March 12th, 2012

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.

from LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold


December 6th, 2011

We bring forth weeds when our quick minds lie still.

– William Shakespeare

It’s time for the “quick” mind to move. I will offer no apologies or explanations for the long silence. Let’s just move forward, and see where the journey leads.


Beautiful jewelry at my etsy shop, Blue Zebra!

June 22nd, 2011

I opened my etsy store over two years ago. In all that time, I never had even a single sale — until yesterday. It’s kind of ridiculous how excited I am about it! It’s got me sort of fired up, so I thought I’d mention it here — maybe keep the momentum going.

I named my store Blue Zebra because my favorite color is blue, and zebras are my favorite animals. I mostly sell jewelry there, but every now and then I also offer other items for sale. Some of the things I’ve offered are beaded & appliqued postcards, knitted items, small quilts, or even some beading supplies. You’ll have to “favorite” my shop to find out what’s new!

Yesterday I sold a pair of earrings to someone I’ve never met who lives in Massachusetts. I love the internet! The earrings were one of the pairs I posted about last month — the ones I had a dream about. I know it’s really tough to sell jewelry on etsy. The competition is fierce, and there is just so very much of it, so I’m excited that at least I finally sold something.

Here are some photos of items currently available at Blue Zebra:

I use only the highest quality components to create the jewelry I offer for sale. The items pictured above are made with japanese glass seed beads, czech pressed glass and beads from Murano, Italy. All of the items are affordable. Please drop by my etsy shop,  Blue Zebra and see if there is a beautiful piece of jewelry that would be perfect for you or someone you love!

Back to the studio!

May 9th, 2011

Piles of fabric strips on my worktable . . .

and more piles of fabric strips on my sewing machine bed . . .


. . . have turned into some lovely pieces of art on my design wall!  Inspiration hit me like a ton of bricks this morning, and I simply couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

It’s been a long dry spell, but the quilting mojo seems to have returned, and with it a lifting of the spirits that is most welcomed in my studio. I’m sorry I can’t share more than these small hints:

I feel as if a window has been opened and beautiful, sparkling light is streaming into my studio. What a lovely, delicious, and long-awaited breeze of inspiration!


Dream earrings.

May 3rd, 2011

A few nights ago I had a dream about earrings. In my dream, a young woman was speaking to me from across a large, empty room. I couldn’t hear her clearly. I asked her to come closer so I could hear her better. When she did, I realized that she was not speaking English. The language she was speaking was unfamiliar to me.  It might have been a slavic language, perhaps Croatian, or maybe Russian . . . I wasn’t sure. The young woman was wearing a very simple linen dress, and in her hand she held a glass of champagne. She wore no shoes, and no jewelry, except for a beautiful pair of earrings. They were very simple, very modern-looking, made of tiny seed beads woven into a circular shape. From each circle dangled a single pressed-glass leaf.

When I woke up, I drew a quick sketch of the earrings, and later that same day, I sat down with my beading tray in my lap, to re-create those dream-earrings. This is what they look like:


Aren’t they pretty? I made up a bunch of them, in different colors, and I’ve added them to my etsy shop, bluezebra, along with some other jewelry I’ve created. Please stop by the shop to take a look. Let me know if you like them! Thanks!

Not quilting, something else.

April 28th, 2011

I’ve been doing a lot of writing, writing, writing (it’s that secret project thing I can’t talk about … argh!) It’s going well, but not being able to share leaves much to be desired for blog subject matter.

S0, I’ve also been knitting, and at least I can talk about that. I knit mostly in the evenings, in front of the TV. I also knit with my wonderful group of knitting friends, all of whom happen to live in my building. We use the community room to meet  three evenings a week (yes, we really like each other), usually getting together for a couple of hours before our husbands come home and stop by to pick us up on their way home from the train. It’s fun to meet and not have to worry about going out in bad weather, and last night, one of the members even brought along a bottle of wine and some glasses to celebrate a special accomplishment at her workplace. It was fun, but we didn’t get very much knitting done! I’m so lucky to have such a great group of intelligent and interesting women to spend time with on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Having them here makes me never want to move out of this building, even though I really do miss having a garden. The building has lovely grounds which right now are featuring gorgeous flowering trees, hyacinths, tulips and daffodils . . . but still, it’s a lot different from having your own garden.

I don’t want to put up any photos of my knitting, since this blog is really about my fabric art. But, if you are a knitter, and you are a member of ravelry (over one million strong!) please stop by my projects page to see what I’m working on. My name on ravelry is elizquilt. While you’re there, shout out and say hello, and by all means, friend me!  If you don’t know about ravelry, and you are a knitter, you have no idea how much fun you’re missing. What are you waiting for?  Join up, it’s great fun!

I don’t really believe in this stuff, but . . .

April 20th, 2011

. . . my horoscope for today was just so upbeat and optimistic that I felt as if I might as well go along. Here’s what it said:

You may already believe that your life will get easier for you, even if you aren’t fully ready to trust your intuition. The Sun’s entry into your 11th House of Hopes and Wishes can shine a new light on what makes you happy. Instead of having to fight for your ideas, you are entering a phase when your peers will stand behind you. Don’t let old fears sabotage your endeavors. Have a little faith in your friends and graciously accept their support when they offer it.

Who could say “no” to that?