (misspelled I am sure) technique.  I am also very fond of the intense colors.

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Another sampler, also a unique setting.  I believe this was a block of the month but I don’t know from where.

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We have more but that is enough for today :-)

As many of you know I love making whole cloth quilts and then painting them.  Sometimes I find a design digitized for my Statler that I can whip out and then wile away the hours painting it.  Not a time saver but so fun for me.  This project is from Christy Dillion of My Creative Stitches.  I hope to find the time to make a few more for gifts.

The first picture is of the back to see what it looked like before painting.

This is what it looks like before painting.

This is what it looks like before painting.

This is the completed project with Derwent Inktense Pencils and Caran d’Ache watercolor pastels.  I use a fabric medium mixed with water about 50/50 to blend the paints.  On this project, I also used cream colored cotton Sateen instead of white.  The colored sateen did change the paint colors a bit but I prefer the warmer tones of the fabric, white can be so glaring.  With luck, I will get the binding on this weekend.

Painted project

Painted project

A detail shot of the center pumpkin.  Love it!

Detail of the center pumpkin

Detail of the center pumpkin

These United State counted cross stitch blocks were made by Sue Ann as a memory of her travels which I put into a quilt for her.  Hand needlework has never been my strong point but I sure do admire what others do and was thrilled to make this quilt for Sue Ann.

For those of you that may be interested in turning your counted cross stitch blocks into a quilt, this is what I learned about working with Aida cloth.  First off it is relatively stiff especially alongside quilting cottons.   This worked to my advantage as the Aida cloth did not move on me as I was applying the sashing.  It became problematic as I sewed the rows together.  The stiffness made it difficult to line up each row and secondly, it became heavy.   The solution was lots of pins and taking my time to ensure each block was lined up properly.  Overall I wouldn’t hesitate to do this again and recommend that you try it if you have  many cross stitch blocks that are being neglected.

One of my favorite states because I love the motto :-)


The quilting was kept simple, cross hatching through the blocks in very thin thread, swirls through the sashing and around the continental United States applique to represent water.  Echoed wavy lines in the borders for “amber waves of grain”,  a star in each corner.  The applique center is quilted with words:  Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.  The top border says America the Beautiful  the bottom border,  from sea to shining sea.


Thank you, Sue Ann, for letting me be a part of your quilt.

I am cross hatching quilting across counted cross stitch blocks for a customer. This is what I came up with to avoid marking. Thank goodness for painters tape.


Painting Fabric

Spent a long weekend at the Oregon coast with 11 other quilters.  We got lucky and had great weather except for one morning and that cleared up in no time.  Here is the view from the living area of the house we rented in Lincoln City.



Nothing like 12 quilters in the same house.  Sewing machines everywhere.  Cutting matts, irons, fabric, patterns and books and in this case…paint.

I was asked to show everyone how I paint my whole cloth quilts so I brought all my Derwent Inktense pencils and Caran d’Ache Neocolor 2 watercolor pastels.  These products are relatively easy to use and a lot like using crayons, a craft you mastered a long time ago.  Once blended with water and fabric medium they are permanent.

I quilted up sample blocks suitable for painting for each of the ladies,  gave a brief demo and everyone dived in.  There were 4 different designs and each one took on a different personality once quilted.

Here we are, working away.

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The finished blocks:

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I had a lot of fun with this group.  Thanks for having me.



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