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Saturday, June 22nd, 2013



As the Super Moon also known as the Strawberry Moon, shines brightly tonight, I have been spending the day trying to discharge a moon shape on a red background.

My first attempts were on red silk and red cotton. The silk was a bust.




The cotton discharge was pretty good, but I decided it was too small.



I cut a larger freezer paper stencil and discharged again.



The result was the photo at the top of this post. I am very happy with it.

I finished the red organza collage, edges and all. It looks great. Tomorrow, I will stitch the red cotton to the pre-felt and shrink it and hope I get good results!!


An Epiphany

Friday, June 21st, 2013



At some point over the last 24 hours, ir occurred to me that one of the printing blocks I bought on Wednesday would be a great counterpoint to the work I have done so far on the red organza collage. It is always a leap of faith to print on a piece that is well underway and quilted, to boot. But, I really like how it has taken this piece to a new level.

I did some discharge on red silk and red cotton. It is drying and I will heat it tomorrow to see what happens. I am still hoping to do another shrinky dink quilt.

Have a great week-end and happy solstice!

That Was Fun!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013



I had a great time spending the day with Diane Hock, yesterday. We met downtown for lunch. Steph joined us and had to leave to take Mia to visit a friend. She is really busy this week with 3191Q project deadlines. It was a bit rainy and a bit sunny, but we enjoyed walking around the Pearl district and doing a bit of shopping. Our first stop was Blick Art where I bought a tube of Invisible Glove. Has anyone out there tried this. Supposedly, you can coat your hands with this before getting into paint, dyes and other stuff and it will wash right off.



I also bought some Dyna-flow paint, some time easels for tiny art and some drawing pens.

Our next stop was Cargo Imports. This store is a visual treat for the eyes. The photo at the top is of some Chinese furniture in wonderful colors. I found some beads for my 3×3 project.



They had just gotten in a shipment of wood printing blocks. I bought these two. They are really awesome, especially that large wavy one.





We also went to Mill Ends our near my house where I found a Vogue pattern that I have been looking for.

Our last stop was the Moreland Farmer’s Market where I bought salmon and fresh veggies for dinner, some wonderful bread for Diane and Mr C and some raspberries for the freezer.

It was really great to get caught up with Diane and the happenings in my old guild and the art quilt group that I started and now has 40+ members. She left this morning for Port Townsend and then is going on to Victoria and then back to Oregon for further adventures before heading back to California.

I got the quilting done on the background of the red organza collage.



I added some of the red/black organza squares. I keep changing the layout.



I am now hand stitching them in place.



I have to keep working to reach all my goals. Life is good, but the weather is lousy. Fortunately, we only have to wait a bit for it to get better.

On a side note, my daughter Lisa, has an interview in the latest O magazine about her love of collecting. Proud of both of my daughters.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013


Time to Think and Dream

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013



I am enjoying life at the moment. So nice to have time to stop and smell the roses. I really tried to pace myself over the past few months, but now I realize how nice it is to have a bit more time to just be.

I am happy with the background of this piece. Every thing is fused down but the smaller pieces on the top. I will probably do some machine quilting before I add more. I am in danger of doing too much. The small red pieces are just areas where I plan to do some red stitching.

I am excited that Diane Hock is in Portland. Steph and I are meeting her for lunch tomorrow and then I we will find something fun to do before we come back to my house where she will spend the night. Most of you probably know that Diane was a good friend when we lived in Santa Rosa. She started Twelve by Twelve and the Artful Quilters Web Ring. I owe her big time for including me in the Twelve project.