Friday, May 13, 2016

Quilt #73

Quilt #73 needs a better name. But, it’s finished! Purple and turquoise chevron pattern made using half-square triangles. 

 I think some of the blue fabrics are from the Moda Spa line. Most of the rest are from Joann’s and Hobby Lobby. 

The binding is a black and white moroccan print. 

 And the backing is a B&W print from IKEA, probably about 5 years ago! 
Thanks for looking! You can view all of my quilts on this page... 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Catching Up...

I didn’t really intend to stop blogging, but looking back, it’s been 4 months! 

A lot has been going on. Lots of medical stuff, which you can read about here: https://www.youcaring.com/jodie-bissig-436264  As much as I don’t want to admit it, MS has really slowed me down. I’m trying to keep up with my art projects, because it makes me feel like me

Moving on and catching up... we spent a few weekend in the mountains enjoying the snow with friends.


And a few weekends in the foothills during Spring at my husband’s family’s cabin near Mariposa.

It was a very good year for wildflowers (and my favorite barn in the background, it was the star of my first pastel painting). 

Lots of pretty sunsets set against the oak trees.

I worked on some knitting by the creek. I was trying to make a hat. First attempt was a bust, but second try worked out well! 

I have a quilt that is done, just waiting for binding (hopefully this week). 

And... I took a watercolor painting class and came home with a pretty picture.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Swoon Baby Quilt

Somehow, somehow (?), this is my 72nd quilt! I miss making quilts so much. My health has been crummy (you can read more about what's happening here), but I really am hoping to get the strength and motivation to quilt more often. Quilting makes me feel like me

Here's quilt #72... a single swoon block with a few borders makes a cute little baby quilt. 
 I especially love the tree border and the gray swirly binding. 
 The back is a fun bird and leaf pattern with a pretty turquoise background. 


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Scrappy Quilt for Melody

One of my oldest friends welcomed his first child a few months ago. I made this baby quilt using my favorite string blocks.
They didn't know if they were having a boy or a girl, so I started by making the blocks gender-neutral. Once the baby was born, I added lots of pink and purple to make it a little more girly. I love the result! Lots of colors, and lots of memories, too. I see scraps from my own kids' quilts and lots of projects I've loved over the years. 
I was also able to do some fussy cuts around cute prints. Love! 

The binding is solid gray, as to not compete too much with the busyness of the quilt. 

And the back, oh! the backing! I love this fabric. I saw it at Hobby Lobby and knew that I loved it, but it is SO perfect for this quilt because the baby's father is a photography teacher! Perfect! 
I hope baby Melody loves her quilt and uses it for many years to come. I think babies sleep better under homemade blankets. 
Welcome to the world, Melody!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Starting the Snapshots Quilt

I finally had a chance to start the darling Snapshots Quilt! I have been eyeing these blocks for a few months and I love them. And I LOVE that the cost of the pattern is a donation to St. Jude's Children Hospital - such a wonderful organization. 


I started with the hot air balloon block. I have loved hot air balloons since I was a little girl. This pattern warmed my heart and made my week, which is saying a lot because it's been an awful couple of days for me, healthwise. Sewing this block was exactly what I needed. 
Next I made the camera block, which is actually intended for the back of the quilt. But, since I am also a photographer, this block will definitely be included in the front. LOVE this little camera!
 My third block is the sewing machine block. Obviously this one speaks to me as well. 
 Here's my three together. I love that my blocks are pretty different from the others I've seen (although I love the red/teal/green color combinations, too). I cannot wait to make more of these blocks and see the quilt come together.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Learning Pastels


I took an pastels art class at my local art center. It was taught by LaVone Sterling, who is an award winning artist. I've tried pastels in the past but never really gotten the hang of how to use them. 
This is a photo of LaVone's pastels pallet. Isn't it beautiful? I love COLOR! 

We started with a photograph (I chose one that I took my husband's family cabin) and did a pencil sketch.

After the sketch, we used watercolor underpainting to provide a background to build on. 

Then we started at the top and worked our way down, adding layers of pastels to be blended together.

LaVone showed us how to use stryofoam packing peanuts to blend the pastels, which worked so well! I was amazing! We also used plain white bread - like Wonderbread! - to blend and remove color when we had added too much. 

I tried to take lots of photos along the way to document the process. I was amazed at how quickly it went from scribbles of color to looking like real artwork. This is with the trees and sky blended, but still just the watercolor background on the barn.
 And as much as I tried to take photos, then I got excited working on the barn and grass and didn't take any more photos until the end. 

Here are the other pieces made by the rest of the class. I was so impressed! 
And here's my finished piece. I hope it doesn't sound too braggy, but I am SO happy with how it turned out. I keep looking at it, amazed that I made it! 

LaVone is planning to come back for a second class in the fall and I hope I can attend. She was a great teacher and I loved learning all of her tricks. I can't wait to try another one!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. One of the first things we did when we moved into our house was plant hydrangeas. Last year was pretty good, but this year is amazing! I have SO many blooms and a great variety of colors.
 

 I think I have about 100 blooms right now, with more coming! They make me so so so happy.
 These ones are my favorite - I love that the colors varies from one side to the other. 



In other (sewing) news, I have lots of projects in the works. I'm close to finishing two baby quilts so I'll have more updates soon. In the meantime, I'll be hanging out with my hydrangeas in the backyard.  : )

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring Stars Quilt

 My first quilt finish in a loooooong time! A cute little star quilt made with half-square triangles.

 I quilted this in 1/2" lines. I wasn't up for free motion quilting so I decided to do something quick and easy. HA! These lines took forever - about a minute per line, which adds up to a lot of minutes!  : )  It was pretty boring to quilt (stipple quilting is much more fun), but I do really like how it turned out.
 The backing is a very soft flannel and the binding is a cute turquoise.





 The fabric is Freshcut by Heather Bailey, an old favorite.
It felt really good to finish a quilt. I'd like to do that again soon. :P

This is quilt #70 that I've made! You can view all of my quilts by clicking here. 

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