Playful Fabric Printing

In January I was so fortunate to go to Craft Napa for the 2nd year. If you have not heard of it or made plans to go….Oh my, DO. Bucket List it….Wish List it, anyway you sum it up…GO

So besides spending days with wonderful wine….and plenty of it, I was with artists, playing, visiting, and having a blast. One of the workshops I took this year was with Melly, doing Batik with soy wax. It was so informative and fun and time flew.

One of the highlights at the event was a new book! Pokey Bolton has published again and Melanie Testa (Melly) and Carol Soderlund put together Playful Fabric Printing. There was cake, champagne and book signing. Demos were shown by these two talented ladies using printing and stamping. The results are unbelievable.

Soooo , if you ever wanted to play with fabric and dyes or have and want to broaden your mind and designs, this book is a must!

OH! and by the way, I WON. Yep! I won some of Melly’s printed pieces. So excited and a little nervous. They are like gold to me…They need a special project because , well, they do. I am so delighted to have them in my hot little hands. Thanks Melly, I LOVE THEM

Please give the book a look and I promise you will not be disappointed

Craft Napa 2017


Teal Mini Swap 2016 – Teal and Tulia

Designed by Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs, “Teal Mini Swap” is an annual event intended to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, funds for Ovarian Research Fund, and give quilters and sewers a fun little swap. In the last five years this has raised approximately $8,500

Iris of Misty Fuse had share the post of this event and immediately I signed up. There was a $15 fee which included you piece of challenge fabric and information about the partner that has been chosen for you to swap with.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

So this is the quilting design for the background and the main focus of the quilt.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

I applied fuseable to the fabrics and cut each one out.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

This is the original layout I had planned.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Played a little bit with the orientation.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Decided this is what I found best for me. It allowed me to think about quilting the ladies without any gap. Going up one way and continue with out a start and stop going the other direction.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

The dark teal stripe was the challenge fabric.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Stitching around in a straight stitch as opposed to a zig zag stitch. Just my preference. Used my Bernina Virtuoso 160.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

I like to try to carry the design of the front over to the label. Think of it as another element and not just a tag…

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

The backing fabric is Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman, and the sleeve Tula Pink. I used Perma Core thread and wrapped a gift in more of Tula Pink fabric I had left from the front.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

One was a 5 inch sq. I had in my stash,Tula fabric and challenge fabric.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Two more Tula fabrics. One Tula had signed , and another from my stash!

Tribute to Yvonne Porcella

Lolipop by Judy Tucker

“Live Your BRIGHTEST Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella” will be a featured art quilt exhibit hosted by Pokey Bolton at this weekend’s Quilting in the Garden in the greenhouse at Alden Lane (Livermore, California).

Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery again offers hundreds of quilts from celebrated artists and the quilting community. These are hung for display throughout the nursery using their enormous and beautiful heritage oaks serve as both support structure and background for this wonderful 2-day display of color.  The quilts go up by 9:00 each morning supported by dozens of quilt lines. Quilts come down each night. My quilt titled “Lolipop” will be included in this years featured hosted exhibit.

Chicago Quilt Festival – Open Studio 2016

Chicago Quilt Festival Open Studio 2016

To those who are visiting please accept my apologies. Arrived home just in time to get good and sick. Two doctor appointments later I am now battling pneumonia. Please sign up or check back in about a week for tutorials on Silk Screening, Shiva Paint Stick and Machine Stitching Applique.

Simply Moderne Topiary

Have you heard of the magazine Simply Moderne?

This publication is fairly new and, in fact, NOV/DEC issue #3  came out. Yep, I am excited too!  Tell ya why in a moment.


As you look through the many inspiring pages of work and designs you will notice it is sooooo filled with info. Wonderful crafted works and patterns with just a smidge of advertising. Yes, a smidge. And choked full of templates in the back. Just enough balance for my taste and pleasure. Now, if you have a copy or are still going to Joann Fabrics or Barnes and Noble before they switch out, grab a copy.
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THEN….turn to pages 54 – 57.   See it? Yep… or mine I should say.   If you look really close on page 43 , even the back of my quilt was able to be used as a table topper. I Know! exciting right?  Pinching myself…

If you have any questions on making Topiary feel free to contact me.

Oh, and have a Wonderful and Creative New Year!


Clearing the Air

While it’s been a tough two weeks some fresh air and a lake view does the mind, body and soul some good. Having colorful quilts surrounding you at the same time brings a smile to your face. Like sunshine on the water.

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