Wordless Wednesday

March 5th, 2014

WW 3-6

Printed Fabric Bee March Giveaway!

March 4th, 2014


Another month and another set of fabrics is available. Lesley Riley selected a mosaic theme and a creative bunch of artists came up with some great ideas. So click on the link in my sidebar and go to the FB page and post a comment and/or go to Lesley’s blog and leave a comment for a chance to win.

I thought I should finally show you all the lovely fabrics I received last month.

From Lesley Riley:


From Jackie Lam:


From Carol Eaton:


From Lynda Heines:


From Susan Purney:


From Lisa Chin:


Pokey Bolton sent me two fabrics in two different colorways!!



From Lynn Krawczyk:


From Julie Booth:


Aren’t I the happy lucky artist to have these in my stash?!

An update since my last post: we  made an offer an a condo, but the sellers would not budge and it was priced a bit high. We bought a new Prius. I love it, but sometimes I miss my 10 year old Lexus. I dropped out of the master class and will pick it up next year. We have hired an estate sale provider.

I have been working diligently on my Power Point presentation and artist talk for the SAQA Oregon conference on Thursday. I think I have it ready to go. Tomorrow morning, I am going to speak it out loud to Scooter and see how long it takes. I used to do a lot of public speaking, but it has been a looong time so I am a bit nervous.

This is my 1999th post. Wordless Wednesday will be 2000. So, I will do my giveaway in a couple days after that.

How to Print a Mosaic (or not)

February 27th, 2014


Lesley Riley is the queen bee of The Printed Fabric Bee this month. She asked for a mosaic theme using yellow/orange, purple and fuchsia.

My original plan was to use potato dextrin spread on fabric to dry and crackle.


I did this once in a workshop and had some great results.


However, I think I did not spread the dextrin thickly enough so I did not get a good crackle. So I went to a backup of making a thermofax screen. My first screen was 4 inches square and since Lesley asked for a 12 x 12 inch finished piece, I could do three across and down. I am really missing the big padded print table that I have had since we moved here. I am working in a much smaller space and since I am a quite messy, I had several blips. So this is the first printing that I did. I used a pale turquoise fabric for the background


I dropped a splotch of yellow on the print and had to do a fix so I brushed more yellow, pink and purple across the piece. I kind of liked it. Then, I saw that I had put the fabric down on a splotch of yellow paint on the print table so the back looked very untidy. I had another problem, I needed to do a 6 inch piece for our give away. The four inch screen did not work for that so I made a new 3 inch screen. Here is what I printed. It is a darker turquoise. So, I printed another 12 inch piece using the 3 inch screen. That is up at the top. I think I will send them both to Lesley.


That reminds me, I just got all of my wonky lines pieces so I should photograph them so you can see what great pieces I got.

On another note, I am not going to get my piece finished for the master class. I was turning into a crazy lady because Mr C decided we would buy a new car this week. I will be driving it quite a bit so I had to be involved. Spending time with car salesmen is an interesting activity. Not one that I enjoy. We ended up buying a new Prius 5 which we will pick up tomorrow. I drove it this morning and really loved it. I picked sea glass pearl for the color.

We have interviewed one estate sale person. A second one is coming tomorrow. When will my life return to a semblance of normalcy, and what will that be like?

Wordless Wednesday

February 26th, 2014

WW 2-26

Making Progress

February 24th, 2014


I have so many projects going on that I can’t possibly get bored! I am making a bit of progress of filling in the movement piece for my class with Elizabeth Barton. It is tedious, but I think I will like the end result. Here is my workspace:


I have a teflon sheet over the pattern that I printed and my sketch nearby so that I can work on the values.

I am also quilting Paige’s quilt. We are going to CA in mid-March for her birthday and it needs to be finished. I am doing tedious straight line quilting on the diagonal through the squares.


I have been plagued with aches and pains. First, I have had a flare up of carpal tunnel in my tight hand. I tend to cramp my hand at night when I am stressed so I have found that if I wear a wrist stabilizer to bed, it really helps. I also have developed a cantankerous lower back pain. I am icing it, doing stretches and bought some new walking shoes.

On another note, we have decided that a condo or townhouse to purchase may not become available any time soon, so we are renting a very small (718 sq. ft.) apartment in downtown, near the art museum ane the theater where we attend the symphony and  close to the light rail and the street car. We move in April 7th and will have a moving sale soon after that.

Only four more posts until my 2000th. Stay tuned for some nice giveaways in celebration!