Flying Solo

Today, I scheduled my first solo exhibit for spring 2017!  I’ve been watching Helen Conway’s preparations for her solo show, and I think I will blog about my experiences as well. So, I have a year to fill 55 feet of wall space. I’m also planning on some exciting larger pieces to hang in the […]

Continue Reading 1

Block Two-New Variations!

This variation uses Halloween novelty fabrics. I used a Michael Miller Halloween print to make a fused applique label.                             This block is very similar to the first one I made. I used a plain blue fabric for the stoppered bottle and added […]

Continue Reading 0

Block Two Variations and Quilt-Along

I made a “mod” variation of block two. For the blue bottle, I found a fun print with little red dots at each intersection that reminds me of the raised pattern on the original bottle. The neck is a fun swirly blue print. The amber bottle is a golden base with amber swirls all over. […]

Continue Reading 0
quilted, with seed beads

Poison Bottle BOM Block Two-Make YOUR Block!

General Instructions can be found at Block One, and can be downloaded here. Block two features a lovely blue bottle I’ve called the Quilted Stopper, and an amber bottle dubbed Sercsol Elliott. Download the patterns here. Read more about the history of these bottles here. Quilted Stopper This is one of those fantastic early bottles that is […]

Continue Reading 0

Upcoming Demonstrations at IQF Houston

I will have two pieces on display at Houston this year. One is a portrait of my son, as part of the Festival of Quilt Art: Celebrations exhibit.  The second is Centered, which will be part of the SAQA Balancing Act special exhibit. I’ll be participating in Open Studios at IQF Houston! I will demonstrating several […]

Continue Reading 0

Block One Variations and Quilt-Along

I’m so lucky to have friends who have agreed to interpret my designs each month as part of my block of the month quilt-along! My good friend Amalia Morusiewicz aka AtoZ made her versions of block one to share. She used a masking technique and lumiere paint to make two beautiful versions of this design! […]

Continue Reading 0

Poison Bottle BOM Block One – Make Your Block

Welcome to the Poison Bottle Block of the Month Quilt-Along! I have designed 12 blocks, showcasing 25 rare and unusual poison bottles. These designs are based on real antique poison bottles. As I release each pattern, I will tell a little about the history of each of the bottles on my blog, show my in-progress photos, […]

Continue Reading 0

Embellish Block One

General Instructions for Embellishment Do all embellishment after fusing bottle shapes, but before basting. Think about the order in which you apply the embellishments. Paint first, then markers, then dimensional embellishments like stitching or beading. Be mindful of the fact that you will be quilting these blocks, so think about where you want to place […]

Continue Reading 0

History of Offset Neck and Flask in Block One

Offset Neck Written on the sides of this 1oz. poison bottle are the words “POISON / CARBOLIC ACID / USE WITH CAUTION” and on the base “O. C. P.”, which stands for the Ontario College of Pharmacists. It dates to 1850-1900. It is a BIMAL bottle (Blown in the mold, applied lip), also called two-piece […]

Continue Reading 2