Thursday, August 25, 2011

quilt top and garden

I finished the quilt top and made it more or less square, as seen here. Since then, I've begun quilting, some by machine and some larger stitches with pearl cotton thread.

Most of the fabric was dyed, painted, resisted, discharged, stenciled, sun painted, drybrush relief'd, or... I think that's everything. There's also both positive and negative applique.

Thought you might like to see how my pomegranates  are doing. I think there 6 or 7 of them. It's my very first crop!

A big grapefruit crop is also coming along.

The strawberry guavas are just starting to get ripe. There will be several waves of strawberry guavas in the coming months; last year I froze them as they came ripe, then eventually made strawberry guava jelly. Any ideas about what else to do with them???? Here is some low-hanging fruit that even Ginger can reach.

The kumquats are green and won't be ripe until December/January.

Here's Ginger in her latest top.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New stuff

First of all, I want to thank "Dollbugy" for buying my quilt in the recent auction! Your generous check will go towards finding a cure for Alzheimer's.

I've been busy with this and that, some things I can't share, other things I can.

Here's more fabric from the workshop at Teresa's. I painted over some ceiling tiles; after the fabric dried I dry-brushed all over so that the pattern would show better.

Detail. I intend to use this fabric in the border of my snowflake quilt.

I like this butterscotchy one. Teresa has some really cool grates, tiles, etc. Her blog is

I recent re-covered the seat cushions on our landing. Man, it was harder than I remembered! I may have to re-do one of them, but they will do for now. Matilda approves.

I made the seat covers as a result of our new bookcase next to it. I love it! It came from Plummers, and it is real wood. Unlike the previous bookshelves which were faux rosewood.

I think this is the cutest sundress ever. Whipped it out yesterday, from fabric purchased at the Long Beach Quilt Festival. I hope Samantha enjoys it. She is already imitating the chickens at the farm. Yes, for any new readers, our granddaughter lives on a farm.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fun with Fabric Paint at Teresa's

I took a fabric painting workshop yesterday at Teresa Shippy's house. It was so much fun! Deborah and Linda were also there. Unfortunately my camera had dead battery cells (both!), but Teresa took some photos, which I am happy to share here.
The linen fabric is draped over a large metal tile and strewn with coarse salt.
This is what the underside looked like.

This is the top side after it dried. In reality it looks richer than this.

This piece of cotton was painted over a metal grate and salted.

Here's a detail. I don't know what I'll do with it, but I love it. I love most of the pieces I made.

Here we are at work. I took more photos after I got home and will share those next time.

I highly recommend Teresa's workshop. I will give you a link next time.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

AAQI Auction continued

My quilt, "Gaps," has gotten several bids so far by at least three different people. I'm excited and grateful. Last I looked it was up to $310, which all goes towards research towards a cure for Alzheimer's.

The auction continues through August 10th 10 pm EST.

The link was on the previous post if you would like to take a peek at all the quilts up for auction.

Monday, August 1, 2011


It's about time I provided a photo of my quilt, "Gaps," on my blog. The AAQI auction is underway as of today. Yay!

Here's the link to the auction:

All the money received goes towards finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease.