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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Movie, Eat, Pray, Love

Went to see the Movie, Eat, Pray, Love with a group of local ladies.. I had read the book and it got me thinking.. for those of you who have read the book, the movie is fun to see, and enjoy the actress Julia Roberts. It had laughter, as well being thoughtful.. And points out, "what makes the world go round".. Although, having done a bit of traveling alone and with my love, it all comes back to self.

How happy you are inside your self.. Are you doing what you love?
We all love to eat, Love is wonderful for everyone and Praying is a big part of life, no matter what you call it.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Joanna Figueroa- Where Women Create

I was going through magazines and pulling articles that I want to keep.. The pile was so high I could not see the T.V. Just kidding. "Where Women Creates" is such a fun, informative mag. to look at and dream.. Not that I don't have the space, but it is not kept in order. And when you are like me and hop from painting on gourds, to painting on fabric... it tends to get a bit messy.

This photo was taken this summer at Camp WatchaPatcher in So. Cal. Joanna spoke and also taught classes with her beautiful fabrics. I fell in love with the soft look, since most of my work is just the opposite, a bit colorful, and wild. Check out her web site and blog .

We were very fortunate to have Joanna speak for our guild Sierra Mountain Quilters in Oakhurst several years ago. She is a very busy woman as most of you know, if you read her blogs and web site. Thank you again Joanna for sharing with us.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Picnic Basket, from Mountain Picnic Quilt

Finished the basket on the quilt and finished quilting also.. I used hand dyed fabrics for the handle, gathered, added beads, took apart a pukka necklace for the flat beads, ( remember those?) and added a Lady Bug button on the top. The basket it's self is hand dyed fabrics and I used the oil sticks and rubbed an over all pattern I had here at home. The oil sticks are nice and give a different texture, used purple and gold, also added small beads to the basket.

Wandering through ones stash is always great fun, found an orange button for the middle of the flower, for the leaves I found some pre-made ribbon leaves and embroidered the centers of the larger ones.

I like the Oil Sticks and have picked up all sorts of items at Garage Sales to use as rubbings and if they are rusty enough will use them to make rust fabric. But not wild about the smell, and you have to wait 24 hours for the fabric to cure. However, when finished curing, there lots of applications to use them in a quilt.

Just have to set aside a day to create with the oil sticks, even if I don't know what to put it in, they can cure, and add them to my stash.. I know there will be a use down the road.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Moutain Picnic- Kathy's Quilt

Kathy's black, red and white Mountain Picnic... we designed the little wall hanging approx. 32" X 32". I say approx. because it depends on the size of the borders. We just told each other the colors we were going to use, and then the rest was up to our creativity.

That is the nice part, you can add what ever you would like. Extra leaves, buttons, specialty decorative pins, different handles, maybe even a little lace hanging out of the basket. This class is starting on Sept. 7, through Adult Ed. for 6 weeks. We just need a few more sign-ups..

Choice of colors is up to you. First meeting you will not need your machine, we will be going over supplies and teach how to do English Paper Piecing.. you don't even need your fabric yet, because we will have sample pieces to work on, just bring your sewing supplies. New quilters are welcome.. we will be reviewing and sharing techniques. This will be a small class of 12 so every one will get attention if you want it.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Digital Quilting, from Camera to Quilt

Kerby and Lura Smith gave a presentation at our local Quilt store Bear Paw in Oakhurst. I was lucky to catch them at the same place at the same time. They have such a busy schedule I don't know how they do it and still get quilts made for entries into Exhibitions. Watch for the Quilt Visions Exhibition opening in Oceanside. Lura was accepted again this year.

I attended Camp WatchaPatcher in July, and took Kerby's fun class on how to take and print out photos on fabric. I have been fortunate to have taken many of Lura's classes on what to do with the fabric after it is printed along with many quilting methods.

Camp WatchaPatcher is every two years in July, in So. Calif. We are hoping that they will be able to give their classes again in 2012

Learned lots of tricks and went home with my head buzzing with ideas. Hope you have all purchased their book, it has everything from the camera, the printer and working with Photo Shop Elements, and Lura's ideas and techniques on what you can do once it is all printed. There are step by step beautiful colored photos.

I have several other photos from Camp W. but those are for another time. If you have not taken Lura's classes on what to do with the fabric, you are really missing an opportunity. Check out their web site for dates and times they are teaching.. They might be right in your neighborhood.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mountain Picnic

I will be teaching an Adult Ed Class in Oakhurst, starting Sept.7th. 6 PM - 9 PM. The quilt is approx. 32" X 32" . Kathy Millhollon and I worked on the design and we are open to your creativity also. Kathy completed hers using Red, White and Black. The one in the photo was done with Batiks, and hand dyes. The techniques used are Piecing, English Paper Piecing and Applique..
We will be discussing the various methods, including finishing the quilt. This would make a great little wall hanging, table topper, or gift for the holidays. There are only 12 spaces available, so it is first come. If we have a big demand we will see about a follow up class. Check with me if you are interested, or contact Yosemite Adult Ed for signing up and additional information.

This is a 6 meeting class, with a little homework, sewing machine in good working order is important. The class is $75.00 paid to the Adult Ed. The pattern will be given in the class, you chose your own fabrics and this can be discussed at the first class if there is any question. This is going to be fun with lots of sharing of ideas.
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Journal Covers

I love making journal covers, with fabric, beads and figures.. The Sierra Art Trails artists are busy getting their best work out for the Home Studio Tour which starts Oct 2nd. This year I will be at Julie Mitchell's studio just off of Hwy 41. The figure above, is stuffed, painted, with beads.. I used hand dyed and batik fabrics, and fell in love with the wooden beads that a friend gave me after she came back from Africa.. They are so special because they are natural looking, even with their wonderful colors.

I have not been good at writing regularly and will try to improve, bear with me.. For some reason have been tired and not getting back to all my friends. We all go through fazes... Maybe it is just the hot summer, although we have been lucky so far, and not as hot as it could be. My sympathy goes out to all my friends in the East that are dealing with extreme heats and humidity.. gentle hugs to all of you.
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