Story Dolls at Gallery in September!

At the Gallery at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, September 21 – 25, 2016, in addition to my photographs and watercolors, I will be exhibiting my story dolls! These include five dolls shown above – Alice and the White Rabbit, Superman/Clark Kent, Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Little Prince and the Fxo. This is the 51st edition of this wonderful show.  Everything is very high quality and available for purchase. Admission is free! Hope you can make it! Put it on your calendar!


Little Prince Flip Doll

Thanks to a customer commission, we have a new doll: The Little Prince!  The one shown has gone to a new home, but I still have the pattern I designed, should someone else like to order one.  The other two photos show the dolls I have on hand.  Sadly, we won’t be doing the South of the James Market this summer due to other time demands.  However, if you would like to purchase some of our dolls or creatures, send an email, text, or call!  See the contact tab for numbers and address.

Class Report: Quilt from a Photo

As I mentioned in my January 29th post, I was scheduled yesterday to teach a class for Virginia Consortium of Quilters on making a quilt from a photo – and it went great!  All the participants got their tops for the small wall hanging finished, or almost ready to stitch.  The process seemed to make sense to them and hopefully they’ll go home and try one of their own photos!  I loved sharing the photo quilts I’ve made and showing them my hints and tips.  I put together a ‘tutorial’ for the class, and now I have that available for purchase should anyone else be interested.  This was a five hour class – I’ll be doing a much shorter program in August for the Piecemakers chapter of the Richmond Quilters Guild on the same topic.  Stay tuned!

Artful Healing for World Pediatric Project


Remember – Artful Healing, a Bon Air Artist Association fundraiser for World Pediatric Project, is happening this Sunday, February 28th, from 10 am til 5 pm at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond. Here’re two of my watercolors and a photograph that are included in the show.  Come on out and see the work of over 70 excellent local artists! All pieces will be for sale. Hope to see you there!

For those of you unable to get to Richmond, Virginia tomorrow, I’ve added a tab to this blog, Gallery of Photos, that shows a selection of pieces that I have available for purchase.  If you’d like more information, send a email to the address shown on the Contact tab.




Great Bunny Pattern

Up front, this is not my pattern.  It’s a bunny treat bag, (<= click for the tutorial) from Stitched by Crystal.  The photos show what I made up – just the right size for a handful of jelly beans!  It’s very simple to make and would be appropriate for beginning sewers, some of my favorite people.  I used fuzzy material, but I think it would work better with cotton fabric as described on the website, Stitched by Crystal. May have to go make a few more for the grandkids!

Wee Doll & Tin Bed

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Beautiful sunshine and mild temps here today for the first day of February! Usually around this time of the year I’m starting on inventory to sell at the South of the James Market starting in May. However, I’m cutting back on selling dolls and moving toward creating patterns for them. Here’s my most recent, that I’ll be demoing for my quilt chapter this Wednesday: Wee Doll and her Tin Bed! These sold faster than I could make them last summer.

First stripes of fabric are sewn together and then the doll pattern is stitched around. Cutting and stuffing follow, then hair and face. Templates are included for the inside top and bottom of an Altoids size tin, as well as for the small felt blanket and pillow. Complete instructions are provided.

If you’re interested in a copy of the pattern, let me know and we’ll work out payment and delivery. Stay warm!

Quilt from a Photo Class

Hope those of you in the mid Atlantic and north east of our country have dug out from last week’s snow storm!  We had 17″ or so here in Richmond, with schools closed for four days. It was beautiful!  However, I think I’m over winter!!

Looking forward into Spring, I will be teaching a five hour class on March 12, 2016 at the Virginia Consortium of Quilters meeting in Charlottesville. If you’d like details on location or how to register, see their newsletter at Above are the sample of what we’ll be making in the class and two steps in the technique.  I’ve made multiple quilts with this approach and been very happy with them.  You’ve probably seen them on this blog, or at

Next Wednesday I’ll be giving a brief demo for my quilt chapter on how to make a wee doll with her Altoid tin bed. Stay tuned, photos and info Monday.

Stay warm!