Sunday, September 29, 2013


I had a lot of ideas when I chose "Celestial" as a theme for this latest challenge but executing the ideas was a little harder than I planned! Only one piece got thrown out. Several ideas ran into some pretty big hurdles and where abandoned before they truly got started.
So I finally grabbed some crazy supplies and threw caution to the wind and just went where the piece took me without much planning or forethought at all.
I decided rather than make a planet, strange new galaxy I decided just to go for a surface. So this is my interpretation of  what the surface of far away planet would look like - say maybe Jupiter??
For this piece I used puff paint, Setacolor! shaved aluminum from my hubby's machine shop, beads and eyelash yarn.
It was quite a journey making this piece, not quite a trip to space but briefly I felt I had reached the stars:-)

Here is just after I painted the puffpaint.

Here is the finished piece:

 Here is a detail shot of the aluminum.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Hi, 12 x 12'ers! I finally managed to complete a challenge - and it's early! (Okay ... so I cheated a little. I started this piece for another exchange, but made a mis-cut.)

I have named my quilt "Sophias' Blue Moon" in honour of the birth of my great(est) niece, Sophia Marie, who was born in Virginia, USA, during the blue moon on August 20. My inspiration came from a photo I took that night. I cannot wait to meet her when she, her mom and dad, come to Vancouver Island for Christmas!

The quilt is also to honour my dear friend, Sophia (Sophie), who is rapidly losing her battle against a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer.  I met Sophie (our future bridesmaid), her future husband (our future best man), and my future husband at a Lighthouse concert at UVIC nearly 45 years ago. Sophie's husband and my husband have known each other for well over 50 years.

This summer has been filled with a lot of emotional upheaval for us. Some bad, with a good outcome and some bad, with a bad outcome. One of the bad/good was the adoption of two one-year-old Golden Retrievers, who have done their best to keep us entertained and on our toes. I know you are just waiting to see them, so here they are:  from left to right - Jake and Molly!

Sophias' Blue Moon is black cotton on Timtex, lots of MistyFused Angelina fibres, Textiva MistyFused to gold lame over gold mesh, free-motion machine stitching, french knots and machine-stitched cord around the edge.  Angelina fibres don't like being photographed!

Deep peace of the shining stars to you, Sophias. 
I love you both.