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.
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.
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–