Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It's A Wrap!!

 Summer Scarf Wraps

Lots of Sizzling Summer Colors!

One Size Fits All

See Demonstrations - Learn how to tie different fashion looks.

When: Saturday, June 21
Where: Strawberry Fest - downtown Waupaca, WI

Large Rectangle Scarves made at Mill Street Studio in Scandinavia.
3 Sizes - Mini $15, Midi $18, and Maxi $20

It's Fun.  Takes only Seconds to Tie!

Mini Wrap - $15

"Mini Wrap"
Fabulous Cobalt Blue Peacock
Just the right size to wear over a swim suit or halter top.

Tie it in the front, Tie it on the side, or Tie it in back.

So many ways to tie this Midi scarf wrap!!
Midi - $18

The midi scarf wrap and with a bracelet ties quickly into a flowing dress.

How slimming is this look?
Check out the elegance of the midi scarf wrap on a
38" bust, and 42" hip dress form.

Are you a size 2 to size 24?  The one-size-fits-all Midi scarf wrap is perfect for you.

Summer is a Cool Blue Maxi scarf wrap
2 full yards of graceful fabric.
Try this wrapped version.  Drape and Tie fast!!

View of the Tied in the Back
BUT--you could wear it tied in the front too!
OR, tie it off to one side.

Side View of Cool Blue Maxi scarf wrap.
Drapes so lovely and natural.  Covers tummy area too!

 Here's the Midi $18 wrap scarf in Cool Blue
Tied on the Side

Midi - $18
Oooo--this style would be amazing worn with white shorts or slacks.
Below shows how it's tied in the back

Easy Breezey Fabric
Wash by hand or by machine - Line dries fast!

Midi - $18
Sexy, Slimming, Swimwear Cover Up

Notice the long length of the ties, shortens the Midi
to a halter top.  Or, make the ties shorter to make the Midi into a dress!
So many ways to wear it!

Midi worn as a short dress tied at the shoulder

So easy to adjust how it drapes.
You can wear it snug and form fitting, or loose and casual.

Be sure to check out my booth Saturday June 21 at Strawberry Fest, Waupaca, WI
See you there!
See demonstrations how to tie these beautiful scarves.
So many delicious colors and prints to choose from
Make your summer wardrobe sizzle!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tour of Mill Street Studio

Cutting table and some of the fabric storage for the summer purses I'm building for you.

I work in the studio everyday.  Besides purses I make
handmade polymer beaded zipper pulls and buttons.

I make beautiful pillow cases too

I restored two vintage library card credenzas, and Jon my husband made built in storage.
In the north and west end of the studio there are 120 drawers of these incredibly wonderful storage drawers.

Each month, I design/build 2-3 dozen purses, totes, and soft luggage.
This photo shows some examples for the summer collection  I'll be selling Sat. June 21 at Waupaca Wisconsin Strawberry Fest.  Hope to see you there!

Summer Mini Purses

These little mini purses are great fun and will be for sale at my booth at 
the Waupaca Strawberry Festival June 21, 2014, Waupaca, Wisconsin.

I'll have 100 purses for sale - I hope to see you there

Let's see some details of these mini purses with handmade zipper pulls:

PADDED Camo Purses with handmade polymer zipper pulls.
The yo-yo decoration features hand made buttons, and there is another button inside marking the location of a hidden pocket!!

All handmade - I free motion quilt fabrics to give you a superior padded bag.
A padded bag will help protect your electronic device.

Detail of another handmade zipper pull.  I

By the way - I sell handmade zipper pulls, and handmade buttons too.
They will also be available for you to buy at Saturday June 21 
at Waupaca,Wisconsin Strawberry Fest.  

Come see the collection of 400 handmade buttons at my booth.
Sat. June 21 at Waupaca, Wisconsin Strawberry Fest.

Tropical Mini Purse

Its fun to zip open your little mini purse with a handful of bling!
I have lots of fun making these beaded zipper pulls.
The yo-yo flower is decorated with hand-sewn orange beads.

All of the mini purses have HIDDEN POCKETS inside!!!

There will be lots and lots of purses in every shade of blue you can imagine
So if you need a cure, come to my booth at Waupaca Wisconsin Strawberry Fest
Saturday, June 21

Free Motion Quilted Fabrics to pad purses and protect your electronic devices.

Custom made polymer clay pendant zipper pull to match this purse.
Wait til you see the lime green lining on this purse.  Its so pretty I could eat it.

I have more than 100 purses to sell - in your favorite colors.
I'll post more photos soon.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Science Friday Quilt

"Science Friday" quilt is sampler
of edge to edge free-style machine quilting I offer.

As a portrait and still life painter for many years, 
I call upon drawing skills to illustrate quilts.

An ample queen size quilt.  
Colorful fabrics of yellow, lime green, black, gray, and ivory

Displayed on Sleigh Bed
in the East Bedroom
at our old Victorian

Don't ya love sleigh beds?
If you come stay at the old Victorian
you'll sleep under some fabulous quilts!

I make lots and lots of fancy pillow cases
and sell them at shows.

The border work--
I call this design green beans and cherry tomatoes

Ruler work to divide and conquer,
free-style quilting to make it shout.

What goes on in a person's mind
when they are so wrapped up in the moment
of free style quilting?
For me, it's like driving a car to a familiar place,
and suddenly realizing I arrived,
but don't remember all the details of getting there.

I know, I am deeply relaxed when free style quilting,
so I honestly cannot tell you how some of these
images form.  They just happen.
Ruler work of course requires more planning,
less zen trance like state of mind.
With ruler work - I like repeating images.

Finishing the free style work,
and rolling the quilt off of the frame.

I bought the yellow fabric without pause,
inspired by the architecture symbols.

Combination of ruler work and free style

Adding a repeating design of three leaves,
interrupted by small meander

Curved Ruler Work

During the process of quilting, I stopped to take photos.
It took a full week--long days in the studio
to free style quilt "Science Friday"

While I quilt, I make reference marks
with long stem pins indicating where I left off
stitching in the ditch around blocks, sashing, border.
The black print fabric features slices of 
lime green peace symbols.

I've used this same black fabric many times
in large totes and purses.

I will be very sad when I've used up the last bit
of this black and green fabric.  
Originally, I bought two bolts of it.

Hmmmmm, how many totes
can I make out of two full bolts of fabric????
Answer: Lots, and lots, and lots.
They always sell out fast at shows.


Ok, ok, getting back to the Science Friday quilt . . . 

Photo of first day--quilting on Science Friday quilt.

Below--gives you an idea how I pieced dozens of blocks
to create the quilt.

The blocks were created using a
special triangle ruler called, 

To see how this amazing ruler works,
and how you can make these blocks too!

Sewing blocks together

Science Friday Quilt - A Modern, Queen/King
Price: $325

See you at Strawberry Fest
downtown Waupaca, WI
Saturday, June 21