Monday, April 24, 2017

hop, skip, jump blog hop!

Welcome to the hop, skip, jump blog hop to introduce my newest line with RJR Fabrics! I asked my friends to make 18x18 squares to show off my fabric line in their own style.  if you are on Instagram, please follow RJR Fabrics for a hopscotch takeover on these dates.
hop, skip, jump blog hop
4-24 Jamie Fingal
4-25 Cindy Cooksey
4-26 Sue Bleiweiss
4-27 Lyric Kinard
4-28 Susan Brubaker Knapp
5-1 Leslie Tucker Jenison
5-2 Deborah Boschert
5-3 Libby Williamson

RJR Fabrics 'hopscotch' which will debut at Spring Quilt Market (so excited). It is a playful tone on tone super blender line of fabrics based on a collection of 11 hand drawn designs from my sketchbooks. dots, geometrics, flowers and loop-de-loops. hop, skip and jump over to the playground.
black and white. Crosshatch My Way in black top is the closed thing to black in my collection

grays, and cloud is the closest thing to white in my collection

creams and browns. there are some fun color names in this group - vanilla bean, latte, biscotti, coffee and espresso
the red group - Intertwining Puddles in tomato is one of my favs!

Purple makes the world go 'round. Look at those Rose Petals in gypsy!

Oranges and Peach - love the Square Dance in orange peel and the Overlapping Squares in marmalade - kinda reminds me of jam

Greens - so many to choose from. Love the Deconstructed Dandelions and the Loop-de-loops!

Aqua and Teal group make a nice color range

The Blue Group - would make a stunning sky

They call me mellow yellow
Pretty in Pink, etc.

Peace, Love, Dove.  Made with Mistyfused fabrics, and hand cut with a pair of scissors in my own portrait style on wool blended felt (no batting or binding). Free motion machine quilted. I love the colors, patterns and of course, the subject matter (friends forever)! Do what you love, and love what you do.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

hopscotch - sneak peek

hopscotch, my new blender line with RJR hits on all of the colors of the rainbow and more! I am so excited about this line. All of the designs are hand drawn, and are tone on tone - 83 in all.

I have cut out on my Sizzix Big Shot some fan blades to use on a future project

This is the first thing I made. A mattress pad made from nothing but selvages. A quilt made with hexagons. The hexagon doll quilt shows off all of the colors and designs. You can click on it to see it larger. These are all Mistyfused, so there are no seams of any kind. A sweet and colorful doll bed.

I have taught this class for years. The Folding House Book. It's two-sided. It was so fun to create this project with my own fabric line!

The other side.
Again, using my Sizzix machine - this time the Big Shot Pro, I made 4" high letters in lower case for a sign in my booth at Quilt Market. I am so thrilled with this line. From sketch to fabric - so exciting!  Stay tuned. There will be a blog hop starting on Monday, April 24 so you can see all of the things that you can do with this line. It will hit stores in August 2017. Woot!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Work to Purchase

People are always asking me if I sell my work. Yes!  And here's is an opportunity for you, my readers.  These are all one foot squares for $100 each, and it includes shipping via US mail. I will invoice you through PayPal. There are aluminum pop tops sewn on the back for easy hanging.  Please email if you are interested in a certain piece. first come, first serve (opportunity ends on Friday, April 21 Heart and Soul. Made with batiks and lettering from my first line 'Home is Where Your Story Begins, ' which is sold out

Love and Hope. Made with batik fabrics and lettering from my first line.

Healing. Made with batiks and lettering from my first line

Autumn is for Birds. From my 3rd line at Hoffman Fabrics.

Red House. House image from one of my stencils for StencilGirl Products with a variety of batiks. Background fabric swirls from my "Heart & Soul Sisters" line with Hoffman Fabrics

Birds of a Feather. From my 3rd line 'Autumn is for Birds'  and text fabric from "Home is Where Your Story Begins" with Hoffman Fabics

Welcome Home. My own stencil scrumbled fabrics, alphabet and the house - all from StencilGirl Products

Monday, April 10, 2017

100 Day Project

I am a part of the #100dayproject on Instagram where I am going to draw something everyday without using a pencil on a shipping tag. My own personal challenge for myself. This project is posted on Instagram and my Facebook page. April 4 to July 12, 2017

Day 1 and each day that follows will have a number on it, so I can put it in order in a sketchbook

Day 2. I decided that it needed some sort of background, so I drew this.
3) box cutter - The new background

4) My iron Bess

5) Scissors, I find are a personal challenge to draw. They always come out wonky

6) A world through different eyes

7) Sharpie drawing pens, and the tags are drawn with a Sharpie Extra Fine Point pen!  More to come. Happy drawing!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Peace, Love, Dove

I love making people quilts. Playing around with my new line of fabric 'hopscotch' by RJR Fabrics. Women of color in Peace Love Dove. The fabrics were all pre-fused with Mistyfuse. This wall quilt is 18x18 inches. Free motion machine quilted.

And here are the two women that I make a majority of my people quilts about. Me and Leslie Tucker Jenison. We could use this as our logo for Dinner at Eight Artists.  Also Peace Love Dove. We are wild women.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Living in the Moment

It's been five years since my mom passed away, and I had wanted to make a quilt about her and me. I started to write in my journal on the day she hit her head and was in the hospital. Discussions about hospice care were fresh in my mind. It was the next step. My first entry was on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Same day, only in 2017, I started thinking about the quilt that I would make to honor my mom on that date. She passed away on March 21, 2012 and that was the day that I finished the quilt in 2017. 'Moments,' for learning how to live in the moment with my mom.
I began with making us. All of the fabrics were fused with Mistyfuse beforehand. I am using fabrics from my newest line from RJR Fabrics 'hopscotch' which seemed very appropriate. The designs in the fabric were hand drawn, so it seems fitting to make this quilt entirely by my own hands, heart and soul.
We both had gray hair at the time of her passing. Two gray haired ladies...don't think so. I am making the quilt five years later and I have pink hair. Much better this way. How she was then with her smile and me now, making the quilt.

The journal pages are hand written with a Pentel Gel Pen for Fabric onto Robert Kaufmann fabric, that kinda looks like graph paper. I had many pages of my thoughts from March 11-13 and some of the things that we talked about. I decided to take the best of these words to use on the quilt.

Here we are. This was such a healing and liberating quilt to make. We had a rocky relationship most of our lives, until the last ten years of her life. I am not going to lie. I treasure that time, even though she had Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Disorder, and she changed into a better person and we could have a relationship. During that time, she was always very supportive of me, my family and my passion for making art. She and my dad would come and visit me in my studio to chat and laugh.

Some close ups of my journal pages, the moments in this life. My dad had died suddenly four months earlier, which contributed greatly to my mom's health. My sister and brother and I moved her to assisted living in December.  Journal portions not included on the quilt - March 11 is how the day began sitting in her hospital room with my journal. Saying prayers, thinking of love and kindness, dignity. Praying that the Lord would just take her hand and go to heaven and be at peace in her work which will be brighter than it is right now. A feeling of pure helplessness enters my mind when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes not all at once, but when I am grinding the beans for my morning coffee. I wish to wake up and feel myself again, filled with hope, possibilities and joy.

more, and her hand - the pink one has roses on it. Her mother, my Grandma Alice loved pink roses. Journal - Her disease acts like a buffer which I think is good. She sleeps and I hope she is with dad in her dreams. A basketball game is on in her hospital room. If he were here he would be watching it. March Madness. I feel his presence in the room. Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky. So weird. He is watching over her and me as I sit here in the room by the window with the rays of the sun over my legs. Are you here with me? I wish that you could hold my hand and tell me that everything will be alright. I am holding my hand out to you, Dad. I know it would be painful for you to see your love in her current state. We are standing in for you Dad with all of our love and courage. I need a strong dose of bravery right now. She has aged more since yesterday. I begin talking out loud in a soft whisper. She is asleep, but perhaps she can hear me.

the last part

me, the wild daughter

my mom, who loved a gorgeous sunny day, getting together with her friends at the beach or to play bridge. She was full of life, had a bright smile, enjoyed life to it's fullest, believed in God, loved showtunes, enjoyed singing a song or two, loved my dad, love us, enjoyed a good home cooked meal, could never miss a party, was a knitter, could sew, went on girl trips, lived by the half a sandwich, potato chips and ice cream for dessert stance. Ice cream was the last thing she ate.

Here's to you mom with all of my love!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Doll Bed Makeover

Selvages. I love them. Collect them. And now I have this big collection of my own selvages from my new line 'hopscotch.' RJR Fabrics allows their designers to create their own artwork for the selvages. I included the name of each design too, and it's all in my own hand. I just love that!

So, with every yard that I fused, I made sure the Mistyfuse went all the way into the selvage. I had a project in mind. The easiest way to make this - covering a mattress on a doll bed - was to fuse the selvages to another piece of fabric that will never show

I am trying to mix up the colors and designs here, making sure that I overlap the selvages

This is so fun!  This gives you another sneak peek at my first line with RJR Fabrics. Debuting at the International Quilt Market in St. Louis in mid-May. The fabric will ship to stores in August 2017.

Skipping over to making the doll quilt. Sizzix dies to create the hexagons. This is the first project that I have made with my line. These have all been fused with Mistyfuse first, then cut on the Sizzix die cutting machine. They are carefully overlapped on to one another. This is a terrific way to see some of the patterns in this collection

I am using a tape measure to make sure than I keep within my range for the size doll quilt that I want to make.

This is way fun.

The doll quilt has white wool felt from National Nonwovens on the inside and backed with this very fun orange print. I cut around each hexagon to make this fun design on each side of the quilt

The mattress cover was sewn together like a pillow. I am so happy with how this turned out!

Doll bed with selvage mattress and hexagon quilt using fabrics from my 'hopscotch' line by RJR Fabrics. Quilt with Love. This project gave me much joy!