Friday, January 27, 2017

Candlelit Lace Shawl

Lately I've been spending most of my free time knitting, learning lace knitting, and knitting with beads.  I realized I hadn't posted anything to this website for awhile, so here is one of my most recent completed creations, a shawl incorporating lace knitting and beading.  I purchased the yarn used in this shawl at a wonderful yarn shop in Kalispell, MT during a road trip in September 2016.

Shawl Front

Shawl Back 
Shawl Closeup of lace and beads

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lace Plumes Baby Afghan

Just completed this very complex knitted baby afghan, pattern by Eugen K. Beugler of Fiber Trends.  The pattern was a repeat of 43 rows!  But the result was really lovely.  The pictures below are of the complete blanket and one showing the detail of the knitting.  This was made for my niece Alexis, who is expecting her third baby in December.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Girly Dress with Crocodile Stitch



I recently returned from a 3-week adventure in New Zealand and Australia, including a 2-week cruise on which I was teaching quilting and needlework classes.

During the 12-hour flight to Auckland, my spare time on the cruise, and the 13-hour flight home I also managed to crochet this dress for my great niece, Kennedy.  This dress incorporates the crocodile stitch in the bodice, sleeves, and hemline.  Pattern by Bonita, yarn by Premiere Yarns, #1 Wool-Free Lace.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Moon Ride: A Quilt for Charity

I participated in a small quilt swap in the fight against Ovarian Cancer in 2015 entitled The Mini Teal Swap 2015, an annual fundraiser chaired by Beth Kerr Helfter, owner of EvaPaige Quilt Designs in MA.  The swap involved using the teal fabric and attempting to create a mini quilt that your swap partner would enjoy based upon her wish list.  Katie Kasel was my partner and she loved animals and bright colors, like fushia and pink.  My response to her wish list is below.  Other than the teal fabric, other surface fabrics are hand-dyed.  I used fusible applique, free motion quilting, hand embroidery, and embellishments to create Moon Ride.

The back used some lovely striped cotton that carried over the colors on the front to frame the quilt label.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fabric Postcards for the Twins' 2nd Birthday

My great niece and nephew, the twins Kennedy & Elan are turning TWO!  Already!  Here are their Mickey & Minnie Mouse themed Fabric Postcards.  I took their faces from a photograph, printed them on fabric and placed them over the mouse bodies.  Fun!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer Moon, Winter Moon

The town of Leavenworth WA was in sad shape a number of decades ago with severe financial problems as a result of loss of industry. The townspeople reinvented Leavenworth as a Bavarian town, initiating many festivals, resulting in the town becoming a Destination in Central Washington.

This quilt is designed for the 20th annual Leavenworth WA Quilt Show Challenge.  The theme is “Moon Over Leavenworth”, and requires the use of the green & periwinkle fabric featured in the lower landscape section of the quilt.

Other materials include hand-dyed cottons, Dupioni Silk, batik, heat-set crystals, thread painting and photos printed on fabric. The symbolism of the quilt, from the bottom:

  • The Wenatchee River citing the town of  "Leavenworth”
  • The shoreline flowers represent the huge quantity of flower baskets in town
  • The green town area and hillsides are done with the required challenge fabric and represent summer. This section contains Bavarian town shops, alphorn musicians, and cabins in the woods. (My private backstory:  the three alphorn musicians are the Lundegaard Triplets (a nod to the movie Fargo) named Ernst, Klaus, and Wolfgang. They live in the three cabins in the woods. Ha Ha.)
  • The high pointy mountains in the background represent the Cascade Mountains.
  • The crescent moon showcases the town center gazebo during Christmas Lighting with a large thread-painted fir tree in the background.  A partridge sits in the pear tree, holding mistletoe in its beak. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Minnie & Mickey Bookbags

A second birthday is coming soon for The Twins - my great niece and nephew, Kennedy & Elan.  I crocheted some bookbags for them and plan on filling them up with all kinds of books and small surprises.  They love Mickey and and Minnie, and they love to read books.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lavender Fields Forever

I spent the morning of July 4 making a lavender wreath at Lavender Fields Forever, a lavender farm on the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail.   Such fun.

It was a hot, cloudless day; we sat outdoors under a canopy that frequently delivered a very welcome cool water misting as scents from the lavender fields wafted around us.  I wandered through the lavender fields picking the Grosso lavender, while carefully avoiding the bees and yellow jackets that were gorging themselves and getting drunk on the nectar and scent of the lavender spikes.  Once I completed cutting a large basket full of lavender, I spent most of the time forming 40 small bundles of lavender, trimming and affixing them to a metal heart-shaped frame.  The finishing touches include fresh and very fragrant oregano flowers and some dried roses.  

My wreath took about 2 ½  hours to complete.  Smells great!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Elephant Mambo FPC

A fabric postcard for my brother, Chris, on his birthday.  I just love this elephant.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Face in the Crowd

Back in 2002, while still living in California, I took an Art Quilt Class at UC Santa Cruz given by Therese May.  She is a well-known quilter in the San Jose area and had her original portrait quilt chosen as one of the Top 100 Quilts of the 20th Century.

This class was about drawing a simplified self portrait in 5 to 7 pieces, drawing this face onto 16 different fabrics, then carefully cutting them out such that the negative space piece also became part of the jigsaw.  Then the pieces were randomly interchanged such that no square was alike and no square experienced a fabric more than once.  This was quite fun to do.

I had completed about 80% of this quilt and then it got set aside until just recently.  Thus, about 12 years later I managed to complete my self portrait quilt.  I designed my face using an old silhouette woodcut that had been done of me in elementary school when I was about 8 years old.  Students shellacked them as holiday gifts for their parents.  My mother returned my woodcut to me when I grew up and left home.

I decided to deviate a bit from the plan and decorated just one face with some dimensional embellishments which brought me to the quilt title:  A Face in the Crowd.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Barefoot Mazzie Does Mardi Gras

Second in my series of Barefoot Mazzie quilts, in memory of my mother, here is Mazzie enjoying Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

More Holiday Fabric Postcards

Limited edition (35) of my 2014 holiday Fabric Postcard:

Limited edition (30) of my 2013 holiday Fabric Postcard:

Monday, July 21, 2014

No Doubt ~ I'm a Rainbow Trout

My first real attempt at collage work on a quilt is pictured below.  The quilt is my original design, employing some of the collage techniques from Susan Carlson's book "Free-Style Quilts".

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Palace of a Different Color

Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric company hosted a quilt challenge called "Wicked" to honor the current Broadway play of the same name.  Here is my entry using their fabrics.  Finished size is 20" square.  I didn't win, but my quilt will be part of the traveling show for 2014/2015. There were some amazing quilts in the competition, including my cousin's quilt which also earned a traveling spot in the exhibit.  Congrats to Karin Strom-Shikaloff.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Koala Bear FPC

I have signed on to teach on a quilting cruise to Australia/New Zealand in February 2016.  I will be teaching two classes, one of which is all about fusibles.  One part of the fusible class will be making a fabric postcard.  Pictured below is a cute Koala Bear munching his lunch on a fabric postcard.  The other part of the fusibles class includes the Mermaid Goddess quilt, pictured in the post below this one.

If you are interested in booking this exciting 14-day cruise to join in on the fun, contact Pat Tobin at for all the details.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mermaid Goddess - Redux

My design of this Mermaid Goddess was originally realized on a quilt block for a Sisters Quilt Show challenge.  The block was won by Charlotte Noll from Florida, who later incorporated it into a truly wonderful full size quilt.  (See my entry on this in July, 2011 & 2012).

I really missed my Mermaid Goddess, and finally got around to making her appear again on a small quilt.  I used this quilt as a sample project for a fusible class I taught earlier this year and she was a hit.  Here, in all her glory, is my goddess.  She's quite elegant I think.

On 6/6/2014 I signed a contract with Quilt Camp at Sea to teach this class on an Australia/New Zealand cruise in February, 2016.  If you are interested in booking this exciting 14-day cruise to join in on the fun, contact Pat Tobin at for all the details.

My quilt label tells the story and I included a print on fabric of my original quilt block that inspired my quilt.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fabric Postcards for The Vacca Twins

The twins first birthday is coming soon, and my niece, Alexis, is planning their birthday party using the Dr. Seuss theme from The Cat in the Hat - namely, those pesky twins Thing 1 and Thing 2.  For their birthday cards, I made these fabric postcards where I inserted their faces into the Thing bodies.  Such fun.  And look at those darlin' faces.  Kennedy, born first, is Thing 1; her brother, Elan, is Thing 2.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Babes in the Woods

This quilt was designed for a quilt class I taught and is focused on a new way to make a fused landscape including the use of photos printed on fabric of people, who are then inserted into the landscape. This landscape is intentionally whimsical as my "babes" starring in this quilt are none other than my great niece and nephew - The Vacca Twins, Kennedy and Elan and Tinkerbell the dog.

The quilt back includes the label and a family picture.  I love the way a quilt can record a memory of a moment in time.

Friday, March 7, 2014

March Birthday Madness

I have a few family members with birthdays this month and I'm feeling energetic, thus they are getting fabric postcards.  My brother, Chris, especially likes these FPCs.  He is pictured here in a faux landscape with his dog.  This is applique piece with photos printed on fabric, free-motion quilting, and some thread painting (tree).  I also prefer to send my little works of art quilting in fabric envelopes.  Since Chris is an etymologist, the bug fabric was deemed appropriate.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lost in Austen

I am the curator of a traveling quilt exhibit entitled "Notable Women Quilt Initiative" that is set to be shown at Southern Oregon University during March, 2014 in honor of Women's History Month.  Quilts are being entered from all over the US and other countries.  My quilt entered for this exhibit is entitled "Lost in Austen" in honor of Jane Austen, celebrated English novelist who lived from 1775 to 1817.

Even though Jane has been deceased for almost 200 years, there are over 16.5 Million hits on a Google search under her name.  In addition, there are over 15,000 entries on for her books and sequels, greater than 250 movie versions and close to 200 audio books.  Jane only wrote six novels in her lifetime, two which were published posthumously.  Quite a number of achievements for a single woman from a small country town in Hampshire, England.

All six of Jane's books are situated on a bookshelf with a pastel of Jane that was done by her sister, Cassandra.  Jane's famous profile is pictured on the top right.  The bottom left utilizes a photo of Chawton Cottage (now Jane Austen's Museum House), the last residence of Jane.  Lastly, a letter that Jane wrote to Cassandra in 1813 about the publication of Pride and Prejudice was typed in TrueType Jane Austen Font and printed on fabric.  (The photo of Chawton Cottage printed on fabric, used with permission by citation, from Randomduck, Creative Commons Attribute - Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.)

I am a big believer in using the back of the quilt as an additional canvas for the quilt label, the quilt story, the quilt process, and/or to add items related to the quilt front that just didn't fit there.  Below are photos of this quilt's back.   The full back so the wonderful Jane Austen fabric designed by Kelly Brookshire can be seen with the quilt labels and the photos of C.E. Brock prints from 1895 used in Jane's books.  The closeup photos of the two labels tell the story of Jane Austen and the story of the making of the quilt.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hats are the thing!

My niece, Alexis, whom you have seen implanted in a couple of my quilts in earlier posts, gave birth on 9/17/2013 to a set of fraternal twins - Kennedy Ann and Elan John.  Alexis asked me to make some crocheted cloches for Kennedy.

I found this pattern on Etsy at:

This vintage 1920's cloche hat was such fun to make.  The hat is pictured below.  Once I have a photo of Kennedy wearing it, I'll add it to this post.  Meanwhile,  pictures of the twins at 4 weeks old are included.

Update January 2014:  Below is a picture of my great niece, Kennedy, modeling the cloche hat.  She is now 4 months old.  She struck this amazing saucy pose just as I snapped the picture.  She is so totally a siren.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


For quite a few years I have been collecting black, white, and red fabrics to make a novelty quilt.  I finally got the incentive to design and complete the project when a local quilt shop asked me to teach more classes ~ and, they had just gotten in a big supply of black and white fabrics.

I designed this modular block quilt to include a number of different quilting techniques so that a student new to quilting could learn many skills in the class.  This quilt incorporates modular block building and assembly, stitch-in-the-ditch, free motion quilting, applique, embellishment, thread painting, and use of machine embroidery stitches.

I named this quilt "Anticipation", not only because of my own anticipation in actually completing the quilt, but because of the different motifs of women on the quilt - women anticipating life and love, and their personal journey to come.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Once in a Blue Moon

I'm working with Black and White fabrics on some projects and did a side-step to create this little Cityscape in Black, White and Aqua.  This is a fabric postcard size of 4" x 6" and is done with cotton fabrics, small trims, and sparkly black tulle.

Friday, November 1, 2013


Pictured above is my latest quilt challenge entry for the Rogue Art Quilters Autumn Exhibit.  The challenge is titled "Magical Decorated Doors".  I chose to go with a whimsical theme so that I could incorporate a very funny cartoon of Alice in Wonderland having tea with Dorothy of Oz.  Alice is saying to Dorothy, "Ive seen some weird shit."  I think this is totally hilarious, since we all know where Dorothy recently visited.  

That's why I put my door on a really weird tree with weird colors and weird shapes.  It just seemed to complement the two girls' conversation.  Quilt size is 17" x 14".

The quilt back is pictured below, equally weird.  Such fun.

This quilt will be on exhibit during November and December in Ashland, Oregon at the Family Massage Education Center, 1081 East Main.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Barefoot Mazzie Visits Paris

The quilt pictured below is the first in a series of "Barefoot Mazzie" Journey Quilts. They are, in part, an homage to my late mother, Marion Conners Deidrick (1924-1994), who taught me the basics of sewing when I was a youngster.

My mother's nickname was Mazzie, and though she finally got to do some traveling after she retired, she never made it to the European continent and many other faraway places.  Now, through this quilt series, she will finally travel to them ~ the first place is Paris. Note the icon of the Eiffel Tower; the French posters; the pink beret; and, of course, the bare feet.  The quilt size is 16" x 20".

I think her next stop will be London.

My original pattern is available for purchase for people unable to attend for $15 + shipping.  The pattern includes 4 vintage French posters printed on fabric.

I changed up the quilt back and label a bit for this quilt by including some additional vintage Paris posters next to the label.