Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sewing, designing, and gardening

has been my routine for the past weeks.  I try to do a little of each everyday, hoping to get all of the outside work done before the heat of the summer.  It's early here for me so I thought before I get really busy I'd do a somewhat generic post.  Nature is wonderful and I'm loving all the blooms and signs that the winter is finally over, and spring has definetly SPRUNG.  Here are a few shots from my patio and back garden that I have been working in lately.  HAVE A BLESSED DAY.  And remember, this is the day that the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it.  
Beautiful Moth on the wall

Late Spring Arrival

Kalonche in it's full glory

Fushia bud just before opening

Fuschia making it's debut

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fabric for sale at Spoonflowers

Companion Fabric

Focus Fabric
 I'm taking a leap of faith and putting my fabric designs out there for sale.  This will be my first attempt at designing and selling fabrics.  I love trying new things and this is a first for me.  I was inspired by Kweli Kitwana who has an African American line of fabrics on this same site.  Thanks Kweli for encouraging me in this area. Follow the link on the right side of my blog for directions to my new store.  I have lots of designs to work on and have already started a some what small portfolio for new designs.  I'm very excited.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The tree quilt for my bedroom

is on its way to becoming a reality.  I got so enthused with all the various branches I could do until I've decided to make a series of quilts with trees.  The quilt I'm showing to day started out as a test piece for how to arrange the branches and how to use some new jacquard metallic fabric paints.  I am auditioning the fabric that is placed behind the piece so I can make a decision on just what I want for the outer border.  The other pieces are prospective quilts also.  I'm hoping to do a tryptich for hall or bedroom. 

I have also been making clothing for my self again.  Sun dress have been on my sewing table for a few weeks now.  I took the blue flowered skirt and added a blue bottom border to fit in with this years colorblocking trend. 

Machine embroidered leaves and shiva paint stick background
Trees are freezer paper templates to be painted over
Skirt revised to sundress

Auditioning outer fabric for borders.

I planted another bay laurel tree, and some rosemary.  The collards are all gone and I'm putting in tomatoes along with the garlic as soon as I finish some of my other projects.