Monday, October 27, 2014

Kaleidoscope Blog Hop & Giveaway

I was thrilled to be asked by Artistcellar to participate in  a blog hop promoting Cecilia Swatton's new line of Kaleidoscope Stencils.  
And I know you all do too, so someone is going to win a set of their own.  
More details on that below.  
Mister loves stencils too.
Well honestly he loves anything he can get his paws into!
He is such a good model.
I started out playing with the stencils in my sketchbook.
I tried a little painting, a little doodling, all
just to see what kind of project I wanted to use them in.

I just noticed a funny little white seal with fangs and a party hat there on the bottom right of the doodle above! OH, or maybe it is a seagull with a bow tie and party hat?  What do you think?

Anyway, I decided that one of the projects I wanted to make was a birthday card for my sister-in-law.  I took a piece of sketchbook paper which I had added color to with my brayer while monoprinting.  I glued on a couple pieces of deli paper circles and then stenciled a single Sunflower from the Kaleidoscope stencil series.  I finished it off by drawing on the top with a white gel pen.
The paper wasn't as thick as I would have liked for a card so I decided I would add another brayered piece to the inside (the pink on the left is for the inside).  To create a strong bond between the papers I ironed a piece of Mistyfuse to the inside of the top piece - see the shininess?  That is the Mistyfuse already ironed on to the fabric.  Lastly I ironed the two pieces of paper together.
Easy peasy.
The two pieces of paper gave me a strong, 
beautiful card for a beautiful woman!

I tried the stencil's out on fabric too.
I was having such a great time monoprinting with my Gelli Plate that I neglected taking photos of the process!  I ended up with four lovely pieces and decided to quilt the Lily piece and then mounted it around an 8"x10" canvas.
I really, really like this!

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to play and share with you!
Artistcellar has generously donated a set of these lovely stencils to be given away to one of my readers!  Please leave a comment before the witching hour on October 31st, if you would like to be entered for a chance to win a set of stencils.  I will announce a winner on November 1st.

Now, off with you!  
Leave a comment, and then go visit the other blogs participating in the blog hop!

October 25th - Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar
October 26th - Effy Wild -
October 28th - Cheryl Sleboda -
October 29th - Paula Phillips -
October 30th - Cindy Powell -
October 31st - Cecilia Swatton -

Sunday, October 26, 2014


"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck." ~Emma Goldman 
Flowers and leaves have always been my biggest inspiration in my art, my Muses as it were.  They are my go-to design and a natural choice for me when I wanted to make a whole cloth appliqué quilt.  I layered my quilt by Mistyfusing a piece of ice dyed fabrics to 80/20 wool felt, and then used 505 basting spray to baste the black over the the ice dyed fabric.  Next I free motion quilted the entire piece, leaving the insides of the flowers open so that I could cut them away and reveal the ice dyed fabric.

I am submitting my quilt to the Bloggers Quilt Festival.
Follow the link above and vote for your favorite quilts in each category!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


I travelled south about 100 miles yesterday to give a lecture about Prayer Flags to the Wales Quilt Guild.  Wales is a former mining town nestled at the foot of the Sanpitch mountains.  Before the guild meeting I met my friend, Sylvia, in the town of Fountain Green to get a bite of lunch.  The highway leading into Fountain Green was beautiful!
 Lots of color.
 Lovely, almost clear, skies.

We went to Shep's Grill for lunch.  
I love Shep's Grill.
I spent a lot of time there when I taught at Pie Plates Retreat.
They have free wifi AND great food.
The owner/chef is very careful in preparing food for me that is gluten free. 
She is a real sweetheart!

The quilt guild meetings are held at the Wales Town hall.
 The town hall, a brand new building, is located next door to the park 
and of course I forgot to get a photo of the town hall!

Sylvia, current leader of the Wales guild, said there would be about 10 or 12 people attending and therefore they shouldn't have any problem seeing the powerpoint presentation on my computer.  Imagine my surprise when about 25 people came!  AHHH!  I held my laptop up and rotated it hoping everyone could see the pictures.  They are a delightfully talented group.  Their show and tell was gorgeous!  I only have one photo from the show and tell because I took over taking photos for Sylvia with her camera while she helped hold up quilts.  Hopefully she will post a few on her blog.
This is Lorraine, holding the quilt, with Tammy and her little boy, along side the adorable quilt the guild made for Tammy's little guy.  He was just full of grins!  
So cute!  He was having a great time.
I had a great time too and was very happy
to have the opportunity to share my love of Prayer Flags!

I'm connecting my post to Off The Wall Friday this week.
Jump over and have a look at what everyone else is doing!

Monday, October 13, 2014

World Wide Blog Hop

I was excited to be asked by Regina Dunn to participate in the World Wide Blog Hop.  Basically everyone is sharing a little bit about themselves by answering a few simple questions and then sending the fun on to a few other bloggers.

1. What am I working on?
I always have several projects in the hopper.  Lately I have been working on a project using some new stencil's from Cecilia Swatton and Artistcellar.  I will reveal the projects I've been making with Cecilia's stencils on Oct. 27th.  I have been putting together a presentation about Blogging and Social Media that I will teach next month, as well as a class about Prayer Flags I will be teaching this coming Wednesday in Wales, Utah.  I also have ideas floating around my head and sketchbook for a few future projects I'm not ready to share yet.  Always something!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to experiment, learn new things and share what I learn. I don't know that this is any different from other artists - perhaps everyone doesn't enjoy the sharing part as much.  I really do like saying, "Look what I discovered!  Isn't it cool?!"  Perhaps one way I am different is that I don't like to follow rules.  Nah, I don't think that is really any different either!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
^See the answer to the last question - I get ideas and they MUST be explored or else I will go crazy.  I have to figure out how things are done.  I am ALL ABOUT the PROCESS!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
My ideas often start when I think "what if" or I see something and wonder "How did they do that?!"  Once these questions arise in my mind I have to spend time figuring out the next step.  I will write or draw in a sketchbook, in my calendar or whatever paper happens to be in front of me.  I will then often dive into the project right away, without experiments, if I feel I have worked out the details in my mind.  If I still have questions about how something will work together I will research it online and with supplies I have on hand.  Sometimes those things work out and sometimes they don't.  

Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about me and I hope you will take the time to hop on over to Beverly Hart, Sylvia Lewis and Lynda Heines.  They are all very different, talented artists in their own genre's, and they are all good friends.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pet Postcards

Last night I finished up four little puppies
at International Quilt Festival
I created a stencil outline with a little puppy drawing 
and then painted him in with acrylic paints.
He is ready to play!
Won't someone please take him home and play with him?
Two of the postcards have gelli plate prints for their backing:

All four will be available for a $20 donation
I wish I was going to be there in person this year!
Is anyone reading this post going to be there?