Monday, December 26, 2011


The upper photo is of a recently completed piece, focusing in on the quilting. I happened to drop it as I crossed the room and TA DA! A mystery of light before my very eyes.Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Yes, I do sometimes give the sewing machine a rest. I am an avid reader and I predict this book will be the next "The Help". In other words a block buster book,turned into a movie. I know this because I have already done the casting in my head. Clint Eastwood will direct of course. So what's it about and what does this have to do with quilting?? It is about love, loss ,fear, hope. Are you listening Hollywood? It is also about the language of flowers. Little did I know this language was so detailed and complex. In the book there is a detailed guide. Did you know for instance, that baby's breath means everlasting love? I thought it was a cheap pretty fill flower. There are lots of messages sent in the book via flowers so why not in our quilts. I'm telling you it gives a whole new use for floral fabric of which I have NONE. From now on every quilt will have a piece of pansy fabric which means....think of me.
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Monday, December 12, 2011


Runners warm up before the big race. As FMQ's ,we should warm up also. It limbers up the hands and the mind to get into the groove. Don't forget your warm up music! (anything classical for me).
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011


This was my response to the email from Insights from SewCalGal asking me to participate AS AN EXPERT in her FMQ challenge.
Triple the volume when I discovered "my month" is JANUARY!!!! I am still shaking in my boots, after all most of the well known in FMQ will participate. I can just hear them and some of you saying "Frances? Frances who? Check out her blog SewCalGal and join in the fun. Not to worry. I'm ready for my close up Mr. DeMille!.
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Saturday, December 3, 2011


It is not always clear what the intent is but I wanted to create depth. Starting out small and increasing the space between quilting is what I did. I think it could be interesting on the right project. ( another way of saying what the heck would you do with that?).
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Friday, December 2, 2011


This is a fast paper pieced project that was really fun. My goal was to see if I could make the moon glow. It starts with a very white moon and then very white thread. It is important to keep the stitching perpendicular to the moon and the rays different lengths. Silver thread(rayon) could also work. What do you think?
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