Friday, July 29, 2011


well i am taking a quick break from quilting right now to blog about the challenge i said, i would do with linda on an earlier post. i am liking what i am coming up with on this challenge. it was fun. i thought it would be hard, but once i got started it just came to me. i hope linda will like it. if she don't, hey, i will keep it. first we had to take a picture and use only solid fabric to make a 15 inch quilt. use a  picture that linda let me pick out.  the picture is to inspire us to come up with a 15 inch quilt.

check out my process:
 sewing pieces together, cutting up shapes and trying to decide where i want the pieces.  oh i am also showing the picture that we are to use to inspire us.  right now i am quilting the piece and i guess you will have to come back later to see the finale out come. it was due august 1st, and we moved it to the 15th, i think mine will be complete before then.

i hope you enjoyed the pictures i have to get back to quilt this piece for linda.

stitches for now.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

this one on my own /tip for the day

well, i decided to try bisa butler's technique in portrait quilting by myself.  i love it, it is so easy not trying to find skin tone fabric to make a portrait.  any kind of fabric will do, so long as you use light to dark fabric to make the portrait.  i hope you like it.


if you have a iphone or a droid phone, guess what you can now download a quilt shop locator application and it is  FREE..  this app will give you location of any quilt shop in the united states.  check it out. The new Quilt Shop Locator app is here and FREE!  for more information.  i just looked on my phone application and found it.  i  download it and typed in the state that i live in and i could not believe we had that many quilt shops in maryland.  still playing with it, i have not decide if i like it yet, but it doesn't hurt to try something FREE.  a friend gave me this little tip for the day.

stitches for now.


Monday, July 18, 2011

quilts challenge

my quilt challenge is still with linda and i am just getting started.  first let me just say, i must get my fabric organized.  i brought some solid fabric a couple of weeks ago and i am just now finding.  i call myself putting it somewhere where i could find it quickly.  that did not happen.   here are my solid colors.

i know what i want to do, i just need to be able to do it in a 15 inch square. i am cutting some strips and sewing them together and then cut them out into two circles and i am still trying to decide what color i want for the background.

check me out in a couple of days and see what i come up next on this challenge.

stitches for now,


Sunday, July 17, 2011

birthday treats

my  birthday is not until wednesday july 20th, since i have to work on the 20th. my husband and friend's treated me to some nice things early.  dinner, friday and saturday night, two books, one on vegetarian cooking and another on how to make juices and smoothies, i just love both of them, don't know which one to look at first.  i love smoothies and i have been trying out new cooking dishes when i am not quilting. well sunday a friend treated me to a fabric painting workshop.  i had told her that i was planing to take this class and she told be to stop by her house before the class, and she gave me the money for the class.  nice gift ,if i must say so, since i didn't have to pay.  well blog family the class was great.  it was given by kweli, from african american fabrics.  her blog is  she makes and sales her own fabric.  check her out, she is having up coming classes.  you  can also find her on facebook. the class was outside and the weather was great, not to hot.  she showed us how to make stencils and stamps, how to use glue to make a stamp, household items.  things around the house.  kweli, showed us about six different ways on how to design our fabric.  all of us in the class made beautiful fabric.  i wanted to take all the pieces that everyone made home. they were so pretty.

 check out how much fun we had.(click for close up)
picking out fabric to dye or paint

this is my piece that i am painting blue on the fabric
kweli, watching someone taking her suggestion on what to do with their fabric. 
kweli, taking pictures of our pieces while they are drying.
now the whole time that this lady was working on  her piece she kept saying that she didn't like her piece.  when she first started i was liking it.  now that she completed it she likes it.  she could not see how pretty it was until she finished. here is someone else pieces.  she use a heart stamp on her piece. 

these are two pieces that i made. and yes, i make my own stamps to do my design,  the face is from my pouch, that kweli showed us how to do with some foam and a hot air gun. 
i plan to taking another class from kweli,  she has a digital fabric making class coming up soon and i am going to try to take that soon.  great class, fun and easy.  check her out at her facebook, or her blog for information on date for classes.  she is in rockville, maryland and she also teaches at g street fabric.

stitches for now.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

bisa butler

i took bisa butler's class today, and it was great.  her class is college portrait workshop.  we all had a great time.  linda, from "eatsleepquilt" blog was also in the class.  it was about 10 or 12 of us in her class. she showed us how to pick our fabric and cut out the pieces. she told us how to draw our pattern. their were two pictures that we could choose  this is the one that i decided on, jill scott.
i am working on the face in this picture.  the main piece that i really had to take my time cutting out was the eyes.  on the right corner of the mouth, i am trying to get right.

working on the head piece here.

just finishing the neck.

added the blouse and finishing necklace.  some of the necklace pieces will be in 3D.  when i finish the entire piece i will post it. 

here are few pictures of us working in the workshop.  also if you are interested in taking her class, she is having the same workshop at her studio on july 16 next saturday.  check her facebook for information. here are a few pictures of us working hard, but having fun.  almost forgot, the workshop was at the fabric peddlers, Nadine's shop in maryland. nadine, served us breakfast and a great lunch. bisa came down from phillie or maybe it was new jersey. i can't remember.  the last four pictures are pictures of bisa's art work.

linda work hard

this is the other picture that someone is working on.
renee work hard also.
these last four are bisa butler's pieces. enjoy! the first one here, she is still working on it.

stitches for now,