Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Back in the Saddle...again!


My quilt top is done and all Mistyfused and ready to press onto the wool blended felt, which I use as my ‘batting.’

Fused and felt overlap needs to be trimmed to the edge

This is the first time I have used one layer of felt and put a fused fabric backing on the back

I flipped it over and trimmed the extra fabric using the felted edge as my guide

I haven’t done much free motion quilting for a couple of years. A friend encouraged me to get back on the bike and ride

So happy with how this turned out! Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

A Housing Remake


This was my the focus fabric for my very first fabric that I designed for Hoffman California Fabrics in 2013.
 Part actual fabric collage and part watercolor illustrations 

I found in my studio the background fabric collage and decided to repurpose it 

Thinking of adding some fabrics from my Hopscotch line that I designed for RJR in 2016

I’ve added some green elements from Hopscotch to mix the old with the new

And looking at more fabrics from this line. These are all fused with Mistyfuse.
This line has 96 colors and it’s considered a blender line. Hopscotch by RJR

Adding some funky houses with extra elements!

Based loosely on this design that I drew in my sketchbook

This has been fun so far! Still playing a bit. Since all of my fabrics are fused with Mistyfuse, it’s easy to remove fabric that I am not happy with.

I love how vibrant the colors are 


On my design wall to see how it really looks. I spy a zipper!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Monarch Butterfly Watch


This is a Monarch caterpillar and it’s looking for a place to perch on the wall

The caterpillar makes a ‘J’ 

Day 81 of The100dayproject 

Within a less than two hour span, the caterpillar turns it self inside out to make a crystalis 

Here is another one on a different part of our house and it’s further along

Getting closer to birthing a new butterfly

And we have a new butterfly born! So exciting. The wonder of nature 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

This and That


The100dayproject continues with Day 66. Even though I have been vaccinated, I still wear a mask in public

Beautiful gorgeous and vibrant flowers in the garden

Tools that I use for drawing! 

Found this while cleaning out some stuff in my studio. 1998 when I chaired this event to raise money for our school where our daughter attended. A friend had these posters made of each artful tourist area along Route 66. I threw our committee photo on there.

Oh my...we were so cool and fun! We are all still friends! 

I have arthritis throughout my entire body and some days it is just hard to move. CBD/THC help with salves and gummies for sleep

Lunch out with a friend in Old Town Orange. Yes, we are having cocktails at lunch and they were whiskey based!

The joy of experimenting with new things, like a used tea bag! 

A Double Delight rose in our garden

Last week I perched myself at a backyard table to draw and paint and it was just lovely!

Monday, April 05, 2021

Reflections


The 100 Day Project is a huge commitment and honestly it has been hard to keep going, but...

When I see all of my watercolor paintings in a format like this, it gives me inspiration and courage to forge through

The Objects of my Affection 

We took our first trip after we were vaccinated and safe! 

Napa and San Francisco to see and hug our kids and grands

Went to my favorite coffee spot in Orange. This is where I had my last store made Latte in 2020

Now I have 63 watercolor paintings in the rear view mirror and it feels good!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Working on an Unfinished Project


I made a bunch of these more than a few years ago, and now I am squaring them up to be 12”

The idea was to put one of these pedal circles and I know there is a formal name for these

It’s really fun to look at each one of these to see fabrics from all of my designed collections of fabrics with Hoffman Fabrics and now adding my RJR fabrics

Moving along

I can make a big mess, leave it for the weekend and come back to it! 

This was the original idea years back, but then decided that I want it to be larger



And this is where I am now. I’ve got four more square to go. I might need more.

The 100 Day Project is moving along 

We had our first dinner with vaccinated family members and it was so great!


And now at the half way mark with 50. Another senseless shooting in Colorado 3/22. When will it end?