Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wales

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?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Magical Mail Portal

It was a fun week of packages!
I ordered one of these awesome apron's 
It fits my daughter's personality perfectly!
She has dreams of becoming a Costume Designer.
The pockets in the apron make it perfect for the sewing room.
I got a fun surprise in the mail too:
I purchased the at-home ticket to Quilters Take Manhattan which included this fun bag of goodies!  Included in the bag were a business card holder, thread, fabric, magazines, and coupons! Lots of fun fodder.
I also put a package IN the mail filled with three pincushions made with Lynn Krawczyk's new fabric line but I can't show even a glimpse until after Market at the end of the month.  I am also working with some new stencils from Artistcellar (more on those next week) and with a stencil I created to make some postcards for Festival Pet Postcard Project.  Proceeds from the sale of all the post cards will benefit Friends For Life, a no kill shelter in the Houston area.
Well, back to playing!
I hope you are making time to play too!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Urban Surfaces Giveaway

Leslie Tucker Jenison was the Queen Bee for September for The Printed Fabric Bee.  She chose Urban Surfaces as her theme because she loves the look of layered textures of old walls, peeling paint, and graffiti on building walls. I have been looking forward to this theme!  I wanted to do something that would resemble a wall with bits of paint peeling away to reveal other layers of mystery.  I started with a piece of fabric I dyed in one of my favorite color ways:
 Next I added a few words in turquoise here and there from a thermofax screen I made from an image I found at The Graphics Fairy.
I must have been very caught up in the process because I missed getting a photo of the next layer - another thermofax.  It was comprised of lots of scribbles.  I printed them in brown and yellow.  You can see a little bit of the results on the lefthand side of this photo of me stencil more texture:
The next layer of texture was created using a stencil I created from an image of tree bark.  I was certainly getting the theme of peeling paint down on my fingers and arms!

 I like to work with the motto:
"If you don't get dirty, it ain't fun!"
Actually I think I was keeping it pretty clean!
 After adding the layer of turquoise lines I thought I was done.  
But more serious consideration told me that the piece needed more depth. . .
 . . .so I added some beige.

And now I felt the piece was done.
If you would like to win this 6"x6" piece along with it's companions. . .
. . .then leave a comment at
before October 15th!

Don't forget to have a look at the blogs for the rest of The Bee to see how they created their pieces: