Sample Books: Keeping the Records

Have you ever made a bunch of samples only to find them under the sewing machine table with the glue gun over them? It can happen. Ask me how I know. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. This is a little trick I’ve used to keep these things together in a way that works…

Serieously Mantis: The Bug from Outer Space

I fell in love with praying mantises the first time I saw them. The eyes! Those glowing, impossible eyes. And the way they move! They’re every bad Sciffy movie you’ve ever seen. I can’t say a thing for their domestic arrangements. But they are great gardeners. They will take care of your garden like no…

More Serieous Work: The Floating World: Dragonflies

Dragonflies are signature for me. I’ve loved dragonflies since my father brought them for me from his fishing exhibitions. I’ve quilted them in a million ways, and yet there’s always something I need to do further with them. Why? There are several things that mesmerize me. How things move! They’re shiny! And then there’s this…

Reaching Upward: The Vertical Visual Path

You’ll remember in blog post Don’t Be Square, we introduced visual paths. Visual paths are a designed pathway through your quilt to guide the eye across the surface. A vertical visual path works differently than a horizontal one. Horizontal visual paths pull your eye across the width of your quilt. A vertical visual path almost…

Why Is That Fish Glowing: Building Luminous Color With Thread

Luminous color is not an accident. Nor is it necessarily following Mother Nature. There are some easy tricks for building color that glows. Note this fish is done in free motion zigzag embroidery, but the color theory works in any technique. You can see that the original kind of fish I was embroidering is mostly…

Serieous Work: Don’t Be Square: Following the Visual Path

Commissions scare me stupid. Which is why I don’t do them often. They either need to like what you do or they need to tell you what they like. The translation from word to piece is treacherous. However they do tend to change how you think and what you do. This was a commission for…

The Dirty D Word: Dyslexia Rocks!

f Everything worth doing is worth doing badly. I wish I drew well. I don’t. But what I don’t lack in skill, I own in stubbornness. I am willing to keep doing something badly a very long time if I wish to do something well. I’ve been revisiting my drawing skills as I’ve been starting…

Owled: More Serieous Work

I can’t explain my fascination with owls! I only know I want to fly with them. In general, I think it’s the silent, swift explosive movements they make. I only wish I could move that way. Or it just could be a need to occasionally work with browns. Owls will do that for you. Or…

Dye and Dye Again: I Always Need More Fabric. Don’t You?

Using commercial fabric feels like wearing someone else’s panties. That being said, I’m dyeing again next week. It’s not that it’s not pretty. It’s gorgeous. But I need fabric with light sources where there’s room for ideas to grow. Besides, I’m out of brown and I need to make a tree for my owl. I’ve…