20 Dogs and an Owl

In keeping with the animal theme, March has come into Southern California like a lion!  The winds have been throwing my rose trellises around, daily, and giving me a good excuse to stay indoors and finish some projects.  To the left is my dog, Charlie.

I have finished my owl quilt that I started in Marguerette’s workshop (see previous post).

I still have to add beaded fringe along the bottom and beaded highlights on the owl and background, but the basic quilt is finished.  Whew!  Now I am ready to have fun with the embellishments.

Now, about the “20 Dog Project”.  It probably should be named “Charlie’s Quilt” because it all started with a small black dog I named Charlie because his mustache reminded me of  Charlie Chaplin, who was sometimes referred to as the “Little Tramp”.   My Charlie started out as a ‘little tramp’, as well.  We found him sleeping in my daughter’s yard, where he had been for three days.   Because I was going on my trip to Minnesota,  I placed Charlie with an organization called “Halfway to Home Dog Rescue”, with the understanding that I might want to adopt him when I returned.    I called to pick him up when I returned, and was told that Charlie had been sick with Parvo, but they had caught it in time, and the vet was able to miraculously pull him through.    Charlie has been with me since September, and after finding quilt patterns, fabric, batting, and spools of thread in my back yard, I was not surprised to find out that Charlie was just a pup, at eight months old.   Charlie is eager to please, and a great little guy to have around!   I feel lucky to have him.

The place that helped Charlie, Halfway to Home, established and run by Suzanne Poth, is a wonderful dog rescue organization.   The dogs they rescue are well loved and well cared for.    Last fall they were in jeopardy of being closed by local authorities for some, what seemed like rather arbitrary, conditions not being met, like not having closed, heated cement runs for all of their dogs.    There was a public outcry, so they were given several years to bring the facility into compliance.   I wanted to do something to help them raise the $35,000 they need for upgrades, and realized that, as a quilter, I could make a quilt and hold an opportunity drawing for it.   So that is what I am doing.

This is Charlie’s Quilt.

If any of you would like to make a donation to win this quilt, please contact me at kryn44@hotmail.com.

The dog appliques were fused and then hand embroidered and appliqued by me, and machine quilted by my friend, Bea Wheeler.  The patterns came from books by Darcy Ashton, Big Beautiful Dogs, and Darling Little Dogs.

This is before the binding was on:

If you would like to find out more about Halfway to Home, below are several links:

This is their home page:  http://www.halfwaytohome.net/featuredpet.html

This is a You Tube video:

This is their Facebook page:


The drawing for the quilt will be held /at the Antelope Valley Quilt Association spring quilt show,  Lancaster, California,  Sunday, May 20th, 2012.   You do not need to be present to win.

Your support would be so much Appreciated!



Applique Marguerette’s Way

In all the hoopla of my trip to Road to California, I forgot that the weekend before I went to Road, I took a workshop from Marguerette Tate of Redlands, California.    Marguerette describes her quilts as being “…just a little outside the box”, and as a former schoolteacher of 35 years, she describes her mission as being to ‘inspire quilters to become more confident designers and quilt makers’.   In her presentation to my local guild, she showed us some wonderfully embellished quilts.  She teaches several different workshops.  The one she taught us was on animal quilts, but we have asked her to come back to teach a workshop on her flower quilts, in April.

Marguerette’s technique involves creating the background for the quilt separately from the animal that goes on top of the background.  This adds to the dimensionality of the quilt.

Marguerette had patterns and kits available for us, as well as beads and embellishments, and I chose to make the large owl, below, which is still ‘in process’.







Here is the muslin beginning of her rooster pattern:







Here are several more of her animal quilts:


















And here is a pic of one of her flower quilts that she will be teaching us in April.

I cannot wait for her next class!   Now to finish my owl….!

You can reach Marguerette at:  (909) 794-9357, or mandmcreations@dslextreme.com .

Cherrywood Fabrics from Minnesota Travels the Road to California

Cherrywood Fabrics

If you have never experienced Cherrywood Fabrics, you are in for a Treat!  The company is located in Brainerd, Minnesota and makes hand-dyed fabrics that have the look of suede, with a beautiful tone-on-tone texture that is created from their special dying process.

I first met Linda, from Cherrywood, at Road to California about five years ago, and during our conversation as fellow Minnesotans, we realized that she and her husband used to eat at my brother’s restaurant on Mille Lacs Lake.   What a small world it is!  I renewed my friendship with Linda this year at Road, and we have agreed that we have to ‘do lunch’ the next time I am in the state.

But back to fabric.  The colors of Cherrywood are gorgeous.  I have fallen in love with a yellow in their booth that I just have to have!  It is part of a kit they sell, so that kit is now on my ‘to buy list’!  Here is a pic that shows the yellow and blue quilt with that fabric, center back.

 In the foreground you can see some of their fabric packs, and how their fabric looks when used in clothing.
Below is another pic of some of their patterns made with their fabric.  I love the tree pattern, and since it was sold out at Road, plan to order it, soon.
Running Cherrywood are Karla Overland, Linda Arganbright, and Dorothy Cronin.  Here is a pic of Linda at Road in the Cherrywood booth.
Here is another pic of their patterns and fabric (I couldn’t resist buying the green kit!)
This is a link to the Cherrywood website, where you can treat yourself to more views of this absolutely wonderful fabric:   http://www.cherrywoodfabrics.com/news.asp

Sue Spargo’s Class, Road to California


This is the pattern, Red Clover, by Sue Spargo, and it is the class I took at Road to California.   It was a wonderful class, and the first class I have ever taken at a quilt show.  Now I want to take more!

Sue spent her early years in Zambia, South Africa, moved to England, and then to the United States.  Her designs reflect the different environments and cultures she has experienced, from the energy and color of traditional African designs and the green rolling hills of Southern England, to the diversity of landscapes in America.   Her work is folk art, and she designs quilted items using textural fabrics and embellishments, all of which are available on her website, http://www.suespargo.com


This is the block I worked on in Sue’s class.  I am still embellishing it.

Here is a close-up view.

And here is the class in action. Sue is a lovely lady, Wonderful teacher, and very supportive and patient with her students.

The quilt Sue (left) is holding is the next quilt of hers’ I want to make.  I love Christmas, and this is a beautiful wool Christmas quilt.  I already have the pattern!

These are pics of samples Sue uses to demonstrate the different kinds of embellishing we can do on our work.

Bird’s eye view:

Here is a more ‘traditional’ quilt of Sue’s:

Lovely class, Lovely lady, Lovely Hug at the End!



Road’s Hoffman Challenge Exhibit

This is part of the traveling 2011 Hoffman Challenge exhibit at Road to California this year.

The Hoffman Challenge began in 1988 and is a traveling quilt, clothing and doll collection exhibit.   This past year, 12 different collections traveled coast-to-coast within the USA and to several Canadian locations.     With the year 2012, Hoffman is celebrating its 24th anniversary.    Each year a main fabric is chosen for the challenge out of one of Hoffman’s fabric collections, and the top entries from quilters throughout the world are grouped into the traveling collections.

This was the fabric for the 2011 collection.

This is the fabric for the 2012 Challenge.

Here are more pics of the 2011 collection I viewed at Road to California:

For more pics and details about how you can view the Collection or enter the Challenge, here is a link to the Hoffman Challenge site.


And here is a link to information about the 2012 challenge:  http://www.hoffmanfabrics.com/content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=149

Hmmm…wouldn’t it be fun to enter this challenge?

Road’s Featured Artist, Susan Else

There was an amazing exhibit at Road to California of the work of featured artist, Susan Else.   Here she is with a sample of her wonderfully imaginative work.

Susan Else

She makes quilted sculptures.  Here are pics from her exhibit.  They should enlarge if you click on them.

Whether or not this type of ‘quilting’ is something you would ever do, I love it that we are feeling the freedom to move beyond what is considered ‘traditional’ quilting, to each follow her own Muse.   Thank you, Susan Else, for sharing your work with us!

Road to California

Good morning, all!

I cannot even Begin to tell you how absolutely Fabulous and Wonderful this quilt show was, this year!  The quilts were breathtaking – they came from all parts of the country, including Australia and Germany.  The showspace was friendly.  The vendors had wonderful goods.  And there was even a harpist playing beautiful music, near the entry door, which had a wonderful calming effect on overexcited, overstimulated attendees like me!

I have not been to Houston, or Paducah, so cannot compare those shows, but forget going to Long Beach – Road to California is The quilt show to attend!    When I first arrived, I had the pleasure of meeting Carolyn, the creater of the show.  She was sitting upstairs, outside of a closed door that I had been directed to, for a refund of my entry ticket – this was the first time I had ever taken a class at Road, and did not realize my registration and class fees included my admission ticket.   I was showing her the ‘goodies’ they had given me at the pre-registered desk, which included a beautiful red bag – when she responded that she had been able to get a good deal on them, so they were nicer than the bags from the year before, I realized who I was talking to.   A few years ago I had read an article about her and how she started the show.   It started small, in the lobby of a nearby hotel, was ‘blackballed’ by many quilters at that time,  and since then, has grown to be the huge success that it is.  Carolyn, as a quilter herself, knows what quilters want, which explains the careful attention to detail evident in the show.  She is amazing and her show was Amazing.

To post a quilt pic, here, I need to credit the quilter – so those pics will be somewhat limited, as I went through snapping pics so fast, I forgot to get names, but I will be posting about the show for the next several weeks, as I have so many things I want to write about.

Here is a link to the ‘winning’ quilts.  There is something for everyone, here:  http://www.road2ca.com/2011winners/road/winners.html

Here are a couple of my favorites –

This is Rhapsody in Rose by Barbara Clem of Rockford, Il.

This is Port of Cassis by Lenore Crawford of Midland, MI.

This is Snow People by Sharon Chaffino’s Friendship Group of Upland, CA.

Feast on these!  Then, in a few days, I will post pics of an amazing artist who was showcased at Road, who uses quilted shapes in her creations.