Monday, November 30, 2009

Christine Fries Workshop

I took a workshop with Christine Fries in September (I am program chair of my quilt guild, thimble pleasures) and I loved it! She is the best lecturer and speaker~ I learned so much from her workshop. She is knowledgeable about everything; thread, tension, applique...
I bought her painted background at the workshop. She sells everything you need during her workshop. She has specific things she likes and she has good reason for liking them. Her quilts are just amazing. I feel lucky to have something of hers. I will admit it is tough to make a piece that looks just like someone else's work. I will continue to take classes though because I learn so much each time.

You can click on the pictures for a closer look....

Making the hedge hogs was so fun, we used water soluble and tulle in a hoop.

We also made the butterflies with water soluble and fabric. Her butterflies were gorgeous.

I love the 3D effect of the leaves and grasses.



I had the perfect color thread for quilting...always a good thing.


My daughter Jillian wants this quilt so she will get it for Christmas:) ssshhhhhh don't tell her.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Morgan!

Morgan (my oldest) turned 18 last week! I can't believe it. She is a remarkable girl. I am very proud of her. Whatever she does in life, she will be successful. She is planning on Nursing school and has all her college applications in...now to see where she will go. She will make a great nurse. I love this picture of her (she is the red head on the right and that is Paige on the left). It was taken at the Frog Pond at the Boston Common a few years ago. She is brave enough to try anything but smart enough to be cautious. We used to build a skating rink in the back yard - fun for the whole family.
I sold this bag last week, to a wonderful client in Florida. I hope she likes it:)
I made this Christmas tree skirt during my weekend get a way with my quilt guild. I saw the pattern here at sew4home which I found through Vicki Welsh's Whistlestop Web Tour.
I wanted to buy new fabrics for it but I am trying to use up what I have. My friends at the GAW thought it looked like something from the new Dr. Seuss' Grinch movie...that was the goal:)
I did a little quilting and added some Swarovski crystals.
Here is a postcard I made for a friend who just had surgery. She is a quilter so I knew this would be perfect for her. It is a Michael Miller fabric called Dysfunctional Family:)
I made and sent 4 postcards the other day. These are the simple type just fabric and crystals. Everyone seems to enjoy getting them.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fall 2009 Get A Way

I went to my quilting get a way last weekend and had a blast as usual. It was so nice to sew from Friday morning till Sunday afternoon. There were meals and shopping trips in between but most of the time is spent creating and laughing. The group I go with is such fun. We have a remote fart machine that we plant around the room it is so funny to see the reaction. It never gets old! I bought a bag of plastic cock roaches this year and they were fun too.
There were several of my closest friends missing this year due to all kinds of reasons and they were missed.
Here is my new light box I bought at Ocean State Job Lot - I really like the results.
This is a bag I made for myself for the Christmas season. I made it while giving a tutorial to my friend Gail. She is an excellent quilter and her bag came out beautifully, wish I had a picture.
The inside is fun!



Here is a custom Murphy Bag I made for a woman in Florida as a Christmas present to herself.
This bag has a cute handle...It's adjustable:)

We have a lot of birthdays in the next few months and Kevin's come first - he turned 45! He is so happy with his new dirt bike:)


Monday, November 09, 2009

Thankful Everyday...

Here is what I did with my painted pieces from one of my classes in Houston. Look at the post below for details. I had fun (most important part) and did the whole thing in about 2 hours. I am under the gun to finish something for a challenge. I needed a 10" x 10" piece about being Thankful ~ this represents so many things to be thankful about but the one I wanted to express was my trip to Houston. I am so lucky to be able to go away and do what I love with the full support of my family. I wake up thankful everyday!

This picture was taken inside and the colors are true. I used my hand dyed fabric for the borders.

This picture was taken outside (beautiful sunny day) and you can see the quilting a little better. I tried to add ghost black eyed susan's in the quilting and some meandering for fill. I know people say it's overused but sometimes it's the right choice...like today when time was short:)

I took this picture about a month ago...before I went to Houston. I think it would make a great painted piece....I am looking forward to using acrylics on fabric again.

I am participating in Art Everyday of the Month and so far it has been wonderful. I sew everyday but doing it purposefully to be creative has be great.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Houston IQF 2009 part two

While I was in Houston at the International Quilt Festival I took a class with Patt Blair Her quilts are beautiful! The class was called "portraits eveyone can paint" We used tsukineko inks. I LOVED it. I can't wait to play with them again.

I chose to do a portrait of myself because I figured if it didn't come out good the person I chose wouldn't be happy:) I am pleasantly surprised at the results. It isn't easy to look at yourself and embrace how you really look!

This is how it looked right after the class.

I did added some more detail to the eyes and the teeth...
I added some borders...I used a piece of Christine Fries' hand dyed fabric...it was the perfect color wave for this. I only wish I had inked the background with another color. I could take the borders off and do it but I realized this is only for me, next time I use this flesh color fabric I will make sure I do something in the background. The dilemma is how do I quilt it?? I have to do some research on the best way to quilt the face, I don't want to ruin it!
Below is another class I took was called Magic Garden 3 D taught by Traci Lyn Huskamp and her mother in law Marilyn. They were great teachers and I learned so much in thier class. We used acrylic paints and a light table. Traci is a wonderful artist and photographer, too. I bought her book and I am so glad, it has tons of information in it.
On the left are the photo copies we used in the class ~ on the right are my results.

Here is the latest practice piece on chameuse with silk thread and silk batting. I have learned a lot doing this type of intense quilting. I hope to make a bag using this technique, the texture is so pretty. I am not sure what I will do with it.....