Sunday, September 17, 2017

Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop

Hello from the road...
I've been stitching across America again. 
I was in Cleveland for a week with Quilting Arts TV. 
My 3 segments will air next spring. More to follow.

Now I'm in New York for Quilters Take Manhattan
I'm catching up with great friends and learning new things. 

Then off to Connecticut to sew with Mom, 
and from there to Colorado Springs to stitch with Liz Kettle. 
I'll be teaching at The Thread Lab: Wonderfil Threaducation Center  
Colorado Springs Sept 21-24. 
Come Play with Me!

Welcome to Day 7 of the 
Batiks Gone Retro Blog Hop 
featuring the amazing fabric line by Tamarinis for Island Batik.
 Tammy Silvers is the quilter and fabric designer behind Tamarinis.
The collection includes a variety of whimsical and delightful, mid-century inspired prints. 
You can find Tammy and her entire line at: batiks-go-retro.

I stitched a tote bag for the introduction of Tammy's fabric line at Spring Quilt Market. I used a variety of this incredible fabric line without a pattern since I typically create as I go. 
I begin laying out fabric, cutting and stitching until a shape begins to form. 

In addition to the tote bag, I played with more fabrics to 
create 2 wall pieces with more vintage trailers in mind. 
I love Airstream trailers and had fun using my designs with Tammy's fabric. 

My technique is spontaneous and intuitive. I use MistyFuse ( to add a thin fusible layer to the back of my fabrics and then begin cutting shapes without a pattern. These are then ironed onto a background fabric.
 My favorite step is using free-motion stitching with black thread to add detail.
 My lines are quick and sketchy, random and imprecise. 

What a treat it was for me to experiment and play with this inspiring fabric line!

The entire Batiks Gone Retro Blog Hop schedule is below. 
Be sure to visit them all!:

Sept 11th: Island Batik, Aurifil Thread and
Sept 12th: Susan Emory Swirly Girls Designs
Sept 13th: Toni Smith Quiltoni
Sept 14th: Terri Sontra Purple Moose Designs
Sept 15th: Kris Poor  Poor House Quilt Design
Sept 16th: Tammy Silvers Tamarinis
Sept 17th: Libby Williamson
Sept 18th: Sandra Johnson  Sandra Johnson Designs
Sept 19th: Linda Pearl One Quilting Cirlce
Sept 20th: Kate Colleran  Seams Like a Dream
Sept 21st: Jo Hillstead Fat Quarter Gypsy

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Welcome to the the last stop on the 'hopscotch' Blog Hop

 by Jamie Fingal for RJR fabric

"Purple Joins a Flock of Orange"

My friend Jamie Fingal, who has her art studio a mile up the street from mine in Orange, California, is soon to release another fabric line which she has designed for RJR fabrics. This extensive line will debut at Spring Market in St. Louis later this month. Referred to as a super blender line, these 'tone-on-tone' fabrics, printed in Jamie's signature riot of bold color, 
will be prominently displayed in the RJR booth.

I was invited by Jamie to create an 18" x 18" sample quilt using fabrics I selected from her new line. It was a difficult job. There are over 80 choices!
I have been lucky enough to see Jamie's extensive journal collection that she fills daily with drawings in her unique and whimsical style. It was from these sketchbooks that RJR narrowed her designs down until 11 were selected, a difficult task as her collection of images is so vast. These 11 drawings were each printed in several color-ways, amounting to the full collection of 83 prints! 

Eighteen of Jamie's new fabrics have been incorporated into my sample quilt, 
allowing for a blend of rich color and a subtle variety of hues.



One proud purple bird is welcomed into a flock of orange and yellow.

I added a bit of fun to the back side. One more orange bird heading home to the flock.

This wraps up our blog hop for Jamie's new incredible fabric line, 'hopscotch' by RJR fabrics.
Amazing, right!
Thank you for visiting.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hound-Dogs Aplenty

September 2016

Hound-Dogs Aplenty!

My Pack of Hounds, my litter of puppies, my dear little doggies...
This series of pups was created for a few art shows that I've been in and most all have been adopted. I shall miss my furry friends.

Monday, October 10, 2016

My Quirky Little Watercolor Flowers

September 6, 2016

Quirky Flowers: Sketching and Watercolor

In addition to all of my other art loves, I enjoy sketching and water color painting.
Odd and wonky, these silly flowers melt my heart.


Doodling in my sketchbook while letting my mind wander often results in Magic.

Working rapidly while drifting off, I love the spontaneous nature of these sketches.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Lion King, Harlem-Style

May 2015

Looking Back...

Democracy Prep
Harlem NYC


Katie, the cute kid on the left, my mom "Mimi", and me at the opening night of the Lion King.
 Katie is the principal at a middle school in Harlem and my mom has volunteered to be costume designer and maker and doer and everything else for several of the plays. 
She is just about the best volunteer and mom to ever walk the planet. This was a challenge to create the Lion King costumes for the whole school cast and it took my mom about six months working nonstop to sew these amazing costumes. Those giant animal heads were no easy task.
By luck, my cousin is married to one of the percussion musicians with the Broadway production. Robert was able to score tickets for the entire sixth grade and the rest of the cast. 
My mom got to go along as well.
In addition to attending the matinee Broadway production, about eight of the Katie's student cast members and my mother we're invited backstage to meet the Broadway cast and the costume director. 
Kind of an incredible experience!
 They got up close and personal and were able to touch the incredible costumes,
appreciate the behind the scenes activities and were shown how the costumes work.
I'm so very proud of my mom and my kid!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Apron for Sallianne

August 22, 2016

Apron for Sallianne

My friend, Sallianne McClelland, who owns the fabulous International 'Art Is You' retreats, lives in Australia and is soliciting handmade art aprons for her Apron Project, which supports The Hornsby Kuringgai Women's Shelter in St. Ives, NSW Australia. 

I made a canvas apron and began covering it with loads and loads of hand stitched 
and painted pockets.

Each pocket represented a potted succulent or flowering plant.

Some of the pockets had the roots of the plants deep inside the pockets.

I used my hand painted fabrics and free motion stitching and appliqué to create all of the images.
I felt humbled and grateful to be able to contribute to this worthy cause.
Visit "" for more information.

Monday, August 15, 2016

American Girl Doll Fashion Camp

August 2016

During my summers when kids are out of school, I teach a girls sewing camp which incorporate 5 days of hand and machine sewing. We make outfits and create jewelry and accessories based on the theme of each camp. We've had Birthday Party Camp, Sleepover Camp, Mexican Fiesta Camp, and most recently a Girl Scout Camp-out.

These camps are less about how to sew meticulously and more about playing with the sewing machine to make fabulous creative costumes for the dolls. The grand finale is a fashion show on our red carpet runway!
I condensed this class into a three hour birthday party as well. Always a hit!

These camps that top the list for my summer fun, are held in my studio at the Dragonfly in Old Towne Orange, CA