Saturday, June 25, 2022

Metal leaf and net

Used a metal leaf to cut 2 layers of net with the heat tool

Day 2 Sheers and heat tool

Burned and cut edges  2 layers of net freely with a heat tool

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Day 1 Creating for SAQA _Stellar 70 day challenge

Working with synthetics and a heat tool. Used 2 layers of net and heat tool to cut around a glass fish on a larger piece of glass..quick and easy!

Sewing Machine centerpiece


Made the Fabric Fondlers Anonymous centerpiece for the NTGM luncheon. I decorated a stained glass Sunbonnet Sue I had previously made as a nightlight and added dangling paper hearts to my cup of tea. Check out the other wonderful centerpieces...The surface design group birds had personalities of their own as did the sculptures that were made from pantyhose, wire hangers and were artfully painted to finish! Thanks to so many members who contributed to making our luncheon a very memorable one!

Monday, June 13, 2022

Stained glass flower

My latest stained glass project from yesterday's workshop. It began in a Succulents class...mine transformed into a 3D glass flower by my color choices

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Home State Fabric Postcard swap

Embossed, stamped with a Michigan map in University of Michigan's Maize and blue Blue colors. Also included is the state bird, American Robin, state flower, Apple Blossom, and the state fish, Brook Trout
I am swapping with quilters in Michigan, Ireland and New Zealand

The back of the postcard is below

Monday, May 16, 2022

Paper Bird


Made this bird with dictionary pages yesterday for the NTGM surface design group. Started with crumpled brown paper as I did not have a cereal box handy. Then used masking tape to cover the form and glued 4 different paper cut shapes including feathers. He sits happily on my garage sale mirrored stained glass.

Found great instructions with video on a paper bird on Creative Bug

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Bicycle Fabric Postcard Swap


Made these bikes from a lacy fabric of circles and embellished with sequins and beads.

                                                                This was the back 

Embroidered bike from Meloney

3d Flowers from Carin

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Collaborative Lockdown Art

Review of our Collaborative Art Exhibition at TASMAI,  Pondicherry, India

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Unmasking Hidden Smiles

Whether feeling blue, or unmasking a face, reveal those hidden smiles!

Created a fabric postcard for Project Quilting 13.5.
 The challenge theme was to use repetition and rhythm.

Sunday, February 13, 2022


The most cherished gift I ever received from my better half was an engagement ring with an asymmetric diamond setting in 1978. 

This fabric postcard was created for a Project Quilting challenge with a Diamonds theme for inspiration.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Kitchen Influence

 Perfect...And Tasty Too!

Hand embroidery, designed in software, lips printed on fabric

Fabric Postcard

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Remembering The Canadian Rockies Trip


The fabric postcard was made for a Project Quilting 13.2 Silhouette challenge

 The Canadian Rockies were so beautiful and the trip was so memorable!

Friday, January 7, 2022

Mosaic Postcard

One of my favorites received from a previous swap by Alexis Gardner. Love it!
I made the infinity heart for the exchange and included molding paste texture in the border.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Sweet Dreams


Sweet Dreams was created for Project Quilting 13.1 . The challenge was to use All The Colors.

Consulat General de France postcard


My quilt, Escaping The Lockdown is featured in 150 postcards printed by the Consulate General de France, Pondicherry and Chennai, India. 
Am honored, thrilled and excited!

Painter' s Tape Challenge

Painter' s tape was added to a blank canvas. Colors added with inks and paints. 
Cut out flowers and birds and glued with matte gel medium.   

Embracing 2022 With Optimism And Rose Colored Glasses

Began life as a postcard...then added lace and beads to finish it. 
Looking at 2022 with my optimistic rose colored glasses! Designed in Make The Cut software, free motion quilted, beads and sequins on fabric

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Collaboration Art: A Surreal Time

During lockdown, time seemed to drag on and on. 
I left negative space for the 2 other artists to continue this piece.

 Mixed media: fabric, gears, beads,washers and lock washers

Collaboration Art #3 Sculpture

Somen Debnath created a stunning wood sculpture of 3 circles called Hope.

 Malavika Mandal Andrew added the wonderful digital collage lock.
I created two different two sided pieces to add above and below Malavika’s lock in the holes of the circles so the viewer will get different points of view. # 1: House/ Eye The house reveals my mood during the pandemic of my upside down world. It is raining only under the umbrella inside the house!
The other side is a hand embroidered eye and that was also machine quilted. I cut out a hexagonal shape inspired by the shapes in Somen’s sculpture and also layered it with hexagonal net to show I was peeking outside while feeling imprisoned during lockdown.
# 2: Side 1 Corona virus
Side 2: Leaf with a light of hope
Materials: Cotton, net, sheers, beads, trim, yarn
 Techniques: applique, hand embroidery and free motion machine quilting need to add to the sculpture 

Final art: side1
Side 2

size: 19x9x8 inches


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Collaborative Art Project 20-21

Locked in Squares and Rectangles

Artist 1: Malavika Mandal Andrew
During the pandemic I was locked in and around squares and rectangles. Rooms, doors, window, bed, bed cover, pillow, framed art, floor tiles, table, kitchen platform, shelves, microwave, T. V, Cell phone, etc. There was a time when I was feeling that all my family members faces are also becoming rectangular. I don't think I will get such a lovely time again to spend time with my family. One rectangle has helped to pipe through the other rectangle and caught the movements of my likes, dislikes and missing nature. Likewise the Globe is also viewed as a series of rectangular edges. 

 Artist 2: Meena Schaldenbrand 

 Continued the circle shape with a small yo yo to fit in the square box that resulted from Malavika’s white embroidered lines. Repeated the circles as I added another yo yo as a flower to Malavika’s embroidered leaves. The yellow and red shapes looked like a roller coaster to me. So, I cut a paper roller coaster and enclosed it between 2 layers of fiberglass window screen and stitched the sandwich to the bottom right. Added a square jewel at bottom left, then two more squares and turned them on point to repeat the shapes in the rollercoastermade of fiberglass windowscreen.
Artist 3: Somen Debnath:
Size- 21cm x 29cm Medium- Mixed media, wood on canvas

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Two Zero Two One , international collaborative art project

“Experiences in Lockdown”, explores the artist’s experiences in the worldwide lockdown since early 2020. 33 artists were selected and worked in groups of three to create three original artworks, and also an individual piece. 
 All artworks are exhibited at TASMAI, in Pondicherry, India December 5 to 19, 2021
Escaping The Lockdown is my individual art quilt. During lockdown I felt like a caged bird and looked forward to escaping it. I coped with it by immersing myself in art and sewing. 
The windows and doors spell hope. 

 Materials: Canvas, cotton, lame, net, sheers, beads, sequins, transparency 

 Techniques: applique, embossing, painting tone on tone background fabric with blue inks, hand embroidery and machine quilting A4 size September 2021 

 Check out the video of the awesome, incredible unique gallery space! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Monsters Postcard swap

Front and back of fabric postcard swap..
year in review

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Pizza with Money!

Made 3 Pizzas with a total of $110 in dollar bills plus change. Designed signs in software and printed on paper. Punched holes in red cardstock and used painters tape to attach. Added many embellishments to decorate the boxes both inside and out. So much fun!