Friday, June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Frenzy

COVID-19 Frenzy

There was a new vocabulary including Social Distancing, Flattening The Curve and Herd Immunity. We made many, many face masks to donate as well as for our family and friends. We were grateful for our First Responders and our health. We lost some of our freedoms when confined to our homes during the quarantine. We hoarded toilet paper, hand sanitizers and washed hands frequently. We had Coronavirus anxiety, uncertainty, fear and worried often about the pandemic, jobs and the economy. We wondered how long it would last if there would be a vaccine or cure.

Beads, charms, sequins, paint, lace, trims, cotton, lame, net

Designed in computer software, some shapes were cut with an electronic cutter. Applique, hand embroidery, machine quilting

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Journaling Corona Virus from A to Z

Keeping a journal helped me cope with my emotions and record this long quarantine period. There were so many questions and exclamation points during this surreal time.
The constant media hype made me wonder and worry if it was everywhere and when it would end!

Materials: Beads, charms, sequins, paint, trims, cotton, lame, net

Techniques: Digital journaling, some shapes cut with an electronic cutter, applique, hand embroidery, machine quilting.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Iguana : Monochromatic challenge

Designed in software, cut with an electronic cutter
Applique, free motion quilting

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Skull Fabric Postcard

The skull theme cotton fabric postcard has lame eyes with flower beads.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Corona virus ornament

The 4.5 inch ornament was designed in computer software, cut out of canvas with an electronic cutter and painted red. Hand embroidery. Machine quilting. Text printed on fabric. 

Ornament Hanger: Vertical blind cord
Canvas, Lame, cotton, mask ties, button eyes.
Created for the Spots challenge, PQ2020-Q4 Spots
May 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020

A Tribute To John

The quilt is based on a computerized picture that was taken at the Detroit Auto Show in the 1970s. I assigned  fabrics of about 30 values from beige to brown to black each letter and number of the alpha numeric portrait. My mom and daughters helped me label each individual square of the fabrics. I cut out one inch squares from the fabrics... so many of the finished squares are half an inch! The occasion for the quilt was my husband John’s 40th birthday.

51” high by 40” wide

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Heart Topiary

Two groups I belong to issued challenges with a vintage theme.

The heart topiary holds memories, clothes and symbols of 4 generations. Included are my mom's wedding saree, my husband's brown jacket and tie for the flowerpot, my wedding dress, daughter's wedding dress, 2 leaves to represent our daughters, 3 doily flowers for the grand kids, and a butterfly from a handkerchief. Appliqued them onto my favorite runner to create something special and meaningful that can be displayed as a wall hanging or table runner.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Quarantine quilt

The object of inspiration of this weekly challenge is the tennis shoe.
It is embroidered with cancer ribbons on my late husband's lab coat pocket that shattered our big dreams of the rest of our lives together.

We used to go for hour long walks daily for almost 4 decades to enjoy the fresh air, discuss the day's events and share laughs.
I miss him so much as I now walk alone.

The two combined weekly challenges that inspired this quilt is Textile Artistry week 2, Memories, and

Project QUILTING Quarantine 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

African Safari challenge quilt


For the challenge, African Safari this is my quilt, On My Bucket List
Techniques: Trees designed in software and cut with electronic cutter.                                                                                          Animals were cut with thin metal dies. Machine Quilting.
Materials: Cottons, felt, net
Check out the other quilts created for the challenge:

Sunday, March 29, 2020

TextileArtist Stitch challenge single stitch issued a Stitch challenge this week using a single stitch.
We had to divide our workspace in 4 parts and vary the single stitch, direction and thread thickness in each section.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Vibrant Flowers

Fabric postcard created for Project Quilting 11.6

Friday, January 31, 2020

Sunrise, Sunset

Challenge for Art Quilts From Around The World Facebook Group

Friday, January 24, 2020

Grief Postcard

The challenge was to use team colors. Living in Michigan, maize and blue, Go Blue came to mind immediately. In grief, the color blue has a whole different meaning for me now. The blue tragedy mask is for the loss of my best friend of 45 years. The yellow comedy mask is for his fantastic sense of humor that I miss the most and the wonderful, happy memories of our short time together.

Saturday, January 11, 2020


Project Quilting CHALLENGE 11.1 Notably Numeric

Shhhhhh! This quilt is to celebrate and honor my wonderful aunt who turns 90. The knitted heart and time pieces symbolize her personality and her shop that sold yarns, sweaters, watches and clocks.

Figured out the time in minutes, days, etc in a birthday calculator online. Designed the quilt in software, text printed on fabric, applique, beads, sequins, lace, charms, lame, and cotton fabrics.   
                                                                                  Hand embroidery and free motion machine quilting.

Check out all of the entries at Project Quilting - Notably Numeric                                                              Click the link and then scroll down the page to find all the entries

#pqSeason11  #projectquilting 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Song Bird- "White Peacocks"

The quilt was made for an online Song Bird challenge for the group, Art Quilts From Around The World. 

 I was so impressed when I saw several stunning, unusual white peacocks in person. I have made several peacock quilts with blues and blue greens. Creating a white peacock was new to me. I added beads and sequins to its feathers and used tone on tone cotton and satin fabrics.                                                                                                                                                                                   
The challenge song is the White Peacock Song by Sachin Kumar

Friday, November 8, 2019

International Miniature Quilt Exchange

The beautiful quilt on the top was made by Jean Ameduri of St. Louis, Missouri. I am the lucky owner in a quilt exchange.
I created A Journey to India over the past year and included hand embroidery, buttons, beads, sequins, shisha mirrors, and trims.

I met Jean at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last November while admiring The Quilt Show special exhibit of The International Miniature Quilt Exchange. Jean has exchanged over 300 quilts!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Just When The Caterpillar Thought His World Was Over...

The quilt depicts the caterpillar to butterfly life cycle includes the leaf, leaf with eggs, the eaten leaf that feeds the caterpillar, Chrysallis and emerging butterfly.
The circle represents the world and the bar code is to count blessings!
It was designed in Make the Cut software. A circle and bar code were Boolean joined. Node editing from lines into curves provides a path for caterpillar to transform into a butterfly. It was cut with my electronic cutter and free motion embroidered and quilted.
12”x 12”

A 3D Star's Undulating Path

Created for Curated Quilt’s Black and White Mini Challenge

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Cancer Journey

The difficult Cancer journey from diagnosis to treatment is both a physical and an emotional roller coaster ride. It requires courage, faith, strength, support, and hope as patients also deal with anxiety and uncertainty. Counting blessings and living now can provide a greater appreciation of life. The dragonfly signifies strength, and the wishing well anticipates a cure.

Cottons, fiberglass window screen, lace, lame, net, silk tie, ric rac, and trims.

Applique, die cuts, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, machine quilting, painted dragonfly, stamping. Text designed in Make the Cut software and printed on fabric.

16”x 20” 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Coping with Cancer Clouds

Coping with Cancer Clouds was juried into the Sacred Threads Exhibition
in Herndon, VA . It will be exhibited through July 28, 2019 in the Washington DC area.

The Cancer journey from diagnosis to treatment is a roller coaster ride. It requires courage, faith, strength, support, and hope as patients also deal with anxiety and uncertainty. Counting blessings can provide a greater appreciation of life. The dragonfly signifies strength, and the wishing well anticipates a cure.

Some believe that dream catchers are a filter for dreams, trapping bad dreams in the web and allow good dreams to pass through feathers and beads while asleep.  The treasure chest holds strength and time. The outer web traps the bad dreams as cancer patients undergo treatments with chemotherapy, radiation and medications.

Beads, cheesecloth, cottons, lace, lame, net, silk tie, ric rac, sequins, trims, yarns, window screen.

 Applique, die cuts, hand embroidery around ric rac, machine embroidery, machine quilting, stamping. Text designed in Make the Cut software and printed on fabric.

64" h x 44" w

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Brown Eyes

Combined two challenges  in one this week.

One was for the Chocolate Challenge and one was for the Eye Contact Project for Sacred Threads.
Using the color brown as the inspiration, I free motion quilted the largest eyes I have ever made.
 Just had to add the bindi for an embellishment.

23" wide x 5" high

Friday, March 8, 2019

Today’s Joy from A-Z

Focus on the positives of each day.

Designed in Make The Cut computer software, printed on fabric, hand appliqued, hand embroidery, machine pieced and quilted


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Stashbuilding Fun

The Challenge theme: Bigger than a breadbox. My stash is slightly larger :)

13"x 25"

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Immigration Travel

The quilt was designed on the computer and parts were printed on fabric. It includes trims, has hand stitching, machine quilting and was also appliqued. It was 50 years ago that I traveled to the US!

I combined 3 separate challenges this week into one quilt. The first challenge was to use Red ,White and Blue. The second was about Travel for the Art Quilt Facebook Group and the third for the Border Wall Quilt Project.

Meena Schaldenbrand
Plymouth, MI

Sunday, January 13, 2019

In Memory Of

Paper, vinyl in a glass frame

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Always Have Hope!

Created for the Project Quilting challenge, Hope Springs Eternal.

Techniques: Designed in Make the Cut software, printed on fabric. hand and machine applique, hand embroidery, free motion quilting

Materials:  Beads, sequins, cotton fabrics, trims

12”x 15”

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Surreal Time

A Stitch in Time:Challenge 9.5 of Project QUILTING Season Applique
Plymouth, MI 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Home : Where Memories Are Made

Names of bride and groom on tree and their wedding date on a sign.

Using the negative space to create a house from hands and also to emphasize quilting

Designed in Make the Cut software and cut with an electronic cutter,

Beads, hand embroidery, machine quilting

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Luggage tag Yellow Challenge Project Quilting 9.4

 A luggage tag created for the 9.4–Mellow Yellow Challenge of Project QUILTING .
Yellow reminds me of Smileys and emoticons. Used  thin metal dies to cut them, fused  to a Timtex tag shape, and then quilted and added a tassel and ribbons along with a clear acetate pocket on the back for an address label. 

The tag is 2"x 8" including the tassel and ribbons.

Plymouth, MI

Friday, February 9, 2018

Protect Human Life

Protect Human Life

For the Bold and Brave  Project QUILTING 9.3 challenge 

Bold topic for an art quilt. Feeling somewhat brave in sharing it ...and so emotionally drained.

Designed on the computer and cut with an electronic cutter.

Applique, beading, hand embroidery, machine quilting

21"w x 17"h

Plymouth, Michigan