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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Busy Sunday!

I reassembled my Primitive Pinwheels mini quilt top.
It's ready for "sandwiching" then quilting!

Most of the day was spent in my studio, cleaning and purging
and reorganizing.

I was surprised to find how many vintage books
I've collected for use in collage.

They look nice all nestled together in one bookcase,
instead of strewn about the other bookcases around the house.

We are a household of book lovers, so there are bookshelves in almost every room!


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Gettin' My Quilt On...

While still free-motion quilting my big Turning Twenty quilt,
I'm taking breaks to work on my mini Primitive Pinwheels quilt.

I've got the "first" top finished, ready to be cut up and reassembled
in the Primitive Pinwheels design. 

A fun part of quilting is shopping for fabric.

Here are some of the lovely batiks available
at Calico Station in Orange Park, Florida.

These are a small portion of the beautiful fat quarters
available at Cinnamon's Quilt Shoppe in Jacksonville, Florida.

I bought a Moda Paradiso charm pack to make my mini quilt.

I'm starting a selvedge stash to eventually make a selvedge quilt!

I love vintage books! This vintage sewing book is a treasure.


Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

See you soon.

Friday, May 29, 2015

I'm an Annie Sloan Newbie!

Several of my friends have been raving about
Annie Sloan chalk paint and I've been curious to try it.

The results I've seen are certainly impressive!

I bought my paint, wax and brush at Mid Life Crisis by the Beach.

I like the idea of no surface prep and one coat coverage.

My first project: a cute little octagonal side table
I got at a consignment shop.

Currently, it is 1970's "antiqued" green.

I'll post before and after pics once my project is finished.

If any of you have experience using Annie Sloan chalk paint,
any advice and tips will be much appreciated!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Working Large {for me!}

I'm working "larger" this weekend, creating some mixed media
collage pieces to enter into an upcoming gallery show.

The minimum size is 16" x 20", which is a challenge for me!
I'm used to working smaller, mainly in art journals.

I'm in new and exciting territory.

These pieces are just beginning. I'm working on the bottom layer
here and have already added more paint and other media.

Stay tuned for the finished pieces.