Tuesday, December 30

The New Year

The One Thing I just Hate To Do

Taking down my Christmas decorations is a very sad thing for me.
I put them up early and turn my lights on every am by 5:00.
I just hate to take them down. Many years ago I ready about a singer/songwriter
who had a room in his home where he kept Christmas all year long.
If only, I had room for that. But sadly I must put it away.


2 Recent Projects

This cup of coffee I sent to a friend for Christmas was my first quilted drawing.
I used several different types of paints, dyes and markers on this. I hadn't planned
on outlining the drawing in purple, but it just happened. One of those oh I think
this will be cool moments. I do like the unexpected color. The quilting is very 
simple and I used a coffee theme fabric for the backing/binding.
The size is around 12 x 14. I forgot to measure it before it left home.



I made 2 sets of these round table place-mats for gifts this year.
My sister requested some and after I made hers I just had to make another set.
I also made potholder or napkins to go with the different sets.
They are reversible and on each one I used a different quilting pattern.


Plans for the New Year

Well with the Holidays behind me it's time to start thinking about the new year. There will be a few changes in my quilting style and the projects I have planned. I continue to be in the learning curve of quilting and during the early years of this wonderful hobby your knowledge grows by leaps and bounds daily. I spent 2 days reorganizing my studio and went threw all my fabric, papers and supplies. Over the past 2 years I've collected a lot of fabrics and during the process of refolding and separating into colors/groups I found a few I didn't really like that much any more. So this little pile started in the middle of the floor and before I knew it was a big pile. Funny how my likes have changed in just 2 years. Fat quarters I'd fallen in love with months back now no longer hold the aaawwwhhhh factor they once did. I think my pallet of fabrics/colors and textures is becoming more refined into what is ME. I guess it takes a while to determine who you are fabric wise

I did several projects for Christmas presents that used painted fabric and really enjoyed the process of drawing, painting then quilting. My sweet hubby bought me an airbrush several years ago and it's not been out of the box, but I hope to end it's solitude soon. I've done a good bit of research on airbrushing on fabric and I'm looking forward to jumping into it very soon. For now I'm using fabric paints, dyes and markers.




Wednesday, December 17

Green Gift Wrap

At the 07 AQS show I made a wonderful discovery that I felt very stupid for not thinking of myself. Wrapping presents in fabric. It's done in many countries where waste is not as high as in the US. I never give a lot of thought to the paper I wrap in beyond the appearance. I've used printed and unprinted paper, brown craft paper and even the funnies from the Sunday paper. I've used many different types and it all works, but after they are opened you have a sea of sad unwanted paper. Purchased because you loved the color or print and now discarded without a single thought. 

Last Christmas several of my friends and I wrapped our presents to each other (we all quilt) in fabric. It's wonderful. You can start ohhhing and ahhhing before you unwrap. Then there is another little quilter's must have inside the beautiful fabric. 

It's such a great idea. It's a bit harder to wrap with, so don't try to make it act like paper. Your sewing friends will love this and if they don't sew, well you can just take that wrapping fabric back home with you. No huge piles of paper all over the living room and no waste. 
If you do use paper for presents, remember to recycle it. 

Have A Very Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 10

Love of Books

I love books to inspire me. Books filled with images of art done by talented craftspeople that make my jaw drop. I have a bookcase just for my art and crafts books. I look for them everywhere I go. Here are just a few of my favorites. 

400 Stunning Contemporary Designs, 512 pages
This huge book is great when you need inspiration.
This book features 10 years worth of the most innovative pieces 
chosen for the Quilt National biennial exhibition - 
the top showcase for modern quilt artists.
Lark has a huge selection on there site for just about any craft you are interested in.

This is a great inspiration book for mixed media/wall hangings
I stumbled upon this at a local fabric store. It has tons of great ideas
for working with photos and has lots of embellishment ideas.

I was in the shop where I got my Phaff (Performance 2058) one day
and saw a display for a class by Christopher. I stood and looked at his work
for a good while, not able to even conceive how they were made. I was in love. 
I took the class and at our first break I bought the Baby lock Embellisher.
I would have never bought the Embellisher if I'd not seen Christopher's work.
It's not your normal "felting" you think of with needle punching. 
It's rich classy fiber textures with a huge punch.
Christopher handbags are killer too. Check out his site.

I saw this one day while looking over books at my local BAM and just
loved it. It reminded me of my first embroidery book I had when I was a teenager.
Every stitch is shown in great color photos with very clear directions.
Even if you've not done this before it's very easy. I love embellishing with beads.


Those are just a few of my favorite books. These get pulled off the shelf often.
I also have several subscriptions to magazines and I guess Quilting Art's 
is one of my favorites. When you visit their site also check out the other publications.
has great ideas for your studio, it shows everything from the studio dreams are
made of and back to the real world of small rooms, and even just a corner of your home.

Tuesday, December 2

S is for Sewing

I had so much fun creating the Q is for Quilting (November post) 
that I wanted to make a series of these.

I'm calling it my Alpha series. 
I've made 3 so far and they are really fun. 
S is for Sewing was made with licensed 
Project Runway fabric and the mini quilt was added to the canvas.
This and our other Alpha Mixed Media can be seen at our Etsy Shop.

This sweet artwork for your favorite craft room or a gift for your crafty friends.