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!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

State of the Studio

My new red and white polka dot bench.  A staging area of sorts for right now.  Both tables are covered in projects that I am working on now.  I don't think you can ever have too many tables.  That big pink blob on the end is a dress that I bought and a poor choice at that.  It's going to be made into an apron.  Note to self - don't buy clothes at Festival that you think look good under the lights.  They don't later. Oh my!

My cutting table, which has become Sizzix Fabi die cutting central lately.  I am yearning for a larger design table, so that Fabi can have it's own little section, and I never had to put her away.

Always a work in progress.  I decided to clean a different portion of my studio once a week.  On Friday I totally cleaned off this table, putting everything away, and leaving some fabric on it to remind