Friday, October 28, 2011


hello everyone, i am over at madame samm's ( as her second special guest for today. i am doing a tutorial on how to make portrait quilts. today i will show you how i make a cute little frog. if you check her out, you might win a prize if you leave a comment at her blog.

have fun and have a nice day


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

some of my favorite's

someone asked me which one of my quilt's was my favorite. well, i have several that are my favorite. 
the nude man, was a photo that i just love. i love the look of a man's body, the look of their muscles just amaze me. 

if you look at the woman's face very closely you will see a fetus in her face. i didn't realize it was there until someone told me. the quilt is call, "baby on my mind." 
 the clown: is a motown song call, "tears of a clown."

all i can say about prince, is that i just love his music, specially "purple rain."
well since i did a nude man, i had to do a woman.

bob marley: love his music and love the meaning of some of his songs.
lawrence fishburne: love any movies that he has ever act in.

these are some of my first pieces that i started making after i had made portrait quilts of family members.
someone also ask about the zentangle quilt, that i have been working on, not completed yet, will post when ever i complete it.  this is just a few of my favorites.  all my quilt's are my favorite because i hate to part with them.

stitches for now.   

to my quilting friends who follow my blog sorry about showing old pictures of my quilts.will post something new soon.  wendy, when i come and visit you i will show you how to do the technique that i use to make lawrence fishburne.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

fun day

yesterday was a fun day, pat and i went to a Zentangle Class.  some of you are wondering why i took this class, well there were a few tangles that i just could not figure out how to do.  the class was great and lauren persky and chelsea kennedy were great instructors.  they make it so easy to understand how to make the tangle pattern.  i was a little worried that i might be learning tangles that i already new. but all of the tangles that they taught only one i knew how to make.  for you quilter, who are trying to understand why i do this is because one it relaxes me and it has made my blood pressure go down and two i am putting some of my zentangle into my quilting.  there are books that show how you can use Zentangle into your quilting.  so for those of you that are in the dc and maryland area  lauren and chelsea are having another class

Saturday, December 10

$40, materials included
Held at Crossings: A Center for the Healing Traditions
Silver Spring, MD
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here are some pictures of some of the zentangle that lauren and chelsea had as dislay, the second picture are zentangle that we did in the class and the last pictures are some of the zentangle that i did in class and some that i did when i got home.
after the class pat and i brought kits and supplies to keep us doing more zentangle.  we also so went to our quilting bee after the zentangle class and showed what we did in class.  pat also showed quilts that she had complete and was still working on.  i also showed the red and white portrait that i am still working on.  Carolyn has found a place to show our red and white quilt at a gallery sometime in early 2012.  when i get more info on that i will let you know. 

check out the quilts that pat has made, she has been working her butt off.

it was a fun day. no back pain so i will say it was a great day for me.
stitches for now.


Monday, October 17, 2011

ranting to myself on the RED & WHITE CHALLENGE

hello everyone, i am still having problems with my back.  it is a childhood illness that is now giving me problems in my old age.  i still cannot sit down at the sewing machine and sew.  i took a class a couple weeks ago thinking that i could sew and i could not wait to get out of that class.  my back was killing me.

well today i want to talk about the RED & WHITE challenge that a friend is having and it is due by December.  i am going crazy.  well at first i had decided to make a king size quilt, using a technique that i saw on the Internet.  once i started laying the pieces on my designing wall it was totally ugly.  no matter how i moved the pieces around it was still ugly.  you could not see the design by using just red & white in this quilt.  it needed more colors than just red and white.  when i showed a friend the pattern they also stated that just two colors was not going to work.  so i decided to design a quilt using paper piecing.  i was using a flying geese block for my design, the flying geese would swirl all around in different direction. the problem was i could not get the pieces to fit correctly to the attach fabric on the side of the flying geese.  so you know what that whole thing got thrown to the side.  so with my crazy self i decided to do a portrait quilt.  then i decided that was too easy, everyone would be looking for me to make a portrait quilt. so that also got thrown to the side.  to top it off i still had a lot of fabric that needed to be used.  so i decided to fuse triangles onto white fabric to make it look like flying geese.  it didn't come out like i wanted so it will have to do for now, it is not big. since i have problems with my back i cannot use the sewing machine.  so with my crazy self i am hand quilting it and my hands are also hurting.  so i do a little bit here and little bit there.  i am not doing the quilt design that i wanted to machine sew on the quilt.  if i was thinking i could of had someone quilt it for me.  but i have completed about half of the quilt so far just sewing straight lines.  i still have RED & WHITE fabric, so i just made a quilt with red & white blocks and added some red work embroidery to the quilt.  now if you remember i stated early about going to a class, well they had a black and white quilt that i thought would look nice in RED & WHITE so i brought the pattern and a crazy ruler that i don't have the slightest idea how to use.  the instruction don't make sense to me.  so i finally figure out how to cut the pattern, so i get to cutting.  guess what that whole idea got thrown to the side also.  my pieces kept coming out crooked, points weren't right.  NOW TO ALL THE TRADITIONAL QUILTER'S i want to tip my hat to you all.  now i know why it was meant for me to do art quilts.  paper piecing is not my thing, connecting points and so forth is not for me.  i don't have the patients to connect every little piece correct to make just one block, over a thousand piece to put together.  my brain will not let me do it.  so for now i will just stick to portrait quilting and art quilt.  so for right now i have about three RED & WHITE quilts for this quilt challenge.  don't be surprise if i make some more RED & WHITE portraits.  since i still have some fabric left over. i HATE RED & WHITE, why couldn't we add some black in there i love BLACK.   enough on RED & WHITE  for now.

oh one more thing.  the portrait is not complete.  it needs a border and needs to be quilted.

stitches for now.