Saturday, January 21, 2017

Craft Napa 2017

My friend, Leslie Tucker Jenison and I start each adventure by taking a photo of each other over a glass of wine. Toasting the start of Craft Napa 2017.  We dined at Fume in downtown Napa on Tuesday night. 

On Wednesday, I helped Leslie set up her class at Pokey's Art Barn.

Inside the art barn - all set up for her class

View from the porch of the art barn

Zen Stitching - my first night class on Thursday.  I had kits for each person to start their own Zen Stitching project
Student work.  The flowers were cut on a Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine ahead of time and put in each kit

I loved the variety of ways my students arranged the felt on their pieces

It's all in the details

Twirly Whirly Swirls - don't you just love the signs that Pokey had made for each class?

This is a partial photo of the art quilt that everyone would be making.  I pre-Mistyfused all of the fabrics ahead of time for this class.  We used a Sizzix Big Shot Pro and a Sizzix Big Shot to cut the two different sized spirals and dots

Class photo of finished work - there were ALL fabulous!

Each day at 5:00pm all students would meet in this section to be part of the group pic with all that they made in workshops!  Such a fun bonus to see the variety of artwork!
Saturday's class - Hexi Art Quilt

This piece only uses two fabrics.  All of the fabrics were pre-Mistyfused ahead of time. Hexagons were cut on a Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine

I loved seeing the differences in each art quilt and how they positioned their hexi's

Saturday night was Wine Blending, which is always such a highlight of the retreat!  Leslie Tucker Jenison was designated the chemist mixing our blend.  I was one of the judges tasting all of the wine from each team and it was difficult.  Our wine came in second. We each received a bottle of the winning blend to take home.  I carefully padded it and wrapped it in a plastic bag and put in my suitcase that I checked.  Success!  No breakage!

Sunday - all aboard the wine train

Sunday afternoon at Frank Family Vineyards to taste their wines - always a treat!

A beautiful tree at Frank Family.  What an amazing retreat we had!  I am still basking in the glow of all of the things that I experiences, renewed friendships, meeting new people, teaching, dining out, drinking coffee and having a blast!  Until next year!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Luxo Lamp Love

I have a fascination with Luxo Lamps because of their triangle shade and long lines. Let's make an art quilt!  From the sketchbook to art quilt.

I had this great polka dot fabric from RJR left over from a previous project.  The perfect selection to make Luxo Lam;s with. The background is an overdyed piece of fabric from Quilt Tapestry Studio - Wendy Richardson.  It reminded me of a contemporary wall, which would make the perfect background for my project.

I am a person who works on many things at the same time, as you can see by the looks on my design table. Piles of fabrics for one of my classes at Craft Napa.

And then I had a light bulb moment that it would be great to add some free motion machine quilting to some of the negative space.  My favorite snips from Havel's that I used to cut the jumps over the lamps.
Finished and I truly love this quilt.  It was quite fun to take it from sketchbook to art quilt. It's 25x25 and made for a SAQA Regional exhibit for Southern California.  The theme is 'Let's Get Mod.' Happy happy. Simple, yet has some fun elements.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Liturgical Commission

A dear friend commissioned me to make a stole for a minster who was being ordained in January. The description that I received was earthy, roots, the earth, fruits of the spirit, houses, and words.  The fabrics were all fused with Mistyfuse. This color palette is out of my comfort zone, but I really enjoyed creating the artwork on this stole.  Oh, to do something totally different!  This is the left side of the stole, with the tree and the roots

I am liking how this is shaping up.  The collage is made is layers like the earth. The fabrics are mainly Hoffman batiks, except for the yellow caramelish one which is a hand dye from Fabrics to Dye For. I don't use batting in my work, but use wool blended felt from National NonWovens.  This one is TOY-002 and is one layer. No binding.

The word 'faith' seems lost on this, so I am going to have to find a different color that pops!

Oh, so maybe blue would work for the lettering?

The lettering looks good up close, but not far away. The lettering is cut on a Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine.

For the win, an ocean blue color for the lettering!

The back has been fused with fabrics, so I am cutting from the front and using the front of the stole as my guide.  It's good to have really sharp scissors for this.  My choice Havel's Scissors, because they hug the fabric, so it doesn't slip. 8" quilting scissors!

Free motion machine quilting on my Bernina 750 QE

I really love how it turned out!

The left side is the back, so you could see how I collaged the fabrics together

and me modeling it in my parking lot. My neighbor took the picture to show off how great it looks on. I hope the new minister loves it as much as I do. I enjoy making these types of commissions.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Goals for 2017

I don't make new years resolutions, but I do make goals for myself for the coming year.  I am going to continue doing my Quote of the Day on Instagram and Facebook - some written by me, and some by others.  
I am forging ahead with my Moleskine Storybook sketchbook and will self publish some small books with my favorite motifs, like houses, line & pattern, travel, etc - where people can practice drawing inside the book.
I have a new fabric line coming out at Spring Market in St. Louis in May with RJR Fabrics!  I am quite excited about it. Stay tuned for more information later down the line. 
I can't wait to teach at Craft Napa in January!  Such a great bonding time with friends, teachers and students. Hope to see you there. Teaching three classes - Zen Stitching, Hexagon Art Quilts and Twirly Whirly Swirls. 
I am an 'official' ambassador for Havel's Sewing for 2017. They have the best scissors, snips, rotary cutters and mats.  

Yes, that's me on the packaging of Mistyfuse.  I will be doing more 'how to's' on my blog in 2017 on all the ways you can use Mistyfuse, and for all types of fabrics.
This was a challenging object to make this year (a stuffed animal), and I plan to push myself to create some think outside the box kinds of pieces with fabric and thread.  I am out of the bear making business. It was certainly a learning experience and not something that I was good at, but it helped me regain something that had been lost inside myself.
I plan to spend more time in my studio making art, experimenting, and finding my way to what I want to be doing. I am going to stretch myself this year in ways that I didn't think were possible. Onward and upward to 2017.  I really treasure my time here.
I think there might be some 'pattern' designing in my future.  My 'most asked about' art quilt - is there a pattern for that?  Not yet....
or you could buy this. A stencil of my dresses for StencilGirl Products.  I love being one of their designers! 
I will continue to curate special exhibits with Leslie Tucker Jenison under the Dinner at Eight Artists name. 2017 marks our ninth year of working together!
I plan to bring back the zipper in my art.  Enough for now.  Onward and upward to 2017! Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


As I was cleaning out some fabrics in my studio, I found a pile of stenciled fabrics that I could use for this project.  These are all made with StencilGirl Products. The houses are my design, and I used a variety of other designers work too to enhance my fabric choices.  Looks a little like graffiti.

I am making one foot squares to sell at Craft Napa in January!  All of the fabrics were pre-fused with Mistyfuse

I love the variety of colors and the stencils create alot of texture and interest!

One of my favorite stencils creates dots.  I love the alphabet stencils too. I used Jacquard fabric paint and Liquitex acrylic paint on cotton fabric

Using the dot stencil, I was able to unify the fabrics together and give it a touch of whimsy!

My version of urban graffiti

and a zipper!  Having so much fun creating these one foot squares!