Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Grace’s sunflowers

My friend Grace Howes made this little quilt from one of my designs and it turned out beautifully! I just love the colors she chose, and the border setting. This is one of 16 flower blocks I have designed for a new quilt I am doing entirely in shades of pink and green. I expect to have the patterns for the whole quilt available by early next year. You can see more of what Grace is up to at her blog,

Melinda Schwakhofer

I spent this morning with a new friend, fiber artist Melinda Schwakhofer, who is visiting the Mooresville area this summer. Melinda is an American currently living in England. She is very generous with her time, her ideas and her knowledge. Melinda aims to provide an "inspiraculum," a word she coined which means "a place to breathe, dream, explore, be inspired, find your self."

This is Melinda with a recent work. You can see more on her website ( and her blog: ( Bonnie McCaffery has also done a VidCast with Melinda ( that is very interesting.

This morning, Melinda showed me how to make a vessel from Angelina fibers. Angelina is fluffy stuff like fairy hair, and light makes it glow with irridescence. You pull it apart loosely, place it on a piece of parchment paper, cover it with more parchment, and iron it. It becomes stiff and melds together. To create this vessel, we made a sheet from different colors of Angelina fibers, and then molded it around a glass bottle and ironed it again. A wire aperature inside the fibers provides some support, and a way to embellish the vessel with beads.