Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Retreat in the CT Woods

I was on retreat this past weekend with a group from Shoreline Quilters. Can you imagine being snow bound in the Connecticut woods with your stash and a bunch of friends? 

That is obviously a bit of an exaggeration, but we did have an evening of snow and mixed precipitation that made for treacherous walking the following morning. However, the folks at the Incarnation Center were very attentive to the situation by shoveling and putting salt down. They even cleared the snow off our cars!

Each year I take more fabric than I need and wonder why I cannot be more selective in the packing, but I just don’t seem to be able. Maybe I am so excited about the possibilities that I cannot prioritize. 
Here are a few photos of what I was working on. 
Scrappy Disappearing 9-Patch
Broderie Perse (Persian Embroidery)

Experimental Piece

Friday, October 17, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop


I was invited to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop by fabric artisan Carol  of Carol R. Eaton Designs.  
BUT here is the catch...I am blogging more frequently at the following addresses. Please go to (Mary Lachman Design) and 
Moth at the Window.
Spring Garden - inspired by my backyard (honestly!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

CheckerBlue Scrap Quilt Free Pattern

CheckerBlue is an easy to make scrap quilt. The checkerboard 9-patch blocks are all made from 2 1/2" strips. Four 9-patch blocks create one large 'checkerboard' block. The alternating large squares combine colors from the smaller 9-patch blocks and a contrast colors. A knowledge of basic block and quilt construction is assumed. If you have any questions please leave a comment for me.

Assorted dark, light and medium 2 1/2" x wide-of-fabric strips (I used predominately blue and white).
Two yards of dark contrast print fabric (C)
One yard of blue and white check fabric (D)

How to make one 9-patch block:
  1. Cut 2 1/2" strips into 2 1/2" squares.
  2. Sew dark and light squares together in groups of 3 (dark-light-dark) = A
  3. Sew light and dark squares together in groups of 3 (light-dark-light) = B
  4. Sew the group of 3 'A' to a group of 3 'B', press seams to dark
  5. Add another row of 3 'A' or 3 'B' to complete the pattern
  6. Completed block will be 6 1/2" square.
  7. Four of these 9-patch blocks are sewn together to make one large 'checkerboard' block that should measure 12 1/2" finished.

How to make larger contrast block:
  1. Cut 2 fabric strips 4 1/2" x 12 1/2" (C-1)
  2. Cut 2 squares from the same fabric, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" (C-2)
  3. Cut 1 contrast fabric square, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" (D)
  4. Sew one C-2 square onto the side of D square. 
  5. Sew the second C-2 square onto the opposite side of the D square.
  6. Sew the C-1 strips along each edge of the C-2:D:C-2 piece.
  7. The completed contrast block should measure 12 1/2".

To see my current work in progress go to

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Connecting Threads - Quilting as a part of Jewish Life

My art quilt group, Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective, traveled to the West Hartford Jewish Community Center for a meeting in August and had a chance to see some amazing artwork in the front gallery. Here are some of the photos.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Indigo Dyeing

I think I am in love again.  And this time it is with INDIGO.  

Thank you Carol R. Eaton for introducing us.  My fingers are blue, my shirt is spattered, but this is FUN.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Little Bit of Shiva Paintstik

I was at the courthouse today for jury duty but mid-way through the morning we were released. Hurrah!

Bonus day in the studio. I set to work on the piece shown above.  These are just strips of commercial cotton of various widths that I sewed side-to-side and then cut at odd angles, sashed randomly in white and set them all against a black background. 

Here it is now. Colors muted and blended. Hmmm. I like it but think it needs something more. Still not quilted. What do you think it needs? I would love to learn your thoughts.