Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spending my afternoons drawing and painting

For the past six weeks, I have been working half days to heal my recently dislocated hip. Since I am not the kinda person who is good at relaxing and laying on the couch, I decided to draw and paint in my Moleskine Watercolor Notebook about every afternoon. I was sitting and relaxing,  sort of like having quiet time. 

A patchwork house 

Havel’s Sewing tools. I just love their products 

Our words can light the darkness. Maybe we can bring our country together with kindness

My hands and the stories they can tell

A contemporary house

A grid drawing the painting, following the straight lines with overlap. I am liking this series and plan to explore more grid patterns using this method 

Another grid with different shapes. I love the look of this one

And then filling the painting in with ink (Sharpie Ultra Fine Point). This reminds me of some of my fabric designs.  Please do not copy my work in the post. All rights reserved. 

Monday, March 04, 2019

The Great Studio Purge of 2019

Time to dig in and clean out. I am in the process of consolidating my studio. What do I not need? 

I simply have too much fabric that I am never going to use. Since I’ve been a fabric designer, I have used those fabrics in my projects, instead of going to my large stash

Sorting buttons, beads and stuff. It’s a good sit down job, since I am still technically resting

I don’t think I have opened this cabinet in a year. Clean out time

I have a lot of thread. And since I only use black thread in my work, it’s time to clean it out

Fat quarter bundles from Hopscotch and Sewing 101 are set aside to sell

The contents of the red cabinet is all mixed media supplies which have been put in jumbo ziplock bags

Who knew? So much stuff.

Almost ready for my Studio Purge Sale 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Hip is Connected to the Leg Bone...

Oh fun...not. I didn’t know that you can dislocate your fake hip until a few weeks ago. I was walking in my studio and fell. When I realized I was falling I turned and grabbed the steel scissor door to break my fall. I had a friend working with me, and she said it was like watching me in slow motion. I was rather calm and called my husband and then my orthopedic surgeon and then 911. I wasn’t in pain. Here I am in the back of the ambulance. It was pouring rain that day

Here I am in the emergency room and do you know that your foot isn’t suppose to be in that position? One of the paramedics knew that I dislocated my hip, because of the left foot.

Me and the beautiful hospital gown. I had to spend one night in the hospital and learned about a lot of pain meds, because the pain emerged with a vengeance. My first time taking Morphine. It took about two weeks to get them out of my system. 

My husband brought Theo Derbyshire, my emotional animal to the hospital to give me comfort. At 6am the next day, they put my hip back into place without cutting me. Good drugs in the operating room. 

A weird tradition for me to always have some cherry Jello at the hospital

After my two laps around the floor with a walker and a PT guy, he fitted me into this contraption. Needless to say it stayed in the bed, and I went home

Back to the scene of the crime. This is the steel scissor door that I grabbed onto. I landed on that mat. I am recovering. My body has been through trauma. It’s like starting over. I was 6 mos out from my ball-ectomy surgery. Now, I have to take it easy until March, which doesn’t make me very happy. Went back to the gym/physical therapy place to work with a personal trainer to strengthen my hips. Apparently, it could happen again, so building those hip muscles is my first priority. I had to cancel my trip to QuiltCon. Thank you all for your kind words on social media. It carries me through the hard days. Onward and upward. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

So much fun at Craft Napa 2019

Craft Napa 2019 was a remarkable and memorable experience. Leslie Tucker Jenison and I took a brief trip to Berkeley before heading to Napa. 

Our brief trip to Berkeley offered some challenges of getting up these stairs in the pouring rain and darkness. This staircase was the least of our worries, with cement ramps, and stairs with uneven stones and moss heading up to our AirBnb. Quite a lovely cottage, except for the stairs.

We visited this lovely store in Oakland ‘A Verb for Keeping Warm.’

On Wednesday I help Leslie set up her two day class and Pokey‘s barn. It was such a beautiful day at her property even though it was pouring rain.

Up first was teaching my typewriter workshop. This was a new class for me for a beloved wall quilt that I have made over the years and first for the quilt alliance contest which won a prize. A lot of people have written me over the years about teaching this class or creating a pattern so that other people can make the quilt. I admit it was hard for me to envision this class without having a paper pattern to guide my students. I had six pattern testers, and yes there is still plenty of work to be done to finalize that and sell it. Oh but what a fun class to teach with willing and fun participants! Each one unique to the artist who created it.

A sampling of what students created

Stencil Scrumble was a night class and people were tired, but everyone created some fabulous fabrics using StencilGirl stencils and Jacquard Textile paint. People wanted to leave early, so we crammed a lot into 2 hours and everyone took home some fun fabrics!

The face class was quite fun too! My concept of whatever floats your boat and you can make whatever you want within the 18 x 18“ square. I love this class so much because I get to see each person‘s individual style. This was my second time teaching the class at Craft Napa. This class was clearly my swan song, as I have decided to retire from teaching quilting classes. Bittersweet, but I know that I have made the right decision.

And a fun pic with some of my friends from the Artists Circle (private art group), who were also teaching at Craft Napa. 

On my days off, I drew and painted patchwork dogs! And one bear...Theo Derbyshire on IG follows me and always asks for a bear drawing, so his dream has become a reality. 

Leslie and I packed everything up and went to Oxbow market for our last Latte at Ritual.  So much fun! 

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Visual Journal for December 2018

2018 brought us two grandchildren, remission for our oldest son, more family time, a hip surgery, and plans for some future major changes for me. Wishing you all a very happy new year!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hanging Out at Home

One of ur kids has learned how to make sourdough bread, so I learned too. He gave me some of his starter. Here is my first loaf and it turned out pretty good. A little dense, but it made delicious toast. Each week I will need to feed the starter and make bread. 

We’re having some work done in our backyard, so I have had to be home while the workers are here. This area has had turmoil with stones bent broken up by large trees that have since been removed. The diving board will be taken out. That the part that really gets me. It is what it is.

And finished! A really nice stone patio. I am going to look for a couple of chairs and a side table to put there. Would be a nice spot to read or draw or have a cup of coffee. 

Unfortunately, I hurt my neck during crazy quilt Market prep and my right arm has been out of commission until this past week. It is so nice to be able to draw and paint again.

I really like this one. I am thinking I might make some of my watercolor paintings into panels on Spoonflower and sell them.

My Top 9 likes on Instagram. The grand babies win! Got a little coffee and activism in there too. Cheers!