Sunday, March 27, 2022

Using Extra Blocks

I'm Working On It

These blocks were created as demonstration pieces as I taught this original sampler class. It took me over 20 years to use them in the following quilt.
Although it may not seam I am working on this now, deciding how to quilt it is one of the steps in creating a finished quilt. That is where I am on my journey right now

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Why I Blog

What Do I Get From Writing My Blog? Part 1

I really get a chance to observe what I am doing and think about why I have been doing it for almost 10 years.
It gives me a chance to think about priorities and what is important for me.
For me it is my personal diary that I share with all of you.
It also gives clarity to things that happened long before I started this.
My blog post yesterday was about the quilts, both finished and works in progress.
It is not a race to see how many quilts I can make. Each one has served a different purpose from the very first quilt from a Lee Wards kit I made to those I am currently working on. There is little similarity from first to last other than the fact that they all use fabric.
It is my passion and since I no longer teach this is one way I can share my work with you. I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit to all those students who I have had the pleasure to share sewing and quilting with. They kept pushing me for more, more, more and 
No, I very seldom do tutorials, but there are a few.

Friday, March 25, 2022

My Block Printed Quilt


Hand Carved Block Prints

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About a year ago some friends and I got together and carved our own blocks to print.
Then a few days later we met again and practiced printing with them.

I brought a variety of fabrics with and experimented with different paints, brushes and rollers, and how they worked on the different fabrics. I was bound determined I was not going to purchase any other paints or supplies.
I was semi pleased with most of them. Robbie kept telling me they were good prints.
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All of the fabrics had been shibori over dyed with black or red dye.
Fast forward to last week when I decided to cut them up and make something. 
The irregular spacing made it a time consuming process to fussy cut and get the most useable prints, I used 30 of the 34 I was able to cut.
I spaced the block I had most of every other space, filling in with the others.
I cut narrow strips for the border from what was left.
My favorite part creating this quilt was doing the spiral machine quilting. It has become a feature in my recent work

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Broken Star,Quilt


Broken Star With Special Hand Quilting

I shared this quilt on a hand quilting list and everyone is going crazy over it.
The background fabric has these swirly line printed on it so the quilting follows those lines. 
The fabric also has an ombre effect which I used to advantage.
It was acquired by collectors of my work.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Granny Loves To Entertain


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I often refer to it as my studio in the tree tops and this is the view as I sit at the machine and sew. Granny is right there keeping me company.

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Granny loves to invite her girlfriends over to visit.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Grand Finale


Two Quilts In One–My Masterpiece

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If you look at this quilt from the left this is what you will see. 
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When you look from the right this is what you will see. The view changes and blends as you look and walk from one side to the other.
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When you are at the center this is what you see.

It was a very challenging piece to create.

I spent several YEARS trying to figure out how to assemble it so it would allow each side to stand on it’s own.
I felt like I had to climb inside the quilt to sew the sections together.
The last part had me stumped. I could not make the armatures myself to fill the sections.
Off to my favorite gallery . 

Monday, March 21, 2022

Starting The Journey From Wearable Art To A Qullt

 I spent about 6 hours today taking apart this jacket.

All I removed is this one small section of quilt blocks,

When I make something it is never going to fall apart and that is why it took so long.

The journey has just begun but I am anxious to see the result.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Small But Mighty


Mystic Movement- A Favorite Of Mine

                        Mystic Movement   18.5 x 15.5 inches   $

I love strong graphic images. Mystic Movement definitely fits that description.
I started this by simply sewing together some carefully chosen strips I had cut with no idea what was going to happen.
This happened and I couldn’t be happier with it.

It is another one of those pieces that will work in any decorating scheme with any colors.
Machine quilting enhances the design and gives the sharp edge necessary for strong graphic images.

Friday, March 18, 2022

I Am Trying A Variation Of Something I've Done Before


This teaser will have to keep you until this is finished!

It might take a while but I've sure been having fun so far..

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Double Irish Chain Miniature For St Patrick’s Day


The Smaller They Are, The Longer They Take To Finish

I started this miniature double Irish Chain quilt at least 20 years ago. It measures 11 x 11 inches.
I got ink on one border and took it off to replace it.
I replaced it and finished the quilting in the border a year ago.
The binding didn’t look good so I took it off.
It only took me until 366 days later to replace the binding. I am very pleased with it now.
Each of the tiny squares is 1/4 of an inch.
I actually quilted this one myself. I am sharing this closeup so you can see how tiny my quilting stitches were back then. They are so small I can’t even count them but I think they are between 20 and 24 stitches to an inch.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Spider Mum The 100th Current Post


Spider Mum not really a scrap quilt

Spider Mum is a quilt I started with the cuttings left from other fused quilts. I soon found out I needed a lot more pieces and still more and still more. I ended up cutting at least 6-8 times as many pieces as I started with. 
The focal point that looks like it might be an eye is really a flower center. This is all done with commercial printed fabrics. The background is Gutcheon polished cotton. I stockpiled quite a bit of this fabric and I am so happy to have it since it hasn't been available for years. The quilt is heavily machine quilted.
If you click to enlarge this photo you can see the quilting better.

Monday, March 14, 2022

I Don’t Think Most Of You Knew About All The Races I Ran


Beach Run and Stitch and Share

No matter what the weather during the week during the seminar on Friday at 4:30 the rain would stop, the sun would shine and hundreds of seminar participants were on the beach for a one mile run. All those who completed the race would be rewarded with T shirts with the Jinny Beyer Seminar logo in the "Color of the Year".

I participated every year. I have a collection of pristine T shirts that fill a whole drawer. You see, it was the thrill of the chase to get a T shirt each year, but I never wear T shirts! 

One year I cut the bottom off mine, added that to the sleeves and attached fabric to the bottom to make a morning dress. I threw this on every morning when I got up while I stayed on the island to work on my quilts the following week.

After we received our T shirts we would change to our regular clothes, have a lovely dinner at the hotel and then gather our supplies to attend "Stitch and Share". This is a very relaxed function. Some sit and stitch and others wander around seeing what everyone else is working on or has brought to share.

In this photo I am admiring Carolyn's work. She attended more seminars than just about anyone. Her work is absoutely fantastic - both the workmanship and the way she uses color.

I am sharing my Japanese quilt with Diane in this photo. Each year Diane made it a point to take a photo with me in it and have it waiting for me the following year.

I developed a method of making miniature quilts with 1/4 inch or narrower strips using graph paper as a base. Here I am sharing them with Kathryn who also made precious and precise miniature quilts.

Stitch and Share was always one of my favorite parts of the seminar as it was very laid back and gave you a chance to see the work of the other participants up close in a way you could really appreciate it. You even got to touch it!

Koeper Siblings


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Rubik’s Cubes


My Favorite Rubik’s Cubes


I enjoy creating fun things from my quilts.
The first two are miniatures and the last one is a wall quilt

Saturday, March 12, 2022

A Genius Way To Hang A Quilt

 I just had someone ask me how I hung this quilt on the wall in my great room.

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Sometimes we don’t even realize it when we come up with and earth shaking idea.
I have used the wood slats from window blinds to hang my work for quite a while as I have a lot of blinds we no longer used. They make a great flat device to put in the casing/rod pocket. 
Each piece I finish has it’s own slat that is labeled. No more trying to find a metal hanging bar from an older quilt that fits! There are small holes in the end of each slat to hang it. I had always used nails.


We tried it and they were the perfect “nail”!

I will be using these from now on. 

Friday, March 11, 2022

This Is My Favorite Before Felting


Knitted Bowl Ready For Felting


This is the largest bowl I have ever knitted. It currently measures 18 inches long and 16 inches (32 inch circumference) across.

I used a variegated yarn with a long color change for part of the yarns in this. The color changes in the yarn dictated to me what size to make this. 

It will be greatly reduced in size when it is wet felted in my washing machine.

Do not expect to see the felted bowl soon as I wait until I have 5 or 6 pieces to felt at once.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

One Last Post Of my current felted Knit Objects

It's always fun to see what happens when you felt the items you have knit. 

I've also felted purses and totes in addition to containers and art objects.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Simultaneous Creation, A Century Apart

 I created this quilt about 25 years ago. Do you see the inset shape of the fabrics turned around?

It took me several tries to get a design that worked. It was truly original.

My friend Kathy Cray posted this antique crazy quilt recently. It you follow the shape of the white stitching around the center section you will see the almost identical shape.

I had never seen this before several days ago. 

I have had more recent episodes of simultaneous creation, but never anything about a century apart.

I hope you can see the shape in both quilts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Dyed And Over Dyed Small Fabrics, Waiting For Inspiration

 This was an ongoing project to dye and overdye these smaller pieces of fabric. 

Some only have two layers of color but some have many more.

I am taking my time deciding how I will make the best use of them.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Weekend Visitors

 My granddog Oliver came to visit and quickly took possession of his favorite chair next to me.

Since I forgot to take a new picture of all of them this is one I took last time.

Julie spent time learning to knit, something she has wanted to do for a long time.

You can see several of the yarns here that I gave her. She is doing great.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

A Coordinated Group of Knit And Felted Things

 I'm sharing this group of red, aqua and teal felted vessels with one of my Olympic quilts that didn't make the deadline.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

It's Finished-The Biggest Recent Quilt

This is the biggest quilt I have finished recently. It is 49 inches wide and 72 inches high.

I made the patchwork about 20 years ago. I thought I'd never find anything in my fabric collection for a border. I was wrong, this was the perfect fabric for a border and made the quilt this big.

I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, March 4, 2022

This Quilt Is Almost Finished

 I had made the patchwork for this quilt about 20 years ago. I never thought I'd find anything in my fabric collection that would go with this and have enough of the fabric.

Well, I was wrong. This border fabric was perfect and I had plenty of it. I also had a piece of backing fabric that coordinated perfectly and was the correct size.

I should have it finished in the next few days and you will get to see the full quilt.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

I Love The Results When I Felt Items I Have Knit


To get the ombre color effect on these two large vessels I changed colors of the yarn ever so often as I knit.

I shrink these in my washing machine, After they have shrunk the desired amount I find some bowl or something to stretch them over and let them dry. These are two of my favorites. You will be seeing more of items as days go by. I have found special places to display some of them in our house. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Another Finished Quilt For 2022


This is another one of my time lapse quilts. I think I started it at least 20 years ago.

I enjoyed finishing it. At 26 x 33 inches it is one of the largest of the quilts that used up leftover small pieces of batting. It is also an Olympic quilt that didn't make the deadline.

It is my 10th quilt finish for 2022.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Mardi Gras Quilt Today, Hiding On the Back Of This Quilt

 I needed a wide fabric for the back of this quilt so this was perfect.

It was wide enough so I didn't need to piece it.

I've shared this quilt on the blog before.