New Inspiration!

Over the last few weeks I have been working on ideas for new classes and writing lesson plans.  I am having so much fun, and am really excited about some of the new classes.  One of the first classes I plan to offer in the Fall is a Machine Quilting and Binding Class.  As I was working on exercises for this class I had a new idea for my work, and just had to stop and try it out.

All of the words in the quilted piece below are done with stitching that also doubles as quilting!  I love putting words and sayings on items that I make and I am so glad this technique worked out for me.  It will not be included in the machine quilting class, but after practice, it is where you can take your machine quilting skills!

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Lots and lots of quilting on this piece!

    I even added little bursts of color behind the quilting stitches that make up the flowers and leaves on the border.

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Detail of stitching and added color

I think I will make this piece into a journal cover, and I can’t wait to try out this technique on other items, but first back to class planning!

Octopus Obsession

Looking back thru the recent pictures of my work, it seems I am a little obsessed with the octopus!

One of the things I love about being an artist is getting a design idea and working it into as many different pieces and mediums as possible.

Octopus Pendants

It all started with these simple octopus on a barrel pendants.

Which then led to putting an octopus on one of my glass buttons.

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Handmade glass buttons

Then along came the hand painted silk pillow.

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Hand Painted Silk Pillow

The inspiration then came to do more with the octopus charm, so I made simple, round beads to match a charm and created a necklace on sterling silver chain.

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Octopus Necklace

My latest completed project as been a journal cover, but this won’t be the last octopus you see from me.  The ideas are flowing now.  The biggest decision is which idea to work on next!

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Quilted Octopus Journal Cover

I used one of my glass buttons as a closure on this journal cover.

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Close up of glass button closure

It’s the legs on these guys that I love so much.  So much fun to work with and twirl around into a design.

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Quilted Octopus Journal, detail

The journal covers fit a Mead Composition Book, so when your journal is full you can replace it with another Composition Book.  They wash really well also, so don’t worry about getting it dirty!

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Quilted Octopus Journal Cover

Can anyone guess where the octopus will appear next?

Happy Hump Day!  Let your creative juices flow this week!

Etsy Shop Update!

I am finally getting items put in my Etsy shop!!  You can get there by clicking on the tab at the top of this page that says “Shop Etsy!”.  So far I have only added some potholders.  It is time consuming to edit photos, add descriptions, upload, etc.. but I am getting it done!

Quilted Potholders

Selection of potholders

Next I will work on some jewelry items & silk pillows to add to the Etsy shop!  Go check it out and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter to get updates on what is new at BahamaDawn.  I am going to be having specials for newsletter subscribers soon, so you don’t want to miss out!

Have a great week!

~Welcome~

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome to my new website!  Most of you have been here before, but if you look at the address at the top it now says bahamadawn.com.  Finally, everything is in one place!  My blog, gallery, class information, newsletter sign up, links to my Facebook page, Etsy store, Pinterest…….all right here at my website address!

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So please take a look around.  Sign up for a newsletter.  *Like* a page.  Follow me.  Test it out so I know everything is working how it should be, and of course check back often to see what is new!

Unfortunately my Etsy store is still empty, but I am working on editing photos and getting them uploaded, so that should be functional soon!

Have a creative week!

My First {Little} Publication!

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Handmade Glass Octopus Pendants

Thought I would share some exciting news!  The picture above of my octopus pendants was in Soda Lime Times, which is a digital magazine for glass bead makers to subscribe to.  The title of the issue was “Surf’s Up!”  It is my first *little* publication so I was pretty excited.  The picture was featured on the inspiration page with other ocean themed beads from other glass artists.

Happy Wednesday!  Do something creative this week!

{THANK YOU} to my students!

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Classroom November 2013

Since November 2013 I have been back at teaching quilting & silk painting classes, pretty much full-time, after a 10 year hiatus.  Some weeks up to 5 days, depending on how many private classes I had on top of scheduled classes.

Silk Painting Class in Progress

The last class, until September was about 2 weeks ago.  I am taking the summer off to plan my teaching and show schedule for Fall 2014, design new projects, make samples, create lesson plans, paint the classroom etc…

I would like to say  HUGE THANK YOU to all my *students*.  I truly LOVE teaching and over the last  7 months you have helped me live my passion.  Thank you for supporting my classes and making classes so much fun!

Black, White & Brights Placemat Class

Display of student work from *Black, White and Brights Placemat Class*

This was a class called “Black, Whites and Brights Placemats”.  At a local art show one of my classes displayed the placemats they had made in the class.  I was a pretty proud teacher.  Their placemats were beautiful and made an awesome display.

 Below is a write up of one of my classes which was hung with their display of placemats.

Students’ write up of Placemat Class

Again, *THANK YOU* to those who attended my classes!!  I hope to see you back in class for the upcoming season.  I have lots of new classes in the works.  More Silk Painting and Fabric Decoration, Precious Metal Clay, Soldering & of course Quilting.  Sign up for my newsletter to find out about class schedules.

If you have not attended a class yet feel free to contact me with any questions you might have & I look forward to having you in class.

Have a wonderful week!