Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Quilt Show in Colorado

In March, I traveled to Denver, Colorado to tape some segments with The Quilt Show.  It was totally exciting and I am still smiling about it to this day.  Their studio was huge. Everyone was helpful. It was in front of a live studio audience!  I had the time of my life.

Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims, Shelly Heesacker (producer) and me are having a conversation about the opening introductions.  See that quilt all folded up on the table?  That's the first quilt that I ever made, way back in 1981.  You'll have to watch the show in July to see what's inside.

From the sidelines, to see the set and the TV monitor

My first segment was with Alex Anderson, all about fabric design, and making prayer flags!  She is holding one of my small flags for the audience.
Something about the iron had to be really interesting!

Getting ready for the cameras to roll.  You can see my quilts on the wall behind me.  A line of prayer flags above the quilts made from my Heart and Soul Sisters line by Hoffman Fabrics.  We talked about Mistyfuse and used a Sizzix Fabi die cutter on set.

Gearing up for segment 2 with Ricky Tims - all about going from sketch to quilt. And make a house quilt with a hexagon sky!  Too fun!

Ricky is sharing some pages from one of my Moleskin sketchbooks

Sharing and talking about my sketchbooks, which was totally fun!

During the taping of my second segment.  I had one of my friends come and take pictures with her big camera too, so those will be coming along soon, and from my iPhone.  So stay tuned.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Sizzix Spring Fling Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Sizzix Spring Fling Blog Hop Stop by each of these artists blog to see what they have created with Sizzix flower dies!
Mon, April 6 - Jamie Fingal
Tues, April 7 - Nicole Daksiewicz
Wed, April 8 - Leslie Tucker Jenison
Thurs, April 9 - Cindy Cooksey
Fri, April 10 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Sat, April 11 - Sue Bleiweiss
Sun, April 12 - Jessee Maloney
Mon, April 13 -Karin Jordan
I am using the Fabi machine, which is really a Big Shot with a new dress on.  Look at these new cutting mats in pink!  I can see them on my cutting area.  Unlike the clear ones that get lost.
What I like about the Sizzix die cutting system is that all of their dies are designed by quilters, and there isn't much waste.  I can layer 6-7 pieces of pre-fused fabrics to cut the flowers.  For this particular one, I just need these two designs cut out.

Cut flowers in a Spring basket.The text fabric, lime triangles and pink swirl are from my Heart & Soul Sisters line of fabrics by Hoffman Fabrics.
This is a very rough sketch of the flower dies that I used on all of these projects.  If you click on it, you can see it larger.  There is a link to Sizzix in the right sidebar.

A closer look at the flowers.
Narrow art quilt with basket, flowers and birds.

Oh the fun you can have making flowers with layers
Bring in a pair of oxfords that I just don't wear anymore.  I painted them with Liquitex Gesso, which basically seals the original leather, so i can decoupage on the surface

Using Liquitex Matte Medium, I brushed it onto the shoe, then placed the largest flower first, then another layer of matte medium, so on and so forth, until the entire shoe is covered

Then I painted the white green using Liquitex acrylic lime green paint, carefully not to get the paint on the flowers. Note to self - paint the lime green before you decoupage the flowers onto the shoes.  It would have been way easier!

After the shoes are totally dry, I used a Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker, to outline all of the flowers.

I sealed the shoes with Liquitex Gloss Medium, using a fan brush so it wouldn't glob. 

I am so happy with how they turned out.

The three projects made with Sizzix Flower Dies, and bright and fun fabrics.  These are all made by Hoffman Fabrics.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A Peek Inside my Painting Book

A peek inside by Strathmore Mixed Media book.  My flowers of imagination. Quilted tulips!

Round about flowers

Hearts with swirls

These remind me of those floral glass paperweights

You can clearly see how my quilting life is joining up with my watercolor designs.  These are called "Jamie" flowers!

Big flower buttons


Love the colors in this one...they seem to glow.  Hot pink beauties!

Paint the town with red flowers!

A mix of my imaginary flowers.  So, if these were all fabric, what would you make out of this line?  Do you have 3 favorites?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Work in Progress

I wanted to make an art quilt with three houses on it, and not just any houses.  I love making house quilts.  I think the house is my most favorite motif, next to the cup and saucer. Usually I create a sky made of 2" squares. I had one of those 'what if?' moments.  What if the sky was made with hexagons?  I have a collection of these dies made by Sizzix.  These are about hand palm size.  I used Hoffman Fabrics, in all kinds of blues - batiks, hand dyes and commercial cottons, except for the black and white polka dot fabric..

Large hexagons for the sky and small hexagons for the landscape.  Each one is overlapped onto the next one, so it becomes a solid piece of fabric. Oh, and all the fabric was pre-fused with Mistyfuse.  I am pretty happy how it is shaping up.

I was trying out the sky on my design wall with the houses.  I built this on my design table which is lined with a Holy Cow Goddess Sheet by Mistyfuse.

I am bringing this ruler into play to make sure the houses are spaced equally

and checking that the houses are straight from the bottom to the top.  Stay tuned for more photos in a few weeks.

Another project - all 11" squares.  Fabric from my Heart & Soul Sisters line with Hoffman Fabrics.

a couple of closer up shots

I am still trying to figure out how I am going to put it altogether.
and last, but not least, these two quilts. Left - made with a variety of fabrics, sliced and put back together a different way. Right - all silk. Both are in the process of being finished.  I love the bright colors.  They look similar, but just different enough. This is first on my agenda next week.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Zen Stitching - a new Workshop

This started out as a larger project, and then I cut it into fourths, added some other fun elements, like the flowers, hexagons, felted balls, and all of the hand stitching. 

These little projects have become my ritual for after dinner relaxation.  The large flowers are all Sizzix die cuts, my new favorite dies.  There is a link to Sizzix in the right column.

I love the texture that the hand sewing creates, with colors and with black too

Since I seem to have rather a large collection of wool (Weeks Dye Works), wool blended felt and bamboo felt (from National Nonwovens), this was the natural progression to use some of those elements

And this is a newer one, with other elements, like the negative portion of a Sizzix die cut (with the eight circles), a leaf, some flowers, buttons.  Oh the joy of sewing these together.  Who knows what they will become, I just love the process of putting bright colors together and hand sewing.  I will be teaching this class at The Quilt Alliance event "Quilters Take Manhattan" in NYC in Sept.  The scoop is in the side bar.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HandiQuilter Avante 18

It was a hard decision to make, but I've decided to sell my barely used HandiQuilter Avante 18 long arm and frame.  I've had it since 2011.  I suffered some health issues in the last three years, and I finally have come to the conclusion that this is not the machine for me.  I make small quilts.  I would rather someone else enjoy its capabilities.  So, if you are interested and live in Southern California, please contact me. email is in the right column.

18" wide harp.  It sews beautifully.
Here is the set up in my studio.  The legs are totally adjustable

I bought a pair of Micro Handles that I've never even taken out of the box

A couple of boxes with more frame extensions, and bars

another view

Bobbin winder.  Did I mention that it has a really big bobbin?

Wheels for the frame, still in the box. 
I have the books, needles, bobbins, etc. Happy Dance!  SOLD!

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