Monday, July 18, 2016

Purrfectly Patterned

Last month I got one of those exciting know....the kind where you find out you are accepted into a juried show/event? This quilt, Purrfectly Patterned, was accepted to exhibit with "Patterns", the 2016 Dinner at Eight Artists exhibition, which will debut at the Houston International Quilt Festival this fall.

The quilt was made to a theme of "patterns" and it is 40" square. To read more about the Dinner at Eight Artists, please click here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Stencils

I designed some new 12" x 24" stencils for StencilGirl a few months ago and today they are now available. I love working with these larger stencils. They work so well with painting on large pieces of fabric. The following samples are painted on cotton duck fabric and can be used for any number of sewing projects.

When I paint on fabric that will be sewn into a pillow cover, tote bag, or whatever, I like to use textile paints as they have a softer hand when dry and that makes for an ideal sewing experience.

The following table runner was hemmed before I painted and then I used artist acrylic paints and finished off with a coat of water-based varnish to make a surface that is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth if needed.

Pillow covers are always a fun and quick project and I share a tutorial on how to make one with a zipper closure. Click here for the Pillow Cover Tutorial.

You will find all these new stencils and all the ones I have designed in the past on the StencilGirl web site. Click here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Newsletter Again

I recently decided to send out a newsletter. I had one in the past and it sort of fizzled out. So here I go again. All new newsletter list, all new information. I will be sending the first one out before the end of June, date not yet determined. But I'm working on it...yay!

If you would like to sign up to receive my newsletter, I welcome you to do so. You can follow this link to my website:, or there is a sign up area in the side bar of my blog.

I plan to send one out once a month and there will also be a fun little bonus for all who are currently subscribing. I plan to randomly draw a subscriber email from the list and post it in each newsletter. If the owner of that email contacts me they will be the lucky winner of a scrap pack of fabrics that I hand printed and/or hand dyed.

And just because I love to share photos here on the blog, following is a series of photos of a handbag I made last week. This bag is actually for me as I was desperately in need of a new bag.

Cute little story...As I was working on this bag it dawned on me that all the exterior fabrics are ones that I dyed and/or painted and printed. The only commercial fabric is a batik with dots that I used as the inside lining. I asked hubby what he thought of my new bag and his comment..."I like the dot fabric on the inside." (Insert eye roll here) Yes, that's a hubby for you. They really have no clue. I didn't tell him either.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hand Stitching

I have always loved the look of hand quilting or hand stitching. The simple running stitch is my favorite and I feel like it has become more popular as I feel like I see it everywhere.

I thought I would take a piece of fabric I had dyed using a stencil and outline the shapes. The piece you see below was not quite finished at the time the photo was taken but I've since finished the hand stitching. It currently is waiting for me to finish it. It will become a pillow cover.

Here is another project I am currently working on and I'm again stitching with the running stitch. I love the silk scarves you see with the Kantha stitches running through the fabrics so I thought I'd try this out with some silk sari fabric I have in my stash.

And below are a couple of scenes from my garden. We have had some unusually hot weather the past couple of days. I must say this has been an extremely weird year for us, weather-wise. We had a very early spring and now we are getting weather that we should normally get later in the summer. My garden perennials are growing like they are on steroids. I have never seen everything look so lush and full of blooms.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thank You

I would like to thank all of you who celebrated my blog anniversary with me last month. Many of you took advantage of the discount I offered in my Etsy shop and I appreciate that with all my heart. Here's to keeping up with blogging.

I do find blogging to be a bit more challenging these days, especially with fast and easy posting that one can do on Instagram and Facebook with a smartphone. I am writing this post with a new app on my phone and I hope it proves to be a useful tool.

So what have I been doing for the past month? Well I worked on some projects with deadlines. A couple of which I can't share here yet but sometime next month I can.

This art quilt was one I made and it is my donation to SAQA for their annual benefit auction held this fall. 


I've been working in my garden a lot lately and enjoying the fresh fragrances around me.  Gardening and getting priority projects completed have kept me from doing my screen printing but I'm hoping to get back to that soon.

Happy June to you!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Celebrating 10 Years - SALE

Oh goodness!!! This month marks 10 years that I have been blogging here. Wow! I can hardly believe it.

To celebrate, I am offering a 20% discount in my Etsy shop on all items, minimum $25 purchase. This offer expires May 31.

If you would like to take advantage of the 20% discount, please use the following discount code when checking out:  10YEARS2016

If you would like to see what I have available, please visit:

Thanks for looking and thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

Monday, May 2, 2016

StencilClub Stencils

How Does Your Garden Grow?

StencilGirl's May StencilClub stencils are revealed and I am excited to say that I designed them. To see more of these stencils, please click the video below for an introduction.

If you would like more information about how StencilClub works, please visit this link:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Screen Printed Fabrics Now Available

I'm so happy to share with you that I have gotten my fat quarter bundles listed in my Etsy shop. It feels good to have met that goal. Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Screen Printed Textiles

I have been overwhelmed, frustrated, and thrilled all at the same time recently. It's been crazy busy around here and I feel like I am hitting brick walls when it comes to trying to meet my own personal deadlines. I'm happy to say that those walls are crumbling down and I'm getting closer. Closer to what, you ask?  Getting my hand printed fabrics ready and listed in my Etsy shop. In fact, I'm hoping to get the first bundles listed by this coming Friday?  The key word there is "hoping". 

I am loving learning all about the screen printing process. There are so many steps to try and become skilled at within the process, and some of those steps have been very challenging. Early on when I decided to pursue this idea of creating my own line of printed fabrics, I was planning to use my Thermofax screens exclusively. Well it didn't take me very long to figure out that the scale I really wanted to do things in was not ideal for Thermofax screens. So I proceeded to learn how to print textiles with a typical screen printing process. One where you create your design on the screen with the photo emulsion process. While I have gotten better with the skills and am able to produce some usable homemade screens, I have also purchased some screens from an online source where they will prepare the screens with my image.

The photos in this post show a bit of what I've been doing for the past few weeks. It's been an exciting new journey for me and I can't wait to become even more skilled with the techniques of screen printing. It seems that every day brings new challenges that I need to figure out and hopefully master.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Lots of Piecing

While I've been getting things in order for my screen printing work space and waiting on a few items that I ordered to make printing sessions easier, I have been doing some quilt construction.  My pile of quilts that need to be quilted is growing like crazy. Why is it so much easier to start a new quilt than to finish one that is already started?

The quilt above is made with Alison Glass fabric. I used both Handcrafted and Handcrafted 2 fabrics and the block is called Flowering Snowball. I found the block in my EQ program, but I ended up altering it slightly. . . so I guess it should be called Altered Flowering Snowball?

The block above is called Tallahassee and I found it at Lots of great blocks at that site. I didn't following directions when making the block, however. I decided to change up the orientation of the block parts and came up with what you see above.

I'm really loving how the spinning stars quilt (above) is looking. This was a free pattern by Anna Maria Horner. I did alter the pattern though. In the original pattern the finished block size is 18". I wanted a smaller block and I also wanted to construct it with the paper piecing method. So I resized it and made paper piecing templates. My block size is 14". I don't know how big this quilt will end up, I'll just keep making blocks until I don't want to anymore or I run out of fabric.