Posts Tagged ‘Dogs’


Monday, April 24th, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I started this little 12 x 12″ piece of a friend’s dog. The first step, after making the pattern, is to pull all the fabric that even looks like it might work.

Then it’s time to choose which ones to actually use. I will audition different fabrics and sometimes a piece needs to be cut from several different fabrics before the right one surfaces.  After a couple of days the first half was finished, and looking pretty good!

When the second half was done and sewn together, I was not real happy with how dark the shadow was on the left side, even though it really was that dark on the photo that was my reference.  I decided to just live with it a few days and see if I could like it. But it still bothered me, so on Saturday I removed the offending fabric and replaced it with something lighter.

I believe it is better, so I went ahead and layered it for quilting and by Sunday evening it was quilted, had whiskers and eye sparkles and a signature.  Ready to trim to size and block for the binding.

Today I finished the binding – it is DONE!!


Grandpa’s Barn

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

A small local art quilt group that I belong to recently issued a challenge to make a 12 x 12″ barn quilt in the style that we like to use. So of course mine had to be machine pieced and machine quilted using commercial prints in my signature style.

It was indeed a lucky find – that piece with the hound dog on it in compatible colors and scale!

Keeping Busy

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Yesterday was First Friday and I worked at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery where we have a new show up. It’s a good one! My entries this time around are “Fur Family Portrait”


and “Poppy!”

Poppy Workshop Samp

If you are in the area, definitely come see!!

I’m two days into my new Flint Hills landscape and having a great time sewing and creating again. It’s going to be a fall scene. Maybe after today, I will have enough done to post the progress……we’ll see!

Good news, “Splash” was accepted and will be showing at the MidAtlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA, Feb 25-28 .


This and That

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Browsing some blogs this morning I was startled to see my “Snow Buddies” pictured on the Mancuso’s Nov 18 blog at
Just a promo for the Atlantic Quilt Fest where it won an Honorable Mention, I believe, last year.


Other show news – “Jesse At The Lake” was not accepted to go to “Road To California”. Second year in a row they have rejected that one; I guess they really don’t like it!’



Once again the heron quilt has been set aside for a closer deadline. I realized the entry day for the Topeka Art Guild’s nothing over $100 Christmas sale is the end of the month! So I have to concentrate on getting a couple of simple 12 x 12s ready and mounted on 16 x 16 stretched canvases for that. So that is what I will be doing today!

Snow Buddies to Wichita

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

This is a new venue for me — The Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition 2015. I prefer to think of what I do as art rather than craft, but they were open to considering it so I sent in my entry and they accepted “Snow Buddies”.SnowBudDet

The show runs from Aug 28 – Oct 18, 2015.

Quilt Show News

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Quilt show news to report–

“Snow Buddies” which is currently showing at Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in VA has received an Honorable Mention Award.

“Splash”, which was rejected by Quilt National,  has been juried in to the AQS show in Paducah in April.Splash_40x40_full

I spent yesterday afternoon checking it over for loose threads ends and adding it’s documentation tag and re-blocking it to get rid of the facing marks so it would be ready to go when the time comes.

Then I prepared the backing fabric for the prairie fire quilt. I am using a piece of home dec fabric which I like because it has good body and should hang well. However, it is treated to repel water, which could be problem when I try to block the finished wall hanging. I soaked it and scrubbed it in really hot water but it still may be a problem. I hope to get it layered today and maybe even start on the quilting.

The snow is really coming down and we are in for significant accumulation this time so it’s good to have a project!

Going To The Dogs

Friday, February 6th, 2015

I guess it’s been about a week since I’ve posted progress, and there has been quite a bit even though I have not had much time to work. I have finished the fire, worked in some of that grass and added to the tree. Also sewed together a lot of pieces that have been up on the design wall long enough to feel comfortable. It is so important to live with the choices for a while, before sewing them, to avoid having to un-sew them!


Because my bits of available grass fabrics are small, it was necessary to add a rock to fill in a void. I tried four different fabrics before settling on this one; too dark and it didn’t show, too gray and it didn’t blend. There will be more on the other side so this one will not be “lonely” Rocks are common jutting out of the ground here on the prairie. It was not in the original plan, but I work intuitively and add or take away as needed. That grass behind the tree is only laid in there right now because the dark spot on the tree blended into the background too much. I will probably sew it in.

I was working to a deadline at the end of February for this piece, but on re-reading the call for entry I discovered that it will be too big. I can’t cut it down without ruining it so I will have to find something else for that call, darn it. I might be on information overload.

News came yesterday that “Snow Buddies” has been juried in and will be going to the MidAtlantic Quilt Festival in VA. Feb 26-Mar 1.SnowBuddies


“Who Me?” is currently showing at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery.


I will be there tonight for the First Friday opening of this new show. Looks like Feb is going to the dogs!

Another Entry

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

It’s a little after 8 in the morning and I have already met the deadline and entered another show ,  “Snow Buddies” to Mancuso’s Mid Atlantic Quilt Fest.


After yesterday’s marathon at the computer, this feels good! Today I will have plenty of time to sew!

Brown Dog Update

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Progress after the first day, nothing sewn yet:


Thanks for the nudge, Martha! I’ve been meaning to give you an update on BrownDog. For about 3 weeks before Christmas and a week or so after we didn’t see him at all. I was beginning to worry that something had happened to him. Then one day he showed up for a drink from the waterfall in the water garden that we leave running in the winter to keep a hole open for the fish. Now most days he comes by to get a drink, and we put out food which he usually passes on. I guess he prefers what the neighbor feeds. He has a very heavy coat and a good layer of fat, so I think he is not missing any meals!!  He looks like a fat hairy pig! So different from a year ago when he came to us.


Still can’t get near him. We had such a cold snap with temps below 0 and wind chills to 13 below, it’s hard not to worry, but our dogs love it and I know Mother Nature has prepared him to deal with it, so I am thankful for that..

Brown Dog Update

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

The brown dog is getting sleek and fat.


He has been coming up missing , leaving our fenced in yard and at one point I thought he had perhaps met with disaster as he was gone for going on three days. But then there he was again, looking for his supper. Our neighbor said he had been over there visiting with his outside dog. That dog has an outside fenced area with a doghhouse and we were having rainy weather so apparently brown dog was bunking in with him. Scaling the fence, no problem. So now we know he can dig under a fence or go over it, quite an escape artist! He is still afraid of people and growled yesterday when I went out and sat on the deck where he was hiding underneath.