Sawtooth Mountains

Karen Nickelson made this wall-hanging after visiting the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho this Summer.  She worked from a couple of photos.Sawtooth_MountainsI love the reflection in the lake and the clouds in the mountains.
Mountains_CloudsTake note of the dead snags in the foreground of this photo.
Sawtooth_Mountains_QuiltKaren opened almost every piece of snow dyed fabric I had.  We hung different candidates on the outside of my booth wall (had a corner).  We looked at the different pieces for three days.  This one was the winner.  Karen used Blue painters tape and Payne’s Gray Paintstik to create the silhouette of the trees and added a little thread work to give the trees texture.  I love the fact that she didn’t try to do an exact replica of the photo, but gave you the look and feel of the mountains, lake reflection, clouds and trees.

Percy the Pelican

Every quilt has a story and Percy is no exception.  Percival, Percy to friends and fans is the creation of Susan Zerbe.  Susan had an idea for a pelican quilt, but was having difficulties finding the right fabric for the pelicans under feathers.  She asked If I would be interested in creation a custom hand marbled color for her pelican.  About that same time I was invited to bring my Trunk Show to the Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild.  Susan was gracious enough to open her home to me.  And, oh, by the way she collects pelicans.  I walked in to the most beautiful display of Pelicans, but I walked out knowing exactly just the color she needed.  Percy the Pelican is a true labor of love.Percy the Pelican     Close Up Percy the Pelican

Tuscan Garden

Tuscan Garden is an original creation by Gladys Schulz.  Last year I remember talking with Gladys and Jan about Snow Dying and Ice Dying.  They were intrigued, fascinated, amazed, so much so that they tried it.  And they fell in love.  Something about a couple bolts of fabric.  Does that qualify as an addiction?

Gladys said that this Ice Dyed Piece reminded her of gardens that she had seen while in Tuscany.  She appliqued some large flowers in the foreground and added a bright border.  I can almost imagine walking into her Tuscan Garden.Tuscan_Garden

Emily Meyer; a Self-Portrait

I saw Emily in August, she had photos of her portrait on her phone and it looked amazing.  She had used some of my snow dyed fabric and hand dyed pieces.  I saw her again in October, her portrait had been quilted and she was looking for fabric for borders and binding.  I can’t wait to see the final piece.

Emily created this incredible self-portrait during a class taught by Esterita Austin.   Take a look at Esterita’s web site, pretty amazing works by her and her students.

I feel like a proud parent!

I love making fabrics, doesn’t matter if it is Snow Dyed, Hand Marbled or Hand Dyed, it makes me HAPPY!  I just returned from the APWQ Quilt Show in Tacoma, WA and was thrilled to see several amazing quilts that included my Hand Made Fabrics.  Gives me the warm fuzzies just thinking about it.  I only was able to take photos of two (happy to say I was just to busy to be away from my booth for longer).

Mom’s Missing Marbled  Colleen Wise and Arlene Wise.  I stole my mom’s unfinished blue/white quilt top and sdded the applique marbles.  It’s a privilege to collaborate with you, Mom!  I love you!  36″ x 36″

Dawn – Colleen  Wise  Night fades to cool grays and the planets vanish as dawn breaks in the Pacific Northwest.  68″ x 54″  

Creations by Susan Palmer

I just received these photos of some wonderful creations by Susan Palmer.  Both quilts use my hand marbled fabrics.  Enjoy!

I love this quilt.  A sunny day, a wonderful ride in the woods on a classy motorcycle.  Life doesn’t get much better than this.

Here Kitty, Kitty.

The foreground and parts of the cat are my hand marbled fabric.  I really hope I get to see these in person the fabrics are great and the quilting looks amazing.

I asked Susan if she had any comments she wanted to share and she said “I was afraid to waste your beautiful marbled fabrics and waited a long time for the perfect quilt.  I finally realized any quilt I use them in makes it the perfect quilt.”

Thank you Susan for sharing.



Love Your Mother by Cornelia Gauger

“Love Your Mother” is a wonderful creation by Cornelia Gauger.  It is 12″ x 12″ quilt and shows the Mother Goddess “hanging out” with Mother Earth and watching over all of us.  I love the fact that “Love Your Mother” is simple but says a lot.  The fabric choices make it dynamic.  The background is hand dyed fabric, the earth is Hand Marbled Fabric and the Goddess is Fairy Frost and adds just a little sparkle.