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I have just sent this quilt to my 96 year-old mother-in-law as an early holiday gift.  Her living room has golds and pinks plus touches of green.  This is the square dance pattern by Martha Thompson.  The quilt measures 43-1/2″ x 51″.  The top consists of batiks plus hand-dyed fabrics by my friend Nancy Graham, who also does the machine quilting for me.


Last winter and spring I spent four months making a queen-size quilt (82″ x 97″) for our summer cottage.  I wanted something light and airy, quite different from my usual saturated color quilts.  The yellow-green fabric in the swirl was a piece I purchased from a fabric artist in New Zealand.  This quilt also includes other hand-dyed fabrics plus lots of batiks.

Then in May I decided to make a baby quilt (42″ x 49″).  This quilt is made of batik fabrics.


Another morning glory with slightly different coloring.  I want to put 2 or 3 of these on the finished beaded vessel.  

This morning glory is from Diane Fitzgerald’s book, The Beaded Garden.  The brick stitch flower is about 1-3/4 in diameter and is made with delicas and a size 15 seed bead edging.

This little ruffled beauty is so small, I decided to make two.   I found the pattern for these in the Barbara L. Grainger booklet, Dimensional Flowers, Leaves & Vines.   Each is about one inch in diameter and made of delica beads.  (I’ve left the threads on the back so that I will be able to attach them to the beaded vessel sometime in the future.)

This is my fourth year with the bead journal project.  My plan is to make a flower each month which will be mounted at the end of the year onto a beaded vessel.  I will gradually bead the vessel throughout the year.

This flower, from the Beaded Garden by Diane Fitzgerald, is a brick stitched 5-petal flower following the directions for a pansy.  I’ve used delicas for the petals.  The flower measures almost two inches in diameter.

I made this quilt for my son-in-law’s mother who lives in Brazil.  My daughter, Heather, and her husband, Vivaldo, will take it to her when they visit in December.  The quilt measures 62-1/2 x 69-1/2, big enough for her to use as a blanket on her bed.

My December beaded bead is from the December 2010 issue of Bead & Button magazine.  I saw that and thought of snowflakes.  What sold me was the inclusion of a rivoli.  I love rivolis.  The beaded bead measures almost 2 inches  is composed of  size 10 and 11 delicas with an 18mm rivoli.


This is my autumn beaded bead collection–

My November beaded bead is from an old Beadwork magazine with errata from the magazine website.  The bead is delica 11’s and measures 1-1/4 x 2-1/2 inches.