Joyful Heart

This is a crazy-quilt piece that I embellished with bead embroidery. I did this piece about 2 years ago, and it has since been waiting for inspiration on it’s next step. I showed it to 3-month old Grace and she was very excited by it. Maybe it’s time to move this piece on to the next step.

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Bonita Sunset

This small quilt, just 8.5” x 11”, was made as an entry for a Quilting Arts Magazine art challenge. The challenge was to create a an abstract quilt based upon a photograph. I started with this photo, taken from the lanai at Robb and Cathy’s condo in Bonita Springs:   This is the pattern I made from the photograph: The …

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Christmas Bag

This beaded bag has been an ongoing project. During Christmas season 2004, I did the beadwork.  For a pattern, I scanned a black-and-white illustration out of an old book (pre-1920), and printed it on inkjet canvas. I worked bead embroidery over the pattern, then backfilled around the pattern with the ivory beads. During Christmas season 2005, I sewed the beadwork …

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Bead Embroidery Pendant

I made this bead embroidery piece after reading “One Bead At a Time – Exploring Creativity Through Bead Embroidery” by Robin Atkins. It is one of my favorite books…a thin volume but really empowering. Her how-to’s are along the lines of “find something you love, and sew it on. Repeat.” Her approach is very freeing…she insists that if your construction …