Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bird shots from Class/Lecture I gave

Daughter and I enjoying dinner after lecture
The coordinators daughter had a aviary where she keeps injured owls that cannot be returned to the wild.  We were in for quite a treat to be able to meet them up close! 

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!!