Thursday, October 16, 2014

Preparing for Quilt Market

"Brave Girl" is 18" wide by 33" high.  The girls will be my free pattern through Hoffman Fabrics for this line of fabric!  So exciting!   Be patient, the piece just got finished, and instructions are done, it will be up on the site soon.

Detail of Brave Girl. 
This has been so fun to use the fabrics in a variety of ways.  Here are my girls, like paper dolls, because my whole theme for my booth is going to be this shape.  I can't wait for it all to come together.  I'm not ready yet, but by Monday, my vision is going to come to life.

"Bold Girl" is 18" wide by 33" high.  These two girls are heart and soul sisters, just like the name of the fabric line with Hoffman Fabrics.  I just love those swirls - they come in royal blue, yellow and purple and the design was hand drawn - it has little stitches in it.

'Dream Big' is 19-1/2 x 23-1/2 - Dream big to achieve what you want in life to be all that you can be - olympian, artist, senator, activist, vet, dentist, doctor, inventor, engineer, just to name a few!  Girl Power and Empowerment!

"Circle Play" is 26-1/2" square.  This quilt uses the funky squares from each color way and a black and white stripe by Hoffman Fabrics.  I love the flow of this piece and the illusion that the thin strips of stripes creates.  The circles floating in and out of the squares.  A nine patch gone wild, for sure. The ultimate, to be able to create some cute, fun and totally abstract quilts from the same line!

Friendship Circles made with Sizzix 9-1/2 round dies for the Big Shot Pro machine.  This quilt is far from done, but I will post it when it's finished.  I love this one so much.

Girl mix up.  I cut the squares apart and put the girls back together another way.  Not sure that this one will make it to market, but it was fun to play around with it.

Playing around with circles, dies from Sizzix.  This might happen in the 11th hour, but not right now.  I do love the illusion that these circles could create, if the right fabrics were used.  I just need more time to explore, which I am sure will be after Market and Festival.

My BERNINA 750QE has been quilting up a storm!

Here is how the friendship circle quilt is shaping up.  It's on my design table.  My entire design table has a Holy Cow Goddess Sheet on it.  I have another one to Mistyfuse one yard cuts of fabric, in one fell swoop.  It has become one of my most favorite tools in the studio.

The holding area for things going to Quilt Market.  Several pieces on the design wall.
Some of my friends have been helping me too, so my next post will be all about those pieces, which are truly amazing works of art, like the aprons on the wall. Onward we go!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Work in Progress

Here are my girls - the heart and soul sisters.  The great part about this, is that they are drawn in two inch squares, three down.  So, they can be interchanged with clothes and shoes.  I think this is rather to fun to play with.

another way, and in the 'Daisy' color way.  No affiliation with Girl Scouts (this line), but Daisy in Girl Scouts, the nick name of founder, Juliette Low - this month marks the anniversary of the beginning of 'Daisy' scouts in 1984, which meant that you could start in Girl Scouts in kindergarten. 

and yet another way.  I am having alot of fun experimenting with this line of fabric.

I truly love this, because my artwork, pen to paper, really comes through in this small art quilt.  Still in progress, up on the design wall, waiting for more inspiration on how to finish it.  It is Mistyfused to the blue spiral in the 'Rainbow' color way!

My own version of deconstructed nine-patches.  Using both color ways in the funky blocks and black and white stripes by Hoffman Fabrics.

I would consider this a 'what if' moment.  'Daisy' color way

'Rainbow' color way

My design table.  I am certainly not as messy as I was last year in preparing for Quilt Market

Circles within circles - Sizzix Die.  Still playing with this idea.  Needs more tweaking!  Stay tuned....more to come!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Shoe Talk

I bought this great pair of men's boots at Forever 21.  I roughed them up a bit with sandpaper to prepare them for decoupage.  I used Liquitex Matte Medium to paint the surface of the boot, then add the text in small sections.  I will wear these boots and display them in my booth at Quilt Market to show off my new line!

This was just so fun using the "rainbow" color way of my new line of fabric "Heart and Soul Sisters" by Hoffman Fabrics

I have this pair of Allegria's that I don't often wear, so I set them aside for the decoupage process.

I painted the outside the shoe with Liquitex Gesso

Just like the boots, I brushed on the matte medium and small piece of fabric to create these shoes.  I used the "Daisy" color way from my new line.  I love the colors - pink, orange, and lime green!

Boots and shoes displayed on my 'Happy Dance' art quilt

side of boot with a clear message

other side 'be true to yourself'

So I don't forget who I am

another view

Remember who you are

The shoes, finished!  These are also going to Quilt Market with me!  They have about 5-6 coats of Liquitex Gloss Medium over the top to make them really shiny. Beautiful, but not waterproof.

Da Boots.  BTW, I will be teaching a Shoe Talk class at Art & Soul in Portland next year!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Introducing Heart & Soul Sisters!

So excited to tell you all about my newest fabric line with Hoffman Fabrics!  I am over the moon about this!  "Heart and Soul Sisters."
This line will debut at Fall Quilt Market in Houston (Oct 25-27) by Hoffman Fabrics.  I will have a booth inside the Hoffman Fabrics booth, so if you are attending the show, I hope you will come by and say hello.  My line is all about strong, bold and brave girls!  Inspired by my daughter who has a strong sense of self, to dream big and even bigger to be the best that she can be!

There are two colorways, which I am totally excited about!  I mean, wow! I love the color combinations!  Hoffman Fabrics really captures my vision for this line!  Top grid is the "Daisy" colorway and above is "Rainbow."  Focus fabrics with girls, text and funky squares, with a fabulous amount of blenders that will delight you with colors and textures.  The line will be available in early 2015.  Ask your local quilt store to carry this line!  More visuals and info to come on my blog this month as I prepare artwork for my booth!  Let the fun begin!  Onward and upward, we go!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pages from My Sketchbooks

I am gathering a very nice collection of sketchbooks.  These are Moleskin pocket size books.  I can carry one in my small purse quite easily.You never know when inspiration may strike you, so it's good to be prepared. It is rather fun to review where it all began with this format, my favorite so far.

I like to write on the first page where the Moleskin came from.  Thinking back to a trip to NYC with Leslie Tucker Jenison, and we spent a lovely day with my daughter.  This is a Story Book by Moleskin, my most favorite book style to date.

Looking back at my Airstream trailer drawings, which was the basis of an article in Quilting Arts magazine - the Travel issue the summer of 2013 - from sketch to quilt, and many art quilts, a fabric line 'Home is Where Your Story Begins' by Hoffman Fabrics and even stencils for StencilGirl Products
A play on patterns, a trip to Hawaii to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

The summer of 2013.  A trip to Art Supply Warehouse with Leslie Tucker Jenison is always an adventure!  And sad to be reminded that this was our last Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA

A family vacation in Ashland, Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival.

An emotional time of waiting to hear if I had breast cancer, which I did not, thankfully. Drawing at that time was a welcome friend.

Love this gift from my man.

I would call this kitchen kitsch

Fun patterns

This is a new style Moleskin for me, with completely blank pages, and thicker for markers

Pattern making, using a Sharpie fine point pen

Copic marker fun
Book 5, also a story book format

With this book, I am trimming the pages with Washi tape, for an added bonus.  It is a bit time consuming, and it is adding bulk to the book, but I kinda like the whimsical look of it.

If you follow me, you know how much I love tags, and usually they are manilla tags, that you can buy at your local big box office supply store.  This group is from ULINE and they are larger than the manila ones, and white.  Really slick on one side (do not want to use that side, paint doesn't stick very well), and the other side is more porous for painting.  This book is dedicated to watercolors.  The cover of this custom made book, is Grungeboard, that has been painted with watercolors.
Here is a quick view of what is inside

Here is my painting desk at home.  I rarely paint in my studio with watercolors. These are usually weekend projects.

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