Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Civic Garden Center Block Challenge
Each year the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati
puts on a Quilter's Tea with a speaker, wonderful food and delicious teas.
As a part of the day they present a quilt block challenge in the months leading up to the tea.
The blocks are judged and hung at the tea.
Over the following year they are made into quilts to be auctioned as a fund raiser. 
This years theme is
"Enchanted Botanicals"

my entry began by using the required fabric
and cutting the shapes to match my sketch of enchanted lady slippers

the flowers were placed on the required background fabric 
to create a 12 1/2"x 12 1/2" block 

 Here is the finished block and details

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome 2015
and Happy New Year to All
My Resolution for 2015
concerning this blog
is to try to be a "little more" involved in posting to my blog.
Actually, I do not do resolutions.
What I have been doing for the past 10 years 
is to write a list of aspirations.
Things I aspire to accomplish during the year.
So to be more clear,
on my list I have included 
"I aspire to post more often in 2015 
than I posted in 2014"
Hope you will be following
and Enjoy!
See ya soon - Robbie

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Hoffman Fabric Challenge
For the past 25 years Hoffman Fabrics has offered a challenge where entries that are accepted travel throughout the year to quilt shows, textile shops, museums and libraries.  
Each entry must include a recognizable amount of the challenge fabric.
This years challenge fabric was a wonderful blend of deep indigo background, flowers and colorful mandala designs.
In the past I have always created art dolls for my entry.  2014 is the first time I have entered a quilt. 
My design is based on the ornate shrines of 
Our Lady of Guadalupe 
that are so often seen in Mexican Art.  
My entry is Titled
Our Lady of the Garden
The art is quilted with machine decorative stitches and was created in a fused appliqué technique.  I spent hours fussy cutting the flowers and mandala designs that are printed on the challenge fabric and positioning them into the shrine.
Pictured here is a slice of the challenge fabric and the quilt from the front and back including the quilt label.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


The Valentine Heart 
And Card


I have loved creating Valentines since I was in Elementary School.  
Covering a Special Box and heading out to school to pass out 
Valentines is one of my favorite memories!

These sweet little Quilted Hearts were created by quilting two half yard pieces of Variegated Batik Fabric with decorative machine stitches.  One piece of fabric was shades of pink and one was in red tones.
I created a clear plastic heart shaped template and carefully selected areas of the design to trace and cut out.  
The two yards produced 24 hearts.
I cut a second larger heart template and made 24 hearts out of stiff felt.
Then each quilted heart was sew onto stiff felt and embellished with buttons and sequined.
On my computer I created a message, printed it out, cut around the little messages and glued them to the back of the heart.
Since I wanted to also mail cards,  I photographed a pile of the hearts and made 4x6" prints, glued onto pink card stock as cards.


Saturday, January 11, 2014


A trip to Deer Isle Maine resulted in two of my favorite photos.  One has been the inspiration for several works produced already and the other is "on the drawing" board for work in 2014. 
I have produced from the photo of the three pink Lupine a large Art Wall Quilt, a smaller wall quilt and a Wall Doll.  The large art quilt was selected as the publicity photo for our Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Arts Guilt annual show at the Cincinnati Nature Center.
I'm looking for to a New Year of more Lupine Inspired Art!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Oh Shrine of Mine
Earlier this year I posted photos of the framework or structure that I created from foam core 
to support my quilted shrine.
Our contemporary Fiber Arts Guild Leader
Suggested a challenge where each member would create a work that represented their 
Authentic Self