Monday, July 28, 2014


Oh my gosh!

What a wonderfully fun and creative weekend 
working the rebel way 
with the calm, encouraging, and funny Jamie Fingal!

"Whatever floats your boat"
was the theme of our days!

We started with some textile paint
and Jamie's fabulous stencils from

Here's mine...

Then we moved on to 
using the stenciled fabric 
in our small quilts.

No batting! (part of the rebel way)

We put misty fuse
on the back of our made fabric
then we ironed it directly onto
Nonwovens wool/felt

The simplicity of using these products
in the mechanical part of the process
allowed us to focus on what was most important -
the creative part of the process!

A HUGE shout out 
 -filled with gratitude -
 to bothMisty Fuse 
and Nonwovens
as they supplied our materials free of charge!!!

Here's everyone's together...

Here's mine
(plus my new header)...

I have been working on being in the moment,
checking in with my my self to ask,
(when I can remember) 
what would feel good right now?
how can I design my day from a place of love?
(what nourishment does my body need?)

When I woke up on Sunday morning and checked in...
the answer was -
play more with Jamie Fingal!

The second day of our workshop
was given over to Funky Folding Houses
(the rebel way again: no batting,
just using Misty Fused fabric
on top of Nonwoven's wool/felt).

Here's Jamie's...

Here's some from the class...

Here's mine...

I cannot say enough about what a wonderful weekend it was!
Perfect location,
  a happy group of kind creative ladies, 
and especially 
a most wonderful teacher!
(we even gave three cheers for Jamie at the end of class!)

Hip Hip Hooray!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Ahhh...the beach!
I think it was the most beautiful sunset 
I have ever seen!

Even Walter was unusually calm and appreciative!

in between trips to the beach
and daydreams of Paris...

I have been sewing up a storm!

It seems that I have developed 
quite a crush 
on all things Kathy Doughty!

Here's a very fun finish...
there are 24 different fabrics in each "bead".
This time I did it random and my usual hodgepodge way...
next time I might play even more within the colors.

From this book...

I saw this pattern...

and am having sew much fun!!!

I channeled Karen Stone's philosophy 
and developed a palette
starting with this Alexander Henry fabric...

which played with this goofy purchase so well!
(Sometimes even I don't know why I buy the fabrics I do!)

You make all these giant circles...
(I kept seeing what Joe Cunningham talked about -
how the color of the fabric is not really known
until it is actually in play with it's neighbor!)

I am still auditioning center fabrics.

Some old fabric, 
some new.
It is all making me positively giddy 
with excitement 
to see what happens next!

The design is also quite refreshingly different!

Trim them down to 13 1/2 inch squares.
LOVE the whole process!

It was wonderfully easy to pick the fabrics from my stash.
I am all done organizing
I will forever be tweaking the collection.
I suppose it will be part of my creative process.

I did come to the conclusion
 that I would like to
do some destashing.

The post office lady said that this box 
can be sent anywhere in the US
for 5.80$ 

So here's my destash/online garage sale idea...

I will ship you 14 fat quarters
for 30.00 (includes shipping).

Send me an email

1. stating your overall choice (I pick fabrics) -

A. cool colors (blue,green, purple)
B. warm colors (red, yellow, orange)
C. reads as black (mostly black background)
D. reads white (mostly white background) 

2. your address

I will send you my address and will ship your fat quarters once your check has cleared.

Please help me with my addiction - 
I need room for future purchases!
(I know you know of what I speak!)

Linking up with WIP Wednesdays over at

Saturday, July 12, 2014


I am officially on vacation!
My family has left for a week trip 
to visit my husband's family...
or wife 
duties for me!!!
now what would be fun?

Island Quilter on Vashon Island!
(quilter's nirvana!)
and a delightful class with Joe Cunningham.

The plan was to "Rock the Block".
Here's Joe showing his wonderful version.

Joe suggested we bring one yard of four different fabrics.
Since my stash is currently neatly at my disposal (!)
it was easy to find this favorite piece I have had for years,
always wanted to use
but never knew how
(have one some many of those?)...

it seemed like it played well with these stripes...

and maybe this sort-of-solid...

drum roll...
these shark/goldfish!

Joe was a lot of fun!
He was charming and funny,
put everyone at ease,
connected with every student,
and guided us through 
wonderful creative play.
(Yes, he even played guitar and serenaded us!)

Here he is 
showing us how he plays with the blocks,
not on a design wall,
but on the table/bed/floor!

I was able to get in the flow
and rocked my blocks!

Joe imparted lots of quilting wisdom throughout the day.
The paraphrased bit 
that is ringing in my head 
this first-night-on-vacation is...
the color of a fabric is not defined until we see it playing next to other fabrics.
something to think about and play with...
perhaps on day 2!