Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Into the Darkness another Alzheimer Quilt.

This quilt is dedicated to Frank Baumgartner, father of my gardening friend Lynn Henry

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June Alzheimer's Quilt: WISHING FOR A CURE

 My 42 year old daughter, Kate, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March. Since then we parents have accompanied her every two weeks for her chemotherapy treatment. We met another young lady, aged 37, who was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks before Kate. During the next chemo sessions we got to know her quite well. The girls shared another fact, each had a grandparent with Alzheimer's. Kate's grandmother, Maxine Shaver, and Brandy's grandfather, James Caddell. Cures are desperately needed for both Breast Cancer and Alzheimers.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Is this my yard? another Alzheimer Quilt

My neighbor's 59 year old brother-in-law was recently diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's and is now in an Alzheimer facility.  He enjoyed working in his yard but now does not remember anything about the garden..  This is dedicated to him.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Gramma, Don't you know me? May 2010 Alzheimer Priority Quilt

Our son was in his early 20's when his Grandmother Shaver was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and placed in a church home for Alzheimer patients.  We had prepared him for what the visit with grandmother would be like and he was so certain she would know him.  It was a devastating visit for him.  When my neighbor gave me this photo of her graddaughter I was reminded of that visit so many years ago.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dyed fabric

Yesterday and today I did some fat quarter dyeing in large plastic SOLO cups.  Yep, you read that right.  I soaked fat quarters in water about 1/2 hour and then squished half in the cup, leaving half hanging out.  I mixed dye powder with salt and soda ash and 1/2 cup of hot water, stirred it a lot....Red just doesn't want to dissolve, next time I will filter it thru panty hose.  I poured 1/4c of the dye in the cup, scrunched in the rest of the fabric with a popsicle stick and then added the rest of the dye.  It cured for an hour, rinsed until the water was clear then threw them all in the washing machine and the dryer. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Quilt University classes, ThicknThin and Fabric Painting

Class 4 had us painting with the thickened dye experimenting with sponges and brushes
.In the Playing with Paint class we are using Setacolor Transparent Paints.  Techniques we used were monoprinting, fabric discharging, stamping with spools, commercial stamps, sequin waste, bubble wrap, veggies and fruit.  What fun!  Reliving kindergarten, Brownies and Cub Scouts with my children.