Class Sneak Peek

Howdy friends!

It is really crunch time for me now, getting the last of the samples done for the class schedule, which I said would be out by August 20th!

class sneak peek

The pin wheel block above is a part of a Christmas project class.

One of the classes that I am really looking forward to teaching is *Fun with Machine Quilting and Binding*.

machine quilting class

I’ve also been painting the classroom.  Did you know painting walls is one of my LEAST favorite things to do?  It is coming along……slowly, very slowly….

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After the newsletter goes out to the subscribers, the classes will be posted under the *Classes* tab at the top of the main page.  Check the website or your email box next week to see what creative things we have planned at Bahama Dawn!

Summer Is Flying By!

Hello!

I cannot believe it has been almost a month since my last post!  I have been hiding in my studio trying to get my class schedule ready to email out by August 20th, and that day is creeping up on me way too quickly!  Having new ideas go from my mind, to my sketch book, to an actual product is so rewarding, even when it takes many tries.   I have also been spending time working on some new items to sell at shows for the Christmas season.

It has also been so rewarding to have students that have taken classes stop by for help or show me their new project.  I am so happy that you have learned enough in class to continue on your own, and that you are enjoying quilting enough to want to do it on your own!  THAT is why I teach!

Glass button on patchwork

The photo above is a sneak peek of an upcoming class.  If you want to find out more about the classes or shows be sure to drop me an email so I can add you to the mailing list.  You can also check back here and click on the tabs at the top of the home page under “Classes & Workshops’ or “Where I Am At”.  I will be updating these pages as soon as the newsletter goes out to subscribers.

Happy Creating!

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!