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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hopscotch is Shipping to Stores!

I am so excited to tell you that my debut line with RJR Fabrics 'hopscotch' is shipping to stores right now! It is an 84 piece collection of tone on tone prints. The song 'somewhere over the rainbow' comes to mind.

The Art Haus is a pattern made exclusively for Missouri Star Quilt Company

Peace, Love, Dove

The 84 piece collection. There are eleven hand drawn designs. Ask your local quilt shop to carry this line!

18x18 wall quilts. Houses are some of my iconic images that I use in my work

Coffee and quilting go together!

My take on modern with hexagons cut on a Sizzix machine

My personal collection of quilts that I made to showcase my line!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pages from my Sketchbook

Now that my 100 Day Project has concluded, I am drawing in an old book with a Copic Marker

and I am still not using a pencil

jump rope


Monday, July 31, 2017


Nothing more soothing for my feet that to swim in the pool.

It is so inviting now that it is done and the plaster is black and the tile is dark blue

I bought this rainbow striped unicorn as a gift for the new pool

the Plumeria is blooming.  This is a native Hawaiian plant, but grows here quite beautifully

The ultimate Southern California photo

a close up of Milkweed - the butterfly plant

Friends came over for an afternoon of eating ice cream, and sitting out on the deck. Libby Williamson and Michelle Banton. What a treat to have them here!

Steve and me at a wedding!
Bandit was right under my feet when my coffee cup tipped and poured coffee on his head. A nice stripe. His head smelled so good!
A little TV filming in our city in July for American Horror Story. I actually thought we were getting a new restaurant in Orange. Clever name for a meat restaurant.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Personal Iconography

This year's theme for Dinner at Eight Artists is Personal Iconography: Graffiti on Cloth. I didn't have to ponder very long as to what my personal icons are in my work.

I had already made a quilt with my new fabric line with some of my iconic images on it, so I decided instead of reinventing the wheel, that I would just add to my quilt to make it 40x40

This is very personal to me. The lower 6" square of triangles was the pattern I used for my charm pack squares at Quilt Market in the schoolhouse.  The pattern was inspired by a quilt that Bill Volkening had found by Barbara McKie and he posted it on Facebook.

Adding grandmothers flower garden and an improv piece

My iconic image - the trailer

The entire quilt was constructed with each square and sewn together with rick rack, another favorite of mine
hop, skip, jump is the tag line for my new fabric line with RJR Fabrics. 'hopscotch' ships to stores in August 2017. So excited!  Dinner at Eight Artists exhibit will be shown at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Fall of 2017.