Saturday, November 28, 2020

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY REMINDER

 I can not tell you how true this is.......use the link here to visit my gallery shop....oh and consider shopping!!!


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

BEADING AGAIN

 Almost my entire career in the quilt world centered around sharing my love of embellishing through my books, magazine articles, lectures, & workshops.  Beading on fiber was my favorite subject.  

Yet, I rarely bead anymore....not because I stopped enjoying the process, but because my focus now is creating wall art to sell.  Sadly, (and I don't get it) beaded fiber work is a slow seller here.  

The yearning to bead continues, so a few days ago and I decided to add some dazzle to one of the composition book covers I sell....the results are below.  It's not quite as in your face, rather it's more subtle due to the close color scheme.







Saturday, November 21, 2020

WINDSWEPT

Quilt artists who create original work tend to agree that quilt designs  develop best when you 'listen' to the quilt.  It's a statement that sounds like new age mumbo jumbo.....however it's true.  I worked with this general design once before where the focus was koi fish.  It didn't work!  

In all my nearly 40 years creating original pieces, only twice have I given up.  One was actually a wearable art garment and the other a wall quilt that eventually got cut up in order for parts of it to be utilized in another quilt.  I'm very determined once I begin a piece.....happily I became immediate best friends with Windswept...... Hopefully someone else will too and give it a home.

                                      WINDSWEPT - 13.5" x 24.5"

                                            AVAILABLE HERE

Japanese fabrics, hand dyed cottons, eco-print linen, appliqued & hand embroidered with metallic thread, machine quilted, finished with faced edging, prepared for hanging.  **Free shipping for Christmas 2020

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Friday, November 20, 2020

WORTH THE EFFORT

 6 stitches forward, 4 back!! Metallic thread is challenging to hand stitch through several layers of fabric because it tends to shred off its core. The results can be worth the effort though.



Thursday, November 19, 2020

FALL COLOR DRIVE

Our car club had to postpone our Carolina Fall Color Drive recently due to bad weather.  Our new date was pretty much colorless, but not in good cheer.  Everyone was delighted to see masked friendly faces.

Our drives always include potty stops.....which can be challenging now since covid has closed so many locations.  Luckily the facilities at Caesars Head State Park were open and there was room for all 26 cars to park.
The views are incredible........


Beautiful blue skies, beautiful vehicles, weather was warmer than we expected and far more comfortable without the ever present mountain  winds.  We went on from there to a social distance picnic lunch at Table Rock State Park.  I totally neglected to take pictures.....but won't forget the wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

OLD TRICK TO MARK DARK FABRICS

  I’m using a Hera marker to create lines on this dark fabric that will be hand stitched with metallic thread. This will avoid visible pencil marks showing.



Sunday, November 15, 2020

THE BEAUTY OF CRABTREE VALLEY

We live in a lovely rural mountain valley in Western North Carolina........45 mins. West of Asheville & 24 miles East from the Tennessee border.  The scenery never disappoints.  These photos were taken off our covered porch.

About 7:15 AM - Looking North East

                  View looking South - down Crabtree Valley - 5:30 PM
Look how green the grass remains in mid. November...no wonder we moved here!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

COLORFUL BABY QUILT

After over-taxing my brain on my last project, I've cut polka dot squares & I'll do some mindless patchwork stitching. It's the start of a baby quilt that will feature motifs with the baby's name and birthdate will be added after the big day arrives.



Monday, November 9, 2020

NEW WORK - "RARE FIND"

Most car collectors dream of finding that rare car in a barn, old garage, or abandoned outdoors. This is a project that has eluded me twice before, but now finally conquered. 

RARE FIND - 17" X 12"
Inquires welcome
Hand ice-dyed & rusted cotton sateen, batik cottons, microwave dyed cottons, hand & machine appliqu├ęd, hand embroidered, machine quilted.
Piece is finished with a facing and fabric backing, prepared for hanging or have it framed in a shadow box for display.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

BEAUTY X 3

Beautful fall day, beautiful scenery, and beautiful vehicles....... 


Photo courtesy of Jim Moore