Sunflower & Butterfly

Casey'sSunflowerAnother quilt completed! Hurrah!!!!

Casey, a good friend of mine, is a wonderful photographer. Everyday she posts her beautiful nature photos on Facebook and asks, “What will you see today? Celebrate the beauty!”  She commissioned me to create a quilt using one of her photos. She loves sunflowers, I love sunflowers, it was a no-brainer. I took one look at this image and I knew this was the image I wanted to use. The sunflower & butterfly photo is one of her best.

It was a long time in the making but I think it turned out very nice. I’m particularly happy with the butterfly. I used acrylic textile paint on PFD fabric and lots and lots of thread.

Thanks for this opportunity Casey!


Key Lime Pie for Me & My Sweetie  ::  2013

I’m so excited that “Key Lime Pie for Me and My Sweetie” has sold.
It was included in the “What’s For Dinner?” special exhibit at the Houston Quilt Festival.

The back story on the quilt.
My husband and I had just finished a wonderful dinner at our favorite restaurant, The Cajun Queen. We are regulars at the restaurant and they surprised us with a piece of their yummy key lime pie for desert.
I had been thinking about what I could do as an entry for the exhibit and couldn’t come up with any good ideas. Then, after dinner our server (Bob) surprised us with a piece of their awesome pie.  I snapped a pic of it and knew this was the quilt I wanted to make. Pie for dinner….Well, of course!

Tootie in Living Color

Here’s my boy Tootie. He is so photogenic. What a beautiful guy. He’s not the brightest bulb but he’s a really sweet kitty.

Tootie’s my second cat. I got him because my first cat Herman needed a playmate. I was out shopping one weekend and needed a few things at the Target on South Blvd. There he was in a large box with his brothers and sisters…..”box-o-cats.”

I’ve been wanting to make a quilt of him for a long time. I shot a picture of him one Sunday morning and decided this was the picture I needed to use.

Created with acrylic textile paint on PFD fabric, rayon thread, cotton batting. Thread sketched and free-motion machine quilted.

What I’ve finished lately…

I recently took a wonderful class with Lyric Kinard, Surface Design Sampler Platter. I had a great time and learned so much. Below is the book cover I created. On the front cover I created a stamp of a leaf. This was done by carving a leaf form into an eraser and then using fabric paint to stamp it. I later added a few beads and flower beads. I had too much fun.

Below is the back of the book cover. Similar techniques were used, more stamping but here I got to bead. LOVED IT! I attached a cabochon and then beaded around it, enough to bend over the cabochon to hold it in place. I then beaded around the leaves for fun. During the class we also did some photo transfer, foil stamping and screen printing. I had a wonderful time and I got the Mark seal of approval, “that’s cool, you could give that as a gift”

The project below is from the the class I took from Susan Brubaker Knapp. The class was ‘start with photo’. I learned so much and liked the class so much I HAD to finish the project. I found thread painting to be so much FUN. I can’t wait to try it again. I hope to do some type of flowers for my next project.

A detail of the stone. I was very pleased with the stone area. I think they probably would have looked better if I had used a gray that was more modeled. The grass was quite difficult. I definitely should have used a print here.