Friday, July 07, 2017

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!

It is pretty exciting now that the month of July is here!  I have work in three exhibits in different states and I wish I could be there for all three. My first commitment made before any other exhibits popped up was for the Visions Art Museum, and I will be there for the opening weekend!
Opening Reception is Saturday, July 15 from 5-7pm; Artist Walk & Talk is Sunday, July 16 at 11:00am. I have four pieces in the 'Funny Bone' exhibit. I will be at both events!
Fierce Women is part of my four-some of quilts that I have made for this exhibit at the Visions Art Museum
'In Death" at the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in Cedarburg. Opening Reception is Saturday, July 15th. Museum Hours are Wed-Sat 10am - 4pm; Sun 12pm - 4pm
My quilt 'moments' about the notes that I wrote in my journal when my mom was in hospice care and dying. I know, cheerful, right? It's really a labor of love to my parents.
The 'threads of resistance' exhibit opens at the New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street, Lowell. Opening Reception is Saturday, July 15 at 11:00am. Exhibit runs July 11 to September 9th. There is a book for this exhibit and you can buy it on Amazon here
My quilt '100 Days' of outrage will be part of the exhibit.  You can view all of the quilts in the traveling exhibit here


Thursday, June 29, 2017

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is moving along, and I am happy to say that I haven't missed one day yet. The challenge for myself is to draw on tags without using a pencil. Just a Sharpie Extra Fine Point Pen. It is a bit of a challenge to not use pencil first. This is #44, and it's my luggage for Quilt Market. Packed and ready to head out

Maybe I should have drawn this before I had my first glass of Frog's Leap wine?

My own version of a Starbucks cup for St. Louis

There was alot of unsavory stuff happening on Facebook while I was away, and I just drew the first thing that came to my mind about how we should be behaving on social media. Be nice everyone.

I took alot of pictures of the neighborhoods in St. Louis. I love their houses. This is just one grouping.

On the day of departure from St. Louis, I got several texts that my flight was delayed. Well, it was delayed for about 2 hours, which meant that I was not going to make my connection in Phoenix. Southwest pulled off the impossible. There were 14 people, including me that had this same connection. They held the plane for us, and waited until we were all on the plane, and our luggage too. Thank you Southwest!

Antique phone inspired by watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Was a little under the weather when I got home from St. Louis, and almost lost my voice. I stayed home and drank hot tea, alot of water and binge watched '13 Reasons Why' which was intense to say the least.

Day 52 with a drawing of my key chain and my keepsakes. Swiss Army Knife, and a strong women bob. House key and studio keys.  My 100 day tags are all on one large ring and it is fun to see the huge stack. More than half-way through this project.

Put a bird on it.

Day 54 - Blue Bottle Coffee on Saturday, May 27 of Memorial Day Weekend.
Day 80 - a travel day to Seattle
Day 85 - Home, where love resides - after two back-to-back trips, I am happy to be home! When this 100 Day Project ends, I will begin a new project inside a book and use the printed pages as my sketchbook. Stay tuned.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The House Quilt Project

I believe in giving back, so I created The House Quilt Project and teamed up with Furnishing Hope. The furnish homes and apartments.  I am looking for quilters to make house quilts for The House Quilt Project. I have two different projects at this time. 1) Heart of the Home, which is above. For women and children that are transitioning out of homelessness. These quilts are bright, fun and geared for women. 14x14 square. Please visit THQP blog by clicking on this link


My second project "Patriotic House Quilts" is for wounded service members, covering all branches of the armed services.  This wall quilt is 12x16 vertical format and must have a house and an American flag on it. These need to be in masculine colors and themes. The scoop is on THQP blog - see the upper tabs. Link is above.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Little Sidebar in Life

Sidebar: we are having our pool and surrounding hardscape redone. That hose going into the pool is sucking out the water. I go in the pool everyday and I am really going to miss that part of my night while this is going on.


It took days to get this done




They call this the 'big top' - it covers the entire opening of the pool. It's time to chip out the old plaster. It's loud and messy, even with the cover

It really looks like a circus tent here

A pool guy came over with a can of orange spray paint to mark the troubled spots


It's kinda amazing to see the pool looking like this

The hot tub, which I am missing every night of the week for my bones and muscles

My man standing in the deep end. It's really deep.
breaking down the steps...more messy work with alot of white dust

building new improved steps in the pool - 2 sets and 2 benches

Yay, finally the tile has been set on the steps and benches!

All of the tile around the edges has been done. We are waiting for the inspector to make an appearance and then it is full steam ahead for plaster and water.  Now back to quilting!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Painting for Fun

Every once in a while I feel it's important for me to work outside my medium of making quilts. I am in the midst of taking an online class with Alisa Burke. Painters Bliss. This class teaches, inspires and encourages us to be loose, and begin with no plans.  This is my beginning.

I am painting on a wood board, and I have to say that this was alot of fun, like letting the paint drip.

I enjoyed painting layers of colors in thickness and in transparency

I loved the look of dripping yellow paint

And here is my finished piece. I used stencils by StencilGirl Products to give some texture to the piece. I am happy with the results. I am about 2 weeks behind in classes, but I hope to catch up next week. One thing about her classes is that you can access the site forever, so I can do this with my availability of time.



Thursday, June 01, 2017

My Favorite So Far - 100 Day Project

A selection of favorites from the 100 Day Project, and not in any order. If you follow me on Instagram, I post one a day. Hand drawn without using a pencil is my personal challenge for this project. My iron 'Bess' sitting on my design table in my studio.

#10 - the scissor house. A pair of scissors is hard to draw without using a pencil first.

Tomato Pin Cushion House #15 from my imagination

#18 clothing patterns. I used to make my own clothes, and I see myself going back to that soon

#21 the sweetest pin cushion ever!

#27 an awkward stack of bowls

#30 a cozy chair and rug from my imagination

#32 It is much easier to draw a Starbucks cup that to draw on one. This would be my choice for artwork on the cup. Love coffee!

#36 a more realistic drawing of my iron 'Bess.'

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Spring Quilt Market

The Quilt Market Program has a picture of Vanessa Stevens (RJR) and me on the cover!  The middle photo from Fall Quilt Market. A great way to start off the show! This show was in St. Louis. My first trip to this city!
The amazing artwork on the front wall of the RJR booth. Flowers made with fabrics that were introduced at Spring Quilt Market. The big orange one is from my line 'hopscotch'
Leslie Tucker Jenison and I always begin our adventures with a glass of red wine and dinner. Our first night we dined at Farmhaus, and enjoyed a tasting menu

Inside the RJR Fabrics catalog!  My first line with RJR!  So happy to be here!

My booth and everything was made by me in my own style. I felt it was important for people to see my vision from my hand drawn designs and what I could create with my line. This is totally me!  I had so much fun!  84 sku's in a rainbow of colors!  They ship to stores in August!

Stacks of hopscotch fat quarter bundles in RJR's pop up store

Mistyfuse Iris created a custom package of Mistyfuse for my Charm Pack pattern. 20" by 1.5 yards. I am pleased as punch over this!

The shelves with my coloring books (available in the side bar) folding houses, decoupaged shoes and playful objects

Leslie and me in the booth. She is also an RJR Designer, and her first line was introduced at Fall Market in 2016. Her second line will debut in Fall of this year!

I had so much fun making this wall quilt. The signature quilt for my line 'hopscotch'