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:  honeyquilts.etsy.com

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.

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Fiber Art, Home Dec, Workshops

New Workshop Added – Holiday Table Topper (or Treeskirt)

Holiday Table Topper

Isn’t this lovely?

Come and join the gang at Quilty Pleasures Wednedays November 6 and 13 and make this delightful holiday Table Topper.

Or you can fashion your creation to be a Christmas tree skirt – your choice.

The class will be held from 5:30 until 8:30 on 2 consecutive Wednesday evenings.  Call Quilty Pleasures today to reserve your spot.

805-581-1577  for Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley

Accessories and Ornaments, Art Quilts, Fiber Art, Home Dec, Workshops

Paint and Bead Your Own Decorative Pillow

Back By Popular Demand

Make your own decorative pillow.  You will paint your own fabric and embellish it with stitching and beads.  The class is on the schedule at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills for Tuesdays November 12th and November 19th  
 6 pm until 9 pm 
(6 Hours total – 3 hours each day)

You can create your own design or fashion your pillow along the lines of this one that I made for this class.

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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.

Call Baron’s today to sign up – This is a FUN class.

818-224-2746

Fiber Art, Home Dec, Home Dec, Workshops

Learn to “Quilt As You Go” with this Gorgeous Christmas Runner

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Sign up for this class at Quilty Pleasures – Simi Valley –  It is sceduled for Saturday November 2 from 10 AM until 4 PM.

You will make a beautiful piece of Home Decor to use as a table or mantel runner.  It is shown here in festive holiday colors but can be made in the fabric of your choice.

“Quilt As You Go”  so that when you have finished adding the last border you are finished!  Quilting has already been done.

This is going to be a fun class so go ahead and call the shop today to reserve your spot.

805-581-1577     1742 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley

Accessories and Ornaments, Fiber Art, Tote Bags, Workshops

You NEED This !!

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Whether you call it your “Goin Quiltin” bag, your beach bag, your diaper bag or your all purpose “shlep” bag – this tote will hold whatever you like, whenever you like; sturdy, roomy and with pockets galore inside and out.

And we’re having a class on how to make it at Baron’s Sewing Center this Fall.

Tuesday October 15    6 PM to 9 PM    Part 1

Tuesday October 22 6 PM to 9 PM   Part 2        6 hours total.

Call Baron’s today to sign up:  818-224-2746

Classes, Fiber Art, Quilts, Traditional Quilts and Quilts for People, Workshops

Time To Get Bitten By The Quilt Bug !

It’s time to get bitten by the Quilt Bug – definitely a LOT more fun than mosquitoes.

You’ll have a great chance to jump in with our newly scheduled Introduction to Quilting Course to be held at Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley starting in September.  During the series of 6 classes you will learn the skills that you need to make your first quilt.

You will be making a vibrant Autumn (or theme of your choosing) wall quilt 32 inches by 32 inches featuring fabrics that you will choose at the first class meeting.

Here’s a photo of the sample we have prepared.

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Call Quilty Pleasures to sign up today -805-581-1577

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
Fiber Art

a Brief Survey AND 2012 in review – WordPress Blog Report –

Just got this in the mail from WordPress..  Some pretty nice numbers there – thanks to all of you.  I’m appreciative of each and every one of you who takes the time to see what’s going on here and especially when you leave a like or comment.

I want to write what YOU want to read about.  PLEASE tell me what that is.  Here are some prompts to get the juices flowing:

What kind of art quilt techniques are you interested in?
What kind of sewing/quilting tools would you like to have reviewed?
Are you interested in seeing my experiments with fabric and surface design?  caution: some of them turn out UGLY, lol.   Let me know what you want to see more of and I’ll do my very best to comply.

Have a wonderful, safe, healthy and happy 2013!  Thanks for all your support in 2012.

Guila 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Art, Fiber Art, Mixed Media

Celebration Art Cards

As the year is winding down I’m busy getting my act ready to take on the road for 2013.  A new workshop being offered is Celebration Art Cards.

This is one of my favorite things – creating small mixed media pieces – combining colors and textures as I go to achieve a special look. It’s all about color – movement – mood – and most of all letting those creative forces loose and having FUN!!

Here is a preview:

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Workshop being offered at Baron’s Sewing Center Friday January 18: 4 PM until 7 PM.

In addition – I will be demo-ing this technique at the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association’s annual Quilt College, Monday February 18, 2013

Fiber Art

Art Quilting Techniques Workshops for 2013

2013 Workshop Schedule

Topics in Art Quilting Techniques will continue into the New Year.  For those who missed them the first time around we are repeating key topics such as Painting on Fabric, Putting on the Glitz and so on.

For those of you who are eager to delve further into Art Quilting Techniques we will be scheduling additional classes such as Using Alternative Materials in Your Art Quilts,   Orphan Blocks as an Inspiration for Art Quilting and more!

I CAN tell you that the first scheduled workshop of 2013 will be Tuesday January 15 from 6 PM until 9 PM.  It will be Painting on Fabric.  You will learn how to select and prepare your fabric; how to select appropriate paint for your project and how to apply the paint.  You will learn techniques for stenciling and stamping with paint as well as how to apply paint with a brush to achieve the effect you are looking for.
  Make sure you wear clothes that won’t suffer if they receive some paint splashes or bring a coverup.  It’s going to be a fun and creative evening.

I expect to have the rest of the dates for the first quarter firmed up later this week so keep your eye on this space.

And enjoy your Thanksgiving Day with lots of good food and surrounded by family and friends!