Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Creepy Baby

Here's one of the babies in my Creepy Baby series ... she's not one of the creepiest, but she IS kind of weird! Her name is Circus Baby, and she is a beaded 4-1/2" antique bisque doll. She came into my possession without her original arms, so I created some happy circus arms for her.

And here she is from the back, so you can see her little bonnet:

Some people have asked if the beads are glued on. No, they are peyote-stitched around her body and head with size 15 seed beads, creating a little attached bonnet. My friend Larkin Van Horn ( taught me how to peyote-stitch around a solid object, such as a bottle, and I translated the technique to the doll.

Her arms are stuffed, stitched fabric, beaded at the ends and wound around with some gorgeous silk waste yarn donated by a friend (thank you, Jo!)

FFAC Reverse Auction Update

Hooray! Virginia Spiegel has showcased my donated art quilt on her FFAC blog today ... here's a link.

I'm so happy to be participating in her fund-raising effort for the American Cancer Society. Go Virginia!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Another Collage Mania Supporter

I just love it when someone supports a great cause out of the goodness of their heart ... and pocketbook. Iris Karp, besides producing my all-time favorite fusible web, is one of those people who puts her money where her mouth is, and always puts a little public service announcement at the bottom of her ads. Here's one, in the latest Quilting Arts Magazine, for a cause near and dear to my heart ... Fiber Arts for a Cause, currently calling for artists to participate in Collage Mania.

In case my scan isn't clear enough for you to read, her blurb says, "Buy art and find a cure for cancer! Collage Mania is May 5-7, 2009. Submission deadline is April 1. Learn more at"
FFAC's founder, Virginia Spiegel, has all the information you need at Step up ... do something good ... and have lots of fun while you're at it!

Monday, November 24, 2008

New York Beauty

There has been some discussion on the QuiltArt List about longarm machine quilting of New York Beauty quilts. I thought I'd post a few detail shots of one that I quilted for a customer. Click on the images for a closer look.

Thank you, Annie Brown, for letting me quilt this Beauty for you!