Studio Snapshots | Mama Needs a New Bag!

Although I love designing my own bags, I appreciate the work that goes into a well designed pattern and Erin Erickson’s Take Off Tote is perfect for my trip to Chicago with Liam this weekend because it has a really cool sleeve that will hold it on the handle of my rolling bag.

I used some linen dyed in the teal, purple, and gold of my Autumn Splendor palette:

Mama needs a new bag! All the pieces for a #takeofftote (pattern by @dogundermydesk ) cut and interfaced! #fbp

I stitched an iris on the front of the pocket:

Iris on my #takeofftote front pocket! #fbp

Here are the front and back of the outside assembled:

takeoff tote progress

And the zipper across the top:



Progress on my #takeofftote #MamaNeedsANewBag #fbp

I can’t wait to see it finished!


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April Goals Check-in

Last week was crazy, but I uploaded my final grades of the semester yesterday and I am done with teaching until September!!! (Lots of committee work still be done, but still…)

So today I started dyeing. I love my sink, but I need more shade, you can see the “triangle of doom”, where the sun pours through, this of course is the best spot to stand when working!



These Ikea drying racks are awesome!


April Goals

Dye Scarves for shows May 1 10%
Sateen Clutches for shows May 1 0%
Quilting Arts Holiday pattern May 1 0%
Finish the next mystery project May 1 50%
calendar email to students May 31 0%
Get started on Dyeing 104 May 1 0%
Linen pillows for new chaise May 1 0%
Finish Liam’s quilt, make new shorter QAYG video May 1 0%
Mod House Quilt May 1 5%

So, I’ve got lots of things to do, but I NEED to make a new bag, Liam and I are headed back to Chicago this weekend to further investigate DePaul!

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A Week of Leaks


Last week was not only the last week of classes at the UoR, but we had 4 different sets of leaks to deal with! It all started Easter morning. Yes, my boys are 17 and 13, and they still want to do Easter things! So Easter morning started with a spiderweb hunt for the basket:…

Lots of Baby Clothes Dyed in Bright Colors


I had not 1, but 2 friends adopt a newborn baby boy in the past month…pretty amazing! So I had to dye a lot of clothes for them both: Sigh, gotta love a rainbow stack of onesies! These nightgowns were a God-send to hubby and I when Liam and Logan were babies, so easy to…

Meetup | April Goals


Although I’ve got a LOT of work at the day job in the next couple of weeks, the end is in sight!! I’m not teaching MayTerm so I’m almost done and I can get going on building the next Online Class, Dyeing 104: Multicolor Silk! Here’s how far I got on this month’s goals: March…

Another Use for My Awesome Dyeing Sink


Dog washing has never been so easy! My custom dyeing sink of awesomeness puts Stirling at the right level, no more bending over the tub! Of course, he still doesn’t like the process: When he shakes off, the water flies everywhere, but at least it’s not inside so I have to wipe it all up…

New Art Quilt: Jetson’s Christmas


Here’s the finished quilt I’ve been working on: Those bright ornaments with fun free motion machine sketching details sit on top of a great textured background with white matchstick quilting: I spent a long time figure out how to bind it, when I called hubby into my studio to talk it over, it came to…

Studio Snapshots | Lots of Glorious Texture

White on White Matchstick Quilting

I am finally back at work in the sewing studio! I spent the weekend working on an art quilt featuring my retro ornaments in jewel tones against a pure white background. To give the background visual interest I did some unevenly spaced matchstick quilting in white: Here’s the finished background, it’s 32″ x 42″, give…

One Moment | The Auditions are Finally Over! (For now…)


Oh my goodness, Liam and Andrew had a crazy end to the LAST college audition trip! They left last Saturday (Pi Day, so sad, we could have a celebration!) for Philadelphia, to audition at Curtis Institute of Music. (No, Stirling didn’t go with them, I always bring him with me on early morning trips so…

3 Custom Dyed Silk Scarves


The customer who asked me to dye a “shades of grey” habotai stole asked my to dye 2 more tonal variations scarves: I also dyed a smaller silk charmeuse blank (11″ x 60″) than I normally use for a customer who wanted to make sure the scarf was small enough for her petite Mom in…

March Goals Check-in


Last week was pretty much lost to sickness, but lets see what I WANTED to get done and see what’s still possible: March Goals 2 Custom tonal stoles March 3 100% Custom smaller wisteria scarf March 7 100% Private FMQ lesson March 18 100% Quilting Arts Holiday submission March 27 0% Finish the next mystery project March…

My Awesome New Dyeing Sink!


Introducing….my Custom Dyeing Sink! It sits on my back patio, centered between the 2 windows, left is our kitchen, right our music/dining room, this is 8 feet of stainless steel awesome: This awesome thing was designed by me, along with the help of JNL Stainless, a stainless steel manufacturer located about 30 miles from Redlands….

What a Long Week!

New York Trip 05

And the week I’m referring to is LAST week, not this week! It was a doozy, and the stress from it probably added to the WICKED head cold I came down with on Sunday, it’s taken all my energy just to teach my classes this week…. Last Monday morning, I took Liam and Andrew to…

Meetup | March Goals


Believe it or not, my Spring Break is already over! The UoR always has early breaks, this year was really early! Unfortunately, it ended up being not much of a break! Last weekend was spent travelling to Fresno and back for Liam’s All State Orchestra concert. Monday both Andrew and I took Liam to his…

Step Into My “Office”


Shortly after Christmas, I snatched up a chaise that was being discontinued on Crate & Barrell’s website that I’d been lusting after for years, it’s the size of a twin bed, so can actually act as a bed when we have guests, but mostly it’s for me to sit on at night time when it’s…

It’s Here!!!!


Today was the day we could go get my sink! Yahoo!!!! The fabricator (JNL Stainless) is located about 30 miles away, so we rented a 10′ U-haul trailer and headed off to Upland! Luckily the guys had it ready to load on a forklift:   This thing is REALLY heavy, thank goodness hubby thought to…

One Moment | The Last High School Honor Group for Liam


This week Liam spent 3 days in Fresno rehearsing at the CBDA (California Band Director’s Association) conference in the All State Honor Orchestra. This is the last time he’ll be in an honor group as a high school student! I am totally sure that without these honor groups, Liam would not be the musician he…

Blog Hop | Jamie Fingal’s New Fabric Line “Autumn is for the Birds”


I’m so happy to share Jamie Fingal’s latest fabric line with you! And, at the end of this long post is info about TWO giveaways!!! Jaime and I met in the green room of Quilting Arts TV years ago, and have been friends on Facebook ever since. Although I usually work only with my own…

First Rose of Spring, the 2015 Edition


It wasn’t that long ago that I posted a picture of my last rose of Winter; January 31st to be exact! Although the bulk of the country is being hit by horribly cold, snow-filled weather, here in So Cal it looks like Spring! Hubby spent  few weekends pruning back all the roses in our central…

One Moment | A Fun Day in LA

cravens lesson

One of the auditions Liam had last Fall was for the Spotlight Awards, an all performint arts competition with dancers, singers, jazz and classical instrumentalists. Liam made the semi final rounds; another audition coming up! Part of the Spotlight mission is to provide the kids with coaching opportunities. The singers, dancers and jazz musicians had master classes, but…