Friday, February 25, 2011

My First Quilt

With the kids on vacation and one down with the flu, I gave up on getting any work work done and decided to tackle the quilt that has been in the making for a year or so.

I had most of the block rows sewn together and finished the rest quickly. I had planned a mitered border, but didn't really want to do it. I'd need my mom's help, but we couldn't chance exposing her to the flu. Luckily, I had just received Bari J's Inspired to Sew. She has a Sweet home Chicago quilt which doesn't have a mitered border. Hallelujah! That's all the incentive I needed. The border was a breeze.

I was very determined to finish the top and back this week, so when I couldn't find my original plan for the back and realized that I hadn't ordered enough fabric anyway, I got creative. I used leftover blocks plus added some new ones, scraps, and the fabric that was supposed to be a border. Oh well, that's a problem for another day.

I worked quickly and tried not to overthink it. I like the results. Next up, I'm off to Mom's to baste everything together. How to quilt it is not so easy. I love the idea of using embroidery floss ala Anna Maria Horner or machine quilting it. I don't want to make a career out of quilting it. I want it finished!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Valentine's Collage Portrait

I had the pleasure of working with a dream client last month on a Semi Custom Collage Portrait. She ordered the collage for her boyfriend. Don't they make an adorable couple? 

 She provided me with lots of great stuff to work with — a great photo, tickets, journal pages, and a personal card he gave her. You can see his 'I Love You!!!' above shown in the collage and after I painted it. It's a great personal touch.

The collage was finished off with the sides painted in a coordinating dark color.

Mother's Day is coming up. A Collage Portrait is a great way to show Mom how much you love her. You can order yours here.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I wish all of you a very happy Valentine's Day! In honor of this occasion, I painted this piece. It's a combination of acrylic paint, collage, pen, and digital painting. You can purchase it here.

My husband surprised us with a couple of early Valentine's gifts yesterday—an iPad and a Kindle! He's definitely a keeper and not just because he spoils us. He has lots of other wonderful qualities that we love so much. The kids have taken over the iPad, of course, but I'm hoping to play with it today. I need to find some useful apps for me (any suggestions?) and of course, I'll have to sew up some covers for them. Carmen Brunson pointed me to this tutorial that I might try (minus the flowers).

Sunday, February 13, 2011


This is just a quick post with a message. I'm very concerned that someone seems to be downloading many of the images on my blog. I find this worrisome, since I don't know what they'll be doing with the images.

If you're just clicking on them to make them bigger, great! But if you're downloading them, I am asking you to kindly stop. They belong to me and cannot be used without my written permission.

Thank you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The beach is better in February!

We went to the beach today. When we go to the beach in the summer, the kids are in the water (which is always cold) and I'm bundled up in blankets trying, but not succeeding in staying warm. Today, in February, it was perfect! It was warm!

I hate to rub it in, but what an amazing day!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wishing you a little sunshine.

This is an older piece that I thought was appropriate for my friends in the rest of the country. It's sunny and warm here. I wish I could send some to you. Anyone want to exchange a little sunshine for a manageable amount of snow? Anyone? Anyone?
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