Friday, December 18, 2015

Quilts, quilts and more quilts

These are recent small quilts made with scraps.

Monday, November 23, 2015


EMERGING STAR 1 Revisited © 2015, Virginia Wieringa,

Monday, September 28, 2015

banner of EMERGING STAR 3

40" x 80" reproduction on fabric of  EMERGING STAR 3
A church called to suggest a banner from Emerging Star 3 and after learning some new tricks on Photoshop and working with a great sign company, this is the result. I am pleased with it and so is St Elizabeth Seton in the Chicago area.

Monday, September 14, 2015

My September art opportunities


This piece is included in the Calvin show this fall "50 Alumni in 50 Years"

This work is included in the fall Celebration show at First United Methodist Church in downtown GR this fall.


This image from my series of Advent Starry Night paintings is being printed onto a large banner. I've never done this process, so I'm excited to see the results!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Another disappearing nine patch

This lap quilt is for my son Tom.

Two more Brocante quilts

These brocante pattenrs alternate with nine patch blocks. The top lap quilt is for my son Steve. The one on the bottom is for my friend, Kattie. The bottom one incorporates four friendship stars and a North Star in the center along with the nine patch blocks.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


This is a presentation I did at our church. It's a PowerPoint presentation. Click on the link:


It moves rather quickly, but you can click on the bottom of the screen to see the progress and stop and start it with the Play/Pause button on the bottom left so you can read the text. I hope you enjoy it. 


Monday, June 29, 2015

Brocante quilt

This pattern is called Brocante. I love the illusion that the  diagonal square goes behind the sunflower material. I want to do this pattern again with a more limited pallette. This lap quilt is for my daughter Angie.

Quilt repair

I'm repairing an old quilt. Above is one edge before and after the repair. The idea is to not do anything that can't be undone, so I'm sewing new cloth on top of the old. I'm doing it by hand, since the whole quilt is hand made. I see some other places where the quilt has been repaired in the past. I wonder about the maker of the quilt and the people who used it. Obviously, it was a well loved and well used item.

This is the edge before the repair.
During the repair.


Batik triangles

I made two of these for two of my favorite Saras.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


This is a wall hanging I made for behind my daughter's couch. I got the star motif patterns out of a book. I'll post them individually.
54-40 Fight
54-40 Fight
Variable Star
Variable Star
Square and Stars

Swamp Angel
Square and stars

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Appreciating people just the way they are....

“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” ~ Ram Dass


The commission was a Christmas gift and I worked with the client over a few months to create a very specific painting in size and subject for very specific spot. I'm pleased that they like it and will enjoy it in their kitchen.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Disappearing nine patch quilt 2015

My latest quilt project was a queen sized disappearing nine patch quilt. The top picture shows the traditional nine patch. To make a disappearing nine patch, the 9 patch is cut in 1/2 both vertically and diagonally. It can create lots of lovely patterns with a limited palette of fabrics, but for mine, I chose to have lots of colors and novelty prints that would be at home in an eclectic cabin in Northern Michigan and few lined up seams. There are fish, deer, birds, ducks, pheasants, flowers, leaves and lots of wonderful prints. I love this quilt concept, but I'll never do a queen sized again!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

2015 Chopped block quilt

I am working on a queen sized quilt utilizing the chopped block pattern. I'm using the quilt as you go technique, so each block was quilted before the pieces were assembled. I cleverly planned a pattern for the back and then in the midst of putting the pieces together, the pattern got thrown off, since I was only really looking at the front and some of the blocks needed to be adjusted. I'm anxious to get this done so that I can paint in the studio again! I love the quilting, but I need to push some paint!