Face cards

Craft Napa 2017

Last week I had the most fun experience attending Craft Napa 2017 in Napa California!

It was a whirlwind three days of sewing, glueing, cutting, sharing, learning and laughing!

I took three workshops, each taught incredibly well by a different very talented artist.

With Lyric Kinard‘s “Crazy Collaborative Collage” workshop, we went back to the basic elements of design: color, value, line, shape and texture; and practiced design principles of balance, relationship, focal point, repetition and unity.

Lyric's workshop

Lyric’s workshop

Lyric made it different and fun by having us practice these principles while collaborating on fabric-collage. You never knew when she was going to ask you to pass your piece to your neighbor, or get up and move to somebody else’s supplies. By doing so, she ensured we stayed focused in the process and did not get attached to the outcome, thereby enforcing her rule #1: no masterpieces!

Lyric Kinard and me

Lyric Kinard and me

Lyric's class

Classmates in Lyric’s class look over the fabric postcards we made.

Face cards

Face cards that a classmate and I made of each other. Don’t yell Lyric but I think they are masterpieces ūüėČ

In Victoria Findlay Wolfe‘s “Thunderstruck Star Improv” workshop we used her diamond acrylic template, learned improve slashing, accurate corner piecing and Y-seams while working toward a modern take on the traditional LeMoyne star. Victoria blogged about the class here.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Victoria Findlay Wolfe at the sewing machine

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Victoria Findlay Wolfe demonstrates

my Thunderstuck Star

I finished one of four eventual units of the Thunderstuck Star

In Leslie Tucker Jenison’s improv piecing workshop, we played with negative space, surrounding the “leading ladies” of our bold graphic center blocks with shades of grey “supporting actors.” We learned how small insertions/inclusions of coordinating color on the grey add “wow” and unify the quilt.

Leslie Tucker Jenison quilt

Leslie Tucker Jenison shows an example of the technique she will teach

Leslie Tucker Jenison quilt

Leslie Tucker Jenison shows another example

quilt blocks

A few of the inner blocks I made during the workshop.

To Have and to Hold and to Snuggle

My awesome nephew Bryan is going to marry this wonderful young lady in a few months. ¬†Morgan’s bridal shower was yesterday, and I couldn’t have been more excited as she unwrapped this throw quilt I made for them. ¬†I used about 16 different text fabrics, most with expressions¬†of¬†love, and worked in their initials to personalize it. ¬†Best wishes, Morgan and Bryan!

Evan's Quilt

Evan’s Baby Quilt

My third grandson, Evan, arrived in August, and I just completed a play quilt for him in time for Christmas. It’s about 42″x52″ and made of commercial cottons in primary and secondary solids, and black/white prints. I machine quilted it in spiral patterns with my awesome Juki TL2010-Q.

Evan's Quilt

Evan’s Quilt

Evan on his new quilt

Evan on his new quilt

The design is original and all for Evan. I wanted the color palette to be similar to the two quilts I made earlier for his older brothers, Austin and Landon.

Landon's Quilt

Landon’s Quilt, 2012

Austin's Quilt

Austin’s Quilt, 2010

Mini Quilt Swap

I just participated in a fun mini-quilt swap sponsored by the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild.

Participants each received the name of another participant to make a small quilt for. We were to keep quiet about who we were creating for! To convey our preferences to our mystery partners, each of us created an online inspiration board using our guild Pinterest site. Here’s mine.

I drew my friend Stephanie’s name. I was excited because Stephanie is so energetic and joyful, I knew I could have fun with my design. Her inspiration board was full of colorful ideas. When I saw the fox and hedgehog designs on her board, I knew what I had to do.mini swap quilt for stephanie

I think she liked the result!

Jeanine drew my name.¬†We didn’t know each other well before the swap, but she was able to pick up on¬†my love of sunsets and bold¬†saturated colors and made the perfect art quilt for me. ¬†She called it “Day’s End”. I will treasure it¬†always!

mini swap quilt from jeanine

Circle Challenge

I belong to the Art Quilt small group of Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters. We meet monthly and work on a challenge inbetween meetings. In July 2013, it was a Circle challenge and exchange.

The rules werIMG_9411e: for each set, to begin with a 11″ square, make four concentric circles (3″, 5″, 7″, 9″), cut your squares into quarters and ready to trade. For every square you make, you trade 3 quarters and keep one of the original quarters.


I decided to applique my circles atop one another, using decorative machine stitching.

The most difficult part was slicing them into quarters! (Emotionally, not technically!)


Victoria’s Quilt

Victoria's Quilt. 40" x 50" commercial and hand-dyed cottons. "Converging Corners" block.

Victoria’s Quilt. 40″ x 50″ commercial and hand-dyed cottons. “Converging Corners” block.

I made this baby quilt for my brand new grand-niece Victoria.¬† The block pattern is “Converging Corners”, by Film in the Fridge . The Modern Quilt Guild I belong to introduced me to this block, and I thought it was the perfect combination of fun and modern but not too funky for a more traditional space.

The blocks are each 10″ square. The whole quilt measures about 40″ by 50″. I used mostly commercial cottons, with a few hand-dyed fabrics thrown in. The back (and self-binding) is hand-dyed for a perfect match