Monday, January 28, 2008

Inspiration Sources

Where do you get your inspiration for design?

I enjoy a little silk ribbon embroidery and was leafing through a design book one day. As I was browsing, I didn't pick up a needle and ribbon. I picked up a strip of paper and discovered how easily the pattern translated to quilling! I was getting bored with my same old designs which had been done, redone and reworked for far too long. These two books are my goto when nothing clicks.

ISBN # 0-88195-890-5 and 0-88195-880-8

Another source but a bit more expensive is antique broaches and hair pieces. They, too, can put a new spin on design.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Chocolate Party

I will be featured artist at The Broadway Gallery in Longview WA the month of February. To kick off the month, I will be hosting a Chocolate Party Thursday the 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. There will be valentines and chocolate boxes for sale. The event is free and there will be live music, chocolates galore and Capstone Wineries will be hosting a wine tasting too. Come join the fun

Monday, January 7, 2008

Fabric's new life as paper

I have always loved quilting and still attend several retreats throughout the year. I have change my media to paper but have managed to bring fabric back to life.

Staples and Office Max have color copy sales and I take great advantage of them. My "fat quarter" collection of fabrics are a great way to turn fabric into paper. I take my farics down and make two-sided color copies. Then I cut the paper into strips and make quilled quilt blocks.

I use the patterns from Melinda Johnston's "Quilt Block" kit. Enlarge the patterns by 200%. You can get the kit from any of the favorite shopping links.

New Classes and Retreat

Happy New Year Everyone!

Check out new classes at Paper Moon. Just click the link and go to classes. Yes, there is even a new quilling group forming there too!

I am preparing for a paper arts retreat February 22nd and 23rd. $40 includes dinner catered by Applebee's. Limited space so sign up soon Scrap Happy 360-423-9625 Longview WA, call for details and sign up for e-mails.