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Back to the studio!

Monday, 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!



Monday, March 14th, 2011

I’ve always been a doodler. All the way back in my high school days, I used to doodle while the teacher was lecturing (though I might have been better off if I’d taken notes instead). I’d fill page after page of my notebooks with doodles. Most of them featured spirals, which I loved even back then.  I especially loved doodling during music appreciation class. I remember my doodles becoming very loose and flowing when listening to classical music. That’s still true today. But, when the music becomes something like modern jazz, the doodles  become very different. They take on a short, staccato feeling. Actually, I don’t really listen to modern jazz at all. My musical taste runs much more towards rock and roll than it does towards jazz!

I’ve always found that my creativity is greatly influenced by music, and I try to make that work for me in my studio as often as possible by listening to music that makes me feel good.

I thought it might be fun to share some of the doodles I’ve been creating lately. I tend to spend time doodling in the morning. It helps me to judge what kind of day it’s going to be. Am a feeling creative? Do I need more coffee? These are questions that often can be answered by the quality (or sometimes the quantity) of my doodling. Most of my doodles end up very detailed, like this one . . .

All of my doodles start out simple, like this one:

But then, over time, I add to the blank spaces in each one, and they become more detailed. Some days I like to create new doodles, and other days I’ll spend a half-hour or so filling in a doodle that’s already drawn. This next doodle is a half-completed one, where I’ve only filled in the background so far:

This one, which is completely filled in until there is almost no space at all, is finished.

I think that my doodling looks a lot like my quilting. Notice the feathers? I like feathers, almost as much as I like spirals.

As for my quilting, well, I am doing some of that. In fact, you can see a tiny little piece of what I’m working on in the background of the two photos above. Unfortunately, I can’t show you more. It’s got to stay a secret for the time being.  So . . . . Ssshhhhhh . . .

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my doodling journal. I’ll post again soon with some more snippets of creativity when I am able!


Sunday, September 12th, 2010

I ought to be thinking about schoolwork, since the new semester officially begins tomorrow.  I shouldn’t be thinking about fabric. But an idea popped, unbidden, into my head, despite all of my best intentions. Before I even realized what I was doing, I had begun pulling fabric for  a new piece. Perhaps if I only work in my studio for a few hours each day, it won’t interfere with my studies? I certainly hope so!

I love these soft, muted colors. They make me think of the earth and the sky. Combining hand-dyed fabrics with batiks and commercial prints in one piece can be a challenge, but I think it’s fun to see all those textures playing together nicely. Maybe I’ll add a few more blues, if I can find just the right ones in my stash. Or maybe I’ll have to paint some new ones . . .

In my mind’s eye I can already envision the soft flowing lines these pretty fabrics want to become. I can’t wait to start cutting into them!

My pattern is on QNN TV!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

A pattern that I designed for the book Skinny Quilts And Table Runners II (edited by Eleanor Levie) has been featured on QUILT OUT LOUD. The pattern is the “FLOWING LINES” table runner.

I really don’t know much about QUILT OUT LOUD except that it’s a a show on QNN TV, which is a paid-subscriber internet TV channel featuring Jodie Davis and Mark Lipinski.  Here’s an image of Jodie and a guest  (his name is Rob, “the sewing commando” – but I don’t know anything else about him!) working on their version the table runner.

Segment Four: Gold Rush Table Runner

. . . see what the sewing project is for the day. And it’s a beauty!

Flowing Lines by Elizabeth Rosenberg is from Skinny Quilts and Table Runners II. Rob and Jodie demonstrate cutting and sewing the free form curves of this easy, fun, and oh-so pretty table topper. The original is made of gorgeous silk. Jodie chose batiks for her edition of the project, to give you a different look.

I have contacted the show to see if they can tell me more about how and why they chose to feature my pattern. I’ve also asked them if I can post excerpts from the show here on my blog. I’ll be sure to write about it here when I hear back from them!

In the meantime, here is the link if you’d like to see the site. If you are already a subscriber to QNN TV, you can watch the segment by clicking here. And if you’ve watched the segment, please write to me and tell me about it!

A day with the Pelham Quilters

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Saturday was a very special day, because I got to spend it with my buddies, the Pelham Quilters! It was the first time I have “officially” taught my new Improvisational Flowing Lines workshop, and I have to say, it went off pretty well! I have test-run the workshop with my friends in the past (they are my usual willing guinea pigs!). My friend Susan really took off with the technique, incorporating it into her beautiful quilts. My friends Linda and Georgia had a good time learning the technique, but as yet, have not completed their tops.

The ladies of the Pelham guild were very enthusiastic about learning this new-to-them technique, and had all sorts of ideas about how they were going to incorporate it into their own work. Here are some photos that I took during the workshop . . .

This first one shows a very happy Lorraine, the guild president, fondling the beautiful flowing lines that she created:

And here is Millie, hard at work piecing at her machine:

In the next photo are Doris and Evelyn at the cutting table, both seriously contemplating their next cut . . .

And next is Jean, hard at work at her machine.

Here is my friend Renee Fleuranges-Valdes, rotary cutter in hand, ready to add to her beautiful, colorful and soft flowing lines.  See that big smile on her pretty face? It was there ALL day! Renee wrote about her experience at the workshop on her blog. where she had some very kind things to say about me and the workshop — Thank you, Renee, you made my day!

Here’s Lorraine again. She took to the improvisational technique of cutting and quilting like a duck to water. With her background in fashion sewing, she was very comfortable cutting and sewing curves. She had no trouble “loosening up” and choosing from her pile of beautiful fabrics with wild abandon!

Here’s a photo of  Millie’s piece, as she contemplated whether or not to add a some four patches in with her flowing lines — she later decided to go ahead and piece them in, and the result was amazing, as you will see in the group shot at the end of this post.  Aren’t her colors just gorgeous?

And here is the group, proudly showing off their beautiful work. I was so impressed with how each woman made the technique her own by using her own palette of fabrics and colors.

By the way, see what Millie did by adding traditional 4-patches? She’s over on the far left of the above photo. What a creative way to incorporate her own touch into the piece! Doris, standing just to the right of Millie, used just a small amount of bright yellow in her piece, which she appliqued on to her strips before piecing them in.  Cheryl, standing on the far right of the photo, turned her piece 90 degrees and added a strip down the center. It will be one side of a tote bag. Jean, kneeling in front of Cheryl, used beautiful fabrics in earthy colors to make a piece that is so appealing, and so very different from the others!

I’m thrilled that the workshop was a success! I want to thank the wonderful Pelham quilters for their enthusiasm. Also, thanks for the really good snacks. Lorraine is a fantastic baker — her brownies were delicious, and oh, that banana chiffon cake — yummy!!!