This is my first digital quilt, “Harmony Lighthouse.”

I purchased a re-conditioned Epson Stylus Pro 3800 for $850 + tax at the end of a weeklong workshop at Asilomar, CA, hosted by Empty Spools Seminars. I intended to print digitally altered photographs on EQ fabric sheets with this printer!

Boy was I mistaken! Apparently, this printer took a dislike to me and my studio right off the bat! I downloaded new software to it after waiting hours and hours for the download, and managed to get only “1,” yes, “1,” sheet of 11″ x 17″ to print. I wasted more of my life than I care to think about dealing with this printer. Finally, I gave up and used my cheap ($89) Epson C88+ color inkjet printer to print out 8.5″ x 11″ photos and collage them together to make this quilt.

This is a photo of the gallery wall at Back Porch Fabrics in Pacific Grove, CA. Here you can see some of the work displayed by a group I belong to, “Pacific Photos 2 Fiber.” The theme of this exhibit is “Digitally Textured.”

Three of my quilts are in this photo. The first is in the top row, the third from the left. It is a quilt titled, “Moo-desto.”

Below it is my second quilt, “Cows, Grapes, Phlox – Oh My!” Literally the title is the photos featured in the quilt.

My third quilt is in the lower row, and again is the third from the right. It is “Harmony Lighthouse,” a completely fabricated scene with an east coast lighthouse on a photo of the beach and cliffs at Harmony, just off Highway 1 south of Cambria, CA


Hope you get a chance to see the show. It hangs from August 26 to October 30, 2012.

Machine Appliqué Tip

This is an actual stitch sample I stitched out for my 1993 Fairfield ensemble, “Sixteen Pounds and What Do You Get?”

My goal was to stitch out how many parallel rows of zigzags I wanted and what stitch length with width, and presser foot, would have the best visual effect. I made notes on the actual sample with my extra fine point, black Sharpie pen. You can read my notes, too.

This visual record of my final choices aids me each time I work on a new quilt or garment. In this example I even did the stitching through the batting because the batting would be in the actual garment. Note: use a generous size for your sample, mine is roughly 10″ x 6,”  – it will make it much easier to find!Image

It was fun to visit Puyallup, WA, in January. There was a little rain, but it made everything green.

I presented my “Wearable Art Vest” workshop to the ladies here, working all day the day before to fit each student’s muslin garment. This is an unpaid day; boy does it make the workshop fun! The students get right down to designing and cutting and sewing!

Don’t miss downtown Puyallup if you love to shop. In one store I bought a new purse, chocolate dipped sea foam, and a mocha. Couldn’t ask for more than that! Check this wonderful town out at: Puyallup.com

Jonelle Wheeler and her husband hosted me in their lovely home. Jonelle is a hoot – we really clicked!

Don’t know where the time has gone since I last posted something to this blog. Probably lost all my followers too!


Anyway the photo below is from students in my “Eight Pointed Star” workshop in Thousand Oaks, CA, for the Conejo Valley Quilters. These ladies went home from the workshop and worked very hard to get their little quilts this far along to show at the monthly meeting. Aren’t they great?Image

Summer has flown!

This dragon fly accidentally ended up in my swimming pool this summer. One of my grandchildren picked it up with a finger and passed it to me. It sat on my finger for 5 minutes or more until it was dry enough to fly away. My youngest daughter photographed it – she’s a great photographer. But now, summer has flown away like the dragon fly did.

Me and My KOI

Me and My KOI

This is my quilt KOI, hanging at the Pacific International Quilt Festival last week. I won the “Best Use of Embellishment” in the traditional category. I am a repeat winner of this award as I won it for my quilt, “21st Century Rings – A Wedding Celebration,” and it must have been in 2001 because my youngest daughter married that year. (Everyone thought I made the quilt for her – but I didn’t!)

I was also one of five fashion designers to participate in a fashion show on Friday night at 7:30 pm at PIQF. Karen Boutte put this show together and did a fabulous job getting wonderful models in those small sizes that Fairfield and Bernina require to participate in their shows. We really had a great time!