Posts Tagged ‘fairies’

Focus Friday – Fairies In My Garden

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The groundhog says spring is coming and I am dreaming of my garden coming to life – will the Fairies still be there?

For today’s Focus Friday, let’s look at “Fairies In My Garden”, an enchanted gathering of fairies in the flowers. This 22 x 29” wall hanging is a combination of piecing and applique in my signature easy to do shapes. Don’t be afraid of the faces, they are in the pattern and easily traced with Pigma pens.

FairiesIn Garden

“Fairies In My Garden” – INNOVATIONS #01126 – approx 22 x 29”
Pattern: $9.00
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The cover sample wall hanging is for sale at $250.00. Email for details.

This pattern has inspired two art pieces done in my pieced pictorial style. “Don’t Piss Off The Fairies”, 12 x 12” (sold)


and “Foxglove Fairies”, 42 x 41”, $3000.00.


These are one of a kind art quilts and are not in the pattern, but I will share them here for your viewing pleasure!


Winning Work

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

The American Quilter’s Society in Des Moines is this weekend and “Colorado Kids” has won second place and $1000.00 in one of the wall hanging categories!


Further away, at the LaConner Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival in La Conner, WA. “Foxglove Fairy” received an Honorable Mention.


Pretty good weekend, so far!!

Pet Postcards and Exciting News

Friday, September 27th, 2013

This week I finished my 3 pet postcards to send off to Houston IQA for the Pet Postcard Project, so I am cross posting this to Nina Marie’s Off The Wall Friday. These will be for sale at Festival for $20.00 each. Last year if I remember correctly they earned about $20,000.00 for a no kill shelter in Houston and should surpass that this year. I hope lots of people will participate for this worthy cause.


These cards were super easy as all I did was to machine quilt the printed fabric and bind them, but i think they came out good.

I got word this morning that my entry to the LaConner Quilt Museum show in WA., “Foxglove Fairy” has won an award! They won’t say what til after the Award Ceremony, so we’ll just have to wait and see!


Exciting news on the teaching horizon as well – I have a five day retreat workshop scheduled for 2015 at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in New York!! I’m looking forward to this new direction in my workshops as I will be doing one this coming February at Empty Spools in CA., as well! If you would like to learn to design and piece your own original work of art, just choose your coast and join me!

Busy Weekend

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Saturday I got back to the sewing, tweaking what was already sewn as these past two weeks of just looking at it made me see some places that could be improved. Also sewed a few of the section seams. This morning’s e-mail brought a couple more leads on the fabric search so perhaps I need to wait a bit longer before cutting background!

Yesterday afternoon a friend and I went to see the musical Parade, a show I had never heard of, and it was VERY good! So no sewing yesterday.

Probably not today, either, as I need to prepare two quits for shipping – “Colorado Kids” to AQS, Lancaster and “Who, Me?” to IQA for Celebrate Spring. Last week I sent “Foxglove Fairy” to Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest.

We have a crew of workers here installing new Pella windows so today  looks like a good time to go to town, anyway!

Fairy Featured

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Quilt Inspirations has featured “Don’t Piss Of The Fairies” as a humorous quilt. I love what they have written about it! Check it out!

Yesterday I finished the quilting on “In The Bleak Midwinter” – I was unsatisfied with the sky – skies are hard!- so spent much of the day before picking out the stitches so I could redo it.  With a little luck I’ll get the binding done today and a picture for you tomorrow!

Then we went to town and bought a MacBook, I’m determined to be able to do Keynote programs and since the iPad didn’t work out for me I think this is the way to go.  Remember though, that I am one of the world’s most technologically challenged people so I expect some bumps in the road.


New Work and Old

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

In my notes for future deadlines, I had next week listed for the Kansas Art Quilters “Raising the Edge” show, so I set aside the fairy to make something for that. It needed to be only between 8 and 10 ” square, so was doable at that late date. These little pieces will be displayed flat in a case and could be up to an inch thick, so I added some beading.

This is made from a bit of commercial batik that looked to me like a reflected landscape. I defined that vision with the quilting in two colors of Sulky rayon. It finished at 9″ square and I have yet to finish the hand work on the binding. When I took a look at the prospectus to see about the sleeve requirements, I discovered that the date next week was actually the date that it should not be received BEFORE and the actual deadline is in April! So for once I am ahead of schedule!  May add some more beading…..

Meantime quilting on the fairy progresses. I thought I might finish it yesterday but it was so nice outside I spent part of the afternoon walking, sitting on the deck and planting three Knockout rose bushes. Today will not be quite as nice as yesterday which was 75 degrees!

Before that I quilted most of the morning and listened to CNN about the terrible devastation in Japan. I was quilting beautiful water while watching how destructive water can be! There are five different threads used in the water quilting, three metallics and two variegated cottons.  I finished off three spools which will make more room in my storage space!

Fairy Progress

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I am trying hard to not put so much quilting on this one. I decided to use a silver Sulky metallic on her wings which worked well I think. I used a Metallica needle so it all went very smoothly.

I thought it might be fitting to carry on the fantasy metallic look into the foliage since I had a nice green Madiera Jewel that I seem to recall was fun and easy to work with. WRONG! I had this section nearly finished, it looked great on the front, but then I looked on the back! The tension was terrible and the whole thing needed to be removed.

That took way longer to do than the quilting did in the first place!! I tightened the tension to where I got nice stitches on the back but then the thread kept breaking. I kept adjusting the tension, but never did get it to work without breaking so I limited that thread to only this particular leaf fabric and it took all day just to do that!

Prairie Fire Finished

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Finally, the handwork on the binding of Prairie Fire is finished, and I photographed it yesterday. I need to find or make a stick to hang it from and get it into place in the living room!  I love how the hand dyes from Ghana worked in the hills! It ended up measuring 70.5 X 26″.

I’ve spent parts of the last two days layering, pin basting and getting started on quilting the Foxglove Fairy.   Here she is ready to be quilted:

So far she, plus three of her wings are finished. Today should see progress on the background.

March Already?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

I went to bed on Feb 28 and woke up in March! February is like that but I forgot; what a rude awakening, especially since I had a Mar 1 deadline to deal with. That took all day but I think I made it in time.

Back to the fairy, I finished her up yesterday. Did a little tweaking and sewed the final seams. I meant to get a final picture before doing the pin basting, but I forgot, so I will get a photo today before I start on the quilting.

In the meantime here is one before those last seams were sewn.

Foxglove Fairy

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The past two days have been so busy with other things, I have not sewn a stitch! There is progress though since the last time I posted. As you can see, I’ve gone with the foxglove fabric!

Sometimes I have a name in mind before I even start a piece, sometimes I struggle with finding a name even after it is done. But usually it names itself somewhere along the way….This one wants to be “Foxglove Fairy”!