Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I'm participating in the Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways from the Quilting Gallery so at the end of this post there will be a chance to win this Murphy Bag!
It has a really fun mix of black and vanilla fabrics. 

I've been working on this quilt exclusively and I'm just about ready to start the quilting. It will debut at a gallery exhibit this fall. Details to follow but very exciting news!
Dusk 32" x 40"
I used only what I had in my batik stash so I had to make some questionable choices :) like the funky fabric in the rocks, but I think it works. The sky was a challenge to achieve that pink color. I ended up painting a pink batik with some orange watercolor paint (I soaked it in a zip lock bag) which was perfect because it kept its translucency.
This is the watercolor that inspired the new quilt. I've started painting again for my online journaling class with Melanie Testa @
I live near a Christmas tree farm and it made for a beautiful subject matter. I've altered the quilt a bit adding the birch trees and foreground. That's artistic license:)

OK now the fun part :) I'll be giving away this Murphy Bag....

There are 8 pockets and a zipper closure. It's Machine washable too!

The pockets are money fabric and a tiny little clock-tower fabric!
For a chance to win the Murphy Bag leave me a comment about a random act of kindness you have performed.

I'll choose randomly for the winner. 
The BHP is from August 26 - September 2, 2012.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by:) 
Check out all the other blogs participating in the 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Watercolor and window treatments...

I made some new window treatments to match the new paint color. I love the graphic pattern and the color scheme. 

The fabric was $4.99 a yard at Sewfisticated Fabrics in Framingham. It's been fun redecorating. I've been a blue person for a long time. 

I had a little watercolor class for my son and his friend last week. They are 11 and super talented. 

This one is Griffin's, he handled the paint so well and did a great job with his composition. 

This one was done by Griffin's friend T.C. he filled the page wonderfully and did a great job with his sketch. 

Here's mine....

Below are a few more pages from my sketchbook, they are assignments from the class I'm taking with Melly Testa. 

I'm working on some quilting stuff too, it's been a good, creative summer so far!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Dream Journal Class with Melanie Testa

I'm taking an online class Dream Journal with Melanie Testa. It's been awesome, she is a terrific teacher and super talented. She's guiding us on how to explore our art through paint and pen. 

Here are the first two pages of my Dream Journal. We have been using a bouquet of flowers as our subject, I picked the flowers from my perennial garden. The tiger lilies didn't last the night. 

There is a lot going on on this page, I like to fill the page. I'm one to finish one quilt before I start another. I had fun adding elements like the bottle of rubber cement which I used as a resist on the page. 

This and the painting above it are samples I made while I was in college, haven't they aged well? They sat in my portfolio. I'm using the same watercolor paints (most of them have lasted 25 years in a metal tin!) these will come in handy to help me make color choices.
In between our practice pieces I sketched and watercolored this. It's a view of the Christmas Tree Farm across the street from my home. I've already begun the process of turning this into a quilt. The pattern is sketched out on large paper and the fabrics are chosen. I'll keep you posted on my progress.