Monday, November 22, 2021

Two of my recent works appeared in the article in the SAQA Journal.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Published again!


My tiny little pin cushion was chosen to be published in the Summer issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Believe it or not it all began with a bottle cap from the trash. :-) Yup, mom always said that I saw the beauty in the trash bin. 

SAQA Donation for the annual fund raising auction 202


This is my donation quilt for the SAQA 2021 fund raising auction. It measures 12" square and is called "SOL SISTERS". There is lots of hand stitching on and around the orbs. It was a fun piece but a challenge because we were traveling in our RV. 

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Precocious Pelican

Many of you know how much I love pelicans. This one I photographed this on on Ruby's Pier in Oceanside, CA a few years ago.  The piece has been combined with another photo that I took in Niantic, CT of the pilings with lobster buoys. She has been thread painted and quilted and is my submission for Martha Seilman's new bird book. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she is chosen! This artwork called "Precocious Pelican" and measures 12" x 26".

Sunday, March 14, 2021

SQUARE CHALLENGE - Squares With A Twist Pincushion

Squares With A Twist Pin Cushion

The challenge in our SAQA Pod 4 this month was to create using the square shape. I was so taken with this challenge that I created 2 projects. The first was in my previous post, "Epiphany of Hexies" Squared. My next completed challenge piece is a pin cushion which I'm about to share the pattern with you here. At first glance from and overhead photo looks square but look closer at the second photo... Notice anything different?

You will need:

2 - 5" square cotton fabric

Stuffing filler of your choice (I used Polyester so I could really stuff my points) 

Your sewing machine, matching thread and usual sewing supplies.

Begin by ironing squares and use a bit of spray starch to give the fabric some body.

Mark the middle of the 4 of both squares by folding the squares in half both ways and make a small marks on edge of the wrong side of the fabric.

Lay the two squares RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER on a quarter twist angle. 

Match the points of the bottom to the marked half way point on the top one. Do the same with all points and half way marks. 


The next part takes a bit of patients and finessing so be take it slow. You will be sewing all the way around the edges using a 1/4" seam allowance and reduce your stitch length slightly, stitching from points of fabric to the half way marks. Because you will stitching around the corners I found it easier to give a tiny nip of the fabric at each half way mark being sure to nip LESS THAN your 1/4" seam allowance. This will allow you a bit of wiggle room to round the corner points easier. Once you have sewn all the seams you will slice a small hole on the BOTTOM FABRIC ONLY so you can turn your pincushion right side out and also provide a hole to add the stuffing.

Phew... OK now that we've stopped cursing (OK I may have said a couple naughty words but the effort was worth it LOL) Now we can turn our project right side out and add our stuffing. Start with small tuffs of fiber fill first pushing it into the points with chop stick or similar blunt tool. Completely fill the pincushion tightly compacting the filler.

 Hand stitch the hole and cover it a with a patch if you like, it's on the bottom of the project so that's optional.

And you're done!

Saturday, March 13, 2021


Recently I attended online the SAQA yearly seminar. This year the theme was color. It was an awesome experience and made me think of color in a whole new way. These are two of the pieces that I created based on the challenges that were outlined in the study. The blocks were also part of my "Square Challenge" in our local Pod.

Epiphany of Hexies Cubed

Star Dust

Friday, February 05, 2021

My fiber art quilt called, Seeing Red, was recently chosen to be in the Flagler County Art League show. It has a resin cast star fish and sand dollar as well as lots of beading and machine quilting. It measures 10" x 20" and is for sale. Message me if you are interested.