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Saturday, April 28, 2012


this weeks creative word prompt from Jaye is escape

My form of escape is in reading fiction. I listen to a podcast called books on the nightstand and they just had a listing of recommended New England authors. I just got Steven Kings 11-22-63 and I am usually not a big fan of Steven King, but either is the guy that recommended this and he said it is great and so far I agree. It's situated in a small town in Maine and you can tell King also lives in a small town in Maine because he had it down. This book deals with time travel but not the bizarre Back to the Future in a car type - this is written in a way that the reader can identify with and believe that it could really happen to me. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

arrangement - a word of art

Jaye of artquiltmaker fame has a creative challenge type thing to get you to be creative, think out of the box and practice your sketching / drawing skills. Apparently she has been doing this for quite a few years now (and where have I been?) anyway I finally found out about it and want to try........... and play :-)
She gives you a word and you make a work of art in any way shape or form you wish, taking that word and showing it in your art. I just got paper 53 which is a sketchbook app for my i pad and spent a very enjoyable rainy afternoon playing and sketching with it. My drawing abilities are not very good, especially with the i pad, but that is the point of this whole exercise isn't it? To do and improve by doing ;-)

 So here is my thought process with arrangement - could be flower, personal, musical or even funeral. I think music and thought about making a small art quilt with the word JAZZ as below, (having two Z's)

unfortunately my saxaphone looks like a pipe and my clarinets look like a cross between a flute and a bugle. I even went so far as to cut them out of fabric thinking that would make them better - NOT!
So I bagged that idea and just went with the sketching - more fun on a rainy afternoon anyway :-)

This is sort of a jazzy zentangle type of thing - there's that pipe sax again!

And for some reason when I think of musical arrangement I think of Henri Mancini 
and the pink panther theme :-)
This was fun - thank you Jaye!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Nothing more calming than taking out the canoe on a quiet morning by the lake.
This 14" by 14" wall art quilt is for sale in my etsy shop for only $35.00
and that includes shipping - click here to check it out

here's a close up photo

Friday, April 13, 2012

Weirdest wallpaper

This is the color palette that Vicky welsh gave us to make a quilt from this month - she found a pie that must have been left somewhere for awhile and it turned, well you can see - yucky! But creative woman that she is, Vicky saw the beauty in it and the different colors. I like the way she "thought out of the box"

Anyway I just wanted to share the fact that when I work on something I usually put the photo or sketch on my iPad as the wallpaper and background so I can look at it while I'm working.

Currently I have a moldy pie as my wallpaper :-) LOL!

What would you do with a moldy pie?


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Postcard from England

A little while ago a fellow quilter friend that I met on twitter talked about postcards that she makes.I asked her a couple questions and she gave me a few tips on how to make them.

I got the mail today and look what I got!

I am just blown away at the generosity of this woman to say nothing of my awe at her talent. It's all thread work! Just amazing .

Look at the detail!

This is the back and although this was in an envelope ( it came all the way from England after all)

She says you can mail them. I am going to put this in my office at work so I can look at it every day to remind me what kind people there are out in the world. Sometimes with all the madness I forget that.

Thank you so much Angela!

Her blog is here If you want to say hello :-)