Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Teaching at Art & Soul in March 2015

Art & Soul - Portland
I am happy to tell you that I will be teaching at the Art & Soul Retreat in Portland, Oregon in 2015!  So excited to be part of the amazing line up of teachers!   March 2-8

#P229 - Monday - Rebel Quilting with Stencils (sewing); this is such a fun class where you make your own printed fabric with stencils on fabric, that has been fused with Mistyfuse onto a wool blended felt foundation. Color and design will be discussed, about what colors bring out the best by placing them next to a complimentary color, and then free motion machine quilting! 

#P232 - Tues Evening - Everyone Needs an Apron (stencils); a quick, easy and fun way to use stencils in sort of a scrumble like a collage format. You will end up with a one-of-a-kind apron to wear in your studio and to classes!

A little closer look at the images on the apron

#P232 - Wed Evening - Shoe Talk (Decoupage); using text fabric from my two lines with Hoffman Fabrics, and your own shoes, you will learn the art of decoupage by creating a new look for your shoes, that reflects your personal style.
#P301 - Thur/Fri Evenings - Painting with a Twist & Shout, with Leslie Tucker Jenison
Thursday night, we paint a huge canvas.
Friday night, we make small art quilts our of our sections

Another view and words, and Blogger was not working correctly so this other view is here. Go figure.

#P271 - Saturday - all day - Funky Folding Houses (sewing); and I hope you will consider joining us at the Art & Soul Retreat in Portland, Oregon - March 2-8, 2015

Monday, December 08, 2014

Friendship Circles and Give Away!

Since my new line is all about heart and soul sisters, I wanted to create part of a double wedding ring style quilt, with just two rings.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot Pro to cut out the rings.  They are 9" wide.  I can save the inner circles for another project, and frankly, the outer portions as well.  All of the fabrics in this project were fused with Mistyfuse.

I think these make a nice combo.  The hot pink swirl and the line green triangles.  They kinda remind me of my childhood bedroom color scheme.  I made one slice in the green, so I could intertwine the circles.

Heart and Soul Sisters in the 'Daisy' colorway!  You can click on it to see it larger.  Here is the give away scoop.  Would you like to win a fat quarter bundle of this new line?  Just leave a comment on what you would like to make with the fabric, and I will choose a winner with the random number generator. Deadline is Monday, December 15th at midnight pacific standard time.  We have a winner.  71 comments and number 4 from the Random Number Generator is the winner!  Rhoda Forbes!

The girl grid fit perfectly into the outer circle, and a 3 grid pattern with the heart fit in the middle.

Both girls - 2 different ones

Now for the fun part of adding the words from the text fabric.  The phrases were already there.  I just cut them out individually, so I could lay them out on the circles.
I decided on an orange/tangerine background, which is not part of the line, but is a Hoffman batik.  Using the hearts from the grid fabric, I thought that adding them to the inner corners would give the piece balance.
I used a combination of grid fabrics and blenders to finish out the quilt. All of those little squares have my drawings in them, as well as, the blenders.  This was made on a wool blended felt foundation in black, and backed with the same in pink.  It is made by National Nonwovens #T0Y002No batting, no binding.  You can click on it to see it larger.

some of the details with the free motion machine quilting

More details.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer

I am very honored and thrilled to be one of the artists in
1 Day, 100 artists, 100 patrons on Wednesday, February 4th at 10:00am Central
Here is the link all about this important fundraiser 
I will post my artwork early next year!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Changes in the Studio

Over the last week, I have made some changes in my studio.  I needed one more bookcase for fabric, mostly my own lines.  So, I emptied a bookcase of books in stacks on the floor (and now need to figure out what to put them on).  The glass cabinet with drawers and the bookcase traded places.  I am quite happy with the results.  Then I brought another glass cabinet and table from home to fit down at the end.

This is the cabinet that I brought from home.  It's from Ikea, that I bought in the 'as is' warehouse part of the store.  I've had it for years.  We had to totally take it apart, to be able to move it and for it to fit in my car.  Now I have an actual desk.

Keepsakes in the glass portions, and won't be opened very often.  Things that I have kept that remind me who I am and where I came from.

Mixed media books, a pair of high heels

A view from the paint area.  The table to the right is my Sizzix die cutters.  I am going to find some storage drawers to put underneath that rolling table for die cut storage.  I think it will be a great use of that space.  Dies at your fingertips.

The other glass cabinet and it's treasures.  A complete vintage button and shell collection in the lower portion.
I moved out my computer desk - it went home, and a long table, that the printer sat on.  Now I need to find an unconventional printer table with shelves underneath.  That will be fun to go on a search for.  I need to clean out all of those boxes.  A studio sale is in my future to get rid of fabric that I will never use.

I moved my paint cabinet to this side of the room, making it more convenient to actually access my paints.  The other red cabinet is full of fun paper, ephemera and cardboard books. The skinny tan CD tower holds my cups of brushes, pens and other things.  The 6-drawer plastic tower with the pink post its is going to become a place to store fused fabrics from my lines.  I can't wait to get that done!

The mess #1 - need to be ruthless in cleaning this stuff out

A floor view - mess #2 - books need to find a new location, boxes to clean out

Mess #3 - all the fabrics that I have worked with for prep for Quilt Market - one huge mess, that needs to be organized.  This is weighing heavily upon me.

New fabric shelf.  Moved the books and magazines that my work is in to this one shelf with the fabric.  It's nice to have them in one place.

A view from the design table to the wall of shelving and cabinets.  One of my goals is to hang other people's artwork above those shelves.

A view from the design table looking at the back portion of my studio by the truck door.

A view from the design table, looking into the seating area and the large inspiration wall.  My favorite part of my studio!

From the design table looking at the other side.  The sewing area, and extra table towards the front door.  I love the fact that my studio is constantly changing and evolving.  My goal is to make it more efficient and easy to find things.  I want everything off the floor.  We shall see.  Onward and upward.  There is work to get done in December!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sew Thankful!

It's Thanksgiving!  This is a drawing and watercolor from the first theme introduced on The Sketchbook Challenge in 2011 "Highly Prized."  I thought it would be appropriate for today.  The things I am thankful for, but mostly for family - for their love, encouragement, support, trust, kindness, laughter, song, willingness to value me, to listen to me, and love me!  Thank you to my family and dear friends!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kodak Moments

When I am traveling, I like to take pictures of things that appeal to me on an artistic level.  This old and gorgeous Cadillac was parked in front of the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston.  Beautiful lines.

A wool carpet sample, that looks like something beneath the ocean

Love the look of this in the window, and it was high up

Looking at the same window through a wrought iron piece that hung from the ceiling

A visit to the Texas Art Asylum, and ran into some friends.  Liz Kettle, me, Ruth Chandler, Leslie Tucker Jenison and Judy Gula.  A must go to place for artists, when visiting Houston.

A lamp in a restaurant

A wall of tribal masks

Through a wire basket
Random Hearts

Wooden spoons for a window display

Love this display of fun gifts

We were still in October, but this tugged at my sentimental sleeve

Good friends - Leslie Tucker Jenison, Yvonne Porcella and me at Festival in Houston

A brief visit with author, Marie Bostwick, while she was doing a book signing at Festival

Love all of these light fixtures hanging from the ceiling
Leslie Tucker Jenison and me, hamming it up in front of the d@8 sign in our exhibit at Festival

Decoupaged shoes and socks

A the end of the trail.  Driving back to San Antonio, and Barbie harnessing the sun for us!  To Market and Festival - thanks for the memories!

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