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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

500th Post Give Away!


Motivation to create more often is what began this blog however through the venture there have been some unexpected blessings. I've "met" and been inspired by so many wonderful artists and even actually met with some of them. I've learned some new technical skills even though I have a long way to go. And it's been fun to get opinions on my art to further it along. It's been quite the adventure. Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment to be entered for the drawing for this fun Spring Fabric Bowl. Drawing ends April 1st - no fooling.
Congrats Carol - I need your mailing address.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thread Painting

A fun thread paitned tulip was
what this Spring miniature needed.
Now for a sleeve.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Decisions, Decisions

Some projects go along quite nicely
and then....nothing.
(Well maybe time has
been an issue too.)
I've finally decided how to
quilt and finish this piece.
Yeah!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Terrific Trimmings


A friend saved these trimmings while working on her latest project knowing that I enjoy tiny pieces with which to play and create. Thanks Marti!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fun Cone Flowers


This piece was the main focus of my weekend quilt class at John C Campbell Folk School recently. It has some fun painted and watercolor embellishments and is read for quilting.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Class Sample


Part of the class at JC Campbell was to make a sample of our fabric pieces to practice adding painted or watercolor pencil embellishments. I realized that it was almost as easy for me to freehand cut the cone flowers as it was to create them from the pattern I had made from the photo. I'll probably frame this piece and sell it if anyone is interested.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Granddaughter

Busy, Busy weekend.
New Granddaughter who
is the little sister to my
other granddaughter.
Being a Nana is great!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Unmarked Meandering Stitch


Hand quilting is so relaxing.
It's also nice to have a project
ready to go when needed/wanted.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mini Landscapes @ JCCampbell School

Anita created the orange day lily,
Carol created the purple flowers,
Steve the butterfly and
Lynda the orange flower.


These pieces were by Sylvia (yellow),
Nancy (pink) and
me (cone flowers and small sample too.)
Our wonderful teacher, Marilyn Wall
led us through the process of
creating these fabric pieces from
photographs. What fun!
More details to come.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cattle Batik Give Away

Leave a comment to be in the drawing
for this Cattle Batik fabric.
It's about a 1 1/4 yard piece.
CONGRATS! Melody Johnson!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sally's Zentangles














During Fiber Arts Alliance meeting recently, Sally Fargo was creating Zentangles to occupy her hands. She has a whole small journal full of them and they were wonderful...and tempting to create. She has copied some of them onto card stock and selling.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Season Of Singing Has Come

After considering several options, I chose to embroider the verse on this small piece and omit the verse's beginning, "The flowers appear on the earth" and just have "The season of singing has come - Song of Solomon 2:12 ". The season of singing stands alone since so many are looking forward to Spring. I know I am.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Actual Texture Excercise



Only using beige/cream colors to create an 8 X 10 piece was quite a challenge for a color loving artist like myself. Starting at the top there's folded muslin, organza, an upholstery piece and overlayed with batting, ribbon and buttons.

Fiber Arts Alliance


After 3 months of being snowed out, our Fiber Arts Alliance was able to meet. There was SO much wonderful Show and Tell that I forgot to take photos until almost the end. Here's Mary Hinkle's piece - purple of course and lovely like all her pieces.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Visual Texture Excercise







As our newly formed group learning from Lyric Kinard's book Art+ Quilt begin the books's exercises I feel I'm growing creatively already. We were instructed to copy different fabrics onto paper only having black/white to work with and create a paper piece using only visual texture.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Finagling or Wangling

Putting the isosceles triangles for a sideways border was a great idea until it came to actually making them fit. However, with a bit of finagling, wangling and just plain snipping here and there, they fit and the piece is finally ready to sandwich and hand quilt.
Now for a backing fabric.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Orange Dots



My magnetic pin holder is the place I generally "toss" a used needle when switching types of needles...regular to jeans to Microtex etc. And since the identifying imprint on the needle is so tiny, it makes it difficult to identify the needle again...until now. The jeans needles comes with a blue paint type marking on them and NOW my 80/12 Universal needles have an orange dot. Voila! That Works For Me - Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Little Plain?

I didn't start out desiring to create a Miniature Quilt
just to create something quick and fun.
The borders are on and it still needs a verse.
Looks a bit plain to me.
Thoughts?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Painting Purple












SetaColor to the rescue in creating more needed purple triangles from the remnant ones for the border. Now to press them back in shape and sew together.