Wash Day in Tokyo

Origami Kimono Quilt

Origami Kimono Quilt


kimono Well, as promised, I DID use most of the origami kimonos which were created during my “dreaded origami kimono addiction” period. Out of the shoe box and onto a quilt they went!  I even threw in a few pairs of pants to add to the silliness.

When middle daughter, complete with her art degree, told me she loved the newly created quilt, I was more than a little shocked.  This is one piece I certainly do not consider art. Long-suffering hubby’s comment “What in the heck are you going to do with that?” made a lot more sense to me.

As you can see from the photo, I entered  the piece in a quilt show and it did so much better than I ever thought it would.  Yes, there actually are 3 ribbons hanging on it, one of them blue!  It proved to be very popular with the viewers, especially those with children in tow. One Asian family took several photos of the quilt with each of their children standing in front of it, a very touching moment for me. The quilt did get a lot of quizzical looks from viewers, but once they read the title “Wash Day in Tokyo”, they seemed to get the joke.

Most asked question about the quilt….”Where did you get those tiny clothespins?”


Fish in Space

Woven water and sky

Woven water and sky

Several years ago I was part of a “I’ve Got the Blues” challenge. Each participant was given 5 fat quarters of blue fabric which had to appear in the finished quilt in a recognizable amount. Other fabrics of our choice could be added.

What I have learned from my experience with challenges is that, in order to win a challenge, ordinary won’t do. I chose to do one of my Inside the Box pieces.

Using the 5 challenge fabrics and many blues from my stash, I randomly pieced the outer border, adding the words “Blue, blue, my world is blue.” Using a large circle as my base, I then made an entire blue landscape complete with woven blue sky, a blue forest, a woven body of water and even shiny blue fish which were reverse appliqued into the water. Using blue painted rings, I attached the circle inside the square. I added a blue turtle at the bottom of the circle, a blue sun in the sky and a blue spider in the upper right hand corner.

As a lover of whimsy, I allowed two fish to escape the inner circle and float in space, secured with mono-filament thread. I called the piece Fish in Space.

The piece not only won the challenge, but went on to win another challenge entitled “Voyage of Discovery” at the Empire QuiltFest. Most participants who entered that challenge based their pieces on Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River, the theme  of that year’s show. Having Fish in Space win the “Voyage of Discovery” challenge tickled me more than any award I’ve ever won.  Every time I think about it, I crack up. Being different certainly paid off in that case.  People like FUNNY, apparently even quilt show judges.

Hooray for Art Quilts!



2013 WFQG Quilt Show


Yes, indeed!  I had one heck of a great weekend.  I entered 6 pieces  in the Wings Falls Quilt Guild show and came home with a stash of goodies….1 Best of Show, 2 exceptional merit, 4 blue, 2  First Place log cabin challenge ribbons and 4 yellow vendor’s ribbons.  As a non-conforming fiber artist in a very traditional guild, it is a much-needed ego boost to have my work recognized.  I played by all the quilt judging rules, created my own original art, and won anyway!  I think art quilting may be here to stay!  Hooray for us! And….. Hooray for my 1972 Singer Genie which was the only machine I used to create every ribbon winner.


Best of  Show Winner

Best of Show Winner

Beyond my wildest dreams, my Uptown Girl twisted log cabin purse/fascinator set was named BEST OF SHOW at the Wings Falls Quilters Guild show this past weekend.  It scored a perfect 100 points, every quilters lifetime goal. A very gutsy judge made what I am sure is a very controversial decision to name a PURSE Best Of Show in a QUILT show. Her comment was that it should have earned the maker a scholarship to the Fashion Institute, my teen-aged dream. I’m honored and very happy, indeed.  It was one special weekend!