Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Live Your Brightest Life - Part 2

Crafting a Life presents - Live Your Brightest Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella. Quilting in the Garden, September 23-25 at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, California.  Pokey Bolton, curator. Here is the link to her ask. My plan was to make a quilt about Yvonne and me, combining our two styles. 18x26 vertical format
I changed out the lime green neck for black and white safety pin fabric, which is more me

Added the red dog jumping between the houses, which is for Yvonne

Let the free motion machine quilting begin.  My FMQing is very organic

The finished piece and I am very happy with the results.  YP and me.  A loving tribute to her and our friendship.

details of the quilting

details of my face.  You can click on it to see it larger

Yvonne's face

Friday, July 22, 2016

Live Your Brightest Life - Part 1

Crafting a Life presents - Live Your Brightest Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella. Quilting in the Garden, September 23-25 at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, California.  Pokey Bolton, curator. Here is the link to her ask. My plan was to make a quilt about Yvonne and me, combining our two styles. 18x26 vertical format
Drawing of houses, combining our two styles with her houses and mine

This is where making a pattern comes in handy.  I place it under a Goddess Sheet by Mistyfuse.  I can see through to the artwork, so I can begin to cut my pre-fused fabrics.  All of the fabrics have been pre-fused with Mistyfuse, my 'go to' fusible web

It's sort of like putting a puzzle together.  Cutting and pressing it into place

The houses are coming together.  Thinking about adding this checked fabric under the houses.  This is Yvonne's iconic style with black and white checks

It is almost complete.  I will peel this off in one sheet to bring it to the wool blended felt foundation.  I don't use batting in between the layers.  Wool blended felt from National Nonwovens TOY002

Those are small hexagons for the blue sky.  Trying on my first face, and I am not happy with it. Time for a re-do for Yvonne, because she needs more fabrics, more color, more fun!
Yvonne re-do - more like her. Dog bone and heart in her hair.  Might have to do some tweaking to her hair.  She has also been made on top of a Goddess Sheet

my head made on a Goddess Sheet, then I will peel it off and place it on the quilt

I dressed us in black and white, a color choice for clothing that we both enjoyed.  I am trying out background fabric

I have put a piece of parchment paper behind our heads to help with auditioning the background fabric
Turquoise fabric was the perfect solution for both of our faces.  I added a polka dot line around the sides and top.  Stay tuned for the free motion machine quilting next, and I am not sure about my lime green neck!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Making Art from Maps by Jill K. Berry

Making Art from Maps by Jill K. Berry.  I am so excited that this book has reached the book section of Amazon and I can finally share my project!  Yahoo!
When Jill mentioned maps, the only thing my imagination went right to, was a pair of shoes. Route 66 came to mind, and I do have quite the collection of maps of the great road. Biker chicks exploring Route 66

Found this pair of biker boots in the sale section of Old Navy.  They were perfect for what I needed.

Route 66 really has some great iconic images. These are some of the watercolors that I did for this project.

and more.  Once I decided where my theme was going to take me, which is centered around motels, restaurants and scenic sights.  What's for dinner along Route 66
Boots in progress.  I used Liquitex Matte Medium to adhere the color copies of my artwork

Looking good with maps and watercolors

in progress on one side of a boot

another side

a closer look at the shoe art

Biker Chicks in Chapter 3 in the 'Fashion' section!  These boots are made for walkin'

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Page a Day - a New Series

Have I ever told you how much i love old books?  Well I do. I love to go to the used  bookstore and find treasures.I have been on the look out for reference cook books that I could draw on the pages. I know, eeek.  I found this rather large book 'the New Household Encyclopedia' written in 1939 - a British publication in two volumes. It is larger than a piece of paper and about 1-1/2" thick and heavy.  I have the second volume. It took me a couple of months to find the courage to draw in this book.

I decided that this would be an excellent way for me to expand my horizons on the drawing level, so of a challenge. Draw the subjects on the page

And some subject I may have to look up in my World Book Encyclopedias - yes I still have a set for reference

and I am learning about a whole bunch of things

These are very quick sketches. No pencil, just go with the flow

I am selecting pages of subjects that I know something about, because I know I can draw some fun objects

One of my fav subjects - houses/apartments

Hmmm, how does one draw a pickle?

and mattresses and springs?  So fun. I am posting a page a day, except Sunday on Instagram.  Follow me!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The Kitchen Tile

I was so thrilled when it came to tile day for our dream kitchen. This is 2" white porcelain tile that I bought from Wayfair.  They have great deals on tile. My original plan was for multi-colored tiles - all hexagons.  But, could not find any colors in 2" tiles.  Plan B - a black and white tile kitchen, and the accessories can ask as the 'color' for the kitchen.

The extraordinary tile guy, Gilman is an artist. He laid out the pattern on the kitchen floor.  I loved watching him work.

The backspash. The frame tiles and the nine patch are made by Daltile.  Black grout really makes them pop!

A closer view

The hexagon tiles go all the way around the kitchen, under the cabinets and around the window

Extra floor tiles were used in the garden window.  I loved this detail.

the other side of the kitchen
Let the color begin!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Got Washi Tape?

Oh the kitchen calendar. This magnetic wall holder was made by Day Runner and I think I have had this for over 10 years.  They don't make them anymore. I love having my paper calendar on the frig for easy reference.  What's a girl to do? 

Light bulb moment.  Washi tape would cover this well and it will jazz it up a bit with polka dots, stripes, houndstooth and triangle waves.  And how about some red and white polka dot duct tape?  Should all work well..

The pen holder in stripes of patterned Washi tape

Washi tape is basically paper tape, so it can be fragile to handle.  It's not there for the long haul, unless it is covered in clear tape or Matte medium.  I covered all of the tape with clear packing tape so keep it secure and long lasting

The finished product

On the frig and I am happy!