Happy New Year to Everyone!

Happy New Year to everyone. I had a very special Christmas celebration with my daughter, husband and 9 month old grandson. It was delightful to watch a young child enjoy the Christmas tree. In February I am teaching in Santa Fe so will get to spend time with 4 of my other grand kids so that will be exciting then in May we are all going to Disneyland!!!!!! That is my line up for family enjoyment so far for 2019.

In between I will be teaching around the country. I love teaching and traveling so it looks to be a good strong year ahead of me. I am diligently working on getting some old projects off my design wall so I can once again work on some new pieces for my still life series.

I have finished some pieces from my new class “Jumpstarting your Creativity” a five day course where each day we do different design explorations.

One lesson is using lines to create composition

One is using an inspiration photo to create a grid composition based on the colors and directions of movement from the photo

Another lesson is Distorted still life. where you start with a fused still life then cut it up and arrange it

In my painting series I finished a stitched painting from black and white and red painted canvases

I also finished a quilt from a water color painting

And two Artful log cabins were completed. One inspired from the stitched painting above, and one from an inspiration photo of a plant in purples and greens

A New Titanium Knee

I have been recovering from a new titanium knee!! Lots of therapy and I am almost ready to walk my dogs again on my own. Three big dogs are a bit scary when you are not sure of your strength and stability. Here is a picture of them waiting for me to get up and take them.

At this moment I can take one at a time. which they do not understand at all. Three fifteen minute walks around the neighborhood a day is all I am allowed at this time.

Not much sewing going on as my studio is up a flight of stares. But I took my painted canvases down stairs before the surgery and I have been making stitched painting still life to keep my creativity going. Summer is coming to an end! It has been beautiful weather in northern California and I am well away from all of the fires. Firewood has been delivered so I am ready for the winter to settle in and start some new quilts.

love and hugs

It Is The Middle of Summer!

It is the middle of summer! Very hot in some places but rarely over 70 here (Fortuna California) but sunny and beautiful . I love living here. July is a busy month. Teaching at the Quilters Affair in Sisters Oregon then home for a week then off to San Diego for the opening of my show at the Visions Quilt museum the 21st. The next morning I fly to Syracuse to teach at Quilting by the Lake!!

I will have a total knee replacement on August 1st then 5 weeks at home to do my therapy and get caught up on stuff around the house.

I hope you have a great creative summer