Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Hikers and If Jackson Pollock Could Sew



For my latest Postmark'd Art postmark'dart.com I chose the themes of Shoes and Jackson Pollock.

As an official trail rover at Montaña de Oro State Park, I've left lots of footprints out there.  Turns out they make a pretty interesting print on fabric as well. 

As for channeling Jackson Pollock in stitch, I definitely prefer how he used paint.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve 17.5" x 21.5"

I am so fortunate to live a ten minute walk from Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.  Located at the south end of Morro Bay, it is a sanctuary for birds, butterflies, trees, and people.  I have entered this little quilt into the Small Quilt Challenge for the 2016 Seven Sisters Quilt Show to meet the theme "Colorful Central Coast."  The show will be at the Madonna Inn on June 25 and 26.  Hope you can join us.

Friday, February 26, 2016

First Tutu 6" x 8"

For her second birthday, I gave my granddaughter a blue tutu.   My husband's ever ready camera caught her pirouette, and I used the photo to stitch this little piece.  It's been donated to SAQA who will mat it for a fund-raising sale.

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 not 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?