Acrylic Painting Week #3 and homework

imageThis week I started painting the buoys.  I found that I needed a couple of coats of paint to cover the blue sky background. Probably should have used a lighter blue paint color so that it would be easier to paint the buoys.  I also did some shading on the buoys with help from my instructor.  Then I decided to add some lighter highlights but I didn’t like the look so I had to paint over some of the buoys.  With acrylic paints you can paint over what you don’t like and start again.  The photo on the top left shows the painting at the end of the class.  I did some homework this week by setting up a spot in my laundry room to paint next to the sink.  The second picture on the bottom right shows what I did for homework.  I was going to paint the fence last but I had some extra grey paint that I didn’t want to waste.  image  I figured that I would need a couple of coats of grey paint to cover the blue background anyway.  I am halfway through the class.  I am having fun painting my buoys.  Keep having fun doing art.  Donna

I won a fat quarter bundle

image     I signed up to enter a fat quarter bundle on Amanda Murphy’s blog and I won.  She has a new fabric line with Benartex fabrics called “Feather and Flourishes” – very pretty colors and pattern designs.  I am going to use one of her appliqué patterns to use the fat quarter bundle.  Amanda Murphy is a pattern and fabric designer from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Check out her blog to learn more about her:   Keep having fun sewing and quilting.   Donna


Back from the Mid-Altantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA

image         We had a great time at the quilt festival last month in Hampton, Virginia. Last year we had snow that weekend but no winter weather this year besides wind and cold. Another great quilt show with lots of beautiful quilts and fun vendors to explore.    imageThere were many guild challenge quilts at the show: alphabet soup, Vogue magazine ads as inspiration, color challenges, and wind chines made with skinny quilts. A great place to go to be inspired for your next quilt. Mary and I met up with 2 quilter friends from Raleigh.     We took a fusible applique class with Laura Wasilowski which was lots of fun. Hope you will get a chance to go a quilt show and get inspired. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna   imageimage

Tentmakers of Cairo as seen at Charlotte AQS

image           Mary and I went to the AGS show in Charlotte at the end of July.  There was a special display of hand appliqued quilts made by the tentmakers of Cairo.  Two of the tentmakers were working on the hand applique during the show. They worked very fast to stitch down the applique. Beautiful workmanship.

There were many beautiful quilts to see at the show.  Lots of inspiration.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Sketch book cover

I recently bought a small sketch book.   I have a larger one but I wanted one that I could take with me that didn’t take up much space.  Unfortunately, all I could find were ones with the ugly black cover.  So… I made a cover for it out of one of my favorite fabrics.   You know, the fabric that you love so much that you haven’t made anything out of it.   We all have it.  Well… this is mine.

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Fortunately this project only took a small amount of it so I still have more fabric to Save and Admire.

Now this sketch book just screams CREATE-DRAW-PLAY.

Happy Stitchin,


PS…. this little project reminded me of my childhood days when we covered our school books with paper bag covers.

Iron sculpture in Asheville, NC

Mary and I saw this iron sculpture during a recent trip to Asheville, NC.      Just had to take a picture of the iron.   We had fun walking around the downtown area and seeing all the arts and crafts.   There was an old Woolworth store that was filled with artist booths and the old fashioned lunch counter open for business.  Of course we also stopped at the quilt show in Asheville on our way out of town.  Fun trip and inspiring.    Have fun sewing and quilting.      Donna


Inspiration from our trip to Cape Cod

We are back from a trip to Cape Cod to visit with friends and family.  Lots of great landscape and lighthouses for inspiration for new quilts. I even saw a fishing boat with my name.  How cool!!  I want to make a lighthouse art quilt for sure.  There were lots of lighthouses to choose from but I think I will use the Nauset Lighthouse for inspiration – loved the red stripe.  We saw lots of cute Cape Cod style houses especially the houses with the pumpkins on the ledge above the front door.  We saw “pumpkin people” in a park in Chatham.  It was a fun trip but now I can’t wait to get started on some new projects.