Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, July 17, 2017


I'm a sucker for glowing colors, so I had to take some photos of my latest quilt glowing in the sun. I painted the fabric with Setacolor paints and added sparkle with foil candy wrappers, metallic mesh and lame.

I'm joining the blocks with a big whip stitch and hand-dyed perle cotton thread from Artfabrik.

I also love the way orange day lilies glow against blue-purple hydrangeas from our yard.

And last but not least, this Celtic band glows and shimmers with energy in a concert I saw last week at our little local Boat Shop (where they make boats). The trio is MAC (click here for bio), and they are fantastic!

Have a colorful day

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Here are some snippets of what I've been doing with my latest quilt.

Have a colorful weekend

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Making a new quilt

I spent the last two days holed up in my studio working on a new quilt. First, I painted some cotton squares.

Then I pulled out the other ingredients from my stash of slivers, foil candy wrappers (which I've been collecting for more than 15 years) and fancy stuff like organza, lame and metallic mesh.

The next part is a secret, because I might want to enter the quilt in one of those shows that prohibit previous publication. But at least I've given you a color fix for the day -- and a reason to eat candy!

Have a colorful day

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We Dyed Laughing, Take 2

Linda's apron says "Grandmas Gone Wild." It's true.

Has it really been five years since I blogged about STITCH's first dye party on Anderson Island?!  we-dyed-laughing.html Time sure does fly when you get old(er)!!!

This time, Andrea, our hostess, kicked it up a notch by pouring homegrown blackberry cordials on the deck while the fabric soaked in the dye buckets.

Blackberry cordials are served!

Two wild and crazy grandmas.

Mad scientists at work. That's Andrea in front.

Andrea's island home is accessible only by ferry, so we carpooled over and enjoyed the perfect summer weather -- sunny but breezy and not too hot. Linda and Anne (below) immediately took up residence in the deck chairs while the rest of us milled around the kitchen drinking coffee.

I decided not to dye so that I could just relax, visit, take photos and knosh. While the dyers met to decide on colors, I took my coffee outside to enjoy the Northwest summer day. There were two deer grazing in the grass below, but they were in the shadows and wouldn't show up in a photo.

Delaine and Anne took a little rest while waiting for the dye fest to begin. Ah, island life ...

The group decided on a bouquet of colors and then got to work, masks on when mixing dyes and gloves on to supposedly protect hands. Judy's glove didn't do the job, and she went home with a cerulean blue hand.

White-on-white design pops when dyed.

We wrapped it up about six hours later, full of good food, drink and friendship -- to say nothing of colorful fabric. Then it was back to the ferry, leaving island time behind.

Check out what other fabric artists have done this week by hopping over to Nina Marie's blog at


Monday, July 10, 2017

Sew Day color

Yesterday was Sew Day at my house, and with light pouring in through the windows we gathered for a portrait. Hubby was trying to get away, but I made him stay to take a few pictures of us.

Our hydrangeas bloomed just in time for me to pick a little bouquet. Berry (and cherry) season is in full swing here in the Northwest, so breakfast had to include some berries. We also had overnight blueberry French toast casserole, which I forgot to take a picture of but trust me it looked impressive. It puffed way up into a mountain of calories.

Then we had show and tell. First up was Carolynn with a gorgeous horse quilt that's she's giving to a cowgirl friend. Her swirly quilting perfectly reflected the swirls in the horse.

Then Linda J. brought out some canvas that she had painted, stamped, rubbed with oil sticks and otherwise embellished. She even made a cute little bag with some of it. Now I'm inspired to get out the paints, which have been languishing on the shelves for too many years.

After show and tell, we moved onto the back deck for some hand stitching in the shade of the big umbrella. It gets blazing hot on the deck (which faces south), so we huddled in the shade until the sun moved and chased us back inside.

I finally finished the echo quilting on my wool appliqué flowers (above), and I sewed the binding on yesterday. Below, Linda P. and Nancy work on more wool appliqué.

Then we moved onto the next round of eating: curried chicken salad, Greek pasta salad, watermelon, brownies and lemon squares! It was a good day.

Have a colorful day

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Echo quilting, July 4th and smiles

I've been torturing myself all week with echo quilting, doing a little at a time because free-motion stitching is a literal pain for me. I don't have a stitch regulator, so the stitches aren't very even, and I don't have those special gloves, so I have a hard time getting a grip.

Otherwise, we hung our flag out for the Fourth and I just made a batch of American-style potato salad. We'll also have corn on the cob tonight.

And just for smiles and because I want to see it on the blog, here's a picture from a few years ago of my brother and my mom. She's still going strong at 85.

 Have a colorful holiday

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Real Yoga Girls of Gig Harbor

Last year I made the "Yoga Girls" quilt. Today I'm showing you the REAL yoga girls who I hang out with about three days a week at yoga class at the Y and then afterward at Starbucks. (Not all of them every time, but there's usually at least five or six of us around the table, and sometimes eight or nine.)

We had a potluck at my house last weekend and it was fun to see everyone in party clothes instead of yoga garb. 

I told them to bring colorful food, and they did!

Besides lying on our backs at yoga, we girls have each others' backs in life. Over the years we've shared marriages, births, cancer, injuries, graduations, vacations, books and what to fix for dinner. 

What really brings us together is going to "javasana" at Starbucks for an hour or so after each class. "Java" is for coffee and "asana" is for yoga pose. We usually spend an hour or so, but sometimes in the dark rainy winter months it stretches out long into the afternoon. Why go out into the gloom when you can while away the hours with friends?

(My dress is by blogger friend Judy Sall, otherwise known as Tie Dye Judy. It's really cool and comfy.)

Wait, this isn't a yoga girl! It's Pam's husband, but he made it onto the blog because of his sunny shoes, shirt and smile. We invited husbands to the party, even though they don't go to yoga.

So here's to the yoga girls!