Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Going to PIQF in Santa Clara

Today, I am heading out to Santa Clara for the Pacific International Quilt Festival to represent the exhibit ‘Threads of Resistance.’ I am so excited to be there and it is my first visit to this show! I am looking forward to meeting some of the artists who have work in this exhibit, as well as, seeing old friends.  This is the second venue for this exhibit and I can’t wait to see it all in person.

This is the book for the Threads of Resistance traveling exhibit. It is available on Amazon. I make all kinds of art in my line of work, but it is the emotional pieces such as this that make it the most meaningful to me. I am using my God given talent to protest this administration in my art and with my voice. 

This is my Quilt in the exhibit all about the first 100 days of outrage about 45. Everyday was something new, chaos, bait and switch, lies, taking away our freedoms, war of women’s health, the travel ban, our education system, clean air and water. And we are still a nation in turmoil with his outrageous tweets, gutting the EPA, taking away a women’s right to have access to birth control and leaving the decision to their religious company owner to decide. 45 calls white supremists very fine people. A new travel ban. Tax reform that only helps the rich and makes it worse for the middle and poor. He is sounding more unstable everyday and now challenging the Secretary of State to an IQ test - is he in junior high? Ugh. 

Threads of Resistance book marks with the exhibit travel schedule and buttons to wear. I will have these with me at the show. On Saturday there will be an artists gathering in the exhibit at 11am and hopefully a photo op. 

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Hopscotch...Where to Buy

My newest line 'hopscotch' has started shipping to stores!  So exciting! Many of you have asked where to buy. 11 hand drawn designs and 84 different colors, including black and white.
There are a few Etsy Stores that carry my fabric if you would like fat quarter bundles:  RoyalMotifFabrics, rjf-shop and materialgirlchic
Misscouri Star Quilt Company. You can click on the link here. They care a variety of pre-cuts and yardage and my pattern/kit 'The Art Haus.' 
eQuilter also carries my line and this is a direct link
Keepsake Quilting - they will be in the Fall Catalog
Shabby Fabrics, Jordan Fabrics in Grants Pass Oregon, Quilter's Lodge in Draper Utah, Red Rooster Quilts in Dublin Ohio, Heavenly Stitches Quilting in Kingsport Tennessee and someone told me it is at Rosie's Calico Cupboard in San Diego
and if you find my fabric in a quilting store, give me a shout out and I will add it to a future list. Thanks for stopping  by my blog!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Missouri Star Birthday Bash

My good friend Leslie Tucker Jenison and I took a trip to Hamilton Missouri last week to be part of the Missouri Star Birthday Bash. We went as representatives of RJR fabrics, a company that we both design fabric for. Our main goal was to promote my new line Hopscotch. Leslie is also a designer for RJR Fabrics and her first line was called 'Urban Artifacts.'

They had a little area of their parking lot that was dedicated to vendor booths promoting Fabric lines and other products. We talked about my line, the way I make my quilts, Mistyfuse and planned to do a little make and take project. Then we found out that we would not have access to any electricity, so that kind of changed our plans.

The weather in Missouri was interesting. In Southern California we do have humidity, but it is nothing like what they have in Missouri. It was hot and sticky. Luckily for us we were sitting under an easy up in the shade most of the time. But when the wind comes up in the afternoon we found it hard to hold down our easy up. We literally had to hold the poles down with our hands for a couple of hours.

Late in the afternoon on the first day, we were given permission by Missouri Star to use an ironing board and iron to put together about 200 birds for next day in their retreat center. During the planning stages of this project I was told that I would have electricity in the booth for this Make and Take. That wasn't the case upon arrival, so onto Plan B. The bird is a Sizzix die that is exclusive to Missouri Star. I believe it's a duck. I cut out the birds, the flowers and leaves a few weeks before I left for Missouri on a Sizzix machine. There were enough components to make over 700 birds. People could pin these birds on their shirts or bags. They were really popular!

There were people from all over the world at this event. It was incredible! Bus loads of groups from states and Canada rolled into town. 

Missouri Star is so unique. They own about nine stores and they all house different fabrics. The Batik Boutique, Florals, Wools and Primitives, The Main Store, The Machine Shed (notions), JC Penney store (solids and modern fabrics) and Man's Land (where the men go to hang out while the women shop). The sides of the building all have wonderful murals.

The main building, which is their very first store is a sampling of products from all the other stores. During our time there I did two demos in that building. This is just one of the displays in that building I have some of my fabrics!

The JC Penney building has solids and what could be considered modern Fabric. This is where my line is. Hopscotch consists of 11 hand drawn designs and 84 different colors. Just pinch me. Absolutely thrilled to be a designer for RJR Fabrics! 

These are the tags that RJR uses on fat Quarter bundles using my artwork. I am so happy with how they came out.

Jenny Doan stopped by the booth for a photo op! She has put Missouri Star on the map with her YouTube videos about making blocks! 

Florals. This was one of my most favorite stores!

The view from our booth with one of the painted murals. We had so much fun at this event! So long Missouri Star! Thank you for everything!

The birds were suppose to have googily eyes, but the Glue Dots wouldn't work with the humidity, so we ditched that plan and moved onto the next one. Poked out the top fabric eye to reveal the second layer of fabric and used that cute little RJR pin to secure the pin to people's shirts. Happy Birthday Missouri Star!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Beauty of Kauai

We went to the island of Kauai to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. I have dreamed of this for months. Our anniversary is really in October, but with my schedule, it wasn't going to work. I also celebrated my birthday here! The weather is different in September. Hot and humid. The humidity about killed me the first few days and it really affected my arthritis pain. Swimming in the ocean really helped and the water was warm and inviting. Left for the trip exhausted and came back rested. There is nothing like having zero the schedule. No alarm clock. Breakfast n the patio. Read 6 books and started another. Got a lot of exercise and sleep.

Upon arrival to our resort. So gorgeous!

Until next time Kauai. #kauainokaoi2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shipping Tag Art

Getting back to it...the art of drawing and painting. After coming off an intensive work project, I actually stopped drawing during that time because I was so exhausted. A few days into our vacation to Kauai, I started to draw and paint again, and it felt good. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of flowers, like my dad before me. So, I would begin by drawing the flowers around me.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Testing the Waters

I am testing the waters today to see if I can write blog posts on my iPad without typing. I'm using my voice to write my blog, therefore saving my painfully sad arthritic hands. For the last 2 1/2 months I've been working on secret projects that I can't share, so it's been rather hard to find content for Twisted Sister. However, today I'm posting every intense project I've been working on and it's almost finished.

I have been invited by my fabric company, RJR fabrics to travel to Hamilton Missouri for the Missouri star quilt company's birthday bash. I will have a booth where I am promoting my fabric line hopscotch. One of the perks was that I could invite a friend to come and help me, so Leslie Tucker Jenison and I will be going on a field trip. She also is a designer for RJR fabrics. We always have a lot of fun when we travel together, so I'm sure this will be no exception.

I have been prepping for this for the last few weeks and it has been really intense. I have never looked forward to weekends as much as I have during this project. It is the intent of the booth that we are just there to promote my fabric line by doing some demos with Mistyfuse, show my work, have a giveaway couple times today and do a make and take project. I have never been to Missouri star so I have no idea about the logistics of everything. I just know all the things that I need to have with me to get the job done. I will also be doing two in store demos of how I make my wall quilts.

I am still a rebel quilter! I don't use batting and I don't do binding. My quilts are all made on a foundation of wool blendedt felt and backed with the same which provides a clean edge all the way around. I would describe myself as a raw edge collage artist.

Sizzx has really come to my rescue and preparing for this project. Missouri star has this really cute funky Bird (in one of the upper photos) as one of their exclusive dies with Sizzix. I thought it would make the most fun make and take project. People can select the fabric they want for the bird, Then a flower. A yellow center, a leaf and press it onto wool blended felt that is also cut out in the shape of the bird. And they get a really cute custom pin to put on the top and put it on their clothes that they're wearing. You know that phrase put a bird on it! These are some of the mini scraps from cutting on the Sizzix Fabi machine. As of Thursday this pile was a foot high and a foot wide. These are not the kind of scraps I ever save.

This is one of those projects that I had to keep track of everything that I used, so that RJR fabrics can replace all the fabrics that I used, which is up to 25 yards so far. The main companies that I endorse came through with some great giveaways for the weekend. Havel's Sewing gave me scissors, which are the greatest because they hug the fabric as you cut so you get a nice crisp line. National Nonwovens gave me really bright colors of their wool blend it felt that I use exclusively in my quilts. They selected a group of really bright colors which represents my color palette. Generally I use black and sometimes I use a bright color for the backing. Mistequay's came through with custom packages of white Misty fuse that someone could use for a small project. I absolutely love how they turned out. There's a picture above of the packets. And last but not least, Sizzix who helped me so much with the choices of dies for the Make and Take project. 

There will be more to share as I get closer to the event and I'll be blogging from the event if this portable blogger on my iPad works as good as I think it could work. It would be nice to be able to blog on the spot, or maybe even do a little video. We've been having an intense heat wave lately, so this weekend  I set up a little home studio in my living room to just get it done. This is a small quilt that I made that needs to be quilted and then I think some fun handwork could be added during down time sitting in the booth.