Posts Tagged ‘pillow’

The Surface of Infinity, Wired

May 29, 2013

The most amazing thing happened to my Challenge Project – it told me it didn’t want beads. I’ve never had a project that refused beads before. Perhaps it was tired of being fussed over. First I had to wire its tail to make a Mobius strip.

Beading wire works well

Beading wire works well


I had considered satin stitching the edges in lieu of binding, but that didn’t seem enough when I finished the wiring, so I bound the quilt with a sheer ribbon.

Gauze ribbon is a great binding for small projects

Gauze ribbon is a great binding for small projects



The result was exactly what I wanted. You really can travel both sides of the loop without crossing the edges.

The finished project

The finished project



Since I was in the mood for handwork, I finished my cross-stitch kit. Well, I say finished but what I really mean is I adapted the pattern (because I can never quite count right) and kept adding embroidery and beads until it seemed like a good place to end.

Spider and bat button

Spider and bat button


I managed to get one more project off the pile, which was a pillow made from elephant fabric for my daughter.

Lani Longshore elephant pillow

It seems an appropriate comment on my life in the studio – never forgetting that my goal is to reduce the piles before they start creating their own gravity wells.




October 10, 2012

My to-do list has many items yet to be crossed off, but I am smiling all the same. The Challenge Group meeting was yesterday and my projects were finished. Even better, this project was for charity so I don’t have to find a place in the house to put them.

The assignment was presented by Shari Wentz, whose husband Don is the photographer for a group of doctors and dentists affiliated with Alliance for Smiles. Every year Don’s Rotary Club auctions items from around the world to raise money to fund another trip overseas to fix cleft palates for children and adults in developing countries who cannot afford the surgery. While Don was with a group in Cameroon, he brought back fabric for Shari, who gave it to us to use:


Shari and her quilt



Janet and her clutch purse


Jan and her table runner


Dorothy’s pillow and wall-hanging

These are only some of the items. We all agreed that if the auction were open to the public we would probably be bidding on them ourselves, but that isn’t the case. All the same, we also agreed this was a great assignment. Who knows, we might be making more items for charity in the future – and this time we’ll make sure we can bid on them.