Friday, March 18, 2016

Diva Wallet Class

This is a "Diva Wallet" I made in a class at Cholla Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild in Mesa, AZ. This purple, turquoise and green batik fabric wallet holds credit cards, bills and change. It is a gift for my daughter and only took two hours to create. The snap closure holds everything together.

Saturday, March 12, 2016


This is the beginning of a Susan Carlson-inspired spiral from her book, Serendipity Quilts: Cutting Loose Fabric Collage. I took her class at Quiting in the Desert in Phoenix in January, 2016. This is how the spiral begins. Two colors of scrap fabrics (opposite on the color wheel preferably), glued down on to muslin. I experimented with Roxanne's Glue Baste-It and found it very useful. Next you add more fabric strips.   
Spiral Beginning

This unique blend of purple and orange goes great
together, don't you think? This spiral of colors is 
really a very satisfying effect. The tulle, which is
added later, makes it appear multi-

Finished base

Stitching down the tulle

I used my walking foot when stitching down the
tulle. It helps to glide over the surface in a circular motion.

Trimming away tulle.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


When you look at this colorful piece of work, doesn't it inspire you to make a quilt? I love the bold, bright colors. I can imagine this turtle taking off, swimming through the water.

I named him Oscar because I worked on him during the Academy Awards show. It is a Susan Carlson project and I loved being in her class at Quilting in the Desert. I've made many of her patterns and this is my latest one in progress. You can see that he is only laying on top of the hand dyed fabric.

Image printed on muslin
Included are some of the images of the progression of the piece so you can see how it went together... As you can see, he isn't finished, but I am mid-move to Ohio and he is in one of the many boxes. He will reappear in a later post in all of his glory.

Turtle Paw

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