Archive for October, 2011

October Awareness

Posted in General on October 24th, 2011

Unless you live in a hut on a mountaintop with no satellite access, you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the world has turned pink.  Runs and fundraisers abound, and the Komen Foundation logo is everywhere.  In connection with Raven Rocks Gallery here on the island, we decided on a slightly different approach.  I made up a bunch of these little bracelets, complete with a pink ribbon bead and magnetic clasp (no cheesy stretch elastic for me!), and we are selling them at the gallery for $15.00.
September fund raiser at Raven Rock
All the money we raise from this little endeavor will go to a local organization – Friends for Friends Medical Assistance Fund.  These good folks help low income, uninsured women pay for their mammograms, in addition to a wide range of other assistance.

Until I run out of the pink ribbon beads, I am offering these bracelets here as well.  Just send me $17 via PayPal (that extra $2 will cover PayPal fees and shipping costs) using my email address:   In the body of the message, include your wrist measurement.  Wrap a measuring tape around your wrist – snug, but not tight.  The addition of the clasp will provide the ease for comfortable wear.

If we manage to sell all 50 bracelets, we’ll be able to send a nice $750 check to the fund.  Not bad for a little place like Whidbey Island!

Be well, my little chickadees!

An old school gal writes for a new fangled magazine

Posted in General on October 11th, 2011

The request came out of the blue.  Would I be willing to write an article for an online magazine?  Now, I’ve written articles for magazines in the past, and have written a book and published patterns.  But this was a new one.  I would submit text and pictures, and it would be organized and arranged by other hands with no input from me.  No galley pages to review, no proofing – just write the thing and send it.  Okay, I admit, readily, that I am not the most techno-savvy gal on the block.  That’s why I have my most dearly beloved down the hall to handle all these digital matters for me.  I work with needles and threads and fabrics and beads – old fashioned materials, to say the least.

So, I dutifully did my writing and arranged for the photos and sent them off to the capable hands of Jane Davila.  When I got my advance copy of the online magazine a few days ago, my reaction to what had been done with my words and pictures could be summed up in one word:  WOW!  The colors are vibrant, the text is easy to read.  There’s even a really swoopy pop-up sidebar!  It’s almost enough to make me want to spend more time at my computer instead of in the studio.  And where is all this gorgeousness?  In the newest issue of Quilting Arts “In Stitches”.  You can get your own copy at the Interweave Press online store at or from iTunes on your iPad.  (Look for In Stitches, Volume 5.)

And what, you are no doubt wondering, did I write about?  Well, for some time now I’ve been playing around with ways to use fabric and embellishments and beads in 3-D – vases, boxes, shrines, etc.  The article I wrote describes my processes for making cube shaped boxes, which are not only beautiful storage for personal treasures, but also make wonderful gifts (or gift boxes).

Treasure Box IV

Jane has arranged a blog tour with the artists who contributed to this issue of the magazine.  I am honored to be in such company, and know that you will enjoy reading both the magazine and the blog posts from these very talented ladies!

Tour Schedule:
Monday 10/10 Lindsey Murray
Tuesday 10/11 Larkin Van Horn
Wednesday 10/12 Cheryl Sleboda
Thursday 10/13 Alma Stoller
Friday 10/14  Therese May
Monday 10/17  Barb Forrister
Tuesday 10/18  Carol Ann Waugh
Wednesday 10/19  Jane Davila

Be well, my little chickadees!