March 30, 2013

The Stitch...

Dyeing - done...
Quilt top - finished...
Machine quilting - done...

Hand stitching 6-8 hours at a stretch, my wrist gets very sore.  The brace helps tremendously!

Another couple of weeks and this quilt will be complete.

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March 22, 2013

People & Portraits

I am so proud to be one of the featured artists in Lark Crafts new book "Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits."

"Dream Wonder" texture courtesy of Pixel Dust Photo Art.
If you are interested in purchasing this beautiful new book, it is available at

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March 19, 2013

Here's Mud in Your Eye...

Life Book 2013 Week 12 led by Mindy Lacefield.   She uses a ton of supplies - most of which I do not own - the challenge for me is to use the supplies I have and get on with it!

Lots of writing, scribbles etc. on the base paper - paints, stencils, stamps over top.  (I decided to work on my fabric book at the same time - a two-fer!!)

Drawing figures - the faces got very muddy mixing paints, ink and the like together.  I was having a fine time making a complete mess of this!

Finished page

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March 13, 2013

the Good, Bad and the Ugly - Keeps Popping Up!

Week 11 of Life Book 2013 is led by Michelle Kral.  We are making a pop-up page around the theme "the Good, the Bad and the Ugly."  Michelle is quite the character and says it is okay to admit our shortcomings.

We  all do it, don't we - gossip (maybe a little)  and keep our ugly shortcomings (secrets) to ourselves...never admiting we have faults.  Please tell me we all do it...please!!

My process making the journal page.
My first pop up page ever - I have never created one before - how about you?

The bad and the ugly (outside page)
The devil in me is enjoying gossip more than I'd like to admit! and secrets - give me a break!

The good (inside page)
The blue bird of happiness; taking time to smell the flowers - allowing myself to feel HAPPY!

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March 9, 2013

Soups on!

Tonight we have dear friends joining us for dinner.   They spend 2-3 months in Naples escaping the cold Chicago winter.  Since it's a bit cool here tonight - at least for my husband and me (our guests think it's more like spring!),  I'm making a simple meal of soup (Ina Garten's Winter Minestrone), salad and dessert, of course!

"KK2" texture courtesy of Kim Klassen.

March 5, 2013

Heart Connections...

Week 10 Life Book 2013 led by Tamara Laporte.  We are creating heart connections in mixed media.

The steps I took to create the background...

finished Heart Connection page

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