Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Benefit of Snow

Some people are getting weary of our Western PA winter weather. The silver lining is that it makes for beautiful backdrops for quilt documentation! And the extra time spent inside has allowed me to finish these two:
The Riley Blake fabric challenge turned into a baby quilt.
A quilt guild scrap swap turned into a throw that will be a wedding gift
for a couple whose cheery personality matches these bright colors.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Another Baby Quilt

It's so much fun to be in the season of knowing people that are welcoming babies into their families. This flannel on flannel quilt with half circle cotton edging is ready to go....once the little one arrives!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Baby Quilt

I just had so much fun working on this baby quilt. Black and white and a smattering of warm, high contrast colors were chosen so the new little one will be able to see them right away. The prairie points are for baby as they grow and start wanting to grab onto things. The backing is cotton fabric from Malawi, Africa where this new mother has spent time working, learning and building relationships. It's imprinted with cutie patootie elephants. Lastly the binding is created from one of the new chevron printed cottons that are popping up everywhere. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fiber Art Promotes Community

I have been thinking a lot about community lately. This is probably partly because I am a new empty-nester. Yikes!....part of my community isn't living with me anymore. I have been contemplating and self examining my neighborhood community, the community friends provide outside of where I live, and community we're able to have via the internet. Lastly I have been examining the community that happens because of The Church like the author of 1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us, "therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."

viewers treasured the Modern Quilt Guild of Pittsburgh mini pieces

Fabric and creating has been part of my life probably since I was a child making curtains and rugs out of scraps for my doll house. The work that Carrot Top Studio and our clients provide are a blessing and thoroughly enjoyed but I also appreciate having sewing, design and creating in the "free time" of my days. Therefore the empty nest and examination of community has led me to join a new community of quilters. This weekend I was able to attend an art gallery opening for this group's first ever exhibit. The event promoted community as the members prepared for the event ahead of time and gathered to see each other's works. Additionally because this gallery was in a small space of a large library there was extended community as viewers of the general public stumbled upon or purposefully engaged in the art and with the artists. 
Won't You Be My Neighbor-detail

Here's a detail of my little piece. We were challenged to create a quilt that was no larger than 8 x 10" with the theme of "Pittsburgh". Won't You Be My Neighbor? was created because of my love for Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. 
Inspiration stemmed from a traditional quilt block called "next door  that has been pieced to surround a representation of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. This work has been made modern through the use of high contrast coloring and grid work style machine quilting. The arched quilting symbolizes our many bridges and the straight lines recall the downtown skyline. All of this is turned as a reflection below the quilted water’s edge.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Taking A Leap

I've never joined a guild before despite the fact that I've been quilting for 27 years and sewing for many more than that. This summer after being encouraged by the aunt that made me this quilt as a wedding gift I joined the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild. It's a bit of a leap for me but I'm also excited! 
Star of Bethlehem quilt
The group hasn't even met me but they've graciously allowed me to participate in an upcoming exhibit. Wow!

The challenge for this 8 x 10" mini was "Pittsburgh". The theme captured my heart immediately because as a transplant I've really grown to love this city. Here's a tease of what I came up with and I'll look forward to revealing the piece after the opening.

This group will challenge me artistically and technically and help me think more critically about my work. I also look forward to the camaraderie that happens whenever "material girls" (and guys) get together.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

T-Shirt Quilt

Another family high school graduate = another t-shirt quilt!

Monday, February 7, 2011


It was enjoyable to have time to do some sewing "just for fun" this weekend. Here's the result:

I was inspired by the colors of conversation heart candies and the piecing that my friend Christine used with her fabric from Cultured Expressions. You can see Christine's energetic wall hanging here. My sewing started with the directions for a pyramid pattern in Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran. And I think I read Anna Marie Horner's blog often enough that I was probably influenced by her use of combining large and small print fabrics together. 

And here's how it's cheering my dining room up while it's still a bit grey outside this winter:
...the conversation hearts inside the glass hurricane are the finishing touch! Now if my family can keep their hands out of them :)