Friday, March 3, 2017

Another UFO, and last mini.

The Mother Ship has called in her 3rd baby UFO.

This last project's inspiration came from another CB2 catalog.
I was flipping through the pages and stumbled across
a sideboard that was dark and interesting. 

 Here's the worst possible photo of it in my sketchbook.
It has different panels on it with unruly zig zags of gold. 
I thought this could provide an interesting idea for a 
Four In Art 
project I was working on. 

I had some pre-cut stips of fabric already waiting for me 
to experiment with.

 I thought it would be interesting to have each panel
be 1/2 the width of the previous panel.
The first panel as 4 inches wide, the 2nd was 2 inches wide, 
the 3rd was 1 inch wide and the 4th was 1/2 inch wide.  
Along with that I started with 9 zig zags on the left panel. 
I planned that in each successive panel I would double the amount of zig zags. 
That meant 9, 18, 36, & 72 zig zags in the first four panels from left to right. 
Things were going fine until I had to squeeze 
72 zig zags into a panel that was 1/2 inch wide!!!
Who's idea was this anyways?!?!

The logical left side of my brain FINALLY showed up and said, 
"Just make that dang experiment into a hot pad and be 

And here's the final Four In Art project called
Shattered Shimmers. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

UFO 1 & 2

The Mother ship has captured 2 mini UFO's!

I was cruising the internet recently and 
I was looking at Italian cement tiles for 
I stuck 
either found the end of the rainbow.
The tiles had endless possibilities for quilt inspiration. 

I opened up one of the tiles in Illustrator 
and traced the image and ended up with the quilt block below. 

I spent waaaaaay too much time tessellating the tiles. 
Here are 2 samples. 

After I spent a crazy amount of time cutting & sewing 
hordes of 1" strips of fabric I assembled them into 4 blocks below. 
This finished block is only 8" square. tiny for so much work!!!!

Common sense says 
what you are doing, 
and don't make a King size quilt like this!!!

So, now I bring you the fabulous
Italian cement tile inspired 
(It's the latest craze.)

UFO #2

This foundation paper pieced 
New York Beauty is from the Gridster Bee.
Susan Snooks of Australia chose this wonderful block.
You can view her blog here.

I was so excited to make my very first 
foundation pieced block I forgot to do something incredibly important.
On my printer there are 
places to verify this. 
I only checked one place and boo hoo.
I printed at the wrong size, and waaaaalaaaa,
I learned a valuable lesson!

I made a second New York Beauty for Susan 
and turned this block into...
you guessed it...

On the up side my daughter Claire is a fabulous baker 
of all things made with flour, sugar and chocolate.  
She just started a cake baking business, 
and both of these hot pads  
are on their way to her test kitchen. 

Claire - I can hear the hot pads fighting over whose turn it is 
to remove the cakes from your magic oven.   

And here's a peek at the second New York Beauty I made.

Off to the stack of never ending UFO's!

Monday, February 6, 2017

UFO sighting! AKA UnFinished Objects.

I see a UFO...
actually I see 20 of them!?!?!

Yes my friends, I have 20 UFO's.
(UnFinished Objects)
Today I am airing out my dirty laundry.
Here's an info-graphic to show 
just how many UnFinished Objects 
I have in my closet. 

The Mother Ship 
is calling in all her UFO's!!!!!!

Join me as I obliterate the 
nemesis of my nightmares....

I'll be reporting right here on the 
progress of these unruly projects.
Just like when you need to 
conquer a debt snowball 
you start with the 



Well...I'm starting with the 
smallest projects 
to get the 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Shattered Shimmers





Four in Art


Shattered Shimmer by Simone Bradford

  1. 1.
    shine with a soft tremulous light.
    "the sea shimmered in the sunlight"
    "the lake shimmered"

As I was searching for fabric that shimmered
 I found this black and gold fabric. 
It's a stretch knit and a pain the rear to work 
with when mixed with quilting cottons. 
I think I'd rather spend the day cleaning a prison toilet 
with a q-tip than sew this fabric combo again. 

Image result for prison toilet

I was flipping through a CB2 furniture catalog and saw a
 cabinet door that had random zig zags on it.

Furniture + zig zags = quilt inspiration?

I went to the Road to California quilt show 
this month and scored this awesome little tool.

The blue sheet is made of screen printing film 
and when you wipe a 
chalk filled 
sponge across the surface it leaves a 
 ghost image  
of the pattern on your fabric.
The chalk is easily removed with a brush, steam or water. 

Quilting the scallops in between the fractured shimmers. 

Attaching the binding.

Front of Shattered Shimmers

Backside of Shattered Shimmers

You can view other Four In Art artist below.

Bette Ayers
Camilla Cathro
Catherine Chisholm
Elizabeth Eastmond
Janine Green
Nancy Myers
Rachel Riley

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I've Got the Blues

I've Got the Blues 

I'm having a hard time typing this morning 
as I am eating ALL the roasted pumpikin seeds from 
the Halloween pumpkin carving fisaco that took place 
in our back yard yeasterday. 
Type one word, eat a pumpkin seed, 
type 2 words, reach for more pumpkin seeds. 
See my predicament????

As I mulled over this quarter's Four In Art theme of...
I've Got the Blues
I decided I just can't have the blues becasue........

I'm happy that we still have 2 kiddos living at home with us. 
(Aren't my nerds cute?)

I also got to witness a friend getting a pie in the face
 at our church Harvest Festival.
(Doesn't he look happy?
Oh, and look at that cute Brony shirt.)

I helped a high school football player sew his first 
and probably his last quilt for a school assignment. 
(He was a quick learner and did a great job.
Go North High Huskies!)

And lastly...I get to see this view
 twice at week at my daughter's soccer practice. 

Back to reality.... I traced the word 'azul' meaning blue in 
Portugese onto a white background. 
See my nifty high end light table? 
I chose this word becasue I lived in Brasil for a summer 
and even though my Portugese stinks, 
I'm always happy to find a way to use it. 

I then drew 3 circles to encompas the word azul. 
I wanted to quilt inside just the circles and use the 
negative space of the quilting to spell the word azul. 

I decided to use 3 different thread colors, 
one in each of the circles.
Right here I'm quilting around the 
letter Z with medium colored blue thread.

One of my kids decided that I needed to be documented. 
I'm always the photographer and never get to be the photographee. 

Before quilting I added some fabric inside the quilt 
sandwich that could be seen behind the white fabric.
The intention was to highlight the 3 different circles. 
I chose fabric that had circles on it, to go along with the circles I quilted. 
I know there's a name for this technique. 
Right now I can't remember the name and I can't find it on the web. Boo hoo. 

I quilted the cirlces to overlap each other and bisect in the middle. 
It looks more meesy on the quilt than it did in my mind. 
I think sometimes my mind tricks me into thinking it has good ideas. 

This time around I chose to finish the 2 1/2" binding by machine. 

You can view other Four in Art Quilts too! Check out the links below.

Bette Ayers
Camilla Cathro
Catherine Chisholm
Elizabeth Eastmond
Janine Green
Nancy Myers
Rachel Riley
Susan Snooks

Monday, August 1, 2016

Purple Chop Chop

Our Blog  Four-in-Art Quilts

Other Four In Art Quilters 


This quarter's Four In Art theme is Purple Passion. 
We've owned 3 purple sofas. Here are a couple of photos of #2 purple sofa. 
Our townhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Four generation photo after our first daughter, Claire, was born.
The sofa looks more red here due to poor lighting. 

I used to wear a lot of purple, we've owned 3 purple sofas, 
but I really hadn't quilted in purple before. I thought it was time to experiment.

I decided to draw some lines on a piece of paper. 
I then cut it into strips on the diagonal and taped it together. 
Then I cut on the diagonal from the opposite direction and taped again. 
This is the final mock up, mind you I did this in bed at 11pm,
and my husband couldn't understand why I was doing 'crafts' in bed. 

I was doing this in bed because at the time, 
I thought I had a bright idea.

 I used some PURPLE silk from one of Claire's semi formals,
I added some equally vibrant orange for balance.

I chopped and sewed....

 and copped and sewed....

 and chopped and sewed.

I stopped chopping at this point and spray glued it on a gray background.
I was afraid the spray due would show through on the silk, 
lucky me I won the quilting lottery today and
the spray glue didn't show through. 
I decided to leave all the raw edges exposed.

 I started quilting my chopped up purple silk with straight lines.

Then I quilted a bunch of circles that matched the orange fabric.

A good artist knows when to stop. Well....
I kept going thinking more is better. I forgot that less is more. 

I was fine with the quilted wavy lines, straight lines and circles. 

Remember how I said a good artist knows when to stop?
Well... after I stippled the word PURPLE I knew that
I would NOT be quilting any words onto my next quilt. 

 I decided to leave the edges raw since the silk edges are raw and this is an experiment 

At the end of the process this was a great experiment to be part of. 
I wouldn't mind chopping a bunch of fabric up again, 
but I'm not going to be stippling any words or letters on a quilt anytime soon. 
Not all ideas are brilliant, they are just ideas.