Friday, October 14, 2016

Mosaics Classes

I’ve taken a couple of classes on mosaics from a local art studio. I think I LOVE it. I wish I could go there everyday. 

For the first class, I attempted to make a hot air balloon. It didn’t quite turn out how I hoped (I think it looks more like a topiary), but I love the colors and the idea. 

Here’s the hot air balloon, before grout...
And after grout... 

The second class, I decided to try a tree. I found this photo to use as inspiration. Clearly I attempted a much more simplified version! 

Here’s my glass, glued down and ready for grout. 

The grout was messy, but fun! 

The final (or almost final) pieces from the class. 

And the final... after grout and ready to hang. 

 Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Blue Baby Quilt

This quilt is a donation for my children’s school fundraiser. They do a great fall carnival with a silent auction that benefits each classroom. My son’s classroom theme was “baby,” which is right up my alley. I LOVE making baby quilts. 
Quilt #76 is complete! This is a baby quilt using a charm pack from Moda (called “Spa” from Deb Strain). I’ve had the charm pack for quite a while.   

 The binding and backing are a blue and white fabric that I believe I found at Joann’s a while back. It’s all been waiting in my sewing room for a couple of years now. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Art in Chicago

We recently went for our 3rd trip to Chicago for the clinical trial I am participating in. To learn more about my disease and participation in this trial, please visit

While we were in Chicago, we spent a few hours at the Art Institute. Here are a few iPhone photos of some of my favorites. 

Monet, of course. This is Water Lily Pond (1917/19). 
The detail is mesmerizing. 

This was my favorite of the Monet pieces. It is titled “Bordighera” (1884).  

And Georgia O’Keeffe is always a favorite for me. “Green Mountains, Canada” (1932)
 It was very humbling to see statues from so very long ago. This is “Head of a Girl” from late 3rd/2nd century B.C.  It is so amazing to see these in person and see how much detail remains from artwork from thousands of years ago. 

After the art institute, we visited the Buckingham Fountain. So beautiful, especially with the Chicago skyline behind it.  

The rare selfie! We try and treat these trips like getaways and sneak some sightseeing and “date nights” in between the medical appointments and tests. This was just before going for blood tests and MRIs of my brain. Woohoo! Weird “date.”  : ) 
The following day, we visited the Navy Pier and found a stained glass museum. It contained about a dozen original Tiffany glass pieces from the late 1800’s. SO beautiful. 

I think this one was my favorite. It was titled the Rapelye Memorial and dates from 1880. So exactly 100 years older than me.  : )

 Here is some of the detail. The colors and shapes are so so beautiful. 

Thanks for reading. And again, if you would like more information about my battle with multiple sclerosis or why I am doing this clinical trial, please visit the You Caring page.  XOXO!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hot Air Balloon Quilt

I have loved hot air balloons since I was a little girl. I wanted to be a pilot when I grew up! Fast forward a few years, and both my engagement and honeymoon involved hot air balloons. The pattern from this was from the SnapShots quilt for St. Judes. I had made this  block, but then changed my mind and wanted to use purples and teals for the quilt. This lonely block got bookmarked for a baby quilt and I’m so happy with how it turned out. 

 The borders are 2x4” rectangles from Bonnie and Camille’s Moda Line with some happy little houses added in.

The backing is a navy polka dot. The balloon is free motion quilted, with some of my machine’s decorative stitches for the quilting, along each border. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fall Leaves Painting Class

Our local painting studio had a “Fall Leaves” painting class. It was a 2 hour class with acrylic paints on canvas. I went with a handful of family and friends and some wine and we had fun (I’m in the back row, right about in the middle). 

Here’s my finished painting. 

Happy Fall, Y’all!  ; )

Monday, September 5, 2016

Gallery Wall with a Tiny Quilt

I almost forgot to post this little guy! It might be a stretch to call it a finished quilt since it’s so little, but I haven’t felt well, so a finish is a finish! This is made from some of my Farmer’s Wife quilt blocks, as an addition to a gallery wall in our hallway. It felt like it needed a quilt.  : ) 
 And here’s my version of the famous gallery walls I see on Pinterest. On the top is my first ever art quilt (in the frame).

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A little of this, a little of that...

It’s been a busy summer! Not busy sewing, but busy none-the-less!

The first picture is actually sewing! I made this pillow for my friend Patti. She helped housesit for us while we were on vacation, which is no easy favor since we live pretty far out in the country. She loves B&W and red, so I made her a little pillow. She’s a truly great friend to me. She always says yes when I ask for help and has even driven me 45 minutes (one way!) to my treatments and waited patiently while I am poked and prodded. Most visits take between 2-3 hours, plus travel time, so this is no small task! She’s also babysat my kids, picked us up from the airport, and countless other favors. She’s a rock star! I wish I had the energy to make her a whole quilt. 

If you’re curious about my MS and clinical trial story, you can read more here:

Speaking of vacation, while we were away, I took some time to paint with watercolors. Here are a couple of my creations... 

 We camped for a couple of weeks, during which time I had my birthday. We went whale watching out of Santa Cruz. I painted this little whale on a thank you card for my dad (who was able to meet us for the boat ride) and step-mom.
While we were in Santa Cruz, we also took the kids to the Boardwalk (of course) and played mini-golf, too. I spent most of the day in my wheelchair, which made it much easier so I didn’t get fatigued or end up in pain by the end of the day. 

My husband surprised me by extending our camping trip to include the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Sonoma County (my family lives in Santa Rosa). I LOVE hot air balloons and this event is very special since that is where my husband proposed to me a little over fifteen years ago. 

This balloon reminded me of a quilt with it’s cute star in the middle. I definitely have a hot air balloon quilt on my to-do list once I’m feeling a bit better. 

We actually went back to Sonoma County for the 3rd and 4th of July with my family. It was lovely to wear sweaters and coats while watching fireworks! 

The kids and I made some new 4th of July shirts (they sadly outgrew their old ones...). We used homemade stamps and fabric paint. 

Fun weekend, great weather, and lots of amazing fireworks shows. 

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:  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.


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