Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer Trip - Part 2

Elandan Gardens - getting our zen on

This place had the most amazing gardens with a concentration on Bonsai trees. I just loved the views, trees and gorgeous setting. It also had the best gallery store!

I love a tree with a beautiful blue sky behind it

I could just bask in the glow of this view

Great sculptures too

I see quilts everywhere

Art glass hanging from the trees

and some picturesque ponds

bonsai, pronounced bones eye

Steve and Steve

the guys getting ready to go fishing for the day
a little game of pool

Out to lunch with Steve & Mary with Steve and me.  We had such a great trip!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer Trip - Part 1

We began our trip in Seattle at Dahlia, a lovely restaurant with amazing decor and delicious food

These three charming paintings greeted us when we came in the door

Hand made paper and woven lamp

Onions made out of wood

A beautiful transparent handmade fish

A show of the restaurant and the lamps

Taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island
Flowers on the walk to breakfast

I think these might be pretty hard to draw

I always love visiting Town & Country market on Bainbridge.  Their produce department is amazing. Blackberries and currants!

The entire row is filled with every kind of mushroom. Be still my heart
This is the beauty that awaited us at the Inn at Vineyard Lane. It's kinda off the beaten path, but so gorgeous.

Pages from my sketchbook

another view of the gardens where we stayed

Boats stacked in Indianola

Gorgeous view from my friends house in Indianola

My long time friend, Jayne Larson and me - such a great visit!
More flowers from the gardens where we stayed

My kindred spirit Sue Morton and me.  We have known each other for 29 years and we share the love of art!
Pretty views on Bainbridge Island

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Made with Love

My plan for this art quilt - a wedding gift - was to collage a variety of red fabrics to create a large heart.  All of the fabrics were pre-fused with Mistyfuse. I made a heart pattern first, so I would know where the fabrics would be placed.

I pinned it to the heart, so I could cut out the pattern

and here is the beautiful big red heart. Everything about this wedding was about hearts and love

I made a typewriter with black and white fabrics.  The keys are Hoffman Fabrics - pre-made, so I would not have to do them by hand. Gotta love that. The groom uses a vintage typewriter in his art, so it was fitting that the heart should come out of the typewriter

I am measuring to make sure it is all straight

working on the background fabrics, which have all been collaged together, like the heart.  Instead of laying the background fabric over the entire piece, I am cutting it to fit it slightly under the heart, so I don't have so much bulk
This shows you that process

First look at my art quilt. I do not like the typewriter. It is too flat and has no personality.  It needs a re-do.
So, I made it more vintage with the ribbon cartridges on top, took out the black and white stripe.  One of the greatest things about Mistyfuse, is that you can take things like this apart when it is fabric to fabric, without any issues. I really like this feature. It makes my life so much easier.

Here is the program book for the wedding festivities

The logo for the wedding was a red heart with their initials. It's the icing on the cake!

a closer look

Initials were fussy cut

another detail
I am so happy with how this turned out.  I hope the happy couple loves it as much as I do. It has aluminum pop tops hand sewn on the back for easy hanging on the wall. Quilt with Love

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