Step Away from the Art

Sometimes you have to step away from your art work to get a new perspective. After a heavy meal and a good night’s sleep, I came up with a plan for my improvised tree quilt.

bench1I decided to add a bench under the tree. Placing another element in the design gives it more of a story line. It invites the viewer in and asks them to participate in the story. The tree is also tilted over the bench instead of away from it. Now it looks like they are looking at the same thing and in conversation. The tree and bench are old friends.

bench2Wondering how I made the bench? I drew a sketch and turned it into a pattern. (See Pattern Transfer.) It was just easier to draw the bench and get the angles right than to free cut the shapes. I wonder what the bench and tree are talking about, don’t you?


Improvising New Work and Winners

tree1In an attempt to clean up my studio, I’ve started assembling a new quilt with my fused fabric scraps. This is my favorite way of making compositions, improvising from pre-cut shapes.

tree2Looks like I’m making a tree. Who knew? That’s the fun of making things up as you go along. You play with the fabric and never know what will happen. And that’s why I decided to give away some of my scraps yesterday, so others can have the pleasure of play too.

So many of you commented on my give-away yesterday I decided to give away a second bag of scraps. Lucky winners are: Glenna and Chris in VT. Thank you all for your entertaining comments!

Fabric Scraps Give-Away

fusingtableAs we return to my studio we soon discover that I am a slob. The table is covered with fused fabric scraps that have multiplied overnight. How can this be?! This growth of odd shaped scraps prompts me to clear them out before they multiply onto the floor and out the door.

Would you like to add some fused fabric scraps to your stash? Great! Please leave a comment on today’s blog and you may the lucky winner!

OK Makes Art!


Art work by members attending the Green Country Quilter’s retreat.

My visit with the Green Country Quilters Guild in Tulsa, Oklahoma was quite the adventure! After giving 2 lectures in Tulsa, we traveled to their retreat at the Tulakogee Conference Center. Then I lost track of time.


More work by the Green Country quilters.

But after 2 days of concentrating on art work, the 40 students in my class displayed their art work for all to see. They each made their own designs. It was amazing to see what they came up with! Thank you to all the wonderful quilt makers from Green Country.

It’s a Sewing Party and a Give-away!

TheSewingPartyWant to have a sewing party with friends? “The Sewing Party” is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history! It begins November 8, 2014. As an attendee, you can watch 30+ online classes taught by leading bloggers and teachers. You watch anytime starting November 8 and for another 90 days after. It’s like attending a retreat, only at home and in your jammies!

There are classes in home décor, fashion sewing, upcycling, crafting, costume design, crafting entrepreneurship, and my favorite, quilting.

The cost for attending “The Sewing Party” is just $40. You can attend all of the classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and teachers; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips. You own it all for 90 days.

Do you want to win a ticket to the Sewing Party? I have 5 tickets to give away! Each ticket is a $40 value or free admission to the party (sorry, U.S. only). To win one of my tickets “LIKE” one of “The Sewing Party’s” social media channels below then return to this blog and leave a comment.

Another thing. If you sign up for “The Sewing Party” by July 31, you will get a free “The Sewing Party” t-shirt! Just enter LETSPARTY in the Promo Code box when you register. They’ll contact you directly to get your size info.

I love a party!

OK Is OK with Me!

OK2Why are these women so happy?

OK3Could it be that they have just graduated from the Chicago School of Fusing?

OK1Yes! These delightful women of the Green Country Guild out of Tulsa OK are the latest graduates from the CSOF. Forty creative guild members gathered for a retreat and my 2 day workshop, Fusing Fun this past week. It was so much fun! Thank you quilt makers of Oklahoma. Your art work is wonderful!