Monthly Archives: December 2014

Yoga Poses

Yoga Silhouette
Yoga Silhouette

I have long been fascinated by silhouettes, often of people.  Recently, I’ve made a few small pieces (to go on my etsy store) featuring silhouettes of cattails at sunset, but while at the yoga studio the other day, the idea came to me to do some of yoga poses.

I layer fabrics on batting to represent some kind of landscape, and then cut a shape out of black fabric and fuse it to the background. This one worked particularly well, with the reds and pinks seeming to indicate a sunrise.  Then, a small fusible crystal near the top suggests a “morning star”, which can be either of the planets Venus or Mercury, or the star Sirius.

This makes a smallish wall hanging (10 x 18″), and the number of poses and backgrounds is unlimited!  I am onto something new!

Tropical Convergence

On December 12, 2014, I posted a photo of what I called a Tropical Fruit French Braid Quilt.  Some of the floral fabric was left over, so I used it to make a “convergence” quilt, along with three other pieces of fabric.  The pattern and directions for this come from Ricky Tims’ book, Convergence Quilts, Mysterious, Magical, Easy and Fun:

Convergence Quilt
Convergence Quilt

Tims’ book is a delight to look at, regardless of whether you are making a quilt or not.  This very out-of-the-box technique involves sewing fabrics together, cutting them into strips, and mixing the strips in a new configuration – twice!  The results are mind blowing.

After making this one quilt, it figured it “needed something”, so looked through my library of embroidery designs, and found the perfect thing.  In the photo, the applique has not yet been cut out or applied – this is the “audition”.  I am quite pleased!  This will go on my etsy store in January, 2015.

Applique "audition"
Applique “audition”

Tropical Fruit!

So here is the finished French braid in those bright colors that I featured in my last blog post.  Holy smokes!  Looks good enough to eat,  doesn’t it?  Mango, apricot, peach and persimmon colors.  It actually glows!

Tropical Fruit French Braid
Tropical Fruit French Braid

The braid was easier to make than I was expecting,  and quilting it, “in the ditch” also went quickly.  I am so inspired that I will make another one with these colors but a different border.  And there is another project in the works with that border of wild tropical flowers.

This piece will go on my etsy store in January: