Bed Quilts and More

Kinetic Energy, 2012, 110" x 95"

Kinetic Energy, a pattern by Fourth & Sixth Designs, is a contemporary design that even traditional quilters love. I chose warm browns and copper "Fairy Frost" fabric to coordinate with the copper insets in the headboard. The decorator pillows are my own design. I love my Bernina, but this quilt was way too large for me to try quilting on a home machine. I had my friend, Tammy MacArthur, quilt it on her longarm machine and she did a magnificent job. See the detail photo below. (I turned off the flash to show the quilting detail. Colors in the above photo are true.)

Jazz It Up Class Sample Pillow, 2006, 16" x 16"

This decorative pillow was made to use as a class sample for embellishment with beads and embroidery. It spends a lot of time sitting on the cutting and check-out counter at BJ's Quilt Basket in Bend, Oregon where I teach classes regularly. I chose fabrics that go well with the rosewood rocking chair we bought at the souk in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and the pillow does get to reside in the chair from time to time. It is great fun to take a plain block like this and go wild with beads, buttons, mirrors, ribbon, embroidery floss, and even a copper penny. The sunflower centers are cat face beads and the antique mother-of-pearl button in the lower left is from my grandmother's button box.


The accessories shown below were made as samples for embellishment and surface design classes. Techniques include foiling, hand and machine quilting, hand embroidery, and beading. All Shisha mirrors, buttons, and coins are held in place only by the beaded cabochons. No glue is used. Purse pattern is the Veronica Pocketbook by Lazy Girl Designs and the journal cover is my own design.