Friday, February 27, 2015

Making a List & Checking it Twice

I was reading a newsletter from Jamie Ridler, one of my favorite creativity bloggers and ran across a reminder about artists dates.

I read her words and thought – WOW! how long has it been since I took myself out for a few hours of venturing or delving into something just for myself?
In LA it seemed much easier – so many choices,
and yet there are plenty of choices in Kentucky,
but I just haven’t thought about it such a long time.

It is time to draw up a list..
One with places near and far –
with inside opps
a few outside opps  - with snow and without…

Do you know what I mean by an Artist’s Date?
It was many years ago now that I was introduced to the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. A well written artist’s guide to daily living and finding inspiration. For me I walked away with a couple of item – morning papers and the artist’s date.

Morning papers, where you just write --- whatever pops into your head first thing in the morning. This can help clear your head, identify new ideas, and generally loosen up.

and, the Artist’s Date is just what it sounds like -
permission to take time out for yourself.

I took myself out yesterday for the first of many such outings I am planning.

even the snow did not keep me away
the cart's first offerings

need a solid?

time to head to the cutting table - bolts falling out of cart
the write up....

I'm filling pretty inspired!!

How bout you?
Got an idea of a fun place for your own Artist's Date?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Soups On!!!

Funny how something as simple as a soup recipe can open a floodgate of memories.

A recipe came my way yesterday morning as I was going through my email -- it was enclosed within a fitness pal - 15 hearty soups note. One of them Crockpot Roasted Tomato Garlic Soup!
There was Valentine's Day trip that David and I took many years ago. We were headed for a weekend VD getaway to Cambria, CA and we took a little side trip to a small town just north of Solvang -- Los Olivos. It was a small town but had several galleries and as we made our way through the main street we ended up at the Fess Parker Hotel...
there we had a wonderful lunch -- mine was Garlic Tomato Soup....
amazing, and ever since that day I have searched for a similar recipe.

So, as I sit here there is a batch of this soup in the crockpot and it smells incredible -- and the memories of that side trip return.

The walk after that great lunch...
a couple of purchases made at the galleries that day...
and introduction to the artist Eyvind Earle whose work I still happily turn to today for delight and inspiration..... a true artist of CA's central coast.

All from a soup recipe...
You never know...

Hope your Valentine's Day is made special in some way today!
soup's on at the Hughes.....

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tea, Eagles & Sharing

I have been lucky enough to have been out on Vashon Island WA for the last week. It has been a fun filled week and I am leaving behind a whole gallery of quilts that will remain on exhibit through March 2nd at Island Quilter.

But, early on before the show opening, the workshop and the downtime with my sister we were invited to one of my favorite peoples' homes for tea.

It seems like I have know Christine for many many years, and I love the tea and conversation over at her home. This time was even more exceptional, for as the tea (always great) along with apple slices and something sweet warmed us up -- there was an uninvited eagle that flew close by and then right over the house for a closer peek.
Then the conversation became very special as we turned to chatting about how we each impart a bit of ourselves to other along our journey. As we chatted Christine shared a quilt with us.

It was in fact made from leftover blocks made a long, long time ago by me at a Nancy Crow workshop. These black & white blocks had been thrown into a bag and sent to my sister and she had passed them along to Christine.

Christine had then over-dyed them - and found an entirely new home for these bits in a quilt she was putting together.

It was a wonderful morning, one that will long be remembered for reminding us of how powerful each of us are -- and what the wonder of what comes to us and through us to others.
I'm packing this morning, heading home in a matter of hours....
with lots of goodies, and of course lots of good memories of this time on the island and in the Pacific NW.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Lucky Winner Is!!!

Hi all,
My time zone awareness is a bit out of wack.
& if you follow me on FaceBook you may already have heard of my travel difficulties on Monday --

BUT, I am now happily home with my kitties around me.
both Nikki and Edgar are sticking pretty close.
come on mom, it's time, it's time!
Home, sunshine & mom....
I think Edgar is really just anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner from my own Blog Book Tour Give-Away....

You, too?
I want to thank everyone who took part in the tour -- it has been grand and I wish I could give you each an e-book/ but there can be only 1 winner....
edgar is pleased!
Who's Won?

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Final Fast-Piece Applique Blog Tour Stop

It all comes back to me!

And, I am pretty jazzed that my books made it across the ocean and through customs & through the dock workers slow down in Seattle, in time for their actual release date. My books and the shop owner books have been shipped -- so next week I'll be signing & sending out all the pre-orders. (there is still a very small window - 1/20 is cut-off to order from me to get a signed copy & the free Free-Falling pattern.) FYI-Books ship to Amazon next week -- so they'll be able to start filling their pre-orders after that.


What a grand two weeks this has been. The sharings of my fellow quilt peeps along with all the give away fun. I wished for each of you an opportunity to see all the ins & outs of my new book and a bunch of chances to win an e-book. I also wished for each of you the opportunity to pick up for free twelve #loveletterhearts so that you would have enough to make three long panels if you choose -- like mine.
Some of the stops have already chosen winners for their e-book give-away, but several are still underway.

Each stop though, still has their pattern give-away posted so I will be giving you the direct links to their postings along with their give-away cut off dates and a reminder of their WORD just in case you are starting the tour today.

As you read this I will be catching another plane -- this time to Miami where I'll be spending the weekend with the Ocean Waves Quilters. I'm hoping for a opportunity to run through my old neighborhood (Miami Beach) and put my feet into the waters of the Atlantic. I used to be one of those crazies that went down to the beach to watch the sun come up, but since I will not have a car of my own I probably will not be able to cross this off my list. I will be sure to take pictures & report back if I do!


Here is a listing of all the tour stops direct links, and below you'll find the three last #loveletterhearts patterns just click on the photos to download:

Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Winner already chosen -- KISS pattern

Natalie Barnes
Choosing winner 1/20 -- SOUL pattern

BadAss Quilters
Winner already chosen -- SEXY pattern

Generation Q Magazine
Winner already chosen -- SWAK pattern

Mandy Liens
Choosing winner 1/16 -- LEAP pattern

The Bitchy Stitcher - Megan Dougherty
Choosing winner 1/18 -- LUST pattern

Martingale Publishing
Choosing winner 1/20 -- HUGS pattern

Sam Hunter
Winner already chosen -- FIRE pattern

Choosing winner 1/20 -- SING pattern

And, lastly....
are you ready to try and win a copy of Fast-Piece Applique from ME??
Well, leave me a comment here before 1/19/15 -
mention some idea or quilt pattern
that you'd love to Make it Sew
with Fast-Piece Applique.
I'll be drawing for a winner on the morning of 1/20 and announcing them that day! Winning requires an email addy be available.

Good Luck,
and thanks for coming along with me
& my friends on my first ever Blog Tour!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fast-Piece Applique: Blog Tour Day 9 TAFAlist --- SING

Today I have invited my good friend Rachel Biel to join the fun on the blog tour for Fast-Piece Applique (The Book)! I have to admit that she is one of those people I have met on-line and always wanted to meet in person…(little did I know that we would be neighbors-literally walking distance).

Rachel is amazing in the energy she puts in to making the world a wonderful place for textile artists, and I was/am always in wonder on how hard she works to pull the TAFAlist together/keep it going & growing. When I decided to move to Paducah she was the first person I contacted here. She helped me find my way early on. Now I am always trying to find ways to drag her away from her computer for other fun things.

What is TAFA?

Rachel Biel-TAFA

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List is a membership association of handmade traditional and contemporary textiles and fiber businesses. TAFAlist has over 500 members from 44 countries that either exhibit, sell, teach or all of these.

Rachel Biel-TAFA
There are categories for Vintage, Fair Trade, Fiber Farming, Paper, Sewing, Mixed Media, Supplies, Printed, Weaving, Dyed-Painted, Cultural, Recycled, Embroidery, Felt, Crochet & of course my favorite....
Members are showcased in portfolios with information on what they do and where they are on the web. The List is a visual treat for any lover of textiles, and a must if you make textiles your business.

Rachel's choice for the #loveletterhearts word is SING.

So you'll want to click over and enjoy Rachel's post for the day-
sign up to win an e-copy of my new book
& pick up your free pattern for SING.

Rachel Biel-TAFA

It is truly an honor to be part of TAFA and know Rachel!

Tomorrow it all comes back around to me...
see you then!