Archive for July, 2008

Going to Atlanta

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I am leaving for Atlanta tomorrow to do two workshops at Fiber On A Whim. In the meantime I have been working on a project for RIT dye. This will be for a segment they are doing on Quilting Arts TV taping at the end of August. This is a little teaser for you, I […]


Talented knitting friends

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Tony Limuaco and I met as students at what was then called the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, back in the early 80’s. (Sometime between then and now the two schools ended their affiliation) After graduation Tony went to NYC to make his way in the world. Thanks to […]


136 Years Young

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I wonder what this building has seen in the last 136 years. Chicago has some of the coolest buildings, this one is a block away from ours. It has had a sign on it that it would be renovated for as long as we have lived here.I am amazed at how many old buildings and […]


Thread and chihuahuas don’t mix

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This is what happens when a chihuahua finds a spool of thread that has dropped on the floor. She tugs on the top of the spool creating a lovely flower effect, she never eats any thread just makes a mess of it. This is what happens when you have a son with the mind of […]


Women Packing Irons Reception

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Here’s Anne, Frieda and I before the reception started. Ann and Laura were off teaching and Emily had not yet arrived. There was a very good turn out and I was too busy chatting to remember to take other photos. The Quilt National Exhibit is really good, one of the best collections of work I […]


Sonoma County

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I took these photos at a friends home in California a couple years ago, they have a lovely property filled with fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Sunday, I am off to the Chicago School of Fusing opening in Bloomingdale, IL.


Sunlight through a quilt in progress

WIP+back

Recently I mentioned, I have a large quilt in progress in the quilting stage. Today my son went under the table to plug something in and called out to me that my quilt looked really cool with sunlight glowing through it and I should come and see. This is what it looked like. This is […]


I Must Have Another…

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Must Have Cardigan. I made this sweater two years ago with Knitpicks Shine worsted cotton cream yarn. I made a size large thinking that would be the right size for me. Well, it came out lovely and BIG. It is such a classic sweater style. It was fun to knit, and the yarn is so […]


Mixed Media Painted Fabric DVD is Back in Business

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Quilting Arts has just released the next three DVD’s in their new Workshop Series with Jamie Fingal, Ruth Rae and Rayna Gilman, go check them out. My workshop DVD on Mixed Media Painted Fabric is now back up on the website, too.


Vintage Thistles

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On the left is my original uncropped photo. Once again I played with layers. I had my original as the bottom layer and placed a duplicate image on top. I desaturated the top image (turned it black and white) and then colorized it green. Using the eraser tool I erased the thistle flower from the […]


Making new things look old

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More photoshop play, with a photo I took of a moth that unknowingly came inside on my shirt. The photo on the right is the original, on the left is the photo that I manipulated the color and contrast. My daughter taught me how to create the effect on the top photo.


Quiet morning walk in the neighborhood

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The Surplice Lace Top

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Pattern: Surplice Lace Top by Gayle BunnSize: mediumNeedle: US 6, 2 & 4 Yarn: Elann Den-M-Nit Pure Dark Indigo Cotton The pattern called for knitting a front, back and three pieces for the top. I knit this in the round in one piece only seaming the shoulders and setting in the sleeves. I hate sewing […]


4th of July

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I wish I could catch in a photo what we see from our balcony. In the distance we see all the fireworks displays from every suburb, so the horizon is filled with fireworks, one right next to another. I can’t even count how many there are. Unfortunately the closest ones are blocked from our view […]


Oooops!

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This is what happens when you quilt a big quilt and your table has too much stuff on it. Argh!


Rust Dyeing with Lois Jarvis

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Bonnie McCaffery has put together another great Vidcast with fellow PAQA member Lois Jarvis from Wisconsin. In this interview Lois describes how she creates her beautiful fabric with rusty objects.