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red & black quilt for Jennifer

Jennifer picked out the Asian inspired fabrics from my stash when she was visiting in April. The resulting quilt is a very large queen-size quilt 94″ x 102″. The blocks are similar to the ones I made for Nora’s very orange birthday quilt last winter.  (note the NH snow)


I made this quilt for my younger daughter Heather and gave it to her this month.  It is a large lap-size quilt 60″ x 66″.  She was with me when I bought this fabric at Kasuri Dyeworks in Berkeley, CA in 1999.  We picked out numerous small pieces of these beautiful handcrafted ikat fabrics plus yardage of the rather thick indigo dyed solid fabric.  The next year I made her a queen-size quilt out of many of the fabrics.  The remainder have been stored in my fabric closet just waiting to be used.  In February I made this quilt plus a lap quilt of similar design for me .  

My May bjp pendants are twin pendants of the same design — one made with a 16 mm rivoli and the other with a 12 mm rivoli.   I made two because the first 12 mm one seemed so small, so I decided to try the design with a larger rivoli.  They are both one-sided pendants from a design by Linda Richmond.  I used amethyst rivolis with 15 seed beads and 11 delicas.  The pendants measure  3/4 inch and 1 inch across.  The larger one is a gift for a woman at the local bank who has worked for me for several months even though I do not have an account at that bank. Violet is her favorite color.

My second pendant is the Linda Richmond design called Starry Night.  This June bjp pendant is a one-sided pendant, but the outer area of beads are double which gives the pendant  extra dimension.  The 14 mm rivoli is called volcano.  I used 11 delicas, 15 seed beads, and drop beads in the design.  This pendant measures 1-1/2 inches from point to point.

I’ve finished this Linda Richmond a month ahead.  This one seems just right for Easter.  I’ve used 12mm rivolis in sapphire on one side and a red-violet on the other.  There are size 15 seed beads, 11 delicas, and 3mm bicones in this design.  The pendant measure 1-1/2 inches across.  

My husband’s mother’s 97th birthday is next week so I decided to again make the Linda Richmond pendant, but this time with a pink rivoli on one side and a red one on the other.  Again the pendant has 14mm rivolis, size 15 seed beads, and 11 delicas.  These are colors that she likes to wear. 

This is another two-sided pendant from a Linda Richmond pattern.  I’ve used an amethyst rivoli on one side and an aqua rivoli on the other.  The beads are size 15 seed beads and 11 delicas with 14mm rivolis.  The pendant measures 1-1/4 inches across.

This quilt is composed of batik fabrics plus fabrics dyed by Nancy Graham.  

My February rivoli is a two-sided pendant from a Linda Richmond pattern.

One side has a rose colored rivoli and the other is amethyst colored.

It measures 1-1/4″ wide and 1-3/4″ long plus the dangle.

It consists of a 12mm rivoli, delica 11s, and 15 seed beads.

The dangle is a 6mm swarovski pearl.

Linda’s pattern was very easy to follow and I love the result.

I found this really difficult to photograph.

I’ve decided to work with rivolis this year for the bead journal project.  My January one is from the book Creating Crystal Jewelry by Laura McCabe.  This is her crystal burst earrings.  I have worked this pattern before but only made one row of crystal bicones around the edge, this includes two rows.  This piece uses an 18mm rivoli, both 3mm and 4mm crystal bicones, plus delicas and size 15 seed beads and measures 1-1/4 inches in diameter.

Today is my grand-daughter Nora’s 19th birthday.  This very orange quilt is a generous lap size — 60″ x 68″.  Her favorite color is orange, so when my friend Nancy Graham showed me these fabrics that she had hand-dyed I knew that I just had to have them.  I modified the Hip to be Square pattern (Busy Bee Quilt Designs) so that the blocks were a smaller 8″ square.  Nancy Graham did the machine quilting.  Nora is thrilled with the very orange gift.