Tuesday, November 04, 2014

My first sweater

I finished my first sweater! I've been taking a knitting class on Friday mornings at the Franklin Mill in Franklin, MA. 

I found this variegated wool easy to work with and it's washed beautifully.

It's first outing was to Boston to the parents and family weekend with my daughter Jill and her boyfriend Jack at Northeastern University. We had a great day taking a tour of Fenway Park, dinner at the Beehive and a comedy show after.

I also finished the second mitten! Just to refresh your memories I made a mitten and then I made a second mitten and it was much bigger. So I made a third mitten and I finally have a pair:)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Embellished Round Robin

I'm participating an embellished Round Robin with 4 other quilters from my quilt guild. I used a photograph taken on Cape Cod.

I painted the sky and water fabrics in a Mickey Lawler workshop.

I did machine appliqué using Mistyfuse and machine quilting with a very thin batting.

I quickly sketched it using oil pastels.

This is the original photo I had to blue-up the sky and water a bit.

Below are the embellishments I'm sending along and fabrics are used in the quilt.

It'll be about a year before I see it again. I'll post a picture when I get it back.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Enjoying spring and all it has to offer

I made myself a dress! I bought the pattern and fabric at the Franklin Mill. I'm working on three others, a tunic, a solid black linen and a knee length in a Jane Sassaman fabric.

I love the drawstring waist and the chance to use several different fabrics.

My garden just before nightfall.

From that garden, I cut everything just before the rain.

I recently went to an artist talk on Doris Daniels Cox, a local artist from Mendon. She was an expert at portraiture. The lecture was done by fellow Framingham State Alum Kathleen Schofield on behalf of our historical society. There were dozens her paintings on display. Below are a couple of my favorites.

Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Big happenings

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary visiting Jillian in London! She's attending University of London - Queen Mary for the spring semester. She's travels all over and will be home in a few weeks.

Here we are having high tea at our hotel, the Corinthia-it was awesome:)
Here we are on the London Eye - great views of the beautiful architecture in the city.

We weren't able to take Morgan because she was finishing her last few weeks of college. She graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor of science in nursing. She finished a five year program in 4 with honors! She's had several top hospitals interested in interviewing her, very proud of her. 
She's a big Harry Potte fan

The commencement took place at the TD Garden - truly amazing!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Boston Skyline #5 Rowes Wharf

I've been making more Boston skyline quilts 

Rowes Wharf 

Love that dirty water :) actually Boston harbor is much cleaner -always beautiful.

The pieces are tiny! 

Mistyfuse and the new big and fat Goddess sheet make it possible and easy. I lay down my Goddess Sheet, cut my Mistyfuse slightly smaller then the GS, lay my fabrics on top of the Mistyfuse right side up - slightly overlapping, put second GS and press, I cut them apart with scissors or my rotary cutter.  So easy. 

These are the fabrics I make the buildings out of. Each quilt had approximately 25 different fabrics.

It's for sale in my Etsy Shop.  I think would make a great graduation or birthday gift - everybody loves Boston!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Slice House Quilt made for a friend

A group of us made another slice house quilt for a dear, dear friend who moved away. Our friend Susan was the best and we were so sad to see her go. 
 Made by Joyce Gilmore, Sue Pelland Suzanne Thibeault, Kathy Sperino, Sharon Morris and myself

We surprised her with the quilt at our Guild Getaway! She is the kindest and it felt good to do something special for her. 

Her friend Suzanne added the weeping cherry tree that had been special to Susan - a gift planted to honor her Mom. 

There are terrific 3D elements on the quilt; french knots, fussy cut leaves and threadplay shrubs are a few examples. 

We added a fun border that tied the quilt together. 

Awesome details added by everyone, check out the shadows and windows. 

Kathy Sperino did an amazing job on the quilting, it added great texture and helped blend the blocks. 

This is the photo we used for inspiration. She had beautiful gardens all over the property, we tried to add a bit of that to the quilt.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Creating for Christmas

I love what I do, every minute of it. It's especially wonderful when I get asked to create something custom.

I was commissioned to make this quilt as a Christmas gift. I so enjoy building the border. I used batiks and machine quilting to add texture.

If you would like one of these for yourself or as a gift click here Your Home in Fabric

These two Murphy Bag iPad cases were also commissioned as Christmas gifts. They are middle schoolers here in town and our schools use iPads 
exclusively. Very cool. It has a pocket with 5 sections including a couple for pens and a stylus. If you want one of these the 

We had a very a wonderful Christmas - so great to have everyone home. Happy New Year from me and mine to yours!

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Murphy Bag Needle Case

I'm taking a knitting class at The Franklin Mill Store on Friday mornings. I've begun collecting needles and other supplies and so I needed something to keep all the lot in. I made this using images I found online.

It's quilted and has Swarovski crystals (of course)

The zippered pouch has all the little stuff in it.

I wanted to make sure I could fit my circular needles as well as my traditional ones.

My first project were these mittens. The one on the left was made first. I got tennis elbow for the first time from knitting so my instructor showed me how to loosen up my knitting and hence, the second mitten (on the right) is bigger than the first! I was totally bummed. I'll make a third, using smaller needles to replicate the first and better fitting mitten.

This is my second and current project, a scarf. The yarn is delicious! I'm loving the circular needles.

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Nature at my house fall 2013

This lovely little friend revealed herself daily in different spots around my deck during September and October. 

In the door jam.

In the plant.

On the sliding glass door.

On the siding.

On the railing.

On the table.

On the bench.

Such an amazing bug!

Can you see this big frog? Nature's so cool.

This tree behind my house was full of sparrows, reminded me of the Steven King book The Dark Half. They fly by my yard everyday, there must be hundreds!

I couldn't post without recognizing the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series!!!!!!!! When I hung this up on the fridge I had little hope they would go on to win the whole thing??? From worst to first :)

Go sox!

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