"Never have more children than you have car windows."
Erma Bombeck

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Christmas ornament.

My good friend and I got together today to make ornaments. This is the first one that I did. We painted onto fabric, added batting and a backing fabric, and did some very simple machine quilting. I glued ot onto acetate which had been cut to the shape of the ornament. I then curled it up, and slipped it inside. Then it just sprang open. It was easier than I expected. I got the idea from the book "Tranceparency Art" by Somerset. I am so ready to make some more.

Monday, November 26, 2007

My Albuquerque contract is over and we're back in New Orleans. I really enjoyed New Mexico. There is alot to see, and the people are wonderful. New Orleans is getting better, but it has a long way to go. But the best thing about New Orleans is still here, and that's the people. Let's face it, the folks that live in a town are what makes it a great place to be. Now I am working in Baton Rouge, commuting from New Orleans.
I had so much fun making Halloween decorations for my daughter. But I forgot to take photos. I'll have to get her to take some pics for me to post. I did some paper mache' Halloween figures. I made a black cat, and a pumpkin head girl. Also, some gauzy ghost.
Now I am in the mood for Christmas projects. Every year about this time, I start rereading all of my present and past Christmas books and magazines. I always find at least one project to do. I usually do an ornament project as well. I have already started creating for Christmas. I am making simple cloth doll Santas. They are simple enough to do several dolls. They will have polymer clay faces. The faces are already made, since they were originally for another project that didn't work out. They will have ceramic boots that I have ordered. The project is from an old BH&G Santa Clause magazine. That's a magazine that really gets me ready for making Christmas stuff. I think that my ornament project will be tiny quilts, inserted into clear glass ball ornaments. I saw it in a new book I have on making art with trancparencies. It's called Transparency Art by Somerset Studios. I really like this book.
Well I hope everyone makes a little something this Christmas season. It really gets you in the mood to pull out those stockings.


This is my first collage project. The photo is of my parents at a costume party about 40 years ago. They are just as hip today.

Lutrador day planner

This is my day planner that I made for Fiber and Stitch's Lutrador and Lace challenge.

Blue Chicken.

This is my blue chicken. This little quilt is 12 inches square. The fabric was painted, and free motion stitched. The poem was printed on my inkjet.

Circle Quilt.

This wall quilt is 4 feet by 5 feet. It is strip peiced batiks. The circles are appliqued on and free motion stitches. I made this quilt while working in Modesto, California. I needes something to cover the wall space over the couch.

Southwest doll

I made this 12 inch cloth doll in Albuerque. I wanted her to be from the Southwest.

Self portrait.

This is my quilted self portrait. It is the size of a sheet of paper. This is the first art quilt I did. I did this one for a challenge with Quilted Arts Magazine.
It didn't make it to the magazine, but this project made me realize that I could quilt on a small scale.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Albuquerque projects.

Halloween fun.

One inch dolls on canvas.

I'm coming to the end of my contract here in Albuquerque. I've tried to expand my horizons into different mediums. I've done some very small, simple paintings on canvas. Canvas can be intimidating to me. I guess because it is so pure and clean.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Cloth dolls.

More cloth dolls.

These are some of my dolls.

Los Angelas Art Quilts.

These are some of my art quilts. They are about the size of a sheet of paper.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

I am presently working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is a great town for arts and crafts. I have five weeks left to this contract, and am hoping to get a job near New Orleans in October. We would be able to spend all of the holidays at home, and get some work done on the house.
I am working on a Halloween project. I started it today. Starting is the hardest part. I started with canvas and paint. Then I added a Halloween poem, and some pictures. After reading all the fiber art magazines, I expect so much of myself. I want it to have that great, well planned put together look. But I have to admit, that it's all just an excuse to play with art supplies. Well now I'll go see if my project is dry enough to add some more paint and stuff.