Sunday, April 13, 2014

Marathon Quilting Satisfies the Soul, creates chaos

     Over the river and through the woods, back and forth to NYC, birthdays to note... Crafting both calms and excites. Click on the photos to enlarge.

     At a journal quilt meeting I noticed delicate earrings on petite Elana. I was stunned they were made from Shrink Art which I played with 40 years ago and never imagined such artful renderings. I drove way out into the suburbs for our play date and was immediately stunned on walking inside to see the large quilt she had made for her late dog Marty's comfort. I took photos of her clever Shrink Art procedure, but for brevity here, I recommend the book Shrink Art Jewelry by Klutz. I ordered a copy for the grands. It tells all the steps and includes everything! See Elana's hands quilt in the recent Quilting Arts magazine!

      Next, I had an hour to make a surprise birthday card for Patsy when several of us gathered to see Ann's grandchild in a show. I sewed embellishments in the car on the way to NYC, listening to a CD of The Zookeeper's Wife. I took the quilt-like bracelets I recently made to give to friends who gathered.


        Hannah was born at the time of the Boston Marathon. Both are celebrated this weekend .  I whipped up a solar system throw from a panel from the City Quilter. A bookee, the birthday girl has been zipping through the Rick Riordan modern Heroes of Olympus books, some names found in the constellations.  Her accompanying soft birthday card this year is a 3D book, seen below the throw.

     And finally, just in time for an 80th birthday dinner last night, I worked on one of the hulk panels with imagery (logos) appropriate for Roy's company and his wife (tattoo on the arm). This birthday card completed,  I think I can take a break now to catch up and clear the massive clutter I produced!

Note: I used more fabric paint than usual for solutions...and experimented with rhinestones. If you have questions, post below to Comments to say "Hi" and I will try to answer. In most cases, you are viewing fronts and backs of cards and the throw.


  1. Wow! As usual! For this mythology lover (yes, I've read the Riordan books) Hannah's quilt and card take the cake. Love 'em. I wish I could just have the leftovers from all your busyness. Keep crafting and keep us up to date!

  2. Your excursions and crafting activities leave me breathless!

  3. I am still marveling at the bracelets you made. Spectacular. Hannah's birthday card/book looks so soft and colorful. Both Wade and I loved Greek myths as we grew up. Cody loved them, and I noticed that Sharif was reading them to his kids. Glad kids of this era still enjoy.

  4. I am practically dizzy from reading all you've accomplished recently. Nice to have all of the myriad of projects summarized in one post! That Shrink Art jewelry is lovely! I've got to look into that! The quilts turned out beautifully. You are amazing.

    1. Double check the link to Shrink Art Jewelry by Klutz. The link did not work correctly at first. I like the book with the young lady half face and the jewelry findings all included.

  5. Wow --- amazing use of time and art. I may go take a nap to celebrate YOUR victories over wasted time. 'Love what you have done!

  6. I loved the dog quilt-just loved it-Thanks, RA