Friday, May 24, 2013


I have been working hard today creating my last chicken.  He told me that his name was to be Deke.  Deke was created from another photo of a rooster which I took in the Spring of 2012.  I began with a base of 809 Pellon, added fabric, and then began creating the individual feather sections.  I need to complete the tail section, feet and head and he will be good to go!  I have used felting, silk hankies, fishing Dub, real feathers, netting, snippets, mono- printed fabric and velvet to create him to this point. Another positive experience.

The original photo
The beginning of Deke

Saturday, May 18, 2013


I began working on one of the roosters for my piece this week.  While at Pismo Beach in April I made an aquaintance with a beautiful Polish Chicken named Amos.  Some one had dropped him off at the produce stand and he has become a treasured pet there.  I thought he had a lot of attitude and deserved to be featured in a quilt for posterity.

Here is the picture of Amos which I worked from along with a few pictures of the progress which I am making on him.  Needless to say, I will probably be making a few adjustments to him and still need to add his feet and a few more feather sections.

I have taken some creative licensce with Amos because I wanted him to be more colorful.  I will be moving, adjusting, and adding bits when I put him on the final piece. 

I used some of my monoprinted fabric on the rust/gold feather pieces.  The netting like feathers have bits of different yarns thread painted between orange netting.

Amos' topnotch came from a barette bought at Joanns'.  I will be shading his beak and working on his waddle?

Amos with his posse!

Play Days

Had a wonderful time with Joanne & Kathy exchanging ideas and techniques.  We played with Gelli Plates and did some monoprinting.  We had some wonderful successes.  It is addictive and I have actually used a couple of the pieces I did in some of my fiber art.  Here are a couple of pictures of what we were able to create.  I will definitely be playing with the Gelli Plate again in the near future!


Collective Vision 2013 Exchange

It has been a busy few weeks since my last post.  We have landed in Spokane and are staying at out daughters home.  Having lots of fun with our granddaughter and enjoying being set for a while.

I got together with our two members of our Collective Visions Group to exchange our completed pattern pieces and have some play time together.  The following are the pictures of the pieces which will be put together by the originator of the pattern.

This is my piece which comes from a picture I took of an old wagon.  The roosters are also some which I photographed last year.  This piece is going to have some revisions on the two pieces on the right and the large red rooster.  I will be making and adding a section to the bottom of the piece along with two other roosters.  Lots of work to do!

This is Dona Fords' piece which was made from a picture which she took of an old homestead on the Sprague River in Klamath County, OR.  My piece is to the far left with the large yellow pine on the left.  It was the first piece I tackled and although it was a lot of work, I am very happy with the way it turned out.  I think that this piece is going to be a winner when it is finished.


These are the Jelly Fish for Susan Massinis' piece.  After seeing the others, I am going to be redoing my jelly fish, it needs to be more transparent.  Love what the others have done!  Susan will be doing the background for these which will be the blue behind two of the jelly fish.

This is Joanne Baeths' piece.  Love the color and texture of the aspens.  Mine is the fourth from the left.  Joanne will be mixing up the bush textures.  I know that it will be beautiful when she gets it finished!

This piece belongs to Kathy Adams.  Don't you love her dog?  Lots of roving & stitching, pretty realistic.  My piece is second from the left.  I have since taken off the cow in back which resembled a bear and redone the face of the heifer and sent it on to Kathy.  I was not happy with the finished product and wanted to give it another go.  I was happier with the last face which I did.