Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day at Quilt Revolution

I spent an enjoyable hour at Quilt Revolution today helping with the Comfort Quilt Project and then going on a photo safari looking for bright spring-like colors in honor of Earth Day. Here are two of the quilts that are being made for local cancer patients through Comfort Quilts.

But you can't spend time in a quilt shop without looking for eye candy, and I found some great stuff to show you for spring.

April showers bring May flowers.
You'll have to tilt your head for this picture of the Earth Day Quilt Queen reclining on the bed layered with quilts at Quilt Revolution. Nancy, one of the owners, said she's been dying to do this ever since the shop opened as she dove under the cover for a photo. (I can't get it to go horizontal -- the photo has a mind of its own.)

Hope you had a colorful, happy Earth Day!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hoppy Easter from Bunners

Hoppy, Happy Easter
from a Happy, Hoppy Bunners!

Bunners in sunglasses inspired one of my Bunners quilts a few years ago:

Here she is perched on a cushion on the sofa during a party, in between being held by guests. Wherever she goes, she is snuggled and loved.

Have a colorful day

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring tidbits

It's Spring and I'm feeling restless, jumping from one project to another. I finally set together the batik squares that I pieced last year, and I've been slowly adding more embroidery to the yoga quilt that I also started last year.

Outside, I bought some flower baskets for the front porch. I guess that means it's time to take down those icicle lights that have been dangling on the porch since December. I love icicle lights, and we still have them strung around the inside of the living room and kitchen. Those will need to come down soon, as our landlord wants to move back into his house and we have to move to a new one soon.

It's supposed to rain today, but since it hasn't so far I went for a walk and snapped photos of spring flowers. The dandelion was the only one that wasn't blurred, so here it is in all its lone glory. I used to get very upset as a kid when my dad was ready to mow the lawn and murder all the dandelions and violets, so I'd run through the yard and pick as many as I could. I still love them and hate to see them mowed down.

Have a colorful day

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring blooms


The sun shone in the harbor today and the spring flowers were in full bloom. I took a walk with a friend and snapped a few.

I love it when the sun seems to turn flowers and leaves into stained glass.

But the prettiest flower of all this week was Delaine in her festive hat at our STITCH meeting!

Have a colorful day

Monday, April 7, 2014

Postcards from the road home

View from Starbucks on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA.

We took a week to drive back from Sedona via Southern California and up along the Oregon and Washington coasts. It was sunny in SoCal, a mix of sun and rain in Oregon, and mostly rainy in Washington. The desert seems long ago and far away.

Here are some postcards from the road.

No nude sunbathing with rattlers in Southern CA.

Window view of Pacific in Monterey, CA.

Jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Back Porch Fabrics, Monterey, CA.

Famous Big Sur in California.

Dave by haystack rocks, Cannon Beach, OR.
Me in Oregon -- Was the desert just a dream?
Have a colorful day

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Picking up piece from last year

I pulled out a piece I started a year ago, one of my "yoga mat quilts," because I needed one more project to work on in Sedona and on the road home. I added some beads and leaf vein embroidery first.

I love using this little felt needle holder when I travel. It was made for me by Linda P. of my sew group. She made one for each of us one Christmas and it's perfect for on the road.

I decided to use this orange-yellow hand-dyed embroidery thread by Laura Wasilowski of Artfabrik to fill in the background with big stitches. I just finished the last stitches today in the car as we drove up the Oregon coast in the rain.

Next I have to decide if I want to add more stitching to the leaves. I know I'll add beads, but that will wait until I get home.

Have a colorful day

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Big bowl

I decided to go bigger on the bowl that I made from my wonky log cabin strips, so I unstitched the last few inches and spliced in some more cording.

I kept sewing until I used up all of the cording and most of the scraps. It's my biggest bowl yet!

The spiraling reminded my just a little of this bark pattern on a tree we saw on one of our hikes here in Sedona.


 Have a colorful day

p.s. See what other fiber artists have been up to this week at Nina Marie's Off-the-
Wall Fridays:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Zooming In

I love zooming into photos to pick out little parts and enlarge them. Sometimes they can become abstract. Sometimes the small things have more impact than the big picture. Other times it just changes the focus. ALL the time, though, zooming in can inspire me in my art.

This first example shows a scenic vista from one of my hikes in Sedona, in northern Arizona. The second photo zooms in on the clouds.

The next example is a yucca, a very common plant along the trails here. I love it just as it is, but I think zooming in on smaller parts has a bigger impact.

This other desert resident spirals out with impressive spikes that are even spikier upon enlargement.


This wet sand is interesting either way, zoomed out or in. Great texture.

The greenish-yellow lichen provides great contrast on the orange rock and could be an abstract painting -- Mother Nature's abstract.

I love the lines and shadows in the rock overhang, but zooming in gives you a very textural, abstract option.

The photo above is a closeup of the cross section of a log that I found on a trail.

This green bottle of absynthe at the bar of a local eatery is spooky enough as is with the eyes, but zoom in and you have a really interesting eerie picture.

Finally, my embroidery stash is colorfully exciting, but zooming way in on just some of the threads makes them look like a landscape with a blue sky, yellow-orange rock formations, and green trees in the foreground.

Have a colorful, inspired day