This one is done with mostly ice-dyed fabric, with a sprinkling of commercial prints.  It is about 20 X 24 inches.

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Etude in Pink and Orange

Today I thought I would feature a quilt that I did in 2009.  It is stretched on a square canvas-covered wood frame, which is a good way to display smaller quilts if you can locate or build the right size frame.

I took a class from quilt artist Carol Taylor that year, and she had us doing very thin fabric inserts that wave and flow.  I really liked that technique.  I had also been doing some stenciling work and had some interesting pink and orange fabrics to use.  Then I added to the mix a wonderful silver raw silk fabric.  There is minimal quilting on this, just the hand-stitched lines that extend the central pattern into the border.  I’m sharing a detail too so you can see that better.  (I called it “Etude,” French for “study,” because I thought it needed a fancy name!)

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Etude detail

Firewall, and what to do when you don’t like what you’ve got

I took some of my ice-dyed fabrics and did quarter circles with them.  The fabrics themselves are very interesting, but this combination did not work. !

Too busy/crazy and not enough contrast.

ice dyes uglies #1

So, I sliced some of the blocks.  Just freehand with my rotary cutter.  Here’s an example.

ice dye uglies #2


Then I found an interesting variegated commercially-printed fabric (rosy red through browns to teal) that went nicely with some of the slices.

ice dye uglies #3

You can still see the curves of the original blocks in that.  I finally used two of the original blocks that had been sliced.  Found a perfect complementary stripey fabric in my fabric collection for the border.  Here’s what my final piece looks like.  A big improvement.  It’s called Firewall.

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Circus Maximus

I did a lot of ice-dyeing this summer and fall.  Now, what to do with these wonderful fabrics.  I have lots of ideas floating in my head.  This quilt, about 45″ square, is one of the first to make it to the finish line.

Circus Maximus

Mom’s Christmas Quilt

Christmas has always been a big family event for us, with lots of presents and good things to eat. My mother made many kinds of cookies, and everyone who got one of her plates of cookies for a gift was very thankful! Our favorite family cookie recipe is a soft-dough cutter cookie, with boiled frosting and colored sugar sprinkles. Some years ago I made Mom a small Christmas quilt, and I have a photo that shows about half of the piece. I used real cookie cutters for the appliqued animals and Christmas motifs in the border. She would put it up every year when the tree was trimmed. Happy Holidays all!

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Leaftwirl, two versions

About a year ago I made some free-cut leaf blocks, then combined nine of them with fabric strips with lots of color. I finished one quilt, putting the leaf blocks together with  green fabrics for “sashing”.  I finally finished the other quilt this week, using one pink fabric instead of greens for the sashing. Which one do you like better?

Leaftwirl green


Leaftwirl pink