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Friday, December 30, 2011


Looking ahead to the new year, I have stacks of fabrics waiting to become quilts.

I have oodles of spools of colorful thread.

The quilt possibilities are endless.

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan
May you be an optimist in 2012. Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Light of the World

Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Tomorrow the daylight begins to lengthen every so slowly as the earth's tilt inches its way closer to the sun. Four of my quilts include a sun.

The World:
Good Morning:Arms of Love:24/7:
Since we're on the theme of light and it's almost Christmas I'm including a tribute to the birth of Christ, who said "I am the light of the world." Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of my life spent with You

King of all days
Oh, so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love's sake became poor

And here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You're my God
You're altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me
(written by Tim Hughes)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The annual tradition of decorating the house for Christmas is a time-consuming yet satisfying task. Right after Thanksgiving we crank up the Christmas music and get out the decorations. My husband puts up lights outside and places candles in each window while I decorate the tree and set out Christmas specific items accumulated over the years. Until New Year's Day, when it all goes back in storage, our eyes and memories are treated to something "new" around the house. The decor in my foyer features angels like the two pictured here. Sometimes the holidays are tinged with feelings of sadness or fear. While adding ornaments to the tree I experienced some of these emotions as I thought of family and friends no longer with us, and others living with insecurity due to health and financial concerns. But when I took out these Christmas angels I thought of this verse in the book of Luke,
"The angel appeared to the shepherds saying "Don't be afraid . . . I proclaim to you good news of great joy . . . today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yellow Stuff

What would we do without our rotary cutters? "Back in the day" we cut each piece with a scissors, and often not too accurately. With a rotary cutter all straight line (or gently curved) pieces are cut precisely and quickly. Let me emphasize quickly because, in a moment, this razor sharp tool can become a hazard.

Recently I was--unwisely--rotary cutting while watching a favorite HGTV show. What's the rule? Never take your eyes off the cutter when you're using it. Well, I violated that rule and paid the price with a deep slice to my index finger and nail. My neighbor, who is a nurse, patched me up and declared it would not require stitches.

So this is simply a public announcement for safety first . . . and gratitude for how efficient rotary cutters are when used properly!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Rare Birds

I am pleased to announce that Rare Birds received third place in the Art Whimsical category at the International Quilt Festival in Houston! The show runs this week Nov 3-6.

As part of a group that meets monthly to network, share and critique our work, I have learned so much from the talent and vision of these gifted quilt artists. Wanting to highlight the unique character of each one, I chose to depict our group as whimsical birds. From left to right we are:

Each bird has unique character:
Denise is drawn to native American art in her painted figurative quilts.
I like yellow and have a sewing background.
Annette loves purple and is a figurative painter.
Beth hosts our group, is an RN and cat lover.
Ann likes coneflowers, gingko leaves and her cat, Oreo.
Robbi is known for her brightly colored gear quilts.

That's the tip of the iceberg, but it gives you a peek at these rare birds. Google their names and you will learn much and be inspired on their websites.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yellow Stuff

This birdhouse welcomes me to Kuipers Family Farm, where they sell apples, cider and warm apple cider doughnuts.

Don't forget a jar of honey.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


These tranquil images were taken at the Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford, Illinois. They breathe life into me!

Friday, October 7, 2011


Footloose means "free to do as one pleases."

This whimsical sheep is constructed of leftover shapes from Fandango (pictured below). All the curly wool and border waves came from my scrap box.

Here's to red shoes.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Yellow Stuff

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
--B. C. Forbes

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tropical Radiance in Quilter's Newsletter

Tropical Radiance is a cover girl on the Oct/Nov issue of Quilter's Newsletter!

Check out the article starting on page 58.

See my July 29, 2010 post for other photos and comments.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Adventures in Design

Adventures in Design is Joen Wolfrom's lastest, greatest quilt design book. I have several of Joen's informative, colorful quilt design books. And now I'm pleased to say that several of my own quilts are featured in Adventures in Design. Joen does a masterful job of combining the visual and verbal to instruct and inspire us to grow in our design concepts.

Joen has a delightful "Playing With Color" blog. I guarantee you will learn a lot and be mesmerized by her luscious photography.

For a review of the book (and a shameless plug for my featured quilt "A Matter of Perspective") click on this link: seehowwesew

Here are some quick shots of the pages in Adventures in Design that include my quilts:


Friday, September 9, 2011

Yellow Stuff

Gorgeous. But who says color in the garden must be limited to blooms?

OK, this is a bit extreme . . .

Friday, September 2, 2011

Yellow Stuff

Every year the Concours d'Elegance comes to Third Street in Geneva, IL. This year Lincoln and Brass Era Fords were featured, although numerous other makes and models are included. My husband and I are partial to Packards (next year's feature).

Quilt color schemes can come from anywhere. How about yellow, blue and red?

Great lines on this car:

Friday, August 26, 2011


A painted Italian terracotta plaque circa 4th century BC inspired Fandango. One of the oldest ornamental motifs is the palmette—also known as a fan. Interpreted in lively colors, the fan shapes prompted the name Fandango meaning “go & dance”.

The quilt is made of 16 blocks with fan & scroll shapes surrounded by a scroll border. Although each block construction is identical, the placement of color determines the overall design.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


When just about everything is uncertain, I look to the predictability of God's magnificence in nature for a dose of stability. This plum tree produces fruit every summer like clockwork.

When it flowers in the early spring, a plum tree will be covered in blossoms. In a good year approximately 50% of the flowers will be pollinated and become plums. Flowering starts after 80 growing degree days.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln

Friday, August 12, 2011

The World

A giraffe, elephant, mouse and snail camouflage transitions between air, water and land.
The butterfly is inked and painted on white fabric and appliqued with fusible web.