New – May’s BirdZeed Challenge

This month’s BirdZeed challenge word is “new.”  I did not sit down with a blank sheet of paper and brainstorm what the word means to me as I sometimes do to get started. Instead, I was talking with a friend about taking a step and doing something new and I imagined standing on a brink, […]

Photo Friday – Woman Made

This week’s assignment in my sketching and watercolor class was to draw a machine-made object. I spent some time noodling over what object had meaning to me that I wanted to draw when I looked down on my work table and the answer became obvious: Because this month’s BirdZeed challenge word was “pink,” I chose […]

Line in the Sand

Here’s the finished piece for the BirdZeed January Challenge. “Line” was the inspiration word.  For this piece, I began by thinking of phrases about lines: “Walk the Line,” “Tow the Line,” and “Line in the Sand,” which is the one that Robyn mentioned in her blog post about the Alamo in San Antonio. “Line in […]

2016 Year in Review

I’ve seen a few “Year in Review” blog posts lately and decided that it is a great idea.  I have long done that in my personal life and it seems like a good practice for my quilting work too so here goes: One of my biggest quilting accomplishments this year has to be publishing “Ravaging […]

BirdZeed Project for December

This month’s BirdZeed word was “Celebration.”  In what was an oddly religious moment for me, I was inspired by the star shining on the night Jesus was born. (It probably had to do with trying to explain Christmas to my 4 year old after reading a book that had a manger scene in it.)  Here’s […]

Typography

And, here is the completed BirdZeed project for the November “typography” challenge.  I had such a blast using the Tsukineko inks that I am looking around to see what else I can put ink on!

Design Wall Tuesday – Typography

I felt like a kid with a coloring book adding the Tsukineko inks to my illuminated letter for the BirdZeed “Typography” challenge for November. I am definitely going to have to find more ways to use the inks! The only bummer was realizing that I missed one of the flowers after I had rinsed the […]

Now for the fun part!

I have been continuing to work on my BirdZeed project for November, for which I’m quilting an illuminated letter. I drew out my design on Golden Threads quilting paper.  This was the first time that I had used the paper and I’m sold. I used tracing paper before because I had it on hand and […]

Birdzeed Challenge Design

This month’s Birdzeed challenge word is “typography.” My first inclination was toward Arabic calligraphy, but then I thought about illuminated letters.  This is just a rough sketch, but here’s what I am planning: