September 27, 2006

My New Studio

Here are a few images of my studio. In this picture, you can see some of my two bulletin boards. This is my cutting table and cabinets where I store all my paper crafts. I carved some stamps using corks. I will have to post pictures of that later. When I get the other end of the room unpacked, I will take pictures of that, too.
This is another view of my studio. The door on the right leads to a large closet which is "stuffed" with the overflow. The door on the left leads to the garage. (click on the images to enlarge)
This is a view of my studio when you walk in the door. My sewing machines are ready to start stitching, but I haven't stitched a thing since the move. I need to get busy on that!

This is a view of my computer area in my studio. I need to hang some artwork over the computer and tidy up a few endless wires, but it has a nice view of the patio outside. It is nice to sit here with the door open and feel the breeze.

September 12, 2006

Dragonfly quilt

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Here is a picture of my dragonfly quilt. It is a little quiltlet 10" square. Working on a small quilt allows you to use different techniques and experiment. This one has been in a few shows and I think will retire itself to home.

(Detail image)

I couched the yarn for the vines using invisible thread and a zig zag stitch on the machine. The background is a wonderful batik I bought at Patchwork Dreams. The dragonfly wings are fused Wonder Under and machine stitched. I beaded the dragonfly body.

September 7, 2006

Finding a pet...

This is Betty Boop...the sweetest little Boston Terrier ever. Of course I would say that because she is my granddog. She is a sleepy girl in this picture but loves to pose when the camera comes out. It is time for us to find a pet. Of course, I want a Boston but my hubby says we can only get a cat(s). (I bet if he came home one day and found a Boston and a cat he would be thrilled). So the search is on for a cat. There are hundreds, maybe thousands to adopt from all sorts of agencies here in northern Virginia. You have to fill out a form and wait for them to approve you. As most of my family and friends know, a cat has a life of a prince or princess when we adopt them. Our home becomes their home and the cat allows us to stay there as it's servants which we lovingly do.

September 6, 2006

And now for a traditional quilt...

This is a pinwheel quilt I made to fit a daybed. It is machine pieced and quilted on my Juki.

Here is a detail of the free motion quilting. It is just random flowers and loops. Lots of fun to do.

September 5, 2006

Home from Ohio

We just returned from Ohio...had a great weekend with family and friends. Virginia had lots of rain from hurricane Ernesto. It rained all night and most of the morning. It is so nice to have the windows open to smell and hear the rain. It is very intoxicating.
I just tried to post some pictures of one of the art quilts I made. I am having trouble with the position of the text so I will have to work on that. Blogger did not publish my edit of the post so maybe when I learn more, I will publish the edited version. So, excuse the text out of line with the pictures for the moment.

An art quilt ---"Almost Connected"

"Almost Connected" (sold) and a detail of the quilt...all done on the machine.

September 1, 2006

I am just learning how to post pictures on this blog. I hope they post OK. These are a few shots of my Pears quilt. The details are of my machine quilting which I did on the Juki 98E. It only does straight stitching but it is the best machine (keep my fingers hasn't been unpacked yet!) for quilting. I also own an HQ16 for my larger quilts. later...
It's September already! Where did August go? It went with our move. Almost all the boxes are unpacked and then I can start organizing my studio. We have rain here in northeast Virginia...all from the hurricane along the eastern coast. We needed it so bad! All the grass was dying, turning an ugly brown. In my new space, I can sit right by the sliding glass doors and enjoy the rain. Today, I am going to find out how to post pictures on this blog. More later...