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What’s on My design Wall

Life has thrown a few curves or more accurately pot-holes, ditches, and boulders in my way. I have not been as creative fiber-wise as in the past, but I am starting to work again. Here are my two latest projects. The ’round’ one is a block of the month pattern from The QuitShow but the other is a donation piece for the annual SAQA auction

These two pieces were October’s projects. I’d like to say they are now finished but they are still hanging on the design wall awaiting me.





I have been working on this piece for the past month–you can see the stages in my blog posts. I have now decided to call it finished!. It needs to be backed, labeled, and sleeves applied but the artwork part is done and I am ready to move on to a new art project.


I ahvsmall20pieces20on20left-mWorking on that rock wall has been heavy lifting. Time for a break and working on something smaller. The three small pieces to the left are collages made from trimmings of other pieces, the two portraits in the middle are working with positive/negative space and the block on the right is a leftover from a huge quilt I just finished.



I don’t normally take photos of my workspace–but here it is. While working on a piece, I do create quite a mess. The poster is on the design wall and pieces of the new project are both behind and in front of the ironing board on the floor. I use freezer paper as my templates.

Yes, those are Tide boxes on the shelves near the wall of windows. I prefer to store my fabric in Tide boxes—the fabric always smells nice and in this part of the world where insects are a problem, I have never found evidence of insects in these boxes.  The only problem is that with the slick exterior, I have trouble finding something that will stick to the exterior as a label.




This is the photograph forming the inspiration for my next large piece. I’m not sure if they are rocks or building blocks. They were neatly stacked against the side of a barn in Ohio. I had the photo printed as a poster at Office Depot. This became my full size pattern.



The local quilt guild announced a challenge to choose something from the book ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne for our September meeting. This involved reading the book–quite lengthy and lots of imagery. The Nautilus was based on Robert Fulton’s vision of a submarine powered by a set of sails. Verne’s submarine did not have sails nor did it have the power to refresh it’s air, needing to surface from time to time. I chose the time when Nemo decided to explore the Antarctic and got stuck  underneath the ice–ice with ribbons of color through it. I haven’t finished the piece yet–still has an image of the Nautilus to be improved upon at the bottom and of course, some quilting–or maybe a lot.


While routing around in my boxes of fabric–my palette–I found a piece started several years ago in a Nancy Crow workshop. I think it was about motifs and re-interpreting them. I don’t think they were supposed to be sewn together–but I think it might make a good base for an upcoming exhibit called ‘forced to flee’.  Hurricane Harvey/Tropical Storm Harvey inundated us with rain–so much water we became quite literally an island unable to go west,east, or north and to the south was the ocean. Many people were rescued from their homes via the Cajun Navy and National Guard Reserves including my youngest son and his family. I am planning to put some lettering and imagery on it–but not blatantly. I want the piece to reflect–the decision–stay or go…go or stay—rebuild or leave–to the many different options available after some time has elapsed.  More on this piece and the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea later.


Remnants no 3


This little piece was made from many fabrics from my mother’s scrap bag. I hand-pieced it and ended up modifying the pattern somewhat as I worked. It is supposed to have a center square surrounded by four oblong pieces; each resulting piece is then connected to the next one by another square, slightly smaller than the center one. I’ve made this pattern–Kansas Dugout=–in several sizes and still enjoy making it. A series is definitely intriguing.



Several working Psalm illustrations on the left; a birthday piece on the right with three fish, 10 tics and 1951 written in the lower right side–my birthday.


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  1. Oh My Goodness all the Quilty and Art goodness in this post!!! I am intrigued by your rocks – and that Nautilus!! That is awesome!! I like the idea of the Tide boxes – Never thought about how it could help your fabrics stay fresh!!!

    June 9, 2021

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