Sunday, January 31, 2016

Runner and Bowl



Recently a friend invited me to try out the new Mini Quick Curve Ruler, and this table runner is my version of the basic pattern.  Here's what I like about the ruler: accuracy and interesting shapes.  Here's what I didn't like: it's very difficult to get a quarter inch seam allowance on the outer edge of the shapes.  My friend had the same problem, so for once it's me being precision-challenged.

It's a happy accident that the bowl goes nicely atop the runner.  All the clothesline bowls I made as gifts were well received, and I'm pretty sure I'm not done with exploring them.  

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Bowls for Xmas, etc.




Before this year I had only ever sewed one clothesline bowl.  But when I found a couple of hanks of line buried amongst other must have supplies, I figured my gifts were nailed.  Inspired by the colors we see of the bluffs, waves, and sunsets at Montaña de Oro, I created enough for seasonal gifts and some birthdays as well.  No one warned me these were slightly addictive to make.  Sure hope the recipients love them as well.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cairns, Montaña de Oro


Of all the things people leave behind, I love finding cairns on my hikes along the coast.  Stones scoured by wind and waves are reconfigured into temporary sculptures that never look out of place.  Patience rewarded by balance.  Something to aspire to.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Coffee and Autumn Postmark'd Art


For Round 23 of Postmark'd Art I chose the Coffee and Autumn themes.  My fused coffee cups are backed by muslin I stained with a real cup dipped in the bottom of our coffee pot.  Then I carved beans on an eraser for stamping.  The scrappy pumpkins are all fused and machine stitched.  What's not to love about Autumn?

Friday, October 2, 2015

WIPs

Historically I will not post my quilt work unless it is completed.  But at my current rate of sewing, that would be never.  In a scrappy mood these days, I've been wrestling my leftover bits and pieces into submission as bed quilts to give as gifts.  These three tops await quilting, which I confess is not my favorite part of the process.  But what good are they without it?

The feathers on the left are from Anna Maria Horner's pattern.  The triangles on the right are because I found a 60* triangle ruler for a dollar.  And the middle top is just cuz.  Now I need to set a goal date by which to have them all done.  As a friend of mine always says, "Goals are good."

In the meantime I'm in training to be a rovering docent at Montaña de Oro State Park.  That means I'll be walking the bluff trail several times a week talking to other hikers who might want to know more about our gorgeous stretch of coast.  If only I could set up my sewing machine out there I'd have these three quilts done lickety-split.

Some very uplifting news.....my 12 inch "Art Quilt" sold for $250 in the SAQA Benefit Auction!  Wow!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Humpbacks!



This has been an outstanding year for whale watching on the California central coast, most especially the humpbacks.  They've been coming in close to feed on zillions of tiny anchovies.  See the escapees in the second shot?  No, I don't plan to make any whale quilts.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ribbon Quilt for Lesley 6" x 36"


My friend Lesley requested that for her upcoming birthday, each member of our friendship group make her a "ribbon quilt".  She really liked my twisted 4 patches in these colors, so I didn't have to think long about my gift for her.  (I'm pretty sure she doesn't look at my blog, so it's safe to post.)

On the subject of posting, I admit I have been very slow to update this blog lately.  That's because my creative life has taken a back seat to other needs and projects.  Without going into specifics, my family has needed me quite a bit, plus my stretch of the gorgeous California coast is a never-ending source of distraction.

So why keep this blog going?  Good question.  Simply put, my handful of followers are precious and patient, and their compliments make me feel worthy.  Thus, reduced productivity nothwithstanding,
I'll blog on when the spirit moves me.