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  
 

Whoot!




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!!!
THANK YOU D.R!


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:


WICKED FINALISTS:
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!
 
xoxo
Happy Sewing! 
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Some Kaffe Plates


Before I knew there was a rule
I watched a tutorial on Dresden Plates and since I had recently won an EZ Dresden Plate Ruler
I simply sat down and using only scraps of my Kaffe Fasset (from my Kaffe Cats) I created a bunch of blades and started sewing them all together. 

I figured you just kept adding till you completed your circle. 


Hahahahahahaaaaa!
Ahem;  
No.
You make exactly 20 blades
You should join 5 at a time & use your cutting mat's rulers to make sure they fit in the allotted 90 degree marks.

Then you join the sections together and as it was clearly explained to me that you must offer up every prayer you know to any diety (or preferably ALL of them) that your plate will lie flat, you stitch that last seam.  And Voila!  You have some fancy flowers.

Since I am loathe to waste any of this glorious fabric I decided to copy a pattern I saw where you could use the smaller sections too.  THEN I remembered (seeing that big empty space in the middle of the block) that you could do this thing (thereby using even more of scraps)
And I made little pointy bits. 



Since I'm not following a quilt pattern (other than making these plates) I wasn't really paying attention and so the full flowers are 15" squares.  The fans above are about 13" so I will add to each of them a border of the opposite color.  (e.g. a limey green border on the blue box and a blue border n the limey green box).  That will give me a nice big chunk of close to a 30" square.  NO idea what, if anything, I will put around it. 

I can't wait to get started on all my handwork embroidery with all my yummy hand dyed floss!   

This weekend I'm back working on my Kaffe Cats.  I've become a member of the MQG and I am going to enter it at Quiltcon 2015!  


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Upcoming Workshop!

First I'd like to share that I  have an upcoming Calligraphy Workshop, Trunk show and lecture August 17th & 18th for the Conejo Valley Quilters!  *Be sure to check out there webpage for more info! 

I'm excited to be getting ready for this.  In addition to getting all my class supplies ready I am making a small art piece for their ways and means folks to raffle!  *I love winning stuff don't you??*  

Since it's far away, Miss Ellen will be joining me and I am very much looking forward to spending a couple days with her.  One of the Co-ordinators is a Bird of Prey rehabber and I am crossing my fingers that we can visit her 'birds' while we are there.  *ok, really, those of you who know me can probably guess how excited I am at the prospect of being able to be so close to them and I promise if we can we will take photos!*