{THANK YOU} to my students!

classroom 2013

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!

 

Scrappy Love ~ Pay it Forward February

{Have you ever heard about a situation and it just breaks your heart and you feel like you HAVE TO do something about it?A few months back I met a lady, Lovely Reckley, and she told me how she goes to four different schools in Abaco and feeds 85+ children that would have otherwise had no lunch. For some of these kids, this is the only meal of the day.Lovely even takes food to some of them when school is out.That really broke my heart. I mean, I know there are kids all over the world that are starving, but when I realized there were children right under my nose it killed me. I kept wondering what I could do. I thought about offering to help cook, but cooking for so many mouths really overwhelmed me. Then I realized what a COMMITMENT this awesome woman had made to these children…..EVERYDAY!!!At Christmas, instead of giving gifts I gave a donation to her organization (and to our Humane Society) instead of buying things that people really didn’t need.But it kept tugging at my heart. So, I decided for the month of February I would post several heart themed items to my blog. They would be for sale, and I would give 25% of the cost of the item to Lovely, to help with her costs.I may post an item everyday or I may post several items a week…..I am really not sure, but 25% will go to “Feed the Children” in Abaco, Bahamas.I CANNOT imagine going without food, or only having one meal a day that I had to rely on someone else to bring to me, and these children shouldn’t have to deal with this either, so please help!}

Howdy!
Getting today’s post up at the last minute…..eeekkkk!
Today I have another quilted journal cover. I’m telling you the ideas I have for these are endless so they will be coming at you for a while!
I am calling this journal cover “Scrappy Love”.


Like the name implies, it is made from scraps, frayed fabrics, burlap, an old pair of jeans, an old shirt…..yep lots of scraps!
If I could have put my hands on my vintage lace collection I would have added that also, but I have stashed that in such a great place that I can’t even find it!!


Like all my other quilted journal covers, this one fits a Mead Composition Journal which can be replaced. This journal also has a few messages…..on the inside flap, printed on the selvage of the fabric it reads, “We need time to dream, time to remember, & time to reach for the infinite. Time to be”.


On the front, on a flap of frayed muslin I stamped, in permanent ink, “Trust your crazy ideas”.


This cover is completely machine washable, and will only get softer the more it is washed. All those frays will be even better!


The back of the journal I left kind of plain, with just the frayed denim and the striped jersey fabric.


This journal cover with a Mead Composition book is $45, and 25% of that goes to Feed the Children Abaco.
You can message me on my facebook page……{HERE}
Or find it in my Etsy shop…..{HERE}


Thanks for stopping by!
Peace, love and creativity!

Back to Quilting

Today I have been back at the sewing machine. Finishing up a quilt I am making for the Bahamas National Trust. It will be raffled at Art for the Parks, which is a local art show that I participate in.


I realized today that this show is 2 weeks from Friday……eeeekkkk……TWO WEEKS!!!
I only have a few more blocks left to make for this quilt, and I really love the palette….lime, yellow, hot pink, a little orange and dash of red.



And this pattern sews up very quickly.


I have so much to do, but I love the creative adrenaline rush I get leading up to a show. It is something I wish I could bottle and use when I have no motivation to work.  
I am looking forward to sharing with you all my new creations.
After this show I will also be back to teaching quilting again!!  If you are local and would like to take up quilting, or be a part of a quilting class, please let me know ASAP.
Well, back to stitching for me right now…….unlike my precious cat, Mr Wiggles, who gets to snooze in the sunshine…..



Happy May!

I think the busyness of my life may be slowing down a wee bit!  I have finished up a good chunk of my orders, last Saturday was the last farmers market until October, and I have lots and lots of fresh ideas brewing in my brain.
One of my items that has been really popular are my quilted journal covers.
This was one of the last I did for an order:
The above picture is the front, and below is the back…..
Here is the entire cover…..
Do you see that ultra cute fabric in the *grass* that has flowers with black and white striped petals?  I won that fabric in a giveaway on the Jennifer Jangles blog.
Go and check out Jennifer’s blog and the side tab has all the links to her Etsy shop, Flickr, and website.
She is an amazing ceramic artist who now designs really funky, fun lines of fabric.
This is the stack of fat quarters that I won:
I could only bear to cut off a strip to use for the grass on this journal.  I must get my hands on some more, then I wont be so possessive over these pieces!
Today I am trying my hand at stenciling on fabric.  Waiting for the paint to dry is the worst part.  I will be back tomorrow to show you the results ~ hopefully it turns out!

HELP!! ~ I Need Advice!

In my last post I showed you the beginnings of my quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap.  I have been working on it for the last week, hoping to get the finishing touches done on it today.
All I have left to do is the detail on the bottom and sew the binding down by hand.
I had this GREAT idea, in my head, to sew buttons on the bottom to spell out *LAUGH*, but it isnt coming out like my imagination is seeing it.  That is so frustrating!!!!
Is it because the buttons are too colorful?  Should I use all white buttons?  Should I scrap the whole button idea and use fabric?  I would love to do something other than fabric…but what?
I know one thing for sure…..I need to step away from this for a few hours, but i would love your input.  Give me some ideas!!!
Above is a close-up of the top…..I love how this part turned out….now if I can only *fix* the bottom!!
HELP!!

A few sneak peeks……

Hello!
A lot has been going on the last week or so.  I thought I would show you what I have been up to, and what has kept me away from blogging.
I have been trying to finish up my swaps.
Here is the beginning of my Doll Quilt Swap…..
I have done more to it, but just not quite ready for another reveal yet.
Here are a few quilts, some swaps, that need the bindings sewn down…..
Here is a sneak peek of a swap I finished and need to pop into the mail.
I wish I could show it to you.  I love the way it turned out and hope my partner loves it as much as I do!
I did this painting as a donation to Friends of the Environment…..
And realized that I really missed the paint brush, so I did this…..
It is a painting of my kitty “Sunshine”.  All over the painting there are sunshine-y sayings and quotes.  I am looking forward to doing some more painting.  It is very therapeutic to me.
I helped out with a fundraiser for Abaco’s animals, called “Cause for Paws”.  I made these take a chance games…..a cat….
and a dog…..
I won two, pretty awesome prizes at this game 🙂
I also made this quilt for an auction prize…..
So that is some of what I have been up to.
Da Market is on Saturday, and I am racing around getting ready for that also.
Bye for now 🙂

Creative Project #11 for February……a little bit of this and a little bit of that!!!

Phew!!! Today has been quite the day.  I have done a bunch of creative things.
First I started to make a silver heart bezel for a ring that has been in my head.  With all the filing, polishing, and soldering that took most of the morning.
Then I had to gather tiny pieces of sea glass and shells to fill the bezel.
I was inspired to do this ring after joining a group on flickr called “Ring A Week” (RAW).
You HAVE to visit that page and see the awesome creations that are being submitted.  There are so many talented jewelers there that I have been intimidated to post anything.
This isn’t the greatest picture of the ring.  The resin in it is still drying, so it is the best shot I could get right now.  I will post a better picture over the weekend.
I also have a rack full of quilts to quilt.  Quilt tops that others have made and they have hired me to quilt for them.  So I knocked one of those out today also.
I also made some new beads at some point today, and some new earrings, but the beads are being annealed and while I write this post the earrings are in the tumbler for their final polishing.
Then I put some time into my swaps…..trying to finish some pieces for an embroidery swap I am in.
I have had a quilt top in my head for a while now that I started picking away at today also!
You can find a pattern for a smaller block here at my friends blog, House of Krom.  It is a free pieced block and is tons of fun! I figure if I do a few blocks a day that in no time I will have enough for a quilt.
It has been a busy, busy day!  And some people think I don’t work!! HA!
Tomorrow is the big day for my 100th post and giveaway, so come back to tomorrow and sign up to win 🙂
Hope you have all had a Happy Friday!

Creative Project #2 for February

This post makes my 90th post!!!  If I keep up this marathon blogging, in no time I will be on my 100th post!!!  That day I will do a giveaway for my followers.
Today I worked on a few different projects.  I have some orders from the show for my journal covers, so I started a few of those today.  One of the orders is for a design different than any I have done….here is a sneak peek…..
I also worked on a project that has been at the back of my mind for a while now.  Inspired by these two books……
*Whimsyland* & *Greetings from TucsaDelphia* by Liz and Beth Hawkins.
The designs in this book are full of fun and whimsy and that is top on my list when making something.  After looking in these books, when I received them several months ago, I wanted to make some place mats.
So today *Vegan Blvd.* was created!
I love scooters and if the traffic here was decent I would drive one.
Tonight is pizza night, so in between sewing projects I have made some vegan sausage for the pizza and have the dough rising.
I am looking forward to dinner and using my new placemat!
Happy Creating….until tomorrow 🙂

I GOT IN!!!!!

Sign ups for Doll Quilt Swap 10 were a few weeks ago.  Many, many flickr members sign up for this swap but not so many get in.  Members are chosen by a lottery and I found out yesterday that I made it!!!  I was over the moon!
I am so excited about who I got for a partner!  It is a secret, but I am going to have a blast making her quilt!  Our *likes* are very similar. 
The deadline is March 31st, so after my art show in 2 weeks I will start designing this new quilt.  Go ahead and follow along in the fun by clicking on the Doll Quilt Swap tab on the right sidebar.  You will see some fantastic quilts made!
For Doll Quilt Swap 9 I made this quilt for my partner:
And I received this beauty from my secret partner:
As some of you know, along with my dogs and cats I also rescue fresh water turtles, so this little quilt was perfect for me.
It has been pretty cold here and my turtles are not liking it.  Here are four of them all piled up trying to soak up some sunshine.
Have a great week!

a peek into 2011

I think most people feel like I do….*where did 2010 go?*
I have spent the last 3 days cleaning and straightening my studio.  Did I ever make a mess in 2010!!! WOW!!!  I am still not finished and want to get to my sewing machine but can’t see it right now.  Plus, I don’t dare start working while there still a mess in that room or I will become too comfortable with that and the cleaning process will never be completed.
I found quite a few (okay far too many to admit to) UFO’s while rearranging and sorting, and decided this is my main goal for 2011……to finish, finish, finish!!!
Thought you would be interested to see a few…..and throughout the year you can *encourage* me to post pictures of finished pieces!!
Well first there was the huge rubbermaid container of quilt tops (made by me) that need to be quilted.  Below are just 6 that I spread out on top of the quilting machine.
A few of my favorites were hanging up.  I must have thought I was going to get to them soon!! HAHA!!
I am so in love with this red pineapple one…..I MUST MUST finish that one first!
There is this one that I started right after I got married……over a decade ago!!! EEEKKK!
It is a king size so that took some time……like a decade!!  I have another one, that will be a king size one day also,  that I started around the same time and the blocks still need to be sewn together.
And I also found tons of little projects that need to be *finished*.
These house blocks were meant for a give away quilt but I couldn’t get the finished size right, so I think I will make them into placemats.
This is another unfinished placemat, just needs quilting, that I made up with a variety of sampler blocks.
Oh and let’s not forget the crochet!!!  Two years ago I FINALLY figured out how to crochet and do not have one finished project that I own to show for it!  I have given away lots of things!
The granny square below will be a pillow.  I am working on it right now, so perhaps this will be the first UFO that is completed.
Then there are a few crocheted scarves that are so close to being finished.  It has been REALLY cold here also….so I could really get some use out of these!
This was my first big crochet project….and it only needs like two more rows of hexes to be a throw.
Here is a scarf I finished for a swap:
Speaking of swaps…..I have blocks from a Bee Liberated Group I am in on Flickr, that need to be sewn together and added to that pile to be quilted.
I have been fortunate enough to have some great swap partners this year and below is just a sample of some of the pieces I have received. 
I almost forgot about my Baker’s Dozen Group on Raverly.  I have received all my blocks and now need to stitch them all together.
One more item that is long over due is my bathroom vanity counter.  I have been in my house for 8 years this February and I have painted this poor cabinet three different colors, at three different times.  Then I had it ready to do an aged technique on it…….since then I re-primed it and have mermaids drawn on it, but they are too light to see in this picture…..I would really like to finish this project!
So this list of things should keep me busy until about July 2011!!!
And I didn’t mention art shows I am signed up for in January and February, orders I need to fill, dogs to train for agility, that knitting hobby I need to conquer, and new jewelry ideas in my head that need to come out!
Please keep me accountable on these projects 🙂  I am grateful for all of you that miss my long, crazy posts when I disappear from the world of blogging!  Thanks for asking where I am!
Incase you don’t hear from me before….have the best 2011 ever!!!