Friday, November 27, 2015

Placemats for RI Meals on Wheels

Two more placemats completed and handed in. The guild has been putting together kits with donated orphan blocks with extra strips for borders. There is also batting and backing in the kit so these go together very quickly. Just picked up three more kits to sew up for our next meeting.


Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fun Flannel Pillowcases

Last weekend I decided to make something for the church Bazaar. Little did I realize that it was this weekend. . .

I had some lovely, fun flannel pieces that a friend gave me and they happened to be 27 inches in length. Just the right size for the body of a pillowcase.

I finished 7 fun, flannel pillowcases and brought them to the church for todays sale. Hopefully they will sell. All proceeds will go to the church school.

If you are in RI, stop by St Joseph's church today or tomorrow for some holiday shopping!

St Joseph's Church
Providence St.
West Warwick, RI



 100 % cotton flannel
approx size
22 x 31

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Tulip Study Completed

I have just finished the watercolor study of the Tulips. 
This is Lesson # 4 from Anna Mason's book, The Modern Painter.

Winsor & Newton watercolors
Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper
140 lbs
8" x 10"
completed 11/7/2015

Although this is not a quilt,  I thought I would post to
Crazy Mom Quilts for a finish this week.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Beach Beauty

This quilt was started many, many years ago . . . the fabric for the center was purchased at a local quilt shop, that sadly has recently closed. The fabric that started this quilt was the beginning of my fabric stash as I had not idea what it would eventually become. The name came from the fact that the quilt shop was on the way to the beach and, on most visits, I would stop on the way home and pick up some lovely fabric that may or may not go with that first purchase. The end result looks soft and sun faded.

Now that the quilt is finished, it was taken out of the 'hood on a field trip . . .


Started in the . . . . 90's . . . and finally finished August 2015.
size 58" x 69"
Most of the fabric is from Moda.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Fridays (even though it is Saturday).

Up next? More placemats for Meals on Wheels . . . 


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Placemats for RI Meals on Wheels

The Narraganset Bay Quilters has also joined in on making placemats for the 
RI Meals on Wheels program. The goal is to be able to give one to each recipient of a daily hot meal.

At the guild meeting this week, donated orphan blocks were matched up with batting and backing. Members were able to take one home to finish it up. At the end of the meeting there were still some bundles available so I was able to take two.  Here they are - ready for a hot meal. Thanks to the quilter who donated the blocks!

size 17.25" x 18.5"

size 14.5" x 15" 

Already to hand in at next month's guild meeting!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Fuchsia Sketch

Just added a little of color to this sketch of my sister's Fuchsia. 
The watercolor made the paper buckel. Probably should have used colored pencils. 

Photo by Colleen.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cosmos Study Completed

The Cosmos is finished.
Lesson #3 from Anna Mason's book, The Modern Painter.

Winsor & Newton watercolors
Fabriano Cold Press
140 lbs
8" x 10"
completed 9/14/2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Orchid Study

Just finished this study of an Orchid.  It was completed on Vellum Bristol paper, 
which buckled with each of the washes. The completed flower is overworked. 

I will try this again on watercolor paper. 
I'm hoping that practice will lead to better washes . . . 

paper 9"x12" 100lb Vellum Bristol
Winsor & Newton watercolors
source - original photograph

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pansy Study Completed

Just completed the study of the Pansy (or Viola) from 
the Anna Mason book, The Modern Flower Painter. 

Watercolor on Fabriano Hot Press. 
Completed 8/14/15.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Clematis Study Completed

          For almost a year I have been following the blogs of Botanical Artists that paint in watercolor. Artist Anna Mason has a wonderful, realistic technique that I have an interest in learning. I've checked out and studied many of the books from our local libraries, but none had the step by step instructions she has made available in her book,  "The Modern Flower Painter" .

          Along with lots of digital resource material, I thought her book would be a great place to start, since it has been so long since I have held a paint brush.

          Here is the first study from the book. It is an attempt to practice watercolor washes and detail work. The paper is bright white, not gray. I am not sure why the process of uploading the photos is incorrectly adjusting the background shade. 

          The final study appears overworked, but it is only practice. With time, the mojo will return, the washes will not be so tight and the process will be more natural. 

 Watercolor - Winsor & Newton Professional
Paper - Canson Artist Series Illustration 150 lb
Paintbrushes - (ok for now but may need to be replaced)
Ultrecht 6150 size 0, 4
Qualita Creative Mark size 3/0

Next - the Pansy.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beach Beauty and Mile-A-Minute Quilts in Process

Beach Beauty, # 3 of the list of unfinished projects,  has now been quilted. 

But there are issues. 
Along with a large pleat on the front, and this on the back, 
there is still a ways to go.

On the design wall is the Mile-A-Minute Quilt, #13 of the list. 

 Still working on the placement of these 6 inch squares. 

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Watercolor Color Charts

For my sister . . . no more pears for now.
Just playing with the watercolors to understand the color mixing.
More to come . . .