Tuesday, May 29, 2007

"A Moment of Clarity"

Anyone who has traveled down the difficult path of Alzheimer's Disease with a loved one, knows that waiting for those all too infrequent "moments of clarity" is what keeps you motivated to face each day.

I named this quilt"A Moment of Clarity" and it is dedicated to those who search every day for these moments. The quilt was raffled off on May 12, 2007 and earned more than $400 to benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Pattern adapted from "Aria" by Valori Wells
Techniques used: paper piecing, machine piecing and machine quilting.

Here's me and the winner(s) of the quilt!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Steve the Gay Cat

This is from Denyse Schmidt's Quilts book. Birthday present for Abby's 20th. He's made from an old cordoroy dress of mine, an overly shrunk wool sweater of Abby's and a flower from a dress of Grace's. Oh, and the flower button is from an old shirt of Graces'.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

The Puppeteer

Stop the presses! (or the pressing?) No quilts this week. Our 6 year old was tasked with creating a puppet show to demonstrate a book she had just read. Loved the online puppet pattern from www.puppetpatterns.com It was SO EASY and easy to adapt for the dog. We made these in 2 evenings.

Where's the Cabin?

Here's my first attempt at paper piecing. I believe I had to throw away on paper for each block I did successfully! #1 and #2 pieces are the most difficult to get going. Anyway, most of this was made from a baggie of scraps I purchased at my LQS. Hadn't ever worked with 30's fabrics, so figured this was a good way to give it a try. The name, "Where's the Cabin?" comes from my friend, Tina. That was her response when I showed her my first block told her it was called a log cabin. :-)

Picture This!

This is a wonderful and fun design from a friend (and quilting inspiration) of mine, Elayne Leonelli. It's fun to do with novelty prints and if your machine will embroider lettering, this can be added as well. I've added some lettering on mine with a fabric pen, but Elayne's look really nice with the embroidery. It will hold a standard 4x6 photo which can easily be swapped out. Small plastic rings on the end and the side accomodates both picture orientations and can then be hung on the wall. They make GREAT little gifts. Here's one I made for my cousin's wedding anniversary (GO MARK AND SUE!), and two others I made for nieces.

Sacred Wheel

Wall hanging for the UU Church of Glens Falls annual service Auction on April 21, 2007. The wall hanging sold to the church members for $125 after it was unanimously decided to purchase it for display in the "Peace Room" at the Church. The symbol design is the work of Eleanor Wiley.

Finished size 32" square. Techniques used: raw edge applique with fabric paint, foundation piecing, machine piecing and machine quilting.

Friday, May 4, 2007


Some great Moda alphabet fabric! I couldn't pass it up, so made a wall hanging and matching pillow. This was fun!