Saturday, September 17, 2016

2016 Honor at Houston Int'l

This poor lion created in 2015 disappeared last spring, then found it's way home.  He is indeed a "Winged Lion"... and is honored next month at IQA Houston International with an Honorable Mention in the Digital Image category.  Digital work is not my niche but it is that of  my collaborator Duane Miles ( This is a very toughly competitive category and I am happy our lion will be honored.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Headed for Auction at Houston International

Many are aware that Houston teachers regularly contribute small projects for Silent Auction at the International Quilt Festival.  Bidder funds go to the organization. I've been doing this pretty regular for many years so I have a fun one for this year...  very different from years past.  Almost every painter paints a pear generally early in their art journey. I seemed to jump over that idea  on my journey so I think I best do so now. This piece now quilted, bordered, bound, and signed is done. ... Now to block back into shape... (ie  evenly spray with water, pull/pin back in place from all the manhandling that occurs in quilting)Air dry nice and flat and remove pins.

I'm filling out the paperwork now.... to send this to Houston tomorrow. 

So Very Special

I'm speechless prompted by receipt of a gift from friend Janmarie, a long time friend and fellow artist. Many know I am an ink painter on fabric ( as is Janmarie). She was so kind and creative to make me  ( for a  painful big "O" birthday) a wool penny rug with ink bottles, etc.  and her own  project's rub cloth pieces on the back of the outer penny circles.
Pretty special... I'm honored!
This now adorns my glass coffee table.. a place of certain honor.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Curves Atop Squares

I swear, I have quilted a bunch of disappearing nine patch quilts... 'This I think the last for a while.
There were so many right angles in this quilt that I thought curves with a little order might enhance the quilt.  I chose "Splendor" by Karen Thompson I think.  Pretty!  Click on photos for enlarged images
 This is the motif repeated  and offset one above another  on each row. Bright fabrics are Modas mixology line sold off the bolt and in charm packs .
This was fun to do though I admit I'm anxious to do some  more custom work now.  See Patt Blair Quilting Link on side bar or click here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Paper Towel Ink Painting

While I usually have a black and white contour  paper drawing underneath my fabric before painting.  NOT this time.... It was just an abstract pear so why create a drawing on paper.  Just a paper towel beneath was fun as it introduces a bit if texture in pigment and also gathers some excess ink  underneath since this time... I did no rubbing down of ink. Pure strong color was my goal.

 I was in a mood to work quickly, so a simple general outline of just the pear area ( with a Frixion Pen)  and away I went working with bottled inks and markers.  This was oh so much fun.
Guess it's not too neutral , eh?    Heat set...( away goes frixion markings)  and done but for quilting. 
This will be for a fundraiser later this year. I need some brain time to think about quilting and maybe more importantly some clean looking  small border that will let the viewer's eyes rest.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Love this Sunset

   Grandaughter Kaley flew home yesterday  :-( :-(   After I shook off the big blues ( I so love that girl) I'm back at work.
A piece in queue but on the machine for a good week has come to the top and now done. How fast this was!  A 14" pattern that helps the finish come quickly. (  Panto Title: Flamingo Sunset )  I like this pattern especially when the quilt will be used for a couch cuddle up or just comfy bed sleeping.  The loose, more open motif gets closer to the feel of  that wonder of all wonders for sleeping under.... "the hand quilted."


Monday, July 18, 2016

First Huntington Beach Childrens Chalk Festival

Well we were IN the the city, in my niece Jennifers backyard. A Busy day with family and friends... First ... meet our two trainers for the day.. Grandaughters Morgan (left) and Kaley (right)
First they marked off 2 foot square areas and sketched various contour images. Then Kaley showed them how to apply and blend soft pastel chalks on concrete. 

Away the younger kids went...  They were focused!!! 
 Miss Jessa ( age 4) is approaching her butterfly with an impressionist style.
Troy and Wyatt Martin were into the Shark Tank!
and the finish... 

Girlfriend Ava started her owl!
and the finish! 

Lauryn chose a cuddly bear 
and the finish... I'd hug this guy wouldn't you?! 

Cooper the quarterback was definitely into his football colored chalk.

                                   and the finish..

                                      Ella was so into this butterfly. Nice Job Ella

Even teacher Morgan played a bit
and the finish...

and Kaley too.

 What a team...

After this, kids noticed Aunt Jenn had written Jessas name on the concrete wall.... uh oh.. then the fun began again.... 

Kaley loves all things Disney  


Such a great day.... Maybe next summer again?