Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One Step Up, Two Steps Back

I can't believe time has gotten so far away from me.
Quick catch up:
Class at Conejo Valley quilters was fabulous!
The lecture went very well and we had a great time!
Some photos I saved before the camera card got lost :(

Up in Thousand Oaks there was a GIANT Joanne's and I purchased one of those rainbow colored roll a way's with just enough drawers so that each of my unfinished quilt tops can be tucked (along with binding, backing and co-ordinating thread so I can just go grab a drawer and finish them!
(ok, granted it probably would have been just as easy to leave them in the stacks on my table but I have always wanted one of these roll a way's and it will be great for all the quilt block construction I plan on doing sometime in the near future... when I have time... and well, I see you all nodding in bemused agreement. 
Here are the tops ready for batting, backing & done!
Then upon return I had to lickity split get two twin size t-shirt quilt commissions done!
Good thing there was a three day weekend in there. 
One valuable lesson I learned was that instead of using regular fusible interfacing on the tshirts, using fusible cotton interfacing is the best.  With the polyester interfacing there is still stretch in one direction; the cotton has NO stretch AND you can easily iron on it! The iron just glides over it when you are pressing during construction. (Which you want to always press on the wrong side anyhow owing to some screen prints will melt at the touch of a hot iron)

All the while dealing with work, my foster kittens, other projects and this record breaking heat wave that's about to kill me (and my wallet) oi vey!
I've recently finished some projects that I've put up on my Etsy and am trying to get some of these quilt tops batted and backed so they can go into the 'Etsy' bin and they can stop nagging me to finish them! LOL
Small tote

 Large Tote (book bag size)

can be folded over for a clutch

small autumn prayer flag

 and then I got distracted by making these chicken pin cushions.    
I really do have craft disorder but I find that bouncing around on projects can be fun and helpful and then it seems all at once you've finished lots of stuff!
Ok, back to work.
Happy Sewing!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cotton & Chocolate! Workshop this Sunday

A shout out to my LA/Westlake readers. 
I just found out that the shop I will be teaching in this Sunday 8/17 in Thousand Oaks  


If you are in the area, come check it out and look for me on Sunday. I am being generously hosted by the
I'm sure you'll know where to find me!
Check out the Kaffe Fassett area!
 srsly? on SALE???  I'm SO there!!!

I could just curl up right here...
and I had no idea that Kaffe had brown.  
and possibly here as well.  LOVE me some Black & White!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Practicing. ..sort of

someday I will have ALL the star sparkle colors! 

These are some brush markers I picked up to use. Sadly, all the ones I had from 20 years ago were dried up.  Can you believe that?  They just don't make 'em like they used to! LOL

A while ago I was playing with stencils and FW Acrylic Inks. I created a bunch of backgrounds to practice calligraphy on as well as show students what amazing results you can get with a few simple tools.  It's important I find that when you are learning calligraphy on fabric you have some basis to put your words on.  Not just plain material.  Stencils are a great way to create simple backgrounds that you can 'tuck' your writing into and leave space for other interesting stitching to go. 

I love playing like this.  You never know what you'll find. I was trying to make a mask but then got carried away and realized it was really a silly bird like thing. 

looking at this really small like this I also see an elephant head.  

then upon pivoting the design I could see the bird more clearly. 
And so I added legs and glittery feathers. 

Then I realized a bird probably wouldn't like the term 'plucked' so I changed it.  It's silly and the exercise is moot given I wasn't supposed to wasting time doing this right now. 
However I suppose no effort is really in vain; It gave me a chance to unrap my new pens, get to know them a bit before my class on Sunday and spend some time away from all the sads on facebook right now. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Exciting News! My Wicked Entry was chosen as a finalist!

It's even prettier with the ribbon!! *giggle*

I would also like to report my piece has already been sold!  
I am over the moon and on out into the stars with delight and excitement!!!

The Wicked Venue will be as follows:  
So far, the Traveling Exhibit will be seen at
- Chattanooga, TN at AQS Show (Trunk Show at SPOOL Quilt Shop)
- Quilters Take Manhattan, NYC
- Gershwin Theater in NYC
- Road to California Quilt Show 2015, Ontario, CA
- Published in a book of entire exhibit to sell and use as a proposal to get exhibit booked at Quilt Shows, Galleries and Theaters.

I'm so excited to be included with these stellar artists! 

Here's the full list:

Peg Pennell
Pat Hilderbrand
Pat Dubois
Tina Johnson
Susan Pagano
Sylvia Hernandez
Nicki Allen
Elaine Jones
Nancy Kazlaukas
Heather Rose
Jane Hall
Marilyn Fromerz
Stacy Hurt
Linda Syverson-Guild
Judith Allen
Mel Beach
Judy O'Connor Chaffee
Sally Manke
Nancy LaPorte
Kathy Durochik
Carl Jentsch
Robin Kingsbury
Shelli Ricci
Lisa Giesfeldt

Makes me wish I was going to 'Quilters Take Manhattan' but I'll have to wait till January to see it at Road! 

Totally Stoked!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Wicked Entry!

I'm so totally stoked to share my Cherrywood Fabric's 'Wicked' Contest entry.  
The call for entry said you could make something from the musical itself or simply what you felt was wicked. 
Only thing is you had to use their 'wicked greens' only as part of your design. 

I found this fabulous paper at Art Supply Warehouse and knew instantly (after months of idea chopping) that a tattered Raven would be my star.  I also incorporated my new 12" tree stencils.  (they are the same as the 6 inch ones)

And then to this: 

Final shot: I wanted the quilting to mirror a spider web following the paper's natural lines. I used Mog Podge again to good effect to keep the paper pliable and secure.
Hint of gears & clock face.  Added silver ink to the branches to give a more 3d effect. 
Here's part of the collection hanging.  Out of 100 or so they will only chose 23.  Competition is very steep and I'm thrilled to be included.  We'll see if Raven makes the final cut. 
Raven is on the back black pillar; you can see the moon. :)
Photo: Just one more before I collapse.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Runs in the family?

Recently I spent some time visiting my Step Mom- Milli in Arizona.  She had recently downsized from her big house into the duplex (on their same property) to be able to care for my grandmother easier.  I thought I had posted these photos already but obviously have not. 

I didn't come to know my step mom until I was about 16.  I spent a summer at their home in Dublin, CA.  I remember seeing her out there in my dad's garage painting  his business logo's on the side of his trucks using her stunning calligraphy.  Many years later I learned the craft myself and it was a direct result of seeing her doing it!  She is a fabulous oil painter.  Later she turned her multi talented hands to stained glass.  In their home in Dublin there were many windows that were replaced with her stunning windows!   I count myself very lucky to have one hanging in my kitchen she made just for me one year for Christmas.  She has since gotten rid of all her glass stuff as her hands are not very cooperative any longer for the arduous task of cutting glass and that made me really sad but I totally get it.   I tried this medium once when I was 19 and I can tell you it is a brutal craft! 

(her hand painted fabric )
Not surprisingly she moved into sewing as well.  She had hand quilted two baby blankets for Ellen was she was born.  I have them safely tucked away.  (I know right? I hear the groans out there and myself get annoyed when I hear that quilts I've made have been stowed but I do understand). 

mom's purse
My step mom is truly elebinty billion ways artistic.  She taught me how to strip and refinish furniture.  I skipped the class  recovering furniture as it involved sewing and back then I totally sucked at it.   She did stamping, stenciling, glass etching, painting; glass work, quilting, ceramics, you name it!  AND the woman even digs out her own ponds and mote on their acreage.

I'm so proud of her!  Here she was trying out free motion quilting, she'd never done it before!
YAY Mom!
I love the scrappy feel of this quilt.  The sideboard was her great grandmother's I believe.   

I love the colors in this.  I would like to make one of these.

When she's not doing 10 thousand other things; she maintains the chickens, roosters, pigs, Emu's and various other animals that people like to chuck over their fence!

really, a face only a mother could love. 

Emu's gettin antsy for grub! 

young pullets goin after a broken egg.  Cannibals!
Such a beauty!

 Currently, at 70+ she's tiling her old bedroom floor in the big house!  By herself!  With a tile cutter and everything! And did I mention they live in Arizona where it's like 100 by 8am?   I can't say enough about this amazingly talented artist that is my Step mom Milli.  (BTW I always refer to her as 'mom' but here I feel it's important to remove any confusion between her & my bio mom for readers).
Her Tile setting helper; this feral male kitty who loves her very much!

Here's some shots I took while I was there.  I love you mom! 
One of the indoor furbaby's  Miss Jazmine

I think the rug came that way but she wanted her couch to match

Did I mention rug making?

ya; rag rug making too.  :)

This Woman could kick my butt any day in terms of sheer grit and determination.  I admire her immensely!
Happy Sewing!