Posts Tagged ‘pendants’


March 18, 2015

Easter candy – it is more dangerous than Christmas or Halloween candy because it comes in chocolate and pretty colors. I thought nothing could tempt me more until I read about Ariel Segall. When she was at MIT she founded the Laboratory for Chocolate Science, a student club. When she graduated, she started a part-time chocolate business, Dark Matter Chocolate Laboratory. She makes chocolate Daleks, people. Then I remembered The Chocolate Vault, which doesn’t make chocolate Dahleks, but you can get a chocolate submarine on a stick.

I’m not a candy maker, but I do collect candy fabric. This stack is waiting for piecing inspiration.

Lani Longshore chocoate fabric

In the meantime, I made a small landscape quilt inspired by a pendant.

Lani Longshore landscape

I have several other large beads, pendants and assorted embellishments that might be useful for landscapes, so this may be a new series for me (to add to all the others I hope to finish in my copious free time).

Luck and wisdom!

Why I Collect

July 17, 2013

I quilt, therefore I collect. That’s what I tell myself when I run across something that I can’t recall buying but must have because it’s in my studio.


I probably won’t wear the penguin pin, but I want to keep it. It was given to me, after all, and gifts should be honored.


I already have a frog quilt collection. One more for the frog pin won’t be much of a stretch. Well, make it two – I still have plenty of frog fabric.


I have plenty of tree and Celtic-inspired fabric for these pendants. Yes, the pentagram is just as heavy as it looks, but with a little luck and some good stiffener I’ll come up with something.


The dragons, like the penguin, will take more thought. I made one dragon quilt a long time ago, and one quilt with penguin fabric. I know there’s a design out there, somewhere, waiting for me to discover it. In the meantime, I will continue to quilt, and to collect.

The Beading

April 21, 2011

I spent a lovely day beading Taj Mahal but couldn’t photograph the results to save my soul, even with my husband’s camera (and his help). Nevertheless, I’m going to show you the best pictures of the lot.

Most of the beads came from my collection, but some are new. I happened to be at my local craft store – looking for something else – and a few items leaped off the shelf into my shopping cart. Still, I managed to combine things I already had with the new things.

I put eight of these on the quilt, four on each side. The silver square is a slide for a bracelet. I added the loop of seed beads on each slide.

I made two of these bead strings for the top of the quilt. The top bead is a painted, wooden bead.  The crystals are out of focus, I know, but this is the best I could manage.

This combination is in the center of the quilt. It is made of two pendants linked by a seed bead loop.

Here I put together three buttons and a cell phone fob that I had made months ago. The buttons were on a card in the sale bin. They simply begged me to rescue them and do something clever. I hope they’re pleased with their new home.

I finished the quilt with a fringe of wooden beads and pink pony beads on a gold cord. These items all came from my collection. In fact, I think I wooden beads for a project for my daughter when she was in elementary school (she’s in graduate school now).

Taj Mahal will be hanging in the Amador Valley Quilt show next weekend. If someone else can get a decent picture of it, I’ll beg a copy and run it after the show.