Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My book arrived!

It's the day I've been waiting for! My book arrived! But I waited for Claire to get home from school to take this video of me opening the box!
 

Fair to say I'm excited?

I've listed the book in my Etsy shop for pre-order. As a special THANK YOU for purchasing the book from me, I'm including a fat eighth of original surface design fabric with the first 50 books purchased directly from me, either in my Etsy shop or in person here in the Dallas area or at my upcoming workshops. The book won't ship until late September, but I've got fabric ready to tuck in envelopes.



Can you believe I'm an author?



Friday, August 12, 2016

Texas Hill Country

We've been traveling a bunch this summer including a great trip right here in Texas.

We took a road trip to the "hill country."


We started with a stop at Colorado Bend State Park.


We've all got our summer hiking shoes -- Keen sandals!


I really wanted to hike to Gorman Falls. And it did not disappoint.




It was hot and the hike was pretty rugged.


A rest was needed.


Driving further south and west, we made a stop at Dairy Queen where we discovered they have discontinued the Snickers Blizzard. We made due with Reeses and cookie and dough, but why would they do that?!


We also had a fun time watching these odd ducks and geese in the parking lot.


Our next stop was Enchanted Rock. Another hike I'd read about and really wanted to do. It's a giant pluton batholith. Basically a huge mass of granite pushing out of the earth.

Just rock and sun. I think that's Claire at the top.


These pictures make it look somewhat deserted, but actually there were several hikers, school camp groups, people of all ages.



This is the back side of the rock. We hiked to the top, then criss-crossed our way down, then all around the base. It reminded me a little of Devil's Tower.


We stayed in Marble Fall where we had to have pie at the Blue Bonnet Cafe.


We also visited a Texas home and garden decor shop. Where I did not buy this stuffed squirrel who just caught a fish.


Our last stop was Longhorn Caverns. We love cave tours. Honestly, the best part of this one was the excellent video about the Civilian Conservation Corps which built most of the buildings around the caves. Plus prepared the caves themselves for tours. Isn't this a fabulous old stone lodge?


The entrance to the caves is wonderful too.


As we made our way back home, we stopped at an amazing BBQ place.


We got to meet Robert and Penny. They were charming. Robert prepares the meat and Penny makes all the desserts. Both were delicious!

Texas is so big and there is still so much to see and do, but this was a great trip.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Teaching at International Quilt Festival

Registration for International Quilt Festival in Houston is open! 

You'll find me at these six events. I'm super excited about each and every one of them. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to see you! 

246 Small Stitched Landscape on Tuesday, November 1 from 9 to noon

Create small fabric compositions full of texture, color and stitching inspired by nature. Each student will design four 4x4 inch art quilts that can be mounted as an inspired grouping. Learn intuitive tricks for design and composition. Explore several hand embroidery stitches. Combine various fabrics for maximum effect and detail. Composition and some stitching will be completed in class.
This class is going to so relaxed and fun! I'm going to have tons of nature-inspired fabrics and threads to choose from and we'll start Quilt Festival week stitching with new friends. 

265 Head, Heart and Hands: Developing Your Creative Voice, Tuesday, November 1 from 2 to 5 pm
Learn to fully utilize your head, heart and hands in your creative process as you develop your own unique and original creative voice. Prompts, lists, exercises, mind-maps and lots of Q&A will generate lightbulb moments for understanding your art. Students will share finished quilts and discuss themes, possibilities and potential in each other's work. "He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist." — St. Francis
This is my newest passion! Helping artists understand, develop and focus on their own personal unique voices! You will come away with new insights about yourself and where to go with your art.

309 Creativi-Tree Art Quilts, Wednesday, November 2 from 8 am to 5 pm

Create a small art quilt with a delightful tree using a simple formula plus interchangeable patterns. Explore layers of design and hand stitching. Try colorful, surface design printing. Super fun, uncomplicated process makes this a great project to explore the possibilities of fabric, paint and stitching. Students can add machine stitching at home.
This workshop includes a variety of super fun fabric kits to choose from. It's amazing to see how many unique trees are created by different students... even though we all work through the same steps!

555 Friday Sampler, Friday, November 4 from 10 am to noon
Captivating Compositions: Ideas and Inspiration for Design



Many artists have a hard time getting started. Deborah shares eight design guides that can be used as templates or possibilities for design and composition. She'll demo tips and tricks for creating quilts with great design.
I'll be designing on the fly! Come watch me create with fabric and talk through easy ideas for composition and deciding "what next!"

561 All About Art Quilts Lecture, Friday, November 4 from 2 to 3 pm

What exactly is an art quilt? What can you look for in the art quilt category at a quilt show? Deborah will share a fun overview of art quilting including lots of pictures and examples. She'll touch on style, techniques, history and prize winning quilters. Art quilters and traditional quilters will enjoy this casual, fun, fast-paced, informative program.
This lecture is great for traditional, modern AND art quilters! It is full of tons of beautiful images. You'll come away inspired.

740 Saturday Sampler, Saturday, November 5 from 10 to noon
Creating and Printing with Foam Stamps

Deborah will demo creating original stamps using sticky-back fun foam. Tons of ideas for patterns, details, and design. Print fabric with these stamps to use in art quilts, collage and mixed media creations. Tips and tricks for maximizing creativity and fun!
Simple tools and techniques for stupendous results. Surface design doesn't have to be complicated. I'll be wearing my apron, stamping a bunch of fabric and sharing tips for creating unique fabrics.
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Teaching at International Quilt Festival

Registration for International Quilt Festival in Houston is open! 

You'll find me at these six events. I'm super excited about each and every one of them. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to see you! 

246 Small Stitched Landscape on Tuesday, November 1 from 9 to noon

Create small fabric compositions full of texture, color and stitching inspired by nature. Each student will design four 4x4 inch art quilts that can be mounted as an inspired grouping. Learn intuitive tricks for design and composition. Explore several hand embroidery stitches. Combine various fabrics for maximum effect and detail. Composition and some stitching will be completed in class.
This class is going to so relaxed and fun! I'm going to have tons of nature-inspired fabrics and threads to choose from and we'll start Quilt Festival week stitching with new friends. 

265 Head, Heart and Hands: Developing Your Creative Voice, Tuesday, November 1 from 2 to 5 pm

Learn to fully utilize your head, heart and hands in your creative process as you develop your own unique and original creative voice. Prompts, lists, exercises, mind-maps and lots of Q&A will generate lightbulb moments for understanding your art. Students will share finished quilts and discuss themes, possibilities and potential in each other's work. "He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist." — St. Francis
This is my newest passion! Helping artists understand, develop and focus on their own personal unique voices! You will come away with new insights about yourself and where to go with your art.

309 Creativi-Tree Art Quilts, Wednesday, November 2 from 8 am to 5 pm

Create a small art quilt with a delightful tree using a simple formula plus interchangeable patterns. Explore layers of design and hand stitching. Try colorful, surface design printing. Super fun, uncomplicated process makes this a great project to explore the possibilities of fabric, paint and stitching. Students can add machine stitching at home.
This workshop includes a variety of super fun fabric kits to choose from. It's amazing to see how many unique trees are created by different students... even though we all work through the same steps!

555 Friday Sampler, Friday, November 4 from 10 am to noon
Captivating Compositions: Ideas and Inspiration for Design



Many artists have a hard time getting started. Deborah shares eight design guides that can be used as templates or possibilities for design and composition. She'll demo tips and tricks for creating quilts with great design.
I'll be designing on the fly! Come watch me create with fabric and talk through easy ideas for composition and deciding "what next!"

561 All About Art Quilts Lecture, Friday, November 4 from 2 to 3 pm

What exactly is an art quilt? What can you look for in the art quilt category at a quilt show? Deborah will share a fun overview of art quilting including lots of pictures and examples. She'll touch on style, techniques, history and prize winning quilters. Art quilters and traditional quilters will enjoy this casual, fun, fast-paced, informative program.
This lecture is great for traditional, modern AND art quilters! It is full of tons of beautiful images. You'll come away inspired.

740 Saturday Sampler, Saturday, November 5 from 10 to noon
Creating and Printing with Foam Stamps

Deborah will demo creating original stamps using sticky-back fun foam. Tons of ideas for patterns, details, and design. Print fabric with these stamps to use in art quilts, collage and mixed media creations. Tips and tricks for maximizing creativity and fun!
Simple tools and techniques for stupendous results. Surface design doesn't have to be complicated. I'll be wearing my apron, stamping a bunch of fabric and sharing tips for creating unique fabrics.
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Liberating Composition... an article in Quilting Arts magazine

I'm in the newest issue of Quilting Arts magazine!



My article is titled...


I created four quilts using the same composition. Here are two of them hanging in my living room.


I am especially thrilled that they included my little thumbnail sketches. You can see them on the bottom of these pages.

I think it helps explain my process. Plus, I always love looking at sketches. I hope others do too.

I also love looking at in progress shots. Those weren't appropriate for this article, but I can share some sneak peeks with you here.






You can easily see the similarities in composition here, right? It's the stitching and details that make them unique.

Have you read the article? I'd love to know what resonated with you. And I'd LOVE to see a collection of quilts using this idea!

You may remember in early May that Quilting Arts had a survey asking readers to pick their favorite cover. I was thrilled to be included, but ultimately not surprised that they picked the birds. They are beautiful and unique! I think realistic imagery probably sells better --- and that's what the cover is all about.



I'll just have to keep submitting work and hope to be a cover girl someday!

It is especially delightful to be in an issue with so many other artists who I am honored to call my friends including Susie Monday who's back page column is profound and beautiful. Susan Brusker Knapp shares several awesome free motion quilting motifs. Frances Holliday Alford has a great system for sewing on the go. And Lorie McCown sings the praises of hand stitching -- I'm singing along with her, you know!



Did you notice my new book is mentioned in my bio?! I still can hardly believe I wrote a book.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Another Bowl Quilt!

I am thrilled to share my newest art quilt, Provisions.
I'm also thrilled to say it's been juried into the Dinner at Eight special Exhibition: Patterns. It will premier at International Quilt Festival in Houston in October. It's 40x40. Here a short statement about the patterns I was thinking of when I created it. 

People create consistent patterns of seeking and finding nourishment. We need to provide for physical, emotional and creative sustenance. Sometimes a seed grows into a plant and makes its way to the dinner table. Sometimes a seed grows into an idea that cultivates inspiration.

I'm continuing with the bowl thing. And always exploring new ways to layer fabric, paint and stitch.

Here's an early in-progress shot where I was considering including a giant spoon. 


Thankfully, I realized that was a terrible idea.

Another in progress shot where the major elements are just being refined.


Here I've added the small sprouts along the "horizon" line. And the stem of the wheat. At this point, I'm envisioning what it needs with surface design and stitching.


I made a foam stamp with this fork, spoon and knife imagery and used a bit of tan and navy paint to make the prints.


I machine stitched stones into the ground sections.

I hand stitched my beloved Ys. Plus machine stitched outlines of the sprouts, both the fabric sprouts and some with just the machine stitched outline.

I had a tough time deciding how to quilt the background and what color thread to use.

I ended up stitching a grid-like pattern inspired by the cross stitches. You may be able to see the faint blue marked lines above. I used those as a general guide. You can see the subtle motif here.

The idea of free motion stitching a motif within a marked grid is a new technique for me. I like it! I'll definitely do that again.

I toyed with the idea of titling this piece Need Seed Feed. I like the simplicity of the rhyme and symbolism. But, I just never really warmed up to it.


Then I spent lots of time jumping from one word to another on an online thesaurus and ended up with Provisions, which actually has many slight variations in definition. I like the sound of it and I hope viewers see the quilt and the title and make their own connections.