Category: Fabric Books

Sew Somerset Winter 2016 & Giveaway

The latest issue of Sew Somerset is out and my stitched cards have made the cover!
I am honored to have my art on the cover – I just keep shaking my head in surprise and smiling.
As with each issue, the publisher does a amazing job photographing and displaying the art.
Inside this Winter 2016 issue of Sew Somerset not only will you find my stitched cards, but my book constructed of stitched fabric and paper is also featured.
The issue is packed full of stitched eye-candy and inspiration. Each featured project sparks a little idea in my head for something new I want to try or has me sketching an idea for a future art quilt.
The publisher, Stampington, has generously offered to send an issue to one lucky winner. I’ll be randomly selecting a winner on Monday, Dec 14th from comments to this blog post and the comments to my giveaway post on Instagram (which will be posted later today). Comment in both places for multiple chances to win. Note: This contest is open to US residents only.

In your comment, I’d like to know: have you tried sewing paper before and if no, are you inspired to give it a try now?

Where You Need to Be

The pages of these fabric books have not been posted here; thought it was time to change that. I love adding wire formed words to fabric books. On the left, a piece of canvas with an image transfer is the foundation for the phrase.
A fussy cut bird from a favorite a fabric is next with a pocket stuffed with large tags. Some of the tags have muslin that I inserted in my typewriter and typed directly upon.
A paper postcard is added to this fabric book next to a page of fun fabrics that I dyed in 2005. The metal is stamped with the words ‘dream big’.

I use my fabric books as a place to experiment – like art journals. Sometimes simple is good, other times lots of layers work together. There are no rules as to how the pages are embellished.

Together Love

As I was packing for our move, I noticed that I hadn’t posted photos of a few older fabric books. This one was created with muslin and upholstery fabrics with ribbon, photo on fabric, silk, wire, crochet and tatting.

I like the simplicity of this book and the subtle colors.

Share Joy Quilt Sale

Before we began house hunting, I started a studio clean-out to make room for new art and creations (including some room to paint). Every quilt and art quilt in my home not currently in use or on my walls, is now listed in my Etsy shop at 40% off.
Yes, 40% off – I’m turning 40 very soon and want to celebrate by sending my art to people who will love and treasure it as much as I do If you’ve ever wanted one of my art quilts, now is your chance to have one.
Also, I cleaned the shelf that has fabric books and have decided to part with a few of them. I’ve never sold these before so I’m nervous and curious how they will be received.
I hope you find something special for yourself or a friend. believemagic Etsy Shop

Cherish Love Fabric Book – Part 2

I used 3 spools of thread and most of the lace and fun bits from the inspiration bundle.
I added hand stitching and fancy straight pins
In one bundle was a fabric envelope with ‘sewing mends the soul’ stitched on the back. I created a mini book to go in the envelope that is held in the larger book with some tulle.
A week of play led to a completed fabric book measuring approximately 9” x 11” x 3”. When the last signature was added, I felt refreshed and ready for some new projects.

Cherish Love Fabric Book – Part 1

Several weeks ago, I purchased some inspiration bundles from Ruth Rae. Each was stuffed full of fabric scraps and bits of her projects included stamped and stitched bits.
I cut some cotton batting and muslin and started playing.
I used mostly cream, black, grey and a bit of brown.
Free motion stitching, lace, buttons, aper and tulle fill the wrinkled cotton pages.
The stamped and stitched bits from Ruth were about love, wings and joy so I continued that theme in my book.
It was such fun to play without caring about seams or binding.

Happy December


What better way to celebrate the arrival of December than seeing my art in the Winter 2013 issue of Sew Somerset.


So venture out and pick up the magazine; the content will surely inspire.


Play Fabric Book


I started this fabric book last November. I worked on it in bits and finally dove into it last week.


The book is constructed from felt and flannel fused to a dreamy cotton gauze and a vintage table scarf cut into smaller pieces


I embellished the pages with fabrics, cheesecloth and trims I had dyed pink and blue along with bits of random fabric scraps …


… lots of hand stitching, buttons, wire, metal embellishments, text typed or written directly onto the fabric …


… ideology adage tickets, vintage keys, charms from a previous project, bits of old crochet and knitting.


The quotes in the book are about love, discovery, trust, life, journeys and letting go.


Fabric Book for Ashley

Fabric Book (7” x 7” x 2”)

My friend Ashley is celebrating her birthday tomorrow. I’ve been downloading photos of her family for the last few months so I could put together a fabric book.



I printed the photos onto Jacquard Inkjet Printing Cotton fabric sheets. I constructed the book with canvas and cotton batting fused to my favorite Anna Maria Horner fabrics and solids.



I used various scraps of fabric, ribbon, lace, metal, wire and Tim Holtz Idea-ology adage tickets to embellish the pages.



Ashley’s daughter’s are adorable making this book extra cute and loads of fun to create.



Fabric Book/Journal

fabric book page – fussy cut fabric with hand stitching detail and fabric tag

I love making fabric books. They capture a moment, a snippet of inspiration and allow me to play and practice. When I have a long, draining day at work and don’t feel like my usual creative self, I open a fabric book, feel the textures I created, read the motivational words. I begin to relax and soon I spark myself back into imaginative action.

pages 1 & 2

pages 3 & 4


This is book was started with fabrics by Anna Maria Horner and some images from DJ Pettitt that I transferred to canvas.