Monday, December 28, 2009


For your enjoyment here are pictures of recent accomplishments. They all seem very drab and gray-hmmmm.
The top is made from bias squares from Threads Magazine issue 143 (I think).
The dress is knit and is as comfy as it looks. The dress form is the smaller of the ones I have and I fill this dress out much more than "Mabel".
The coat is made from felted wool and I love it. Look at the pin on the lapel--a gift from Mrs. Smith that she brought back from the quilt show in Houston. What a pal!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

New year please come soon

In an effort to broaden my artistic horizons, I joined an online challenge group. The first theme will be handed out on Jan 1. The process is to be recorded on the challenge blog and I will do the same on this one. The members of the group are to make 6 small quilts over the course of the year. I think it will be fun and I definitely need a distraction right about now.
The show I was in at GPAC ended on the 17th of Dec and when I went to collect my quilts the gallery director apologized to me for lack of sales. Not her fault. But she did say that there was lots of interest and many positive comments on my art work. And there may another opportunity for an exhibit. Someone asked her for my contact info and is putting a proposal before their board to show my quilts. She didn't say anything other than that, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the future. The arts group I belong to is having a group show in Feb and that will be good too.
In the meantime, there's plenty to keep me busy if I would just knuckle down and do it!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy freakin' holidays!!

Since the USPS has hopefully got the cards to all on our list(s) here's the latest installment of the winter holiday card.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Almost forgot

For those who want to know the details--the fabric is silk taffeta from Thai Silks, a wonderful resource for fine silk fabrics. The back of the dress has a zipper (hand sewn), a pleat detail similar to the front on the bodice and skirt back. The inner workings consist of a corset type under bodice with boning (lots!) bra cups and elastic waistband to help hold up the weight of the skirt. The rest of the dress is "built" on that foundation, artfully draped from pleated rectangles, stitched by hand and machine to the bodice. The "sash" is cut on the bias. There is poly taffeta underskirt/lining and 2 inch horsehair braid at the hem. The dress is to be worn with a seperate crinoline/petticoat. I have been promised photos of the dress being worn at the occasion and will pass those along when they arrive. Any questions?

The dress

This is something I made for a formal party. The owner of the gown is very happy too.
The closeup is a spray of fabric flowers that I created, with velvet leaves (yummy) that I bought from

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Photos coming soon

Junior Cotillion has nearly eaten my brain and when I finish the lovely formal I am currently creating I will publish photos at the behest of Mrs. Smith, Mrs. McFarland and Mrs. Engebretsen.
Also we did our holiday card, got them mailed out, and I will put that up for the rest of the world to see. In coming months I will post photos of grad dresses too, also at the behest of the aforementioned ladies. To me it's just work. Others have expressed some curiosity with what I'm doing.