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Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Raf Simons AKA Calvin Klein Is Channeling ME!

I’m in an interesting place in my work, having had a singularly productive 2017, looking, wondering, encouraging my creative muse into new uncharted directions. Lots of ideas percolating wanting to see physical expression and then I am attracted to an ad for Calvin Klein on the NYTimes and I am astonished to see the latest CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC FALL 2018 RUNWAY SHOW with so many of my ideas I’m actually floored. If the whole runway show is too much, you can see the looks individually here.

My developing thoughts:

Rethinking those ugly hazard vest that street workers have to wear:

Old Quilts as clothing:

Off-center Patchwork:

Patchwork made into clothing:

The whole experience reminds me of a time in 1997 when I saw the movie “How To Make and American Quilt”. After that one I went on to write my own book about the subject. It will be interesting to see where my reaction to Calvin Klein takes me. More to come……

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Upcycle Extreme

3 Zip Bag Order

ZipBackFront and Back

Ipad Slip

One of the biggest problems when deconstructing jeans for SilkDenim projects is what to do with all of the unused zippers? It would be a crime to throw them into the land fill but often it requires more time and energy that it’s worth to make something reusable from them.

Thus the assignment was to combine multiple zippers with left over denim and tee-shirt remnants into an attractive, useful, and innovative bag.

This turned into a very technically sophisticated construction. Each zipper is a closed compartment, one building on the next from the bottom up. Next an interesting raw edge on a back piece of denim that gets a pocket and a waist button and finally a cotton tee-lining. The strap is deconstructed and reconstructed waistbands and then the whole piece challenges the machine (and its operator) with it’s many layers until with great organization, patience and resolve, everything comes into one amazingly brilliant SilkDenim iPad-Plus Carrying Bag.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Directions For The Upcycled Denim Cube

Step One: Gather about 20 pairs of baby jeans.
Lots of Baby Jeans

Step Two: Deconstruct the jeans into 6″ strips.
Six Inch Strips

Step Three: Build 6 blocks starting with a 6″ center and building out to 5 rows across and 5 rows down:
Build The Block

Second Side

One Side

Step Four: For the last row of the 6th side, incorporate the snaps of the inner leg seam from one of the jeans.
Baby Snaps opening

Snaps Sewn In

Step Five: Construct the cube, right sides together.
Making the Cube

Step Six: Open snaps and turn right sides out. Stuff with stuffed animals and pillow inserts.
Baby Jeans Transformed

Step Seven: Relax!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Bursting At The Seams

It’s hard to believe at my age I’m going through a growth spurt, but that’s what feels like, for sure. To name a few of the meaningful projects that abound:
A gift for a mother from her daughter of her mother’s unfinished quilt blocks:
Grandma for Mom

A Memory quilt for a mother and a daughter:

Schmattas for a massage therapist:

A Sleepover bed for a granddaughter:
Baby Molly

10 pillows to remember a colorful grandmother:

A bean bag chair:
Baby Jeans Transformed

A jeans scrap quilt:
Flying Geese Scraps

A graduation present:
Tee-shirt Quilt

The newest piece in my art quilt series:
Mantles cont

It’s time for a break. I think I’ll head for Europe:
Ready for Vacation

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Quilter Extraordinaire

Two Sided Daughter

Two Sided Mom

Two Sided Dad


She said she had a lot of t-shirts. I told her I’m okay with that.

I’m used to lots of shirts. I have a well honed system for taking a huge pile of shirts and extracting the logos to condense them into a magnificent, functional, memorable quilt.

Still, she had more shirts than I have ever had presented to me on any previous occasion. I would venture to say representing a huge investment of time and money.

The result, a totally unique solution, one double-sided queen-size quilt for each of the four members of the family.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Pussies United

stars of America




First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemoller (1892-1984)

My apologies for not writing more often these days, but like most of us, I’m a mess- waiting, watching, writing, signing, marching. I was excited to learn about this quilting exhibit: Threads of Resistance- an opportunity to take out my frustrations with a needle and thread. I used a quilt I made in 1991 as part of The Great American Quilt Festival sponsored by the Museum of American Folk Art: Stars of America. Instead of 50 stars, I used 50 pussy hats with embroidery. It was great fun and very satisfying.

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Special Remnants Flying Geese Quilt


MyFLying Geese

Yoga pants
lime green capris
Extra LogCabin block from Quilting Path Project
MaryAnn’s Batiks
Art Book Project with Adrienne
Ann’s ethnic embroideries
Terrible Towel
Tina’s Dedication Panel
Steve’s sweater
JAF Challah Cover
J Jill Hemp Clothing
Nana’s Afghan
Cool Pajama Shirt
Favorite Batiks
Hailey’s Pants
Top remake remnants from CP Shades clothing
Alexander Henry Peacock fabric
Tye-Dye Tee
Lots of Black Clothing
Dress from Annie’s Graduation
Remnants from Amy’s Chuppah
Panache Ikat Dress
Presby Senior Care Quilt Remnants
Leslie and Michelle fabric
Spoonflower shehecheyanu fabric
Heath’s pinstripe shirt
Kate’s Curtain
Alex’s Bedspread

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Pillows for Me





Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Memory Quilt II



The need to cover a kitchen cart creates a desire to gather more meaningful remnants, listed in no particular order:
Kaffe Fassett quilt fabrics
border fabric from Quilting Path Tree Quilt
Alexander Henry fabric for Eli’s Quilt
leftovers from Maya’s and Hailey’s first quilt
MaryAnn’s batik skirt
Ben’s gatkes
Sarah’s ikat
SilkThread batiks
Classic 80s Hoffman border batik
Sunflower produced Shekianu fabric
Leonard’s hand-stitched corduroy shirt
Freda’s Bark Cloth
City Quilt Shop Double Wedding Ring Peter Pan fabric

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Welcome To Quilter’s Triangle: A Place To Live, Learn and Do Fiber


Quilt making is easy to learn. There was a time in our history when every family had several quilt makers. Quilts rested on every bed, table and chair. Some were for every day use; others memorialized special occasions and relationships. Women passed their skills onto their children, and experienced quilt makers were considered valuable assets to everyday community life. Those who didn’t create the quilts with their own hands still were knowledgeable about quilting materials and the process. Although industrialization has lured us away from this home-centered activity, it does not eliminate our capacity to learn the craft. Louise Silk, The Quilting Path

I’ve been having a conversation with myself about how best to pass on a life-time of quilt-making skills. Standing at the cutting table the other day, the aha moment came: create an open-studio and invite everyone interested to participate. Back in the 70’s, I honed my quilting knowledge in a young mothers’ weekly quilt meeting we named Quilter’s Triangle. Why not model a new opportunity after the source of my earliest growth and development?

Do you want to quilt?
Are you interested in learning about quilt-making first-hand from a master?
Beginning January 9, 2017 for most Monday nights from 6:00-9:00PM,
I am pleased to invite you to an open studio at my loft.

I am excited to extend this invitation. Come as often as you like. Come alone or bring a friend. Commit to an individual project (or two or three) of your choice and stitch away. Let’s come together to inspire, explore, learn, exchange and have fun!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

A Quilt To Get Excited About

Putting it together



All quilts are special but this one gets special marks- a memory quilt for me of the littlest pieces of left-overs I simply found to meaningful to throw away.
Among its many remnants in no particular order:
Maryann’s batiks
Hailey’s pants
Eli and Annie’s quilt
Steve’s sweater
Nana’s afghan
A terrible towel
Jim’s grandma’s quilt
Tina’s dedication
pajama pants from EB Pepper
Black Radish’s curtain
favorite lime green capris described in Tent Of Protection
my dress from Annie’s graduation
Wendy’s curtains
log cabin block from the Quilting Path
challah cover from JAF
favorite turtlenecks
art project with Adrienne
Ben’s quilt
remake shirt pieces
Leslie and Michele fabric
Ben’s thermal shirt
Ann’s ethnic fabric
Alex’s bedspread from Tina
favorite old navy sweat pants
fancy shirt from Banana Republic
embroidered shirt from Sea Dog
Chinese pajamas
Panache ikat
quilt piece from PSC
shehekianu fabric made from spoonflower
material from Amy and Evan’s chuppah
backed in especially beautiful quilter’s batiks from Betty’s collection and SilkThread
being sent to Nettie Yoder for hand quilting

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

7 Quilts; 7 Pillows; 4 Pillow Shams

HAW for grandchild

HAW for Daughter

HAW For Daughter

HAW for Grandchild

HAW for grandchild

HAW for Wife

HAW for grandchild

Two of Seven Pillows

A Set For Each

Pillow Shams

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