Thursday, June 24, 2010
It was great to have Jason, Aimee and my parents join me for the weekend in Seattle. What I love about being close to the ocean is the wonderful seafood that it offers. We had a great meal at a local restaurant on the wharf.
We also went to the aquarium and walked down to the Olympic Sculpture park which over looks the bay. Pikes market as usual is very fun to visit. I loved the blanket of color from all the flowers in the market especially all the Peonies which were in full bloom.
The seafood at the market was a visual feast.
The weather was perfect all weekend and it was really great to spend time together. I then flew home and Aimee and Jason returned to Spokane to spend time with my family.
Have a great week.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I had a great time in Seattle. My class was filled with very creative students who all pushed themselves to try new stitches and work with new textural fabrics.
I was in heaven as Quiltworks Northwest is also a bead store and they have an incredible selection of beads for embellishment. So as you can imagine I also had the opportunity to buy some fun stuff for my stash.
Some students added more textures to the background piece before we layered the leaves, birds, berries and branches.
This leaf is embellished with a fly stitch using seagrass and bullions using a Valdani perle cotton. These are two of my favorite threads. These berries are embellished with a variegated Valdani thread which completely changes the look using a fly stitch and then below using a combination of the fly stitch and bullion knots.
As you can see even though all the students started with a similar background each piece is starting to take on its own journey.
Thanks so much to Stacie, Susan and Chardel for making me feel so welcome and taking such good care of me.
Friday, June 11, 2010
I am excited to post the second collection of six hand painted Needle Point designs by Patty Bommarito from www.PattyPaints.net. I love the way she captures my work. They are fun and colorful. It makes me want to take up a new hobby! If you love to do handwork these would be great fun to stitch.
These Magnolia canvases are taken from my Magnolia Quilt. Named after a small town I love in Ohio.Magnolia Robins
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
What fun I had teaching in SLC! My good friend Kerry Green organizes this retreat. We had 18
students and the workshop was help at Elaine's Quilt Store in SLC. It was wonderful to see projects that my students had made from previous classes as well as some of my patterns.
This is Marianne's version of my Journey Tote from my 'Urban Sacs' book. I love her color combination.This was last years workshop project a block from the 'Magnolia' Quilt.
This year I added a small project to the workshop which were these wonderful little pin cushions all with different personalities.
As the main piece for the workshop the students worked on a piece called 'Bird Play'. They came to class with the foundation appliqued then we spent two days embellishing and adding layers. Each student added individual character to their piece adding layers, beads and stitches to their birds.
It was fun to see their embellished leaves and berries. I was amazed at the assortment of techniques they all used.
After the workshop I was spent a very relaxing weekend at Kerry and Dales new cabin in the Mountains near Provo Canyon, Utah . I got to spend the days sitting on the deck watching the deer and hummingbirds while I sewed away at a new piece I was embellishing.
Many thanks to both of you for sharing this special place.
Today I travelled to Seattle where I will be teaching a two day workshop at Quilt Works Northwest in Bellevue, WA.
Will keep you posted on the great embellishments my students create here.