From Chaos

From Chaos
Both my grandmothers were quilters so I was familiar with traditional quilting. Even stitched together a couple patchwork tops but I hated what I felt were restrictions in traditional quilting. So while I loved the idea of quilting, I easily lost interest in using traditional quilting and stitching methods.

When I was living in Carrboro, NC in the early 1990’s, I was first introduced to improvisational quilting by Sherri Lynn Woods. who was selling her beautiful quilts at the local Farmers’ Market. I took a class and was hooked! My first improv quilted wall hanging is The Red Tassel. (Check out my Black|White Gallery.)

Attached is a photo of my seventh Black|White improv wall hanging still in progress. If you look closely, you will see bits and pieces left over from that class. There are also some blocks from that class in my Aboriginal Sampler(also in my Black|White Gallery).

I love the high contrast of black and white and have collected a stash of black and white fabrics over the years. Stay tuned for more Black|White creations!

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Quilting in a Plastic World

Remember when only a few short years ago everyday there was a new credit card offer in your mail box? Remember when it took a pile of CD’s and hours to install software on your computer? They are just too colorful and shiny to toss away.

Quilted -- CD's and Credit Cards
Quilted — CD’s and Credit Cards

Mostly I’m a fiber artist stitching and quilting fabrics and handmade papers so why not a plastic quilt? Here’s my version of Quilting in a Plastic World – credit cards stitched down with colorful pins and embellished with mosaic-style CD’s.  I love the way this turned out – I think there’s enough plastic available for at least one more project.  And if not – there’s still plenty of uses for these shiny objects. Credit cards are great for scraping the ice off the car window and used as dividers in my bead drawers. The CD’s can be used as coasters or strung up as a twinkling mobile to chase away the birds.

So what do you do with your old credit cards and CD’s?

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