October 29, 2007

Race For The Rescues in California

Traci with Betty Boop (left), Andrea & Van

A pooped-out Betty Boop

Just thought I'd add a few after the race pictures. I heard that Betty Boop and Van (the yellow lab) slept all the way home. They are "bff" dogs. Traci & Betty walked this 5k (see previous post) with her team at work to help support the rescues and displaced animals affected by the fires. She lives in Santa Monica. Go Betty!! I'm proud of you!

October 27, 2007

Betty Boop and her First 5k

Betty Boop
This is a picture of Betty Boop, my daughter's Boston Terrier. She is such a sweetheart. As you can see, she is brindle color and Emma is more black & white. Tomorrow, Betty will walk in The Rescue Train 5k in California with her mom and dad. This is part of the Race for the Rescues effort to help homeless pets. Donations are especially needed now for the displaced animals during the fires in CA. ( Traci has her own page for donations to their effort.) Please watch this video. It is so cute! (Be sure to catch the shot of the three legged dog in the first part of the video.)
I'm just proud of them for doing this! : )

October 24, 2007

Painted & Stitched Portraits

Taylor & Taylor

I finished the painting and the stitching. I stitched the outline on the machine using black thread. I like using the Golden acrylics...it only takes a tiny drop to go a long way. Now, I have to decide what fabric background to put them on and then I will probably add some hand stitching or beads. I thought the pose of Taylor beside her portrait was cute. She seemed to like it. Now she is asleep...probably dreaming about being a blue cat.

October 23, 2007




These are the two drawings I did of Emma and Taylor on canvas. They are ready to paint and stitch. This is part of a class assignment I am taking from Jane LaFazio at Joggles.com. She has some awesome work on her website ...check it out. I'm totally loving this class because I love to use mixed media in my work. I decided to use Emma & Taylor as my models...just because I think they are so cute. Now, let's see if I can finish the two quilts and still have a resemblance of the originals.

For those of you that read my post of Oct. 17, Cover Up, and were curious, the famous person was Bill Clinton. (This is my only quilt to actually finish from QSDS). LOL!

I just joined a art quilt theory group at my local quilt shop. Most of them have been meeting for years and do awesome work. I sort of squeezed in and am really glad to be part of the group.

I'm off to paint! It is suppose to rain a bit here today! Yippee!!

October 19, 2007

Move Those Cubes! (Again?)

view of Emma by my desk and oh, the cubes, too!

Taylor under the machine

HQ16 in background, design table on the right

Bookshelves of fabric. The green wooden boxes are from IKEA and hold my rubber stamps and ink pads. Fabric needs to be stamped, sometimes.

OK, I did it again...I re-arranged my studio in the process of cleaning it. I decided to "open it up" again and these are the pictures of the after. I moved my cubes (I love those cubes!) If you notice, two of the main ingredients for a successful studio are: Emma, the Boston Terrier and Taylor, the cat. Emma loves her own little bed in the studio. Taylor prefers sleeping on any available quilt or fabric. Of course she is a cat and that is that! I have more tweaking to do, such as where to put my thread, etc., but now I have a class at the LQS to attend so I'm out of here.

P.S. Thanks for the comments on my blog! Wish I could email all of you.

October 17, 2007

Finished Quilt


Here is the story of "Cover-Up": While digging through my bin of scraps, I found this small quilt top, unfinished. It is a quilt I had made in a class. By using colors, it was suppose to be my representation of a famous person. But it did not look like my original because the center of the quilt had been "covered up" by strips of fabric. The real center is a "black mark" or black strip of fabric that represented a dark time in the famous person's life. By being the charismatic person he was, he recovered and people still liked him, though not as many. Here's the comedy: While critiquing my work, the teacher pointed out that the shape of the black mark might be interpreted as "something else" due to what the famous person had done. She very kindly suggested I might want to cover it up just in case. Well, of course I wasn't thinking anything like that when I made it but it did make for a few laughs. So, I just quickly grabbed fabric, cut and fused it over the black mark. When I recently uncovered it, I didn't realize that I had unintentionally cut out a "cross" as you see in the picture. So, it turned out much better than the original and has more meaning for me as a positive thing. I machine quilted it and I really like it, now. A few cover-ups are sometimes a good thing. Hmmm...I wonder what else is lurking in that bin of scraps! : )

October 15, 2007


Fall Landscape II
Here is my finally quilted landscape. Click on the picture if you want to see details. I just couldn't leave it alone and had to add machine quilting. The hand stitching is fun and relaxing but in this case, it just needed some extra stitches. It is finished, envelope style.

October 11, 2007

New Quilt

NOW I'm talking landscape! This one is more "me", I think. I do realize that I just thought too much about the last landscape which created too many decisions. This one was just "with the flow" as they say. This is just pinned, ready to stitch. Maybe I should make a few more of these "ready to stitch" versions. I am enjoying the hand stitching, though I think I might be a bit rusty. I do have some great books on embroidery that I acquired. I also like the size of this one which is about 10" x 10 1/2" instead of the 8 1/2" x 11" journal size.

October 10, 2007

Embroidered Quilt

Landscape after adding embroidery

Landscape Detail

Landscape detail

I think (?) the stitching is done but maybe not. I never know when to stop! : ) I really enjoyed making this quilt. I highly recommend the class I mentioned below. Yippee, Lesson 2 is tomorrow! I won't show you the huge pile of fabric that evolved after making this. : )

WIP-Revised Landscape Quilt

This is my revised version of the previous landscape post. After seeing it on my blog, I realized it was missing something! I needed a body of water in it and this is the result. I took out the lower part of my previous stitching and will finish stitching this one and call it done. I like this version much better. I have some yummy threads I got at QSDS earlier in the summer that are begging to be a part of this quilt. OK, back to stitching...hopefully, I can finish it today, get it posted and start another! I appreciate any comments.
Here is what Emma did while I was revising the landscape quilt. She slept under my feet. She was all worn out after playing. Emma likes to be held and rocked to sleep in my computer chair all wrapped in a little quilt which is what I am doing at the moment. Just a little hard to type sometimes. : ) Yes, she is spoiled. : ) She will be 4 months old on Monday.

Work -In-Progress Quilt

This is my WIP landscape I created from the class, Art Quilt Exploration, taught by Jane LaFazio. I really liked making this one. Now, I have all sorts of ideas floating in my right brain. I have started the stitching and will post the finished version today. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement for hand stitching. It was very relaxing, in fact, I fell asleep while stitching the first night. LOL!

We spent the weekend in Ohio helping to install a fence at our son's house (our former home). Their dogs think it's a dog park, now. Emma had a great time and actually got dirty for the first time! She had a ball playing with Mya and Barley, the Boxers. Emma slept in my lap under a quilt all the way home. I must say it has been a while since we have done that much physical labor, but it felt good the next day. Matt's girlfriend, Stephanie (did I tell you she is so sweet?) sent us home with a large bag of goodies: wine, snacks, OSU hat, shirt, OSU sweater for Emma and more.

I'm off to add the finishing touches to my landscape quilt.

October 4, 2007

Landscape Quilts

Today, I started a new class, Art Quilt Exploration, with Jane LaFazio! This is an online class at Joggles.com. The first lesson is making landscape quilts! I fell in love with Jane's landscape quilts in her lesson! When I began making art quilts in 2003, I made the quilt pictured here, "In Control". It was actually my first real art quilt and I loved making the quilt. It did get the honor of hanging in a few galleries. It wasn't meant to be a landscape quilt, just an abstract of the earth. Then, today, I realized I have had a framed landscape quilt hanging on my wall that I did in the early 1990's. It was my first time to do any improvisational cutting, stitching and machine embroidery. So, I think I have always had a love for landscape type quilts and didn't realize it. I am so excited to take a class from Jane as I really admire her work and knowledge. I can't wait to learn more from her...my enthusiasm is back! I have already started on my first landscape for the lesson. Yippee! I'm going to do hand stitching! OK, friends who know me, don't faint after reading this! After reading Jane's first lesson, I think I will definitely give the hand work a try!

(Here are the pictures of the quilts I made several years ago.)

"In Control"

(my first real art quilt made in 2003)

This is the framed landscape quilt I did in the 1990s.

Below is a close-up shot. It is a really small quilt. You can tell it was my first attempt at free-motion embroidery...my trees are swaying.