Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fertile Ground and a Call for Ties

I've just finished my most recent wall-hanging, called "Fertile Ground." Pomegranates are symbols of fertility, and I thought there would be nothing better for those of us in the infertility community to embrace than this messy, tart fruit. This quilt is a mixed media creation (acrylic painting, quilting, appliqueeing) and has "miracle beads" for seeds. The miracle beads look dark red in the dark and glow brightly in the light, producing almost a white center like a pomegranate seed.
In other news, I'd like to make a quilt from old men's ties. If you have some that you'd like to get rid of, I'd love to take them off your hands. Just give me a holler at Thanks!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Something Good is Just Around the Corner

This saying comes from my mother, who always starts by saying, "As your grandmother has always said, ..." But I've honestly only heard it from my mother. In any case, it's a good, hearty, reassuring message. Third in my Inspirational Comfort series.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Kudos to Carolyn Dillon

A month ago Carolyn Dillon's daughter-in-law emailed me, asking for advice on quilting for her mother-in-law, who was new to the craft. I rounded up some resources for her, and in a miraculous amount of time Carolyn came up with this amazing quilt, which features intricate embroidery -- with glow in the dark thread! -- and tons of love and hard work. I was so amazed that I wanted the world to see it. There are two pictures: one of the quilt, which shows off the handiwork; and a sweeter one yet, which shows how well the quilt was received. Good work, Carolyn!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Inspirational Wall-Hangings

When I look back on what I've done in my life, one thing that I seem particularly drawn to is comforting people with art. I've decided to make that a more central part of Fiber of Her Being. I started with "Comfort Pillows," (a.k.a. Chemo Pillows), which feature pictures of loved ones that people in need can lean on and look at in tough times. I find making those very rewarding.

Now I've begun a new line, which is a series of wall-hangings and pillows that have inspirational sayings emblazoned on them, to help keep us going. The first one says, "It will all be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end." The second one says, "For every mountain there is a miracle." The next one... don't know yet.

This new idea was inspired by a host of wonderful women who are, like me, trying to stare down the horrible beast of infertility. I hope that my comrades-in-arms can take these pillows with them for their various scary procedures, and remember that someone loves them and that it will all be okay in the end.

Pillows will be priced at the usual $45, and wall-hangings will sell for $60, which is a huge savings over my normal $200 minimum. As always, I'd be happy to whip up a custom one with your own saying on it.