Monday, April 20, 2015

My quilt is on tv!

I was watching the latest Quilting Arts show over breakfast this morning. Jamie and Leslie were guests and were discussing how to enter shows, and there was a slide show of many of the quilts in the 2014 Reflections exhibit, curated by Dinner at Eight. So anyway, it was a thrill to see my "Saffron in the Park" on TV! Nice way to start the day. 
I know, the colors look weird. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sizzix Blog Hop: Flower Frenzy

I am so happy to be part of the Sizzix blog hop. It was really fun playing with the Sizzix flower dies. 

These are all the flowers and leaves that I cut. It may not look like much, but it was! I cut mostly cottons, plus some corduroy, silks, linen, etc. So easy and fun! All fabrics had Misty Fuse on the back.  The dies I used were Flower #6, Flowers Leaves & Stem #5, and Flower, but there are other similar dies available. Then I made a simple quilted background with my favorite gray fabrics. 

Then I arranged the flowers the way I liked them. My granddaughter Samantha watched me do this, and I let her play with button embellishments, just for fun. 
She had so much fun that I invited her to take some of my leftover flowers and arrange them on a smaller background, that I made just for her. 
After she arranged her flowers, she picked out some buttons that I could add after I quilted the flowers. She had the best time!
Meanwhile, I fused down the flowers on my quilt. 
Then I did some machine quilting on the flowers, as well as lots of hand embroidery.
 I also quilted and embroidered the flowers and added buttons on Samantha's quilt. Here it is, all finished.
Here I'm auditioning buttons on my quilt. 
And here is my final quilt! I really enjoyed making both these projects. 





Monday, April 6, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Fling Blog Hop starts today!

The Spring Fling Blog Hop starts on Monday! This is the one where we show the wonderful things we made with Sizzix flower dies.  Here is the schedule.  That's me on Thursday, yay!

Mon, April 6 - Jamie Fingal
Wed, April 8 - Leslie Tucker Jenison
Thurs, April 9 - Cindy Cooksey
Fri, April 10 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Sat, April 11 - Sue Bleiweiss

Friday, March 27, 2015

Yarn bomb, and what I'm up to

I saw this beautiful yarn bomb at the Lab in Costa Mesa. Had lunch at the Gypsy Den with a buddy. It is the coolest place to visit!

I have been very busy with art quilt projects. I just finished a quilt for the Quilt Alliance. Can I show it yet? The theme was Animals We Love, and I chose my desert tortoise, Grandpa T, even though I also love my dog and my cats. 

My project for the Sizzix blog hop is all finished. My turn will be on April 9, but different artists will be showing off their flowery Sizzix creations all that week. 

And I am hard at work on yet another quilt. It's a little freaky because I've been making "components" but have been nervous about the entire look. Today is the first day I have felt encouraged that I am on the right track. Yay!

Monday, March 23, 2015

12 by 12's

Here is the wall of 12 by 12's at Joanell's exhibit at the Unitarian Church in Long Beach. I hear they are coming down in a few days.  Can you see mine? It was nice of her to include us in her exhibit. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Joanell's exhibit

I am so behind in posting. Here are three pieces I whipped out especially for an exhibit that is currently going on in Long Beach. It's a mostly solo show by Joanell Connolly featuring her beautiful work, with an additional "wall" of 12x12 pieces by a few of her art quilt friends. It's at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, 5450 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. I don't know how long the exhibit will hang, so see it while you can!