Saturday, March 29, 2014

The latest horizon

This year is going to be a full one for me...I've been invited to be the featured quilter at the Flathead Quilters Annual Quilt Show in September, I'm the featured artist at a local gallery in Kalispell in July and was just offered some consignment space in a shop East the mountains near Great Falls!

And on top of all these things I'm excited to be part of a wonderful team of other quilting artists as we begin a collective business offering among other things...Patterns!

To get the ball rolling, I've been working on a number of appliqué patterns.  My first one (nearing the printing stage) is appropriately titled "A Spring Bouquet".  I'll be using it as a demo for how to embellish your art quilts with paints and pencils to give added depth and dimension at Glacier Quilts at the end of April.  If you're around Kalispell during that time, I'll hope you'll stop by.  More details to come!

For now...here is a sneak peak at my first pattern....


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Deadlines

How can January be so full of deadlines....didn't we just start this year?

Well, regardless the past few days I have seen some good progress on many of these 'do to's and I hope to not only continue to check things off the list, but also to hold back the tide of putting yet more things on said list.

I want to have some space to dream this year.  I have a whole host of ideas in my noggin that I'd like time to coax out into the world. 

But since it has been a while from my last photo post--here is a little teaser of one of my current challenges for the quilt store.  Every year we make small quilts that fit in a lincense plate frame....here is my attempt so far:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What's new in my world

I'm doing just enough to keep my head up above water the past month...but I wanted to drop by and at least put up a link to a nice article about why I've been so busy lately!

Hope you enjoy it...and if you are near the area, I hope to see you on Friday!

Fabric Art on Display at co-op

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The sun is too beautiful to ignore

It is hot today and the sky is clear. I have a rare day off from work and so I'm getting messy and colorful!  It is a lovely day to paint fabric :)

I'm working on some skys, water and of course the ever-needed good tree/critter brown at the moment.  Who knows what will be next?  






And while this round dries...I'm enjoying the best painter of all--mother nature!  




Sunday, July 14, 2013

a quickie

Headed to bed soon to try and rest up for another full week...but I thought I would pop by and post some of the new projects that I've gotten done lately. 


I need to remember that even though I enjoy spending the time to craft a nicely phrased post, sometimes just showing up and offering what I can is worth more than well thought out words.

Hope you are all enjoying your Summer!  Let's chat soon.

Monday, May 20, 2013

My Kind of Market


For the past three days I have walked, talked and shopped almost non-stop.  I was able to attend the 2013 Spring International  Quilt Market in Portland OR. I even met one of my favorite art quilters (Gloria Loughman) and managed to wiggle my in to a sold out class of hers (thank you to the person who did not show up that morning!)

Gloria's work is beautiful and she is a joy as well.  Her new book Radiant Landscapes is selling like crazy at our shop (perhaps helped along by my crazed look as I hold the book out to customers saying "have you SEEN this?"

I'm looking forward to teaching a class from her book at the end of this month, and now I'll even have some further tips and tricks from Gloria herself to share.

I met a lot of wonderful people while wandering the aisles at market, and saw some new fun products that I've purchases and will be sure to write about as I explore with them.

My final picture is from Saturday night.  E.E. Schenk hosted a party at their wearhouse--complete with music, food, wine and the opportunity to wander (and shop of course) from their massive facility.  If you can, imagine placing a couple of Costco buildings together and filling it full of notions, books, patterns, fabric, thread, trimmings.....you get the idea.
What an experience!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What is coming up...

I know that winter isn't quite done with us yet...this is Montana afterall, but the last week has been amazing...temps in the 60s, plants popping their heads up all over checking to see if the coast is clear--willow trees glowing bright orange as they wake up from their winter naps and the water level in the river is beginning to rise.

I had hinted a while ago about other things that were in the 'cooker'.  Well, here is the scoop:  the lot next door to us, (which had been sold out of Bob's family) and then due to a death in the family of the purchaser--was put back on the market this Spring. 

The first time it was on the market we wanted to buy it, but needed to go in with others in order to make it work....that didn't pan out and so we resolved to be 'ok' with the fact that we would have neighbors and that our quiet life might change a little. 

This time the land became available, we looked at each other and decided that we needed to make this happen.  Neither of us really like the idea of going back in debt (we had both managed to pay off all of our owings last year), but for something like this, we both decided it was worth it. 

So the month of March has been full of paperwork and spreadsheets and waiting...but we signed on the land last week and as of Friday it became ours.

Bob has been busy clearing some of the massive areas of weeds and brush so that we can put in a whole HEAP of trees along the shore, and today I spent most my time clearing an area where I plan to put in a walking labyrinth and garden. 



 No matter which you way you look...it will be gorgeous....




I've always wanted to have one of these ever since I experienced walking one on New Year's Eve back in Seattle.  I'm very excited about seeing it come to being.





So we're tired and broke, but oh so happy knowing that our little slice of heaven will remain quiet and full of the wildlife, trees, and flowers we love so much.