Saturday, December 31, 2011

Let's Let Inspiration Take Us on a NEW Year's Journey of great ART!

Above is a rooster photo I took of one of Ruth McDowell's roosters she sells. My friend has bought at least two of the chickens and a fabulous banana quilt also-wonderful in every way.
 My cousin sent me this photo of these leaves which are quite wonderful and creative
Below is a sculpture by a guy who did sculptures for the Michigan airport...he does fabulous stuff!
Color and buildings and fun
I love anything with sunflowers don't you?
Below is my friend Mary's quilt about making delicious coffee cakes (100 of them) on December 11th every year! Quite wonderful and her 90+ Mother helps her...wonderful story and quilt too!
My cousin took a photo of this quilt below and sent it to me. It is wonderful and so many ideas with older pieces could be done this same way-clean out those drawers!
Houses don't have to have windows on them, they can have people or flowers ot the moon or what idea does your inner artist give you?
Kites in quilts are outstanding!
Saw this idea and it was so cute, I had to share it.........
A quilt begun in one of my workshops- come to Post Falls Idaho in June and see what we can do-I have new tricks up my sleeve for awesome results!
I have had the poster below on my blogs before because it makes me laugh out loud everytime I read it. Whoever did this has my sense of humor. So funny.
Happy New Year Dear Friend!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bringing out your INNER Artist with Creative Ideas

Above- shoe pattern from Out of the Box with Easy Blocks- Below Keako Goki

I am inspired by so many things and I have files and files and files of art I love. I thought I would share some of these wonderful pieces with you to inspire you for the New year. I sincerely hope YOU work towards a story quilt about YOU and who and what you love to leave as a fabric diary. Someone would LOVE to see what you have to share you YOU with the world. I would be thrilled to think you are working towards story quilts! I have a series of workshops I will be giving this year on just story quilts- in California (Two Wacky Women), Madeline Island Wisconsin, Cedar CreekWest Virginia, and Post Falls Idaho in June which is my own retreat.
I hope to meet some of you there as you develop your inner artist and bring her out to show the world who you are and what you can do!
Pretty inspiring right?

Saturday, December 24, 2011



Thursday, December 22, 2011

May your Eight Days of Light Be Wonderful and Happy

Just wanted to share a nice greeting to my friends who celebrate Channakh and all eight days of light...and delicious Latkas, applesauce and other delicious foods...I can pass on the liver pate' but everything else you bake and cook is wonderful!
Happy Holiday!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Images to Inspire from friends and from me and my camera! Enjoy!

My cousins sent me this photo and I want to make some of these! Aren't they pretty?

I love any kind of creative pillow and this one is beautiful, isn't it?

Can you believe all of the butter this woman eats and cooks with?

Above is Freddy Moran's stash and she has three more besides this....sheesh! Fabric envy!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


I posted two posts today so be sure to check out the one below also please.
I just wanted to show what Pantone color sent me....I adore orange with pink and violet so I am pleased though maybe it doesn't sound good this time of year. :0)
The Pantone color of the year for 2012 is Tangerine Tango. For those of us orange addicts, it's going to be a great year!
Tangerine Tango is vibrant, uplifting and universally flattering.

SnowFlakes Are Addictive for Quilters- Call Me a Flake

Before I write about doing the snowflakes I love, I had to tell you about these roasted chestnuts and how good they are! If you can't find them on the street then do a google search to make them in your kitchen-they are fun to serve to kids who watch them bake in the oven and then peel them. With some Starbucks hot chocolate and marshmallows they are wonderful. By the way, that hot chocolate is the BEST I have ever ever had.
The block above has a theme of hearts-I started out with an upside down snowman and when they didn't work, I added hearts....
Below I wanted to cute out a woman with a bow in her hair and was kind of fun

I am always thinking about Maui and what a wonderful place it is for beauty and color. So I was inspired to do the next five snowflakes putting in flowers and leaves-they make pretty cool snowflakes don't they? The third one is ladies with flowers on their heads.... I can't wait to go back and these may become a Hawaian style quilt!

Above, I always loved putting hands in my quilts as I think we often remember people for their hands and what their hands do and in Hawaii we always see people using their hands to tell a story.........kind of like Italians tell a story with their hands only different!
If you wanna give this fun link a try, go to
Please write and tell us how you liked these- it takes a little time to learn how to do the scissors but once that is done, it is totally fun!