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I’m Back, Again

Posted in Quilt Show with tags , , , , , , on April 25, 2015 by madelincwolf

No excuses, really.  Life has been very busy these past few months.  So, here I go with good intentions to post more regularly.

First let’s start off with my latest quilt for this year’s Berkeley Public Library Quilt Show (May 1-June 1), “Scattered Geese”

Scattered Geese

(From the Catalog) “Once again I have chosen to marry fabric and paper in my quilt. I selected 12, 12” square papers with images of leaves made by the “flower pounding” technique given to me by a friend.  Using acrylic matte medium, I glued random fabric triangles leftover from making bindings onto the papers.  The the pink triangles in each center are the exception bringing some continuity to the blocks. Each square was quilted individually before joining them together and binding the whole.I am particularly excited about the DIY circle making “attachment”(below) I made from a strip of presentation board, a thumbtack and an eraser.  Move over McGuyver!  The red buttons hide the thumbtack holes at the center of the bulls-eyes.”

It was important to make sure that the quilt will “read well” from a distance, since the quilts are hung up well above viewers’ eye level.  I think I pulled it off, don’t you?

Here are some pictures of my “attachment” in use.

100_1359Ending the circleDIY Attachment for Making Circles

If you get a chance, go to the show. It’s on the 2nd floor of the Central library. It’s FREE and you may find something that is unusual on the wall or in one of the cases.


On Vacation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by madelincwolf

I am taking a mini vacation for a few days for some much needed R&R. Mourning is such hard work! I will leave you with a work that I recently completed.

Another T-shirt Quilt Done!

Posted in Quilting, Quilts, T-Shirt Quilts with tags , , , , on July 5, 2012 by madelincwolf

T-shirt Memory Quilt


At last!  I delivered this quilt to a very patient client on Tuesday.  She was thrilled to receive it.  I had made one last year for her brother for his Christmas present and would have finished hers a lot sooner had my husband’s cancer not reared it’s ugly head again.  It is a memory quilt containing not only her t-shirts but her mother’s blouses as well.  This type of t-shirt quilt is very challenging.  Going up and down the step stool from the design wall to the sewing machine, the ironing board and back up the stool is also great exercise!  Now, on to the next one.

My Latest Quilt

Posted in Quilting, Quilts, T-Shirt Quilts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 9, 2011 by madelincwolf

Here is a photo of my latest T-shirt Quilt finished recently for a client’s son’s graduation present.  I had the usual challenge of making the randomly sized shirt parts fit together in a balanced and pleasing manner.  I think that the red binding really sets off the whole quilt.  My client was very happy with the outcome.

T-shirt quilts have unique requirements when compared with woven cotton quilts.  The t-shirt material must first be stabilized with a lightweight fusible interfacing to minimize  distortion while piecing and quilting the  quilt.  Much of the time that it takes to make a quilt of this nature involves the  preparation of the shirts, fusing and designing.  Even though this type of t-shirt quilt is more demanding than a straightforward  block set, I enjoy making it and find it more rewarding from an esthetic point of view.  The best part is seeing the response I get from my client when I show the finished quilt!  That is it’s own reward.


Quilts in the Library

Posted in Quilts with tags , , , on May 13, 2011 by madelincwolf

If you get the chance, visit the Central Branch of the Berkeley, CA Public Library.  The 30th annual quilt show is on now until early June.  There are some wonderful quilts, several of which are “out of the box” creations that use unusual materials like paper,wood, metal and plants.  Shredded bark as a batting in a paper quilt is about as unusual as they come.  Many of the quilts are post card size contained in display cases so you can get a close-up look.

I took a shot of my quilt “Sunshine” draped over my bed.  Sorry that the whole quilt isn’t shown.  I was in a hurry to deliver it and will have to wait until the show is over to take a better one.  My inspiration came from a book on decorative painting.  I started it several years ago and had a much bigger quilt with several borders, pieced and applique´d in mind.  The quilts could be no larger than 36″ square. I needed to finish it in a hurry, so there is minimal quilting.  I will add more later.  I am glad that I completed it in time!


Below is a shot of  a quilt I completed recently.  String quilt blocks are made of many small strips of fabric sewn to a foundation, most commonly newsprint, and in earlier times, muslin.  Plain alternate blocks and sashing set off the string blocks. The more fabrics used, the better.  It’s a great way to use up fabric scraps.

I am working on a client’s T-Shirt quilt for a graduation present and another ALN art challenge altering a city guide-book with 2 folded flip out maps, (I chose Paris).

Detail of String Quilt

Away Too Long

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by madelincwolf

Passion Flower

Our neighbors have lovely vines growing on their fence next to the gate to our parking area.  The Passion Flower vine is flowering right now.  I could not pass by without taking a picture.  At the end of this post I will attach another of a butterfly on the same vine apparently laying eggs.  Later in  the week I found the butterfly on the cement, dead.  It is sitting in the ash tray in my car, which used to be reserved for my cell phone before it became illegal to use it while driving.  It made me sad to see it lying there as it was so beautiful.  Live, Love, Procreate, Die.  It’s what LIFE does.  Get used to it!

I’ve been away too long.  Life gets in the way of blogging.  I don’t want to blog for the sake of blogging just to keep my presence “out there.”  I had a damn summer cold/sinus thing that still clings to the hope of bringing me low again.  Haven’t quite shaken all of it.  I lost four workdays and that makes me mad.  It is difficult for me to give myself time to just be.  There are all those restorations and quilts to be finished.  There is my own work, my quilts, my books, my art challenges that want attention too.  I savored my illness.  I drank ginger and lemon tea and warmed my chest and nose with my rice bags.  I put my feet up and let the drone of the television lull me to a semi-aware state.  Why must I be forced into taking time to soothe my soul?  I would enjoy the whole process much more if I could breathe and sleep at night.  My goal for the next week is to take time out of every day for myself.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  Funny, our art challenge this month is “It’s About Time.”  I chose it.  No mystery there!

Butterfly Captured in a Moment of Time

Another Top Finished and Ready to Quilt

Posted in Quilts with tags , , , , , on April 3, 2010 by madelincwolf

I got back to work again this week.  I am behind a week and it really felt good to get back to creating and attending to my clients’ work.  I have finished a quilt top that is really striking.  I was given the two rectangular blocks, one light and one dark, and had to design a quilt that would allow them to shine. If you have ever worked with blue fabrics before, you know that blues are tricky to match.  There are so many shades.  Just a little bit “off” and it shows.  I went to New Pieces quilt shop and received some expert help in picking fabrics for this quilt.  I used only one solid fabric; the rest are prints that “read” as solid.  Click the photo for a closer look.  I think that it turned out well and that my client will be pleased.  Let me know what you think.  I will post another picture of it after it is quilted.

Client Quilt Top: Blue Half Log Cabin

I’ve almost finished a small quilt (4″X6″)that will be put into the Berkeley Library’s quilt show that starts in Late April.  I just have to bind it.  I hope that some day they will return the exhibit to the North Branch instead of having it in the Central Library.  Larger quilts can be accommodated in the former.  Still, I am glad that they didn’t get do away with it completely.