Thursday, March 24, 2016

past due blog post

What a week! 

Been working on posting my online teaching lessons, which will be available in May for those who signed up for the classes. Made some progress today uploading photos.

A big package of fabrics arrived today and I haven't even had time to open it. Boo,hiss.
Maybe next week.  I'll be home all day next Tuesday because I'm taking my car in for the airbag recall.

In February, I got a letter from Subaru saying that nobody should sit in the front passenger seat because they might die from an exploding airbag (implying, "in the event of an accident"). They also said they were out of replacement air bags (oh,swell) and would send me a letter when they got a new supply.  Did you get a letter from Subaru that my airbags were in?  Because I didn't.  So, faced with the prospect of sudden death from an airbag while we drive home on the lovely Route 95 for 3 days, I called the West Palm Beach Subaru dealer yesterday. 

Yes, they have airbags. Miracle of miracles, I got an appointment this morning, and the woman told me it would take most of the  morning.  So this morning, I showed up with my car (which, it must be noted, I have been driving for seven years without fearing death-by-airbag).  There was only one hitch.  The woman who told me I could have my car late this morning was lying or an idiot.  They have to remove the whole dashboard and it was going to take all day.  Oops.  Non-cancellable afternoon appointment for Phil and the next auto slot is Tuesday morning at 8. Hopefully, they will have a loaner for me on Tuesday, which they did not have today.

On the subject of dashboards, I received another missive from Subaru this week, alerting me about melting dashboards from heat and humidity, and extending my warranty for another year.  MELTING DASHBOARDS?? I had this vision.
So far, no melting. But I did read a comment from someone whose hand stuck to the middle of his steering wheel because of melting. The worst of it was that he wiped his hand off on his pants and couldn't get the plastic off his pants.  Now I know why in the Florida summers, people put those cardboard things on their windows.

Two weeks from now we will be heading home and I am feeling the panic of not finishing what I need to finish -- not to mention cleaning up this place we have been in for 4 months. It needs to be left spotless and I have a terrible cleaning person.  Unfortunately, I can't fire her.  Oh, well. Nothing's perfect.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

quickie update with a link

Thanks, Deborah Boschert, for leaving this link to a tutorial on how to link your Blogger profile to your email.  Maybe some people don't even realize they are not linked and don't know how to do this - so I'm passing it on.

a few detours

I've temporarily stopped sewing strips of colors that remind me of Cape Town because I need to shift gears for a few days.  Here are some of the colors I am using, along with others, of course. Color inspiration is everywhere if you keep your eyes open.

On another subject... If you happened to see my Facebook post or looked at, you have already seen this piece of fabric, which I found while going through a pile of STUFF, looking for something else. What you didn't see was the other side of the fabric.

This is the back of that piece. I printed the front as a demo using a torn paper resist on day 1 of a surface design class.

Since demo pieces are not meant to be masterpieces (although, believe it or not, sometimes they are),  I turned it over for the demo on day 2, using a glue resist.  Because the fabric already had a layer of paint on side 1, the yellow and blue and white paint I had used, came through the resist areas.  Accident. Serendipity. Whatever you want to call it -- it was unplanned and came out amazingly well. Just saying.

My final task of the day was to make some ugly blocks to take to class this week.  I didn't have any here in Florida, although I have plenty at home.  So I scrounged around for some not-so-pretty fabric and made a few. My stash of ugly fabric here in the apartment is limited, to say the least.  I brought only lovely fabric with me (a carload), but managed to eke out 3 nine-patches for demos.  I'm posting them here because next week, I may have some beauties in their place.  Or not.

Just set the clocks ahead and am finally tired enough to call it a night.  Presumably, more tomorrow or the next day.  

Saturday, March 12, 2016

An Open Letter to my Blog Readers/Commenters

Dear Everybody Who Comments on My Blog,

I am so happy when you leave comments. They are always interesting and often extremely valuable and informative.  Those of you who are commenting on my Blog Hop post  are giving me ideas for new workshops, so thanks for that!

HOWEVER - I HATE when you leave no link to an email (or blog or FB or G+)and no way to reach you. I have follow-up comments and questions for some of you and would really like to be able to continue the conversation.  I like this to be a two-way street and am very frustrated that when I click on your name to respond, I get to a dead end. Many of you are on Blogger (even without a blog) but the "about me" doesn't have a contact link.

Please, please, please leave me some way to contact you. There is a contact me link on my sidebar, or you can go to my website and leave a comment, or you can send me a message on Facebook messenger.  

I love you all, but please, a conversation shouldn't be one-sided.  Thanks for commenting, and please keep doing it - but please, let me know how I can get back to you if I want to.

(who is now going back to her sewing machine to work on a quilt inspired by the colors of Cape Town).

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Blog Hop - Giveaway!!

Welcome to the last stop on the Fiber Art Connection Blog Hop!  My class is also the last (but not least!!) of the terrific lineup that starts on March 15th, when registration closes.  That's only five days from now! 

I hope you'll feel as though you are sitting right in a real classroom with me.  I've been busily getting ready, taking photos, and shooting videos that confirm my suspicion that I will never have a career in the film business. 

If you've been reading my blog, you probably have a pretty good idea of who I am.  But just for fun, let's pretend you're asking me the following questions and I'll answer them:-)).  At the end of the blog post, you'll have a chance to win my giveaway. (no skipping down to the end!!)

What draws you to the fiber arts?  Why do you work the way you do?

I love fiber arts because I can work with color, texture, and design without having to draw. My 7th grade teacher saw my picture of a tree, gave me a big C on it and told me I had no talent. End of drawing. My grandmother always had needles in her hand (sewing, embroidering, knitting, crocheting) and had a fabulous sense of color. I learned all from her! 

 I work the way I do because I can't be constrained by rules (and don't expect my students to be, either) and I love to play and experiment. There's a constant element of discovery and surprise when you work without patterns and trust your instincts.
It's work, but it is fun -- and if you can't have fun while you're working, what's the point?

Tell us about your studio! Where in the world is it?  Is it clean or messy? Hidden away or out in the open.

I actually have two studios.  One is my small sewing room/ office at home: a disaster area. Full Disclosure: It's not always this bad.  Had just gotten home from a teaching trip (see suitcase?) and was doing a massive cleanup. It always looks worse before it looks better. 
Truthfully, if I don't see it I forget I have it so most things have to be visible. 

See this? It is so zen and neat and peaceful. I once feng shui'd my sewing room and I could only sit and stare into space.  Couldn't create a thing till it was messed up again.

Below, the side that has already been neatened.

 The other studio is my dye/print studio, which also has a 10' design wall. Yes, I do some sewing there, but I work at home nights and weekends, so I have fabric in both places.

3.What's your favorite color and why? 

 Ha - I like to wear beige, black, brown, and purple.  Other than that - when it comes to fabric, I love lime green in little bits. It's such a wonderful pick-me-up. You didn't ask, but I don't like pink or baby blue. Why? Dunno.  I'm just not a pastel person.  

 What's your least favorite thing to do when you're working on a piece?

That's easy: the quilting.  I flunked every free-motion class I ever took and finally decided my work is not about the stitch.  Once I switched to straight lines, about seven years ago, I stopped letting my almost-finished pieces sit around for a year before I quilted them. 

If you could fly, where would you go? 

 I DO fly.  Seems that I'm always getting on a plane to go somewhere. I prefer to let someone else do the work; I'm not much good at flapping my arms.

 Tell us about the class you're teaching for The Fiber Art Connection.

What?? And spoil the surprise??  Actually, since everyone will be making an original piece of work, it will be a surprise.  We'll be working with rectangles (strips and squares are rectangles, after all) and doing lots of experimenting on the way to making a small piece by the time the class is over.  I promise fun!

What do you hope your students will learn from this?
That they can make wonderful, unique pieces if they throw away their patterns and rulers, experiment, and follow their instincts. 

 Where else can we find you on the Internet?
On my website,, on Facebook  and at Instagram

Ok, so now for the giveaway chance!   The eight of us have assembled a FABULOUS basket of goodies that some lucky person will win!

SO --  Answer my question and throw your name into the ring!  Good luck!!  


If you were taking this class (or any class) with me, what would you want to take away from it?  

Thursday, March 03, 2016

more on color

Goodness, I was going to write this a few days ago  -- but got sidetracked (a habit of mine).  My daughter Jessica is here visiting and right now she's basking in the Florida sunshine so I have a few minutes to work.

But instead of working, I'm here:-). 

Last night, was playing around with fabric combinations, which I rarely do. Normally, I don't think too much about it - but I was trying different combinations to see which one I liked best.  They all work.

Why do they work? which one do you think works best? and why??  Would love your input.

And don't forget to go to Liz Kettle's blog and leave a comment there (or to Desiree's or Candy's) so you can be in the drawing for this fabulous goody basket that the teachers at Fiber Art Connection have put together!  Just click on the link to the first three blogs, comment, and you're in!
·       3/1: Desiree Habicht
·       3/2: Candy Glendening
·       3/3: Liz Kettle
·       3/4: Roxane Lessa
·       3/7: Ruth Chandler
·       3/8: Cecile Whatman
·       3/9: Deborah Babin

·       3/10: Rayna Gillman

Back to playing with fabric strips...

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Fiber Art Connection Blog Hop Starts TODAY!!

Get set to do the Fiber Art Connection Blog Tour and register for a super-duper gift basket!
Visit our blogs (starting today, Tuesday, March 1) and enter to win.

CWe've all created an Artist Goody Basket filled with items that would be useful in each of
our classes.  We're giving it away to one lucky person! 

 Registration for Session One  CLOSES MARCH 15th.  There are 10 weeks, with a different teacher each week.   If you have questions, go to the FAQ and find out more:

ttYou can enter the drawing for the basket several ways:
11) register for Session One.
  2) leave a comment on the blog post, answering the blogger's question.    
  3) Share a link to this blog post on social media and then leave another comment here telling me you did so. 
  4) Sign up for the mailing list, link is at
You can enter at each stop along the blog tour. Comments for all the posts will be open till midnight your local time on March 14, the day before the course actually starts.  We'll combine all the entries and use to choose a winner.  Desiree will ship to the winner next day so if you registered for the class, you can start using your goodies!

First stop, today - go leave a comment here: DesireeHabicht 

Here’s what’s in the Basket: 6 spools of variegated thread from 6 different thread companies and a piece of hand dyed fabric in a tonal rainbow color palette, prequilted 9" block for coloring, 6 Inktense colored pencils, 2 quilt magazines, quilters flat tape measure, bag of six Valdani hand-dyed threads, gold eye chenille needles, hand dyed fabrics trim and lace, 10 fat quarters of assorted Hoffman Me & You fabrics,  4 sheets of Tyvek, 2 coloured light weight Lutradur and 75 grams of Tussah Silk Rop or Roving, artists transfer paper, 5 pieces of different colors of organza, 9 pieces of acid free tissue paper, silk organza, linen, embroidery thread, a package of beads and a spool of perks cotton thread
 Wishing you good luck!!

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