Nellie"s Needles

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Group Quilt Contest

Once again I've entered one of the weekly contests sponsored by the Quilting Gallery. The theme for this one features group quilts. My submission is this quilt made up of blocks featuring "flowers in a container" created by Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild members of Thursday Bee back in 2005.

 Psycho Deco Fleurs - 32"x 41"

The sashing and border fabrics give an art deco influence to the piece. "Silk" flowers are attached by their embroidered centers to border patterns, while old buttons from my collection secure the origami folded flowers to the center block.

The piece is heavily machine quilted with designs unique to the pattern of the block and its background fabric.

I'm distressed to say this quilt was stolen from the Cliff Dwellers gallery in Gatlinberg, Tennessee.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


This photo was taken last evening as we watched the sun set over Lake Michigan...

All day long I had thoughts and memories of this date eleven years ago. Living on the shoreline we have a wide open view of the sky. The vapor trails in the wakes of planes flying across that wide expanse are very much a part of what we see. Their absence was conspicuous when all air traffic was halted. I created this lake piece full of contrails in response to their absence during that time eleven years ago.

Contrails - 16"x 8.5"

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blue Lake

Blue Lake #84 - 21"x 17"

It's been a while since I've added to my lake series. The last being the three gray and orange mini-series made especially for my Michigan gallery's 23rd anniversary show. This one was commissioned through Good Goods. It was completed the night before my recent surgery. I needed to make this one not only for the customer, but for my psyche. It's blue for her with the a touch of uncertain weather on the horizon reflecting my situation at that time.

Saturday, September 08, 2012


Healing isn't easy, but I'm getting there. There are clouds in my journey to being healed, but I do see the light of future wellness. It's been 3 1/2 weeks since surgery and I'm looking forward to getting to the point of not regretting doing "too much" on the days that I feel pretty good.

I appreciate all the good thoughts and supportive comments from my cyber world friends. Thank you.