Friday, January 26, 2007

New Pieces for Babies

Two proud grandmothers commissioned baby products from me this week, and I'm so excited I had to post the products here. We have one snuggly baby quilt with insanely soft plush fabric on one side and a welcome greeting from aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, and grandparents on the other. I made this for a family that has always treated me as one of their own, and I was so touched that they chose me to make this special baby present. The other piece is my favorite artwork to have made in a long time: a songbook of German songs for a set of one-year-old twins whose father grew up hearing these same songs. The back of the book has a pocket for a tape or CD to go into, and the front is decorated with pictures of the twins and grandparents. As a twin myself, and someone who had a fabric book from my own German grandmother, this really touches me.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Baby Gear for Emery

My best college friend, Leyla, produced a beautiful baby girl this month, so I felt the need to produce something beautiful for the two of them. I polled college friends for advice for new parents and new humans, and painted the sayings on onesies in puff paint. Here is a picture of the final result. By the way, Tim Carvell's advice is not pictured here, but it was, "Don't take advice from Danny Franklin."

Sunday, January 21, 2007

New Love Notes Pin Line Out

Spring is almost here and I've made a new crop of Love Notes pins. The theme: SPRING IS IN THE AIR. The embellishments are mostly bugs (buttons) with a few flowers thrown in for good measure. Pop one in your Valentine to your sweetie or a care package to your niece.

Each heart is about one inch wide and 1.5 inches tall. The hearts are hand-made quilts with buttons on the front and gold-tone pin backings on the back. Each comes mounted on a Love Notes card within a 2" x 3" baggie for ease of sending.

You can see more Love Notes at and you can actually buy individual pins and necklaces at The latter is new, so check it out!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Fiberworks Open House and Del Ray Artisans Show, 2006

My dear guests at the November 12, 2006 Fiberworks Open House never got their proper acclaim. So cheers to the dynamic sisterhood of Lucy and Elizabeth Webb who came to visit. And for that matter, cheers to Virginia Maxwell-Irby, Gloria Barbre, and Kathy Udell, three of my colleagues at Fiberworks.

In December I participated in the Del Ray Artisans Holiday Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Market. It was a fabulous three-day experience and I made great friends with other artists, too numerous to mention. The picture of the three folks encircled by display tables shows where I spent three happy days. And finally, Mark McGinnis and Lisa Flynn made an appearance. While there, Mark bought the Love Notes Pin that he later wore for the Love Notes Challenge picture. See that blog,