Odds and ends

Hotels do not always have carpet that inspires me. This—-Dal carpet

not at all!

However, there is one wall covered with wallpaper that I just love.

Dal wallpaper

And the shower curtain has richer color and I like it even better!

Dal shower

Certainly makes me want to do this type of flower in one of my little Weekly Special pieces.

And then in today’s workshop–oh, gosh, I forgot to bring my camera! The phone in my (old, not-smart) phone is pretty crappy. But the piece she did was just so nice…and she wanted to break some rules that even I hadn’t thought about!

Margaret-raw edge

She started out making blocks, just like she was supposed to. But they were all small, mostly because my supply list was not as clear as it should have been. (Another story for another day.) She started filling in the blank spaces and suggested, rather tentatively, that she would like to just sew it down as it was…not seam up all the blocks. She was so surprised when I jumped all over that suggestion, thought it was an absolutely awesome idea and really encouraged her to go for it! Maybe I’m a little bit ‘out there’ but raw edge textiles, with all that texture, really appeal to me. I wish I were going to be here when she finishes it! I warned her, though, that I am totally going to steal her idea!

Looking forward to more rule-breaking classwork tomorrow and then on to the vacation part of this little trip.

Having so much fun!


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Inspiration is where you find it

Found this lovely stone retaining wall and couldn’t resist. It may have a prominent place in future work.

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The dew on a tin roof makes wonderful patterns also.

Ark 1

Lots of potential in these images!

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Today’s carpet inspiration…

Ark 4 Ark 3

I love both of these, geometric and curvy! I have stencils and screens on my mind right now, but I also love piecing curves.

Will have fun with both of these!

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All over the map

This is not the time for me to start a big project, so I’m finishing odds and ends, looking at old stuff and trying to figure out what would make a good take along project. Don’t know what kind of time I’ll have for any project, so that makes it a bit harder to plan–it has to be something easy to carry around and pull out and put away for short bursts of working time. Maybe my scarf knitting for charity is the best bet…no thinking involved!

Can’t seem to make even a simple decision on mounting this piece–on white

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…or on black?

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At least this one is any easy decision–definitely black.

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Putting stuff away, little by little. I just love these bags that Lynn Krawczyk made for all her students. A big class bonus!

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I was having a hard time getting started on the embroidery on this piece. It just seemed unfinished and I finally figured out that I had lots of detail but nothing to really focus on. Duh! For layers of interest, you must at least have one layer that draws the eye to the work in the first place! So, I added some large orange square spiral elements, which I will emphasize with orange embroidery and probably beads.

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I’m feeling like I can start the stitching now!

Quilted some more on this piece and I have come to the conclusion that in my initial quilting of the leaf, I have distorted the fabric beyond redemption to flatness.

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Now my issue is which edge is the best to hang it from and where do I cut to change the big distorted lump into a beautifully curved leaf! I’m pretty sure I can do it effectively, but cutting into a piece is scary. This may require a bit more contemplation before it happens. And it does need more quilting before I have to chop into it, but the major decision that it will need cutting has been made.

See–all over the map on what I’ve been doing. Hope I can pull my thoughts together and get a handle on things in the next day or two. Have to be organized to teach next weekend!


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Collage finished–almost!

When I sat down in front of the TV to watch a little football last night, I really thought I’d be able to finish the stitching on this collage.

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Simple stitching–won’t take long–maybe even get two done——not so much! It always takes longer than I think and I also add more stitching than I originally plan, too.

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Almost done, though, and I’ll mount it on a canvas.

Put paint on the larger one I did in the workshop, too. I think it’s ready to stitch, but I’ll take another look at it in the studio before I bring it up for ‘in front of the TV work’.

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Hmmmm…as I was working on it, I liked it. Now I’m not so sure. Collage is very busy work, isn’t it.

Found a scrap basket with trimmings from other quilts and thought I’d try to collage them together. Started with this black piece and a floral, and some couched yarn.

Quilted leftovers 1

It might be all right, but it needs more work. This next one needs lots more work, but has possibilities.

Quilted leftovers 2

I’m thinking that a narrow strip of another color between strips might be nice. And it might be more trouble than it’s worth and I throw those other bits away without any ‘scrap-lover’s guilt’.

I think I’m packed for teaching in Dallas. If I look around and think about it, there is always something more, but I don’t really need anything else…I think!

Dallas 1 Dallas 2

Oh–maybe I should think about a suitcase for clothes, too!


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Paint adds so much

Just a couple quick pics of additional work on my collages.

Didn’t get a before photo of this one, but I’m liking the after!

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You can’t see the orange paint very well–intentionally, but you can see the white. We have become believers in white paint! Still planning on adding some stitching, but progress is being made!

Before on this one

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And after

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Simple stencil and a little pearlized green paint–it just added so much more interest. There will be stitching on this one, too.

This one is simply for my own memory of Blue Lake. Scraps and pieces of what the kids did, put into a collage and stitched on the machine. But I enjoyed this class with the kids and wanted to use those scraps!

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Enough collage for now. Other things to do this week, so I can’t be all self-indulgent and paint and stitch to the exclusion of all else. But I’ll sure get back to it as soon as I can!


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And then we collage…

Remember that pile of fabrics I took to my collage class? This is what it looked like half way through the day.

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There actually is a lot more involved with making a collage than you would think. Waaaaay more thinking than I’m used to, especially with small pieces. Everything has to work together and then you can add more paint and stitching and embellishment to make it even better.

Knowing that nothing would be totally finished at the workshop did not stop anyone from making! Lots and lots of making!

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I don’t think there was anyone in class that did not thoroughly embrace the collage making concept. It was a wonderful class…thank you, Lynn Krawczyk!

What did I do? Well, as usual, I felt like I brought all the wrong fabrics–even with that huge pile! I ended up with 4, very much in need of more work. But this one is where I used that sheer fabric that I screen printed on Friday, and I really like the effect

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Looking forward to doing a lot more work  in this collage style. It’s wonderful fun as well as being a challenge to design.

However, I do have to get ready to go teach in Dallas, visit some friends on the way back, and prep for my Artisan Showcase in October. I’m happy to be so busy, but I’m soooo busy!

Doing what I love–life is so good!


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