Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful Work by Temecula Retreat Pals

Yes all are artists now even if  they never painted before.... Carole
 These  below.. originated from my newest 'optional class drawing'  " Gotta Be Me"   there were several done... each with different "painted" 30s/40s fabrics . Everyone had fun  playing with the painted quilt. It was a  relaxing process and a great intro to "inking" on fabric.  I was on the move and  didn't catch photos of all so I'm "thinking" the one below is Gloria Mauno's.  

 This one I believe is Lisa Bigelows
This is the second of Elaine Swatnicki's who challenged herself to paint a different blue bird  she sees around her home.  
Lisa also tackled ( first project) my tiger eyes drawing/painting. She painted every bit of this piece....

For Linda,,, she came with this photo

and created this painting... Way cool! 
had previously taken a photo of this  now painted lake/bridge... That sky will be FUN to quilt!!!  ENVY ENVY!!! 
 Other Carol's photo 
and her painting with changes that fostered even greater  interest. 

Karmens Tinker Bell (English Bulldog)  in progress ( ;-) 
 At a Costa Rican sanctuary, Miyo photographed her Mom holding/ hugging a baby sloth 

and Miyo's sweet-faced sloth is certainly true to life ...  This piece demanded so much patience... Big Kudos to Miyo. SOO much negative space painting as these are transparent inks. 
Jan's business trip complete with an unexpected snow storm prompted a unplanned but necessary purchase of "Man Boots"  She took this photo herself .... of her own foot.  That would be an interesting picture too. ;-)
Das Boot! 
                                  A fast and furious Portrait demo Monday evening.
"SOMETHING" happened to  other pictures taken... or at least I thought I had taken! rats!

Temecula Never Better

Is this beautiful or what??  4 days in April in Temecula, Ca....   ;-)  . I've been to Vina De Lestonnac Retreat Center many times over the years but never in April and  it was never more beautiful than this week. .
A  requested show and tell brought to class by Keats Scott  made me smile... This plain fun piece is 3 " ink painted ladies" sketched from a long ago photo. Commercial 'garden-like' fabrics behind and in front with PIGs in the Garden" To me, the lady on the left  clearly resembles FDR.  Too fun! This piece will be for sale in one of Keats  Artist Co-ops.  What Fun!!!!

" Our April 2017 Artist Colony"  ;-D ... The Seated and the Kneeling L to R Carole Donahoe (Rosemont, Ca) , Patt( Mt. Baldy, Ca) , Linda Easley( Laguna Woods, Ca).

 Standing L to R: Jean Heil (Pine Grove, Ca) , Miyo Inouye-Kretsch(Temecula, Ca)   Shelly Gragg(San Diego, Ca),  Jan Dolan( Temecula, Ca) ,Karmen Brister( Porter, TX), Keats Scott
( Silverton, Co), Carol Mercer(Sanger, Ca) , LeeMary Heath( Ramona, Ca), Elaine Swatnicki (Ramona, Ca) , Gloria Mauno (Escondido, Ca) , Lisa Bigelow (Ramona, Ca.)  ( Missing ;-(  is Beverly Reyes, Lakeside, ca... due to needed early departure)
 BTW...  Thank you to whomever helped me up off the concrete! ;-D
Sooo much beautiful work came out of this (first April retreat). I'll post some shortly. Most have signed up to return next April.  What a great group!!!! This  gorgeous, peaceful venue remains a slice of heaven.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maundy Thursday...

 With Easter being this coming Sunday.... Today is Holy Thursday... the day of the Last Supper. An evening communion by candlelight was quite beautiful. No words spoken... some quiet and  prayerful songs sang in the distance, candles lighted.  This is done in remembrance of Him.

Prepping for Papa Christmas

UNUSUAL  to be doing this class in April but I am thrilled as I love this Father Christmas piece personalized by each student.  On Saturday I will be with Pine Needles Quilters in Wrightwood, California. These are mountain people so I feel akin to them as my home is on the south side of the same mountain as Wrightwood on the North. 17 miles away as the crow flies.... 55 via highway. Sort of funny.
The time afforded in a one day class calls for the face of Father Christmas to be pre painted so that the other work is playful and time doable.  I did a bunch of these for students yesterday.  Ready set... an abbreviated look at the face painting process.

First.... fabric cut the size of drawing...laid atop  and skin tone ink added... heat set.

The beginning process looks elementary.... I want students to know " it's a process" ;-D

Kind of creepy looking 'eh?  (This face is about 1 1/2 inches high)
Finally darks and highlights added and voila.. I'm ready for Class.. ;-D Yeah!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

S Curve, Circle, and Basket Quilting

'Am working on a customer project of a wall piece of applique.  This a a beautifully done quilt top made by a skilled quilter so I need to do it justice with quilting.  I needed a background fill with interest and quilting of a flower basket .  Since it is not my quilt,  I can only show the quilting motifs used.  I love the background fill of echoed S curves and small circles.  Because there are plenty of curves in the applique designs, before I began any S curve quilting, I did a 1/4" straight stitch around the flower basket and the inside edge next to the border.  This adds a mental sense of order that benefit the many curves.   All the better with directional changes of echoed groups of S curves. A thread that is slightly darker than the background fabric makes the quilting show up.  I used a gorgeous longarm cone of a neutral  thread made by Glide (color name= Shell). By the way, my Gammill seems to like Glide threads.  Thank you  to whoever invented thread stands. In additon to the many drawers  of domestic machine threads 'stashed", I can also use some longarm threads on my domestic machine work.
The fabric used for the basket  was likened to curved cobblestone. The individual stones begged me to do a darker outline stitch in the mortar areas. This was not rocket science but you can see the improved texture of the individual 'bricks' that successfully translate to an interesting basket surface. .

Those pieces of applique that lie across the basket surface really show up.   (All applique was outlined with super thin monofilament before any work began on this quilt. )

My next effort will be to use the same monofilament to do as little quilting as possible on florals ( just enough to show off fussy cut fabrics  w/ petal changes)  I am not often  thrilled with  visable ( regular) thread atop florals. ( the exception...  sometimes stamens ).  This project will overall take nearly as much time as a lightly quilted  bed quilt but this piece of art  calls for special attention to show off the top makers work.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Honoring Diana's Sea Star

 How gorgeous and alive is this???!!!!!

Dear student from my last years retreat... Diana Bicknell's Sea Star quilt took second place at the Gem Of The Ocean Art Quilt Show in Oregon!!
The show juried in about 100 quilts from 5 different countries. 
Diana was just thrilled to be juried in .... and then..... she was surely even more thrilled when she learned her Sea Star won second place and some nice prize $.   
She used  Tsukineko inks and the pens on the quilt to make it look 3D. 
Congratulations Diana.... you deserve it... it's  stunning  :-) 
Hugs... Patt 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Never Give Up !!!!

From the bulletin board of a new friend!  Amen!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

So Thankful for San Diego Friendship Quilters

What a wonderful world it was this last weekend.  We did 2 workshops and a guild lecture ( laugh session) across the weekend and Monday evening this week. Carol Kaplan was my program host extraordinaire. THANK YOU Carol.  Hope Campbell let me stay in her B and B room. Lots of help at the guild meeting too.. Thank you Mary Tabar, Wendy Mathieson, and many more. Life was pretty sweet for me this weekend. Thank You ALL.

 Sunday was a skill builder workshop called The Filling Station  where new filler motifs were tried  and those that  students liked would hopefully be applied  in their own work.  I don't usually show student work from this session as I wanted all to be free to try things without judgement/concern.  Click here if you wish to see what this class is about ( scroll down to the Quilters Filling Station entry).   Such fun/great students Sunday. THANK YOU ALL!!!!

Monday was a MEDIA MIXER with every students work different than another. Collaging to fabric, stamping, stenciling, etc.   So fun!
Here are a few I was able to catch as the day ended...

This happy piece was created by Gloria Muano...

I can't wait to see this fully finished. This is in the early design stage with pieces loosely placed where they will be put down permanently. Carol Kaplan has  calligraphy phrasing to add at home.  I love this neutral palette.
Here, Carol Kaplan and Elaine Swatnicki stand with Elaines finished collage. That was Monday afternoon.
Already I received a photo of her  quilted/ finished work.  AMAZING!  These collages each tell a story. So nice. I apologize I didn't get all photographed.  These make wonderful personalized gifts.

This piece was designed with a granddaughter in mind. . . One who longs to go to Paris.  I bet she gets to go. ;-D

There's quite a romantic feeling here... definitely a love of nature. 

You know there's an interesting story behind this fun piece 
Thanks to all who made my time so memorable. 
 If you'd like to more about this class, click here to go to and scroll to Media Mixer.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Change is Coming! Thursday the 9th

Just a heads up for thursday Mar. 9th, ...  the hosting server for my web site/mail will change to a new company next Thursday.  If you have difficulty getting to my  web site or email... it is likely because the transition is in progress  as multiple direction servers around the web learn the new server location to direct queries and mail..   THANKs all...    You know this makes me nervous even though I've checked/ communicated  with the new hosting company a bunch.   Students  urgently looking for various one day class descriptions and supply lists may click here to go directly to

Friday, February 3, 2017

Houston International Teaching Nov 2017

Great news today. Signed my contract to teach the following at Houston this November:
Wed Nov 1 Painting With Inks 
        includes this plus many other options including your own creation...

Thu  Nov 2     Morning ( 9-12) Machine Quilting Forum
Thu  Nov 2     Afternoon (2-5) Mixed Media Forum-Drawing and Painting For Those that Don't
Fri    Nov 3  Santa's Secret ( a fun Santa portrait)

Sat.  Nov. 4 The Filling Station ( a skill building class on free motion..beginning and intermediate)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Filling Station at Road

Another great fun class for skill building free motion.  I've come to see all quilting motifs as either  visually stabilizing, harmonizing, or moving your eyes around your quilt.  Sometimes a mix of types is fun and effective. In  this class, students in learning marked  their motifs first..  some  motifs eventually  can be done without marking.... but this is a good way to skill build.  I saw people who had never quilted a feather create a beauty!
Here's an example of a marked curved fill
First stitching the larger curved divisions
Coming back in to fill the smaller curves. 
We also marked  and ultimately stitched a victorian feather 

The end result included horizontal rows of motifs that 1) visually stabilized... (mostly straight and box-like motifs)  2) harmonized ( that would be curvy stuff) and moved your eyes ( like angles)

This gave students a reference library of differing motifs they knew how to do... and which they could use to choose motifs that send the message they wish on new quilts. I am again teaching this class March 12th  2017 for/with San Diego Friendship Quilters.  Seems a perfect companion to "Media Mixer" ( previous post). 

Mixing It Up at Road To Ca

When I first came to Art Quilting, a wise person said... try most anything on fabric... It just might work.  That's exactly what students did in my Media Mixer Class at Road. Colorful napkins, kleenex, japanese and other handmade papers, tissues, stamps, stamped blotting tissues,  Wasi tape, etc... were used with an adhesive  art medium to adhere images to fabric to tell a unique story.  I brought lots of things for students to play with plus some brought  things of their own.  Fun was had by all.... Here a a couple of images from students work.    So fun!
Here, a delicate story about a love of all things nature

These mixed media pieces look even better once quilted . I brought this unquilted piece to class and have now added quilting motifs using several thread colors...   Here's the basic progress.
First laying out a likely plan to convey a young ladies  day dreams of wealth, love,  and travels.
Next step.. get images on the background fabric.
Then a stenciled overall image to tie elements together.
Variegated gray thead used to raw edge the varied elements. 
To brighten this piece... I chose a variegated golden/apricot thread for background fill, a purple to outline the stenciled green plus the yellow flowers.

Minimal securing in black of tree trunk and limbs
Black stitch securing of under edge of upper eye lid, outer edge of nose flair, and central line between upper and lower lip.  
I added and stitched in Gold.. a stamping of an initial.. In this case my own to make it more personal. 
Fini !! ;=D 
I am teaching this class  March 13th  for San Diego, Ca's Friendship Quilters Guild.