Monday, February 14, 2011


I have not been idle even though I have not posted in months.  I don't know exactly why I am doing this anyway.  I do have a couple of larger pieces in the works, but most recently I have been working on these little valentine quilts.  I carved the stamps and played around with the various paints that I have.  I really was surprised at how the paints layered-sometimes the first paint acting as a mask to subsequent layers.  I added some beads, fused a quote on the back, and applied a fast and dirty fused binding that I am not totally satisfied with but these are valentines, not great works of art.  Some day one of my grandkids will open a box full of all these silly things that I have made for them over the years and call to their brothers and sisters, "Hey, come see what I found!  Can you believe that crazy old Grandma made all this stuff."

Part of the exercise was to test my new sewing machine.  When I was in Anchorage for New Years I purchased a Bernina 440 QE. I have waited years for this.  I knew that I needed a Bernina but could never justify the expense before now.   I really have been to busy to play with it much-I have felt very virtuous that I have been tending to business rather than playing!  This project gave me a chance to play around with the stitch regulator.  It will take a while to become accustom to using that.  I knew that I loved my machine when I start using different metallic threads and she didn't eat them!

Anyway,  Happy Valentines Day to all of my friends.


  1. they are gorgeous! I especially like the second one.

  2. So sweet! I especially love the "XOXO" ones.

  3. Happy Valentines Day Mom! Cant wait to see which one is mine... I thought for sure I would have been the one with the key to your heart. aawww sad. :-) Love ya!

  4. Sometimes the things you make when you don't know why you are doing it are the best. If you are just doing it from a spirit of playfulness, that shows through. If you're not under pressure to impress anyone, you're loose and spontaneous and that can lead to great inspiration.

  5. The third one is my favorite! They are all gorgeous, but I'm partial to fish. :-)
    Whoever gets one of your Valentines is a lucky duck!



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