Friday, December 8, 2017

Ornament 2017

I finished the annual ornament yesterday. This is the 3rd ornament with a Star Wars theme. I have been making an ornament for my daughter every year since she was born in 1989. If you want to see all of them since the beginning there is a tab called Cloth ornaments at the top of my blog. (

This year the ornament is Chewbacca.

My daughter will receive the ornament when we travel to Boston before Christmas. She did send a photo of her tree this year with many of the handmade ornaments on it.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope everyone has a great holiday this year. We sure deserve it after the last 12 months.

Linking to Nina Marie.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Relaxing in Hawaii

We have been on the big island since Monday. We had a few days of not so nice weather due to a storm, but finally it is beautiful. Here is the view from the lanai of our condo.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Visions Past"......remembering Frank Lloyd Wright

"Visions Past" 19 in by 26 in
I am posting a day early.....we are heading out of town and I won't have time tomorrow morning before we leave to post.

I fell in love with the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright when I saw Falling Water back in the 1970's.

When I thought about the theme of this challenge being nature the idea that popped into my head was to do one of his stained glass windows that looks out onto a nature scene.  I happened to have the tree fabric that I had printed at Spoonflower this past spring and thought it would be perfect.

I drew out the placement lines for the leading and the dark blue sheer fabric right on the tree fabric. The leading and the blue sheer fabric were fused to the tree fabric and then it was heavily quilted. My husband came up with the title.

"Visions Past" detail

Original tree fabric used

Here is the fabric.....I wish the piece of fabric which was only a half yard was bigger. Making a bigger window would mean I could piece it rather than fuse it. Keeping the fused leading which was between 1/8 in and 1/4 in wide was hard to keep straight. You can see that I was not completely successful. Of course piecing would not have been perfect either. I need to move away from geometric quilts so I don't have this level of required accuracy to deal with! Pieced and with less quilting would be how I would redo this idea.

I love the simplicity of the design of Frank Lloyd Wright's windows. They are elegant rather than gaudy as some stained glass can be. I love that you can see the surrounding scenery through the windows.

Here is an article on Frank.

The window I chose to use as my inspiration comes from the Willits House built in 1901 in Highland Park, Illinois. You can see it in this photo. My fabric was a blue gray so I went with dark blue for the colored glass pieces instead of brown.

I did this as a challenge for Art with Fabric blog hop hosted by Alida.

This is the 4th time I have participated in the challenge. Thanks to Alida for doing this again. Here are the others...

May 2016, October 2016, and May 2017.

Also thanks for reading my blog today. I know it has been a long time since I posted anything. I took a vacation from sewing for a while! I am still figuring out my new sewing machine and at times miss my old one. I guess no machine is perfect. They need to consult me when they design a machine. I am sure we all feel this way. There were things I liked better on my old machine and things I like better on my new one. I guess no surprise there.

These are all the other artists for today and tomorrow so make sure you check them out. Also if you go to Alida's blog you can see the list of artists for the entire week.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017