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This Time of Year…

I was almost a Halloween baby having been born the day before and have always enjoyed the end of October. When our kids were little I loved making their costumes and painting their faces. My daughter is an artist and draws original cards for most special occasions around here and they usually feature a cat. The design on this little art quilt was from a birthday card she gave me a few years ago, which I enlarged, traced onto fabric, painted, layered with batik, batting and felt, then quilted. It was fun to make… I may even quilt it some more!

This tiny pumpkin is my fiber art contribution to the Halloween/Autumn festivities this year. I will be making a short video on just how I made it and later share some other projects it could be added to (Here it is on a greeting card with free-motion stitching).

Spring Surprises

We’ve lived in our house for over thirty years and though there have plenty of alligator lizard sightings this is the first year we have spotted them copulating – three pairs in two day! It looks like quite a violent act and can last for hours. Luckily kitty didn’t notice the pair next to the BBQ on “her” deck! I have a good photo of that pair but seeing as the females head is in the male’s mouth I have decided to spare you and instead post another MeAnndering (on paper) piece, Kona supporting me in my art, and a piece that is under the quilting needle right now. Don’t let the patchwork fool you, I plan on painting it (more about that in a later post). How is the weather where you are?

MeAnndering Cat Head

My daughter, Zoey, was kind enough to draw a cat head pattern for me so that I could MeAnnder (aka doodle) on paper. She works digitally and makes it look so easy! Up under the Patterns and Supply List tab I’ve added the cat head pattern uncolored; for those of you who like to doodle and another cat head that I MeAnndered, so it’s ready for you color! I used felt tip markers but crayons, color pencils, or paints could be used instead. If you and/or someone you know uses the patterns I’d love to see the finished masterpieces!

Coming soon I’ll be sharing a couple MeAnndered heart projects and another free pattern.

Something New and a Little Green

herbs july

I was gifted an herb planter set for Mother’s Day (from my Mister), and even though they were in a sunny window, it wasn’t going well until I placed them outside in the (filtered) sun. At first I thought – In jars without drain holes, bad idea but… Now they are very happy and I don’t feel like a plant killer! Hopefully the cilantro (the one I most wanted) won’t bolt.

herbs august 7

I’m not a watercolor on paper artist but because I made the mistake of leash training Kona, I seem to be spending more time out on the kitchen deck, so I decided to try my hand.

kona

I admire anyone who can paint Plein Air… I’m intimidated by it!

herbs watercolor
Painted on Watercolor Postcards stock (it’s tiny)

Back in the studio where I feel more confident… Here is a little detail of my most recent Photograph on Fiber series piece. It will be on display at the San Diego Quilt Show August 30 (evening Preview Party) through September 3, 2016. After the piece professionally photographed I’ll share it on the blog.

still moring detail
Hand painted whole cloth, stamped using hand made stamps, and machine quilted.

As I was writing this about twenty green parrots flew over… such a perfect ending!

Hot days and garden time

Although I have been quilting up a storm (This is the back view of my most recent painted whole cloth), we have had warm days and I’ve spent extra time out in the gardens.

Back of fiber and Photography piece in progress.
Back of fiber and Photography piece in progress.
walk this way bk2

There has been a kitty hanging around ( we have name it “The Cat”) and she is trying to adopt us much to the dismay of our house cat, Kona.

The Cat
The Cat

I actually have Roma tomatoes growing and hope we get to taste them before the critters and bugs get to them.
roma

I had to transplant a pretty little tree from a pot out back to the front garden at the wrong time (it was blooming like mad) and I can hardly believe it continues to bloom and didn’t die.

Duranta Erecta
Duranta Erecta

And then I rediscovered this little garden goose (may be a duck but “garden goose” is much more fun to say!). from my dear sister, next to violets that came from my late mother. They have been moved many times as I have redesigned and replanted the front landscaping. I’m very happy to see them again and look forward to seeing their sweet little flowers.

the goose

How are the summer sights and sounds in your part of the world?