I don't have my beautiful sewing studio anymore. We decided to get out from under the mortgage. That means we sold the house including my awesome sewing room above the garage! Bummer! But we're going to Italy in the Fall for a month.... not a bade trade off at all. Italy always inspires new quilts.

So we got creative with space. This house is 1400 sq' compared to the 2800' we sold. There are two bedrooms. That's it! The "guest bedroom" is my new sewing room. DH converted the closet into a lighted sewing center with my thread racks on the back closet wall. Not too bad. From now on I'll make smaller art quilts :-)  But, what to do about a bed in the center of the room???? DH to the rescue again. He built a Murphy Bed from a kit and directions off the web. His next project is a large work table that will fold up and go under the lowered bed when company comes.

The picture below is of the Murphy Bed. We've already had several overnight guests who lik…

The Italian Quilt if Finished!

Three years ago at this time my husband, Dick, and I were on a wonderful trip through the Tuscan Hill Country. Dick planned the whole trip based on what he remembered from visiting Italy 45 years prior! We traveled with another couple and forged our way through beautiful countryside, incredible vino rosso de casa, daily gelato, miles of walking, and the most incredible food!

When we got home I had to make a bedspread that told the story of our journey... So, 3 years later, the quilt is on the bed.

Take a look ~

The picture above is my representation of the floors in all the ancient catherdals. I saw almost the exact floor in St. Peter's Basillica. I used the Stonehenge fabrics from Northcott to do the large center. The fabric truly looks like slabs of marble! The cream colored fabric and the blue edge is from the La Scala collection by Robert Kaufman. Those two pieces so reminded me of the frescos. The covering over the pillows is also from the La Scala collection and takes my ima…
JUST finished THIS Wall Quilt For My niece.
I just finished making a golf cart sear cover for a friend.  It was very fun to do! Now, on to the next project.
So this  is a test to see if anyone reads this blog along with,  has stitched in the ditch while enjoying a glass of wine.....
If so, did the stitching get better, worse or did you really  care as the wine got less and less? 😀

Tuscan Window

I just finished a fun art quilt .  While we were visiting Italy, I  took lots of  photos  of windows in Hill Towns. I just had to create an art quilt wall hanging. And, I   just had to include our adorable kitty, named Taz, short for the Taz mania Devil

When doing art quilts of ancient European  architecture, all I   can say is thank goodness  for Stonehenge fabric!
so here you go..... A Tuscan Window...

The Farm

I have been working on so many things. Most recently, a commissioned piece! That's right! There is a person out there who is actually paying me to quilt! Wow!
This is to be a Christmas present to a ladie's daughter. The two girls are the granddaughters. With all of the animals, trees, barn, fence and kids.... Well, this has been a project. The trees are partly confetti method. I still need to add straw in the barn, sketch in the girls' shoes and pants, bind and quilt the border.  I do see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Hope you like it... Always love your comments.

Hugs from Mary