Monday, January 08, 2018

A Weekend of Drawing and Painting

This past weekend I decided to dedicate my Saturday to drawing and painting and less errrands. We did our usual grocery shopping trip, but just decided to lay low for the remainder of the weekend. 

I have enjoyed over the years drawing in sketchbooks, in old books, and shipping tags. I like the small format. These are drawn with a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point and no pencil first to challenge myself. I use Prang watercolor sets and they come with a pretty good brush. 

Prang has saturated colors their pans which I like for the tags. You don’t have to layer up the colors too much.

I can be as simple or complicated as I want in my drawings. I love to draw houses!

Some subjects are in my imagination. The middle one from Christmas 

Let’s throw caution to the wind and use a regular Sharpie. I love the boldness of the line

A weekend of drawing and painting! I hope I have inspired you to start drawing!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Stay Pawsitive at Craft Napa

Craft Napa begins on January 10th. Pokey Bolton is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Friends for Life Rescue. These will be sold at Craft Napa, where I will be teaching next week. The artwork measures 6x6 with an animal theme. This is what I have made so far and are still working on.

Funky birds with googily eyes. The bird is a die cut from Sizzix and is exclusive to Missouri Star. It’s their mascot. The crown and the flowers are also Sizzix die cuts.

Scotty dogs are also Sizzix dies. Patchwork dogs with googily eyes. These are made with my fabrics from Hopscotch by RJR Fabrics

And in process unicorns that are hand cut. I used the crowns from the birds to make their manes. Hopscotch fabrics. Hope to see you at Craft Napa! I hope I will have time to make more before I leave. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Introducing my Newest Fabric Line with RJR

I am so excited to share my newest line ‘Sewing 101’ with RJR Fabrics. It will launch in January and will ship to stores in April. I am in the midst of making projects for the launch.

16 pieces, all hand drawn to delight all of the sewists out there

They go great with hopscotch, a blender line that was introduced at Spring Market in May 2017.  There are ten here on top that I have chosen to go with Sewing 101

Another selvage shot. I designed my own selvages which I feel is a great perk. 

I’ve got some fun names for each design. The bobbins are called ‘wound up.’ Embroidery hoops ‘Hoop Art.’ And the thread is ‘Twisted.’ Buttons ‘Button up’ and the scissors ‘shear bliss.’ 

The entire line! So happy!

Hopscotch coordinating fabrics. Some of the same doodles from hopscotch are in Sewing 101. These are just a sampling from the line Hopscotch. It has 84 colors and 11 designs and is a blender line. It will always be available. Happy Sewing! Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Textures are all Around Us

I was especially intrigued by all of the textures at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Houston. 

A gorgeous jeweled light fixture hung from the ceiling with great lines

This was also on the ceiling, which looked like folded paper and light coming from the left

This is part of a wall in the bar area. These kinds of lines carried through the entire hotel in the carpet, walls and fixtures

A gorgeous wall of slats from wine barrels were hung on the wall in the bar area

The corner walls of the bar area

This is a lamp and I loved the twists and turns of the gold around the lamp pole

In the lobby by the bar area was a rather large framed piece of artwork in which chunks of glass were glued together to create the ultimate bling for the wall. It changed color with the sun and shadows of the day.

Beautiful tactile balls collaged with blue slices of I don’t know what in a wood bowl on a table in one of the lounge areas.

Lights that I thought were just so cool at the restaurant Pass and Provisions in Houston

These were window slats like blinds in the restaurant Xochi which is in the Marriott Marquis and became one of our favorite places to eat lunch. My photography doesn’t do these justice. It was stunning to see in person.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Quilt Market in Houston 2017

I have just returned home from both Quilt Market and Festival in Houston

The gathering of friends: Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Kathy York, me and Leslie Tucker Jenison

Helping Leslie Tucker Jenison set up her display in the RJR Fabrics booth to promote her new line ‘Urban Garden’

Coming together as Leslie puts the final touches on the artwork with maker tags

My wall Quilt ‘Gardening Gals’ surrounded by Deborah Boschert’s bugs are just too fun! 

Succulents made with her line and surrounded with moss give the look of a vertical garden

She had a great variety of objects made with her line and not just quilts! 

The booth display for RJR Fabrics made by Linda Fitch and Vanessa Stevens. The buildings are made with the new lines that were introduced at Fall Market. So clever! 

The traffic was insane around our hotel with Quilt Market and baseball fans at the World Series. Captain America was there on his bike cab! 

Loved this line of sewing machines by EverSewn that were being sold in the Brewer booth. The Sparrow 25 was very impressive and affordable. It would be a terrific machine for classes and for me just to have as an extra machine in my studio. 

Another fab product - the Laura Star steam iron. You can put tap water in the tank and it has its own water filter. It can press four layers of fabric at a time! If I used a steam iron, I would buy this one. 

At our annual eyeglass appointment in Houston. I had sent to pairs of glasses to get new lenses with my new prescription and was quite delighted to get my favorite glasses back. Glasses are my jewelry! Always such a fun part of our trip. Insight Optical on Sunset in Houston. Ask for Susan Chumchal who is a stylist. She is amazing. I have been buying my glasses here for years. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Urban Garden fabric line

Counting down the days until Quilt Market. I am working with Leslie Tucker Jenison’s newest line with RJR Fabrics. Her Schoolhouse at Market is Friday, October 27 at 11:00am in Room 352D. Hope to see you there!

The Urban Garden. I absolutely love this line. Leslie is a surface design artist and maker. These designs are from her surface design work.

Selvages. At RJR, Fabric designers design their own selvages. Leslie’s lines all have ‘Be Authentic’ with bees

Love rock formations, so I thought I would challenge myself by making these rocks and then sewing them altogether. Rock pile in the concrete jungle. I love the colors and textures in this collection.

Gardening Gals. My next challenge was to make a portrait quilt 18x18 wth her line. Don’t you just love the big dots? Me with a cup and saucer on my head and Leslie with a bird and nest. 

Next up...I am going to make myself a dress for Quilt Market. This pattern by Amy Barrickman/Indigo Junction (also an RJR designer). I am going to make it longer and out of two fabrics from Leslie’s line. I am going to add pockets! I used to make all of my clothes way back when. Hopefully, I am going on the just like riding a bike theory.

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!