Soft and Fuzzy, AP # 102


I really enjoy working creating visual art. Vintage buttons, tattered cloth, well-loved quilts are items I try to incorporate, whenever possible, into my projects; polyester stretch velvet would never have entered my mind. While participating in the Susan Lenz class in May, 2019, at Woodland Ridge Retreat I learned to appreciate its many possibilities. The small item I am sharing today was initiated during Susan’s class.

Soft and fuzzy are adjectives used to describe, among other things, texture. The name chosen for this fiber art piece, Soft and Fuzzy, was selected because of the various velvets used. All five layers were adhered together with a fusible webbing. Unlike several of my previous items, this one was not covered with a layer of mesh which left exposed the soft and fuzzy feeling of the velvet; hence the inspiration for the name.

Soft and Fuzzy, AP # 102

Soft and Fuzzy measures 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. Staying consistent with the other members of this series, this item was framed with a black cotton border. Except for the nine French knots all of the quilting was added with my sewing machine. Since the velvet fabrics were fused together I saw no need for stitching over their raw edges. Soft and Fuzzy, the seventh of fourteen polyester stretch velvet projects, makes a wonderful addition to my portfolio.

With warm regards!

Around the Square, AP # 101


If someone had told me I would use polyester stretch velvet in an art piece I would have thought them crazy. Now look at me; I’m about to share my sixth specimen. I guess stranger things could happen.

I began today’s art piece while in attendance at the Susan Lenz class at the Woodland Ridge Retreat center. Around the Square, AP # 101 measures 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. Contained within are three layers of polyester stretch velvet. All were secured to together with a light fusible webbing then covered with a very fine mesh. Giving the three inner rectangles, as well as the outer black border, definition is a similarly themed stitch pattern.

Around the Square, AP # 101

Around the Square, AP # 101 is currently offered for sale at Raven’s Wish. If you are interested in making an inquiry you may do so by contacting either myself or them directly.

Warm regards for pleasant day,

Autumn Jazz, AP # 100


Ta Da! I’ve created my 100th fiber art piece! Time to dance a little jig. 🙂

Autumn Jazz was created during the polyester stretch velvet class I took in May 2019. Measuring 7 3/4” x 9 3/4” it is one of my favorite polyester creations.

Autumn Jazz, Art Piece # 100

I’ve always been fond of autumn colors. Many of the furnishings and fixtures in my home reflect that appreciation. When I combined the colors for this specimen it seemed only natural to expand on the warm color pallet often associated with autumn.

All of the polyester stretch velvet fabrics were anchored together with a light fusible product heated by an iron. Each of the small sections contains a minimum of at least two layers of polyester. To accentuate the finished structure I added geometric shaped lines of machine quilting. A black cotton border was added to all four sides. They too were quilted with rows of straight lines.

The warm and inviting appearance of Autumn Jazz has made it a wonderful addition to my portfolio.

Warm regards for a productive day,

Follow the Lines, Art Piece 99


When I hear the words, “follow the lines,” I am reminded of the instructions I received as a child. The phrase was uttered to encourage me to stay within the lines while coloring on paper. The meaning, in this instance, is much different. This installment in my polyester stretch velvet revelations will introduce you to an art piece I call Follow the Lines.

Art Piece # 99 was assigned the name Follow the Lines because of the added quilting. The angular movement, of the stitches, is reminiscent of a corn maze one would explore.

Follow the Lines, AP # 99

As was mentioned earlier, this 7 3/4” x 9 3/4” portfolio installment was constructed primarily from polyester stretch velvet. The various layers were secured together with a fusible web and an iron. Making the item appears as if it were shrouded by a curtain is a very fine sheet of mesh. Although the specimen had a unique quality of its own it still needed quilting to complete the process. Complimenting the perimeter of the polyester fiber art piece is a border of black cotton fabric embellished with rows of straight-line quilting.

Follow the Lines, AP # 99 is now complete.

With warm regards for a spectacular day,

Smooth Sailing


Not too long ago I shared plans to spend time sewing, shopping, and just having fun with a group of friends. Sadly my first full day has come and gone.

Almost all of my time was focused on my hand stitching pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully all of those items were finished. Take a look.

It feels so great to have crossed over that hurdle. Time to focus on other things!

Warm wishes to you!