But Does It Look Like A Pierogy?

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Just another test run for an upcoming project. I think I’ve got to go for a little more contrast between the pale ecru and the beige of the pierogy, it’s not quite right yet. The sunset fabric will work for the bacon but I’m going to have to be really fussy about placement because the big piece in the front still looks raw!

Testing and Auditions

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I don’t think the yellow will work for gerbera daisies but it makes for one hell of a black eyed Susan! The bottom fabric is reading as a dark grey but it’s actually the leading contender as a dark mottled blue. This will end up as a postcard eventually and the search for the right daisy yellow continues.

Two Fish


Turned another koi test piece into a postcard. I think I’ve found the right combination now, the high metallic blue with the larger glass beads shows up just right. I finished this edge with some Japanese Koro felting yarn but the machine flattened it more than I had intended. If I’m going to use it, it will have to be attached by hand for the effect I’m looking for.

A Little Nibble


I’m hoping that this little guy represents the beginning of a finishing binge. It may be a simple little postcard but this is the first piece of art that I’ve completed in much longer than I care to admit.

Roughly 4″x6″ he’s a thread and quilting study for a larger piece and a way to brush the dust off of my free motion skills!

Broderie Perse

I’ve been stalling on this one, I must confess. It was not a completely new technique, I’ve appliqued before, I’ve collaged before. I envisioned natural browns and reds against the orange, falling maple leafs. I hated it.

Bipartite leaves later, complementary colours switched and I love it.

Playing Koi

Sometimes even I can’t resist the pun, sorry. Before I die, I want to build a koi pond and fill it with little slips and flashes of light like this. I’ll float lotus flowers on the water and paper lanterns with candles and I’ll put my fingers in the water and let the fish nibble on them.

This is a work in progress and the fish are jumping.


“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

I quilted that text in meandering waves from the book, surrounding the figure and out the window.