Archive for February, 2010

Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

 On my trip to Texas I was able to spend some little time exploring the town of Las Cruce, NM.  I stopped by a cool quilt shop called Organ Mountain Quilt Shop.  I bought a bunch of fabric and a book called,  Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form, by Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley.  The beautiful quilt on the cover is what caught my eye.  

   Tile Quilt Revival book gives a nice history of this rare type of quilt.  The instructions on how to create your own tile quilt is very clear and quite easy.  And, to my extreme excitement, this quilt is best done by hand!  EEEEEkkkkkk!

So, to sum up this book,  wonderful and easy techique,  interesting history, beautiful patterns included, hand work prefered. 


Falling Star Quilt.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

  After getting back from my Texas trip , I was in the mood to quilt.  I decided to create a small quilt.

  This quilt is 15″x19″.  I’m not sure I like this size for my quilting.  It just doesn’t seem graphic enough.  The embroidery seemed too small yet when I made a sample using my typical 6 strands of embroidery floss the stitches where overwelming.

  This is the entire quilt.  I added a bar of printed fabric to the left side, because I needed color. 

Trip to Texas, part I

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

  I just got back from my art show in Marfa, TX.  When my Husband and I take this trip we try to stop by our friend’s house in Silver City, NM.


   We had car trouble just outside of Tucson, AZ.  Our alternator died.  Praise Jeebus for Pep Boys.  They have rescued us more than  once. 


   We arrived in Silver City the next day.  Silver City is a very historic town. 


   We stayed with Cecilia.  She’s a good friend and artist.


  We met a few of her friends.


  Silver City is a blend of old Mexican families, White ranchers,  Artists and has a large gay and lesbian community.  Silver City has it’s own unique flavor and customs.


*Silver City is known for flooding mainly during monsoon season.  The downtown is especially prone to flash floods.


  Silver City is also know for their mining.

*Actual historic photo of The Ditch after a flood in downtown Silver City, NM.

Be My Valentine.

Friday, February 5th, 2010

  Love rules.  Heart Crown, another new painting for my show, Be Mine…, at Galleri Urbane in Marfa, TX.  The opening is on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010,

A BE MINE… painting and some answers.

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

  Valentine Girl, another painting for my BE Mine… show at Galleri Urbane in Marfa, TX

Now, questions that need to be answered:

1. Referring to my Transfer Eze post:   Wow! I’ve been looking for something like this. My biggest challenge is finding ways to transfer embroidery designs. Can you recommend any other products or techniques? Thanks for sharing such valuable information!

Here are the most common ways to transfer embroidery designs onto fabric – 

Transfer Paper – You can get this item at any fabric store and Sublime Stitching.

Iron on Transfer Pencil  -these can be found at most fabric stores, like Joanns

Light Table  –  Well, actually, using a window as your light table.  If you are using the window method, you will find that taping the design to the back of the fabric or to the window helpful as the design will not slip easily while you trace it onto the fabric. To trace, use a light pencil, chalk, air or water-soluble pen, or even a fine tip permanent marker in the shade of thread you will be using. (This info is from Victorian Embroidery and Craft)

2. Just curious. When you are buying fabric, for not a particular project, how much do you buy? A yard? Fat quarter? 2 yards?

Since my quilts are smallish I tend to buy fabric half yards.  But, if I am head over heals in love with a fabric I will buy 1 to 2 yards.  Other reasons to buy more than half a yard of fabric is hard to find colors, hard to find patterns and great fabric to back a quilt with. 

I have trouble finding a good orange fabric, so if I find one I like I’ll buy a yard or two.  Same with brown.  I am always looking for a good chocolate brown.  The color is not the only thing that is important.  I am very picky about the type of pattern on the fabric .  Everyone has their own needs when it comes to size, design and rhythm of pattern on their fabrics.

When I find a nice feeling cotton fabric that would make a great backing for my quilts, and it’s cheap,  I’ll buy several yards. 

Tips for the lazy launderer.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

  Before I begin, I must warn you that this blog is NOT for MEN or BOYS.  Also, if you have issues with Aunt Flo, The Gift, The Monthly Visitor or That Stupid Thing That Happens to Me Every Month, please do not read this post.

    Tired of blood stained undies?  Not excited by elaborate and mystical stain removal methods?  Well,  I have a great tip for you. ONLY BUY BLACK UNDIES. 

 My current bunch of undies are about 4 months old.  In this time I’ve had four messy monthly visits.  My undies look as unstained as the day I bought them. 

ps – Just in case you’re wondering, I wash my undies frequently and in very hot water. (I know hot water sets blood but my undies are black so it just doesn’t matter.)

ps-ps- When writing this blog I didn’t know which word to use – underwear, panties, unmentionables or undies.   I choose undies because it feels the most friendly.

Chasing Rabbits.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

  Do you ever get a flash of an idea when you least expect it?  I do. It always happens to me while I’m in the bathtub. 

  While bathing a couple weeks ago the image of a appliqued rabbit popped into my head.  I suppose the idea came from all the vintage appliqued quilts I ‘ve been studying.  I love the old quilts with awkward appliqued animals.

  The idea of one rabbit became five.

  Why are they running?  Because they are being chased by a little girl.  I remember when my Daughter was just a tiny little thing and she liked to cuddle animals like a crocodile just wants to “taste” a baby zebra.  One of my friend’s more no nonsense cats took care of my daughters aggressive petting.    

Just so you know, my daughter is excellent with animals now.  It’s been years since I have seen a fist full of fur.

Hart’s Fabric, best fabric store ever!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

   I love Santa Cruz, CA.  There is so much about that town that I  like.  I love Logo’s used book store.  I love Harbor Cafe.  I love all the old houses and the extra funky people.  But, what I love most, and what I save up most of my craft money for, is Hart’s Fabrics.

 The first time I went to Hart’s, I told my husband, “Look, this is going to get ugly.  Money, and I mean lots of it, is going to be spent today.  I just wanted to prepare you.” Being that my Husband is very understanding, and he has his own issues with buying computer books, he said he’d just sit in the car, read a computer book and let me have at it. 

  I get totally overwhelmed by  Hart’s  huge selection.  Here are a couple tricks I use to decide which fabric to purchase for my stash.  I visually pass over all of the fabric about 3 times.  I try not to think too hard.  I just let it soak in.  By the 3 pass certain fabrics start calling to me.  That’s when I start pulling the fabic bolts and setting them aside.  

Another trick I do to supply my stash is to pick out a rainbow’s worth of fabric. By this I mean I make sure to pick out fabric in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, etc…  And, don’t forget black, grey, white, salmon, purple,,,,,  You get the idea.  If I didn’t aim for a rainbows worth I’d come home with nothing but pink fabric.

  These two fine ladies helped me out.  I had a big mound of fabric which took them quite a while to get through. They where very cheerful at their task.  And before long I was out the door with my huge bag, wondering if maybe I should have gotten more teal fabric.

Here is Hart’s info:

Hart’s Fabric, 1620 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, CA,