Monday, October 31, 2011

Flowers in Tall Stems 2

This is a close up of the flowers in the Tall Stems 2 fiber piece. I have used some silk, cottons, and lace sections to depict the flowers. I placed some additional batting behind the flowers to give it a bit of a trapunto effect. It needs some machine quilting to reinforce the idea of petals, and then some beading of course!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Larger Version of "Tall Stems"

Tall Stems 2
Last spring I did a small fiber art piece called "Tall Stems". I made it based on a vase in one of my watercolor still life paintings. I decided I wanted to do a larger version of this and here it is in progress.

I am shooting for a look of a vase on a table with a wall behind that has wall paper on it. This is a close up of the fabric I am using for the wall paper, and the strip of fabric I am adding to look like a stripe in the wall paper. The strip is made from a light weight gauzy type of fabric I found in the bridal section. I will post more on this piece as I make progress.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Recent Sketches

Here are a couple of sketches from my most recent trip to the North Umpqua River. I just got back from a camping and fishing trip there with friends. One afternoon I spent some time with my friend Renee by the river doing some sketching and solving all of life's problems. It was very therapeutic!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I like to do a sketch in one of my sketch books any time I go on a trip that allows me the opportunity to sketch.  This is a sketch from 2008 from a trip I took at a beautiful river in Oregon called the North Umpqua.  It is way to take home a "souvenir" of the trip.

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's Done!

Here is the finished "Gated Community" piece. Its just a whimsical piece, and hopefully now I have the flamingo thing out of my system. 
This is the back of the piece. It is a flamingo print I purchased from Beyond the Reef. This is an only source for tropical themed fabric. I have been waiting to use this fabric for a flamingo quilt for a couple of years! I put a faced edge on the quilt, which is the dark blue edge that you see from the back.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


the gate
 This is a detail of my "Gated Community" art quilt, made for the "Gates" challenge for Quilt on the Wall. I went with the idea of a private community of flamingos secure behind a fence and gate. I made the fence out of a net fabric that I dyed with a little blue fabric ink. I put a beaded trim around the fence to border it. I then put a frog closure on the gate as the closure.

 This is a close up of the signage sticking out of the plant growth in front of the fence. The signs say "private" and "flamingos only".