My fabric supply is neverending. I opened one of the boxes yesterday looking for a particular piece of fabric and I found this selection that I had put aside last year, and forgotten about. I think I had originally intented to use them for beads because the pieces are rather small but my new fragments tecnique is perfect for using them for an art piece. I laid them out from light to dark in the order that I would like to stitch them. Seagrasses are flowering plants (angiosperms) which grow in marine environments. There are 60 species of fully marine seagrasses which belong to four families (Posidoniaceae, Zosteraceae, Hydrocharitaceae and Cymodoceaceae), all in the order Alismatales (in the

Autumn Leaves

A while back I sorted through my autumn box of fabrics and this was the color mix that I chose. "The word autumn /ˈɔːtəm/ is derived from Latin autumnus, archaic auctumnus, possibly from the ancient Etruscan root autu- and has within it connotations of the passing of the year.[14] Alternative etymologies include Proto-Indo-European *h₃ewǵ- (“cold”) or *h₂sows- (“dry”).[15] After the Roman era, the word continued to be used as the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French) or autumpne in Middle English,[16] and was later normalised to the original Latin. In the Medieval period, there are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but by the 16th century, it was in common

Deeper Shades of Grey

There's something about greys that draw me to create with them. They contain all the colors, like life. Blue grey, green grey, pink grey even brown grey. "The question is better stated as how many different shades of gray (i.e., varying intensities or “brightnesses” along the neutral axis) can be distinguished by typical human vision. The answer to that can’t be given precisely, as it depends on a number of factors including the sensitivity of the individual in question, but it’s going to be somewhere in the range of a few hundred to somewhat over a thousand at best. This assumes, however, that the different intensities are not just linearly spaced, which isn’t the optimum way to encode gray

A Floral Garden

I worked with my new fragments quilting technique today. The first thing I do when planning a new project is to choose a color family from my scrap boxes. Today I chose a spring palette. I lay the strips of fabric down on the table and then choose the embellishments. My normal mode of operation is to work without embellishments and just create a quilted abstract piece. I wanted to do something different today. I also chose complementrary threads. I started working and created an abstract piece which was pleasing to the eye and also added a few embellishments using some torn lace pieces. I almost left it like this. I like it a lot but I am forcing myself to do something a little different tod

That Sheet

I found a purple/plum sheet in my stash and managed to make a number of items from it. The first was a tunic that I drafted using a comfortable t shirt as the base pattern. The second was a pair of high waisted pants with 4 pockets. You can see how that was done here A zippered pouch. I never have enough of those. I use them to store jewelry and instead of gift wrapping. I was left with a number of strips and rectangles ranging in size from 3 cm width to 9 cm. Perfect pieces for crumb quilting. And last but not least, small strips for making fabric beads. I don't think I threw anything away this time.


Everytime I work on projects I have strips and pieces left over. They are so beautiful so of course I can't throw them out. I have created a number of tutorials with ideas for using them. Creating mosaic quilted fabric pieces, making crumb quilts and fabric beads. I spent today sorting the remnant pile into shapes and began to see something. This time I came up with something different. I had an idea for another art quilt technique using all of the pointed strips and triangles. I coordinated complementray tones of remnants together and set down to work. This is what I came up with, and another tutorial is born. "And what would you wish when all is said and done? To see the garden grown from


Sorted through the rainbow pile and this what I came up with. I spent today stitching it together. My rainbow "He reached the plains and saw the rainbows. So, there is more than dark after all..." G Bella


I found a remnant pile of grey, lilac and cream fabric pieces.. This initial piece was intended to be an experiment to see how the colors worked together. I chose a simple, random strip pattern. Very soothing, so I topstitched them to give the piece some depth.. With the shorter remnants one of my students made a zippered pouch. She boxed the bottom so that it would stand up. Then I decided to make an art piece of the strips that were left. Deep within the winter forest among the snowdrift wide You can find a magic place where all the fairies hide - Author unknown

Shirt Jacket

I have been working on a number of tutorials recently. Some more art quilt tutorials as well as some upcycled clothing ones. I will be writing 3 tutorials based on upcycling men's button down shirts and the first one will be a shirt jacket. Why a shirt jacket? It is a lightweight layering piece which can be worn all year round. It can be worn as a shirt as is, or over a tank top in summer, over a t shirt or even over another button down shirt in spring and autumn and as an additional color layer in winter. It can also serve as a more casual jacket for a business meeting or semi formal wear. Why use a man's button down shirt? All of the elements are already there, the buttons, cuffs and co

Twilight fell

Those beautiful purple and fuschia tie dyed remnants. I had just enough for a mini quilt. Top stitched with a purple fuschia thread “Twilight fell: The sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.” J.K. Rowling,Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

What are you going to do with all that dark?

Yesterday I went through the scrap bag of what I call my night bag. It is a selection of navy blues, dark jeans, greys and purples. Patterned and plain. I poured the bag onto the table and pulled out the colors that spoke to me and this is what I came up with. It was too flat and boring so I looked some more and ended up with this I stitched all the strips together and then chose a blue grey for the top stitching "What are you going to do with all that dark?" " Find a way to glow in it" Amanda Torroni

Shades of grey

Worked in shades of greys yesterday. I found 3 different depths of grey and worked while it rained all night. "Grey (British English) or gray (American English; see spelling differences) is an intermediate color between black and white. It is a neutral color or a chromatic color, meaning literally that it is a color "without color," because it can be composed of black and white.[2] It is the color of a cloud-covered sky" Stitched them together and then topstitched. Shades of grey "If you made the best of it, if you smiled through every storm, the bad things were never as terrible as you expected them to be, and the good things were better than anything yo

Another simple no sew t shirt mask

I made a t shirt scarf from a sleeve yesterday and while cutting it I looked at the sleeve and realised that it would be very simple to construct into a mask. So here is a short tutorial. Lay the shirt flat down on the table. Cut the sleeve off under the seam. Cut the hem off the sleeve, don't throw it away you can use it as one of the ties instead of elastic. This is what the cut sleeve looks like. Cut off the hem at the bottom of the shirt above the stitching line, You now have one tube. Cut it into 2 pieces. Your 2 sleeves and 2 longer hem cords. If you prefer to have 2 long cords to tie behind your head, take both the cords and string them through the sides of one of the sleeve like this

How I made pants from a sheet

I like high waisted, wide leg pants with lots of pockets and can never find them. I have two pairs that I wear that I have had for 20 years. I have searched high and low at second hand stores and charity stores, no luck. I finally decided to draft a pair and in line with my decision not to buy any fabric have gone shopping in my stash. I have found a number of sheets and zippers and of course buttons for the closures and I am going to work on the first one today. They will have one flat pleat in front on both sides. Its going to have 4 pockets, 2 welt pockets and 2 external ones. The first thing I need to do is make a pattern. I used a pair of pants that had holes in and were worn away to dr


Today is Passover and we are in complete lockdown. The streets are empty, there are police roadblocks at a huge number of main intersections. These are difficult and troubled times. Everybody is staying at home with their core family. I am marking this time by creating . Today is the ebb and flow of water which mirrors the highs and lows of our times. I have chosen to depict this in tranquil colors to show that we will flow through this and see better times on the other side. “We knew that it would soon be over, and so we put it all into a poem, to tell the universe who we were, and why we were here, and what we said and did and thought and dreamed and yearned for. We wrapped our dreams into


A while back I made a conscious decision not to buy ANY more fabric, buttons or thread at all. That means not even clothing to upcycle. I have sheets and mens shirts for all the quilts I want to make. Batting is flannel sheets which I have loads of. It will take me a lifetime to finish what I have. I have begun to make a series of wave quilts, trying to get one done every day or two. Randomly picking out packets from my strip stash and working on those. Yesterday I pulled out some desert colors, tan, russet, pale brown, pale grey and they all work well giving many different shades of sand. After sewing them together I had to chooose the color thread I wanted to use for the top stitching and

No Sew Mask

And here is one for those of you that don't know how to sew at all. What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks? What you need is a t shirt, a pair of scissors a ruler a tape measure and a marking pen. lay your t shirt flat on the table and cut under the armpits from side to side. Fold this tube in half so that you have a smooth folded side on the left side.You have 2 folded layers. The body of the shirt should be enough for at least 2 or 3 masks. From the top left corner mark in 14.5cm. From the top left corner mark down 12.5 cm. Mark half of the 12.5 cm which is at the 6.25 mark. From this point draw a stra

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