Jewelry by Jill LaPierre


Earlier this year I posted about my trip to  Hacienda Mosaico  in Puerto Vallerta  with my friend Terri.  We took a great class with Richard and Jane Salley and met some wonderful people with whom we have kept in touch.  So when our friend Jill was wondering how she would handle exhibiting her jewelry at the four-day Mayfair Festival of the Arts in Allentown, Terri, me and Pat, another  Hacienda Mosaico alumn were quick to offer help.

Terri and I piled into her Bubble Car for a trip up the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Allentown


imageThe antenna of The Bubble Car.  Terri likes skulls.  This weathered example is from a “Pirates of the Caribbean”  Happy Meal.  I think it is aging well.          


Jill’s booth. 



wpid-img_20150524_200632_wm.jpgPat and Terri wait on some customers


 Jill must be laughing at the photographer


Love that etching


Want to see some beautiful examples of Jill’s work?  Check out her Pinterest Board to see copper pieces and her  web site  to see her beautiful pieces of high-end sterling silver chain maille.


Eugena Topina’s Openwork

Some pictures  from the May 17  meeting of the year of the Philadelphia Area Polymer Guild. 2 3

Eugena Topina was guest artist and demonstrated her polymer clay Openwork technique to a very appreciative crowd.

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Eugena’s web site has links to her gallery where you can ooh and aah over her delightful creations.  You can also purchase tutorials for  many of the polymer clay techniques she has developed. 

Eugena is constantly working to improve her tutorials so it’s well worth it to follow her blog.  On May 19, she announced that she had made improvements to the procedures to make Openwork bracelets and pendants.  Best of all, those who have already purchased these tutorials can get the updates at no extra charge.  Click  here for more information.

Garage Sailing in North Carolina


     One of my favorite activities is trolling garage and yard sales so I am very pleased that Maxwell married into a family where “garage sailing” is an honored past time.  I know that the correct spelling is more likely garage “sale-ing”  but I like the idea (and the practice) of sailing from sale to sale.



I bet you could garage sail right down this canal.




The lady on the left worked as a music therapist and was selling a bunch of instruments including an  Ovation acoustic electric six string guitar that was a little dinged up on the front but had a nice sound and a finger-friendly action.    For $100.00  I was thinking about buying it but I don’t play anymore didn’t have anyone old enough to give it to.  She also had an auto harp, an electric keyboard and a portable percussion set.   I did score a Dremel rotary kit from her for $20.00 and it works great!   


imageMax treated us to pizza made with his personal home made dough and toppings. A nice finish to a day of garage sailing. 

The Quilts They Are Finished!!!

I started making these quilts in 2011 right after I made Nathan’s baby quilt which was my first quilt. (I am not a quilter, so I decided I should start out with something small.) Ok, ok, it only took me four years to finish these, but I didn’t work on them continuously.


I started with sewing scraps of fabric together just to get a quilting mojo thing going.  Then I started buying old clothes at thrift stores and taking them apart for the fabric.  Some friends gave me fabric.  Someone across the street threw out boxes and boxes of great fabric!  I bought fabric sample books
on eBay and a box of scraps from a quilt maker on  Etsy.


Gradually, I settled on  Log Cabin Pattern.  Since the idea of making the blocks all the same made me want to stick a needle in my eye, I decided to make them all different and had fun with each one.  The only rule was that the colors had to work.  Oh,  and I settled on a size of 12 inches square for each finished block.  I taught myself to chain piece and I became a quilt block berserker for a while.


The quilts are 6 blocks across and eight blocks long


 Years  ago, I painted a headboard  on my wall.  Makes it hard to rearrange the furniture!


My husband said he quit drinking in case he woke up one day and looked at his night stand.  This is from my painted furniture phase.

Quilt Back

I made my own binding, machine sewed it to the front of the quilts and hand sewed it to the back.  Here’s a good quilt binding tutorial.


I used fleece blankets as the filling and flannel sheets on the back.  I machine quilted by stitching in the ditch around the  blocks.  It wasn’t that difficult with a walking foot.


The view through the mirror on the wall.  This is the companion piece to the nightstand.

I don’t have plans to make another quilt although I do have a third quilt top left over.  It could happen!