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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Checkbook cover

 I had scraps of fabric laying on my work area.  My check book cover was looking pretty
ratty.  The flannel from the other project was handy.  As long as I was doing small items,
do it and get them done!

Not thinking to make a set.   Reason, when looking in my bag, I would be pulling both out when I only needed one. So now I can focus on which is which. Yes, I know it is a different size from the Gallery Flyer Cover.

Sure that you ladies know what I mean,  I focus on color when digging through my purse.

 I looked on the net to see if there was another way to make it, dimensions etc.

There were several free examples when I Googled a fabric check book cover... It fits a bit tight, so the next time I think I will just use the check book I use and follow that for my dimensions.
Another project that I have been putting off, done!
Wow, am on a roll.
What next?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gallery Flyers Cover, for my purse.

Oh, Yes, I should be working on another project. BUT.
I have been carrying these art and gallery flyers in my purse to hand out. I kept them in an envelope. Well, you know how that goes, every thing gets rumpled.

Put two pieces of fabric with some flannel in between.

Use the cards and the envelope  for the dimensions and add some extra room.
I have tons of double bias tape. What could be easier.
Quilt the two pieces together first, and sew the bias tape to both tops.

Then fold it, again using the flyers for size, add the Bias Tape to the end, and turn under the raw edges at the end.  I added Velcro to the center and later decided I really needed it on the ends also, so it would not curl in my purse.

Peanuts makes it nice and cheery.
Easy to find in my purse.
Do you have something in your purse, that could use a cover?

Next my check book.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 2, 2014, SNOW

April started out Cold and Blustery.  I had to work at Timberline Gallery that day, and I am not much on driving mountain roads with snow so my hubby drove..  Did not want you to think I was driving and taking photos at the same time. A little snow on the hills as we drove toward Oakhurst.

 A little more  beauty as we got higher in the mountains.  The air was crisp and fantastic.

The view from the top of Deadwood.  Our decent into Oakhurst was all clear.

The clouds came in later, and it turned cold again.  All the snow was gone in the morning.

No, snow or rain on the horizon and hot expected for the next several weeks.  Great for starting a garden, but as the "old timers in the mountains say, we could still have snow and cold rain, until Mothers Day."
We need the rain.

I love Spring, Fall, and Winter. Summer is a little hot.
What is your favorite Season?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SAQA- "Mystery Mountain"

Finished and in the mail.   I like to plan but sometimes ideas don't come fast enough, or I can't find the right fabric.  OR..... Like many things, best laid plans etc.
Not an excuse, just Life, a little reality.

So today while I am getting some teeth fixed, Ralph is off to Fed X.  At least he is not at the dentist.

I would rather be going to the post and not in the dentist chair, but we all need some "work" periodically. 
"Mystery Mountain" is made with hand dyes, and hand painted fabrics, along with the batiks, and free motion quilting. Hope you like it. Living near Yosemite makes mountain scenes special for us.

SAQA has a site on Pinterest, please stop in and see the wonderful 2014 pieces that will be going up for auction.  My piece is not up yet, because they have to photograph it.  Check the exhibits. We are always encouraging quilt lovers and quilt artists to join. There are many opportunities to expand ideas and creativity.

There are some amazing pieces on the site, and will be great fun when the auction starts.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I won a Book

 This is exciting, I won Acrylic Solutions by Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard.  Lisa offered this book on her blog, and I thought why not try for it... Wow, what a book, all sorts fantastic ideas.

I am not working in acrylics that often, but the ideas in this book are stimulating my "brush" in hand thoughts again of painting, but I can do this on cloth also.

There is so much more to acrylics than when I started to paint, eons ago. The variety is amazing, types of paints, colors, brushes, water spraying, use of stencils, pens, adding structure. 
Wow,  just looks at the intense colors. This is exciting!

Thank you so very much Lisa!  Click on her name and you will see what is next on her list!
You might win something also.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bless-Prayer Flag

Sometimes you want to make something with lots of meaning for a special friend. And that was the way it was last week.  I felt that this friend really needed a big hug, and they don't live in the area. 

Thank goodness for "Prayer Flags". 

I made this after the technique shared by Jamie Fingal.  I used Misty Fuse, cutting out flowers and birds from various fabrics, ironing them on to my hand dyed fabric.  I stenciled and colored the lettering. Free motion quilting, added some buttons and a little tag I found at Joanne's, that says, " Made For You", and put a label on the back after mounting the whole piece on wool felt.

I have made other Prayer Flags, but not with the felt. My others I put on a string in the yard, but I feel the flags that are backed with felt, should probably stay in the house. 
 I am slow, it took me two days to complete it, looking for fabrics, deciding on what I would do, 
and getting distracted.

I hope she enjoys it and this lets her know that her friends know that she will be just fine.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

No, Not Halloween, Yet.

 When we have a special birthday, we should celebrate in a special way. So a decision was made to give our dear friend a "block"..  Nothing like another unfinished project!..   So I searched through my bins of scraps.. But first....  Went to a guild meeting and Sharon Templeton, the Chaotic Quilter was giving a trunk show. She rightfully said, Bits and Pieces, instead of Scraps and to look through our INVENTORY... Now there is something important sounding about the word inventory instead of STASH... But I digress.  ( By the way she had us laughing, and her quilts are beautiful. Her message, Have FUN, I agree),

Our friend loves Spiders at Halloween, not sure about other times, but we shall indulge her.
It must be the timing, because on my Om email today it said: "The feminine energy of spiders reminds us that we have the ability to weave our lives into strong beautiful works of art."

So I set everything aside, and proceeded with the block, after all there is a calling from the computer world. Turn the computer off and don't pull up Pinterest. Talk about addictive!

I dug through my "Inventory" and found some Halloween fabric, and an Orange backing piece.
Printed the saying on Organza, and proceeded to cut apart the pieces to create the block design.
I mounted it all with Mistyfuse.

That is two items done in a couple of days.. I am on a roll!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spring is Coming- White buds bursting

 Isn't Spring Amazing !

 When we planted trees, we tried to keep in mind, color, grasses and seasons.

White is the color of the moment, the yellows are fading, the pinks are next..
Every plant is happy with the little rain we have had, each are singing their song,
even the weeds!

Today is one of those days, where the sky is an intense color of blue, and the breeze is just cool enough for a light jacket.

Breath deeply and enjoy the moment.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Color and Travel- Timberline

 Here in the mountains, it feels like Spring is in the air.. but we really need more rain.

Our special show of small art at Timberline is the focus on several walls. I love Chickens and Roosters. Look at the wonderful colors, and Poppies, a sure sign of Spring coming.  These are delightful small pieces that can cheer you up and you will enjoy the beauty around you.

 In contrast, on another wall, the feel of Africa.  Are you taking a trip or would like to this summer?
Can't afford it?  You can get into the mood with this collection of creations by our local artists.
I  feel like drumming and dancing..
How do you feel? 

No, blog readers, I don't have any art in these photos, but come to the gallery and you will find out who made these.

I  hear that the small figure by Julie Mitchell just sold.. But we have others.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

"Sunset in the Mountains"

"Sunset in the Mountains".

I had a request from a friend for one of my Fabric postcards.
"Sunset in the Mountains" is made with my hand dyed fabrics, and I added blue netting with sparkles for the water.
Yarn and ribbon outlines the mountains. Machine quilting and ribbon on the edge for finishing.

The themes I have chosen for Postmark'dart this year are:
 Sheep, Image by Carving a Stamp, and the 3 & 7 of Clubs, we are doing the whole deck of cards. I already have a Deck of Hearts.

I just checked my binders, and I have  participated with Postmarkd'art since 2006.
It is not just the exchange of postcards, it is the friendships that also keep us together.
Many have gone through really tough times, and we share a bit of that, but our focus is on sending out wonderful, imaginative, beautifully constructed fabric postcards.

You can see the postcards on Postmarkd'art. We have also shared our studio photos, take a look at some of the studios where the art is made.

 Check us out!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hearts are for every day

I decided to try a new technique, and I needed something for the New Show at Timberline. 
It changes out today.

You can have Valentines every day.

Just think Love, of people, mankind, or women kind.

Anything your little heart desires.

Ok, you want to know how I made it?

I drew a heart approx. 12 in" on  white fabric, cut it in half,
Cut strips of reds and pinks etc. Varying the sizes.
Did a flip and sew of each side,  sewed them together, ironing, of course, as I go.
Cleaned up the edges, added Fusible to the back, pressed it on black felt, carefully, so as not to burn the wool felt. Zig, zaged the edges down.
Trimmed, added the buttons, and hanger.
This would make a nice gift for someone that is ill, or a thank you,
or what ever you wish to say.. Next time I might put some words on the 

Enjoy each day and celebrate.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Every Day is Valentines- Timberline Gallery

Everyday is Valentines Day at Timberline Gallery, in Oakhurst.  From small art to larger pieces.
I won't list everything, you must come in and see for yourself. 

All art is original, beautiful and touches the heart.
Give yourself a Valentine and come in for a visit.

New Small Art Show going up today, Monday March 3.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Inspiration, what now?

 We were on our way to meet some friends and came across a herd of cows in the field.
And suddenly this came to mind.

Deep brown earth, 
Golden hills and grey sky, 
Slight haze adds mystery to the early morning.
A lone black cow munches quietly in the cold.
Oh, baby with your white face, what are your thoughts for the day?

And what are your thoughts.. Are yours as silly as mine?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bull, Blogger / Picasa

Ok, this is how I feel.  Bull.  For many years I have been posting my photos on my Blog through Picasa. They had a fantastic little button and now a new button "blog this". but neither work any more.  And have been Off and On, for many months.  No notices on what to do. Have spent more time then I want to say and was about to change locations for my blog and learn to blog on an other service.

I even contacted many quilting techy blogging friends and to my surprise everyone had a different way.  And some of the bloggers were frustrated also, because they had to find a creative way to get their photos up. Or just have not continued to blog hoping that the problem would solve itself.

Yesterday I got together with Anita Stoll fantastic artist,  friend and blogger.
We sat down and she showed me her innovative way of getting her photos up. Not the easy 1,2,3, way I had been doing it, but through her Pictures, PhotoShop, Dashboard etc.  Yes, it is sort of around the block for me... but this is my test run. She has not had any problems her way. I learned several things, how to crop in Photos shop Elements, and how to skip Picasa all together.

So give me an email, and I will tell you how I am now getting my photos to show.
I enjoy sending out blogs, I enjoy seeing everyone else's blogs, and the system had been easy.

 Maybe it is a lesson, a lesson in patience, practice, relearning. Taking a deep breath, and keeping my fingers crossed that this system keeps working.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Give", completed and shipped.


"Give" is completed and shipped.  As you can see a few more flowers were added and quilting completed. 

When attending a gathering of ladies the other day, someone asked how do my inspirations appear and how much of the artist is in their art.
I had to think about that for a moment.  Artists have their emotions in their art and that comes through with style, design, color and a multitude of ways.
 I am a pretty simple person, not complex, pretty easy to read. But on occasion am surprised by the finished piece. It took a direction different from where I started.

Looking at "Give" before it was shipped.  I was stunned on what it suddenly said to me..

Years ago when my mother was ill and in a convalescent home, I brought her a bouquet of flowers, thinking that she would enjoy them. I was shocked and hurt when she threw the flowers at me.
Her thinking was that she would be laying there watching the flowers crumble as she felt she was.
I am over this incident to some degree, other than to tell my family never to give me cut flowers. A plant, or anything else would do for any occasion.

Upon looking further at this piece, it brought out another incident. My parents were from Holland, and every afternoon, they had Tea or Coffee with a cookie. I did not like either beverage and had a soda.
"That is not sociable", even if I tried to hide it in a cup.

Recently, I have come to enjoy Green Tea, mostly with Chinese food, but still it is Tea.
Notice the inside of the cup is green.  The Spoon is from her collection and so is the doily.

So you see my thoughts, memories did come out in this piece, even if I did not know it when I was working on it.

By the way I did add a little something under the doily for those that must have a peek. 
Happy Valentines Day

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