Category: Creations

Stitch Happy Cards

What do you do when you have 8 art quilters to thank for putting together presentation for a virtual conference? You stitch some cards!

Bits of paper, fabric and free motion stitching on fabric scraps were machine stitched to blank cards. Each card was embellished hand stitching.

I love adding fun or inspirational words to a card, so I added a sticker to the back of each card.

Each card is unique and hopefully a wonderful thank you.

During this pandemic, I found delight I noticed the sticker I had selected. It’s a wonderful reminder to have hope.

Other Stitched Goodies

Zipper pouches created with fabric prints of my artwork. The bigger ones are about 6” x 9” and the smallest is 4” x 3”.

Sooo many small journals. Each has a handmade notebook inside along with a commercial notebook that I dress up with a fun sticker.

Checkbook covers – they have often been requested and I finally found the perfect way to make them. Similar to journals, but with two pockets on the inside made with cork fabric to hold checks and a register. I like the idea of a shark guarding my my money.

Words Inspire

“Words outlive people, institutions, civilizations. Words spur images, associations, memories, inspirations and synapse pulsations. Words send off physical resonations of thought into the nethersphere. Words hurt, soothe, inspire, demean, demand, incite, pacify, teach, romance, pervert, unite, divide. Words be powerful.” – Inga Muscio
These are fabric prints of my iPhone and iPad drawings/doodles. I created quilt sandwiches pillow case style and then embellished them with black thread and a word. Each one is about 3” wide by 4” tall.

Community Mural

I volunteered to coordinate the painting of a community mural for the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts (GCVA). That meant planning the design, doing the prep work and organizing the painting day. With the assistance of other GCVA artists and lots of community members, I got see my plan come to life a few weeks ago.

This was my sketch for the mural. The plan was to create giant flowers that the kids (and adults) could color in with paint.

The GCVA artist drew a few of the larger flowers and then the community started adding in other flowers and designs.

The artists then outlined the flowers and designs with black paint to make the designs pop.

It was a fun day and I was glad my mom was visiting – she helped with the priming and on painting day.

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Because it’s fun to see the progress – below are photos of some of the previous murals.



New Fabric and Fun!

I’ve been seeking new “skin tones” for my art quilts. I often cannot find the variety I want from commercially available fabrics, so I started designing some new fabrics with my own handwriting or text. I love sharing my obsessions so I won’t be keeping these all to myself – I’ve added them to my Etsy shop.


A few months ago, Brewer Sewing and Quilting Supplies, a wholesale distributor to quilt shops, started carrying my patterns! It’s a new adventure for me but my favorite part about joining Brewer is that I can inspire creativity in even more quilters and crafters. If you’d like to get your hands on my paper patterns, tell your local quilt shop to order a few when they next order from Brewer.


I’ve been cleaning my studio and office space to prepare for a new year of creative fun. I needed to make some room for storing patterns and fabric, so I put together some fun bundles of paper patterns and fabric in my Etsy shop to inspire your creative play. The best part – they are on sale!

Fabric Art Prints Quilted

Ever wonder what to do with art prints on fabric or those fun panels commercially available?
Cut batting, backing and fusible web to the size of the print or panel. Apply the fusible webbing to batting and fuse the print to the batting.
Layer backing fabric right sides together and stitch around the edges, leaving an opening. IMG_9730-2017-10-15-21-15.jpg
Turn the quilt right side out and press. Stitch the opening closed and quilt! I like the lines – it lets the image on the print take center stage.
Add a hanger to the back and it’s all set to display on your wall.

Bazaar Fun and a Giveaway

After months of frantic stitching and not enough sleep, it all came together! The tables were full of journals, notebooks, art quilts, cards and prints. It was a fun day and all the work meant I had a well stocked booth and extras to restock local galleries and soon my Etsy shop – after a few more naps.

While I rest up, you have a chance to win some of my patterns and meet another quilting blogger. Jennifer of Chasing Bright Shiny Objects and See How We Sew has a special blog post about a quilt she created after seeing my patterns as a shop in AZ. Click the links, read her fun posts for a chance to win.

Happy Creating!

Stacks and Stacks

I’ve been locking myself in my studio for the last few weeks amassing giant stacks of done and semi-done projects.
I enjoy watching the stacks grow.
The riot and colors and patterns that the stacks make is almost as fun as creating.
One more week of this and I can relax.
The frenzy of stitching will be worth it to see happy customers find the perfect gift at the bazaar on Saturday.

In Progress

This is the start of somethings fun – that is until I paused to clean my sewing machine and dropped a screw inside the machine. After some creative tipping, I was able to retrieve the screw. I was ready to add a few drops of oil when I realized my sewing machine oil was missing. After hours of cleaning and organizing, my dear husband found it in my studio trash. I had inadvertently tossed it out with some fabric scraps. I now have a clean studio and a sewing machine ready for several very busy weeks of stitching.

While not sewing recently, I’ve been helping my husband with an arts and crafts project of his own – a giant binder about how awesome he is and why he should be promoted. The life of a college professor is not glamorous and all this pretty tabs don’t print and organize themselves. I like that kind of work so I found it lots of fun.

Hope and Dream

I’ve been typing away on my computer in the last few weeks. I’m writing articles for future publications. It’s hard to show a photo of that in progress so instead a bit of inspiration from cards I created for Sew Somerset last year.

Hope you are enjoying a fun and creative weekend!