Thursday, December 01, 2016

Vintage Bird Blocks

I bought four vintage bird blocks that were embroidered from Quilt Market. I decided that I want to practice piecing, because I have new fabric line coming out at Spring Market, and I know whatever pattern I design, there will be piecing involved. So, little by little, I am going to get into the practice.  Chain piecing...almost like riding a bicycle. It came back to me. So the fabrics around the bird blocks are pieced.
The remaining three bird blocks on my design wall with fabrics that I could use for the next part.  I love the art of auditioning fabrics

Here is my finished piece. Sort of a log cabin thing going on here. I used Sizzix dies to cut out the polka dot flowers. I added extra embroidered elements to the square to mix vintage with me. Pieced and Fused. It measures 15x15

Vintage Bird Block #2

This is in progress with the black and white stripe (fused) and border (also fused), free motion machine quilted and adding the stitched elements and buttons

I added the blue around the edge to bring it altogether. It is ready for final stitching to the felt, so that none of my lovely hand stitching mess shows on the back.

Vintage Bird Block #3.  I am making these one at a time

Added a strip of black and white (fused) to the pieced section

I flipped it over and added Mistyfuse to the pieced portion and the bird block.  This photo shows a Goddess sheet over the surface for pressing. This is so that I could fuse it to the wool felt. I don't use batting. I use National Nonwovens WCF-001 for the foundation and the backing. I don't do binding.

Bird Block #3 ready for free motion machine quilting
Bird Block #4 is waiting to be worked on

Monday, November 28, 2016

My Best Photos from our trip to Belize

My man and I went to a destination wedding off the coast of Belize on San Pedro Island right before Quilt Market. Here is a sampling of my best photos from the trip

We celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary here

Fanta is big here, so I had to try it. Sugar rush

The wedding ceremony on the beach

Beautiful flowers at another resort

Beautiful beach scenes. The people were friendly. Everyone drove golf carts, so it was like being on the Utopia ride at Disneyland. I read five books, ate good food and spent alot of time is great friends

Monday, November 14, 2016

RJR Fabrics at Quilt Market

RJR Fabrics at Quilt Market #quiltwithlove
I was at Quilt Market to help my friend, Leslie Tucker Jenison set up her booth inside the RJR Fabrics booth, to show her debut line "Urban Artifacts."

Her booth was absolutely amazing, with great eye candy

She had many quilts that featured her fabrics in a variety of styles

Love these shelves to show off purses, pin cushions, a bear and my decoupaged globe

Just look at these great elements!  The boomerang table, sewing chair and phone stand

Some of the Cotton and Steel designers all ready for Sample Spree

Share a common thread. All RJR Designers have a window. Me too! Look for the orange dog on a green background on the gray building. I am thrilled to tell you that I have a line coming out at Spring Quilt Market with RJR Fabrics

Friday, October 21, 2016

Going in Style to Quilt Market

My good friend and co-curator for Dinner at Eight Artists, Leslie Tucker Jenison has her first line of fabric coming out at Fall Quilt Market!  I am so exited for her!  RJR Fabrics, Urban Artifacts, Quilt with Love

Sizzix Fab / Big Shot die cutting machine, the best die cutter on the planet in my humble opinion

Enter Hexagons. My favorite shape to cut out on a die cutting machine, and certainly not my hand. These are small and less than 1" in size

I bought this purse at a local thrift store, and it was in excellent condition.  I taped off parts that I didn't want paint on.  Then painted all of pink with white gesso. It is the perfect canvas for my project

Creating a new purse with hexagons in Leslie's new fabric line. I am using Liquitex Matte Medium as my glue for this decoupage project

It kinda reminds me of those gum wrapper purses. Both sides of the purse will be different. I call it artistic license

The other side. Next will be trimming, sealing, sanding, and sealing some more

Finished decoupaged purse in 'Urban Artifacts' by Leslie Tucker Jenison!

The flip side!  This will be on display in the RJR Fabrics booth at Quilt Market in Houston!  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Furnishing Hope

One of my other things that I do is The House Quilt Project and work with Furnishing Hope, a nonprofit that provides furniture and decor for wounded service members. My project calls for quilters to make patriotic house quilts for every house or apartment that Furnishing Hope provides for. So far, the project has made over 250 house quilts over the years for Habitat for Humanity Orange County, Veterans and Wounded Service Members. Furnishing Hope has a display that is used to promote the program. I am making a lumbar pillow for a wing chair that they can use for this display

I constructed the house with Mistyfused fabrics and hexagons cut on a Sizzix die cutting machine in two different sizes. One larger size for the sky, and smaller for the landscape.  I love a red house! 

Hand cut out letters to spell out 'Hope" because we all want some of that. The house quilt has been fused to a piece of wool blended felt with a 1/4" of it all around the edges

In between free motion quilting, I press the piece out, to keep it flat

Free motion machine quilting

My perfect little sharp snips by Havel's Sewing. These are great for travel too.

Now we're ready to roll.  Orange flowers, because I live in Orange.

The pillow, stuffed with fiberfil and hand sewn on the side where I left an area big enough to get my hand through

The finished pillow and I am so happy how it turned out!