Monday, October 26, 2015


This week has been quite non productive, my weekly and daily stitching is all I have to show. I am quilting the leftover quilt, maybe it will be done by next time. I do have knee surgery on Thursday, but I'm hoping for a real speedy recovery.

The Weekly Leaf
I used a rubbing plate, the gelli plate, textile paint and hand dyed fabric to print this weeks leaf.
The paint was rolled onto the gelli plate with a brayer, the rubbing plate pressed into the paint and then the plate was pulled off and used to print the fabric.

Week #43

Lots of french knots to fill in the open spaces.

Daily stitching updates

Silk Fragments #293-#299

Sari Ribbon #221-#227

Monday, October 19, 2015

Home Sweet Home

Home sure feels good after two road trips in the past two weeks. First we went to Corvallis, Or to pick up my work from the gallery, a 900 mile round trip. Then I had an appointment with my Orthopedic surgeon on the one day we were home, my knee surgery is scheduled for Oct. 29.

 The following day we left for Phoenix,AZ, drove for two days, then had an evening and two days with Don's daughter and family ending with a wedding. We now have two married grand daughters.

Then back on the road again, this time headed for Reno, NV where we stayed with my youngest son and his family and I got a younger grand daughter fix. We also spent time with Don's youngest daughter and her dh and son. This visit was a bit more heart wrenching, our 13 year old grandson has cancer, has had 25% of his liver removed and two tumors from his lungs removed. He is now actually doing quite well and is back in school and getting good grades, but the future is still very uncertain.

Then back to Idaho, where we were greeted with the upsetting fact that our dog, Buster, who has had health problems had gotten much worse. After making and carrying out a very difficult decision that just broke my heart I pretty much took a few days off from life. I'm amazed at how attached we become to our pets. Here is a small wall hanging that I did of Buster when he was very young.
I used it as a sample in my booth when I was vending, I used to sell Jacquards fabric that is prepared for inkjet printers. I had printed a photo of him twice, sliced it up and fused it to the background. He was part Jack Russell and very hyperactive so this depicted him well.

The Weekly Leaf
 I have two weeks to show. The first is a blueprint on gold of a tomato leaf. Here it is out in the sun printing.
Week #41

The next one was done with freezer paper and paint stick  on hand dyed fabric. I had a large leaf that I liked the shape of but couldn't use because it was so large. I drew it onto freezer paper in a size that would work.

Then using a stencil brush, brushed the color from the paint stik onto the fabric.

Removed the freezer paper and drew in some veins with a colored pencil.

Week #42

Seven rows done.

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #279-#292

Sari Ribbon #207-#220

Monday, October 5, 2015


When I went through my fabric piles a few weeks ago one of the things I found was a bag full of leftover fabrics from a quilt that I made and donated three years ago. You can see it here.
The bag held lots of odd size pieces and 30 half circles in muslin and light colored tone on tone prints. The original quilt had pieced half circles, this one will have raw edge appliqu├ęd half circles. So far I have rows of blocks sewn together and have been playing with different arrangements. This is what it looks like now.

It will stay this way for at least a couple of weeks because I'm writing and posting this early in the morning before we do the seven and a half hour drive to Corvallis, OR to pick up my work from the show. Then drive back home on Tuesday to get ready to leave for a family wedding in Phoenix, an even longer drive.

The Weekly Leaf

This week I used a leaf that came from my daughter's garden over a year ago. I applied paint to the back of the leaf and used it to do the printing.

Week #40

Daily Stitching Projects

Silk Fragments #272-278

Sari Ribbon #200-#206