It arrived - and glad I was to see it. Something I'd forgotten about, so it turned out to be a pleasant surprise after all -
|Fused covers and woolly pages - ready to sew|
|Sewn - the red threads need tying off, concealing, and snipping|
|Colourful hidden pages!|
With the help of my friend, Isabelle, and Mr C, my studio pop-up shop is set for visitors and sales, tomorrow. The weather forecast is giving me fits. It is very cold and there is a chance of snow tomorrow.
Here is how things look.
Two tables of books and magazines.
I have reduced prices on a lot of my small art work pieces.
I have several storage units for sale.
Bins of scraps with plastic bags for stuffing.
Odds and ends on a couple of tables.
Bins of fabric and bags for stuffing.
I guess it will be what it will be. I sent out messages on my local list serves that if it is snowy for driving, I will have the sale continue on Saturday morning. Isabelle is coming back to help me tomorrow. She was so fantastic at setting things up today.
|Waiting for ... spring?|
The dog writes on the window
with his nose
After weeks of chaos with the happy result of new flooring and painting, I’m starting to put back together my studio (complete with cat and canoe paddle) and new office space next door.
One of my main goals was to put the majority of my hand-painted and dyed fabric in the closet away from light exposure. There is an identical tower on the other side. This is strictly yardage; I have WAY too many scraps stored elsewhere.
I found this sunprinted fabric while schlepping fabric here and there. I honestly don’t know if I painted it with Pebeo Setacolor or bought it ready-to-be printed; the printing was done with flora from my garden. In any case, it’s a beautiful honey color which should give you a hint about the topic I have in mind. I just have it cut apart in random pieces here and thinking about it as a background.
And last, but certainly not least, I have been working on securing Sponsors for the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer. No one needs a prize to donate to fight cancer, but it’s going to be a lot of fun thanks to the generous prize donation of artists and businesses. Could you help decide what will be the Grand Prize? Check out the Prize Sponsor list and then let me know which 5 prizes should go to one winner when we cross the Finish Line.
Lisa gave me this set of fabrics that she designed for Cloud 9 Fabrics. I am going to make a quilt for Paige and one or two of my nieces. It is a wonderful collection to work with.
We made it back to Portland yesterday and after some lunch and unpacking, I was back in the studio, sorting and purging. We had a beautiful day for a drive on Sunday and made it to Grants Pass by 5 pm. We saw this gorgeous sunset as we were driving to our motel. It took my breath away.
Yesterday, we awoke to rain and fog, but as we drove closer to Portland, the sun was coming out. It has been freezing cold and clear. We stopped and bought groceries and a wreath for the front door. I don’t think I am going to do much decorating this year.
So, I finished the cleaning out of my studio and have separated what I want to keep and what I want to sell or donate. Mr C did a great job of cleaning the floors behind me, vacuuming and mopping them. The studio now looks like this.
Every thing has been shoved to one side. Tomorrow, I will start setting up for my studio sale. Steph is coming over in the afternoon to help. On Thursday and Friday, I have a friend who is going to come and help me. If you live in the Portland area, come by between 10 and 4 pm. and check out what I have for sale – lots of goodies, books, fabric, magazines and some of my quilts will be greatly reduced in price. E-mail me for my address.
Next on my agenda is cleaning closets and other areas upstairs. Got to have everything done by January 1.
WOW! What a wonderful tour of art and the world we’ve been on with both the September/October and November/December bloghops and giveaways! Thank you so much to Quilting Arts and Interweave for sponsoring this with DVDs and downloads, Mistyfuse for their wonderful products that I use to make my art, and Havel‘s for great scissors. And ENORMOUS thank yous to my intrepid reviewers who helped make this bloghop possible: Jamie, Deborah, Vicki, Leslie, Terry, Gloria, Diane, Marie, Brenda, Jaye, Susan, Daphne and Lisa: THANK YOU!
Yep–if you would like a chance to win
all in time for a nice long winter (or summer depending on your location in the world), here’s what you need to know and do:
So let the fun begin! Comment away, and return to visit one of these fine artists (or ALL OF THEM!) and enjoy their art and thank them for participating.
And remember, you can always order the DVD from me (here) or a download or DVD directly from Quilting Arts/Interweave, here.
Jamie, Deborah, Vicki, Leslie, Terry, Gloria, Diane, Marie, Brenda, Jaye, Susan, Daphne and Lisa: THANK YOU!
Jamie Fingal http://jamiefingaldesigns.blogspot.com/
Deborah Boschert http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com/
Vicki Welsh http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/
Leslie Jenison http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com/
Terry Grant http://andsewitgoes.blogspot.com/
Gloria Hansen http://www.gloriahansen.com/weblog/
Diane Perin Hock http://goingtopieces.blogspot.com/
Marie Johansen http://www.musingcrowdesigns.com/
Brenda Gael Smith http://serendipitypatchwork.com.au/blog/
Jaye Lapachet http://artquiltmaker.com/blog/
Susan Brubaker Knapp http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
Daphne Greig http://daphnegreig.blogspot.com/
Lisa Walton http://www.fibreinspirations.blogspot.com/
|Stage Curtain by Makiko Kudo (seen at Saatchi Gallery)|
|Tessa Farmer's strange little insects - a prize winner at Discerning Eye|
|Portrait busts by Jacob Epstein|
|asphalt in progress|
|basting very carefully so I won't have to rip out too much later|
|the sketch is under a clear plastic for guidance|
|Winter windows, Peter Jones, Sloane Square.|
Turkeys made of towels! Rabbits made of vacuum cleaners!
|Is this the museum/gallery of the future?|
A quick addition to my bloghop-giveaway post featuring my friend Lisa Walton of Sydney, Australia. Remember I mentioned she made fabulous stenciled /painted quilts…she sent me a jpeg of my favorite: Orvieto Memories, inspired by a teaching tour she led to Italy.
Also, you can find Lisa on Facebook, here. This is her Dyed and Gone to Heaven Page, and she’s really close to TWO THOUSAND LIKES! Let’s help her get there, so go visit and LIKE her page! Enjoy surfing.
This little cutie is the reason we are having our Thanksgiving in the Bay Area. We had an uneventful drive, with a stayover in Yreka on Tuesday night. Mark called to say he had just realized that Paige’s daycare was closed on Wednesday and he wondered if we could come there in the afternoon to help out. Yippee!!
So instead of going to Lisa’s for the afternoon and evening, we went directly to SF and spent some great time with our little granddaughter. We went to a couple of shops to pick up some stuff for dinner that night and the next day and then took her to the park while the cleaning people were at the house.
We had lots of fun. Mark picked up fresh crabs from the Chinese seafood market and prepared them for us for dinner. Jayme arrived just in time, having finished her day in her surgery rotation.
Yesterday, Lisa, Clay and the two of us did some food prep here and then headed back to Mark’s for our Thanksgiving Day meal. Mark did the turkey on the grill and the rest of us took turns in the kitchen preparing different parts of the meal. It was all delicious and it was special to have the time with them and Paige in the middle of it all, hamming it up for our entertainment. Here she is with Poppop, playing her little red piano..
I love this photo of Lisa and Clay taking a selfie.
Today, we went back for leftovers, after a nice walk with the girls and Wilfredo. Then we went to Lands End for a hike.
I always love seeing these weathered Cypress trees acting as sentinels at the edge of the bay.
A foggy view of the bay.
Paige in her new sunhat.
Ready for the hike.
The Golden Gate Bridge.
Time to restrain the child in a backpack. It takes a village to get her settled in!
Back on the trail with Mom and Dad.
Here are the hikers at the end of our walk.
Tonight, the girls took us to the movies to see Philomena. Excellent film. I highly recommend it. Judy Dench is terrific, as usual. It is a very compelling story.
Off to bed. In the morning, Mr C and I are going to the DeYoung to see the David Hockney exhibit. By the way, the weather is beautiful here in the Bay Area.
One of the joys of the internet is making friends around the world! I’ve even “seen” Lisa’s studio and hubby thanks to the wonder of Skype! Today I’d like you to meet Lisa Walton from Sydney, Australia. Her passion for dyeing fabric and art quilts has turned into a wonderful business, Dyed and Gone to Heaven, and career as international teacher (tutor in Australian), author, and artist. She fell in love with beads and then with surface design, and you can see all of these skills in her work. Lisa has reviewed my DVD workshop on her blog, Fibre Inspirations. Yep, this video again:
Lisa is the author of a new book that features her hand-dyed fabrics (which by the way you can order, and postage and travel-time from Australia to the US are not too bad!), but you can easily make these fun and fast quilts–and gorgeous too–using batiks and other commercial fabrics:
I frequently think I need to loosen up, and Lisa’s book has me hankering to try one of the Building Block Quilts. I’m also seriously in love with some of Lisa’s stencilled quilts, a technique she teaches! She sells ArtistCellar stencils, too. I think I may see a small splurge in my future!
Many of you may recognize Bushfire, which Lisa made with Nic Bridges, as it was on the cover of the AQS books catalog one season!
Then there is this beauty–don’t you want to just go dye fabric and then PLAY?
One of these days I hope I get to Australia, then I can visit Lisa and Peter at home, and they can tell me all the fabulous places to eat–Lisa’s FaceBook photos of her meals around the world are enticing!
Thank you so much, Lisa, for taking time from a VERY busy season to watch and review my workshop!
Please visit Lisa’s blog to learn how to leave a comment and a chance to win a download version of my video workshop, Art Quilt Designs From Photo to Threadwork!
And before I close this post, I have to share Fields of Gold, a quilt made with a gift from Lisa of her fabric. The yard ranged from rust to gold to green….it is Lisa’s fabric that TOTALLY made this quilt work!
|In the booth at the foot of the escalator was a solid woman who hurried people off |
the escalator, which went so fast that her job might actually have been to stop them falling (via)
|Spacious platforms - but full of people at rush hour (via)|
|Panoramic photo by Bee Flowers (via)|