Monthly Archives: November 2013

Studio Snapshots | Feather Pillows for the New Couch

I’ve been working on pillows for my new couch! I decided to make 2 pillows using the cool pieced feathers from the quilt designed by Anna Maria Horner. I started with sewing together strips of a lot of different blues:


Then I started cutting out the feathers. It was neat to be able to lay them on top of chartreuse I was hoping would work for the background and it does!

feather process

I made the other half of the feathers:

Feathers! #fbp

and started stitching them together. I love the navy blue spine up the center!

1 down, 3 to go!

I love them staggered like this:

3 down , 1 to go! #fbp

But the plan for these feathers are 2 pillows, 2 feathers/pillow. The toughest decision was which direction? Both facing the same way? Or opposite?

Advice needed! I'm Making a pair of pillows: should the feathers face opposite (top of pic) or the same direction (bottom of pic)? Or maybe one pillow one way and one pillow the other?

I couldn’t decide! So the decision is to make 1 of each!

Next, I had to figure out how to quilt them. Because this quilt has been quite popular, it is easy to do a google search and see lots of examples. The quilts I came across didn’t really inspire me much quilting-wise. A couple of them had some cool hand stitched dark outlines around the feathers, that I did like. But it’s not like I’m going to do any hand stitching, LOL! So I ran a single dark line around each feather:

Outline quilting hope I don't screw this up with the feather quilting that looks good in my mind! #fbp

and then I switched to a slightly variegated chartreuse thread and quilted lines that extends the pieced lines of the feathers:

Quilting on first pillow top complete! Looks like it did in my happy when that happens! #fbp

Quilting pillow top 2 complete! #fbp

I’m really happyy with those lines! I also know that I would never quilt a whole quilt this way!!! All the turning back and forth would be a huge PITA with a big quilt! (And getting those lines straight free motion a whole nother level of PITA!)

I’ve really enjoyed seeing these pieces come together, but my happiest moment in the studio yesterday was when Liam came in to tell me he had just made the finals of a National Solo Trombone competition!

Woooooooooooot! Liam just found out he's in the Finals of the ETW National Solo Competition, the 18 and younger division! (He's 16) Finals are in DC in March!

The recording he did for this competition was just one of the many different deadlines he’s had this Fall – we’ve had so many differnt balls up in the air, with plenty of them still up there! Being a finalist means that he’ll travel to Washington DC next March (thankfully during his Spring Break) to the Eastern Trombone Workshop, a convention run by the Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”). He’ll play in a recital along with the other finalists, and there will be lots of trombone players in the audience! Hopefully he’ll be able to meet with some of the trombone professors from music schools he’ll be auditioning for next year.

Today was a good day!

Shopping Handmade for the Holidays | 2013

Because I had to prep the fireplace for my Holiday Studio Tour, I’ve been in Holiday mode for awhile. So have all the big box realtors!! I find it frustrating that so many businesses turn the season of giving into a season of selling. However, I do love to give (and receive!) gifts! As much… Continue Reading

I need a LIST!

I’ve been so incredibly busy this month, actually this entire Fall, and now with the last travelling and show out of the way, this week has spread out in front of me with possibility! One huge exciting thing: my new couch arrived! This is the last BIG piece in the Kitchen/Family room renovation we did… Continue Reading

Open Studio Tour Report

It’s official! I’ve finished the last show of the year! Yahoo! Usually, the studio tour I take part in has been held one of the weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year we couldn’t make it work…so it’s done and dusted! I set up the living room/music room with all my everyday art, plus… Continue Reading

This Weekend: Redlands Area Artists’ Studio Tour!

And now, it’s time for the Redlands Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour! This is a fun, 2-day event coming up this Saturday and Sunday, November 16 & 17 from 11 am to 4 pm. Six artists who live in the Redlands, CA area will open their studios to share their process with interested art lovers. We will also have… Continue Reading

A Visit to the Midwest

Last weekend hubby and I travelled to the Chicago area. We spent Saturday at an intimate memorial service for my mother-in-law with my husband’s family on in Valparaiso, Indiana. There were some awesome old family photos. Here are a couple of my mother in law when she was young: And look at this old photo… Continue Reading

Fall 2013 Red Dirt Art Festival Report

This week is flying by! Recovering from the show last weekend and trying get a lot of school stuff done because this weekend hubby and I are headed to Chicago/Indiana for my mother in law’s memorial service, man this month does not stop! Anyway, we had amazingly great weather for early November. Because this show… Continue Reading

One Moment | Liam is Growing as a Musician

Well, I have been through one of the most intense periods of being a parent in the past week! Liam and I headed east to Nashville Friday the 25th – he was Principal Trombone in the NAfME All National Orchestra and the conference/concert was at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. There was also a… Continue Reading