Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy first day of Winter

In Sunny California you wouldn't know it was winter - except for a little cold wind.  I do miss the snow of a Winter Wonderland that I grew up with in Chicago - but at my age, I think California is better.

We have a lot of migrating birds that come through here, going south for the winter.  These are couple that love eating the seeds off the tree in my front yard.  Was able to get some photos of them through my kitchen window (through glass).  I took repetitive photos and was able to catch them with their heads up. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Off to Houston

Estuary - Oregon Coast
I'm headed off to Houston Wednesday for Quilt Festival.  My Estuary-Oregon Coast won the Grand Prize in the American Spirit Calendar Contest 2013 and they extended this great honor to come to Houston.  Looking forward to meeting everyone in their booth and having lots of things to see.  My first trip.  My friend Christa and i will have lots of fun for 4 days!  Going to a TQS dinner too and will meet lots of great quilters and will be taking lots of photos to share.

Also have my small Labor Quilt in Meander Publications booth which won a 3rd place in their reader challenge. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Seaside & Astoria

Been playing with my camera and seeing some of the things it can do.  Not only can I get close-ups, but I can get really far away and also snap fast consecutive action photos.  Here are a few samples of what I took on a bike ride to the beach and Sunday Market in Astoria.  Just for fun!
He's Up!
Surfing the Wave

Loosing his balance
Oopps - he's down

Interesting Gate on Beach Cottage

Sea Bird perched in Astoria/Columbia River

Fresh vegetable stand

More Fresh Veggies

Flowers at Sunday Market

More Flowers at Sunday Market

Interesting glass blocks in Astoria Sidewalk
I think the under ground Astoria is beneath these sidewalks.

Some Fun Sewing

Sunglass visors

Visor on glasses

Pom Pom on brim made from T-Shirt fabric, painted with my textile paint.

Floppy Hat

Freehand drew a design,painted with textile paint.

Another floppy hat, ragged edge brim.
Not working on any particular quilt right now -my main quilt project for the trip is coming back to me to finish.  I found some interesting patterns in a local Oregon Quilt shop on making hats.  With some of the fabric I brought along and embellishments, I made these hats.  Was a fun project and not sure what I will do with them.  I also found a really unique item - a visor that goes on your sunglasses.  They use a new product called "Soft and Stable" and I made several of them - 2 I have given away already. Again just made from fabric I had with me and decorated with ragged fabric, buttons and beads I brought in the trailer.   Hope you enjoy them, I think they are really bright and cheery - and very fun to play with.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Green Dying Fabric

While traveling in Oregon, I found a lot of berries ripening and thought about all the natural dying process that are being used with natures bounty.  Right now where I am staying on the Oregon Coast the  Huckleberries and Slala Berries are ready to be picked.  I picked some of the Huckleberries to eat on my pudding, they produced  beautiful red purple juice, and very tasty. The Slala Berries are very tart - it is a berry that is found everywhere in the Northwest and was discovered by Lewis and Clark and there are drawing of them in their diaries. The Native Indians used them for cooking, but I decided not to eat any of them.
Berries cooking in the pot on stove.

The 3 fabrics I got from berry dying.
First, I looked up on the Internet how to fix my fabric. I had brought with me, some PFD white fabric I was going to use.  The information said I could boil the fabric in salt, and that was what I had readily available. I think soda ash would have been better, but not available around here. Got me a big pot from the thrift store in town - this is a very small town - and began my task of fixing the fabric.  The next day I started with the Slala Berries, boiling and simmering them in a mesh bag I had available from my fruit. Strained it and boiled a piece of fabric and let it sit in the dye bath overnight.  In the morning, I began to rinse it and we had to leave to go canoeing. I let the fabric sit in the cold water.  Well, that seemed to bleach out most of the color, but I did get some nice variations in the fabric.  The next 2 days, I did 2 more pieces of fabric. With the Huckleberries I smashed the fabric down so it was completely covered in the dye bath and I got a nice solid piece of red purple.  The 3rd day I went back to the Slala Berries and did not soak it in the cold water, just rinsed it.  I got a color very similar to the Huckleberry fabric in color, but lots of variations in the fabric because I left peaks above the dye line.  All in all, a fun experience, but not something I will do again unless I find a different color foliage/berry.  I do have 3 nice pieces of hand-dyed green fabric.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Another Win

"Charlie - Ironworker"
Just got notified that my little quilt in the Labor Contest with Machine Quilting Unlimited placed 3rd.     My little quilt (these were an 8"x 10" requirement) was a tribute to my husband "Charlie - Ironworker".   I had a photo of him taken while working on a high rise building in Los Angeles and I printed it on fabric for this quilt.  I am very happy and excited  with this honor.  It will be printed in their September issue and it will be in their booth at Houston - where I can see it too, along with my Estuary. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Playing with painting

After a watercolor class doing macros, I wanted to try this on fabric. I took close up photos of some dahlias and took out a center section.   Traced it onto cloth and painted with Seta Opaque paints. When quilting, I took my stitching out over the edge of the border and I think have a nice effect. 

Currently in Seaside, Oregon I am doing some more painting - if the sun comes out today and will post more later. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Great News!

I have been honored as the Grand Prize Winner with my "Estuary-Oregon Coast" quilt I designed for the Fairfield Processing American Spirit Calendar Contest.  I am very excited about this as I will get a 3 day trip to Houston Quilt Festival this November, as well as batting, calendars and mugs.  Here are some photos of my quilt and it will be exciting to see the finished product.  For all 12 of the winning quilts go to the following link:

While making this quilt I was very impressed with the American Spirit Batting and you should give it a try. Makes the quilt easy to stitch and is lightweight for hanging.  

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hi from Oregon

Newport in the fog. Famous Bridge is a dramatic photo
Beautiful reflections on a calm canoe trip at Bear Creek

Went to a Farmeer's Market and a great Mountain Band was playing - I think  this might be my next quilt!

Oregon Rain Chains - unique item I saw that hang on your gutters to give sound to the rain coming off the roof.

Sunset last night in Salem - rain is coming.
After a rain, beautiful clouds.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Busy, Busy...

Haven't posted in a  while - have been very busy with creating new pieces for teaching and getting ready for our trip to Oregon. Went to my sketching/watercolor class earlier this month and worked on learning to work with macros.   This close-up of bee in the flower is my sketch - always a fun class and learning so many things.
Christmas Joy, Embroidery, stenciling, beading 

Asian Delight
Embroidery elements, Stenciling, Paper uses, beading

Poppies in the Garden
Dyeing fabric, fusible, beading
 Been designing a number of small quilts for upcoming teaching in the fall and spring 2013. These are some photos of  things that are scheduled.

Have several new things being juried and soon as I know results, will post with photos - right now they can't be shown.
Swirls and Curls
Fusing, decorative stitching, stenciling, beading

Monday, April 2, 2012

Good News

I am so excited - one of my quilts, "Pieces" sold at an exhibit this weekend for Archeologists.  A great feeling to know people want to have a piece of my art.