Friday, February 23, 2018

Art Quilting Studio, Featured Article - June 2018 - Stampington & Co

"Congratulations! Your art quilt collection has been selected to be featured in the upcoming Summer 2018 Issue of Art Quilting Studio that will hit newsstands June 1st."

Very Cool news in my inbox the other day! Over the years, Stampington has published four of my articles, now the fifth. I am delighted! 
My four piece collection of silhouettes will be featured. You may have seen them as part of a nine piece solo exhibit that toured with Mancuso Shows a couple of years ago. 
Stay tuned - I'll keep you posted.  

Friday, February 16, 2018

February Calendar Journal - Catching Up

I'm catching up! My Calendar Journal for 2018 is stitched and bound, labeled and set up for monthly fun!  I have added a new category for this year -- Goal(s) for the month. 

Here's the monthly page run down:
Theme, Colors, Drawings, Notes - then - Gratitude list, Word list, Goals.
How about some pics? And please share back - show us what you are doing with your Journal.
The cover of last year's calendar journal was dedicated to my mother. This year's cover is dedicated to Teresa Shippy!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cool Classic Rides 3! by Artist Teresa Shippy

Since 2012 I have been the curator for Teresa Shippy's Cool Classic Rides Solo Exhibits. There was the Cool Classic Rides 1, then Cool Classic Rides 2, and now, by popular demand, Cool Classic Rides 3: Planes, Trains, & Autos! The collections just keep getting more fantastic, unique, and original!  CONGRATULATIONS TERESA!  It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve as Teresa's curator and to get each one of the three collections on tour with Mancuso Shows for a year. The collections have each included 20-24 quilts. Take a look at the marketing postcard for CCR3 showcasing several of the pieces.
I am sure you will enjoy her website:

Monday, January 29, 2018

February 2018 - Love is in the Air

My Theme for February: Mr. Blue Bird
My colors: Golden Yellow, Green, Reds
Word List:  Friendship, Working Together Creatively, Caring for Family

Several years ago I made a fabric book for my Mom. She's been gone for 5 years now and I miss her. But I'm very glad we had loads of fun quilting and crafting together!

The pages of this book are of card stock weight, wrapped with fabric. The flowers were 'fussy' cut from various fabrics and fused to the background. The lettering was done with a permanent black calligraphy marker. It is a wonderful remembrance! 

Add some special memories to your Calendar Journal this month. And please take a moment to share your ideas in the comments below.  We all thank you. deborah

Monday, January 8, 2018

Calendar Journal - A New Year - New Journal!

I'm still stitching watercolor pages together for my 2018 Journal, so there's nothing interesting to show you except the fabric dyed cover.  My theme for January is: "New Beginnings"

Our lives are full of ups and downs and busy-ness but it feels fresh and fun to plan more arting moments several days each week! Wishing you more arting!!! deborah

I have included more booklet pics - hope you are inspired and make lots of art!

Watercolor wash in hand bound booklet with favorite poem inscribed.

Calligraphy notebook with lettering samples

always need more magazine image tear outs

Thursday, December 21, 2017

December Inspirations - Calendar Journal

How's your December shaping up? 
Ready for the Holiday's with lots of cheer? I hope so.  
It has been a month since my last post, I apologize. I had a bad fall about 4 weeks ago and recovery from the concussion & bruising has been slow. This post will afford you some of my personal photos, and you have my permission to use them in your journal, if you wish. 

My text notes for December include:
Gratitude: Community, Friends, Healing, Belonging
Notes/Word list: Snow, Cold, Rain, Warm Coats, Heavy Blankets, Play, Lights - lots of twinkles, Happy
Writing: Started two short stories - one is about the joy holiday lights ("twinkles") give me, stirring fond childhood memories. 

If you post your Calendar Journal pages or progress, please let me know via comments and I'll add a link to your blog in my next post.  Thanks very much for being here.  
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Wonderfully Happy New Year !

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It's About Time - Calender Journal 2018

It's about time to plan your Calendar Journal for next year. I am using another re-purposed book cover (ie pages removed from a used book, just the right size...) covered with fabric & embellishments. Fancy papers and favorite magazine cutouts are a perfect choice as well. 

I prefer to load my journal with inexpensive watercolor paper (Strathmore is often on sale at Michaels) in a 12 X 8.5 or 9" size. Fold in half lengthwise along the strait edge for a crisp fold. Use 12 signatures ~6" w X 8.5/9"h and bind.

Monday, November 6, 2017

November Thanksgivings - Calender Journal

November is a fabulous Thanksgivings month. Orange, golden yellow, greens!  Cooler weather-YEA! The promise of gathering with friends, family, and loved ones to feast on being together and eats. New recipes, decorating, a warm fire and popcorn. 

Have a grand time creating your pages for November! 

What about doodling? Here's a reference or two for creating doodles and tangles to add to your pages.
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