Art, Art Quilt, Fiber Art, Mixed Media, Quilts, works in process

Work (still) in Progress

There are lots of reasons we don’t finish our projects right away.  And one of them is that we’re not quite sure how we WANT to complete the piece.

So this has been hanging around for awhile now on my design wall.

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This started as a plain piece of Lutradur.  I took a photo of a tree on my street and worked with it using Photoshop Elements.  I took out everything that I didn’t want in my finished piece including all the leaves on the tree.  This step also included removing all the color.

In the meantime I painted the Lutradur with acrylic paints.  I used some from Golden paint and some Lumiere in various coppery hues.

Then the moment of truth as I printed my tree onto the Lutradur.

Then lots of fun to thread paint the tree itself.  I used a variegated 40 weight cotton from King Tut – (In the meantime I had layered the piece with cotton batting.

and that’s when I stopped.

The biggest question in my mind is whether or not to add quilting.

So now it’s time to finish and I’ve given myself 2 weeks to do that.  I hope by posting the process to date I’ll have more accountability to do that – to keep it as a priority.

What’s your opinion on adding more quilting to the piece?

Art, Art Quilt, Classes, Fiber Art, Journal Size, Quilts, Workshops

SO EXCITED !!! We’re Going To Do a Teapot Class !!!

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Betsy and I designed and created these cute little art quilts last year in preparation for art quilt technique classes at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills.

Now I am excited to announce that a series of Teapot workshops are scheduled in the Simi Valley at Quilty Pleasures starting this coming April.  Most of the construction of these adorable quilts is using fusibles and machine appliqué.  You will also learn how to apply fancy yarn fibers using couching techniques.  And it’s a chance to dig into your button box and gather up those bits of fancy lace and trim to embellish your creations.

There are 4 Wednesday sessions:  April 30, May 7, 14 and 28th – all 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Call Quilty Pleasures (805) 581-1577 today to sign up.  This will be a fun class.


Art, Fiber Art, Mixed Media

“The Faster I Go The Behinder I Get”

Okay, who said that first?

Anybody remember?

Well, it must’ve been during the last half of December when those words were uttered.  What’s the deal, folks?  It doesn’t seem to matter when I start the preparations, this time comes and there’s so much left:  shopping, cooking, sewing, painting…..Ahhhhh, but I love it all !!!

Speaking of which, I just put these on Etsy.  (Click on ‘shopping’ on my home page OR type in:

They are mini Fiber Collages mounted on an acid free 5 by 7 inch Strathmore deckled edge card.  The card itself is blank inside so you can write the message of your choice OR just put the card in a frame.  Either way, if it’s a gift it will be sure to be enjoyed for a long time.

Burstweb Candle Glowweb Tree Trimweb Swirl Card for Romanceweb Card for Romance 2web celebrate Autumn


Open Studio & Art Bazaar

Hey – L.A. area friends – This coming Saturday I will be participating in an Open Studio and Art Bazaar in downtown Los Angeles. Come and see a wonderful display of art and start early on your Holiday gift search!

RSVP required – Please contact Amy –


Art, Humor, Life

Just Picture This ! My Morning at West Valley

IMG_0010I should have realized how the day would unfold when I was hunting for my keys all over – I was running a few minute late and rushing.  Guess where they were?  Yup!  In my hand!  %$^&%  Things progressed rapidly from there….   I picked up my friend and we headed for West Valley for our Monday workouts.

Today was high level performance art at the “Y’. I was happy to leave unharmed! You just wouldn’t believe it. First, in the weight room (which was unusually crowded – even for Monday), someone had shoved some equipment around and there was a huge weight lifting apparatus blocking access to the leg press.

Well I managed to sqiggle my way to it (leg press) and some bozo started using the weights and almost clunked my friend on the head while she was waiting for my set to be done. Then it was even harder to get to the leg curl machine. We did a few more apparati then decided to call it a day and go to the pool while our bodies were still intact. 
Door to the changing room: locked. A guy was nearby leaning against the wall and snarled – “Ya can’t go in there; the shower’s clogged.”

me -“Well, we have to change “-

him-“well ya can’t go in there.”

me -” We’re not using the showers right now. We have to change into our suits.  Can we use the lockers? We have to lock up our stuff.  Is the toilet working?” We pressed on.

Finally he threw his hands in the air and unlocked the door. “Go, just go – I’ve been waiting an hour to get in there – I’ll wait another hour. just go.”  We ran in before he could change his mind.
In the pool. Doing laps. All of a sudden my head got tangled up in something. The lap divider floatie thing! The kid who was being lifeguard was fixing additional lanes WHILE WE WERE SWIMMING!!! Almost took my head off.
I went home and hid, lol.

PS – when we finished our laps and went back to the dressing room, the plumber had apparently had success – the showers were working!

Accessories and Ornaments, Art, Home Dec

Paint and Bead Your Own Decorative Pillow ! Back By Demand Jan. 14, 2014

I’ve been busy preparing for what is shaping up to be an exciting Fall schedule of teaching.  One of the new workshops planned is to make your own decorative pillow.  You will paint your own fabric and embellish it with beads.  The class is on the schedule at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills for September 24th and October 8th, 2013.

Here is the one that I finished the other day.


I started with a piece of white PFD Kona cotton and painted the background with an acrylic wash of color.  Next I painted the flowers and layered the piece with batting and lining.  Then the REAL fun began as I used thread painting to add depth and texture to the design.  Here’s where you can really let yourself experiment with color and various thread weights.  I particularly liked the look of some variegated 30 wt. thread. 

When I declared the thread painting “done” I got out my beads and went to town!  Because this will be used for “show and tell” in class I wanted to be sure to incorporate several basic beading stitches.  I used moss stitch, scatter stitch, seed stitch, bugle pathways, back stitch and stacked stitch.  

My goal was to achieve a vibrant mix of color, texture and bling.  Did I achieve it??

Accessories and Ornaments, Art, Art Journal, Dreams, Journal Cover, Mixed Media

Cover Your Journal or other Notebook in Style! Workshop March 19

The more I make these samples the more ideas I get for using them.  Right now I’m working on a cute cover for a collection of recipes.  Also in the works is a cover that’s perfect for a knitting or crochet diary.  Keep records of what you made – type of yarn – needles used, and so on.

Here are a couple more that are suitable for just about any topic.  One of the benefits of these particular covers is that when your composition book is full you can slip it out and replace it with a brand new one.

Birds and ribbons

The cover shown above was made by Betsy Farwell and features a collage of nettiing with colorful ribbons and an unique toggle closure.Dream Cover

I made this cover from a colorful batik and embellished it with a collage of cheesecloth, lace, silk pod, and decorative hand and machine stitching.

Call Baron’s in Woodland Hills for details about the Journal Cover Workshop scheduled for March 19 from 6 until 9 PM at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills.  Call 818-224-2746.

Accessories and Ornaments, Art, Art Journal, Fiber Art, Journal Cover, Workshops

Journal Covers – See Class Samples

Hot off the presses!!!

We just dropped off 2 embellished journal covers at Baron’s. “How to create an embellished/collaged fabric journal cover” Workshop is scheduled for Saturday March 16 and repeated Tuesday March 19. Call Baron’s to register or for details.

This cover fits a composition book approximately 9 inches high by 7 1/2 inches wide.

Collaged Fabric Journal Cover
Collaged Fabric Journal Cover

This is the size we will be making in class.  We will provide the composition books in the purchased supply kit.

This cover was adapted to fit a spiral bound art journal measuring approximately 5 1/2 inches by 8 inches. We will provide guidelines for adapting directions for other sizes.

Journal Cover for Spiral Art Journal
Journal Cover for Spiral Art Journal
Art, Haiku, Watercolor

An Exciting Foray Into Watercolor

About a year ago I signed up for a watercolor class at the local Y – not being an avid watercolor fan especially, but being very eager to take a ‘formal’ class in one of the Fine Arts; to learn art technique and principles from that perspective.

Well, I was not only presented with all kinds of wonderful information, I became fascinated with using this form of paint.  I love the transparency of watercolor and the ability to subtly layer color upon color.   It is so exciting to put down a swipe of color on a wet surface and to coax it gently in the direction you want.  The color has a mind of its own and often does more interesting and exciting things than your original idea.

I’ve worked on various kinds of projects to learn different skills – most of these are still unfinished.  Some will remain unfinished – some I am still working on.  This street scene is probably my favorite completed piece thus far.

Street Scene, Downtown ChicagoWatercolor by Guila Greer, Feb 2013
Street Scene, Downtown Chicago
Watercolor by Guila Greer, Feb 2013