Friday, December 19, 2008

A Grand-Life in Pictures

A very special grandmother turns 70 this year, and her family has commissioned a throw quilt to mark the occasion. It features 42 pictures that themselves feature 100% adorableness.

The clients liked one of the wedding quilts that I had made, so I based the design on it. As usual, the final design depends entirely on the artifacts and photos -- sizes, the way they fit together -- but I think I got kind-of close. Above is the throw quilt and below the wedding quilt that inspired it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Comfort in Cuddly Form

There have been lots of calls for comfort, both from the free Chemo Pillow give-away and from other corners of my life. Below are pictures of a few pillows I've come up with, as well as a new idea I had: the Hug Blanket. This is not a quilt but a simple fleece throw, with colorful arms to wrap around the comfortee. It's not as good as the real thing, but it might be the closest you can come to sending a hug in the mail.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Free Chemo Pillows

The great Jim Miller, a dear friend of the family, passed away this summer from a long bout with cancer. He followed his wife, Julee, who'd succumbed to the same villain a few years earlier. Then last week, Robert Little, a friend whose family I've gotten to know and love through Fiber of Her Being, met the same fate. And we all know about Barack Obama's grandmother dying of cancer last Monday, the day before she saw her grandson make history.

It makes me sick.
I'm SICK of my loved ones getting cancer.
I'm sick of my loved ones' loved ones getting cancer.

I'm going to do three things about it. First, I'm making a donation to the American Cancer Society for their work in preventing and curing different forms of cancer. Second, I'm making a donation to the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, for treating and curing so many of my friends and family in East Texas. And third...

I'm giving away FIVE FREE CHEMO PILLOWS during the month of November. If I can't rid the world of this terrible scourge, I can damned well comfort some of the people who have to fight it.

Chemo (or Comfort) Pillows are 14" x 14" pillows that I personalize for the recipient. The pillows feature pictures of the patient's family and loved ones (that includes pets!) and motifs and colors that they like. They are emotionally comforting and physically soft, and give people something to look at and think about while they go through chemotherapy sessions. And as two people have said, they make the recipients remember what -- and whom -- they are fighting for.
I'll be making one free pillow each for the first five people who contact me through the end of November, 2008. I'll charge you $10 shipping, but the labor and materials are on me. For more details, please see the Comfort and Chemo page of my website.
Please take me up on it. I feel the need to do SOMETHING.
(Robert's Pillow)
(Jim's Pillow)

Monday, November 03, 2008

Caps to Cap-Haitien: Before and After

My friend Lucy sent me a link to a very worthwhile project today. The Caps to Cap-Haitien Project is an initiative to send homemade knit caps for newborn babies to Haiti, as a part of a larger effort to create and distribute safe birthing kits. In addition to the little stocking caps to keep the babies' heads warm, the kits contain a plastic sheet, hand sanitizer, and a sterilized string and razor blade! As someone approaching labor myself, this seems like the epitome of "the bare minimum" necessary for a safe birth.

As it happens, I had thrown away a bunch of my husband's old T-shirts last night. There were so many that I had to cram them into the bedroom trash can with my foot. This morning, when I got Lucy's email, I took them back out.

The pictures show the before and after of the project. It took about three hours total to make forty little caps, and it did my heart good. I hope Paddington is willing to give up his hat for some little Haitian baby. If worse comes to worst, I can make him another.

Check out the Mama to Mama site, which is coordinating the homemade caps effort. There you can find a very easy pattern and instructions for making your own caps. I think this is worth the trouble, since it's barely any trouble at all, and could save some little baby's life.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The New, Hot Website

Fiber of Her Being has updated its website! now features a lot more photos and a lot less jabber.

Based on a photo database, the new site lets you see slide shows of lots of my previous work, and lets me update it as I make new things. The result is a very user-friendly site with lots and lots of pictures, all organized in a way that makes sense.

The site also features some useful information pages (see the tabs on the left). There you can see a consolidated price list, two pages of touching testimonials, a description of the custom art making process, and more.

I am really excited about the new format and the potential to show a whole lot more artwork. Have a look and let me know what you think!



Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Quilts

I have two new quilts to show you. The first is a baby quilt -- the first one I've ever made for our own baby (for one of the twins coming in February or March). I poured a lot of love into that one.

The second quilt is a T-shirt quilt made from a friend's collection. Because she grew up all over the world, she said, she never had a hometown: her T-shirt collection became her "home." She was unable to part with any of her shirts! So here they all are in quilted wall-hanging form. The two themes are sports and world travel -- you can see this both in the quilt design and in the logos on the shirts. The baseball and globe circles are fitted into an infinity sign to represent her spiritual beliefs and (according to me) how she can do anything and everything she puts her mind to.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Inspirational T-shirt Quilt

The owner of this t-shirt collection lost 111 pounds and went on a running jag. She has t-shirts from marathons, half-marathons, and everything else that will give you a t-shirt for ambulating with others. This quilt was put together to inspire her to get back on the pavement after a hiatus.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Long-awaited Wedding Quilt

A year and a half ago, a mother commissioned a wedding quilt for her daughter. And then the wedding photographer ran off with their money and their pictures. This summer they finally got the picture they were waiting for, and (after a morning sickness leave of absence) I finally got to make their quilt!

It's been a while since I made anything shiny, and I do love shiny!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Super Reader!

One very lucky first-grade classroom in Maryland will soon feature this Super Reader cape. Every day the student who has done the best in reading will get to wear this prized cape. Yea, literacy! (I want to be in first grade again).

Friday, September 05, 2008

Back in Business

I'm happy to report that my infertility struggles seem to be over, and I am a growing mama-to-be of twins. To see pictures of that creative feat, see

Now I'm back to my original creative pursuit, throwing my (increased) weight into the fiber arts again. I wanted to share a picture of a quilt I made recently for a friend who is working in Malawi. Her mom passed away recently, but not before she got to spend a month with her daughter in the wilds of Africa. After her death, I made this cuddly throw-quilt for the daughter, using the mom's clothes that she wore or bought on her trip. We also included a few photos of her wearing those clothes, making the memories that fill her daughter's heart and make the quilt a special heirloom.

Here is what the daughter wrote me when she received the quilt:

"I want to thank you ever so sincerely from the bottom of my heart thru the tips of my toes… The quilt is amazing! Beautiful! Creative! I am soooooooo happy to have it! I cried for about an hour after opening it. I kept touching each piece, remembering where we were when she wore it, wishing I would see her again… I loved the windy picture making her look like an angel watching over my heart… Then a day later, I noticed the central compartment in the heart… I love that picture. I cried again, of course. I am crying now as I am snuggled under it. I loved how you made the backing – super soft for cuddling and with a slot for hanging easily. I really cannot thank you enough. I only hope that someday I can show my gratitude!"

This is why I do it.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Springing into Summer

I'm pleased to report that I'm back into the thick of things in my studio, turning out quilted creations left and right. Here are a few photos.

The family tree (and detail) were made for a grandma and grandpa moving into a new assisted living facility with limited wall space. Rather than bringing all their family photos with them to clutter up the walls, their children are giving them this wall-hanging with everybody included in one piece of art.

The elephant on the pillow is the Hindu god Ganesh, made for little Tara Grace, a new baby with Indian roots herself.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Springing through Spring

While I'm still on medical leave, I wanted to share a few little projects I've been able to eek out. The smocks are for twin toddlers: Iris (thus the iris decoration) and Hewitt (afficionado of all things vacuum). The pillow was for a young lady named Jessie for her opening night in the school play of "Annie" (those of you in the know will recognize the font and design from "Annie" paraphernalia).

In other news, my website and email have been ailing for a few weeks but are now all sorted out and back online. Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Me, the Monarch

I just found a picture of me in my kindergarten play -- as a monarch butterfly! I like the costume I made better (see previous post). Still, I'm pretty impressed with the teachers' ability to make so many paper butterflies and bunnies without having the kids rip them up.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

What I've Been Up To

A lot of my creative energies are going toward making a baby. See those exploits at my other blog,

But I did have a few projects to finish up before I declared the leave of absence. I wanted to share some of those pictures with you. More are on the way as I slowly get my work done, between "convalescent" naps.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Leave of Absence

Hi, my friends,

Fiber of Her Being is taking a leave of absence, to be a lawyer and earn some money, to pay for the medical frivolities of infertility. I should be back in May or June, 2008, and will be taking new orders then.

If you have an order with me now, don't worry: I'm on top of it.

I can still be found on my email at

Thanks for your patience, and happy springtime!


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Christmas Denouement

Happy New Year to all! December was busy and fruitful, and now that I've caught my breath, I wanted to show you some of the work I was able to put together. I hope I helped make Christmas that much merrier for a few families.

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