Lone Robin element #6 (finally)!

LR 6

I’m working on element # 6 of the Lone Robin, quilter’s choice, which means I can do anything I want! I took some of the leftover strips from element #3 and cut them up on an angle.

LR 5.3

LR 6.3

LR 6.1


Now I’m trying to figure out how to fill in the negative space.

LR 6.4

Posted in EBHQ, Improvisational piecing, Lone Robin, SFQG, Work In Progress | Leave a comment

dye experiments!

dye 2

dye 3

dye 4dye 1

These are my dye experiments from two EBHQ workshops with Malka Dubrawsky from almost a month ago. I’ve been so busy with holidays that I never shared them. It was really exciting to work with soy wax resist for the first time. You don’t have to iron it out! You agitate and wash it out by hand. My favorite are the marks made by dipping my potato masher into the wax to resist the blue dye. I also used K’nex toys, cardboard, brushes, cookie cutters, and other odds and ends.


Posted in Classes, EBHQ, Work In Progress | Leave a comment

Prism Play fabrics

I went to both Bay Quilts and New Pieces today to buy fabrics for my 2 Prism Play quilts. I know some people are dying their own fabrics, but that is not my expertise.

Prism Blue

Prism Orange

Here are the fabrics for both quilts along with the color card for that color. We’re not even allowed to use black or white. If I had known that “orange” would include so much brown, I would have chosen purple or violet!

Here’s more info about the show. SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) will have a juried show called Prism Play. I signed up to make 2 quilts, one in blue and one in orange. Each quilt will be one color, and 45″ tall by 15″ wide.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

When Day Was Night


This is my 12″ x 12″ quilt, called When Day Was Night. Today is the one year anniversary of that day when the sky was a dark yellow/orange all day, from the smoke in the atmosphere from the wildfires. This quilt was in a show at the Blueline Gallery in Sacramento. I never saw the show in person, because of Covid.Sherman_Claire_When_Day_Was_Night_detail

Here’s a detail.

Posted in 12 x 12, Improvisational piecing, Machine applique | Leave a comment

SAQA Prism Play


IMG_2955SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) will have a juried show called Prism Play. I signed up to make 2 quilts, one in blue and one in orange. Each quilt will be one color, and 45″ long by 15″ wide. I have to thank Cara Gulati who hand delivered my envelope with the color cards on Friday! The mystery of my missing envelope has been solved. It had been mistakenly delivered to a neighbor, who eventually delivered it to me. I have my choice of two different blues- that’s why there are 2 blue cards. Now I need to look in my stash to see if I actually have these colors.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lone Robin element #5 continued

LR 5.2

I’m working on the spaces between these squares. I decided to make wonky strips instead of the even ones in element #2. I think it would drive me crazy to make that many strips that were exactly the same. Below are my first few strips.


Here is what they look like inserted between the squares.

LR 5.5

Posted in EBHQ, Improvisational piecing, Lone Robin, SFQG, Work In Progress | Comments Off on Lone Robin element #5 continued

Lone Robin element #5

LR 5.1

The fifth element for the Lone Robin is “gradations.” While I was visiting my sister in North Carolina, I visited 2 fabric stores. I bought about 8 different fabrics, all of which had some kind of gradation. I had no idea if any of them would work for my Lone Robin. When I got home and auditioned the fabrics, one of them worked perfectly! I cut it into wonky squares and parallelograms, and framed each one with the blue fabric that is a constant in this quilt. When I looked at it on the design wall, I felt that the transition was too abrupt on the bottom. I made three different attempts at a strip to place there.

LR 5.3

Luckily, the third one worked! (I had also added another curve to the top of the ladder).

LR 5.2


I’m starting to work on striped coping strips between these wonky squares. The white between them is just the design wall showing through.

Posted in EBHQ, Improvisational piecing, Lone Robin, SFQG | Comments Off on Lone Robin element #5

Asheville hamsa class part 2

In the hamsa class I also taught them how to make royzelach (Jewish snowflakes that have a Magen David in the center) for the holiday of Shavuot. Royzelach is the word for roses in Yiddish. According to midrash when we received the Torah at Mt. Sinai, it was with all our senses. There was thunder, lightning, and the smell of roses. There was a tradition in Eastern Europe to decorate their homes with flowers for Shavuot, or to cut these “roses” out of paper and glue them in their windows.

NC 1

Above is my example which I cut out in class.

NC 2

This is my hamsa example.

NC 3NC 4

These are the students with their royzelach.

Posted in Classes | Comments Off on Asheville hamsa class part 2

Hamsa class at Beth Israel in Asheville, NC

While I was in Asheville visiting my sister, I taught a paper-cut hamsa class at Congregation Beth Israel. Here are some of the students’ work.

Hamsa class 1

Hamsa class 2

Hamsa class 4Hamsa class 5

The next two are from students who didn’t want their faces photographed.

Hamsa class 3Hamsa class 6


Here’s the description of the class:

Paper-cut Hamsa Workshop

A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection against the “evil eye,” frequently worn as jewelry. Made by both Jews and Muslims, hamsas are found all over the Middle East, but are older than either religion. Come learn about the folklore of hamsas, as we make them out of paper. Learn the basics of paper-cutting, a traditional Jewish folk art. We will cut out our hamsas with scissors, and/or Exacto knives for accuracy, then glue them to a background. No artistic talent is required to make stunning hamsa designs. The finished paper-cut hamsa can be framed, to hang on the wall.

The workshop lasts for two hours. Materials fee of $5 to the instructor.

Posted in Classes, hamsa | Comments Off on Hamsa class at Beth Israel in Asheville, NC

The other ladder

Here’s the fairy door and ladder I made, installed on the tree in front of our house.

fairy doorfairy door.1

wood ladder.2


Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The other ladder