Friday, October 27, 2017

Impromptu pumpkin

I got inspired to whip up this pumpkin yesterday, out of leftover fabric from two pillows I made to go with our newly recovered sofa. 

And the pillow fabric was leftover fabric from window seat cushions (professionally sewn, not by me).

I cut five fabric shapes from this pattern piece and sewed them together. 

The stick came from that morning’s walk. 

Ain’t it grand when one thing leads to another?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

What I've been up to lately

Still on a sewing kick. I made this in a size 2 for Valentina in time for her second birthday. Oliver and S Jump Rope Dress, Kaffe Fasset Fabric. 

Another pair of pants made with free Ethan Allen fabric from Sandy. Burda pattern 7058. I love them!

My "Green Dog with Orange Ball" quilt is published in the Dinner@8 book, Personal Iconography: Graffiti on Cloth. You can see this exhibit soon at the International Quilt Festival in Houston!

I don't think I've posted this art quilt yet. I made it for something called Bridges, an upcoming project for the Shannon exhibit space in Whittier. I call it "A Conversation." If selected, it will be part of a collaboration with artists, poets and musicians.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

On a garment kick

With no deadlines looming, I've been on a garment kick. Want to see what I've been up to? Most of them come from one Japanese pattern, that I heard about from Carolee at Fibreye. 

I began my making this top. It's an African hand-dyed batik from Ananse Village. 

I liked it so much that I made another top, with some more African batik fabric. 

Then I made a dress with fabric that my friend Sandy gave me, from Ethan Allen. I wore it out to lunch yesterday with my friend Linda. 

I sewed pants, too, from a Burda pattern. 

Sandy gave me that fabric, too, from Ethan Allen. What fun!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Summer of Love Challenge

I have a wall hanging in the Summer of Love challenge, which is currently up at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. It was fun to make! I used a vintage embroidered pillow case for the background. The hexagon block and doily are also vintage. 
Some of you may recognize the peace sign and the VW, which have appeared in my quilts before. 

We lived in San Francisco in the very early 70's, when peace, love and flower power were still very much in the air. 

This is my first time using Blog Touch Pro on my phone. So far, I love it!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Speaking and Teaching at Surfside

In July, I spoke at the Surfside Quilters guild in San Clemente. Such a wonderful, friendly group! It was Nancy Ota's suggestion to invite me. What an honor. I did a trunk show - 46 quilts! I have spoken to guilds and groups before, but it has been a few years. I was relieved that there were lots of friendly faces in the crowd. I also sold my Jukebox patterns and gift cards.

The next morning, I taught a workshop for a very nice group of women. I taught them how to make my halibut, "Just for the Halibut." My teaching experience is limited. I had only taught English paper piecing before. But it went pretty well. I took them step by step in the construction, and everyone ended up with a mostly done fish! I was so proud of everyone - they did great.

Nancy Ota took this photo, better than the ones I took, of all the fish made in class. Most of them still need their eyes.

Debby Myers sent me a photo of her finished halibut. Who knew halibut went with Spam?

Nancy Ota added beads to hers. She used some slippery fabric that I had doubts if it would work, but it turned out great!

Nancy's friend Candy made three beautiful batik halibuts! She has a school of them.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Green Dog With Orange Ball

Forgive me for being so neglectful of my blog. The past few months have been a whirlwind of deadlines for multiple projects, plus preparation for speaking and teaching at Surfside Guild, and then travel for 15 days. I am still under one more deadline, but things have simmered down a bit, so I will try very hard to get up to date here.

First of all, I made a quilt for the latest Dinner @ Eight challenge: Personal Iconography: Graffiti on cloth. It felt like a more complex theme than usual - I wasn't sure I was on the right track - but I am happy to say my quilt did get accepted. Yay!

I was inspired by a photo of my sister-in-law Marti's dog, Gaia. She had such a soulful gaze and graceful pose.  The title is "Green Dog with Orange Ball." Look for it at Houston Quilt Festival!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A visit with Valentina

Photos of lovely little granddaughter Valentina with our son Warren, from a visit in May.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

hop, skip, jump blog hop

Hi there, I'm Cindy Cooksey, and welcome to my blog, on Day 2 of the hop skip jump blog hop.
I was invited to make a 18" quilt square to promote Jamie Fingal's new fabric line from RJR Fabrics, called hopscotch. These come from hand drawn designs from Jamie's notebooks.

This is the fabric I chose from her line. Isn't it yummy? With names like Loop de Loop - Grass, Deconstructed Dandelions - Chalkboard, and Intertwining Puddles - Tomato. Cross Hatch - Zebra. There are 83 different fabrics in the line, which made it hard to choose just ten. But I love the colorful ones I selected.

I had a design all worked out by the time I received the fabrics in the mail, and the quilt went together easily. I rearranged the flowers a little, to improve the balance of the design, and machine quilted it. 

I was thrilled by the intense colors!

A touch of hand embroidery here and there.

11 different designs, 83 different fabrics.
The line will debut at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis in mid-May, and the fabric will ship to stores in 

Be sure to visit all the artists' blogs on the hop skip jump blog hop!

4-24 Jamie Fingal
4-25 Cindy Cooksey
4-26 Sue Bleiweiss
4-27 Lyric Kinard 
4-28 Susan Brubaker Knapp
5-1 Leslie Tucker Jenison
5-2 Deborah Boschert
5-3 Libby Williamson 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Just for the Halibut at Jewels of the Sea exhibit

I made this for the "Jewels of the Sea" Challenge by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, and it is there on display until March 4. The address is 360 Post Street, Suite 604. I am told it is across from Union Square. There's a reception/party next Saturday from 11-4, and I will be there, come hell or high water! Which may be the case, because there is a lot of rain going on up there and flooding in some places.

I updated this post since I first wrote it, because the photos needed to be tweaked. Here I am with Miss Halibut at the exhibit!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Prayer flags

I made some prayer flags recently. They are part of an exchange with my First Friday Fiber Artists group. 

I didn't have much time to work on them - lots going on! Quick and dirty. But I am happy with the results.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Jewels of the Sea Challenge

Sorry, it's been a while since I posted last. One problem is that Blogger hasn't updated its app on my phone. It seems to work okay on my laptop, though. Fingers crossed.

I made a stuffed fish, "Just for the Halibut," for the Jewel of the Sea Challenge by the newly formed San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. It is on display now, together with over 70 other entries from more than 10 countries. It will be there until March 4. And there will be a party reception next Saturday, February 11, from 11 to 4. I will be there, some hell or high water! And there may be high water, because of all the rain and flooding up there.

The address is 360 Post Street, Suite 604, and i am told it is across from Union Square.