Tuesday, October 27, 2015


This is going to be kinda long, because I took a bunch of pics along the way- first I have to give a shout out to my pal Karen Stone http://www.karenkstone.com  who started me paper piecing years ago with her genius patterns.
ooh my favorite thing- a blank piece of paper-

I begin sketching the lines, stepping back often to make sure everything flows

Then I put some rough sewing lines in- they don't need to be accurate because I will make it up as I go along. 
each shape is numbered and also given a directional arrow-this entire piece of paper will be cut apart and become my pattern.

fun picking fabrics!  it's great to delve into my batik stash for a change.

each shape is cut from the main pattern and sewn individually

then they're reassembled with all of their edges folded under- this will be turned edge machine appliqué 

I sew them all down on my trusty Bernina

and then quilt it
Crystallography 40x45"

my theme this cycle is macro, I thought I would get inside the poky world of crystals instead of organic shapes for a change.


  1. Loved seeing the design and construction process Betty. Love the quilting designs which enhance the crystals. Beautiful!

  2. Stunning. Thanks so much for sharing your process too!

  3. That was great! I love seeing your process - from beginning to end. Love the crackly stitching. Great piece!