Pear Still Life II

My second attempt at doing a portrait quilt.  This one, like the first one, is machine appliqued and quilted. It measures 10 in X 14 in.

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Pear Still Life Quilt

This small quilt is the result of an online quilt class I recently enrolled in (Translate Photos Into Fabric Art by Leni Levenson Wiener at  It is machine appliqued and quilted.  The small quilt measures 9 in X 12.5 in.  I have mailed it to a friend who admired it. 

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Latest Child’s Crazy Quilt

Recently finished this child’s crazy quilt.  It is machine pieced using scrap fabrics.  It is machine quilted.  The quilt measures approx 40 in X 44 in.  No one particular in mind but thinking I may give it to a colleague for her grand-daughter who is just over a year old.  This first photo shows the entire quilt.

These next three show details.  There is much for a child to find.  Colors (red, green, etc), shapes (strips, dots), things (sail boat, girl, Minnie mouse).

In this one — peacock feather, sailboat, horse, dogs.

 In this one — owls, horses, angle, razorback.

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Nurmilintu Scarf

I love how this scarf turned out.  Just finished it earlier this week.  It was knit using yarn Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock.  The pattern is Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander.  After blocking the scarf measures approx 77 in along the longest edge and 18 in at the widest point.  The two other sides measure 37 in and 49 in.

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I made this quilt after reading about the use of they as a singular pronoun by many trans individuals rather than he or she. My thinking for this piece was a monogrammed towel as a simple gesture of welcome and acceptance.  I chose the floral background fabric to try to elicit wallpaper.  The dark gray/black strip at the bottom was meant to be the counter top which I chose to leave empty (thought of adding soap, hair brush, etc but decided not to do so). The quilt is 20.5 in X 22 in.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.

I quilted pronouns (he, she, they, his, hers, theirs) among the background flowers. 

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Death Penalty, RIP Quilt

I made this quilt a few weeks ago as a small protest against the death penalty.  The current news is full of the executions here in Arkansas as the state is trying to conduct multiple executions before the end of April.  I am not for the death penalty.  I came to this conclusion many years ago.  My decision is mostly based on the commandment “thou shalt not kill.”  I rarely go to Church anymore but cling to the 10 commandments as a good foundation for living.  I admit I would probably fight to the death to protect myself or a loved one if we were in imminent danger (thereby breaking the commandment). However, the death penalty does not protect anyone in imminent danger.  The prisoner is already behind bars.  Life without parole seems like a better choice to me.  My husband disagrees with me.  I do have compassion for the families of the victims (and the prisoner).  I would love to see a system that would provide them with free (or low cost) counseling. 

I designed the headstone on my laptop and then printed it onto fabric.  The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.  The quilt measures 15.25 in X 18 in.

Here is a close up of the headstone.

This is the back.  I like the way the quilting shows.

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On (the) Line Quilt

This year’s theme for the Quilt Alliance ( yearly contest is “voices.”  This is my entry.  I designed it with phone calls to/from my mother (She died almost 8 yrs ago and I still miss hearing her voice.  I really miss the phone call on my birthday each July.), the party lines from my youth (you would sometimes have to tell someone who picked up their phone to use the line, “hey, I’m on the line.”), and today’s on line conversations (ie Twitter) all in mine.  The words are machine embroidered into the telephone lines. The quilt is 16 in sq.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.

I tried to choose the words to reflect a “catching up” conversation.

I added the “cubs won!” as a nod to my grandmother who loved baseball.

This last photo is of the label on the back.  I added the phrase “a little bird told me” as it again makes me think of my mother (and also of twitter).

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