Thursday, July 30, 2009

After Festival - LA's great Fashion District

After Festival I visited some of the best bead stores ever! Bohemian Crystal, crystals, beads of all kinds, knowledgeable staff, good prices. Who could ask for anything more?

Up and down the street there are shops everywhere. My favorite for sequins is Berger Beads. No picture, I guess the shopping just got in the way!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Long Beach Quilt Festival

Classes were fun!

There were quilts to visit, like mine in the Bernina booth.
And shopping to be done in my favorite bling booth...Susan Cristie.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hello from Long Beach

It is hot here in Long Beach at Festival where it's hot, hot, hot! The thermometer is at 85 degrees with way too much humidity! Who knew?

Went to the prevew great quilts! Lots of shopping happening!

I teach Paint Stick Magic Friday night.

Saturday it's Simple Surfaces

Sunday Beads are a Blast!

If you are in town, check to see if there are any spaces left. See you there.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Quilt Show

Cosmic Dream
24" x 36"
Usually I have more ideas than I can put into action. I think that traveling in space would be fantastic. I took the opportunity to combine this outer worldly desire with my love of glittery things. Normally the work seems to flow naturally. This time, however I struggled. I sewed many samples before the piece became reality.

This work started as a piece of white cotton cloth. I painted the background with dye, foiled the stars and then machine quilted overall with a variety of specialty threads.

Tiger hill
24" x 36"
I might get an idea from a color scheme in a diner, or from a fabric, or a new technique I want to try. Most of the time they come from a physical place maybe the flowers in a garden or an exotic location I visited.

Cotton and silk fabrics machine pieced. Over laid with paint sticks and quilted with a variety of specialty threads.

Friday, July 10, 2009

What's New in the Studio

New happenings in the photo studio, Bonnie McCaffery is here to film my first DVD, Paint, Glorious Paint. Three days of complete concentration. Yes, it's harder than it looks.

Nothing like two for one, Brenda Henning is here filming too. I am finished, she’s on today.

Stay tuned for the next installment of ‘What’s New in the Studio'.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

International Quilt Festival - Houston

Celebrating 35 years of great quilts the International Quilt Festival in Houston offers a selection of hands on classes. I am pleased to say I'll be teaching with the following line-up of workshops! See you there!
As always the first person in a workshop to say "Happy Monday or whatever day of the week" gets a gift from me!

Paint Stick Magic
Make elegant fabric with the look of airbrushing! Paint sticks applied to cotton or silk are simple, fun and permanent. This revealing hands-on workshop is for quilt, doll and clothing makers.

Fantastic Fabric Foiling
Bring your projects to life with instant glitz and shine. Foiling on fabric is easy, fun and permanent. This informative hands-on workshop is for both traditional and non-traditional quilt and clothing makers.

New Friday Sampler - Paint Like Monet
Fabric paints can enrich your material before you begin sewing—or at any time during the construction process. Use paints to add new designs or dimension to any portion of your quilts, making the fabrics uniquely your own.

Borders the Final Chapter
Add grace, spontaneity, sophistication or any effect you desire to your quilt. Harness the power of a cleverly designed border by solving the mystery of designing and sewing borders that work.

Mixed Media Miscellany - Stencil Like a Pro
All you need to know to stencil on fabric - let your imagination do the rest!

New Super Fast Binding and Piping
Is binding the quilt your least favorite part? Bindings and piping are a snap with this no-fail completely machine-stitched method. Come and learn a piping and binding technique to make your quilts stand out in a crowd. In class you will be making a sample to take home and use on your own quilts. Binding will never be the same again!

Sunday Sampler
Wild and Wonderful Thread
Thread is so much more than a basic necessity! There’s an abundance of luscious new colors and types available to ignite our imaginations.

Road Trip - Part Two

Quilters Junction for all your quilting needs features a huge variety of fabric and friendly helpful staff! They have Bernina Sewing Machines, classes and clubs with something for every one!

Shop Hop weekend featured guest artist
Lassie Whitman!

Downtown Centralia has LOTS of antique malls with bling!
Something for everyone.. a car show on the street.