Monday, August 25, 2014

What's Going On In My Studio

In my last post I shared some batik knit fabrics I had purchased. Here is what I did with one of them. I made the scarf following directions from a free pattern received when I purchased the fabric. I didn't make it exactly like the pattern. The pattern was a no-sew pattern, but the width of the scarf was much wider than I liked so I folded it in half length-wise and sewed a seam down the length. Now it's perfect for my taste!

I've been working on some clothesline bowls. These are not wrapped in fabric. I used some Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow to color the clothesline and once it was dry I just started coiling and sewing! Quick and easy. I am teaching my quilt guild how to make the wrapped clothesline bowls and coasters in a couple of weeks and I wanted to share this unwrapped version as another option.

Here are some fabrics I have ready for making a special request handbag. A friend of mine asked for a dark colored bag for winter time and she said she likes burgundy, navy and black. These are not colors I would typically choose to make a bag with, so I'll be curious to see how it turns out.

And here is a page in my brown-paper art journal that I was doodling on. This is such a fun and relaxing way to sort of unwind and let your mind wander.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Home Again Home Again

Last week I flew to the West Coast. I went to Portland, Oregon, one of my favorite places. I went there to visit my Auntie Jude and also attend Quilt! Knit! Stitch!, a quilt show by International Quilt Association.

Besides having a great time visiting family, I did some shopping. One of the first places we went after my plane landed was Ikea. I had never been in one of these stores before and since Auntie Jude needed to look for something, I was very willing to go. I enjoyed walking through the store and one item that caught my eye was the round placemat below.  Made from a natural fiber, I thought it would be fun to use as a stencil.

Another stop on my list while there was to visit Allen Designs Studio in Vancouver, WA. I was hoping to get to meet Michelle Allen in person, but she wasn't there. :(  I did buy some wonderful items from her shop though and this kitty clock is one of them.  It is just too fun! The eyes and tongue both move from side to side and it just puts a smile on my face every time I look at it.

I also purchased these two bags with some of Michelle's fun and quirky cats printed on them.

Another day we went shopping at one of my favorite fabric stores in Portland.....Fabric Depot. I wasn't looking for quilting fabric though. I don't buy much of that these days. Instead I browsed the knit fabric selection and chose the following to bring home with me.

We spent one day at the quilt show and I didn't do too much shopping there. I did buy these two knit fabrics at the Indonesian Batiks booth. I have never seen batik knits before this and they had only a few colors/designs to choose from. The vendor did tell me they have a new shipment coming in soon and they should be on their web site within a month. They were giving away a free scarf pattern with the purchase of a batik knit fabric and I am going to make the scarf with the fabric on the left.

Another store I visited was Dick Blick. I bought a few small items, like pens and pencils. I knew I could order most anything from their web site so didn't make any large purchases because of luggage space. I love browsing through art supply stores because I have nothing like it where I live.

I hope to share some more photos from the quilt show soon.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Class Samples

Today I am working on four small quilts. These will measure 12" x 12" when done. 

I sandwiched them all today with batting and backing fabric. My favorite basting method is fusing the layers together. I cut up pieces of Mistyfuse and scatter them over the batting surface and then press the layers together. No basting pins to worry about!

I will have a lot of thread tails to bury but I don't mind. It's good hand work when sitting in front of the TV.

I don't do many dog designs, but thought I'd add one in the mix. I know not everyone out there is a cat lover, like me.

I am teaching a class on making these quilts at a local quilt show this fall. The students will get to choose one of the four patterns to use in class.  The quilt show is put on by my quilt guild and is called Capital Quiltfest. It is held every two years in Bismarck, North Dakota. The dates this year are Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2014.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Whirl Wind

This summer has been such a whirl wind of activity. For the past month and a half I've been focused mainly on creating and preparing designs for an upcoming show. The show, Printsource, will be held August 12 and 13 and I will have several designs there. My work will be shown by Brenda Manley Designs. I'm so excited to be a part of this and the experience has been fabulous. I feel like I've learned so much just from preparing for this show. You may remember me mentioning here on the blog at some point that it is my dream to see my designs printed on products....such as fabric, textiles, home decor products, etc. I have no idea what outcome to expect from the show, but I know whatever happens, I am grateful for the opportunity.

Something else that I have coming up is a trip to Portland, Oregon. I am flying out there on the same day that the Printsource show starts and will be attending Quilt! Knit! Stitch!. I'm so excited to go. I'm staying with my Auntie Jude, who is like the big sister I never had. We have so much fun together. Are you going to the show? 

Besides designing for Printsource, I have done a few other creative things, just to keep my hands busy. I sewed myself three new tops.  The middle top shown is made from a fabric I had printed at Spoonflower. Out of the three tops, though, the middle top is my problematic one. I struggled with the neckband on it and it still doesn't lay nice and flat. I think I will have to take it apart, yet again, and see if I can get a more satisfying result. Sigh!!!

I also created this lovely fall/autumn colors.

And here are a couple of small quilt tops ready to proceed to the next step...sandwiching and quilting.

I want to take a moment to thank all of you who have stopped by my blog the past few weeks. I haven't been good about acknowledging those who have left wonderful comments. I do appreciate all comments and visits and hope to see and hear from you again. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Journal Time

Wow, I can't believe how fast this summer is flying by.  Last evening I was feeling a pull to create something quick so I pulled out my journal and this is what resulted.

Supplies I used for this spread include:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Stabilo pencil
  • Titanium white gouche
  • Stencils - Flower Party stencil and Marrakech stencil from StencilGirl Products.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy July

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a fun and safe July 4 holiday weekend.  I didn't do anything exciting, pretty much just stayed home except for a visit to my parent's house for a yummy meal and a visit with my West Coast brother. My parents live about an hour's drive away from me so I didn't have too far to go.

I've been keeping busy but with not a lot of photos to share. I did create some fun and quick paintings over the past couple of weeks. These are all done on paper.

And here are a few shots of my granddaughter Rylee. These were taken at some point over the past couple of weeks while I was babysitting her.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Painting Finished and Painting in Progress

For some reason I never got around to sharing this painting once it was finished. So here it is...I still need to put a protective finish/sealer coat on it and hope to do that within the next few days. I haven't been able to come up with a name for this painting. She measures 30" x 24".

And here are a few progress shots of a new painting I'm currently working on.

I would like to offer my paintings for sale in my etsy shop...but I'm not sure about shipping something like this. Any of you have experience with this?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Bags

These are two new bags that I've recently finished and added to my Etsy shop.  I finished two other bags as well and shared a peek at them while in progress about three posts ago, but silly me forgot to take a photograph of them before they sold.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

AMB Blog Tour Winners

Wow! Thank you to all who stopped by my blog on the American Made Brand blog tour. It was fun participating with you and reading your comments.

Winner #1 in my giveaway is:

Cynthia Brunz Designs will receive the fat quarter bundle of AMB fabrics and the sample of Mistyfuse and Transdoodle. Congrats Cynthia!

Winners 2 & 3 in my giveaway are:

Teresa Evans and MooseStashQuilting will each receive a fabric swatch set and sample of Mistyfuse and Transdoodle as pictured in my previous post. Congrats to you both.

And all three winners will see an extra bonus gift in their package as well. Yay! Surprises!  Thanks again to all of you and I wish you a fabulous summer.

Friday, June 13, 2014

American Made Brand Blog Tour

Welcome to Day 20 of the American Made Brand blog tour. 
You can find American Made Brand online at These fabrics are 100% American made and they are made from US grown cotton. There are 50 yummy colors as you can see in the color swatch image below.

The AMB blog tour coordinator asked me if I would participate and make a block to represent North Dakota. If you are wondering about the other 49 states and their AMB blocks, visit the following page to see all the state's AMB block blog posts. Click here for the entire blog tour line up.

Let me first give you a little information about North Dakota.
  • Bismarck is the capital
  • Fargo is the largest city
  • Agriculture is the state's largest industry
  • North Dakota is one of the least visited states as far as tourism goes. We do have the Theodore Roosevelt National Park which is in the Badlands. Another place to visit is the International Peace Garden, located at the border of North Dakota and Canada.
  • The state is mostly known for its wide open spaces.
Here is the block I made for the AMB blog tour.

The block has a sunflower on it which represents one of North Dakota's major crops. The state bird is the Western Meadowlark, and the state flower is the Prairie Rose. All of the state blocks from the blog tour will be put together into one quilt and I will share a photo of that here when it is completed. If you would like to make a block like mine, click the following link. North Dakota AMB Block instructions.

Okay, are you ready for a giveaway??  AMB is allowing me to give away a fat quarter bundle, like the ones pictured here. The fat quarter bundle contains 8 fat quarters.

I'm also going to give away two more prizes. Each will include the leftover fabric swatches from my AMB fabrics and a sample of Mistyfuse fusible web and a sample of Transdoodle, a reusable tracing paper for fabric. The winner of the fat quarter bundle will also receive the Mistyfuse and Transdoodle samples. 

So that means I will be drawing three winners: One for the fat quarter bundle prize, and two for the remaining fabric swatche prizes. To enter, please leave me a comment and tell me if you have ever been to North Dakota.


Please only enter if you live in the US or have a US address where the prize can be mailed. I will draw the three winners on Wednesday, June 18.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the tour.